Phrases to not say at work

Workplace should never tolerate racism, harassment, or any negative behaviour traits, be it in physical or oral form because the consequences will not only affect employees’ morale but also the company’s image. However, this principle might not be easier said than done when the very place you want to scream over tough project and difficult teammates is in the office. It is not easy to always control emotions in a work setting when we are too tired or too happy.

To prevent you from saying pointless and even harsh things, you need to avoid these unethical phrases when at work, during a meeting, or conversation with colleagues. 

“This is boring” 

It is exhausting to sit for a long hour during meetings, especially in a meeting that “seems” like a waste of time. When you’re stuck in such a situation, never complain or say things like “this is boring” – either loudly or quietly to colleagues. Don’t also murmur those words by yourself. If you do that, your boss might think that you are unable to stay committed and focus on certain things. 

Instead of saying phrases similar to “this is boring”, you can talk to your manager the next day or after the meeting about how you feel. Tell him that while the meeting is necessary, it took too long that it ended up interrupting everyone from working. If your boss is a good leader, he will listen to your feedback and do something about it. 

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“I was doing this and that and … during my weekend” 

Sharing is caring but this does not apply when your boss or HR ask you the question “what did you do on the weekends or holidays?”. Revealing too much about what you did on your personal time could be a boomerang in the future. Even if you do productive things, revealing too much to your employers and coworkers might not be good for your work-life balance. Therefore, you can say one or two things about your personal matter but don’t go into details. To make it more polite, you need to thank your boss or HR for asking about your weekend. 

“It is not my fault” 

Having a job means you are ready for every responsibility that awaits you. Although certain task might not be under your liability, sometimes you are required to take responsibility for it. When your boss comes asking you about a project, never say “it is not my job to take”. Or, when your manager asks you to revise something that is not under your job desc, don’t say “it is not my fault so I won’t do it”. This indicates that you are blaming other people and are hostile or defensive. This can be bad for your personal image.

Instead of saying such things and making yourself look childish and irresponsible, you can tell your boss that you can help take a look at the project and revise it. Yet, when your plate is full already, you can ask your boss for an extended time to do the most important thing first. Alternatively, you can discuss the project with the person who did it but of course, acknowledge your manager first about it. 

“Thanks, hon”

This line is a little bit of a grey line. Calling someone with “baby or honey” will make it look offensive and even sexist. Especially in a workplace where people of diversity work together, these words might be interpreted differently. Remember, how you speak and communicate can change the workplace and work relationship flow. So, be careful with how you call your teammates and bosses. 

“Are you sure you can do this with your condition right now? 

When you ask the question to a coworker after medical treatment, it might sound caring. Yet, never throw the question to employees with disabilities or ill-body. This could mean you are underestimating them. Don’t say phrases that indicate racism or harassment such as “because you are black/Asian/white/having slanted eyes, you have no friends here”, or “You cannot do that with that body” as well. 

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10 Clever Ideas for Halloween Costume at Work

Halloween is just around the corner. Some people might be excited to celebrate the day, while some others stay calm about it. What about you? Do you love the month of Halloween?

Celebrated on October 31, Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In recent times, Halloween celebration typically includes more activities for fun such as trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.

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As the day is identical with people dolling up with eerie costumes and make-up, Jobiness would like to share with you some ideas of Halloween costume to wear at your office’s Halloween party. Are you ready to be the most “ghostly-person”? Here goes the list.

#1  Improvised sloth costume

This could be less scary but fun costume to wear. You can do little improvisation on the costume such as one eye sloth or cut nose cloth. Especially if you are customer service in the front desk, this costume will represent the sloth in Zootopia movie. Funny but scary…be a sloth!

#2  Bellatrix Lestrange

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? You can get the thrill by becoming the wicked women in the movie. Dress up as Bellatrix Lestrange and don’t forget the wand.

#3  Dolores Umbridge

Another evil character of harry potter, Dolores Umbridge. Get your outfit and set rules around the office. After that you can say, ‘Just a prank, guys!’

#4  Error 404

This is a simple costume for a simple person. If you don’t like to do some makeup, buy a t-shirt and write “Error 404 – bad costume not found”.

#5  iPhone costume

iPhone has gotten the most attention due to the high price tag. While it is expensive to buy the iPhone, it is not expensive to create the costume. You only need a t-shirt or a shirt and a construction paper to create a phone’s infamous camera lenses. Print out the icons and attach them using safety pins. Voila, now you are the iPhone!

#6  Dress imitating your favourite meme

Meme has been popular as it makes people laugh and can somehow reduce stress. If you want to get a better Halloween costume recommendation, maybe you can imitate your favourite meme and dress like the meme character. 

10 Clever Ideas for Halloween Costume at Work

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#7  Filter Make-up (costume)

Technology like Instagram, Snapchat, or other photo-sharing apps is equipped with a filter such as the rainbow face, animal face, ghost face, or fancy face. Pick one you like most.

#8  Black or blank space  

Dress in either all white or all black. Thus, you can either be a blank space or black space. Boom, another Halloween costume idea.

#9  Ghostwriter

This costume is generated from a very simple ghost emoji you usually found in your smartphone keyboard. Find an old white bed sheet, cut holes for eyes, and carry a “death note” book with a pen.

#10  Food (candy) costume

Trick-or-treat is identical with candy or food. So, why not try it. Buy some candies or snacks, find a t-shirt, and attach those foods to your t-shirt using pins.

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What’s your favourite Halloween costume idea?

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3 Trusted Applications that Allow You to Get Paid Early

Laura is a recent graduate of University X. Now she works as a social media developer. In her first month, she is so excited to receive her first salary. But alas, she heard unpleasant information that the salary will be paid late due to some payroll issues. This is bad news not only for Laura, the whole team feel demotivated as well. To make it worse, it is revealed that the company has always been dealing with late salary payment.

Have you ever been trapped in a similar situation?

Hearing the bad news of payroll problem can give you a headache in itself and now, you need to wait for 5 more days to receive your earnings while you have no cash left in your wallet.

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Worry no more! There are apps that let you withdraw money from your paycheck before payday. These apps are the best early payday apps that will help you withdraw money in a specific amount whenever you need an advance salary. So, without further ado, here goes the list.

#1   Earnin 

Earnin offers a quick way to get an advance payment. As long as your salary is paid by direct deposit, Earnin lets you borrow up to $500 per day without having to pay the interest. For new users, the limited withdrawal is $100. There is no charge for using this app but it encourages you to leave an optional tip up to $14 as a thank you.

To use Earnin, you should meet these requirements:

  •         Receive direct deposits from your employer into your checking account
  •         Have a regular pay schedule
  •         Work as a fixed location or use an online timekeeping system at work

#2  Dave

Same as Earnin, Dave is also a pay-advance app. This app offers no-interest loans designed to help you avoid overdraft fees. So, Dave will notify you when you are about to run out of funds, anticipating regular expenses like rent and utilities. Dave also gives you up to $75 in advance if your paycheck is due in the next 10 days and will charge you $1 monthly for a membership fee.

To use Dave, you should meet these requirements:

  •         Dave does not check your credit score but there should be a proof of consistent income.
  •         You need to show at least two direct deposit paychecks to your bank account from your employer.
  •         There should also be a proof that you have some money left in your bank account after you pay your bills.

#3  PayActiv

PayActiv is free to join but charging you $5 when you request an early payday. There are no interest charges with PayActiv but the app is restricted in that you can only use if your employer has joined the app as a member. So, it is worth checking with your employer whether it has signed up as a PayActiv member or not. Probably, your employer will agree to use this as a benefit for employees.

To use Even, you should meet these requirements:

  •         Should be connected to your business information
  •         Employer must sign up before employees can use the app 

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Can Social Reputation Help You Land a Job?

There’s an old adage that goes like this, “It does not matter what other people think about you, what matters most is what you think about yourself.” While this could be true in terms of improving our self-esteem, apparently, what others think about us aka reputation does still matter as it defines our values in other people’s eyes.

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Why reputation matters

More than just a piece of crafted resume, candidate’s social reputation could be more important to employers. Why? Because social reputation can tell a lot more than a written biography. A study by CareerBuilder found that 70 percent of employers surveyed check candidates’ social media presence and 69 percent of them Googling candidate’s name during applicant screening process. Meanwhile, 57 percent of respondents cited that they are less likely to interview candidates they cannot find online. These findings suggested that what you share, publish, comment, as well as what others post about you does have an impact on recruitment decisions.

Moreover, reputation also gives light to the employer on how trustworthy, capable, and confident you are as a candidate. For instance, if you have a bad reputation in the eyes of other people whether it is online or offline, you will be seen as a bad fit for business bottom line. A recruiter might think that you cannot be trusted and that you are not capable to take care of tasks assigned to you. On the other hand, having a good social reputation can add your value in the eyes of hiring managers.

So, do you still think that other people’s opinion does not matter?

How to build a reputation

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

That being said, reputation counts in a recruitment process. Thusly, you need to take action to improve your presence, both online and offline. A simple tip to build a powerful reputation is by paying attention to how you show up in every moment or situation. For example, in a job interview, you should be mindful of how you want to engage with others. The way you answer simple questions like “how are you?” or “what do you do?” also have an impact on your reputation, so make sure that you provide a proper answer.  Additionally, your social media presence also affects your online reputation. Therefore, you need to recheck your social media and remove all negative posts that you might have published in the past.

(Check here for more tips on how to craft better social media presence)

You also need to ask yourself questions such as how do you want people to see you? Do you want other people to believe in you? What kind of traits that make you look good in the eyes of other individuals? Does sharing this content will make you look bad? Or other leading questions that can better your behaviour.

“What people think about you might not be 100 percent true. Therefore, you should be mindful with your action so build a good character.”

Lastly, do remember that reputation is key to your career success. It differentiates you from other individuals and other job seekers which becomes your driver to attract opportunities. Your reputation will, consequently, improve your personal as well as professional life. 

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At a certain point in everyone’s career, there could be times when they felt stuck. Especially when they have been working for years in the same company, holding the same job title and perhaps even, very or no pay increment. As your job experiences increase, there must be a desire to advance your career. That is, you are looking for a promotion.

When you want a promotion, you would need to justify on why you should have a promotion. Thus, put some strategies in place for your justification during your appraisal period. Of course, these plans would require a period to show results!

Here are some that you can adopt:

Willingness in Taking On More Tasks

Accomplishing your primary duties is what you are expected to do, but if you can expand your duties when the opportunities arise, take it. Though, you need to understand your capabilities and also to manage your time effectively.

Simply by accepting more challenges, you are showing employers you are maximising your capabilities and pro-activeness. This is how your boss or superior will take notice of you.

Be Confident and Optimistic

Not everyone is lucky to work in a positive and helpful workplace where everyone gets along and an understanding boss. If you happen to work in a negative working environment, where people are often burnout and also with a demanding boss, you need to train yourself to be optimistic and confident regardless of the situation you might be facing. Be a great neutralizer and at the same time, encourage people around you to maintain a positive energy.

Dress for success

If you usually don’t care about how you dress up and represent yourself, you should change that. Also, when you dress up for work, it naturally makes you more confident.

The difference between a ironed shirt and a shirt that is wrinkled. Do you get it? It gives a different impression to others. While you are trying to earn that promotion, you need to look the part too!

Working Overtime

Doing overtime is not always a bad idea. Not saying that you need to do it everyday but always make sure you get your tasks done and there is no backlogs waiting for you or allow procrastination to happen.

If you need, then stay on to complete your tasks. If you do manage your time well and has been able to finish your work on the dot, take 1 or 2 days a week and spend time in the office to broaden your knowledge or explore other sites for inspirations in regards to your work and for the company.

In time to come, employers will take notice of the efforts that an employee puts in. One crucial thing to remember is that you have to be yourself and not faking a front. The above tips if not for trying to get a promotion, it is self-improvement too. One can never stop learning and achieving greater heights. Enhance your capabilities so as to give your best to the company.

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6 Common Types of Employees: Which One are You?

As an employee, you easily realise that your colleagues are different than you. There is someone who always sleeping on his/her desk, someone who is often late, or someone who seems like they never go home (arrived first in the office, but takes overtime).

It is always interesting to see so many types of employees in the office. Also, you can reflect yourself about which type of employee you are. Here are six common types of employees you often observe:

1. The ambitious one

Totally committed, motivated, and dedicated. They never go home, since they are throwing their life to the office. We can call them as office overachievers as well. This kind of employee is usually eager to take on new projects and tasks. Every task that given to them, the company can consider it is done.

As they put their best bet to achieve success, most employers appreciate their efforts. The ambitious one will always get a raise and a promotion. They are destined to climb up the organisational hierarchy.

2. The cheerleader one

They may not produce impressive works, but their existences inject a positive atmosphere in the office. With their perpetually positive attitude, this kind of employee can bring a good encouragement to keep up the company morale.

Any employer needs cheerleaders as office motivators, especially when things seem to be falling apart.

3. The leader

There must be someone who consider them as a leader in the office. It can be a position given from the company, or they just think they are. Other employees think they are bossy, or else, inspired by them.

A good leader in the office is good at delegating responsibilities to others based on his/her colleagues individual strengths. Every company needs someone who can manage it to achieve the best results when they are in trouble.

4. The grumpy one

They are always dissatisfied with the company new rules. Nothing we can do to make them happy, especially with the fact that they love to grumble in the office. Beware of them, since they can drag his/her colleagues down. In the end, this kind of employee is bad for the business as well as the company morale.

5. The materialist one

Simply, they only work for money. They will not produce impressive works. They come on-time (or a bit late), but leave early or exactly on-time. Actually, they don’t have enough interest in the job, as people can see on their lack of motivation to work.

6. The weak links

Or we can call them as the underperformers. They have never fully delivered their potential. They may show up to work each day, but what they do at their desk is absolute bare minimum. Also known as the doormat, as they keep quiet. They are afraid if someone notices their lack of contribution to the company success.