Showing posts with label stress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label stress. Show all posts

Dec 17, 2016

The Moral Hazard of Salary

http://www.workingquietly.com/2016/12/introvert-salary-moral-hazard.html
Once again, the holidays are almost upon us. The year 2016 brought many new and unexpected things, but countless other things also remained the same. Predictably, there's one part of our lives that never seems to change: a lot of us really don't like our jobs.

Apr 24, 2016

Belligerence

computer beside a banjo
Dear Reader,

What's the biggest asset you can have as an employee in a modern 21st century organization? Wow, that's a loaded question.

Is it raw talent and mastery of your skills, or by proxy, a fancy certificate on the wall that convinces people that you can do the job?

Mar 10, 2016

Why We're Stressed: The Cookie Crunch

Dear office worker,

I'll get right to the point. The workplace, as we know it today, is one of the most amazing and beautiful socioeconomic experiments ‎of the past two centuries. Why? Because there's no show like it anywhere else on Earth. I'm sure you would agree.

This is why the office just plain fascinates me, and ultimately made me want to leave it for good. I no longer wanted to participate in this great experiment, so I just quit cold turkey :)

Feb 29, 2016

How To Get Your Way, Finally

Graphic of person holding sign showing the word no
Dear reader,

If you're like me, you might have had this same problem again and again at the office.

Have you ever felt like your coworkers know exactly how to get what they want from you, and you're powerless to persuade them to back off? You probably got buckets of advice from friends and family, and none of it worked out.

Well, it wasn't all bad advice. It was just horrible advice for you. Let's talk for a moment.

Jul 4, 2015

Office Politics: Your Coffee Cup Has More Power Than You Do

Having a bad day at work?  I have a simple question:
Who’s to blame for that?

Is it your boss? Is it that pesky new project manager who just can't leave you alone? Or, maybe it's "those management jerks", whoever that is. Well, I have a question for you. Is it really anybody's fault, or is that just a distraction from the real problem? To appreciate what that problem is, we need to look at work stress in a different way.

Jan 17, 2015

Communication Toolkit for Introverts

https://www.packtpub.com/business/communication-toolkit-introvertsFind your voice in everyday business situations

By Patricia Weber
(reviewed by Working Quietly)

As introverts, one of the major tipping points in our career journey is when we realize that a lot of the "common sense" knowledge we were taught just doesn't seem to fit who we are as individuals, and if we're lucky, we eventually discover our true nature, and realize how the word introvert just wraps around our personality like a warm blanket.

Jan 11, 2015

The Office: Are You Tired Of Pushing Back?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/01/introvert-the-office-are-you-tired-of-pushing-back.html
We hear it all the time. So many of us have worked (or currently work) in an office where we have to deal with a seemingly endless line of people (we call them stakeholders) who want something from us. To deal with the endless stream of requests, we're told, requires that we "push back" to manage the daily workload.

Jan 3, 2015

2015: You Can Change More Than Just Your Socks!

It's a new year, and change is a healthy thing.  Well folks, it's time for a change here too.  I've decided to turn over a new leaf for the blog, and you'll be seeing a few changes around here in the coming days and weeks. If you're here for inspiration on how to be an introvert in the workplace, don't worry because there'll still be plenty of servings! So, what exactly is changing? 

Four years ago, it all started with an idea

When I was working (and withering) away in my third full-time software job just a few years ago, "it" finally hit me. What? That epiphany that seems to explain the root of all of the problems I was enduring at work, in one simple sentence.

Dec 13, 2014

Extroverts Are Awesome!

Did that get your attention? I hope it did.  Seriously though, in the spirit of understanding and appreciating the good points of all people on the personality spectrum, I think it's incredibly worthwhile to talk about the things that really make extroverts shine. The Holidays are upon us, after all, so why not extend a friendly olive branch?  Let's get started!

Dec 6, 2014

Boost Your Self Esteem In 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back readers! This is another article in my series about improving your self confidence at work.  As stressed out employees and overwhelmed introverts, we've all gone through several experiences at the office where we begin to question whether we're really cut out to be working in our jobs, and if we're really worthy of having the title that goes under our name.  These episodes of diminished self confidence typically come up when we have moments of low self esteem, and we're looking for a way to justify our negative thoughts and feelings.

Nov 29, 2014

Don't Be An Entrepreneur, Just Work For Yourself

When you were growing up, did you ever want to be rich or famous? Or maybe both? I certainly had these ambitions when I was younger, when I wanted to make a loud and flashy entrance into the business world.

When I look back at that self-portrait in my mind, I'm astounded by how different of a person I've become. I've achieved a lot of goals, but the ones that I'm most proud of didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. I might have wanted to make millions by the time I was 30, and I didn't do that, but I still became rich beyond my wildest dreams.


Nov 21, 2014

Take Back 30 Minutes Now: 3 Easy Ways

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people reading this wish they could have more time in a day to get their work done. I certainly do, but for years I got confused by the concept of "time management" and assumed that it involved the copious use of day planners and a rigid second-by-second accounting of my time. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

Thankfully, I was wrong about that. So wrong. You don't need a time management system to reclaim your schedule back. You just need to keep reading!

Nov 14, 2014

3 Easy Ways To Dish It Back (To An Extrovert)

When I was younger, I used to dream about what it would be like to be all grown-up, and work in a grown-up job with no more school lessons, and no homework. I had this wonderful idea of being in a perfect job, with perfect colleagues, and enjoying a long rewarding career. Well, that was the dream, and then "reality" splashed me in the face when I grew up. No job is perfect, and our colleagues certainly aren't perfect, at least not like we imagined they would be.

Nov 9, 2014

BEST. DAY. EVER. These gutsy introvert moves will give you the ultimate edge at work!

Hey there fellow introvert, how goes the struggle at work? Sometimes, after a long hard week at the office, it can be tough to find some reasons why we still like our job and want to keep working with the people around us.

I used to work in an office every day, and I had no shortage of reasons to be frustrated with my coworkers and the impossible situations they put me in every day. As a person working in the software field, the people around me would never hesitate to ask me to pull off miracles for them when they needed a last-minute technology fix.

Nov 1, 2014

3 Signs You're A People Pleaser

How was your week?  Honestly, I've had better, but as the old cliché says it's the tougher times that build character and make us appreciate how far we've come in our lives and careers.

Throughout my own career, I learned a lot of things about how to work in an office, and how to work with people.  I'll be honest, just like some people crave coffee while others prefer to drink something else, I have never had a strong craving for dealing with people. So, any skills I have learned have been purely for tactical reasons, to make me more effective in my job.

Oct 19, 2014

The Bland Entrepreneur

If you're reading this, you're probably working in a job that you need but do not like, or one that you do not need, but you're unsure of where to go next in your career.

Is this you?  This was me just a few years ago.  Honestly, my life felt like one big contradiction, and I couldn't quite make sense of where I was, and where I was going.

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Sep 14, 2014

The Biggest Opportunity For Introverts In Mid-Career

Are you an introvert in mid-career, and you're not sure what to do next? It can be easy to feel like you're alone in this struggle, and that you're the only person on the planet who can't seem to fit into a comfortable professional life.

I certainly felt this way a few years ago, and I didn't know what my next move was going to be. Going through this phase in my career, however, I discovered something about my personality, and my introversion, that set me free to pursue my passions on my own terms.

Sep 6, 2014

Stress Busting Introvert Mind Tricks For the Office

We all face stress in our work on a daily basis. That is probably the least profound thing you will hear all day. So, why am I writing yet another article about work stress? Honestly, I think that the topic of introverts and stress deserves some more attention.  As introverts, our brains are wired differently, and we have some some unique advantages and pitfalls that we need to look out for when we encounter stress at the office.

Aug 24, 2014

The #1 Threat To Creativity At Work, and How To Fix It

If you work in an office, how many times have you been immersed in workplace seminars, or lectures from your manager, on the subject of increasing productivity? Do you consider yourself to be a productive person? Are you afraid to answer that question?

In today's workplace, we are inundated by extroverted values and attitudes, in a number of obvious and subtle different ways. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the image of the über productive employee has been deliberately crafted with a bias towards measuring a person's verbal output, rather than measuring their actual results over a period of time.