These are good, and really they are three aspects of the same issue, communication. As a remote worker myself for the last few years, it is incredibly easy to feel cut off from the rest of the organization unless everyone involved makes a concerted effort to communicate.
This goes double, triple, or more if the company is going through a lot of changes. As a remote worker, you don't have a grapevine or water cooler where you find out what's going on, or how other people are feeling about things. The only thing you have are the communications from your own team. If those are lacking, it's easy to feel forgotten and unappreciated.
How do you stay in touch with remote teams?
Really, what else is there to say? Working long hours may make us feel important, but it doesn't help us do better work. A lack of sleep absolutely affects out ability to make good decisions, do quality work and a host of other things.
Just stop it.
As you may know by now, I'm a big fan of taking care of yourself when it comes to learning new skills, getting training and taking care of your career. Therefore, it'll come as no surprise that I agree with the tips given in this article.
As much as we'd like to think that our employers would take an interest in growing the skills of the people who work for them, the reality is that there is a lot of bad management out there, and sometimes the company has a vested interest in keeping employees right where they are, not in teaching them new skills.
So don't let someone else decide how your knowledge and skills will develop, take charge of your own growth!
"Americans still only take about half their paid time off. Not taking all your vacation days hurts your brain function and poses other serious health risks."
Whenever I've been in Europe or Australia for a class, or had someone from another country in one of our classes here, they are always stunned by how little vacation time Americans actually get, and they wonder how we don't all go nuts. Yet the reality is, even with the measly amount we have, we only use half of it? Sad...
Always interesting to come across something from a therapy blog, and see how clearly it plays out in a professional environment. Cognitive Distortions exist everywhere, but they can really hurt you in your career. Take a look at some of the things listed in here and think about how you may be blinded by your own distortions when it comes to your career, and how you see yourself succeeding or failing, versus how you really are performing.
Can't say enough about the importance of considering your personal brand when it comes to social networks, blogs, and other online presence. There simply is no excuse these days for not networking, connecting with folks in your industry and using these tools in some way to show off your knowledge and skills. It absolutely helps you stand out when a recruiter or potential employer can look back at years worth of posts and gain insight into how you think how you solve problems, how you interact with others that they can't get in an interview with other candidates.
Of course, that also assumes you're not ruining your brand on social media too, but you know better than that, right?
This makes sense. I had not ever thought about it before but thinking about hiring a woman versus a man, and whether the woman is up to the challenge, looks a whole lot different when it's your daughter, sister, etc.
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