Monday, January 26, 2015

Mentorship: How's Your Attitude?

Source:  Boothman, N. 2008.

Attitudes are natural responses; here are a few attitudes that Boothman (2008) comments that are useless and should be avoided at work, home, and in relationships:

  • angry
  • sarcastic
  • impatient
  • bored
  • disrespectful
  • conceited
  • pessimistic
  • anxious
  • rude
  • suspicious
  • vengeful
  • afraid
  • self-conscious
  • mocking
  • dutiful
  • embarrassed

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mentorship: Satisfying Your Needs

January is Mentorship Month.  Our focus is on the subject of employees receiving benefits or perks other than a salary increase.  What are your needs, likes, and dislikes? Be creative, at your place of employment, when you see no monetary raise in sight.

William Glassner, a psychiatrist and education consultant, implies that we all have the following needs--no matter race, gender, or identity:
  • Survival (food, shelter, freedom from harm);
  • Belonging (security, comfort, legitimate membership in group settings);
  • Power (sense of importance, of stature, of being considered by others);
  • Fun (having a good time, emotionally and intellectually); and,
  • Freedom (to do by choice, self-direction, and responsibility).
Unless we have the described needs, all such needs, met in unison then we only survive by human activities of personal or social chaos and dysfunction. So the next time that you're feeling some kind of way, you now know there is a reason why, right? One or more of human needs are being neglected by you or someone in your daily (lifestyle) space.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Looking Past Wages, What Else May Be Offered At A New Job

Many blue-collar employees are now requesting their employers to increase minimum wage. Have you taken the time to consider all the other benefits (expenses) that your employer pays for on your behalf? Do you know what employers may be providing as compensation to their employees, along with their current earnings?

Possible Benefits offered to an Employee (an expense or payout excluding wages)

  • Commission per service or item sold
  • Bonuses
  • Incentive pay
  • Signing bonuses
  • Stock options
  • Cost of living benefits
  • International bonuses if you work abroad
  • Flexible work schedule and/or telecommute
  • Friendly work environment and staff
  • Personal leave
  • College tuition reimbursement
  • Car allowance
  • Day care reduced fees or reimbursement at your workplace or off-site
  • Promotions
  • Technology equipment usage
  • Bartering for things you may need
  • Casual dress code
  • Being a part of a large company