You know the moment it’s over. Or you’ve experienced many moments that lead to the single thought:
I am so done with this job.
Some people wake up with the sudden employment epiphany, bound out of bed, sail into the office, quit in manic mode and an hour later, trip on a crack in the sidewalk and fall into their dream career.
That scenario is mostly a feature of TV and movie fiction. Most people go through stages where the job is good and bad: the stress comes and goes, personal time shrinks, paperwork piles up, coworkers leave for other opportunities and promotions seem to happen to other people.
Think it’s time to rethink your work strategy and status? Here are six ways to recognize employment inertia:
1. You’re unhappy coming to work every day
Defining unhappiness depends on what you do like and don’t favor the job and what you can tolerate. Compile a list of each category. If what you hate about the job outnumbers the other two categories, it’s time to stop loathing your job and either find something new in your job to motivate you or find a new opportunity.
2. People around you are moving on
Do people around you seem to be leaving left and right? Are they are getting promoted or leaving the company? Often, this feels like they’re improving their skills and receiving recognition while you’re sitting stagnant. You are capable of performing your tasks, but unable to step up and learn new things. A big part of this is also dependent on whether or not your professional environment allows you to learn new skills in order to move into a new position and even if you learn new things, is there room for you to move up? If there’s no foreseeable pathway that leads to your career transitioning up and onward, it may be time to move on.
3. You are suddenly feeling ‘out of the loop’
Dropped from meeting invites, company-wide emails, and the office lunch groups. Maybe folks don’t like you, or maybe you’re not just not as important. If you’re feeling like a simple worker bee while the executives gather to discuss pertinent information that they don’t consider you to know, you can be left feeling down in the dumps and out of the loop. This happens a lot in workplaces as time progresses. Stale and stagnant work environments where you’re often left out of the loop or out of the conversation can leave you feeling undervalued and unimportant. This is often where places fail in categories of transparency and communication. If you’re not considered part of the group and don’t see yourself getting there in the next year, it may be time to move on.
4. You avoid participation in corporate events
Whether it’s because you’re so not in the mood to see your coworkers after work hours or you’re downright annoyed by the things happening inside work, you’re more often than not looking for any excuse to avoid participating in events happening outside of work. Sometimes, the stress and exhaustion leave you wanting to find relief away from all things that remind you of work. If you start to feel detached from your company, you might need to take time off or to find new opportunities.
5. Finding yourself wanting more
If tasks become too easy at work and you’re effortlessly managing to jump several steps ahead, this can be both good and bad. In good terms, it means you’re gaining a great handle on the job you have in front of you. You can likely accomplish tasks quickly, but it can also mean that you’re unchallenged in your current position. When it seems that no new changes or challenges present themselves, you can become bored, and often resort to procrastination. This leads many to seek a higher purpose in their job and the longing to do something more.
6. You’re everyone’s go-to person, but without the title
When you gain experience in a position for several years, you become everyone else’s go-to person, especially the newbies’, about several different things. You’re often asked for advice on projects and to look over things before they go to the higher-ups. People trust you and your opinion and they respect that you know your job well. There’s only one problem: you’re constantly asked to weigh in on things that are beyond your responsibility or your job title. This is a slippery slope that leads to you performing tasks that are above your title, and pay grade, in fact.
As you move from one job into the next, a professional portrait photo, along with your resume, is your grand entrance, your announcement that you are ready for a new and challenging career. Contact Korey Howell Photography and trust us to capture your best business side and present it to prospective employers.
Celebrity BFFs Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are some of the funniest in the industry (among so many other incredible female comedians). They can laugh at anything from motherhood, to their bodies, their costars, and each other. They’ve starred alongside each other in so many movies since their days on SNL and have made us belly laugh with each one.
Aside from being badass in general, these two have each played high-ranking women. Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope on the comedy Parks and Rec was a bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation sector of the State of Indiana and as the seasons progressed eventually became a councilwoman, head of National Parks, and (it was implied) President of the United States. Leslie got to this point by making friends in the office and approaching everything with a sense of grace and humor. She can somehow make you shed tears of joy and laughter all at once; she’s funny that way.
Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon was also of huge success on her show 30 Rock. Liz was a head writer on NBC’s fictional The Girly Show (TGS). Liz continued to work in an industry flooded with men, and not only maintained women’s credibility on her show (example: after her lead actress gained substantial weight, she refused to make her lose it as well as refused to make jokes about it on TGS), but she did it in a completely authentic way – as well as a hilarious way.
But, these are just characters. If only we could all let our humor loose and bring a little laughter to the corporate world.
Actually, we can, and should.
According to Forbes, humor is essential to success at work. If you show your sense of humor, you’re showing you are human and that you don’t take yourself too seriously. Let’s be real, no one wants to work with the stick in the mud who only wants to get down to business. Having laughter in the workplace can help foster relationships between coworkers on a level that is deeper than the project they are working on together. A team of people who enjoy each other will produce better results than people who are simply there do the work and go home where they can be themselves.
The two most important traits of a good leader? Strong work ethic and a good sense of humor. And let’s be real, there is no fun way you can thrive and grow at work without a sense of humor. Things don’t always go perfectly and eventually you have to be able to laugh at the situation, so it’s better to be yourself and laugh it off.
Speaking of other humorous women, Lucille Ball was one of the funniest women in history. She was never afraid to be herself, and poke fun at herself. She helped pave the way for women. Long gone are the days of having to be a reserved woman. We certainly don’t have to hold in a witty comment when one comes to mind.
So, here’s to you, all you strong, fearless, female leaders! Let your humor out! You will enjoy life more and hopefully, enjoy your work more. By letting others see the funny side of you, maybe it will encourage them to crack a joke or two. A laughing company is a happy company, and a happy company is a successful one.
National Girl Scout Week runs Sunday, March 12th through Saturday, March 18th. As this iconic institution celebrates its 105th year, the events of 2017 provide an excellent opportunity to take a look at the work that Girl Scouts do to empower women and prepare them for entrepreneurship, STEAM careers and more!
On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the first Girl Scout troop with 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia. Her goal was to provide a place for these girls to find friendship, empowerment, and leadership. Today, Girl Scouts of all ages blaze new paths and try new things, showing what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader). More than 59 million women in America today have found a place in Girl Scouts during their childhood and there are currently 2.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Taking a look at how this organization has inspired women leaders who work STEAM fields, as well as entrepreneurs, politicians, media, film and TV stars, and athletes present some staggering statistics.
With an increased focus on STEAM fields of study, Girl Scouts are introduced to experiences that show them they can do anything in careers that allow them to be creative, active, and well-paid while changing the world for the better. Girls learn about a variety of interests from how a car engine works, to managing finances, to extracting DNA from a banana. They are exposed to many different fields of study that some girls may assume are off-limits or not interesting. As this focus continues to expand (encouraging girls to be anything they want to be) companies such as FORD are helping out by presenting programs like the Girls Fast Track Races, which exposes Girl Scouts to the thrill of car racing. Did you know that virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space has been a Girl Scout?
It might be difficult to see the link between Girl Scout Cookies and entrepreneurship, but the cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Annually they sell over 200 million boxes of cookies, earning over $800 million dollars. Even more than dollars, though, the Girl Scout who sells you these cookies is developing confidence, learning to set goals, manage money, and study business ethics. The digital platform for sales that launched in 2014, allowed girls to market and sell cookies online or through a digital app. As this piece developed, girls are able to customize their websites and collect data related to their cookie sales. If you are wondering if these skills translate into real-life skills as adults, take note that Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and Virginia Rometti, the CEO of IBM are both former Girl Scouts.
Girl Scouts learn about leadership and civic responsibilities throughout the course of their experiences with the program. They take opportunities to connect with leaders in their communities, promote legislative agendas and spend time volunteering. Diversity and acceptance are encouraged as they interact with and learn about people of different races, nationalities, and faiths. Fifteen of our 20 current female Senators and half of the 88 women who serve in the U.S. House of Representatives were Girl Scouts. Attorney and former First Lady Michelle Obama was a Girl Scout, as was former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and retired Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
Of course, leaders show up in other places too. Star athletes Venus and Serena Williams are Girl Scout alums. As were Taylor Swift, Dakota Fanning, Martha Stewart, Barbara Walters, and Katie Couric. Our recent losses of Carrie Fisher, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, and Mary Tyler Moore saw the passing of two other well-known Girl Scout alums. The list goes on and on.
In 2012, Geri Stengel wrote in Forbes about Girl Scouts growing a pipeline of leaders and then Girl Scout CEO, Anna Marie Chavez’ goal of closing the leadership gap between men and women. Today, as we continue to focus on women’s rights and the growing role of women in our country and around the world, we can promote and embrace all that Girl Scouts do for our daughters and women.
Your Face and Your Business Card
Realtors are likely the first category of professionals that come to mind when we think of those who commonly include corporate headshots on their business cards. However, people from all industries can reap the rewards of adding a professional photograph on their business card.
How often do you find yourself attending a networking event, only to sift through tons of business cards afterward, struggling to recall everyone you met? In an endless stack of cards, those with a professional corporate headshot stand out from the rest by immediately jogging the memory. People are more likely to remember someone when they can put a face with a name.
“You go to a convention, and you come home with 55 cards in your pocket,” Don Crowther, an online marketing consultant in Racine, Wisconsin, tells Forbes. “If only one or two cards have photos, you’ll remember those people.”
This method is recommended for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are trying to build name and brand recognition. There’s nothing more valuable than connections, connections, connections.
Upon receiving someone else’s business card, “Cohen recommends immediately connecting with the person through LinkedIn. Of course, at that point you’ll see one another’s pictures, a virtual way of putting into practice Don Crowther’s No. 1 piece of advice, that you share your photograph.”
A single, engaging corporate headshot on your business card, LinkedIn profile and professional website will make an impression that’s memorable, and demonstrates cohesion across all of your digital platforms.
Contact Korey Howell Photography at 512-331-7744 to book a corporate headshot, and opt for a mobile photography session today. Serving the Greater Austin Area, Korey Howell and her staff make it easy to put your best foot forward with a stellar photo for your future business endeavors.
Amy Simmons – Founder & President
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amy originally wanted to go into medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology at Tufts University in Boston.
While in school and after, she worked at Steve’s Ice Cream, launching new stores in Manhattan and Coconut Grove, FL. When Steve’s Ice Cream was sold to a publicly traded real estate company, Amydecided to start her own company where she could focus on the quality, community, and customer service values that first lured her into the ice cream business.
Finding Texas most hospitable, she opened Amy‘s Ice Creams in 1984 in Austin. She attended the University of Texas and received her Option II MBA in 1992, where she received the Dean’s Award. In 1986, Austin Business Journal voted her Entrepreneur of the Year!
Based on the philosophy of “making people’s day,” Amy‘s Ice Creams has grown to 15 stores in three cities. Through her stores, she inspires young people to have a lifetime of community participation. The success of Amy‘s is known worldwide from featured articles in Inc., Southern Living, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Fast Company, features on Food Network, ABC, and multiple reference university textbooks.
In 2003 she founded Choose Austin First, an alliance of locally owned businesses dedicated to fostering and promoting the city’s unique lifestyle and sense of community.
In 2007 Amy founded Phil’s Ice House, a burger concept which also thrives on being a gathering and giving place for the community. Her deep rooted concern for community motivated her to run for and be elected to Westlake Hills City Council Place 3 in May 2007 where she served as Mayor Pro Tem.
In addition to her businesses, Amy‘s personal time is also a priority. She has three children active in sports and education. She runs marathons and was the first female professional boxer in the state of Texas. She is a frequent speaker for and supporter of non-profit and educational organizations and mentors others in small businesses.
Last minute photo request from first time client Austin Caswell resulted in his feature in Austin Way Magazine.
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