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Janice Reed
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5 months ago

As we are transitioning to a new calendar year, there might be changes happening at your workplace. It could be new coworkers, new boss, new software systems or new company policies etc. How do you usually cope with these changes?

Here are some tips:

  • 🤔Keep an open mind: we usually prefer to stay where we were if it was working for us. So there might be some resistance for any new changes. Try to keep an open mind and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone when embracing the changes.
  • Ask lots of questions: communications are so important when it comes to changes. Make sure to be very honest and ask lots of questions about the roles, directions, potential impact to get yourself prepared for the situation.
  • 📝Repetition is key: if you are the change maker, don’t be afraid to repeat all the new changes. There is no over communications on these changes. So make sure to create all kinds of reminders and reinforcements to make sure people feel ready for the change.
  • ❤️Give yourself some space and time: give yourself some time and space and admit that it can be hard to keep up with the changes. Don’t be too harsh on yourself to jump to the new reality too soon. Take it easy!

What changes are you seeing at your company this year? Was it easy for you to adjust? How did you cope with the change?

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Yiming Shuang
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6 months ago

It’s that time of the year when companies are renewing their employee benefit plans. Lots of members and friends in my personal network are learning the not-so-jolly news💸 that they will either have to contribute more for the current healthcare coverage, or they will have to compromise for a downgraded health plan.

A few tips to share on how to make the best of your job benefits:

  • 🧮Do the math: figure out the actual amount that you will receive after all the healthcare and other benefit deduction. Here’s a great calculator that can help you do the math and balance your 2022 budget.
  • 🧐Brainstorm alternative: if your deductible is increasing, does your employer offer flexible spending accounts to offset some costs? If both you and your partner are working, maybe compare the health benefits and see if it makes better sense to switch to the better option. If you feel like you’re running out of options, you can also start looking for other companies that might offer better benefits.
  • 🙋‍♀️Ask for advice: it can be very overwhelming to figure out these terms and conditions. Go to the HR or benefit consultant for clarifications. Ask your own tax adviser. And if necessary, talk to your employer directly if you have concern about your shrinking paychecks.

What are your experiences when choosing your benefits? Any smart savings tips?

#benefits #worklifehacks

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Elyssa Duncan
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over 6 months ago

A recent study by Eco Business showed that workers who get sufficient daylight see an uplift of up to 40% in productivity!

That's right! Exposing yourself to more natural sunlight (sitting by a window, going for a walk outside, etc.) can have incredible benefits on your productivity and work quality.

So, the next time you're hitting a midday slump, try swapping your 3rd cup of coffee with a few minutes of sunshine! 🌞


Have any other #worklifehacks? Share them in the comments below!

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Eleana Bowman
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over 6 months ago

Parents and guardians often face an uphill battle when it comes to balancing work and childcare. Here are 3 trustworthy services you can use to find quality child care that will help make their lives easier to manage.

  1. Winnie
    Winnie is an online marketplace for daycare and preschool options near you! You can join a community of parents and take advantage of their extensive search options - including drop-in daycare options and facilities with “odd hour” scheduling.

  2. Care.com
    Care.com is one of the world’s largest online platforms for managing family and childcare. You can find caregivers near you and connect with them safely through the app to coordinate conversations and interviews. You can also get advice, access reviews, and request background checks.

  3. Urban Sitter
    Urban Sitter is a one-part social network and one-part caregiver matchmaking service. You’ll get sitter recommendations based on who you know and where you are. You’ll also see the most popular and highly recommended sitters from parents across school, neighborhood, religious, or parents groups.


"Like" this post if you found it helpful and follow me for more #worklifehacks! 👏

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Michael Frash
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6 months ago

Remote workers are employed by businesses of all sizes and in a range of industries. For example, there are often job opportunities in tech, health, and customer service.

A customer service representative assists customers via phone or a virtual help desk. For example, Amazon has a team of remote workers to answer questions and handle customer complaints. #workfromhome #benefits #worklifehacks

Want to see the other 7 WFH careers that often come with benefits? Take a looksy here.
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Yiming Shuang
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5 months ago

Lots of companies do their performance reviews toward the end of the year. Do you usually get nervous about the process? I have gone through this process both as a staff member and a manager. It was not an easy process! We have a few tips to share but also want to learn about your experiences and lessons learned? How do you nail your performance review process?

What’s in it for me?

  • 🪞Self reflection: This is a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished this past year. Think about what you enjoyed doing and felt challenged. Think about where you are in your career and if you find this job still satisfying for your goals.
  • 🤝Communication and relationship building: You might feel anxious having those one-on-one conversations with your supervisor. But this is also a great chance to understand better about your boss’ expectations and also provide your feedback.
  • 💵Advancement and growth: This is also a major game time to ask for promotion and raise. Feel free to check these tips to ask for a raise

What should I prepare?

  • 📆Schedule in advance: Although most companies have a set window for the performance review, you can still proactively reach out to your boss that you know this is coming and you’re willing to be proactive to set a time. That way it shows that you’re ready and not afraid to go into it.
  • 📝Draft your reflections: Definitely jot down your accomplishments and things you want to improve. If possible, you can even ask for a written record or review on your file so you can be better prepared.
  • Prepare some questions: Take charge of your review by listing some questions to fit your current goals. What are the opportunities for advancement? What is the direction and budget for the future of this role? Show your boss that you’ve put thought into your role and career.
  • 🗂Follow up after the review: Always ask for a written copy of your file after the review. It is so important to keep that transparency and accountability. I’ve seen many terminations without causes and you can advocate for yourself to see if proper performance reviews have been done. It’s good to cover your base.

Share your thoughts about the performance review. What are the best or worst experiences you’ve had in the past?

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