All posts tagged: workplace

What Millennials Want in the Workplace

By the time most millennials reach 25, they have been working for nearly a decade. And we’ve also been hearing how lazy and ungrateful we are for nearly a decade. Both of these things are getting old. The problem is most workplaces haven’t adapted to the new needs of millennials. We know millennials are hardworking and motivated, but you have to put us in the right situation. Here are the things I believe most millennials want in the workplace. Flexibility The idea that a job has to be 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, with two weeks of vacation is antiquated. Millennials see too many successful people making their own schedule to buy into this notion. However, we aren’t all entrepreneurial enough to start a business. Flexible work schedules would go a long way in making millennials more successful. If your hardworking employee would rather work from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., does that really affect you negatively? They are still getting the work done. If your employee would rather work four ten-hour shifts to …

I’m So Sorry

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
When you made a mistake at work, we do at some point in our career, the feeling is horrible. Especially if the mistake you made is impacting the others. At best, creating more work for other coworkers. At worst, a customer gets offended. That’s when you cursed and swore, maybe you hid in the washroom or the pantry and cried a little. Don’t feel too bad, there are a few shinings in the mud if only you can see it through your tears. For one, you learned from your mistakes and try your best not to repeat the one you just made. Secondly, from your mistake, you probably will know how your coworkers think of you. Do they go ‘Sigh! We are clearing shit for him again…” or do they come and comfort you, telling you they are alright with the extra work that you have just dumped on them? Finally, you learned while you recover from your mistakes and if one day, something similar happen to someone else, you jump…

Keep your promise

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
In my culture, words that came out of someone’s mouth is deem as a promise unless otherwise stated. One does not casually said something and meant other things. In all aspects, this will destroy trust, respect and perhaps kill off any relationship. Particularly in the business world. In the business world, partnerships counted heavily on trust and reliance on one another. One misstep could led to dire repercussions. In Chinese, we have one saying “君子一言、驷马难追。” It means a nobleman must keep his promise. Once a nobleman gave his promise, sturdy horses won’t be able to chase the promise out. I once had a director who used to give out empty promises as if he is dishing out sweets to everyone. The company I worked for has very good conducive working environment, every colleagues enjoyed and even excelled in their roles however, the director tends to spoil everything people work for by not fulfilling his promises. I remembered one incident very clearly when we had just received a huge order and all…

Help Others as they will help you

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
Do you see what’s wrong with this picture? Of course, you do. If you see the same thing happened in the news, your first reaction probably be why no one is helping the fallen old man. If the old man is someone in your neighborhood, you might ask around to see if he is alright. If the old man is injured and requires donation for medical aid, you will be reaching for your wallet right now. But why don’t we applied the same empathy in our workplace? I’m sure if a colleague spill coffee on herself, you’ll quickly pulled a few tissues and offer her. But the help I’m implying is assistance in the work involved. One of my friend, Emily once gleefully told me that her colleague in the same sales team is not making the cut this year and probably will lose her bonus, if not her job. Another of my friend, Anna who joined an American data procurement company as a sales executive beginning of this year, quit…

Body Language

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
Building on the article yesterday, I felt I will need to touch on a age-old topic – body language. Although we have studied what body language you used will affect the impression you project to others, consciously you are unable to control your movements unless you watch every movement, every smile, wherever you place your hands. More often than not, whenever I attended body language lessons (sponsored by my previous companies), I find it useful to me to measure someone, perhaps a customer whether he is buying or just browsing; or my boss whether it is a good time to approach him to ask for a pay raise. What I don’t think is useful is to watch my movements. What you learn to observe, others can use the same methods to observe you. Hence to counter-effect this, there is a fool-proof ways that works for me. I always think every possible positive things and drive the negative thoughts away before each meeting. I find out what are the agendas and try…

Bullying at Work

Originally posted on MiddleMe:
I was watching the movie “Easy A” over the weekend. If you haven’t watched that, it’s a high school drama showcase on bullying featuring Emma Stone. I came across a really great article Bully by Kendall F. Person. That show and article got me thinking of the bullying I have seen and endured myself during school days and whether it has stopped once I have cross over to work life. Sad to say, it hasn’t. It’s the truth, folks. Bullying does occur in workplace. If you haven’t felt it, you probably are either working in a fantastic workplace or a two-man company or you are happily ignorant. I have seen bullying barely at the surface and to the point of folks resigning their jobs because they no longer can face up another day of bullying. Here are the types of bullying at work to help you to identify them: 1. Peer Pressure There is work culture and there are peer pressure. Most of the times, peer pressure are well hidden under the…