Skip These Lies At Work

We all tell little white lies all the time – it’s what gets most of us through the day hassle free. However, telling white lies at work can be tricky. It’s very tempting to keep personal things from your coworkers or boss, but by the sheer nature of spending so much time with them in a professional setting, these lies can often come back to bite you in the rear end. Here’s four lies you should avoid telling at any cost, because they’re way more trouble than they’re worth.

Saying you’re sick when you’re not. Whether you overslept or plain just played hooky for a day, lying about an illness is very tricky because you’ll have to deal with people asking how you’re feeling and what exactly was wrong. You have to know symptomes, timeframes, and maybe even provide a doctor’s note, and that’s just a ton of hassle.

Similarly, another excuse people use all the time for not meeting deadlines is that their technology/computers went kaput. This is a hard one to pull off nowadays because any company worth it’s salt has a decent IT department, and they’ll be able to tell instantly that nothing has been wrong with your system for a long time.

Movies tell us that the go-to lie for getting out of work is that you are headed to a grandparent’s funeral. However, if your grandparent is alive and well when you tell this lie, you face the awkward possibility that they die afterwards, and then you have to lie again. You also have to feign grief, which is hard and disrespectful to coworkers who are actually grieving in one way or another. Trust us, they won’t thank you for the imitation if they ever find out about the lie.

Finally, telling your employer that you have skills you don’t is one of the worst things you can do. Some people lie on their resumes to get a job, but unless you’re incredibly lucky, you’re not going to be able to continue to “fake” a skill level once you get the job. Your boss will lose respect for you when you admit you lied, and who knows – they may have simply hired you anyway and trained you if you had told the truth!

Emotional Intelligence is Key to Success!

While memberships to IQ societies like Mensa and the Triple Nine Society may look incredible on your resume, employers have begun to look for something even more important, EQ. EQ (emotional intelligence) encompasses five categories; self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, motivation, and social skills. According to research done by the OfficeTeam staffing agency, Human Resource (HR) Managers as well as workers almost unanimously agree that EQ is important. Nearly 65% of workers think IQ and EQ are just as important, while 43% of Human Resource Managers contribute higher morale and and motivation as a benefit that comes from an high EQ staff. Surprisingly enough, 40% of Human Resource Managers consider soft skills like communication, problem-solving and adaptability to be harder to teach than technical skills. Since these statistics reflect current opinions, It’s safe to say that EQ has become an essential aspect in the workplace.

According to Jose Costa, group president at automotive franchiser Driven Brands, “Morale emanates from leadership; it begins, and ends with the CEO/president of the company.” High EQ CEOs communicate in ways that prevent communication breakdowns. In turn, morale trickles down from the CEO to employees and then off into customer relations. IQ may be static, but EQ changes and fluctuates depending on stress or happiness. Leaders with high EQ’s are able to navigate conflict and prevent disruptions. Figuring out how to deal with frustration from employees or customers can be vastly beneficial, especially when dealing with large businesses. Bringing emotional intelligence to the table allows for a more positive work place environment.

If your employees work alone, having a high EQ may not be as important. “EQ is necessary for success when others depend on you or are required to work closely with you,’ according to Kaitlyn Apfelbeck, HR director, at Voices. An employee with low emotional intelligence may make rash decisions without thinking about how those decisions effect the others on their team. Helping employees develop a higher emotional intelligence should be a major priority of all business owners. If you consider yourself to be a high EQ individual, you’re in luck! Hiring managers are seeking candidates with high EQ, strong bonds in their interpersonal relationships, and that are flexible and able to work well under pressure. They’re looking for balanced and motivated self starters than can take control of a project, then delegate tasks to their various team members. Being able to encourage and motivate their team of blended personalities is a must. Leaders who are emphatic and willing to show compassion and understanding towards other employees are hard to find. HR Managers also know that positivity and perseverance, while striving toward what’s good for the brand, is a key quality in a potential new employee. Being mindful and increasing EQ is immensely important in this day and age.


How Easy IS Freelancing?

Everybody has that one friend who is making a ton of money by freelancing. Whether they do it as a side job to their regular 9-5 or are able to freelance full-time, somehow they make it look so appealing, especially in today’s economy. Plus, they get to work from home! But if you’re looking to make the leap into freelancing, there’s a few things you should know, both about the process and about yourself, before you so.

First off, know yourself and how you work. Are you a procrastinator or proactive? Do you have trouble meeting deadlines or are you able to motivate yourself to work no matter what? Being your own boss seems like a great idea until you realize that no one is going to take the fall for you, and that no one can back you up either. You are the representation for your business at all times, which can get exhausting. But if you’re still in, decide what kind of service you want to offer, and make sure you’re examining the market for business types that are in high demand when you do so. You definitely want to pick a skill you have, but you also need people to want it too, so keep the market in mind when defining your business.

Next, come up with a plan for how you’re going to really pop against the backdrop of all the other freelancers out there. Are your rates cheaper, or is your skill set higher – or are you offering something that no one else is? What makes your business a good and exciting choice for customers? And once you have them, whats a good way to keep them besides doing good work? Maybe you have benefits for referrals, or a discount on a second commission, or maybe you simply have impeccable customer service and always follow through. Whatever it is, make sure you really shine for those customers.

And finally, stay competitive. Don’t be content to coast on your accomplishments once your business takes off. Keep an eye on what other freelancers with the same skill set are doing, and continue to think about what can get you an edge over them. Remember, as a freelancer, you are your best (and maybe, your only) resource! Good Luck!

5 Tips For LinkedIn Dominance

While LinkedIn may be the most popular marketing tool of the 21st century, many users aren’t sure how to fully utilize all the many features it has to offer. Compared to Facebook’s in depth help section, LinkedIn is a little lacking in terms of documentation. Here are five tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has premium memberships available which boast features such as InMail, a messaging feature that allows you to send messages to other LinkedIn users you aren’t connected with. Premium memberships also include curated job insights as well as the ability to see who’s viewed your profile, all at a price of $50/month.

LinkedIn has a limit on how many invitations you can send. The last known limit was 3,000 which means you should send each request with purpose. Make sure your only requesting potential or former business associates for the best results.

If you have made plenty of new connections, you’ll begin to notice you’ll get notifications for everything, even on connection’s birthdays. In order to save your sanity and your data usage, go to the notifications page, find the type of notification you’d like to turn off, then click the three dots on the top, right corner, and click “Turn Off Notifications of This Type”.

Occasionally one of you new connections may be troublesome or annoying. There are a few options in this situation. If you’d like to hide only a certain post that’s gotten out of hand, again, you can click the three dots on the top, right corner of the post you’d like to hid, and select “Hide This Post”. If you want to un-follow all their status updates, click the same three dots in the top, right, then select “Unfollow XXX”. If you’d rather remove them as a connection entirely, start at their profile, then click the three dots to the right of their picture, then click “Remove XXX”. They will instantly be removed as a connection, which also removes any endorsements or recommendations. You can also block a member by following the same instructions and clicking Block Their Name, then following through with the next menu asking you to confirm.

One of the more obnoxious things that comes with networking is being added to a group message that clutters your inbox! In order to mute a noisy group message, open the offending message, then click the three dots on top right corner, then you can click Mute Conversation. In order to leave a group chat, you’ll do the same, open the message, find the three dots, and then click Leave Conversation. Once you’ve left, you can clean your inbox, by opening it one last time, clicking the three dots again, and then hitting Leave Conversation.

With these simple tips, it won’t be long before you’re using LinkedIn like a pro.

Volvo Goes 100% Alternative by 2019

Recently, Volvo group announced they intend to only offer hybrid or fully electric engines on all new Volvo models by 2019. This announcement makes Volvo the first automaker to commit to do away with traditional gas powered vehicles entirely in favor of alternative drive trains.

Volvo’s commitment to switch to an entirely electric and hybrid fleet in just two years is a strong sign that the eventual end of the solely combustion engine car is coming sooner rather than later. The overwhelming advantages of hybrid and electric vehicles from both performance and manufacturing standpoints, as well as lofty investments in autonomous vehicle technology, support this landmark move.

With ever stronger emissions requirements on vehicles set to tighten in key international markets the cost benefit of making electric cars is clear, especially in China, where Volvo’s owner Geely is based. As capacity and manufacturing processes improve, production costs on electric vehicles are also getting smaller.

Volvo had previously set a target sales figure for electric and hybrid cars at 1 million by 2025, however with this announcement that those will be the only drive trains Volvo will be offering that number should be well within reach. Between 2019 and 2012 Volvo plans to launch five new electric and hybrid cars, two of which will be made by Polestar. Polestar announced recently it would become its own subsidiary, selling performance electric vehicles to complete with the likes of high end Tesla models.

With hybrids bridging the gap Volvo is getting a competitive jump on the move to electric vehicles. Volvo has claimed a leadership position in the future of the market in a smart and aggressive way. Although many companies boast about their commitment to alternative drivetrains Volvo is matching their words with action.