As you search for your dream job, you may be on the lookout for many benefits such as unlimited paid time off. While this perk is rare, there are some companies like Eventbrite, General Electric, and Groupon that offer unlimited vacation time.  Why are some companies jumping on board and offering unlimited PTO? Are there drawbacks to this decision? Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of unlimited paid time off.   Pro: It Improves Employee Engagement Levels  Vacations give your employees an opportunity to rest. It allows them to clear their minds. By taking this time, they feel happier,...

Winter is quickly approaching and that means flu and cold season is upon us. While most of us spend time each day sanitizing and tidying our homes, we often overlook our work areas. Our offices are breeding grounds for millions of bacteria. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not cleaned every day and some aren’t cleaned at all. Here are five of the dirtiest places in an office that you should sanitize daily.  1. Keyboard When was the last time you sanitized your keyboard? Research from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia found that keyboards are some of the dirtiest places...

Each day the average worker receives up to 121 emails and they spend up to three hours of their workday attempting to control their inbox. While email is an effective communication tool, it can hinder your productivity in the workplace. Unfortunately, if you don’t check your emails often or make these messages a priority, your inbox can get out of control. Here are a few tips to help you better control your email inbox and improve your productivity in the office.  Make it an Appointment Just like you make appointments for phone calls or meetings, schedule blocks of time throughout your day...

After receiving a poor performance review, you may experience any number of emotions from anger and sadness to confusion. This review can affect future promotions, pay increases, and your self-confidence in the workplace. However, before you fight back and become defensive, here are several things you need to do first.  Calm Down and Reflect Acting hastily out of anger is only going to make matters worse. Before you say or do anything, give yourself time to calm down. Go home for the night and reflect on the situation. Did your boss provide examples that you can analyze? Did they give you a...

No matter your industry or job position, you will always want to improve and become better. For example, you may have your sights set on a job promotion, a certain sales revenue, or even inventing a new product. While it is important to have goals, some of your career goals may be a little out of reach. These may be good goals, but they aren’t realistic, at least in the present. When goal-setting, here are a few things you can do to help you set realistic goals at work.  Be S.M.A.R.T. SMART goal setting is one of the most effective and powerful...

Remote jobs are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Since 2005, remote work has grown 159% and more than 4.7 million people in the United States enjoy a telecommuting job. While many individuals are seeking remote work, it may not be best for everyone. Before you look for remote jobs, there are several questions you should ask yourself. 1. Are You a Self-Starter?   As a remote employee, you will not have someone looking over your shoulder and making sure you complete all of your work. You must have the self-discipline to set aside your distractions and focus on your work. You...

When quitting a job, you will often be required to attend an exit interview before you leave. This is a short meeting or a written survey that allows you to share with the employer the good and bad about the position and company. While it is important to provide honest feedback, if you come across too negative or rude, you could hurt your future relationship with the company. Here are a few things to remember to help you conquer this interview.  Leave Your Emotions Out of It  Many individuals walk into the exit interview with plans to vent and complain. They may have...

There may be times throughout your career when a pay cut is inevitable. You may receive a pay cut if you switch jobs or if layoffs or changes in your company occur. This can be stressful, especially if you don’t know how to properly handle a pay cut. Here are a few tips to help you better manage your new financial situation. 1. Negotiate New Benefits Your salary shouldn’t be the only benefit you receive at a job. If you receive a pay cut, negotiate with upper management to receive new benefits. For example, talk to your employer and ask for...

The job hunt can be an overwhelming and daunting experience. Regardless if you have a substantial amount of experience behind you or you are starting, it can be difficult to find a job that you love and are perfect to fill.   When working with a recruiter, you have someone who can make the entire process less stressful. A recruiter’s job is to make a connection between an applicant and a company. They are hired by a company to find the right candidates to fill open positions — they do not find jobs for people.  Why should you work with a recruiter? Is...

A full-time employee spends more than 40 hours a week in the office. To make this time enjoyable and to help you feel engaged and connected at work, it is essential that you develop strong professional relationships. However, it can be challenging to find a balance between social and professional relationships in the workplace. Here are a few ways for handling these work relationships. Be Careful What You Share  While a strong friendship is built on knowing one another well, you want to be wary about oversharing details about your personal life. While it is certainly acceptable to share some information about...