It’s the conversation that no one wants to have at work. Not you. Not your boss. Not even Human Resources.
It’s the dreaded Performance Improvement Plan or ‘PIP.’
A PIP is different from a Written Warning in that it isn’t about addressing an isolated incident. A Written Warning is for infractions like showing up 2 hours late or unknowingly violating a policy.
This is unacceptable. Don’t let it happen again. Move on.
Sure, it doesn’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside but mistakes happen, and you can avoid repeating this one fairly easily.
A PIP, on the other hand, feels more personal. It addresses a pattern of behaviors or shortcomings that cut to the core of your professional identity. …
We tend to overly romanticize novel ideas.
For generations, the conventional recipe for success was “go to school, get good grades, and get a good job.” But over the past few decades, this advice has seemingly been made obsolete by the fact there’s a long list of people who dropped out of college and became extremely successful: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, to mention a few.
On the face of it, it’s very inspiring that these people were able to go against “the system” and carve out a new pathway for themselves. …
I have made it through adversity to become the happiest person I know, the best version of myself, and an individual who is worthy of love. I have a beautiful romantic relationship, a blossoming career and education, and all of my bills are paid. Yet as I write this, I am in a one-bedroom apartment with no savings to speak of and thousands of dollars in credit card debt. I wonder: how did I manage to get everything I ever wanted in life except for money?
A wise person might tell me to count my blessings and my therapist might ask me to make a “gratitude list” and write down all I have to be thankful for for an improved perspective. …
One topic that gets a lot of airtime in the self-improvement world is how to figure out what you really want and how to build yourself up to get there.
But how do you know whether your current occupation is right for you?
It may sound like a silly question, yet the answer can be less obvious than you would expect. …
I started blogging almost seven years ago, but it wasn’t until the last four years that I saw the potential of working from home for good. That was also the time my husband realized it and decided to join my business, and help me run it.
For many new bloggers the idea of making your first $1,000 from your blog is a gigantic feat, but I want to talk to those that are already making money blogging but want to double their income or scale their business.
So, how will I go from $20k/month to hopefully $50k/month from blogging?Let’s …
There was a time I was hooked on social media.
Every day, I was online for at least six hours. That time was spent trawling Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest for the latest photos of models, fashion icons, #vanlife influencers, and other social media icons. When I wasn’t giving my attention away to celebrities for free, I was busy strategizing about and creating meaningless content for my social media that would disappear into the void.
It’s appalling how much time I wasted on social media. Thousands and thousands of irreplaceable hours of my life I spent trying to make social media algorithms happy, for no reward other than external validation. …
When I graduated college this past June, I promise you I did not expect that a mere five months later I would be employed full-time and living in the city of my dreams. …
I burned out.
I got cocky. I bit off more than I could chew. Then, I decided I needed to go off on my own.
A year before, I started as an intern at a digital marketing agency. I quickly moved up the ranks. The people who saw this happen: my parents, friends, mentors, bosses at the company, fed into the myth I created that I was the next young star.
My ego led me to believe I had everything. In truth, I had nothing except a fragile and fake self-confidence.
My quick rise at the company made me, and everyone else, believe I was good at what I was doing. But as I took on more responsibility, the effects of being in over my head started to take effect. I misread this entirely. I thought it was a sign that I was doing the wrong things. …
“Your earnings should not define your expenditures, your personal lifestyle should.” ― Tyler Logan
Compared to other jobs out of college, my salary is on the low side. I work for a non-profit as their communications coordinator, and it’s not even a full-time gig.
Despite my low monthly income, I could still save the same, if not more, than my friends working as software developers and engineers. I did this by adopting the simple mantra that my income should not dictate my spending habits.
In other words, just because I have money doesn’t mean I need to spend it. This logic may sound obvious, but in the consumer culture we live in, it can be a pretty radical notion to embrace saving extra money over spending it. …