As a remote team member, I sometimes struggle with the seemingly infinite freedom of working from home. For example, what I tell myself that I do is break up my day into 3 hour chunks and some of those are filled with work while others are personal. The end result should be that I work roughly 9 hours a day, but not usually in a continuous set.
It can be really tough to bring yourself to have a hard, direct conversation with someone who isn’t doing what they should be doing at work. Whether it’s a colleague who’s not pulling their weight, or a boss who never gets back to you, it’s all too tempting to give in to the urge to avoid conflict and just let things slide.
There are two times of the year when people tend to change jobs more than any other. One is January, no doubt because we’ve had a chance to reflect on life and decide we want to make a change. The other is July. If you’re a little over your job and considering a change, this post is for you.
I’m very pleased to announce, after three and a half years of hard work to bring JobAdvisor to Australia, we’ve joined forces with fellow Aussie start-up The Search Party to accelerate our growth and help more Australian’s find a great employer!
When you’re running a team it’s really easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re the only person who can get things done. Sometimes it can seem that every time you try to delegate responsibility for something, it just doesn’t happen or at least doesn’t get done very well. So, rather than persisting, it’s easier to just take it back and invariably your list of responsibilities just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
Back in December I wrote about How to get the most out of 2015 and went through some basic tips about creating a plan that'll help you focus and get more of what you want out of life this year. Now we're at the half way point, today is a great day to reflect on how you're tracking to your plan and figure how to get to the top of the next mountain.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little bit obsessed with time management. With so much to do I hate wasting time because it takes away from my downtime, so I’m always looking for little tips to help improve my productivity. I came across a nice, simple list of 26 Time Management Hacks and in the interests of time I thought I’d share what I thought were the 13 best ones!
It can be a little daunting to go to interviews. You’re under the spot light, getting asked a million questions, and you want to do well so you can get offered a job… which you’re relying on to pay your rent. Pressure! But there are some easy fundamentals to interviewing well, so here they are.
Ah yes, the classic question… when is it time to call it quits and find another job? Maybe you’ve had enough of your boss or you just feel like a change, but before you make a potentially life changing decision it's probably worth looking beyond your natural, emotional, knee-jerk responses to figure out if it's a good idea or not. And if you ask your colleagues, mates, partner or parents for 'impartial' advice about whether to stay or go you’ll probably get a hundred different opinions, so I thought it’d be worth looking at a few fundamental questions you should ask to help you make a decision.
I’ve written before about why I don’t like working from home all the time (for the record I do like working from home from time to time!), but I’ve found it’s becoming more and more commonplace for companies to have team members all over the place. Within our little company alone we have 5 in the office, 1 in Tasmania, another Aussie in Thailand, 4 in Vietnam and 1 in the Philippines - that's more than half working remotely! Although we’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, remote working is really working for us so I thought I’d share a few tools that we've found useful.