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Contributed by Aurora LaJambre, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
From improving your health, to increasing energy and appearance, regular exercise significantly boosts overall quality of life.
November 4, 2011
Contributed by Korina Rossi, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
After a weekend of pool parties, beach volleyball, and tequila body shots, the Monday morning blues come fast and hard.
October 3, 2011
Contributed by Missy Nolan, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
Each day, you show up bright and early in your best “I take my job seriously” outfit, ready to work.
September 14, 2011
Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
You’re not sure what happened. One minute you were starting your first day on the job. But just a few hours later, you were unemployed again. What went wrong?
We have a few ideas. See if you were guilty of any of these major fail moves on day one of your new (and very temporary) job.
10. Told the customers to shop somewhere else
It may not have been covered in orientation, but unless you work for Nordstrom which actually approves of this kind of thing (in the name of customer service), it was probably a bad idea to tell the customers the competition had better service, lower prices or superior products. Double no-no points if you did it without taking your eyes off the book you were reading or your current game of “Angry Birds.”
9. Introduced everyone to your religious or political views
Of course it’s good to have strong values. But handing out your manifesto in the lunch room? Score extra demerits if you were standing on a chair at the time or if you used a bullhorn.
8. Showed up for work nude
OK, so a chain of body care stores in the UK got some major publicity from this stunt. But they’re almost European, and that sort of thing is better tolerated there. Here, most employers expect their employees to show up more or less covered up. Just sayin’ …
7. Rearranged the boss’s office
Maybe the desk would look better over by the window. And those executive office bookshelves might have needed some organization. But did you have to call in a crew to do it the first day on the job?
6. Rearranged the boss’s clothes
Repeat after me: “I will not touch the boss’s clothing. Ever.” This applies no matter how much you think that that shirt would look better tucked in, or a different belt would just set off the whole outfit. Got it?
5. Living in fantasy land
What were you thinking? If you pent the day trying to convince everyone they were in the Matrix, or on the Holodeck, you failed. You can’t expect to last past the first day on the job by pretending films or TV shows are real. Keeping a new job requires a solid grasp on reality. (By the way, did you happen to see a misplaced sonic screwdriver in the break room? The Doctor told me ask.)
4. Invited your friends in
Especially if you told them everything is free. Of course your friends are important. But didn’t you think someone might notice when your entire fraternity showed up and you were holding the door as they emptied the shelves? Do you thing people on Wall Street or in our nation’s banks do things like that? Oh wait…never mind.
3. One for me, one for the register
My guess would be that you did well in the sharing lessons in preschool. And while your sense of equality for all is admirable, odds are you’re going to find that your first day on the job will always be your last. Call them silly, but employers prefer to pay you what they choose. Go figure!
2. You burnt down the building
And yet, somehow, as you stood there amid the ashes and smoke of what once was a business, you couldn’t really look me in the eye and claim that were surprised by that pink slip, could you? You could?? You were? Oh my!
1. You did not show up
I know. You got the job, and to you that meant it was yours to use – or not. After all, if you buy a new car, no one gets upset if you don’t take it out for a spin right away.
A word of advice? Next time it’s your first day on the job, pay attention to the “on the job” bit, okay?
A final word or two.
The first day on a new job is always stressful. But if you managed to avoid these major disasters, give yourself a pat on the back, and look ahead. But don’t get too confident … there’s always tomorrow! And by the way, you might want to forget that sauerkraut and sardine casserole you were planning to reheat at lunch tomorrow …
August 29, 2011
Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
You finally landed that job. Congratulations!
But you’re not home free yet. In fact, these first few weeks and months on the job can make or break your career. Make sure you avoid these common new employee mistakes, and get your career off to a great start.
10. Coming in late, leaving early
This is one of the most common mistakes new employees make. After all the work it took to get that new job, make sure you are at work on time, and that you leave on time.
Another common mistake new employees make is in what they wear. After dressing well for the interviews, they show up in clothing more appropriate for the beach, a club or a puttering around at day home. Even if your workplace is casual, make sure your clothing is neat, clean and most of all, appropriate for work.
Yes, four letter words have crept into TV shows and music. But in the workplace, dropping the f-bomb could have your career bombing as well. You could even find yourself charged with sexual harassment or creating a hostile workplace. Better to keep it clean at work.
7.TMI (Too Much Information)
It could be all about complaining about your previous job. Or whispering about some of your new colleagues to others. Or maybe making sure everyone knows your views on current politics, or exactly why you have to take off for a doctor’s appointment. As new employee mistakes go, this one is one of the most common – and the most annoying.
6. Bad choices in personal decor
Most companies allow employees some leeway in how they decorate their offices or workspaces. But a common new employee mistake is to choose potentially offensive décor, or to bring in too many things. Keep your office accessories tasteful – and under control.
5. Looking down on support staff
Underestimating the support staff is a new employee mistake that could spell the end of your job almost as soon as it starts. That clerical staff or kitchen staff or maintenance crew is the key to getting things done. Alienate them, and your career will suffer.
The opposite of Number 7 on our list, new employees who talk to almost no one at work are making a mistake that could stall their career indefinitely. Why? Because the silent new employee misses that “I’m new here” opportunity to make friends, build bonds and become a part of the team.
3. Advice too soon
Picture this: it’s a new employee’s first week on the job, and as the meeting gets started, he or she starts offering their take on how the meeting should be run. And how project requests should be processed. Later, they add advice on how testing should be done or which items should be added to the menu.
Unless you were hired as a consultant, spend the early days on your new job listening and learning. Save the advice for after your credibility is established.
2. Ignoring protocol/procedure
All companies have processes, even if they’re informal. One of the most common new employee mistakes is to ignore those processes. Make sure you know how, when and why things are done at your new workplace before you try to change them.
1. That’s not my job
The number one new employee mistake is to refuse assignments or projects because they are perceived as below the level of the job. Big mistake.
Unless the request involves something offensive, or crosses into personal time (like being asked to take someone’s car for an oil change), consider everything your job.
July 9, 2011
Contributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
If your job requires a uniform, whatever that may entail, it can be difficult finding easy-to-navigate online work uniform stores.
January 21, 2011
Contributed by Denise McGill, Catalogs.com Info Guru
Ahhh, the uniformity of uniforms. They often identify the wearer as a member of an elite group.