Cool Age December 12 2013 08:30:00 AM
Over at Cool Age
, Jini Gopinath gives some good advice on recognizing work stress and suggesting various ways to deal with it. The original article can be found HERE
Stress could arise in different fronts of life. It could arise because of problems in the family, in the society or in the workplace. Stress in your workplace, or in other words, job stress is very common now. Different kinds of jobs vary in their levels of stress. Some jobs are physically challenging, while others are more psychologically challenging. Medical professionals and traffic police were considered to have the toughest jobs based on their work profile, while the job of a teacher was considered to induce less stress. However in recent times, with increasing competition, constant deadlines and work pressure job stress has become one of the major causes for psychological breakdown or burn out across all types of jobs.
The first step in managing stress is to realize that you are stressed:
- Are you falling ill too often?
- Do you get headaches or other physical pains often?
- Do you feel on the edge all the time?
- Do you feel that you are not satisfied with your work?
- Are you getting angry for trivial reasons?
- Do you find it difficult to sleep?
- Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
- Are you restless?
If the answer to any of these questions is 'yes', it is likely that you are stressed.
The next step is to try to do something to lessen stress
- Plan. Planning the day out, making a to-do list, prioritizing and organizing goes a long way in managing workplace stress.
- Take only what you can. If you plan, you will have a clear idea on whether you can take up anything more. If you can't, wait till some work clears up before taking up something new.
- Do not procrastinate. Do what you have to do NOW. Things kept for later will only pile up.
- Have friends at your workplace. Not everyone is a competitor. Have somebody to whom you can share your problems.
- Take breaks at your work place and use these breaks to relax, you mind cannot keep working at full potential all the time. It needs breaks to muster energy.
- It would be ideal to work only when you are in your workplace. If not, take as little work as possible home.
- Go for vacations, if possible, if not, take some time off from work.
- Eat well, sleep well and do some exercise. Your body also needs attention.
- If possible, do some relaxation exercises like yoga or meditation, or just deep breathing.
- If you find it too difficult to manage, seek professional help, which is available now in many workplaces.
Job stress is best dealt with if realized and worked on early. Try to enjoy your work rather than waiting for it to be the cause for problems by stressing yourself out.
To share your thoughts and questions, write to Jini Gopinath at [email protected]
PayScale.com December 11 2013 09:15:53 AM
From Dec 10, 2013 story at PayScale.com --------------------------------- Nelson Mandela was a man of great courage, wisdom, and love, and he never let adversity get the best of him. We’ll take a look at five of Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring quotes to help you realign your career focus and humbly continue down the road to success.
During his life, Nelson Mandela fought tirelessly to erase apartheid, inequalities, and disease in South Africa, where he was known as “the father of the nation,” even being imprisoned for 27 years in his native country for his passionate activism. Upon his release, Mandela was not bitter or angry for his time spent in prison; instead he was gracious to all that had helped fight for his release through mass peace marches and rallies. On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela passed away, but he bequeathed us all his incredible wisdom and valor with the legacy he left behind. 1. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
This quote is a great reminder to never settle for less in life. You cannot live a fulfilled life or career if you’re going after mediocre dreams – dream big! Some of the greatest business leaders of our time agree that work stops being “work” when you find joy in what you do, and that happens not when you decide to stay in a dead-end career, but when you follow your dreams. 2. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Learning shouldn’t stop after college, regardless of what field you pursue. “Still water becomes contaminated and harmful for use. Continuous flowing water keeps it fresh and pure,” explains IT Knowledge Exchange. Continuous learning is vital to keeping the mind stimulated and useful, so find subjects that interest you and read. Technology, specifically the Internet, has put education at the fingertips of people around the world. For example, Khan Academy is an online not-for-profit organization that offers a “free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” Users (or “students”) can sign up for a free account and begin their online training courses in a wide variety of fields, such as mathematics, science, computer programming, and so much more. Prevent premature brain atrophy by finding ways to acquire new, stimulating knowledge regularly. 3. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
In life and career, you will, most likely, face great adversity at some point in time – and that’s when you need to really dig deep and overcome such hurdles. Just as Nelson Mandela never gave up on his family, friends, or himself during his time of imprisonment for doing what was just and fair, you should never give up on your lifelong aspirations when the going gets tough. Breakthroughs usually happen when you are just about to give up, so stick to your guns and find the strength to persevere. 4. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
Passion knows no bounds, and rightfully so. Many people let their fervor die out because life gets the best of them, but those that are able to “rise above their circumstances and achieve success” are the ones who reap the benefits in the end. In hindsight, it seems as if successful people were given a stroke of good luck or genius that the rest of us just weren’t fortunate to have. However, if you look at their pasts, you’ll see that they, too, faced much adversity throughout their journeys – the only difference is that they chose to overcome it. Therefore, stay “hungry” in life and you shall overcome challenges, too. 5. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Take Donald Trump, for instance: he had a wildly successful career that ended in a very public and humiliating bankruptcy – but did he let that stop him? Nope. In fact, he turned his misfortunes into the fuel that he needed to build an even bigger empire than before. And, like the old Japanese proverb reminds us, “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Navigate through your career with the mentality that, no matter how many times you “fall” or get “knocked down,” it’s adamant that you dust yourself off and continue forward on your path.
It goes without saying that Nelson Mandela was and is one of the greatest men to have ever lived and loved – and we all can learn a thing or two from his compassion and selflessness. As a working professional, it’s easy to get bogged down by the stress and exhaustion that comes from your career. However, take this time to take a step back, humble yourself with Mandela’s words of wisdom, and re-align your focus in life because, “It always seems impossible until it is done.” So, go do it!
Read the original story HERE
dailyfinance.com November 27 2013 11:30:58 AM
Despite some of the doom and gloom in the press, the economy is slowly recovering and investors are being rewarded for buying cyclical stocks. As such, staffing companies look like a good place to be invested. Not only is the economy helping the likes of Robert Half , but there are some secular growth trends helping, too. In particular, a technology specialist like On Assignment is managing to grow in excess of its marketplace, and looks well placed for future growth. Two reasons why staffing is a favorable market First
, the economy is seeing a cyclical recovery in employment. While most observers focus on payroll numbers, the American Staffing Association also issues an index of temporary and contract staffing. Fortunately, the data indicates that 2013 is set to be the best year since 2007. Second
, while increases in the staffing index have historically led to a pickup in permanent employment, there are sectors in which temporary staffing looks likely to be stronger than it has been in previous cycles. In particular, staffing companies operating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, marketplace are likely to benefit from favorable trends. Continue at dailyfinance.com...
lifehacker.com November 26 2013 11:16:04 AM
Being told you're "overqualified" is one of the worst excuses you can get when interviewing for a job. It usually means the hiring manager thinks you'll bolt as soon as something better comes along, but there's an easy fix: Stress your desire to work for that company doing that job to close the deal.
Over at The Daily Muse
, Megan Halpern notes that when a hiring manager tells you that you're "overqualified," it usually either means they think they'll have to pay you more than they have budgeted, or that you'll leave for a better opportunity as soon as one comes along. The best way to soothe this fear is to highlight in your interview how much you're interested in working with that specific company, and why that specific job is a great fit for your skills. The point is that you want to work there, and while the job you're applying for may or may not be the perfect match, you want to stick around. Find something uniquely interesting to you about the job, and stress it. That way the hiring manager can't walk away with the idea that you'll just bail, since you've addressed it head on.
Read on at The Daily Muse
brockpress.com November 26 2013 11:00:32 AM
A question we find ourselves asking from time-to-time is, “What do I want to do with my life?”. To some it may seem natural, but for most of us it’s an on-going, continuous reflection of our lives.
Actor Steve Martin has said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” This quote has also provided inspiration for a similarly titled book by Cal Newport, a writer and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.
In his book, Newport argues that “following your passion” is a seriously flawed and potentially dangerous way of thinking. He challenges the wildly popular notion and discovered that people who were successful and fulfilled in their careers did not follow their passion.
According to Newport’s research in a recent study, 500 Canadian university students were asked what their passions were – only four per cent of those passions led to careers.
Steve Jobs is a prime example of an individual who did not follow his passion. Throughout his earlier years leading up to the development of Apple computers, he was in India seeking spiritual meaning, studying Buddhism and following a Zen lifestyle. If he were to “follow his passion”, he would have become a yogi.
Jobs’ biggest influence in the aesthetics of Apple products was due to his study of calligraphy and the simple, minimalistic nature and beauty of the Zen lifestyle. This supports the idea that you can give great value to the world through your work and talents.
So if you’re not supposed to follow your passion, what are you supposed to do?
Become excellent at something. Do this in two ways: build the skills needed and develop career capital. Read on at brockpress.com
businessinsider.com November 1 2013 03:04:39 PM
Hiranya Fernando is a work, job, and career coach, mentor, and teacher. Today over at businessinsider.com he dispenses with four commonly overheard and dished out pieces of career advice. Advice that, in his well qualified opinion, are probably less than worthless and most likely harmful to your career.
1. You can be anyone you want to be.
No, actually you can't. It's a fairy tale that is oft repeated because in an infinitesimal percentage of occasions, it's true. Like winning the lottery. Yes, somebody does eventually win the $100-million; but no, it won't be you. Focus on being a better you.
2. You can do anything you want. All it takes is hard work and determination.
As with #1, no you probably can't. Unique examples of Steve Jobs or Michael Jordan or Einstein are exactly that: unique. As in one-of-a-kind. Hard work is important to achieving what you want, but setting goals that have zero chance of success will only destroy belief in yourself. As Fernando states in the article, "I'm not going to tell the fish who can't climb trees that maybe they should just work harder at it."
3. Follow your passion. The money will follow.
Fernando believes it takes much more than simply passion to find and develop a sustainable career. "No matter how much you love a thing, it's not a livelihood unless and until you can sell it." The world must also need it and be willing to pay for it.
4. Dance like nobody is watching.
Most of us don't live in Vegas. Everyone has a camera. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube have long memories. And your one-time drunken dance on the table will not stay in Vegas. Despite the marketing, it isn't even true in Vegas. When in public, act as if everyone is watching, because they are.
For the full article at businessinsider.com, complete with more details, click HERE
CIO.com November 1 2013 02:43:21 PMIf you're losing good workers and you're not sure why, the problem may lie with your firm's management style. The good news is that you can make small changes that will make a huge difference when it comes to employee retention.
It's tough when good employees leave: Productivity sinks, morale suffers and colleagues struggle with an increased workload until you find a replacement. On top of that, recruitment and search costs, training and on-boarding new hires can make for a difficult and expensive transition.
The best solution, of course, is keep your workers happy so they don't want to leave. But before you can implement a plan to increase employee retention, you need to determine why valuable employees are leaving.
"Most people don't quit their jobs, they quit their managers," says Wendy Duarte, vice president of recruiting at recruiting, hiring, and consulting firm Mondo.
While that insight might be hard to swallow, understanding that your organization's management philosophy could be part of the problem is the first step to improving retention, she says.
Are You the Problem?
"When you lose your top talent, the first place to look is at management," Duarte says. "Managing teams as a whole is hard. You have to manage to each individual, and invest time into discovering what each member of a team needs both at work and outside of work to do their job to the best of their ability," she says.
Do your employees feel that they're all "in this together"? Do they feel their suggestions, concerns and challenges are acknowledged and, when possible, acted upon? Do they feel valued? Are they being listened to, or just heard?
While it may sound inconsequential, Duarte says, simply listening to employees' concerns and doing what you can to address those -- or at least explaining why they can't be addressed at the present time -- can go a long way toward keeping the best and brightest, she says.
Having a strong set of corporate values, a mission statement and specific goals (for the company, departments, teams and individuals) can help direct employees' energy and help them see how their individual contributions are part of a greater whole, says Rona Borre, CEO and founder of hiring, recruiting and consulting firm Instant Technology.
"One thing we see when we measure employee satisfaction is that most people want to work somewhere with a strong corporate culture, one that clearly defines its mission and has a set of values that every employee, from the CEO on down, has bought into, believes in, and is tracking to," says Borre. "That gives them a stake in the company, a way to measure success. But they also need to feel valued as part of that bigger whole," Borre says. <click here to continue at CIO.com...> and learn to help your employees feel valued and reach their full potential, as well as appreciate the need for a proper Work/Life balance.
StaffingIndustry.com October 18 2013 10:12:14 AM
Recruiting firm owners are generally optimistic about the growth potential for the employment markets in the next six months and the positive impact on their contingent recruiting businesses, according to a business barometer survey by NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based recruiting network conducts the survey of its global recruiters twice annually.
The survey found 86.6 percent of recruiting firm owners see conditions improving for their businesses over the next 180 days.
“The reported information was positive on where NPA members are headed and perhaps the contingent recruiting industry as a whole,” said Dave Nerz, president of NPA. “Globally, there are positive signs in some previously depressed global markets.”
Additional findings include:
- 40 percent reported improved conditions in the last 180 days, 21 percent indicated no change, and 39 percent reported worse conditions.
- 68 percent reported employment markets performing at or above expectations in the last 90 days.
- 49 percent of respondents see their market getting more competitive.
- Only 13 percent of the respondents have a negative outlook for the next six months.
- 24 percent project fees to be below the levels realized in the prior six months.
The most active markets identified by the survey were manufacturing/construction/mining and IT job openings; however, weaker-performing segments were also related to positions in the areas of manufacturing/construction/mining.
NPA has 400 member offices with more than 1,200 individual consultants in 28 countries.
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at Staffing Industry Analysts
Bloomberglaw.com October 9 2013 04:11:48 PMClick HERE to read the original article as it appeared at BloomBergLaw.com
Staffing agency employment rose by nearly 1 million jobs in the four years since the recession ended in June 2009, leading temporary and contract jobs to their highest share of overall nonfarm employment since 2000, according to the American Staffing Association’s 2013 annual economic analysis released Oct. 8.
With an increase of 952,700 jobs, not seasonally adjusted, in the second quarter of 2013 from the second quarter of 2009, temporary help services accounted for 16 percent of overall payroll gains over that time period, the Alexandria, Va.-based industry trade group said in the report, “Navigating the 1 Percent Economy.”
While staffing industry employment gains and losses have historically been exaggerated by economic expansions and contractions, the extraordinary growth since the end of the last recession indicates a possible shift to a more permanent role for temporary help in the labor market, ASA says.
“Businesses are using staffing services differently in this recovery than in past ones,” Steven P. Berchem, chief operating officer of ASA, wrote in the report. “And that changed use presages a fundamental shift in the role of staffing services in the economy.” Temp Work’s Labor Penetration Nearing All-Time High
Chief among the data pointing to this transition is that temporary help services accounted for 1.98 percent of all nonfarm jobs in the public and private sector in July, the second-highest level ever recorded and approaching the high of 2.03 percent in April 2000, ASA said, based on an analysis of figures from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By comparing monthly payroll gains in the three years following the latest recession with the two previous recessions–ending in 1991 and 2001–ASA found job growth to be more robust in the most recent recovery. Further distancing the industry from past recoveries, while strong temporary employment growth had preceded gains in overall employment by just a few months in recent recoveries, in this recovery, “overall employment growth has been anemic,” the report said.
Citing a 2011 report from Human Capital Institute, an association that provides research on talent management, ASA found the shift to structural changes in staffing agency employment was driven by “flexibility and the ability to quickly expand and contract the work force, as well as being able to access skills and experience that are not available internally.”
Consequently, ASA called on policymakers to allow temporary workers more flexible access to benefits, such as health insurance and retirement savings, comparable to what is already offered to workers in “traditional employment arrangements.” Staffing Projected to Continue to Grow, But Slowly
Although much of the temporary and contract work job growth occurred from 2009-2011, before slowing since 2012, signs point to a pick-up over the rest of the decade, ASA said.
For instance, staffing firms hired 11.5 million temporary and contract workers in 2012, an 11 percent drop from the 12.9 million hired in 2011, and employment has remained mostly flat in 2013.
That should improve in the coming months, ASA said, as real gross domestic product growth of 2.0 percent or higher “virtually ensures growth in temporary and contract staffing,” and the Federal Reserve Board projected in June that GDP growth would be between 2.0 percent and 2.6 percent in 2013 and from 2.2 percent to 3.6 percent in 2014.
Further, BLS forecast GDP gains at an annual rate of 2.9 percent from 2010-2020 in its biannual employment outlook released in January 2012, ASA noted.
BLS went on to project the employment services industry–primarily composed of staffing agencies–will add 631,000 jobs from 2010 to 2020.
“If a structural shift is occurring, and temporary and contract staffing are becoming a more important part of America’s work force, then even more robust growth could be on the horizon,” Berchem wrote.
Philly.com September 24 2013 11:26:28 AMFor a portion of the work population, holding a regular job, with limited vacation days and a certain monotony in the week-to week tasks, is not how life was supposed to be lived. Not when you can pick and choose what you want to do and maybe even travel along the way.
And that is why temporary work assignments have become a lifestyle choice for some professionals.
“We have people working for us who live in Massachusetts for half the year, and then take another assignment in Florida for the other half,” said Bill Driscoll, district president for the staffing firm Robert Half in Boston.
Other people go into contingency work for the opportunity to relocate to an area for personal reasons, such as to take care of an aging parent. Or they may want a chance to travel and experience a variety of regions in the United States.
Interim professionals have the freedom and flexibility to choose projects based on their professional goals and preferences. They can accept short- and long-term assignments and may work either a full- or part-time schedule.
Granted, not everyone can wants a job that doesn’t offer health benefits -- though larger staffing firms offer temporary workers access to health insurance and other benefits at competitive rates -- or the certainty of knowing what you will do in a few months. But if you have a safety net and a good attitude, you can easily create the more balanced lifestyle.
Compensation for temporary project professionals is generally on par with that of full-time employees. And temporary workers with in-demand skills often command even higher pay.
“With the number of people employed rising, there is a greater demand for qualified individuals in our sector,” Driscoll says.
Brett Good, senior district president of Robert Half, says temporary work has been a bright spot in the job market in recent years. Businesses today enlist the help of temporary workers ranging from executive assistants and human resources assistants, to financial analysts and even CFOs.
Temporary work can help you get a foot in the door with a particular company. Then when a temporary assignment goes well, it can lead to a full-time position.
“To be successful as a temporary professional, approach each assignment as you would a full-time position,” he says.
The flexibility of the temporary sectors offers you a chance to work hard and then play hard.
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