Do you love remote working? Or do you yearn for time in the office? In this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine examine the pluses and minuses of remote working. They start with a question from someone who has a new remote job and misses the camaraderie of office life. During the second part of the podcast, Kathi and Katherine consider those people who prefer remote working and have to go back to the office.
Sometimes you know it’s time to leave a job but something holds you back from taking action. In this My Crazy Office podcast, Kathi and Katherine explore the reasons why some people say they want to leave, but can’t take actions to go.
In this episode of My Crazy Office, Kathi and Katherine talk about job hunting, and how to decide which job to take. They start with a question from someone who has to choose between a job that has no work/life balance, but is at a high-status company, versus a job that encourages work/life balance but is at a less prestigious company.
Is fear stopping you from leaving your job? For some people, leaving a job is easy to talk about but not so easy to do. Even if you know it’s time to leave, fear may get in the way. Kathi and Katherine explore the challenge of leaving a job and discuss tactics for managing the fears that come with making this kind of change.
As an executive coach, I try to show my clients that with every awful business occurrence there is usually a silver lining. You may not see that lining at first, but with time you can see there was a lesson of value.
Not everyone is experiencing or seeing the silver lining at this time. Some of you are losing cherished members of your family and dear friends. Some of you may have lost your job and much needed income.
Some of you may feel angry because your gym is closed. Most of us desperately need a haircut. With that said, this quarantine and pause from life, as usual, can be a catalyst for each of us to take stock regarding what might actually be the silver lining.
Below is a list of silver lining comments that my clients have made over the last few weeks:
1 – I don’t miss many of my co-workers.
2 – I’m cooking all my meals and I like it.
3 – I’m sleeping better and don’t feel the pressure to get up earlier than needed.
4 – I like the relaxed attire I get to wear while working.
5 – I have so many fewer emails that my job is more doable.
6 – I’m learning that I like being by myself – I like me.
7 – I’m an introvert so I’m OK dealing with fewer people daily.
8 – I don’t have to commute.
9 – I’m hearing from friends and family that I haven’t spoken to for a while.
10 – I’m reading more, cleaning more, and finding it relaxing.
11 – I’m more appreciative of the essential workers in my city.
12 – Spending more time with my cat/dog and family is really nice.
13 – I can hear the birds singing because there are less cars on the road.
14 – It feels like the planet is healing itself.
15 – I have the opportunity to rethink my values.
16 – I’m realizing how important my supermarket workers are.
17 – I can take care of myself on my schedule throughout the day.
18 – I appreciate my job.
19 – I get to take classes for the job I really want.
20 – I’m learning how to connect with people on line.
21 – I like having access to people and places virtually that are not local.
Hard times teach us valuable lessons that help us grow and plan for the future. What are your silver linings? If you don’t see them at this time I promise they are there. You will see them when the time is right.
Kathi Elster – Executive Coach and co-owner of K Squared Enterprises.
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Kathi and Katherine talk about self-assessment at work on this week’s episode of the My Crazy Office podcast.
First we address a question about self-assessment and performance evaluation.
Then we discuss how to get proper feedback from your boss.