Women in the Office

6 Ways to Celebrate Women in Your Office Everyday

6 Ways to Celebrate Women in Your Office Everyday

International Women’s Day is held on March 8th every year. It’s a day when we celebrate the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women – while also campaigning for greater progress towards gender equality.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated since the early 1900s. Although we’ve made great progress since then, the problem of gender inequality still persists around the world.

Women are also severely underrepresented at senior management and leadership levels. Only 4.2% of Fortune 500 companies had a female CEO in 2016; a number that’s declining instead of improving.

How can you celebrate women everyday in your office?

  1. Attend a women’s event
  2. Invite women to attend a professional development course with you (like a book club)
  3. Donate your time to women’s organizations
  4. Buy from women owned businesses as much as possible
  5. Hire qualified women within your industry
  6. Mentor younger women  

How are you supporting women in your office?

XOXO

Jess

P.S. Wanna chat over a latte or skype? I wanna get to know you, and what makes you…well YOU. Sign up for a free 30 minute assessment and let’s reach your goals together!

7 Negotiation Tips That Pay You What You Deserve

Women are almost half of the workforce.

Women are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children.

Women receive more college and graduate degrees than men.

Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. According to the institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), in 2015, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent. Continue Reading

5 Signs You are Emotionally Drained by Your Job

Not Loving Your Job? Look to your Energy

Growing up, around the 5th or 6th grade mark, I clearly remember adults asking me what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’ and my answer was a DJ. This surprised adults because a majority of my family were educators at the time. Many adults would ask ‘Are you going to be a teacher?’ as if planting the seed would spur me to shout ‘Yes!’. So, my answer was always a little perplexing and they never really knew what to say other when ‘why?’. Even as a child, I knew exactly why I didn’t want to be a teacher. I knew the classroom dynamic with 30 unique student needs didn’t make me excited. It drained my happiness and made me anxious. From a young age I even KNEW it didn’t suit my personality.

As I moved along my personal development and growth journey, I realized that I do enjoy teaching people, just not in a traditional classroom setting. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, mentoring one-on-one and motivating people past their fears. If I didn’t push away the traditional teaching path, I would never have found a non-traditional path that both energizes me and inspires me each day.

Where does Your Personal Energy Come From?

Work should be a passionate endeavor that, for the most part, adds joy and fulfillment to your life. It should energize you and give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. But what happens when it doesn’t? What if you worked really hard to get where you are, do you leave it behind to start new?

For most of you reading this post, work is exhausting and leaves you so depleted that you hardly have time to enjoy the things your income affords you to do.

Even for those of you reading that have jobs that you’ve enjoyed, I bet there are periods when you feel emotionally drained and mentally exhausted that you question why you even do the work you are doing. 

Do your personal values drive your career choices? Check out Career Love’s online course to discover how your values can motivate your career decisions. 

5 Signs You are Emotionally Drained From Your Work:

You Dread Going to Work 

Rather than feeling excited or happy to get up in the morning and begin your work day, you feel a sense of dread or anxiety. The thought of going into work almost makes you physically ill.

This is a huge sign of emotional exhaustion with your job. When you feel completely resistant to even show up at the office, you know that something is wrong.

 

You feel anxious, overwhelmed, or pressured on the job

While you are working, you never feel on top of things. It constantly feels like you’re racing against the clock or some deadline. Or perhaps you feel on edge because of expectations about your performance.

You don’t feel secure or confident that you are pleasing your boss or meeting specified goals.

You might feel overwhelmed because you have more on your plate than you can realistically handle, and you don’t have the support you need. Or you haven’t figured out how to delegate or say “No” to requests for your time.

 

The people around you drain or annoy you

If you don’t surround yourself with people you respect and like, then you are bound to feel exhausted and unhappy. When you feel unappreciated or disrespected, it creates a wave of negative feelings that can impact your work performance and overall feelings about your job.

If your boss is difficult, if you have staff members who don’t pull their weight, or if you deal with clients who treat you badly, then you’re expending emotional energy just trying to deal with these personalities.

 

You’ve lost motivation for your daily duties

When you’re emotionally drained, you find that very little excites you anymore. You just don’t feel much motivation to focus on your projects or tasks, except the negative motivation of being reprimanded or losing your job.

Even activities that you once found enjoyable now feels like a struggle. You have to force yourself to get tasks done, and sometimes you do it so half-heartedly that it doesn’t meet the standards you set for yourself or the expectations of your employer.

Do your personal values drive your career choices? Check out Career Love’s online course to discover how your values can motivate your career decisions. 

 

You stop caring about excellence

If you were one someone who always demanded excellence from yourself and those around you, then then your lack of caring about it is a huge red flag.

You might still get the job done, and maybe others don’t notice the things falling through the cracks, but YOU notice and can feel yourself slipping. You just don’t have the energy to push yourself anymore.

 

How to Align Your Personal Energy to Your Ideal Career

Don’t worry, you are in good hands here at Career Love. You CAN get your mojo back, even if it seems impossible right now. You don’t have to try to do it all alone, or keep going down a disheartening path.  Need motivation right now? Check out the online course to determine your personal values.

It’s time for you to live the life you want and have a career you desire. It’s time to bring happiness back to your life, find a career that deserves you, fills your life with joy, authenticity and truth.

You know, the life that excites you when you wake up each morning. A life that holds meaning and value in the work you do each day. This is the life you are secretly dreaming about, you just need the extra push to get you to reach your ideal career match.

Let’s chat about all this and more. The Career Discovery is a perfect first step, structured program full of motivation, accountability, and support YOU need.

 

Career Love Collective helps women to push their professional fears aside so they can be successful and love their career. We do this by providing one-on-one mentoring tailored to each woman’s specific desired outcome. Wanna chat over a latte or skype? I wanna get to know you, and what makes you…well YOU. Sign up for a free 30 minute assessment and let’s reach your goals together

Living Outside of Your Comfort Zone and Loving It

I did something new, different, challenging, outside my comfort zone and I lived to tell the story.

Let me backup a bit.

As a career coach, when I start any coaching relationship with a client in our first one-on-one meeting I ask her to enter into an agreement with me. In this verbal agreement, I ask her for a few things.  One important request is an eagerness to grow. So far, all the ladies have accepted with open arms. Continue Reading

17 Reasons to Give Your Career a Boost

It’s no secret that the past year has been a transformative time for women–giving power to our voice, taking matters into our own hands and supporting one another.  We must lift up every woman in 2018. You are part of this transformation.

Wondering if you are ready? Of course you are! This is the best time to talk with Career Love Collective about elevating your career, confidence and personal truth. 

17 Reasons to Give Your Career a Boost      

  1. Careers are not linear.
  2. Every woman needs support. That is what Career Love Collective is here for.
  3. Women who get to the top don’t do it alone.
  4. You deserve a career that you love.
  5. Investing in yourself is *never* a waste of time or money.
  6. You spend time defining your priorities.
  7. Resilience is built from your support system.
  8. Nothing can replace connection.
  9. Coaching programs by women, for women.
  10.  Experiment with new career ideas in safe space.  
  11. You deserve to make more money.
  12. You get personalized career advice.
  13. Coaching will take your career to the next level.   
  14. It’s okay to need help, girl–we got you!
  15. Gain real-time feedback on real-life work situations.
  16. Coaching gives accountability for real change.  
  17. Different point of views from outside perspective

Together women can change the world.

You are ready to make moves in your career. Let 2018 be your best year ever.  

Career Love Collective helps women to push their professional fears aside so they can be successful and love their career. We do this by providing one-on-one mentoring tailored to each woman’s specific desired outcome.

Wanna chat over a latte or skype? I wanna get to know you, and what makes you…well YOU. Sign up for a free 30 minute assessment and let’s reach your goals together!

XOXO,

Jess

Top Three Lessons of 2017 – A Year in Review

Lately, emails are bombarding my inbox with promises and deals of it’s a “new year, new you”.  I can say with 100% certainty that I am still the ‘same ole’ jess’ in this new year of 2018, but the experiences in 2017 taught me valuable lessons for this new year.

A Year in Review

In 2017, I moved to a new state, went back to school, and founded a business.  As a small business owner of Career Love Collective, I grappled with NOT having a full time job (which I have always had), fear of rejection, small wins, big wins, personal failures that stung deep and successes, most of which I have difficulty recalling. What got me though this time of change is my core values and my strong personal foundation. I was really put to the test.  

So, 2017, as memory serves, you were brutal. You taught me so much that I am eternally grateful for, and because of that, I am sharing my top three lessons below:

Let Go of the Junk

People say ‘you can’t take it with you when you go’ and they aren’t kidding. Whether it is physical stuff taking up your basement and storage space, or negative people in your life, think about how much personal energy you waste by engaging in the junk. I let go of junk this year. I accepted people who will never change, I donated 90% of my stuff, I downsized my living space. The letting go was the easiest part, it’s the accepting that was the challenge. We define ourselves by our stuff, the people around us. Stuff doesn’t make us happy, people don’t make us happy. Only you make YOU happy.

Be Present

You’ve seen it. You are in a checkout line, how many people around you are looking down on their phones or have headphones plugged in? Guilty. Been there. I’ve caught myself too many times to count losing my engagement with the person in front of me. The irony is I love connecting with people. I felt I was losing touch with myself. I put the phone down in line, I talked to people, I made eye contact, I asked follow-up questions. The best compliment to date through my habit change, “You really see me”.  

Live Your Truth

Living my purpose was a scary idea. The thought of putting myself out there to my little corner of the world with Career Love Collective–I didn’t feel ready. Guess what? One day I started. I started telling people my ideas. I started feeling more sure of myself. I wrote a blog. SCARY. I shared the blog. People didn’t curse at me. COOL. I gave a voice to my truth. Career Love Collective was born from my dream of serving women everywhere my brand of leadership coaching. You can live your truth, because only you know your power.               

What did 2017 teach you? Tell me in the comments!

Career Love Collective helps women to push their professional fears aside so they can be successful and love their career. We do this by providing one-on-one mentoring tailored to each woman’s specific desired outcome. Wanna chat over a latte or skype? I wanna get to know you, and what makes you…well YOU. Sign up for a free 30 minute assessment and let’s reach your goals together

The Practical Guide to Working with Other Personalities

Working with people we don’t necessarily get along with is a normal part of life in an office.  I once had a coworker tell me, “I don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, I am at work.” another individual at the same company was afraid to voice their opinions for fear of offending anyone.

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Why it’s Absolutely Okay to Cry at Work

I am giving you permission to be yourself at work.

For some, this might be displaying family photos at your desk as a reminder of your personal priorities or going out to lunch every day to decompress from the day.

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Confessions of a Confident Introvert

It can be personally freeing to discover you are an introvert. Sometimes when we think of people who are introverted, we wrongly stereotype them as people who don’t like other people. This stereotype is further from the truth. Most introverts are warm, interested in others, and powerful in their own right.

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Feel More Connected, Get Noticed, and Advance Your Career

Guest Blog Post from Stephanie Dennis, Owner of Communicate to Thrive

Feeling unappreciated and unrecognized at work? Not quite sure where you stand? Here are actions you can take right now to regain control and advance your career. By taking action, you will also feel more confident, build your reputation and personal brand, and feel more connected to your work.

Put the Hate on Hold

Have you ever gotten the clear vibe that someone dislikes you? It feels horrible. You’ll avoid them, become snarky, and subconsciously put your energy into tearing down that person down. Now, consider how you feel about your managers or coworkers. Do you roll your eyes behind their backs? Do you think they are out to get you? Although it can be incredibly difficult, you must put those feelings aside. You don’t need to be best friends with your supervisor, but it’s important not to send signals that you are a hater. Try to replace feelings of hate with curiosity and even compassion as you try to understand them. Which leads to ….

Understand Your Boss

What is going on with your manager? Businesses often promote the best technical workers to management or leadership roles, and yet provide no support or training. In other words, your boss may be trying to figure out how the heck to be a boss. Plus, he or she is likely navigating pressure from above and below. Think about what they dealing with and show some empathy. Also, get into your boss’ head and consider how they measure success. Is it metrics? Sales? Power? Authority? Everyday you see signals about what is important to your boss. You just need to pick up on them. This will let you anticipate incoming questions so you aren’t blindsided, pitch new ideas so that they are accepted, and help you present your work in a way that will valued by your boss.

Track and Communicate Your Fabulousness

Make a list of everything you are doing, then list the status, and the deadline or target date. This will help you get a grip on what’s going on and is also a great tool to help you communicate to your boss everything that is on your plate. If you have regular meetings with your supervisor, you can bring in a summary version of this document. Your manager will thank you. By offering this type of regular update, you are warding off questions about “what are you doing” and “what is the status on <fill in the blank>.” It also helps you plan your time and recognize in advance if you are going to have an issue with a particular deadline. You will also find this list to be a tremendous help if you are given a new project but wondering how to push back and explain the impact of this project on existing work.

Say The Magic Words

No, the magic word isn’t “please” — although that doesn’t hurt either. Try asking “How can I help?” It’s a game-changer. Imagine that you are a consultant who is there to help the boss instead of thinking of yourself as an oppressed worker bee. Let your manager know that you understand the issues he or she is facing (see item 2) and that you want to be able to help. Or, if you hear your boss grumble or worry about a new project, show that you are part of the team, interested, and ready to help. You would would be surprised by how rarely people say these words, and how powerful they are. Of course, it is crucial that you follow through on what you offer to do.

If you are feeling frustrated at work and not sure how to improve your situation, don’t lose hope! You have more control over your job than you thought. Start by taking the four actions listed above. Slowly, you will notice how your small actions will shift how others think of you and interact with you. These are just some of the ways to get recognized, get control, and get ahead.

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Stephanie Dennis is the a career coach and workplace communication consultant. She created Communicate to Thrive to help people take charge of their career growth and professional development.