The Average Person Donates $561 to Their Employer Every Year (So Yes, That Could Include You If You Don’t Use Your Vacation Times)

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We’ve all used every excuse in the book for not taking vacation (or not unplugging while on vacation).

“My co-workers won’t survive without me.” “Something major will happen while I’m gone and then I’ll be fired because I wasn’t there.” “Taking a vacation would make me more stressed right now.”

And while they’re all baloney, we’ve still managed to convince ourselves that we don’t need to take breaks.

So I’m going to give you one reason today why you should get offline and go away: Because when you don’t use your vacation days, you’re essentially paying your employer.

Yup. According to a recent article on CNN titled, “Your Boss Wants You to Take a Vacation” (how’s that for a headline?), American employees forfeited 212 million vacation days in 2017, otherwise sacrificing $62 billion in lost benefits.

“In other words, the average employee actually donated $561 in ‘free’ work to their employer by not using their vacation time,” says the article author Katie Denis, citing a study done by Project: Time Off.

Let me break that down for you. Companies set aside a certain number of days off for each employee, expecting that they will be paying some money for their employees not to be working. While some organizations offer rollover days—allowing employees to accrue and use any leftover vacation days from the previous year—many don’t, which means if you don’t use them, you lose them. This means that rather than get that extra money without having to work, you’re giving that money back in unnecessary labor.

The point? Take your vacation days—all of them.

And not just because it’s costing you much-undeserved stress and energy. According to career coaches, taking breaks makes you more motivated and productive in the long run, puts your career into perspective, and even helps you get promoted. Want hard numbers next to those facts? The CNN articles goes on to say that “those who travel with all or most of their time are 28% happier with their companies and 24% happier with their jobs than those that travel with little to none of their vacation days.”

Convinced? Good. Now time to ask your boss for time off and start planningfor your next adventure!

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5 Digital Nomad Habits Anyone Can Adopt to Make Their Days More Inspiring

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I’m going to guess that almost everyone out there has spent at least one afternoon staring at their inbox in a daze or sitting in a seemingly endless meeting, daydreaming about becoming a digital nomad. It sounds ideal: working from inspiring locations, being in charge of your time, skipping the small talk.

After nomading for the past year, I can tell you some things about the experience that really are dreamy. Not everyone can pop over to the monkey forest on their coffee break or take meetings against the backdrop of a glittering sea.

But you don’t necessarily have to pick up and move halfway across the globe to enjoy some of the benefits of this lifestyle. In fact, there are plenty of habits that anyone can adopt to make their days more inspiring.

1. Shake Up Your Scenery

One of the most obvious benefits (and the one we eye enviously on Instagram) is getting to work from beautiful locations, whether it’s a hip cafe in Berlin or a beach in Bali.

“I love being able to switch up my environment on a daily basis,” says Nisha Garigarn, who has been nomading for the past three years while co-founding Croissant. “I can find myself working from a classy hotel lobby one day, and from a sunny outdoor terrace with a beer on another day. I love the idea of injecting small doses of inspiration in your daily life by working from different spots.”

Even if you can’t get to quite such exotic locations from your cubicle, you’re still surrounded by places that are not your office. Is there a coffee shop around the corner or a hotel lobby you particularly love? Talk to your boss to see if you can negotiate one day (or even a couple hours) every week to go work from there, or organize a “retreat” for your whole team to get offsite and get some work done (here’s an email template to help you make that ask). If that’s not an option, try taking some of your meetings out of the office.

At the very least, see what moving from your desk to another corner of the office can do. “I think office workers will benefit from a change of pace or scenery to reignite creativity and problem-solving skills,” shares Krista Gray, nomad and founder of GoldSquare. “Creating this sense might be as simple as working from a new desk to avoid getting stuck in a routine or operating on autopilot.”

Krista Gray, digital nomad and founder of GoldSquare

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2. Take Advantage of Your Surroundings

Digital nomads love being able to explore exciting places and get to know interesting people—and you don’t have to go far to do the same!

I’m willing to bet that, wherever you’re living and working, there are plenty of things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t. Finally seeing that new museum exhibit, trying a restaurant everyone raves about, or checking out a beautiful walking path could be the perfect way to inject some adventure into your routine.

“When you’re a digital nomad, you’re more likely to take advantage of your surroundings,” says Lynze Ballay, who’s living in Buenos Aires while working on her onboarding consulting business and She Works Abroad. “You know that you probably won’t be in this same place forever.”

Push yourself to do the same and be a tourist where you live now. If you have a real lunch break, use it to explore a new spot. Take advantage of the amazing people surrounding you at work and grab coffee with a colleague you haven’t gotten to know before. And if all else fails, sneak in a little time researching for an evening activity or a day trip you can take on the weekend.

3. Let Your Schedule Follow Your Energy

Many digital nomads love the freedom from a strict 9-to-5 office routine, instead opting to let their schedules change based on their energy or sightseeing plans.

“The ability to tailor my schedule to the individual day has changed my productivity levels immensely,” says travel and lifestyle journalist Jillian Dara. “I am very productive in the early hours of the morning and tend to have brainstorming sessions late at night.”

travel and lifestyle journalist Jillian Dara

Courtesy of Jillian Dara

The most obvious way to bring this digital nomad benefit home would be to try to negotiate a schedule that works best for you. “Do you love working early and hate the afternoons? Consider adjusting your work schedule to be 7 AM to 4 PM if that suits you better. Your boss might be fine with it,” shares Megan Berry, VP of Product at remote-friendly Octane AI—and, I’ll add, that you won’t know if that’s the case unless you ask.

Barring that, work within regular office hours to create a schedule as close to ideal as possible. For example, block out your most productive hours on your calendar so you can focus on work without being distracted by meetings.

Or, if your energy rhythms are always changing, try staying ahead of deadlines so that you can switch gears if something isn’t inspiring you and come back to it another day.

4. Get Away From the Screen

Digital nomads have lots of opportunities to step away from their computers—and often find they have the best ideas when they do.

“I have an entire day to enjoy myself and not sit in front of a computer,” shares business coach Harper Spero, who uses her flexibility to work elsewhere during the New York winter.

“I go to the beach, read a book, meet friends for lunch, stroll around the city,” Spero says. “It’s not that I don’t think about my business during this time—I actually feel like I have more space to brainstorm and ideate, to embrace this time without feeling like I should be responding to emails.”

It can be easy to feel like you have to stay tuned into your computer every second you’re at work, but try taking some time away from the screen and see what happens. Go for a walk when you’re stuck on a problem. Grab a notebook and sit in a remote corner of the office when prepping for your next meeting. Schedule time every week to brainstorm on a whiteboard in the conference room. You might be surprised how much it clears your head.

Alissa Lentz, a digital nomad who traveled while starting her backpack company HERO NEW YORK

Courtesy of Alissa Lentz

5. Take Control of What You Can

What most digital nomads love more than any other aspect of their work and travel setup is the feeling of being fully in control of their own lives. “I feel 100% in control of my destiny, a perspective that keeps me learning and growing,” says Alissa Lentz, who’s been nomading for several years while starting her backpack company HERO NEW YORK.

Even if you’re reporting to a boss every day, it’s important to remember that—ultimately—you’re in control of your career. If you’re feeling uninspired at work, start taking small steps to understand why and see what you can do to fix it. Check in with yourself about what excites you about your job—and what doesn’t. Lentz, for example, makes it a daily practice to reflect on and journal about what went well and what didn’t—so that she can learn and improve.

Dara agrees that “fostering self-motivation is a life-lesson for anyone.” It’s important “to be able to ask yourself, why am I doing this? Do I want to be doing this?”

And if through this process of self-reflection you realize this job really isn’t working for you, start making a plan for your own escape—to a new job or to a new corner of the planet.

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35 Things to Do for Your Career by 35

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We’re all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn’t).

We’re also big fans of not putting a timeline on things. We’ve even said that there are plenty of things you don’t have to have by 30 (or 40, or 50, or ever…).

But when it comes to your career, there are some things that we do recommend getting started on sooner rather than later. Not because some all-knowing career god out there says you have to, but because you’ll make your professional future—not to mention day-to-day work life—a whole lot easier.

So, do you need to check every box off this list by the time you’re 35? Definitely not. But, consider it a list of suggestions that, if taken, can have a really big impact on your career.

1. Really Refine Your Elevator Pitch

While it will obviously change from time to time, you should never have a hard time answering, “What do you do?” In fact, you should be so good at it that people will never forget.

So, really spend some time figuring out what message you want to get across when people ask about your career. Communication expert Alexandra Franzen has an exercise to help.

2. Know Your Superpower

Or, in other words, know the one thing that you’re truly amazing at.

Serial entrepreneur Tina Roth Eisenberg says that all the most successful people she’s met know exactly what they’re best at: John Maeda, who led the MIT Media Lab and Rhode Island School of Design, responded with “curiosity.” Maria Popova, who curates the popular Brain Pickings blog, said “doggedness.” Eisenberg’s own superpower is enthusiasm. See how to find your own super power, here.

3. Know Your Weakness

On the other end of the spectrum, it’s key to know what you’re not so great at. Not to make you feel bad—not in the least!—but to help you know who you should hire and work with to complement your skill set and what tasks you should delegate (so you can spend more time on what you’re great at).

On that note:

4. Learn How to Delegate

No one can do it all, and especially as you climb the career ladder, you’re going to need to know the difference between the things you should be spending your time on and the things you shouldn’t.

And, perhaps more importantly, be able to effectively and comfortably delegate to others—interns, staff members, your partner, your childcare provider, you get the picture. These 10 rules of successful delegation will help you do it right.

5. Know Your Career Non-Negotiables

You’re going to have a lot of opportunities come your way in life, and you don’t want to waste energy agreeing to things that really don’t line up with what you want to be doing.

So, really be honest about what you want and need out of your career, and then come up with a list of non-negotiables that you can use as a guide next time you’re making a career decision. Writer Andrea Shields Nunez has some tips on creating them—and then actually enforcing them.

6. Do Something You’re Really, Really Proud Of

Whether or not it’s something you’ll be known for forever, something you get paid for doing, or even something you really want to do with your life, make sure you have something on your resume that, deep down, you’re really proud of.

7. Learn From Something You’re Not So Proud Of

We were going to add “fail at something” to this list, but that’s silly. Because, let’s face it, we’ve all failed miserably at one point or another.

What’s more important? Learning from that blunder and taking that lesson with you productively into the next stage of your career.

8. Stretch Your Limits

You know you can manage a 30-person meeting, but a 100-person multi-day travel conference? That might be stretching the limits of your skills.

Actually—this is exactly the type of stuff that you should try once in a while. After all, you’ll never really know how good you are until you step a bit outside of what you know.

9. Do Something That Really Scares You

This takes stretching your limits a bit further—we’re talking going way out of your comfort zone here.

Whether it’s speaking at a conference, going for a (big) promotion, or finally writing that memoir, why not try something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career? As they say, big risks can lead to big-time rewards.

10. Get Comfortable With Getting Feedback

Hillary Clinton once said that her biggest piece of advice to young professionals is: “It’s important to take criticism seriously—not personally.” Meaning: Knowing where you’re not meeting expectations is the only way you’ll learn and grow as a professional, but taking every harsh word to heart is a fast way to make your confidence crumble.

So, take it from Hillz, and start taking feedback like a pro. Here are a few tips that’ll help.

11. Get Comfortable With Giving Feedback

Whether it’s telling your boss that his hourly drop-bys are really killing the team’s mojo or letting your direct report know that arriving to meetings on time is, in fact, required, giving feedback is a necessary part of getting what you need and being a happy professional.

Learn how to give it well, ideally sooner rather than later. Here are some pointers.

12. Get Comfortable With Saying “No”

For just being two measly letters long, “no” seems to be one of the hardest words in the English language for many of us to say. But it’s actually incredibly important for our careers (and our sanity!) that we learn to use it and stand behind it.

Here’s how to say it to your boss, a friend, and everyone else.

13. Have a Broad Network of People You Can Trust

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again (probably at least twice a week for as long as we’re in business), the greatest asset you have in your career is your network.

And building relationships takes time, so start now. Here’s how.

14. Have a Couple of Specific Career Advisors

We’re not saying mentor here—because finding the right mentor shouldn’t have a timeline on it and because there are plenty of ways to succeed without one—but having a couple of people in your corner who can advise you on everything from a terrible boss to a career 180 is incredibly valuable.

And yes, this group of people can include your mom.

15. Scrub Your Online Presence

Increasingly, what shows up in Google and on your social media profiles is the first impression someone has of you. So, take some time to clean ’em up!

Change the privacy on any old or questionable photos. Delete any Facebook or Twitter posts that could be incriminating. Game your Google results to make sure the things you want showing up at the top do.

16. Perfect Your LinkedIn Profile

Speaking of those things you want showing up at the top, your LinkedIn profile is perhaps your most prime piece of online real estate. When a client, future employer, vendor, or professional contact is looking for you, guess where he or she will turn?

Yup, LinkedIn. So make sure your profile tells the story you want it to tell (our complete guide to a perfect LinkedIn profile walks you through the process).

17. Have a Portfolio of Your Best Work

Whether it’s a printed collection of articles, marketing campaigns, or annual reports you’ve worked on or a personal website showcasing your skills, having a portfolio ready to go will make it easy for you to show your boss (or future boss) what you’ve got.

Here’s more on why you need one, plus some easy ways to get started today.

18. Know How to Sell (Yourself or Something Else)

Yes, even if you never envision a career in cold calling. The truth is, whether you’re pitching an idea to your boss or writing a cover letter about why you’re the perfect candidate, you’re going to be selling something to someone at some point.

Get started on your own personal sales education with these tips.

19. Know How to Negotiate

Because, in most cases, it’s the only way you’re going to get what you want and deserve.

If you’ve never done it before, we recommend starting small (asking your boss to, say, pay for a pricey upcoming conference), and checking out these articles that are jam-packed with actionable advice (and motivation).

20. Know How to Manage Up

It’s a common misconception that you have to grin and bear it through a superior’s assignments, working style, or way of doing things, paying no regard to whether his or her demands are reasonable.

In fact, being able to manage up—or, communicate with your boss and advocate for what you need to do your job best—is a crucial job skill. Molly Donovan offers some tips for doing it well.

21. Know How to Send a Killer Email

You should never send an email that you’re not proud of (or wouldn’t be proud of if your boss saw) again.

So make sure you’re really putting care into the professional messages you send! Erin Greenawald has some tips from an editor’s perspective on how to write ones that are flawless. It may sound like a lot of effort, but we promise it’s worth it (and will get easier the more you do it).

22. Master Your Handshake

This sounds small, but a handshake is the quickest way to make (or break) an impression. (Fact: A Fortune 500 CEO once said that when he had to choose between two candidates with similar qualifications, he gave the position to the candidate with the better handshake.)

Learn how to do it right from an expert.

23. Find a To-Do List System That Works for You

Whether you need your list synced across all of your devices or you’re more of a pen-and-paper kind of guy or gal, commit to finding a to-do list that helps you manage your workflow in the best way possible.

Yes, you might change methods as you switch jobs or new apps are launched over time, but knowing what works, what doesn’t, and what you like and don’t like will make sure that you always have what you need to be your most productive self.

24. Know Your Energy Levels—and Use Them

There’s nothing worse (or less productive) than trying to work when you’re not at your best. You shouldn’t spend any more time wasting your peak mental hours—or forcing yourself to work when you’re in an energy slump.

So, really understand and accept when you work best, and then use productivity expert Alex Cavoulacos’ advice to map out your ideal day.

25. Know How Much Sleep You Need—and Commit to Getting It

We hope you learned this lesson in college, but if not: Sleep is important. Whether you need seven or nine hours, know your number, and get it regularly. Your health and career depend on it.

26. Know How to Manage Stress

Stress can really rule and ruin your life, something you don’t want to let it do for long.

If stress is an issue for you, nip it in the bud as early as possible. Career coach Lea McLeod has some advice for how to start mitigating your stress, but if it’s really becoming overwhelming, consider talking to a professional who can give you strategies.

27. Stop Over-Apologizing

You may think you’re being polite or strengthening your reputation, but apologizing too much, especially for small things or things out of your control, could inadvertently instill doubt in your abilities and undercut your professionalism.

Make sure you’re saving your apologies for when you really messed up—not when your co-worker asks you to go back a slide in your presentation. Check out Lily Herman’s tips for making sure you’re saying what you really mean.

28. Get Over Impostor Syndrome

Whether you’re just getting started in a new field or you’ve been climbing the promotion ladder at your company since graduation, impostor syndrome can plague any professional.

But the truth is, it’s hurting your career (not to mention your self-esteem). Here’s why—and here are a few ways to get over feeling like a fraud and start feeling like the badass you are.

29. Have a Career Emergency Plan

What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? If you don’t have an answer (or your answer is “Freak out! Panic!”), it’s time to come up with a career emergency plan.

A crisis, like being let go or having your company go under, isn’t something you ever want to think about, but if it happened, wouldn’t you rather have a ready-to-go action plan than be running around like a crazy person trying to get anyone to hire you? Here’s how to get yours started ASAP.

30. Pick Up a Side Project

Ever wondered how you’d do at consulting? Thought about opening up an Etsy store or restoring and selling old cars? Try it out. At best, you’ll find a new career or source of income, and at the very least you’ll have some variety in your day to day. Here’s how to make time for a side gig.

31. Invest in Your Retirement

We know: In the early stages of your career, it can be hard to fork over any of that precious paycheck. But savings compounds over time, so starting early means you’ll have exponentially more in your later years (to, you know, live it up on a boat sipping mai tais all day).

Here’s everything you need to know to get started.

32. Invest in Yourself

Today’s working world is changing faster than ever, and to stay on top of your professional game, it’s important to continue to grow your skills.

Oh, and this doesn’t have to mean going to grad school. Here are 45 free online classes you can take to add some professional development into your routine.

33. Invest in the World

Whether it’s volunteering your skills to a nonprofit in need or mentoring a junior employee, little feels better than giving back to the world. Here are a few ideas you may not have considered.

34. Know What You Don’t Want

You don’t have to know what you want to be when you grow up by 35 (or, hey, 95).

But, assuming you want to have a job and career you love, it’s important to at least keep thinking about it—if not actively chasing it.

And, often, the first step to knowing what you do want is ruling out what you don’t want. Don’t want a dictator for a boss? A sales role? A management position? Great. Whittle away some options, and you’re at least getting closer.

35. Give Yourself Permission to Go After What You Do

Oh, and if you do know what you want? Start taking steps to go after it. Yes, careers are long, but why spend one more day than you have to not doing what you want? You have our permission. We hope you have yours, too.

 

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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How to Make Your Brain Get Down to Business When It’s Being Wildly Unproductive

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The assignment you need to complete has been pulled up on your computer screen since the moment you walked into the office, yet it still looks exactly the same as it did when you opened it. Or, worse, it’s completely blank, save for the cursor mocking you each time it blinks (rude).

It’s happened to all of us, and it’s a really frustrating feeling. Especially when you’ve dedicated specific time to work on this project, and it is quickly ticking away. It’s even more nerve-wracking—and slightly panic-inducing—if you have a hard and fast deadline inching closer and closer by the minute.

But continuing to stare at your monitor while cursing yourself for being incompetent (which you aren’t) won’t magically finish the job. It’s unlikely you’ll suddenly become productive.

So, next time you run into this infuriating situation, take action, and try doing the following.

Revisit Your Original Goal and How to Get There

When you first started working on this project, you may have thought you’d chosen the best approach. But now, you’re not sure how to move forward, and you seem to be stuck in the same thought process.

Sometimes, the work you’ve already done is actually what is preventing you from completing the next steps. The trick may be to rewind a little bit, or to start from scratch all together.

Ask yourself: What is the purpose of the project I am working on? What exactly do I need to accomplish? And then, when you determine that, outline what you are going to do in order to produce the desired result.

As Muse writer Natalie Jesionka says when explaining how to reach your career goals, “Envision what the path to your goal might look like and write it out in an outline, draw a map, or even develop a storyboard that defines your goals and desired outcomes.” This advice can apply to a much smaller scale, too, such as the project you’re stuck on.

Take a Walk

According to a Stanford University study, just the simple act of taking a walk may help you to think in a different way than you were before.

“Walking opens up the free flow of ideas, and it is a simple and robust solution to the goals of increasing creativity and increasing physical activity,” authors Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz explain. Therefore, “when there is a premium on generating new ideas in the workday, it should be beneficial to incorporate walks.”

So get your butt out of your chair and get some steps in. When you get back to your desk, the assignment may seem a whole lot easier. Plus, that extra activity may help you win the office Fitbit competition.

And if it’s cold outside or simply not ideal to be walking around outside, that’s OK. While being outdoors does have its own benefits, the researchers found that walking around indoors was just as helpful as taking a few laps around the block.

Talk it Out

When I’m trying to get something done and just can’t seem to get anywhere, I often turn to one of my teammates and chat about it with her. Many times, working through my thoughts and ideas out loud helps me come to my own conclusions, and my co-worker is just sitting there nodding by the end (enthusiastically, of course).

Trying to explain to her what I needed to do forced me to get out of my own head and find a way to make it make sense. If you try this, let your co-worker chime in if she has something to say. Her valuable input may be just what you need to get the wheels turning. Plus, requesting a colleague’s input may make even make you more likable.

This tactic of brainstorming out loud can work when you’re alone, too. Several times while writing an article, I’ve found myself stumped. The idea seemed good when I started writing, but after a few sentences I can’t remember what I really wanted to say about the topic.

So, I step away from my laptop and I pretend I’m giving a speech to an auditorium full of people. If I had to talk about this project or product to someone, what would I say? How would I show it? Basically, I pretend I’m giving a (really good) TED talk.

Turn Off All Other Distractions

When you’ve figured out what your next steps are and are ready to return to the task at hand, turn off all other distractions. If you’re using a computer, for instance, close any web pages you don’t need. Either exit your email completely, or set it up so there are no sounds or pop-ups associated with a new email or chat.

In an interview with Daniel McGinn, Senior Editor of The Harvard Business Review, Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project and author of Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live and The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance, says “You hear that little Pavlovian beep, and you cannot resist it. So you turn to the email and lose track of the initial task, and it takes you time to reconnect to it afterward. Researchers have found that over time and with practice, people get better at task shifting, but they never get remotely as good as they’d be if they did one thing at a time.”

Imagine you’re watching a movie with a group of friends, and you have to keep pausing it because you can’t hear over the side conversations. That two-hour movie all of a sudden becomes four hours. Or, you just stop watching it all together.

You can’t control your friends in person, but you can control your email notifications and how many times you end up scrolling through Facebook. Eliminating the possibility for interruptions will help you devote all your attention to what needs to get done.

Last of all, have confidence in yourself that you will get it done. Because you can, and you will. Sometimes you just have to hit the reset button or ask for help, and there’s no shame in either of those things.

 

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How to Negotiate Salary: 37 Tips You Need to Know

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Whether we’re starting a new job or gunning for a promotion at our current one, we all know that we should be negotiating.

Or do we?

A survey by Salary.com revealed that only 37% of people always negotiate their salaries—while an astonishing 18% never do. Even worse, 44% of respondents claim to have never brought up the subject of a raise during their performance reviews.

The biggest reason for not asking for more? Fear.

And we get it: Negotiation can be scary. But what’s even scarier is not doing it.

Here’s a good example: A famous study done by Linda Babcock for her book, Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change, revealed that only about 7% of women attempted to negotiate their first salary, while 57% of men did. Of those people who negotiated, they were able to increase their salary by over 7%.

That may not sound like much, but as Stanford negotiation professor Margaret A. Neale puts it, “If you and your counterpart who negotiated are treated identically by the company—you are given the same raises and promotions—35 years later, you will have to work eight more years to be as wealthy as your counterpart at retirement.”

So, whether you’re male or female, in your first job or your fifth, it’s time to learn how to negotiate. And we’re here to help, with a roundup of expert tips and further reading to get you totally prepped for your next negotiation.

1. Know Your Value

If you’re going to get the pay you deserve, it’s crucial to know the going rate for your position in your specific industry and in your geographic area. As I Will Teach You to Be Rich’s Ramit Sethi told PureWow, “If you walk into a salary negotiation without a number, you’re at the mercy of an experienced hiring manager who will simply control the conversation.”

You can do this by doing an online search on sites such as Payscale or Glassdoor, or by asking others in your field (ideally both men and women, to avoid falling victim to the gender pay gap).

2. Talk to Recruiters

Another way to do some research? Pick up those calls from recruiters. They know what people with your experience and expertise are worth, so use it to your advantage! The next time one reaches out to you, engage in a conversation about the position’s responsibilities and pay. You may not get a specific number, but even a range is helpful.

3. Organize Your Thoughts

To organize all of your thoughts and research in one place, check out the free resources at She Negotiates (yes, it’s helpful for guys, too).

4. Pick the Top of the Range

As you’re doing your research, you’ll likely come up with a range that represents your market value. It can be tempting to ask for something in the middle of the range, but instead you should ask for something toward the top.

First of all, you should assume you’re entitled to top pay, says She Negotiates founder Victoria Pynchon.

Second, your employer will almost certainly negotiate down, so you need wiggle room to still end up with a salary you’re pleased with.

5. Know the (Exact) Number

According to researchers at Columbia Business School, you should ask for a very specific number—say, $64,750 rather than $65,000.

Turns out, when employees use a more precise number in their initial negotiation request, they are more likely to get a final offer closer to what they were hoping for. This is because the employer will assume you’ve done more extensive research into your market value to reach that specific number.

6. Be Willing to Walk Away

When considering your numbers, you should also come up with a “walk away point”—a final offer that’s so low that you have to turn it down. This could be based on financial need, market value, or simply what you need to feel good about the salary you’re bringing home.

Walking away from an offer will never be easy, but it’s important to know when to do it—and powerful to be able to say “no.”

7. Make Sure You’re Ready

Before you ask for a raise, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions.

Have you been at your job for a year? Have you taken on new responsibilities since you’ve been hired? Have you been exceeding expectations (rather than just meeting them)? The answer to all of these should be “yes.”

8. Plan the Right Timing

Turns out, timing is everything. Most people wait until performance review season to ask for a salary adjustment, but by that time, your boss has probably already decided what raises will be doled out to the team.

Instead? “Start talking to your boss about getting a raise three to four months in advance,” writer and former human resources professional Suzanne Lucas of EvilHRLady.org told LearnVest. “That’s when they decide the budget.”

9. Prepare a One-Sheet

Prepare a “brag sheet,” recommends Kathleen O’Malley of Babble. “It’s a one-page summary that shows exactly how awesome you are as an employee. List any accomplishments, awards, and customer or co-worker testimonials (“You saved me when you did XYZ!” emails definitely count as testimonials!) you’ve received since your last review. You want to demonstrate your value to your boss.”

10. Remember Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Write down what you want to say, and practice to a mirror, on video, or with a friend until you’re super comfortable having the conversation.

11. Set the Meeting for Thursday

Studies show that you’re more likely to get a raise if you ask on Thursday.

“As hard-line behavior disappears, we become more flexible and accommodating. Thursdays and Fridays find us most open to negotiation and compromise because we want to finish our work before the week is out,” reports Psychology Today.

12. Power Up

Before you go into the negotiation, try Amy Cuddy’s tip of doing a “power pose”—in other words, going into the bathroom and standing tall with your hands on your hips, your chin and chest raised proud, and your feet firm on the ground. Doing so raises testosterone, which influences confidence and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.

13. Drink Some Coffee

A study by the European Journal of Social Psychology found that caffeine made people more resistant to persuasion, meaning you’ll have an easier time holding your ground during the negotiation, reports Business Insider.

14. Walk in With Confidence

“The way you enter a room can dictate how the rest of an interaction will be,” reports James Clear. “Ever see someone slump through a doorway with a scowl on their face? Not very inspiring. Keep your head high and smile when you enter. Starting things off with a positive vibe is very important, no matter how small it is.”

15. Start With Questions

You should start the negotiation conversation by asking diagnostic questions to understand more about the other party’s true needs, desires, fears, preferences, and priorities. Professor Leigh Thompson at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University says that 93% of all negotiators fail to ask these “diagnostic questions” in circumstances where getting them answered would significantly improve the outcome of negotiations.

Asking questions like, “What are your biggest priorities right now?” can help you understand where your negotiation partner is coming from—and offer up solutions that will help.

16. Show What You Can Do

Before you start talking numbers, talk about what you’ve done and—more importantly—what you can do.

Remember that brag sheet? Now’s your chance to walk through your accomplishments with your manager. If possible, print a copy for your manager to look at while you summarize what you’ve achieved this year. You’ll want to specifically highlight times when you’ve gone above and beyond in your role, which will build the case that you deserve a raise. Then, be prepared with a few thoughts on what you’re excited to take on going forward—whether that’s freeing up some of your manager’s bandwidth by taking on an existing project, or proposing a new idea that you’re excited to own.

17. Focus on the Future, Not the Past

When negotiating the salary for a new job, it’s not uncommon for the company (or even a recruiter during the job search process!) to ask about your current salary.

It can be a tricky situation, especially if you’re being underpaid at your current job or looking to make significantly more, but it’s never a good idea to lie.

Instead, give your current number (including benefits, bonuses, and the like) and then quickly move the conversation along to explain the number you’re looking for, focusing on explaining your new skills or responsibilities, your market value, and how you’re looking to grow, explains Pynchon.

18. Think About the Other Person

When preparing for negotiating, get in the mindset of thinking about the situation from your opponent’s perspective, recommends career expert Steph Stern. Research by Columbia psychologist Adam Galinsky shows that when we consider the other person’s thoughts and interests, we are more likely to find solutions that work well for both of us.

19. Try Thinking About Someone Else

Research from Columbia Business School shows that people—especially women—tend to do better when they negotiate for someone else, reports Stern.

“So, in preparing to negotiate, think about how what you’re asking for will impact those around you: It’s not just for you, but also for your family and your future. It’s even for your employer! After all, if you are happier with your position and compensation, you’re more likely to work hard and be successful.”

20. Stay Positive, Not Pushy

Negotiation may be scary, but you should always keep the conversation on a positive note, recommends Forbes. “[Kick] off the conversation with something like, ‘I really enjoy working here and find my projects very challenging. In the last year, I’ve been feeling that the scope of my work has expanded quite a bit. I believe my roles and responsibilities, and my contributions have risen. I’d like to discuss with you the possibilities of reviewing my compensation.’”

21. Put Your Number Out First

The anchor—or the first number put on the table—is the most important in negotiation, since it’s what the rest of the conversation is based off of. If it’s too low, you’ll end up with a lower final offer than you probably want.

You should always be the first person to mention a number so that you, not your counterpart, controls the anchor.

22. Ask for More Than What You Want

You should always ask for more than you actually want. Psychology shows that your bargaining partner will feel like he or she is getting a better deal if he or she negotiates down from your original ask.

And don’t fear asking for too much! The worst that can happen if you give a high number is that the other party will counteroffer—but the worst that can happen if you don’t negotiate is that you’ll get nothing.

23. Don’t Use a Range

Mike Hoffman suggests that you should never use the word “between” when negotiating.

In other words, never give a range: “I’m looking for between $60K and $65K.” That suggests you’re willing to concede, and the person you’re negotiating with will immediately jump to the smaller number.

24. Be Kind But Firm

Negotiating for a new job? Here’s a great script to try, courtesy of Rebecca Thorman at U.S. News & World Report:

“I’m really excited to work here, and I know that I will bring a lot of value. I appreciate the offer at $58,000, but was really expecting to be in the $65,000 range based on my experience, drive, and performance. Can we look at a salary of $65,000 for this position?”

25. Focus on Market Value

Rather than discussing a raise or new salary based on what you make now, keep the conversation focused on what the market is paying for people like you (your “market value”). Re-frame any metric your negotiation partner uses—like percentage differences—as market value, re-focusing the discussion on hard dollars.

26. Prioritize Your Requests

As part of your conversation, lay everything you’re looking for out on the table in rank order.

Explains Wharton professor Adam Grant on Business Insider: “In a job offer negotiation, for example, you might say that salary is most important to you, followed by location, and then vacation time and signing bonus. Research shows that rank-ordering is a powerful way to help your counterparts understand your interests without giving away too much information. You can then ask them to share their priorities, and look for opportunities for mutually beneficial tradeoffs: both sides win on the issues that are most important to them.”

27. But Don’t Mention Personal Needs

Don’t focus on your personal needs—like that fact that your rent’s gone up or childcare expenses have increased. (Chances are, your co-workers are dealing with similar situations.) You make a much better case to your boss (and his or her boss!) that you’re worth more when you focus on your performance and achievements.

28. Ask for Advice

After you’ve sold your benefits, talked about your value, and made your ask, Grant recommends asking, “I trust you, and I’d very much value your recommendations. What would you suggest?” By doing so, he says, you’ve flattered your negotiating partner, you’ve encouraged him or her to take your perspective, and you’ll (hopefully) persuade him or her to advocate for you and your request.

29. Use Email Where Appropriate

Most negotiations are done in person or over the phone, but if most of your communication with a recruiter or hiring manager has been over email, don’t be afraid to negotiate over email, as well. It ensures you stick to the script and can be a whole lot less scary.

If you do negotiate over email, try to infuse as much empathy, pleasant conversation, and openness as possible into your message, mimicking a real-life conversation. (Here’s how to do it, courtesy of Pynchon.)

30. Don’t Forget to Listen

Listening to the other party during a negotiation is almost as important as your ask and argument. By really paying attention to what the other person is saying, you can understand his or her needs and incorporate them into finding a solution that makes you both happy.

31. Don’t Fear the “No”

You may be afraid of rejection, but according to Pynchon, a negotiation doesn’t actually start until someone says “no.”

She explains: “It’s not really a negotiation if we’re asking for something we know our bargaining partner also wants. Negotiation is a conversation whose goal is to reach an agreement with someone whose interests are not perfectly aligned with yours.”

So understand that the “no” is just part of the process—not a statement on how you’re doing.

32. Use Stalling to Your Advantage

“When you hear the other person’s first offer, don’t say ‘OK.’ Say ‘Hmmm,’” recommends executive career coach Jack Chapman. “Give yourself some time, and in the seconds of silence, the other person is more likely to improve in some way.”

33. Ask Questions

Does the person you’re negotiating with flinch or otherwise react negatively to the number you put on the table? Don’t let that deter you; instead, ask open-ended questions to keep the conversation moving and show you’re willing to work together.

Pynchon suggests things like: “Seems like that took you by surprise. Tell me more…”; “What is the budget for this position based on?” or; “How can I help you move more in my direction?”

34. Don’t Be Afraid to Counter

If you ask for a higher salary and the employer says no? Doesn’t mean the conversation’s over.

Try this, says Thorman: “I understand where you’re coming from, and just want to reiterate my enthusiasm for the position and working with you and the team. I think my skills are perfectly suited for this position, and are worth $65,000.”

35. But Don’t Make Threats

Again, you ideally want to work (or keep working) with this person, so it’s important to keep the conversation positive. “Whatever you do, don’t threaten to leave if you don’t get the raise,” Smith reports. “You also shouldn’t threaten your boss with other job offers, interviews, [or] recruiter conversations.”

36. Consider Other Options

If your boss (or the hiring manager) really, really won’t budge? Try negotiating for flex time, more vacation time, a better title, or plum projects and assignments.

Here’s how to ask for each, courtesy of LearnVest.

37. Keep Negotiating

If this seems like a lot—well, unfortunately, it is. Negotiation is a complicated process with volumes of books on techniques, tactics, and scripts.

The good news? The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Even better, the more money you’ll bring home! So, get out there and start negotiating. You’ve now got the skills to do it right.

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5 Leadership Moves All Good Bosses Make (Even on the Hard Days)

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Truth talk: Being a manager is hard.

You may not be 100% prepared for the demands of a job that requires handling individual personalities, motivations, and work styles. Doing the work becomes the simple part; working through others is far more complex.

Which isn’t to say it’s all bad. Helping your employees grow, tackling projects as a team, and building strong relationships are all very rewarding. And, seasoned leaders will tell you that it gets easier the longer you do it, because you’ll learn as you go.

But there’s a faster (and less stressful) way to put these lessons to work—and that’s to learn from managers who’ve been there before. .

I spent five years speaking to leaders and researching what actually inspires others to do their best work. Based on their experience, I learned five key leadership tricks that’ll help a new manager make less mistakes and create the best team:

1. They Prioritize Listening

People in their first management roles often spend a lot time thinking about how they’ll lead conversations with their team (e.g., how they’ll share priorities, provide feedback, and communicate proactively).

However, too many people don’t pay attention to best practices for listening. They figure they already know how to, and therefore overlook developing this critical leadership skill.

Focused, curious listening conveys an emotional and personal investment in those who work for us. When you listen to people, they feel personally valued. It signals commitment. (Here are four ways to improve now .)

2. They Point out Other People’s Potential

Leaders have a great influence on how workers view themselves. In his book Superbosses, Dartmouth Professor Sydney Finkelstein found that the world’s most extraordinary bosses bring out untapped talents in their people. Those workers develop farther and faster, and increase their own performance.

How do they this? By talking to their employees about their potential.

Most managers would say that they know the strengths of their team members, but too often they don’t talk about them. (They save one-on-one meetings for feedback on areas for improvement.)

As the Pygmalion effect has shown for decades, people rise to their leader’s expectations. So, if you tell your employee you believe in their ability to hit more ambitious sales goals, lead an upcoming presentation, or find a more efficient process they’re more likely to do it.

 

3. They Spread Positivity

Social science research shows that our moods are contagious, and the more authority you have, the more likely your mood is to spread.

Translation: Whatever vibe the boss walks in with, those around him or her will pick it up. So, if you’re positive and energetic, your team will be more likely to feel that way (and if you’re acting cranky and defeated, you can expect that attitude to spread as well).

The best leaders learn to bring the emotion they want to see. So, it’s a great reminder to take a personal day when you’re on the verge of burning out—or, at the very least, going for a walk when you need a breather—so you can keep projecting a positive attitude.

4. They Don’t Ignore Their Team

This may go without saying, but to share your mood people need to see you. Leaders often fall prey to management-by-email syndrome. When things get busy, it may seem most efficient to shut your door (either literally, or if you work in an open office, metaphorically), and get through as much work as possible.

But, that’s a rookie mistake.

A team needs to see and hear what their boss cares about—firsthand. Good managers show conviction by communicating frequently and in person (or videoconference, if remote). So, if you catch yourself communicating solely by email, schedule one-to-one meetings to give your employees some face time.

Bonus: this’ll provide a platform for you to listen, as well.

5. They Stay Connected to What Drives Them

People do their best work when guided by a purpose. And managers play a large role in inspiring it in others and helping workers to see how their efforts fit into a larger picture for the company.

But, in order to inspire purpose in others, leaders first need to make sure they know their own purpose and values. (That’s because your commitment will rub off, just like your mood.) When a team sees its manager guided by personal values, they feel encouraged to do the same.

To stay engaged, carve out a regular time to reflect on your own purpose and surround yourself with people who inspire you.

Everyone has some hard days at work—managers included. However, if you make time to learn the best practices early on, you’ll be giving yourself a leg up, so your good days can outnumber them.

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3 Signs You’re Overthinking a Decision (and Missing Out on an Awesome Opportunity)

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You spend the last few months of 2017 saying, “Next year will be different.” And now it’s next year and you can’t really say that anything’s changed. You know what you want—it’s just that the closer you get to going after it, the more unsure you are.

You’re not alone in this feeling. But, instead of continuing to find every flaw in your idea, let’s first make sure that you’re not overthinking every step.

1. Every Time You Think About Doing Something Awesome in Your Career, You Immediately Think “I Shouldn’t…”

Are there times when something isn’t right? Sure, of course. But if every time you see an opportunity, you immediately think “I shouldn’t” or “I can’t” then you’re definitely overthinking it.

Here’s what to do instead: Let’s put your amazingly smart brain to action, and think about all the reasons why you actually can do something.

For instance: You think to yourself “Ugh, I’m way overdue for a raise. But I shouldn’t ask for one, I don’t want to be that person and I know my boss is busy.”

Which leads to you feeling terrible and nothing good happening.

Instead, why not try a phrase that starts with “I can” and is followed by “Here’s how.”

Let me give you an example. Start by saying: “I can ask for a raise.” And then add: “Here’s how: I’ll start by writing down all of the work I’ve done and make my case on paper. Then I can also make sure I schedule a time that works for her, so it won’t be a problem to sit down and have a conversation about this. Finally, I can focus on the fact that asking for a raise is a normal thing to do, as long as I’m polite and focused and positive, things will be OK.”

The combination of those two phrases does something magical to your brain. It distracts you from all the reasons why not, and gets you thinking about the good stuff like how it can be possible.

2. Whenever Your Friends Ask About Your Career, You Change the Subject

Have you ever been out with your friends, and someone asks you “How that’s job search going?” And you mumble something quickly and immediately move to another topic?

You aren’t alone! Frankly, we’ve all been there. Sometimes you just aren’tready to talk about a big career move.

And sometimes you’re just plain scared of change, so instead of facing up to the fact that you’re beyond overdue, you keep changing the subject.

So, to determine which camp you fall into, ask yourself this question: “Is this just a tough moment, or am I honestly avoiding this question all the time?”

If the answer is “I’m avoiding this all the time” then chances are you’re over-thinking your next step and it’s time to face up to the fact that it’s 100% okay to ask for a raise, or to meet with your boss to talk about a promotion, or to even want a completely different job.

Usually, we dread the idea of something more than the thing itself, so the easiest way over the hump is to talk about your next steps with someone you trust. Even saying something like “I really want to change jobs, but I’m terrified of ending up unemployed” can help you move past the analysis paralysis and into action.

And action is where the magic happens.

3. You Endlessly Research Options, But Can’t Seem to Make Yourself Actually Do Anything

Have you ever researched…and researched…and researched…

And just when you feel like you have a solution or an idea for your career, you decide the right answer is “more research.”

You know, just to be safe.

If your answer to “What’s next in my career?” is always “more research” then you’re definitely over-thinking and it’s time for action.

Here’s what you do: Commit to researching two to three good options, and once you have your options in hand, it’s time to take action on them, instead of going back for more information.

So, for example, here’s what that can look like: You decide you want a new job. So you research several different companies but you can’t make yourself apply.

Instead of going back for more research, review all of the work you’ve done to date and then choose your best two options in terms of potential companies. Commit to applying to jobs at both. Don’t panic! Applying doesn’t mean “taking” but it does mean making progress.

Remember: Nothing changes without action and the longest journey starts with just one step—you can do this! No really, take that first baby step today.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/signs-overthinking-career-change-new-job

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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