Cultural diversity at the workplace

Introduction

Diversity is a very up to date topic, now that people migrate more and more. Immigration and integration are nowadays buzz words in a lot of (Western style) countries. But what about the workplace? Some companies understand that diversity in the workplace can have its advantages. Diversity is by people of all kindsdefinition a broad concept, which I will explain in the next paragraph. There are those who claim that when a company wants to reflect modern society, it preferably has a rich mix of employees at all levels of the organization. And yes, there are benefits of cultural diversity, especially in the workplace, although not all companies may benefit. This and more below.

The meaning  of diversity

Let us first get clear of what diversity is. Wikipedia explains diversity as follows: in sociology and political studies, diversity is the degree of differences in identifying the members of a purposefully defined group, such as any group all racesdifferences in racial or ethnic classifications, age, gender, religion, philosophy, physical abilities, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, intelligence, mental health, physical health, genetic attributes, personality, behavior attractiveness. This, indeed is broad.

Cultural diversity is the quality of diverse or different cultures, as opposed to mono culture, the global mono culture, or a company culture. The phrase cultural diversity can also refer to having different cultures that respect each other’s differences. 

The problem of discrimination

Ethnic minorities, elder persons, women and LGBT people, among others, still face discrimination in job application procedures and in the workplace. Because of that discrimination, diversity is not yet a reality everywhere. How did that happen?

Because people have implicit prejudices: their world is based on classical discard peopleviews. For example, the ideal that the man works and the woman stays at home and takes care of is still alive, often unconsciously. That requires a change in mentality, and luckily that is happening. Women no longer have to fight to be able to continue working after their marriage. But people still face minor but also serious discrimination: vacancies only aimed at men or women, or women who do not see their contract extended after their pregnancy.

I have written a special article about discrimination against age in hiring people, which you can access here.

Diversity in practice

Fortunately, more and more companies are committed to diversity. Some companies got it right. One representative said: “We have, among others, employees from Rwanda, Turkey, Morocco, Syria, Bosnia and Macedonia, throughout all layers of the organization. Thanks to our internal diversity, we are able to connect with the target group in a natural and relaxed way. ” 

“Everyone has the right to equal treatment, equal opportunities, regardless of the background. For years we have focused on competencies in our recruitment, not on background, age, religion, diplomas, sexual orientation, being disabled … We create a healthy mix, because we want to see our market reflected in our stores.”  

Benefits of diversity

In addition to addressing the right target group, there are numerous reasons for betting on diversity. First of all, a company increases its possibilities diversity is goodbecause suddenly there is a choice from a wider range of talent. “We are opening the door for many more people. “And diversity also increases creativity. With different backgrounds you hear different ideas, that is an advantage for us. ” 

A diverse team also offers the opportunity to conquer foreign markets. Knowledge of languages ​​and multicultural insights come in handy in a globalized world. This way, wider and new target groups can be addressed. 

In addition, cultural diversity and varied viewpoints ensure that the workplace becomes a bustling place. In a collaborative and mutually reinforcing workplace, people develop respect for each other. And with respect for each other’s differences, employees find agreements more easily. This way fewer conflicts arise. “We want to create a better workplace,”  a CEO says, “where people feel good because they can be themselves. Their faith, their sexuality, it doesn’t matter. In fact, it enriches the internal society that our company is. ” 

Finally, a detailed diversity policy is good for the reputation of a company. That is also important for the atmosphere on the floor. A company that does well offers employees more opportunities. Employees remain loyal to the organization for longer, and so do customers. A company with a good reputation also attracts even more diversity and therefore more talent. In this way, more diversity guarantees an upward spiral. 

How do you achieve a rich mix?

So it looks to be a good idea, but how do you initiate such a change? A major challenge is to promote diversity across the board, not just for women. Also for example for men who choose a caring profession or who want to take parental leave. We need to convince people that diversity is a challenge for everyone, not just for people in a minority position. build bridges, not walls 

In addition, you can bet on more diverse application committees. “We know from sociology that people are inclined to choose someone who looks like them”. “A group of white men therefore chooses a white man. There are also stereotypes: research shows that both men and women consider men more competent. Attention to the composition of selection committees is therefore important, as is making committees aware of the risks of implicit discrimination and inequality. “

Companies and organizations perform better if they employ people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The central government wants to share ideas with employers, so that they hire staff from different cultures.

Why is cultural diversity important in the workplace?

Companies and organizations perform better if their staff have a mixed have different points of viewcultural and ethnic background. Research shows that. The condition is that managers can handle the mix of backgrounds well. Companies with cultural differences in the workplace:

often have a higher turnover;
have better chances of survival;
are more innovative, creative and solve problems better. This is because employees have different points of view;
make better use of the labor market because they recruit more talent;
have more satisfied and loyal employees;
do better in the market because they know better what is going on among various customer groups. This allows them to respond more quickly to developments in the market;
get a better image through cultural differences in the workplace.

How do employers get culturally diverse staff?

Employers can ensure a cultural mix among their staff in all sorts of ways. Namely by:

recruiting staff through networks of their own (culturally diverse) employees;
recruitment of staff via networks of (culturally diverse) employees from outside the organization. And / or via (specialized) recruitment and selection agencies;
training managers so that they recognize the qualities of culturally diverse staff and know how to use them well. This is also called including leadership;
training employees so that they have insight into the qualities of colleagues with a different background than themselves. This way they can improve their collaboration.

Final thoughts

Nowadays, cultural diversity takes an important place in society and in corporate life. Companies can benefit from diversity.diversity is the future
With a diverse team, a company can respond better to the challenges of a globalized modern world. The world is simply diverse, so companies have to be, you can’t ignore that.

I think that multi national companies will benefit most of diversity and companies situated in a multi cultural environment.

Having said this, I am thinking about some parts of the world and if it would work there too. To name a view places: China, Japan, S-Korea and the Middle-East countries. What do you think, could it it work there also?

Age discrimination when hiring – Over 55’s very vulnerable

Introduction

It has been banned by law for a long time and yet it is still happening: companies that discriminate in any way whatsoever against age. Last year in the Netherlands alone for example, 60,000 job vacancies were discriminating against age. The same is happening all over Western- Europe and the world. According to research  it’s just about the tip of the iceberg.

over 55 years oldAge discrimination is more common than you think; it is even the most common form of discrimination and almost one-third of people will experience it once. yes, you read that right. Everyone knows the prejudices about young people, the elderly and so on. 

Right here I will concentrate on age discrimination in W-Europe and the USA, especially when companies are hiring to fill a particular job. One thing that jumps out immediately is that people over 55 years old are at a great disadvantage. I will indicate what you can do and at the end will give anybody a unique opportunity to escape being discriminated.

How bad is it really?

Older workers in the Netherlands suffer from age discrimination much more often than average in the European Union. 6.8 Percent of people over 55 report having experienced it in the workplace, more than twice the average level for the 27 EU Member States (2.7 percent). This is the conclusion of a study by Eurofound, the EU agency for improving living and working conditions.
Equally high levels are reported by employees in this age group of olderelder people left out workers from Belgium (7.4 percent), and lower levels are found in France (6.5 percent), in Germany (5.7 percent) and in the United Kingdom ( 3.2 percent). 

For older employees, good health is one of the important factors in staying on the labor market. One in five (21.2 percent) over-55s think that working affects their health. In Belgium the corresponding figure is one in three (30.8 percent), almost the same level as in France (28 percent). In Germany and the United Kingdom the numbers of employees with these feelings are lower (19.5 percent and 14.6 percent respectively).

Age over 55

Particularly the over-55s are the victims: they are enormously deterred from applying if they conclude from the advertisement texts that they will have little chance. Many companies are not even aware of the discrimination, so it is primarily necessary to work on this. It should be emphasized that skills such as ‘flexibility’ can apply to the young, but to the elderly as well. And don’t forget the experience that older people bring in. Yes it is said, but they will cost more. more experienceIs that really so?

Unemployed young people and the elderly encounter many prejudices in job applications and find it hard to get started. Persistent bias towards some people exists, like: people over 50 are not up to date with technology and young people are too lazy to work. Or older people will cost too much, younger people have not enough experience. But let us focus on the elderly people here.

Here is the ultimate example

Joe Smith (59) had “too much work experience”, he was told by his employee. Just like that he could say goodbye to the trainee-ship he applied for in order to become a data analyst. And that while Joe had never worked as an analyst before. Can you believe this? Well, he could not and he came to a conclusion: I am discriminated against because of my age and they are never going to admit it.applying for trainee-ship

Joe is not the only one who suffers from age discrimination in the application process. A mediator reported that in about 3% of vacancy texts studied, older people are discriminated against. In some cases it is abundantly clear. A vacancy for a PR position for someone between 22 and 35 years is not allowed. But also asking for a ‘young dog’, ‘school leaver’ or ‘starter’ is not allowed. But it still happens. Why?

Hardly any notifications

Because companies get away with it. In the West you have the opportunity to contact a mediator. But here is the kicker: not too many reports of age discrimination in application procedures have been made to this institution. Moreover, it even looks like age discrimination is socially accepted. Now this is something we really need to get rid of.

So, what does the trade union have to say? Well, they agree. Certainly in case the discrimination is very clear, they always send their members to a mediation company. And one more thing: unemployment among the elderly is decreasing less rapidly than among other groups. It should not be the case that employers reinforce this in such a way.

What did Joe do?

Joe decided to test his position out. He applied for another job at his company, because he already suspected that the elderly would not stand a chance because of their age. “I guide people who cannot get a job easily. So also test something out seniors,” says Joe. “Many companies nowadays want data analysts, so a trainee-ship seemed like a good opportunity for unemployed seniors.” When he himself found out that people in their sixties had no chance, he hoped that the mediation company would encourage his company to open their vacancies to the elderly.

The report, together with 28 other cases, led to a procedure in which the mediator ruled on age discrimination. In this case: “The company has made prohibited discrimination based on age against the man.” The problem is that they cannot force companies to comply.

No legal force

All judgments of the mediator appear on their website. You will find that many companies were found guilty of age discrimination. You would think that this would help, especially when there is public scandal as well. Unfortunately discriminatory companies received no punishment, as the mediator has no legal power to do so. 

Joe also experienced that. “My company simply was thumbing their nose at me after the verdict. “Nothing changed,” he says. “That is extremely serious. One of the challenges is to get people at some distance from the labor market to work. My company is deliberately ruining opportunities for this group in this way. The board and the Supervisory Board should retire.” 

When you go to court

Whoever wants to force a company to take action can go to court. With summary proceedings you can try to force the vacancy to be adjusted. But the question is what goal you achieve in this way. If you then sit at the interview table and the employer says,” Gee, you were the one who started thesee a judge proceedings “, then you probably don’t have a very good chance of getting a job.” Very frustrating indeed.

Another possibility is to claim compensation from the company, which is very difficult and often not feasible. Here we are talking about actual damage. You must therefore be able to prove that you would have been hired had it not been for your age. Then you can calculate how much wages you have missed. For Joe that was the reason not to go to court. “To prove to the judge that you are materially disadvantaged is too difficult. It would be better if the mediator could enforce it.”

Situation in the United States

For you people in the United States of America there is a little bit more hope though. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects certain applicants and employees 40 years of age and older from discrimination on the basis of age in hiring, promotion, discharge, compensation, or terms, conditions or privileges of employment.

Contrary to the above situation, in the US companies can be punished for damages when you are not getting a job because of age. If you believe you may be the target of age discrimination, it’s critical that you have actionable examples to prove your point. 

Final thoughts and my recommendation 

 

When you are of a certain age, especially those above 50 or 55, you have a great chance of getting discriminated at.

take positive actionUnfortunately, as you have seen, the actions you can take are very limited and the outcome very unsure. Society is not yet at a stage where age discrimination is actively rejected, notwithstanding the existing laws.

Companies all over the world are getting away with age discrimination.

In the US you can go to court and get some compensation, but you will still not have a job.
In Western societies, you can enlist the help of unions and a mediator, but they have no legal force. So, what are you going to do then?

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How to deal with Annoying coworkers – 3 Main Types

Introduction

Everyone has to deal with them in the office, the mockers, the windbags and the stragglers. The big question is: how do you get rid of them? How-to-do-normal? Experts confirm that with a little empathy, you get the furthest. You need to show understanding for the vulnerable side, but clearly state your limits at the same time. when colleagues are nasty

You want to work and a colleague just keeps on complaining about his/her own troubles. Or you notice that another colleague has not done his/her part of the work and that you have to finish it. If your supervisor also sets unattainable deadlines, it can sometimes become too much for you and you will keep grinding about what is being done to you. How do you ensure that you do not fall victim to this kind of behavior of annoying colleagues? How can you handle it smarter?

First I will name the different types and then describe how to deal with the three main types of annoying colleagues. At the end I will give you another perfect solution to your problems.

Types of annoying colleagues

Like so often with things that bother you, dealing with difficult people is about recognizing and parrying. There is a handy book for recognizing difficult types: “How do I survive difficult people” from psychotherapist Jörg Berger. He distinguishes seven: dominant, negative and vengeful types, mockers, windbags, stragglers and dodgers.

mocking colleaguesThe types are described with a great sense of the deficiency that lies behind their irritating behavior. An attitude that is not immediately obvious. Not with me in any case. With difficult types I often have something of back-off-and-do-normal. Or, if that doesn’t work, and that’s usually the case, then I’d rather avoid them. But here a different approach is taken and there is something to be said for that. Anyway, the first order of business is to recognize the type. You can go a long way if you are able to distinguish these three main types: the mocker, the windbag and the straggler. Here are the characteristics of each of these offenders and how to deal with them.

The mockers

The mocker is someone who asks you a lot, who wants you to make an exception for him, that you do some extras for him, such as doing a job on the weekend or standing in for him, making an exception for him. He has been talking too long in meetings and he is bothering you with unsolicited advice. If you dare to say something about it, this kind of person will feel hurt, as if you do not acknowledge him, or plague him, or reject him. With such a person you easily get into a power struggle over who is in charge. You only win if you have the support of colleagues. Maybe there will be no one, because mockers are also charming and friendly and masters in the divide and rule strategy.

It is advised not to respond to the annoying behavior of difficult people, but to the pain that is hidden behind that behavior. He does that with a lot of mocking is badcompassion for the hidden suffering. How far you go with that is up to you. But anyway it is a good idea to ask notoriously difficult people what issue is hidden behind their irritating behavior. For the mocker, that is the following problem. This kind of person in essence always feels deficient and therefore always requires extra attention. Do not blame him, do not say that the other makes unreasonable demands, but keep it to yourself. Say that you have to think about a proposal, that you will come back to it. Also give the reason why you do not want to comment on something, for example that it is too much for you at the moment.

The windbags

A very different type than the person who crosses the border is the windbag or loudmouth: not someone you go and ask for, but someone who raises himself, and gives the impression of meaning a lot. That usually includes a lot of bluff, and these are often people who have something to do with it, even though they present themselves better than they are. You will find them mainly in the social sector and in leadership positions. They do not like to admit that they have done something wrong. If something goes wrong, it depends on someone else or the circumstances. What they never do is admit a lot of noise, no talkingthat they are wrong or have done anything wrong. They don’t do what they promise, they present things differently than they are.

The silent grief of the windbag is the fear of you not reacting to anything. That pain is overshadowed by the bluffer’s foe. You are advised not to invest any time or money in the plans of the loudmouths. Also make sure you don’t get the blame for things that windbags didn’t do well. If your director shifts the blame on you every time he does not keep a promise, make sure that you also always confirm by e-mail that, for example, a result cannot be achieved. Be generous on the other hand with compliments about the things that are going well.

The stragglers

Energy wasters are people who can talk about their own problems for a long time and who always ask you for advice on what they should do. They are like children in the body of an adult. They still need a mentor with a listening ear, someone who takes over the responsibility from them. And when they make a decision themselves, they look for confirmation that what they are doing is right.

Stragglers can give you the feeling that you are failing if you do not respond to their needs. If the energy waster finds that she is not getting enough set your limitsattention, she responds by criticizing everything.

The pain of stragglers is a feeling of helplessness. In their youth they have experienced too little support from their parents. It doesn’t hurt to give the requested support within the reasonable amount of energy wasted. But it is up to you indicate your limits. Tell how much time you have available for this person and address it on its adult side.

Conclusions

The common denominator in the above story is that, however difficult, you should generate some empathy for annoying colleagues. The safer the issue show empathyfeels, the less need there is for deviant behavior. Show understanding for the vulnerable side, but set your limits.

Humor also sometimes works. I have further described this in an article which can be accessed by clicking here.

Give an unexpected answer once in a while. For example, if someone says that you have a bad taste, say, for example: do you have an umbrella with you, it may be raining later.

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When you are Fed up with Your boss

Introduction

Your team is doing very well, you are having a good time as a manager, but your relationship with your manager is far from optimal. You are completely annoyed by his or her leadership style and you also disagree with the strategy imposed by him or her. Do you feel the tendency to take a few days off every time you have spoken with your boss? You’re not the only one.

had enoughIn a global survey of job site Monster, 35 percent of employees say they have a “terrible boss.” And can you believe that only 15 percent are very satisfied with their immediate supervisor? A bad boss not only jeopardizes your further career, but also has a bad impact on your personal life. A good manager brings out the best in you and has a positive effect on all aspects of your life.

If a nice working environment is so important for people, what are you going to do about achieving this? After all, you have to be there about a third of your time. Let me help you a bit here and make you aware of what you can do. When you are fed up with your boss, you will have no less than three options at your disposal. And then there is another way out entirely, which I will show you down below.

The three options you have

I have recently heard many such stories; managers who get stuck or otherwise in their contact with managers above them. What can you do in such a case? Here are the three possibilities:

1. You are going to make a difference by changing your own behavior and / or communication
2. You accept the situation as it is
3. You are looking for another job and / or employer

1. You are going to make a difference

When things don’t go the way you want them to go, the topic of changing comes around. It is important to get very clear what you can and cannot change thingsinfluence. Many managers are insufficiently aware where influence ends and real influence begins. You have 100% influence on yourself; on your own behavior, communication and feeling. On the other hand you only have some  influence on the others. The good news is that you can influence much more than you would initially think. The crux is that you are aware that your influence does not always necessarily lead to a positive end result. It works like this:

Example

Ellen is a manager and very satisfied with the contact with her team. She is a real people manager, which means that she pays a lot of attention to her team, gives them liberties and confidence. As a result, her team takes a lot of responsibility. Unfortunately she is very frustrated about her relationship with her own manager Eric. In her eyes, he is absolutely not a people manager and mainly involved in playing political games. Which means he often doesn’t have time for her. And also come up with plans that she usually does not support.

Ellen gets stuck because she doesn’t see hoe she can alter that. Frustration is a sign that you are not clear where your influence ends. Ellen wants Eric to unwittingly change. While she has no real influence on him, her thoughts often go in the direction of: “he is not doing well”, “he is wrong”, “he should coach me more.”

Change your boss?

These are all thoughts aimed at wanting to change your manager. This stream change the boss?of thoughts works enormously against her. And nothing will change just because you want it to. Unless you are going to really make a difference. 

Ellen found out that she was indeed too busy trying to change her boss. She was no longer concerned with how she could be more effective in her behavior and / or communication.

Making a difference means changing yourself! The nice thing is that the chance of a good result is much greater. Remaining in your own negative emotions in the hope that the other person changes will never produce anything effective. You then place yourself in a victim position.

What did making a difference mean for Ellen?

She first went to find out what made her so vulnerable to her manager. (from the idea that every worry only says something about yourself). She discovered that the behavior of her manager evoked her fighting behavior (discussion) and indifference. These pitfalls then cause ineffective behavior. Her indifference turned out to be caused by thoughts such as “never mind, he doesn’t listen to me” and “he always wants somebody other than me”.

This conviction turned out to be the most profound one: “I am not good discover yourselfenough.” You only find this out by asking yourself: what is the worst thing that can happen if you let go of your former behavior? Another request for help is: “What do you not want to feel?” The next step is to find a perspective that you would rather believe. For Ellen that was: “I’m good the way I am.”

From this perspective, she then entered into a conversation with her manager. She started naming what his behavior did to her. That she was disappointed with his way of coaching. That she wanted more involvement and attention. She noticed that she really got to him. And that for the first time he realized what he was doing. This caused him to show more involvement.

However, this does not mean that effective influencing always leads to results. It can also happen that such conversations have no effect on the manager. Then you arrive at option two.

2. Accept the situation

This possibility arises that if you notice that you have done everything you could without this leading to the desired effect, then you have nothing else to do but accept that your manager does what he or she does. That is showing leadership! And no more whining, complaining and sacrificing. Because then you would want to change that person again. For many, this option of acceptance is often the most difficult one. Why? Because it evokes powerlessness and frustration. So if you find acceptance difficult, then investigate the pitfall behavior you fall into. And go through the steps in option 1 to look for your fear.

By the way, accepting any matter in your life (after you have done everything to change it, but could not), will lead to more happiness anyway. This attitude has helped me enormously in my own life.

3. Leave that job or even company

Of course there is always an option to leave your employer. Do this only if you have first challenged yourself to look at situations / managers differently. That you know that change do not start with the other person but with yourself. And that your resistances and frustrations only say something about yourself. leaving the jobSo do not leave from resistance but from desire for something new. In short; don’t blame your leaving on the organization. That is a weakness. Show leadership by realizing that you have failed to flourish in this organization. They are only differences in perspectives that have made you perhaps not fit in the organization.

I realize that just leaving is not an easy option for many of you, but what would be your future if you stay? One hundred percent sure, things will only get worse, even up to the point that your health starts to suffer. And this, dear reader is the last thing that you want. Therefore, I am going to propose an entirely different way out:

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How important is Humor at the Workplace?

Introduction

You would probably recognize it. You open your mailbox in the morning and you are shocked when you see those countless unanswered e-mails that you still have to deal with. With a slight reluctance and a bit of sleep shortage, you get to work and make it until your first break for coffee, still feeling a bit miserable. humor at workplace

During coffee you happen to talk to that one colleague who is able to put things into perspective with his dry humor. You exchange opinions between each other and life immediately looks a bit more rosy. With a cheerful feeling you continue the work that now suddenly looks a bit less stressful than you had expected in the morning. This is one of the powers of humor in life. So, how important is humor at the workplace? And what if you cannot find a happy workplace?

The power of laughter

Humor is contagious. In fact: it can be very contagious. When you are working in an environment where people laugh, chances are that you will easily go along with this. The sense that humor arouses people is the same feeling that someone gets when he is rewarded. In short, humor and fun in the workplace should be spearheads for every company.

healthy humorHumor provides a relaxed working atmosphere. Humor causes an initially big issue to become a minor one. When someone dreads having to perform a duty, it is often made larger than it actually is. With a good joke this can be nuanced, making it feel lighter. Seeing things in perspective is also a good breeding ground for creativity and offers the opportunity to find efficient solutions for apparently large and complex problems.

In the same line, humor lowers stress and is an important foundation for bringing innovative insights. In meetings, too, a good joke to kick off is a good icebreaker to give people the feeling that they are free to share thoughts and thus lower the threshold for providing input. This will benefit the effect of a meeting.

Humor distinguishes us from robots, increases sales

With the advent of artificial intelligence and the construction of robots, there is a fear that some activities can be taken over by robots. I can understand this fear, but for certain activities the distinctive human capacities such as humor come in handy. Can you imagine it: a robot conducting a sales conversation? Not me. With humor we create a bond with colleagues and customers. We humor makes us humancould make ourselves vulnerable with some self-mockery. Humor is one of the distinguishing capacities with which you can differentiate between humans from robots.

A relationship of trust is needed to win over a customer. Humor is a great tool to realize this bond. A joke creates a relaxed atmosphere that is needed to work on this (trust) bond and to attract a potential customer. That is why I dare to state that humor increases the chance of a sale.

What are the pitfalls?

The danger of humor is that you make a joke that harms some other person. A joke can often express a dangerous and sarcastic message that another can perceive as an attack. It is good to realize that one person can appreciate wrong jokeheavier humor where the other prefers to keep it dry and superficial. 

A smile has the same positive consequences for everyone, but a joke can also turn out wrong. The standard jokes about family members who suddenly appear to have died recently. The otherwise-be-fired joke between employees when someone has just been told by his supervisor that his contract is not being renewed. A good comedian is dependent on the right timing.

A practical example

You will see this on many dating sites: a lot of women write in their profile “I think humor is incredibly important as well as depth!” And now suppose: you have two applicants. They are both good at their job, one is slightly more accurate than the other, but has no humor. Any funny intended remark in the job interview on your part falls dead. The other, you can really laugh with. She might also be an asset to the Friday afternoon drink! Who do you choose? I know what I would do, however, a lot of chefs are different. So, for all of you chefs, here is a summary of the benefits of humor (in the workplace):

1. Humor produces good feelings

 

It is a well-known fact that when people are shaking with laughter, dopamine and endorphins (partly responsible for our feelings of happiness) are released and people could get on a high about this.

You get a good feeling, it takes away pain. Various studies have shown that laughter removes stress, strengthens the immune system and lowers blood pressure. Laughter seems to be just as healthy as jogging!

2. Humor takes away stress.

Humor puts things into perspective and helps to forget the daily troubles. Laughter relaxes you mentally and physically. You have to work hard, but also laugh a lot. In other words, you work hard and play hard. This usually happens among colleagues, but bosses should recognize this as a good and productive working atmosphere. Some might even join in occasionally.

3. Humor puts matters into perspective.

What I have observed in companies: almost everyone reacts a bit stressed. There are deadlines, the standard for performance is high. And we all have the idea that someone else does it easily. In such a case, we are making ourselves and each other crazy. Share your discomfort, be a little bit funny and you will soon feel the relief.

4. Humor breaks the ice

The role of humor in social interaction varies according to the specific social humor breaks the iceinteraction, but in the case of healthy mutual relationships it should have a place, otherwise something will be wrong.

Try to imagine: you meet each other in the ward to stop laughing for a day. Then you sit in a meeting with each other and you express it deliberately: we won’t laugh one day tomorrow. Everyone agrees. And then a silence falls. And then a smile. It does not work! I have heard that even during intensive operations there is laughter in the operating room. Humor is the binder in social interaction.

5. Humor is the perfect grease

The biggest problem in the functioning of companies is a lack of feeling secure and therefore openness. Humor is a perfect way to make things negotiable. It could be your personal fun to help people to be a little more themselves. By making jokes about the clumsiness, the fear of failure, people know: oh, I’m not alone.

6. Humor can be a comforthumor is cool

Humor in the form of self-mockery can work wonders. Self-mockery shows you that you can’t do everything and that gives other people a different and better view: oh, yes, of course, we are all people. You can fail and stand up. By the way, be aware that self-mockery without compassion quickly becomes self-hatred and that is of course not so funny at all.

Final thoughts

The “everything for a smile” slogan of internet company Coolblue is not that bad. The value of humor in business is essential and should not be everything for a smileunderestimated.
On the other hand, timing is very important. A misplaced joke can do a lot of damage.

I myself was very careful with making jokes, always testing the waters first. I would say something funny and closely watch the reactions and when things looked very serious indeed, I would immediately back-off. You have to bear in mind that not everybody has the same keen sense of humor or sense for the same type of humor.

And then there are bosses who never show any humor, they are too stressed or simply think that if you are using humor, you are not taking the business seriously. Believe me, I have seen this happen many times.

What to do when happiness is a far cry?

So, you have tried and did not find a happy workplace, something that happens to many of us. What do you do? Going to look for another job and run the chance of being stressed again? Or are you going to free yourself from the bonds of the corporate jungle?

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What if Employers spy on Employees? – Big Brother is watching you!

Introduction

A Romanian employee was dismissed after his employer had monitored his private conversations, which he held during the boss’s time. The case was disputed between parties and eventually brought in front of the European Court of Human Rights. They ruled that the company was in her rights to do so. But how far can an employer actually go in spying on employees?

You are being watchedRoughly speaking, an employer may monitor its people if it is in the company’s interest and the measures taken are proportional. Employees must also be informed beforehand of the measures taken when they cross the lines. In general, an employer has quite a lot of legal leeway to keep an eye on employees. How far they may go in this depends to a large extent on what is included in the company regulations. But you need to be aware of what the company is monitoring. Here are some examples of how big brother is watching you.

And if you do not like being watched, I have a life-changing suggestion to make to you at the end of this post.

How are you, as an employee, spied on?

Here are a number of methods your employer could use and that you should be aware of.

Camera surveillance

Can your boss keep an eye on you all day through CCTV? Yes, but under strict conditions. To be allowed to hang cameras on the work floor, the employer camera surveillancemust have a legitimate interest (for example, security or theft prevention) and it must be the last resort. Companies must first investigate whether the goals cannot be achieved in a less radical way. Visitors and employees must also be informed of the supervision. Your employer is not allowed to assess you based on the camera images!

E-mail and social media

Your boss can also look into your email and check on social media. If your employer suspects abuse (violation of the set rules) then he or she may also read your email or investigate your internet behavior. Even if no rules have been agreed about e-mail use, your employer can browse around in your e-mails. Then the rule applies that he may only read business messages. If the subject shows that the private message is concerned, it may not be opened.

The company you work for may also keep an eye on you on social media to see what you are saying about the organization. But your employer cannot force you to become friends with him on Facebook, for example, so that he can also read protected messages.

Business phone

If you have a business telephone, you are entitled to an occasional private making private calls on business phoneconversation. If this is not the case, your employer may not hold you accountable. Your employer may keep an eye on the costs. If they are excessively high, your boss may ask for clarification.

If you have agreed that you are not allowed to have private conversations at all with the telephone of the case, a company can request the specified telephone bill to check with whom you have called if there is a suspicion of abuse.

When fraud is suspected

Normally your conversations cannot be recorded. That is only allowed for quality control or on the suspicion of fraud. You must be clearly informed about this. In principle, recording conversations secretly is not allowed unless there is a well-founded suspicion that you have committed a criminal offense.

If your employer has stored information about you, you always have the right to view that file. If something is wrong, you can submit a request to have the data removed or changed.

What if you are secretly spied on?

There are employers who monitor the online practices of employees without informing them. They secretly read along with your e-mail, check your chat secret spying on employeestraffic and see what you are up to on the internet. Do you want more privacy? Make it difficult for your boss and take measures to prevent espionage.

Some countries give their employers a considerable amount of room to monitor the online activities of their staff. If you suspect reduced labor productivity, your boss is already allowed to keep an eye on things within reasonable limits. So there is a chance that your boss will keep a close eye on you to check whether you are still doing the job properly. 

Here is how this goes:

They log network traffic

Do you wonder: how does my boss see what I do online? The answer to this is simple, namely by logging all network traffic. The system administrator or IT department of an organization often has specific software for this. This makes it possible to find out which websites you have visited. A monitor program records all data that you receive and send in an information file. This information is linked to your company account or the IP address of your PC and is therefore traceable to you. Checking e-mail is even easier, as employers simply log in to your account. Furthermore, it is also possible for your boss to scan e-mail traffic and secretly read intercepted e-mails.

How to surf without the eyes

There are a couple of options for anonymous surfing on the internet without your boss sneaking along. You possibly encrypt internet traffic via a VPN secretly spyingserver. In that case you install a program on the PC or laptop that realizes a virtual tunnel to an online server. For this it is a condition that you have sufficient rights to install your own software on the machine. Is that not the case with you? Then bring your own laptop and install a VPN server on it to perform private tasks. If you want to work more unobtrusively, you can use a tablet or smartphone for this.

It is also possible to set up a VPN server at home, so that you do not have to sign up with a commercial provider. When you request a website in a browser, the VPN server retrieves the required data. The server then forwards the data to your machine via an encrypted connection, without it being possible for employers to detect the content of internet traffic.

Use of a dongle

The disadvantage of a VPN server is that your employer can see that you use special software for this. This may raise annoying questions. Alternatively, you could use a mobile internet dongle for private matters during work.

A mobile internet dongle offers an opportunity to bypass the business network. A dongle is a handy device used to connect a laptop or other mobile device to the internet. Internet dongles can deliver high speed internet access on the move for your laptop and are available on a pay as you go or a monthly contract basis. 

You temporarily remove the network cable from your work PC and visit websites via a 3G or 4G wireless connection. Put the sim card of your smartphone in the dongle and visit websites without being bothered by a curious boss.

My life-changing suggestion

It is quite understandable though that you do not like any of the hassles as mentioned above. Go to another company and you may encounter the same. But you need a monthly income, so how to do that? It is my suggestion to you here, that you will make use of the many internet options to start making money on the side!change your life

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11 Top reasons for changing Jobs or Starting for yourself

Introduction

You once thought you had found the ideal job, but you now have serious doubts about it. Working at the same company all your life is out of date. Yet it can be quite exciting to leave your familiar working environment on your own change to newinitiative. Time to, perhaps, change jobs? Well many people do. In fact, the average employee in the United States changes job no less than twelve times before his or her 48th birthday. Not only the salary, but also the corporate culture and career opportunities are the main drivers.
Having said that, there other factors at work too and a small percentage of people who quit their jobs started to do a business for their own. Anyway, here under you will find the 11 top reasons why people change jobs, but also start for themselves. When it would be your aim to start for yourself as well, I can be of help and further below I will give a perfect option to start your own business on the internet. Can also be done next to your job!

1. Appreciation is zero

Would it be possible to ever get a compliment from your employer? Or have you been waiting for years for that promised bonus? Many are driven in their work by the need for appreciation. Of course, it does not apply to everyone, but if appreciation is one of our motives. Then if you notice, that in the long run, there is a chronic lack of energy and a feeling of “not being happy”, action needs to be taken. Please note: appreciation is also something you have to enforce, you don’t get that automatically. It has a lot to do with how independent you are. Are you someone that others take into account, or do you run the risk of being treated like a footstep? If you know what you are worth, it’s easier to think: I just have a dick for a manager who will just never give a compliment.

2. You grew out of your job 

If your work for a longer period in the same job, routine matters become too easy for you, then it is clearly time for a change. It is important that you exceed job requirementscontinue learning from your work, continued challenge is essential in this. If your work becomes too boring for you and you are no longer interested, then it will take more and more effort to keep involved. Advantage: this is the time to ask yourself what you need. What are your qualities and where do your talents blossom? Good self-examination is necessary in order not to keep hopping from job to job.

3. The corporate culture may not fit you 

One employer is not the other! Some companies set targets that must be achieved, others focus on innovation and creativity, and others focus on procedures and guidelines that you must strictly adhere to. A so-called “culture click” between company and employee is important if you have been working somewhere for a while. Even if a corporate culture does not fit your personality, it can work because, for example, in a rigid organization you inspire people and get them moving. Then you add value to the company. However, if that doesn’t work, because people are still too stuck with rules, it will mainly cost you energy and at the end of a working day you will wonder: what has it actually brought me? Through experience and development you become more aware of your own norms and values, of what you actually want and what kind of work fits in with it.

4. Not accepted by your co-workers

Your colleagues never ask you to have lunch; do not pass on important phone co-workers not accept youcalls; give unnecessary criticism, anything is negative. Having a conversation with a confidant and trying to resolve the conflict between yourselves is worth the effort. But only if that is possible in a short time. Otherwise you must ensure that you have a new job as quickly as possible. After all, it is important not to linger in such an undesirable situation for too long, because that has a huge impact on your private life and health. This point cannot be stressed enough!

5. You cannot cope with the workload

For nights on end you worry about the things you need to do, and you actually feel that your work is not finished. Sure, a short period of work pressure is fine, as long as you can take it a bit easier afterwards. A structurally high workload can lead to a headache, quick irritation, and the feeling that you have no more time for anything else. In most cases, the solution to a too high workload is very simple: find out if it is acceptable to work a little less. This will probably mean going into a conversation with your boss. And why not, it is your health that is at stake.

 
6. Your job no longer fits your private situation

Once you loved it, the irregular working hours, the freedom and the many trips. However, since you are settled (read: married with children), it is no longer so convenient and you no longer enjoy your job. Logical, because your priorities working time too muchchange the moment you have a family. The balance between work and private life is becoming more important! In the first few years it was no problem for you to have to travel an hour every day for work, but now that job gives you less satisfaction than before. You also find it nice and important to be at home. Looking for work closer to home or from home is obvious. Even if working part-time is difficult in your current company, that can be a reason for a switch.

7. Looking for a pay rise

A new job means a new chance to negotiate your wages. A study at some companies shows that employees who leave their firm after less than five years earn on average 11 percent more with their new employer. Let’s face it: even if you act with some courage and ask your current boss for a pay increase, the chances that you can achieve such a nice raise are pretty small.

8. You can climb higher up the ladder

get a promotionA higher wage at a new company is sometimes related to a more responsible position. Do you have the ambition to grow, but are there not immediately opportunities in your organization? Then it is certainly wise to take a look around the job market. Maybe other companies do have vacancies for managerial positions. The knowledge and experience that you have acquired with your current employer works to your advantage.

9. Gain more experience

Every company has its own way of working. So even if you stay within the same sector, by changing jobs you end up in a brand new environment. You become acquainted with other computer programs, new projects and fresh ideas. In this way you broaden your knowledge and sharpen your new competencies.

10. You discover where you belong

Moreover, by tasting different companies, all kinds of sectors and various ways of collaborating, you discover what suits you best. You may have worked for a multinational for many years, but now you experience that you feel much more at home in a small or medium-sized company. In this way you experience experimentally which tasks and which type of company culture make you happiest.

11. Your network will be growing

Additionally, if you step outside the comfort zone of your current job, your networkingworld will become a little bigger. You will come to places you have never been before and you will meet new people. Your new team will make your network a lot bigger in one fell swoop, which will undoubtedly give your career a boost in the long term. And who knows, maybe your brand new colleagues will grow into new friends?

Final thoughts

Nowadays, people (mostly the younger ones) change jobs many times during their careers. There are many reasons we change or jobs, eleven of which have been described above. The main drivers being wages, company culture and career opportunities.

There are also those of you who got enough of the corporate jungle, with bad bosses, annoying colleagues, yearly performance appraisals and other negative aspects. They will choose a path of their own and become their own boss. If this is you, I would like to point you in the direction of one tremendous opportunity that has been around since 2005. Here it is:

Start your own internet business

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You can be more Powerful than you think – Even on the Work floor

Introduction

Are you envious of your boss and all his power? You have been with a company for a long time, have done well, are quite experienced, but have no say in the decision making process?  Surely, you would like to have more everybody has powerinfluence within your company. The minimum being that the management listens to you and maybe a little bit less to your colleagues. But how do you get that power? Who should you contact and in which way? Here are two step-by-step plans, which you can follow in order to get more power in the workplace. Surprise yourself, as you could be more powerful than you think, even on the work floor.

And by the way, if you do not like all that power play and participating in these games, then for you specifically I am giving a brilliant solution as a way out of the corporate jungle. You will find it under ‘how to make money on the side’ below.

What is power really?

In general, power in this context is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Or as many psychologists and management consultants have expressed it: power is the power to determine the outcome of an action. It often causes negative feelings, but the thing is we all use it regularly.

definition of powerSome people believe power comes from outside. They believe power is handed to a person by someone else. They see power as a position or title, which comes with authority and control, and a belief in the form of supremacy over others.

Others believe that real power comes from the person itself and you are borne that way. They claim that power is the ability of each individual to cultivate by themselves. Real power is enhanced within a person simply by the choices they make, the actions they take, and the thoughts they create.

For the purpose of this article I would like to designate power a little bit differently. I have a firm belief that power rests in each one of us. It doesn’t matter what place you have in your organization. What really matters is that this power is available to everyone of us, notwithstanding your position or title. In the light of this, here are the two step-by-step plans for you to gain more power.

Here is the first one

Step 1: Self-analysis 

The first step you have to take is to ask yourself: how do I actually relate toknow who you are power? What I can recommend you do is: make a biography about power. The first place where you have anything to do with power is your family of origin. Do you know that Woody Allen film in which he is asked who is the boss at home? To which he says: “If mom and dad agree, daddy is the boss and otherwise mom.” And so you have to deal with power in school, work and in a country. Some people are angry with the power, moving away from it. If you analyze what you have with power, then the concept becomes neutral and you can continue, just as you think about the weather. 

Step 2: analyze the power around you 

After that you have to make a good analysis of the power around you, see how the strings are pulled and by whom. Sometimes the power lies with a director, but sometimes, believe it or not, with a certain colleague. Three forms of power can be distinguished: power 1.0 instinctive power, coming to the monkey rock as quickly as possible, power 2.0 the power of the rules and power 3.0 the values ​​being central there. You should take a good look at which forms of power appeal to you. That helps you to gain insight into your environment. 

Step 3: make power negotiable 

The most important lesson according to David is the question: are you able to deal with powermake power negotiable? Power is just like sex: we don’t like to talk about it, but it is very important in our lives and it helps to talk about it. You don’t have to say that literally in the category “I want more power,” but you can ask “Shall we talk about power? You must not have more power than the role you have. You have to use power for serving purposes, but the problem is that power is addictive. 

In this way gaining power is about 90 percent self-understanding and behavior is only decisive for 10 percent. So it is mainly about understanding the situation and acting accordingly.

Now the second one

And here is another plan about how you can influence people. This is also a step-by-step plan to look for that extra bit of power. 

The first step is – and with that it follows the number one’s focus on self-analysis – is to know exactly how you are put together. That you know where your pitfalls are when it comes to power. Are you someone who likes to have power or not?

 A second step according to this philosophy is to have a good idea of ​​what you what do you wantwant to achieve. You cannot gain influence or exercise power without a goal. It can never be a goal in itself to have power. 

The third rule: think big, start small and act intelligently. You may think big, but it is important to keep the authenticity if you go this way. Show what your ambition is and ask many questions, for example. It is important to be nice that you are interested in others. But with the charities in mind. People who are nice and know what they want win the competition.

Conclusion 

Make a good analysis, think of what you want, talk about power relations and then act very purposefully while remaining authentic. That is pretty much the advice for people with the ambition to exercise (a little more) power. Two aspects are important: try to enjoy the political game that you have to play in order to achieve your goals and keep an eye on who the people with real power are within an organization. Then you can come a long way, but it has to fit with your personality. 

If you have gone through such a process already, what were your experiences?

My final thoughts

It is easy to say to enjoy playing the political game necessary to achieve your goals, but like me, not every person is geared up for the corporate politics, let alone to playing that game. In fact, may employees are sick and tired of either their boss, colleagues and company or even all three. Then what to do?

make a decisionIn case you do not go along with your boss, you can always choose another job with the same company or another one. Same in the situation with annoying colleagues. But what if you encounter the same issues over and over again? Then, welcome to the club, as there are a lot of people in the same position. For all of you, I would suggest you trying something completely new  and solving all of your corporate problems at the same time: become your own boss! You are going to use the internet to do so, working from home as well. And because you can work at your own pace, you can start this next to your work.

How to earn money on the side?

Only by yourself you would find it hard to survive or even start a business on the internet. Most of us are quite illiterate online, but with the right help everybody can become successful! What do you do when opportunity knocks on the door?

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Why are Hobbies important next to your Work?

Introduction

Is your  hobby a bit dopey? If not, it could offer you the opportunity to get rid of hobbies are importantyour work stress and some other adverse factors in your life. Moreover, it ensures that in your job you do not have to meet impossible requirements. Say that again! Yes, a study has revealed how that works and here is how it goes: the more attention you pay to your hobby, the stronger you feel that you are in charge of your own life and feel connected to the world around you. So, you have to ask yourself which are your hobbies or if you have any. And if you have not, I will give you one at the end, one that is going to make you some money as well! Read more and you will learn how important it is to have a hobby or hobbies next to your work.

Do you have any hobbies?

It is almost inevitable that this question will take you straight back to your childhood or teenage years, where you were having poetry albums and cassette tapes, collecting stamps – or where you were just having coffee with your grandmother. But chances are that you don’t even have one, a hobby. Why? Because these days there is this persistent misunderstanding that you have to be busy to be successful. Those who live optimally do not even have free time. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

On the other hand: that your agenda is full all week is precisely because you undertake all kinds of activities in addition to your work. You faithfully go to exercise three times a week and you are regularly in the cinema or at a concert. And then there was that mindfulness course that you had to follow yourself. Great right?

Importance of a hobby

I have read various articles about this subject and they all describe the importance of not always being busy very nicely as: when we take a break, we give ourselves the time to think and the room to breathe, so that we can work hobby importantinvestigate how we make our decisions, and wonder if we want to make new decisions. It reminds us of everything that is good in our lives, that fuels our passions, the people who inspire us and with whom we are connected. It is the space where we can relax, play, discover and where we offer new opportunities to our lives. 

Not all of us have this opportunity, but for myself it was my (business) travel days. You sit somewhere faraway and suddenly you have the chance to look back at what you are doing in your native country. You just start seeing things from a different perspective. That is what this is all about.

Hobby versus burnout

This is exactly why we end up with a hobby: an activity in which you are actively involved in something, without being too performance-oriented. Just for fun. A hobby is one of the few activities where you can get away from it all. That is valuable time, because you get rid of the hectic pace of work, which maybe has happened far too little in recent years. It is even seen that lack of this recovery is the main cause of the burnout epidemic.

It also appears that those who are consciously involved in leisure activities are more satisfied persons. Research conducted  into leisure crafting advises to fill in your leisure time with activities in which you feel strongly involved. Studies, among others, show that the more attention you pay to it, the stronger you feel that you are in charge of your own life and that you also feel more connected to and involve in the world around you.

These are some of the mechanisms, which indicate to what extent a person feels good and functions optimally and can also continue to grow. In addition, people who consciously organize their leisure time will find that they experience a higher level of meaning for life.

Benefits of having a hobby

Then of course there are the skills you gain while practicing a hobby, and at benefits of hobbyleast the positive effect of the activity. For example, drawing can improve your memory by up to 29 percent, language learning strengthens your cognitive ability, you increase your vocabulary and intelligence by reading a lot, you cultivate patience when you make something with your hands such as knitting or building a model sailing ship and it relaxes playing an instrument, because it lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.

Thanks to a hobby, you can also find out that you had something in you that you didn’t know, but for which you had no room at work to discover it. For example, something like a proactive attitude. In any case, it is good to use a hobby as a supplement to what you do not find in your work, psychologists recommend. With that you will take away the pressure that your job must meet everything you want in your life. Often a little bit of stress disappears, because if everything depends on one thing, the stakes are high and you can run great risks. What if you lose that job? 

Final thoughts

From the above it follows logically that we should take our hobbies more seriously. Also be sure that it is still not problematic that we fall too easily nowadays and switch on the latest Netflix production. Hell no, but in these busy times we can use all the more incentive to spend our leisure time as consciously as possible.

We should start believing that new, more flexible ways of working really are the way to go forward: so that we finally have the space to give our hobbies the place they deserve in our working days. Because let’s be honest, in our overcrowded existence there is rarely “just” time left. So, we need to make time!

Having issues with finding a hobby?

It sounds like a strange problem, yet there are some people who do not have a hobby. The bottom line is that people who are looking for a hobby often do not have an activity that they can use to constructively find relaxation and finding no hobby inspiration. As a hobby-less person, you are often doomed to watch television or just surf the web. Or is it just lazy?

Losing a hobby is another thing that can be partly due to the fact that you have turned your hobby into your work. It sounds fantastic and it is. Yet in this case a feeling shift takes place. In the past you could not get enough of your hobby and it consumed a lot of free time. Now and then you just have to distance yourself from your hobby because it has become your job. This is what I like to talk about next.

Hobby #1, making extra money for yourself

Notwithstanding what I have written above, I am a bit skeptical about people not having a hobby. It is my opinion that each one of us has some hobby, passion, interest or something we prefer to do above all else. You just need to become aware of it. And what if, like I did, you make some money with one of your passions?

hobby and making money

I am saying that whatever your passion, you can make money with it on the side and even next to your job. It is the enormous internet growth that makes this possible for everyone of us. My passion is wine and by writing about it to a certain audience, I can sell wine and make commissions from my own home, not buying anything, not holding store.

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