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New Hires Making More Money?

New Hires Making More Money?

I’ve been working at this company for 7 years and just recently found out that the two new people who just got hired are both making more money than I am.  Their jobs are similar to mine so I don’t see why they are making more money.  I would think that my years of experience should speak for something.  I’m really unhappy about this but don’t know what to do. Here’s what you do.  You go to your boss or supervisor and ask for a raise.  No kidding!  And here’s how you do this… Make a plan for how you are going to ask for this raise.  You know your boss and the personal dynamics of your work situation, so keep that in mind as you strategize how to go about this.  Do you think you should point out that you know the new hires are making more money than you are? I don’t see any problem in telling them that’s what you’ve been told. Do you need to put something in writing that points out all that you do for the company? Toot your own horn.  If you don’t, who will? Do you think the face-to-face approach works best with your boss?  Plan for that in-person meeting but carry with you your written request for a raise.  Be sure to leave that on their desk after your conversation. As a boss, I’m always impressed with an employee who is willing to do more for the company as a way of asking for a raise.  Are you willing to take on new tasks and new responsibilities assuming, of course, that your current job allows time for them? Taking on a new task can be as simple as keeping office supplies stocked or helping shred documents or tidying up the break

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Co-worker Degrading to Women?

Co-worker Degrading to Women?

I’ve been working at my first job out of college for about a year now, and this past week I’ve been asked to train a new hire. He’s about my same age and it didn’t take long for me to realize that he doesn’t respect the intelligence of women. He questioned the instructions I gave him then tried to tell me how things should be done. I didn’t quite understand his question and when I asked him to explain further he came back with a response that was something like, “you, with your small, female brain, couldn’t understand”. Although shocked, I was quick enough to tell him he should monitor what he says as that won’t serve him well. My question is this, should I tell my supervisor about his attitude toward women? Seriously? What a douche-bag! I’m sorry you have to work with, much less train, such a misogynist (person who hates, dislike, mistrusts, or mistreats women)! I applaud you for speaking up with confidence and for confronting him in a professional way. These comments can catch you off guard, but you handled it well. You-go-girl! Think to tell your supervisor if his degrading comments persist. I’m a believer in trying to fix problems on your own before running to management. Keep a record of these interactions so that if need be you will have documentation of the dates, times and what was said. If you notice him speaking to other women in the company in a similar fashion, talk with them about this problem. If you decide together to speak to management, there is power in numbers and you are less likely to come up against a “he said/she said” scenario. If his comments border on threatening or sexually harassing, don’t hesitate to get your supervisor involved. They

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Workaholism Ruining Relationship?

Workaholism Ruining Relationship?

My girlfriend is unhappy about how many hours I work.  I’m an entrepreneur with multiple business ventures and keeping track of my businesses and employees does roll over into my personal life.  I’m concerned because I believe this was part of the reason for my divorce.  I know I’m a workaholic, but don’t know how to slow down.  Any advice? Just do it!  You’re the boss.  You don’t have to ask permission to cut back on your 80++ hour workweeks.  The work will still get done.  All bosses have the same number of hours in a day.  Not all successful entrepreneurs work the long hours you do.  Your employees may find out that they are able to make decisions in your absence…yadda…yadda…yadda… If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years in business it’s that there’s always tomorrow.  As the boss you have complete control over your schedule so take charge of your life!  You know what it is you need to prioritize.  You know where you need to delegate more.  You know where your work habits are inefficient. You know when you’re focusing too much on work at the expense of your personal life.  You know when your butt has overstayed its welcome in your office chair and it’s time to go home.  You know when it’s time to shut off your smart phone…so…just do it! Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~ Are you willing to risk losing another relationship over your workaholic habits? What negative gloom and doom thoughts does your mind conjure up when you do take time off from work? What is the worst that can happen if you turn your smart phone off for the evening?

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Racial Profiling; Public Perceptions of Poverty; Parents Dictate Career Choices

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/3.15.14/3.15.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Parents Dictate Career Choices @ 0:00 Sportscaster Looking For Work @ 5:07 “Who You Know” Gets Jobs @ 24:08 Racial Profiling @ 41:58 Public Perceptions of Poverty @ 44:59 Quit Career Path Mom Chose @ 50:24 Driven To Poverty By Illness @ 1:08:50 Racial Profiling Story @ 1:27:42 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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Appreciated by Boss?

Appreciated by Boss?

I’ve been working long hours and feel that I’m a good employee.  I get frustrated when I don’t feel appreciated by my boss.  Once in a while I’d like to hear how I’m doing or if I’m doing a good job.  When the hours get really long is when I most want to hear something positive.  Is it ever a good idea to ask my boss how I’m doing? Absolutely!  This is a great question because as a boss myself, I know I don’t always do a good job of showing appreciation to my employees.  Let me tell you about this from my perspective as a boss; the “other side of the desk” so to speak.  Sometimes, even when I want to compliment my employees, I don’t want the compliments to feel insincere, so I second guess how often, and when, and if, and over what issues, to compliment them on a job well done. Silly as that may sound, we bosses don’t always have the answers, nor do we always do the right thing by our employees.  The other challenge a boss or supervisor has is to tailor the appreciation to make it meaningful for each employee.  Different employees are complimented and motivated by different approaches. If you’re wondering how you’re doing on the job, schedule a time to talk with your boss.  If you’re making a formal time to meet, out of courtesy, give your boss an idea of what you want to discuss.  This will keep the meeting focused and can help your boss consider things they too may want to plan for discussion.  If your boss has an open-door policy, step into their office and start the conversation rolling.  If you have needs at work that you feel are not getting met, even a need for

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Self-Care, Manage Stress; Integrity at Work; Parenting With Work

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/3.8.14/3.8.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Self-Care, Manage Stress @ 0:00 Finding Dream Job @ 6:01 Decide Between Two Job Offers @ 25:20 Integrity at Work @ 42:02 New Mom Juggling Work & Business @ 44:52 Tips For Juggling Work With Parenting @ 1:03:31 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)

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Major Setback; Unethical Boss; Extended Unemployment

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/1.11.14/1.11.14Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Recover from Major Setback @ 0:00 Lost Recording Contract @ 5:08 Can’t Get Interview @ 22:58 Emotions of Job Loss, Setback @ 41:31 Unethical Business Hindering Success @ 44:50 Manage Problem Employers @ 1:02:59 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)

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Nail That Job Interview

Nail That Job Interview

With so many people losing jobs and out of work, you need to prepare for your next job interview. When that door opens and you are given the opportunity of an interview, you need to sit your butt in the chair with an attitude of you’re “in it to win it”! Here are some tips for nailing that interview that I have gleaned from years of sitting on the boss-man side of the desk that decides whether or not you will get the job. First, if you walk in to an interview dressed like a streetwalker, and I’m not your wanna be pimp, don’t waste my time. If your personal style is the grunge look, and you pride yourself on that dumpster diver find, but you’re not interviewing for a position as a trash truck driver (on second thought, even if you are…) clean it up. Dress a notch above the part of the job you are being hired for. For example, if you’re going for that dot com job where everyone is a cool version of Steve Jobs and the dress code is jeans, t-shirts and flip flops, wear your nicest jeans and a collared polo with nice, clean, closed-toe shoes. You get the idea. I can tell you that from all the interviews I have done, if someone walks in looking unsuitable for the job, the blah, blah, blah of questions that ensues is all for show. There’s not a chance in hell they’re getting the job, and I’m likely going to cut the interview short. Again, don’t waste my time. Second, don’t be too cocky. There’s a fine line between confident and cocky and I remember well the nice looking young man who nailed “the look” for the job but spent so much time telling me how

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Growing a Business; Older Work Force; Interview Essentials; Positive Workplace

http://joanjerkovich.com/podcasts/12.7.13/12.7.13Podcast.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPodcast Segments: Growing Essential Oils Business @ 0:00 Older, Back to Job Market @ 19:17 Positive Focus for Older Applicant @ 28:28 Interview Essentials @ 39:34 Positive Through Business Challenges @ 44:57 Positive Workplace @ 1:03:25 Brought to you by: Hospice of Salina Martinelli’s Little Italy Dignity Care Home McCall Manor Bennington State Bank Troy and Lorie’s Cafe (TLC)  

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Work with Ex?

Work with Ex?

My work situation involves being around my ex-boyfriend and working closely with him. We ended on bad terms, and it’s awkward to be around him. How do I relieve that tension? It is reasonable to expect that you won’t easily relieve the tension you feel working with your Ex, at least not for some time.  I know that’s not what you wanted to hear, but I’m sure that if I tried to tell you that there was a sure-fire way to make these awkward feelings go away you would know that I was just spouting off some BS!  Falling in love is all about opening our hearts to let someone else in.  When you do this, you place yourself in a position of being emotionally vulnerable.  This vulnerability is the basis for the hurt of a breakup and the tension you now feel post-breakup. The fact that you can work at all with your Ex is a testament to your professionalism.  While at work, keep your focus on the task at hand.  Monitor your thoughts and try to keep them on work and off the relationship muck.  Don’t let on that being around him bothers you (even if it does).  “Fake it till you make it” does help reboot your mindset and will help you deal more effectively with him on the job. Healing from a broken heart takes time and it can be more difficult if you have to always see him because you don’t have the benefit of that saying, “out of sight, out of mind”.  Look to heal from this relationship by treating yourself to those things that have helped you heal from past disappointments be that journaling, counseling, a random hookup, or pulling a bitch session with your girlfriends. Since you have to work with him,

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