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3 Things You Should Do When Asking for a Raise

July 13, 2015

When’s the last time you received a raise? And no, we aren’t talking about the 3 percent cost of living increase your work doles out each year — but a real based-on-how-great-you’re-doing raise.

Think about it, if you’ve been at your job for five years or more there’s a good chance new hires at your same level are getting paid just as much as you – or in some cases more. Continue Reading…

Career, Career Advice

3 Ways to Wow Your Boss (And Get a Raise)

November 7, 2012

officeYou’ve heard the usual stand-out in the workplace tips: “Voice your opinion!” and “Never say no to an assignment!” but we’ll almost guarantee you aren’t doing these three shockingly simple actions to be the office superstar…

1. Don’t just forward a link. Admit it, you’re guilty of sending your boss an email that just says, “check this out!” followed by a long link. When forwarding a link, always include the actual usable idea. Summarize what the article or site is about in one or two lines and explain why you are sending it.

2. Save the drama for your mama. Seriously, if we have to see one more coworkers ‘woe is me’ — insert mini violin — Facebook post we’re just going to lose it. Don’t forget your coworkers (and perhaps boss) are Facebook friends with you – and can see everything you post (and at what during-the-workday-time). If you wouldn’t complain about “it” — whatever that may be — to their face, don’t complain about it on your social networking site.

3. Watch the clock. Here’s a tip — bosses notice when you get to work, how long of a lunch you took and when you leave. You don’t have to be chained to your desk all day but do keep in check with company culture, if the majority of employees leave at 6, don’t be the gal who packs up at 5. If you’re coming in earlier than the majority of your coworkers make sure your boss knows. Be upfront about your work schedule and she’ll appreciate it. Send her an email letting her know you work better early in the morning and ask if she would mind if you left at X time but came in at X time. You’d be surprised at how flexible bosses can be (we hope).


Photo via Flickr: by Incase.

Career, Inside Scoop

Top Management Roles Stressful? Study Says No.

September 27, 2012

Photo Courtesy: gcoldironjr2003

In a surprising new study from Harvard it seems those folks in upper management aren’t as stressed out as you’d think.

Compared with people of the same age and gender who were at lower career levels, the “leaders” in the study declared themselves less stressed and anxious. And it wasn’t just what they were saying their bodies proved it too — their levels of cortisol (the hormone that circulates when we are super stressed) was in line with what they were reporting.

The study did report that the source of the leaders’ chilled-out demeanor was simply control. The upper management had control of their schedules and financial security. Think about it: top management has the option to come in late or leave a bit early with no questions asked…but the admin assistant would probably get written up for the same behavior. We also think another reason could be the hefty paycheck that comes with being in upper management. When you have the options to hire help in your personal life (chef, household cleaning and pesky assistant work covered) suddenly you’re a lot less stressed.

“Leaders possess a particular psychological resource — a sense of control — that may buffer against stress,” the research team reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.

Apparently our primate relatives have also shown similar results in studies. According to the LA Times:

“Baboons and monkeys who rise to positions of power in their social groups show lower levels of anxiety and stress, so long as their status is not under constant challenge. A recent study of female macaque monkeys demonstrated that rising and falling through the social ranks not only dialed their stress up and down, it turned genes on and off in ways that can powerfully influence health.”

The study is clear — having a sense of control protects against stress. So if you can’t (immediately) rise the corporate ladder try creating control in other parts of your life—budgets and planning help — but so does creating a career trajectory for yourself. Write out career goals for 3 months, 6 months and 1 year and constantly touch base on those goals.

Career, Faves, Home Decor

Organize Your Office Space: Feng Shui (and Fun Stuff!)

September 13, 2012

Need an office lift?  Post-it, Scotch (the fabulous high heel tape dispenser) and stylish websites like are all ready to help you spruce up your space.

Once you’ve collected some motivating new goods the next step is creating order! We loved this break down of how to maximize the efficiency of your office using Feng Shui principles written by  for  We’ve done some editing… so click here for entire article.
Wind Chimes
The melodious sounds of a wind chime placed at the right corner cannot only improve your mood, but your career too. Wind Chimes promote the flow of positive energy, called ‘Chi’ in Feng Shui. Try to look for a beautiful metallic wind chime with 6 rods. Hang the wind chime with a 9 cm or inch long red ribbon.
Positioning Your Furniture
Since we are talking about Feng Shui for career success, it inevitably relates to the position of furniture in your office. It is strictly advised against having your back to the entrance of your office or cabin. According to Feng Shui, it creates vibes such that your colleagues will inconspicuously work behind you for career development and you may miss out on many career opportunities as you may be oblivious to it. If it is absolutely unavoidable due to office arrangements, place a mirror in front of you such that the view behind is clearly visibly to you. Also, if your desk is directly in front of a window such that your back is towards it, it will create a vibe of insecurity and instability in your cabin for you. Hence, try to keep that window closed and block it by placing a huge rack or stand in front of it. Other forbidden places to position your desk as per Feng Shui are: next to the entrance, directly opposite a colleague or in a corner. These places create much distraction and prevent you from concentrating on your work and performing well. It is alright to sit facing a wall though. However, the best position would be to sit diagonally opposite to the door with a wall behind your back. This position keeps you informed and in control of events around you.
Maintain Your Place Clutter Free
Feng Shui always propagates keeping your area clean and clutter free. Never keep your table cluttered up with many little things. It is also very mentally distracting and blocks the flow of Chi and creates bad Feng Shui. More open space will help you realize more opportunities with the flow of vitality in to your space. Do not block space with piles of documents and files. When there is a need to keep them, attend to them as soon as you can and then dispose them off to the right cabinets outside your cabin or cubicle.
Office Interiors
If you want to hang a painting in your office, choose one that has a flock of birds or a wide lake. They have positive psychological effects on your mind. You can also keep a miniature replica of an airplane on your desk that will always motivate you to strive more and achieve higher career goals. Use blinds to reduce the intensity of natural sunlight filtering through your office. But, avoid using tube-lights or bulbs all the time. It is good to have some natural element in your office. Since Feng Shui is about wind and water, having an aquarium or fish tank can also help influence wealth accumulation positively. You must keep 8 dragon fish or gold-fish to encourage wealth to come in and 1 black fish to fight against all evil vibes, in your tank. Always clean it regularly. You can also have an odd number of gold-fish if you cannot find a black one. Decorate your aquarium with plants, gravel and white-gray rocks. It will create the perfect balance in the atmosphere. Place the fish tank near the entrance of your office to activate the chi. Eliminate any sick fish because it stimulates bad Chi. English ivy, ferns and bamboo plants are also good choices to keep in your office.
Feng Shui Ornaments
Citrine crystals at your home and the office will help attract wealth and also improves your self-esteem. Other Feng Shui for office are the three-legged toad to earn extra incentives, the rooster to save yourself from the office politics, the three I-Ching coins in your wallet to attract money to it and the Chi Lin unicorn for promotions.No mud!
When you place anything made of mud and earth, or are placing plants in your office, do not put a water source too. Together, water and mud can create a very bad combination harmful for your career. Also avoid earthy tones like yellow, brown and orange. Instead, use black and blue color tones in your office that are the colors of water in Feng Shui. Generally, the career area is in the north direction of your house or office. Use patchouli or cinnamon scented room fresheners or candles for your office. Offices are high-stress zones and you need to balance it out with Feng Shui that promotes a good vibe overall and creates an energetic environment. Also, you will keep bad energy at bay and become more productive.

OK ladies.. let us know if any of these work for you … we’re off to look for a three-legged toad!