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I’ve Lied At Every Job I’ve Ever Had

Dear Current Boss; I hope you’re not reading this.

5 Genius Side Hustle Ideas to Start Earning Extra ASAP

Whether it’s juggling entrepreneurship on top of a day job or owning the freelance economy, side hustles have become quintessential to millennial work culture.

This Is What It’s Like To Get Paid To Travel

Sometimes all I want is to be back in my own bed with a cup of tea.

Why I Let My Boss Emotionally Abuse Me For Three Years

I spent so many late hours in the office, I started sleeping there.

You Are So Much More Than Your Career

For anyone who’s ever felt inadequate while filling in that little ‘job title’ box.

7 Things You Need To Know Before You Quit Your Job

Read on before you tell your boss where they can stick it. 

This Woman Was Fired For Being Too Good Looking

“If you don’t look that way they don’t take you; maybe I was a distraction.”

Quitting Your Job To Follow Your Dreams Is For White People

Let’s be real: pursuing you passion is a luxury reserved for the privileged. 

The Ugly Truth About Why Women Are Paid Less

Why aren’t we discussing the elephant in the pay negotiation room?

Why You Should Stand More At Work

It has been proven that office workers are among the worst in the health-wise category of job types. Sitting all day, looking at computer screens and having snacks available can lead to excessive weight gain, while having elevators that take you to your floor, short walks to the bathroom and kitchen and lunch being delivered are all also contributing factors.

RELATED: Straighten Up: The Important Of Good Posture

Recently, there has been much debate about the effects of sitting for too many hours at a time on your health, and the discussion of employing standing desks in offices to combat problems caused by sitting. But is standing instead of sitting the answer to health issues such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure?

Sitting for too long can cause a higher risk of death from heart disease and a higher risk of being disabled, as well as a lack of movement that contributes to poor mental health and a slower metabolic rate. Sitting time has also been linked with high blood pressure and too much belly fat, which worsens risk rates for types of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer.

Enduring long hours at your desk has also been linked to posture problems, which can cause a range of issues within your body, as well as undesirable physical characteristics.

Standing at your desk while you work has been seen as the light from heaven, the saviour to all health problems caused by being sedentary for so long. Standing can increase your metabolic rate, can help you to digest sugars easier and can also improve your heart, which means less of a risk of the aforementioned diseases. Standing and moving around during the day may also help with weight loss.

But standing for too long can also have side effects. Our circulatory system needs to work harder to counter the effects of gravity, and this can sometimes lead to swelling or cramping of the legs. So how do you stay healthy at work?

Try to move as much as possible and get out of your chair every 20 minutes or so. Take breaks when needed and walk around the office when you can. You could even invest in an active chair to keep you moving during the day, stand up on public transport and take a walk around your desk while you’re on the phone.

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A look at Jobs in Non Profit Organization

Christmas and its lead up are the really busy times of the year for charity workers. One of the most important tasks is encouraging ?those who can? to dig deep and to share the Christmas spirit with less fortunate community members, not to mention making sure that Christmas goodies are distributed to those that need them the most. So what does it take to work in the not-for-profit sector and do you have the drive to succeed there?Firstly, let us take a quick tour of those not-for-profit organisations with a presence on the net. Even a cursory search reveals a cross-section of charities. They range from the Starlight Children?s Foundation whose glamorous fundraising events help to make wishes come true for terminally ill children, to Westnet, an online facility for community organisations that includes an intranet to serve the socially disadvantaged across Western Sydney and Central Western NSW.

So, who

are the people who work in these organisations? Most private industry employees cite the salary, fringe benefits and the prospect of being able to earn a bonus as reasons to go to work, but this is generally not the case in the not-for-profit sector. Jillianne Weekes, CEO of Starlight Children?s Foundation explains: “People are working in the not-for profit sector for reasons other than money. Certainly you are not working here if you want to make a fortune.” Her sentiments are echoed across not-for-profit organisations. Take for example, the salary structure of a social worker employed at Centacare, the welfare arm of the Catholic Church in Australia. According to Elisabeth Pattison, Acting Team Leader ? Foster Care, of Centacare Newcastle, their salary is directed linked to a standard Award developed in conjunction with their professional association.While the revenue generating abilities of most private sector employees can be rewarded by various incentive and bonus schemes it is unlikely that remuneration increases in the not-for-profit sector are directly linked to increases in funds raised or to superior work performance. Because many organisations in the not-for-profit sector depend to a large extent upon donations from the general public, it is essential that the money allocated to operating expenses (eg salary and wages, expenses, administration etc) be carefully managed. All the internal accounting processes must be absolutely transparent and capable of complying with the most detailed audit. For the employees, this means long lunches or overseas trips courtesy of the company expense account, are out of the question.

Given that the purse strings are so tightly controlled why is it so many talented people choose to work in the not-for-profit sector? A common theme among this employee group is that they genuinely believe in the cause or the group that they serve and are confident that they can make a real, positive difference in the lives of others. Be careful not to confuse these high ideals with an overly benign interpretation of the world ? the not-for-profit sector is founded upon the abilities of the staff to apply business principles, particularly when it comes to fund raising.

“Starlight Children?s Foundation has developed a range of strategic business objectives that relate not only to fundraising, but also to the quality and service aspects of our program,” says Jillianne Weekes. “Being the CEO of this organisation is pretty much like running a business, except that there are more facets. The perspectives of the families who are understandably experiencing severe stress, the employees and the volunteers must all be considered.”

Not surprisingly, this combination of practicality and altruism tends to attract a larger number of women than men to employment in the not-for-profit sector. There can be tangible benefits to employment in an industry that is dominated by women, including increased opportunities for flexible working hours, job-sharing and innovative approaches to work-based child-care. As Elisabeth Pattison notes: “Employers in the not-for profit sector tend to be very approachable in terms of flexible working hours and job-sharing. We have a couple of people working here in a job-sharing arrangement and our roles are very suitable for working women who have a family.”

At times, however, a lack of funds can also have the opposite effect. “While we do have one staff member working from home, as a charity we are under resourced and are probably less flexible than other organisations,” comments Jillianne Weekes.

The strategies used to gain employment in the not-for-profit sector differ from those used in the corporate world. Unless you are applying for a very senior position, it is most unlikely that a recruitment agency will be involved in the selection process. You are more likely to see your dream job advertised in the back section of the newspaper, in the organisation?s own publication or newsletter, or in an appropriate industry-publication. While many groups do have a web site, very few offer an online employment section. The not-for-profit sector ?grapevine? is alive and well so it may be worthwhile to undertake some volunteer work in the organisation of your choice if you are aiming for a paid job. You will, in most instances, be required to make a written application, including a covering letter, a copy of your CV, as well as details about how closely your skills, knowledge and attributes match the selection criteria for the role.

At times, the pay and the conditions may be frustrating and it certainly would not be the ideal job for everyone. However working in the not-for-profit sector offers employees the intrinsic rewards that many who are set on chasing a dollar tend to miss out on. Combined with the knowledge that you are being of genuine assistance to those in need provides all the reasons that many not-for-profit sector employees require to keep going.

Charities on the Internet

The InfoXchange http://infoxchange.net.au/ix/

A Victorian based community information network that contains details about an estimated 30 000 community support agencies and services. The site contains an employment section, advertising some of the jobs available in Victorian not-for-profit organisations.

Westnet http://www.infoxchange.net.au/westnet/

Online information about the community service sector in NSW, including a Positions Vacant page. A brief description of each job and the Employer contact details is presented on the employment noticeboard.

ACOSS Australian Council of Social Service http://www.acoss.org.au

The peak council of Australia?s community welfare sector, ACOSS links approximately 11 000 Community organisations nationally. The site contains a wealth of information, including links to a variety of national and international community sector groups, research information, government and social policy sites.

Starlight Children?s Foundation Australia http://www.starlight.org.au

Starlight supports seriously ill children via a range of programs, including wish granting, hospital-based entertainment and recreation rooms. Starlight Volunteers receive extensive training and details of how you can be involved are available at the web site.

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