Thinking about a taking a new direction in your career? Something you might want to consider in staying with a current employer or your next employer is; how much value is placed in retaining their experienced employees or does there appear to be a constant churn with no thought to training costs? Will your next employer be a stepping stone as you move forward to reach your goals? If so, then it may not be as big a consideration. Or are you planning to stay long-term? Then this is much more important. Just some considerations that may not be considered until it’s too late. Have a good weekend.
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Are you a mentor, coach, very talented nurse on your unit, great co-worker or teacher who inspires others to be better? Maybe you share your talents and skills in your community, your faith community, or with leading your children, grandchildren, or other young people with new experiences that inspire them to dream and achieve. Wherever you inspire others to believe in themselves, to be all they can be, and to achieve their dreams and to be strong contributors in the world; then you are a leader! Thank you and Continue Strong!
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Isn’t it fun when something just happens out of the blue unexpectedly?
Challenge: Spread the cheer if only for one day. If you accept this challenge, how will you do it? Get creative and have some fun! Maybe you will pay it forward, being anonymous can make it even more fun, maybe just a little surprise for someone you haven’t seen for a while. Or do something little and special for your co-workers, your spouse or a child? The list can be endless — Be creative and have fun spreading the cheer! Please share a post of what you did. It will be make it fun for all of us!
Please feel free to Reblog – to make the world a little better by everyone spreading some good cheer. Thank you for visiting today!
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Sometimes all we have to do is just take that first step and get started and not keep putting off what is important. Yes, life gets in the way! However; how can we be creative or carve out the time for that one thing on our bucket list, or finishing what is considered the most important project, while still doing all that has to be done and done today? Prioritizing every day, putting the important step(s) on the calendar. As one of my favorite professors used to say, Just chunk it down, one step at a time… and yes it will happen!
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Yes, we share a major responsibility in this individually. But sometimes a toxic leader can do so much damage that it is hard to overcome or we choose not to be in that particular environment any longer, regardless of our strength, deep passion for our work, and contributions. Hopefully; at some point, these type of leaders will be recognized by their organizations for the path of destruction and high cost long term that they leave in their wake. More importantly, everyone in a healthy work environment works together in all levels of their organization to best serve their customer base, but in a way that also promotes and achieves a healthy work environment.
# Unhealthy Work Environments, # Toxic Leaders
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Requiem for the American Worker
I hear America crying
across the flatlands, hill and dale.
Embittered tears of weary souls
the beaten down, the proud.
American workers holding on
with a cry in their voice.
Fighting hard to not be counted
among the growing poor.
The waitress at night with a babe upon her breast,
The coal miner tired of his long rest.
The automobile worker doing her best,
The bakery is closing, the baker is next.
The bus driver without a human load,
The young black man never given a chance.
The hospital worker called off, worries how to pay the rent.
Telephone workers marching, out in the cold.
Voices, hands, and hearts
traded for those across the seas.
The small, American farmer
still fighting hard to believe.
I hear America crying,
as those “who have”,
with no remorse, no guilt,
build empires upon the workers backs.
Americans trying, trying, and trying.
I hear America crying.
(Printed with one time American rights, Labor News, Indianapolis, In. Feb 2006.
This Author: tch maintains rights).
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Ageism or discrimination against older people is similar to Jeunism, which is discrimination against older people in favor of younger ones, particularly in the political arena or workplace. Often age discrimination is hard to prove, though. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to see the number of age discrimination charges increase, though 2008 was one of the highest due to the U.S. Financial Crisis. The number of claims remain high. The Federal government defines older workers at being greater than 40 years-old. However; in spite of age discrimination laws, this type of discrimination is very hard to prove.
You think this happens to other people, but not to you, that you are not old enough. Think again! A recent report by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) states that for workers between the ages of 45 – 74 years-old, two-thirds of workers say they have experienced or observed age discrimination in their workplace and that such behavior is common. This has resulted in 4 out of 5 Americans over 50 years-old saying they will have to work longer delaying their plan to retire. The report further states that most Americans age 50 years or older want Congress to pass stronger laws to prevent such discrimination.
Other studies show that only 3% of workers who have experienced age discrimination filed a formal report or complaint with a federal or state agency. But this number is difficult to quantify because of under-reporting. Even so, EEOC reports show that age discrimination claims tripled between 1992 and 2017, from 6% to 21%. Often age discrimination is tied to other types of discrimination or harassment. Older workers are also often at the top of the company salary budgets or seen as being a higher cost liability to company healthcare plans or retirement funds, especially if they are vested. To decrease visibility and potential discrimination suits, the elimination of employees with larger salaries are often done on a smaller scale, but can also be on a larger scale, leaving just enough older employees or occurring over a number of annual budget cycles. It is more recently being seen as a trend under “restructuring” of a company.
There are advocates for keeping older workers with costs of higher salaries and benefit costs being offset by organizational knowledge, loyalty, and years of expertise versus the cost of training new workers. However; this may not be valued by those who are mandated to meet their frequently changing bottom-lines this year or by executive leadership who plan to only stay with a company for a few years as they advance their careers.
There is much that has been written on what to do if you are being eliminated, threatened with being fired, forced to retire, or many other names that cover leaving a position earlier than you had planned. There is a plethora of articles on a problem in our society that does not look to be getting better anytime soon without stronger legislation. Below are some related articles along with behaviors associated with age discrimination.
Baker, Shelley. (2017). How Managers Make Unwanted Employees Go Away. ToughNickel. Baker, Shelley @ flourishanyway. Dec 16, 2017.
Jacobs, Deborah L. (2013). 11 Sneaky Ways Companies Get Rid of Older Workers, Forbes. Nov 2, 2013.
James, Susan Donaldson. (2009). Unemployment: Companies Cut Pricey Older Workers. ABC News, Mar 10, 2009.
Palmer, Kimberly. (2017). 10 Things You Should Know About Age Discrimination. American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Work & Jobs: Work Life Balance.
Riklan, Michelle (2015). Suspicious Tactics Companies Use to Get Rid of Older Employees. Riklan Resources, Dec 22, 2015.
Swartz, Swidler (2017). Creative Ways Companies Try to Avoid Age Discrimination Claims. Swartz Swidler Law Firms. Jan 13, 2017. swartz-legal.com
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Have you noticed that some things that you want to get done are harder, even though you are excited about them, but actually more excited for when they will be done? Procrastination can be our downfall or at least a big hinderance. Today is another chance to have another go at it! You know best how you like to work and get into your rhythm.
Just a few tips to help you get those things done, so you reach your goals is to:
- Start with the hardest project first, while you are at your freshest. (At the end of the week, if this is your biggest thing done, you will most likely still feel really good about your accomplishment, especially if it has been on your “have to do” list for a while).
- If you need uninterrupted time, it can help to schedule it in your calendar. If you need multiple days, but with shorter time blocks, schedule these in also and try to stick to it as much as possible. Be flexible though, as unpredictable priorities do tend to pop up.
- Make your daily to do list shorter. What things can be moved to another day?
- Close your door if needed, if your situation allows.
- Take breaks as needed to help rejuvenate and pep back up. Often just a five minute walk can help.
When you have reached your goal, Congratulate yourself, You have done it! Everything else you do is just icing on the cake! Now STRETCHHH, You can do it!
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