I spent so many late hours in the office, I started sleeping there.
There are an eerie number of similarities.
Read on before you tell your boss where they can stick it.
I want a job, money and plane tickets and I want it all now.
We need this is our lives.
Let’s be real: pursuing you passion is a luxury reserved for the privileged.
Everyone needs at least one crappy job in their lives.
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.
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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By Liz Caxton
“Good morning, may I please speak to Elizabeth Caxton?”
“Yes, Liz Caxton speaking.”
“Arhh … good morning Liz. My name’s Gerard Smythe and I’m calling from Have-We-Got-A-Job-For-You, Australia’s largest headhunting organisation …”
In these days of frequent job switching, it is not unheard of for a recruitment headhunter to call to discuss an opening he or she is currently looking to fill. Receiving such a call is a boost to anyone’s professional ego and is usually extremely flattering. The very fact that you received such a call means that someone ‘out there’ knows who you are and what you do. You’re not merely an anonymous cog in the machine of corporate Australia – you’re a recognised part of it! Yippee! You’re a ‘somebody’ at last!
Yeeeess! Remember though, somebody who’s looking to fill a job for a client now thinks you may be a ‘somebody’. Never take yourself too seriously, you are a potential commission cheque, not God’s gift to the economy!
Naturally be a little flattered, secretly be very flattered if you want, but before you hand in your resignation and start packing up your ‘You don’t have to be crazy to work here – but it helps!’ desk plaque and photos of your nearest and dearest, think about what’s on offer.
Assuming you weren’t actually looking to move companies, just because someone has offered you the possibility of another job do you really want to leave where you are now? Remember, until this unexpected phone call you were quite happy with your lot.
“I felt very settled where I was and was enjoying my role within the company and really liked my colleagues,” recalls network administrator Claire Abbott. “When I got ‘the call’ I felt really flattered and my priorities seemed to change in seconds. Here I was being offered the chance of significantly more money and increased responsibility,” explains Claire. “I leapt at the opportunity of an interview and ended up landing the job in the end. As it turned out the organisation was a shambles and my line manager was such nightmare to work with I ended up resigning after six months!”
Claire’s career experienced this unnecessary blip (from which it has subsequently recovered) because she committed the first sin of the headhunted: she allowed her judgement to be clouded by flattery. Consider any unsolicited career propositions with a clear and unbiased viewpoint. Whoever has rung you may want you – but do you want them? You may be quite happy where you are and with whom you work. If this is the case, don’t change jobs just because someone offers you the opportunity. You don’t eat chocolate if you’re not hungry do you? (Probably not the best analogy, but you know what I mean!)
Equally, just because you’re quite happy with your current position do not dismiss any suggestions out-of-hand. Listen to what the headhunter has to say and allow yourself time to consider the details. (NB: if it’s not convenient to have this discussion at the time the headhunter calls, politely ask if they could call you back, or if you can call them at a more convenient time.)
After you have had time to consider the details let the headhunter know whether or not you are interested. If you are definitely not interested, make this clear and thank them for their interest in you. Be polite – you never know they may have your dream job in the future!
If you are interested, arrange to discuss the opportunity further with the headhunter. At this first meeting, which may be an elimination meeting of several candidates contacted, don’t be surprised if you are not told the name of the headhunter’s client. This is often not disclosed until the final short-list of candidates is drawn up.
Assuming you get through the first interview and make it to the second, consider the job being offered as you would any other job you had applied for. Carry out the usual pre-employment research on the company; if they are a listed company request a copy of their latest annual report and accounts (this is a public document, they are obliged to provide it to anyone who asks for it). Is the job really what you’re looking for? Is it paying enough? Will the management structure suit your professional style: for example is it democratic? Team-orientated? Results-orientated? Whatever, is it you?
If at this stage you are not happy to proceed any further, let the headhunter know, thank them for their time and return to your pre-headhunted life. Assuming it’s offered, and you wish to take the job, accept subject to receiving a formal letter of offer.
Before you resign from your current position, consider discussing your situation with your present employer. If you are moving companies primarily for more money, perhaps your current employer can match your ‘new’ salary. But be careful when accepting a counter-offer: money may seem like the answer to your prayers, but it seldom is when it comes to work. If you’d consider moving companies for more money, there’s usually something else that’s not going right for you as well.
“I’d been approached by a headhunter for a position at a competitor’s. I was interviewed and offered the job and was really excited about accepting the role – it was a real feather in my cap because the competitor was performing much better than we were. Their whole corporate culture was much more appealing and I really respected my to-be colleagues,” recounts brand manager Sally Thorne.
“To my surprise, during my resignation meeting, my employer offered to increase my salary to significantly more than I was being offered by the competitor. I thought about it for a couple of days and then decided to accept the increase and stay. Big mistake! After four or five months on my new super-huge salary I realised that the money wasn’t making me enjoy my job anymore than I had done previously. The reason I was so keen to leave in the first place was because I didn’t like the internal politics and the inflexibility of management to new ideas.”
In summary, if you’re approached by a recruitment headhunter, remain calm and rational. The job you’re being considered for may not be your dream job, but it might be just the exit you’re looking for … don’t let the door close on you before you’ve looked at all the angles.
Helen Stevens has been what many people would call ‘a corporate high flyer.’ She’s a mover and shaker, a key figure in the corporate development of the Internet in Australia. She’s set up three high profile Internet companies in three years, drives a sports car, and lives in a trendy inner west apartment with water views of Sydney Harbour. She’s been married twice, but has never let her personal life, or anything else for that matter, get in the way of her career. By all accounts, and also by her own admission, she’s a successful woman. The type of woman who proved that the glass ceiling is really just a flimsy piece of glad wrap that tears easily if you poke it for long enough. A role model for your daughters.
Two weeks ago Helen, in her mid thirties, walked into her office and notified her staff that she was eight weeks pregnant and was flying to Fiji in two days. For good. After over ten years in the fast lane, she is giving it all up for motherhood and a humble life with her long- distance love of the past two years, a Fijian diving instructor. Everyone was supportive and congratulatory, if not a little shocked. It was strange to see this ambitious entrepreneur succumb to the lure of love and babies on a tropical island. This, from a woman who has wheeled and dealed it with the best of them.
“I have always been very career orientated and success has driven me for the past 10 years. It’s not so much the money, although that is always nice, it’s more the personal challenge of starting a project from scratch and watching it grow into a successful business,” she admits. From one professional success to another, Stephens proved that she had the winning formula. Her life was good. Very good. But at 36, she stopped and asked herself that proverbial mid-life question, ‘What is it all for?’ “I guess there comes a time in your life when you have made a success of your career but something is lacking, it hit me about 6 months ago and I thought, ‘What the hell am I doing? I have no life’. I wondered where the bright eyed girl of my 20’s had gone.” Whilst life as a corporate high flyer did come with a lot of perks – the thrill of the challenge, the money – it also meant that Stevens had little time to cultivate let alone maintain a truly fulfilling personal life. Her partner lived in Fiji, a long way from Sydney’s CBD. “You get to the stage where you think, ‘Why don’t I have a personal life? What is the point of all this? Why does everyone else get to go home to their boyfriends and husbands? It’s a pretty lonely existence when you come home and take your laptop to bed with you each night.'”
Stevens decided that the solution was to drop out. To immerse her self in a personal life and regain some sense of what really matters. ‘I personally needed time, I was at a stage where I valued a career more highly than a personal life and that’s not good. There needs to be a balance, so that’s what I’m doing now, dropping out and looking for a better balance and putting life back into perspective.” No one was more surprised by the decision than Stevens herself. “If someone had told me two years ago I would be doing this I would have laughed in their face, it was never part of the big picture”: In typical Steven’s style, she relishes the thought of this new challenge. And challenge it most certainly will be. Life as a mum on a holiday island. No sports car, no bottles of Riesling at the Quay Bar on a Friday night, no job. For a workaholic and a city girl like Stevens, this will probably be the most difficult challenge of her life. “My next big project is giving birth to my baby and enjoying time out with my partner. It’s a total 360 degree turn for me.” Whilst Stevens will remain a director of her company for the time being, there’s no doubt that her old life will soon be a distant memory. “It’s very scary what I’m doing now, I feel like I’m stepping into the unknown. I don’t have a business plan in my hand to guide me along the way. I don’t have any meetings scheduled or strategic partnerships to work on. It’s a whole different ball game.”