It Hurts! Forbidden Affair at work!

In our work, we are not allowed to have an affair with our officemate. According to the management, it may affects our production and relationship with each other.
Love is unpredicatable. It may come in a wrong time. We can never tell when it will strike. We are human and very vulnerable whennit comes to love.
Is it bad in our work to have an affair with each other? It may served as inspiration and self motivation towards work. It will gives us a reason to keep moving forward and to be successful to whatever that we want to achieve. It’s not bad after all!
Other people says that “what if you break up” what will happend? It may ruin your focus to your task because you are in pain. You feel depressed and you don’t want to see him/her again, so you decided not to work anymore? You can feel tensions when your ex is just few inch away from you? Yes, it may ruin your career!
I feel bad about this because we need to hide it from those judgemental eyes in our surroundings.
I feel being robbed by pulling out my rights to express my true feelings to my love.
We have to sacrifice our emotions to keep our job and I feel lost about it.
In the end we have to think each other’s situations. And I know one day if I am sitting on the top chair in our company, I can do something to amend this rules.

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Just a piece of Acknowledgement


People judge other people base on what they think is right or wrong. This man’s nature always present in our society.

In our job, our role is to provide quality output for what they are asking. Most of the time, we invest a lot of time on how we pleased them, your boss ofcourse! But have you been acknowledge before? Did they give you any piece of token of appreciation?
This acknowledgement if very important. Because, it keeps us to move forward to get motivated in our work. In that way, it builds our confidence, self esteem and for us to feel that we are part of this environment.
We need this very badly!
Just a simple word of “Good Job” is enough for us. We need someone who knows how to appreciate a small thing that we do.

In this competitive world of business everything is temporary. Most of the time, people come and go. People should know how to appreciate other people. Because we never know if this person will stay with you up to the very end.

3 Ways To Stay Calm At Work by Simon Reynolds

Workplace stress has never been higher.Blame it on ever shorter deadlines, the pace of a digitally enabled world, or the growing complexity of most industries. Whatever the reason, it’s never been tougher to stay calm at work and still excel.

Yet as the stress levels of executives continue to increase, so does the research on how to combat stress.

I’ve been studying workplace high performance for over 25 years, and as a business coach I mentor numerous executives and entrepreneurs in this area. I’ve found there are 3 very effective techniques you can use to remain calm at work, no matter how agitating your environment is.
1. DEVELOP A CLEAR VISION OF YOUR IDEAL VERSION OF YOU.

Write down the type of person you wish to be. Not your career goals, just the kind of human being you aspire to become. Few people have ever done this, yet it can be incredibly inspiring and clarifying to do so. Be sure to include a sentence or two about remaining calm under pressure, being unattached, or perhaps staying optimistic in all circumstances.

Becoming this person should become your primary aim. Read the summary of the Ideal You every morning, think about it throughout the day, make it a constant part of you. The more you do this, the more you will begin to exhibit the same excellent character traits of this person. As the great Hollywood icon, Cary Grant once wrote, “I acted like Cary Grant for so long I became him.”
2. DEVELOP AN UNBREAKABLE SOLUTION FOCUS.

Discipline yourself to remain totally solution oriented, no matter how tough your circumstances may be. In my experience training many top business performers, one of the most important characteristics truly exemplary executives share is their intent on finding a solution, no matter what. When you examine workplace stress closely, you see that someone’s stress often rises the moment they switch from a solution focus to a problem focus.
To remain solution focused is hard work. To do so you need to make it a central part of your core self image. Once again, the more you choose to see yourself as a totally solution focused person, the more you will develop that quality. It should appear in your Ideal You vision and be addressed daily.

Now, once you have developed a clear vision of your ideal version of you (performing at a high level no matter how stressful your work becomes) then add to that a dedication to remaining solution focused at all times, you will find that your stress levels plummet. A strong sense of calmness and confidence will pervade your day .

But there’s one further strategy that used in unison with these will radically lift your well-being at work to an even higher level.
3. SYSTEMATICALLY ELIMINATE STRESSFUL THOUGHTS.

I’ve noticed a curious aspect of stress: Generally we lose our feeling of calm not because of one single event or situation that upsets us, but rather lots of little ones that over time build and develop into an overall feeling of overwhelm.
If that is the case with you, then there’s a very simple yet powerful solution. Eliminate the stressful thoughts before they have a chance to build up.

The best technique I know for doing this is what I call The Breath Release. Whenever you experience a stressful event – an irritating phone call, rude email or a meeting that doesn’t go your way, try doing the following exercise.
Think about that stressful situation. Take a slow, deep breath in and hold it. Then expel the air as you envision all that stress leaving you. Do this three times in a row and you’ll be stunned at how much your stress has been reduced.

You can (and should) do this technique several times during your work day, whenever you feel like you’ve lost your calm. It’s extraordinarily effective.

Each of those three techniques is a potent method of helping you stay calm at the office. But used together they will create in you a mental state that will remain serene, positive and productive no matter how many people around you are pulling their hair out in frustration.

You will be an island of calm in a sea of corporate angst. And you will also be the most effective person in the room.
Resource: https://www.google.com.ph/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/siimonreynolds/2013/07/23/3-ways-to-stay-calm-at-work/amp/

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Essentials of Time Frame: Stick to it!


Meeting our deadline is really exhausting part in our job. Frustration, stress and time pressure arises everytime we have a task to be done.
Most of the people, stress overwhelm their production lead them to poor performance.
While some workplace stress is normal, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and performance—and impact your physical and emotional health. It can even mean the difference between success and failure on the job. You can’t control everything in your work environment, but that doesn’t mean you’re powerless—even when you’re stuck in a difficult situation. Whatever your work demands or ambitions, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from the damaging effects of stress and improve your job satisfaction.

Resources: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-at-work.htm
Timeframe is very important to succeed. It will help you stay organize and focus on what you are doing. If you stick to your timeframe and prioritize your tasks then everything will fall in a right place.
Here are some tips to setup your timeframe.

Know your deadline

Date and time is the key to setup everything to make your task done. It will tells you which tasks should be done first. By simply writing it down, it will remind you for time to time. Use your calendar and mark it with the task that should be done for that certain day and put time of submission.

Workloads and Limitations

Multiple tasking is normal in our workplace but if you have workloads and you are meeting the dead end then tell your superior about it. Point out those things that you can do base on what tasks that you have right now to set your limitations.

Stay focus

Always check your priority lists and take a deep breath to stay focus. Set your mind setting on how to finish your job.

Ask for assistance

There is nothing wrong for asking a help. Sometimes you have to if you are meeting your deadline and you are way far to finish it.

Follow the “two-minute rule.”

Entrepreneur Steve Olenski recommends implementing the “two-minute rule” to make the most of small windows of time that you have at work. The idea is this: If you see a task or action that you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately. According to Olenski, completing the task right away actually takes less time than having to get back to it later. Resource: http://www.inc.com/john-rampton/15-ways-to-increase-productivity-at-work.html

So try to do this and make your self productive. It will helps you to work under pressure.

Night Shift: Is it healthy for us?

Original Post By: Michael Price

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Working zombies. This is a common term for those people who are actually working at night. Night shift is not that easy to schedule especially if you used to be morning person. But what are the benefits of Night shift for us? Is it healthy or not? What are the risk of night shift?

According to American Psychological Association, “Millions of American workers fight against their circadian clocks every day, putting them — and others in their paths — in danger. Psychologists are looking for solutions.”

Basically our body became restless, fatigue, decreased attention and disruption of the body’s metabolic process which is hazardous.

Natural rhythms

Poor scheduling, combined with unhealthy attitudes about the need for sleep, can cause major problems for night workers. That’s because working at night runs counter to the body’s natural circadian rhythm, says Charmane Eastman, PhD, a physiological psychologist at Rush University in Chicago. The circadian clock is essentially a timer that lets various glands know when to release hormones and also controls mood, alertness, body temperature and other aspects of the body’s daily cycle.

Our bodies and brains evolved to relax and cool down after dark and to spring back into action come morning. People who work the night shift must combat their bodies’ natural rest period while trying to remain alert and high functioning. It doesn’t matter whether they get enough sleep during the daytime, she says. All the sleep in the world won’t make up for circadian misalignment.

That’s especially dangerous for people whose jobs require them to be on high alert and make split-second, life-or-death decisions during the night, such as medical personnel or police officers. It’s common for police departments, for example, to require rookies and lower-ranking officers to bear the brunt of night shifts. They’ll often work a few days during normal daytime hours, then either work an extra-long shift that carries on until the morning, or take a day off, rest, then work a full night shift. But that seesaw scheduling approach is a doubly bad idea, says John Violanti, PhD, an organizational psychologist who was a New York state trooper for 23 years. Not only are these highly stressful, performance-draining shifts being foisted upon the least experienced officers, but the young officers aren’t given time to adjust their sleep schedules for night work. Also, many officers seek night shifts to get overtime pay, he says. According to Vila’s research, roughly 40 percent of the nation’s 861,000 police officers work more than 12 hours a day — and a similar proportion suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia or excessive sleepiness.

Working against a person’s natural sleep cycle causes such sleep disorders, as well as fatigue. Fatigue, in turn, worsens moods, decreases cognitive abilities and reflexes, and makes people more vulnerable to disease, says Vila. That resulting crankiness and warped perspective can interfere with one’s ability to make sound decisions and manage people effectively, and can increase the frequency of negative encounters.

That’s not a recipe for good decisions, says Vila, especially when officers must make decisions about whether to use deadly force — often in ambiguous, fast-paced, high-risk situations. Neither is it safe for more routine activities, such as driving. “When you’re drowsy, local parts of the brain shut down for milliseconds or seconds at a time, then come back online,” he says.

Night work and fatigue may also contribute to the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to research by Violanti, Vila and colleagues (Policing, Vol. 30, No. 2). Working with 98 Buffalo, N.Y., police officers, the researchers looked for metabolic syndrome — a combination of symptoms that contribute to poor heart health and diabetes, including large waist circumference, elevated triglyceride levels, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high levels of glucose when not eating. They found that the officers who most frequently worked the 8 p.m.-to-4 a.m. shift had the highest prevalence of metabolic syndrome symptoms. Those who commonly worked that shift and also averaged fewer than six hours of sleep were four times more likely than other officers to have metabolic syndrome.

Vila and Violanti hope their findings will spur changes in shift scheduling, both for the public’s safety and the officers’.

Of course, police officers aren’t the only night-shift workers suffering from circadian misalignment. A number of studies have found that fatigue due to prolonged work hours or being called into work in the middle of the night can result in lapses in judgment and impaired motor skills among medical workers. For instance, a 2008 article in the American Journal of Surgery (Vol. 195, No. 2) reports that, when performing “surgery” on a virtual patient, well-rested surgeons were significantly smoother in their hand motions and made fewer errors than did their sleep-deprived counterparts.

Fatigue is also risky for the physicians themselves, other research has found. A 2005 report published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 352, No. 2) found that medical interns whose shifts lasted longer than 24 hours were more than twice as likely to have a car crash and five times as likely to have a driving near-miss after leaving work as interns who worked shorter shifts.

In fact, any worker who must drive while tired — whether it’s on the job or driving home after a night shift — is at risk. In 2004, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that car crashes are the top cause of occupational fatalities, accounting for 22 percent of work-related deaths between 1992 and 2001. In 7 percent of those cases, drowsiness or falling asleep while driving was cited as a primary factor in the crash. But other factors such as driver inattention, speeding and running off the road can also be influenced by fatigue, the institute found.

Another report from 2004 found that workers across a variety of occupations who worked 12-hour night shifts were more likely than their day-shift-working colleagues to experience physical fatigue, smoke and abuse alcohol.

Possible solutions

Of course, many workers can’t give up the night shift entirely. So the question is, how can night shift workers adapt to their schedules?

There are two ways, says Rush University’s Eastman. One is through symptomatic relief by using such stimulants as coffee and caffeine pills to stay awake during the night, then taking sedatives to sleep in the morning. The other way is to shift the body’s circadian clock so that it better tolerates working at night and sleeping during the day.

Eastman and her team are exploring the latter approach. “The circadian clock is very stubborn and hard to push around,” she says.

Previous research has established that you can delay the circadian clock by about one or two hours per day. To determine that, researchers measure the body’s circadian rhythm by monitoring “dim-light melatonin onset,” or the time at which the pineal gland begins to secrete melatonin, which is triggered by the circadian clock. Normally, it kicks in a couple hours before people are ready to sleep. “It’s an output that’s a way of seeing what the circadian clock is doing,” Eastman says. “It’s a very good marker of the phase of the time of the clock.”

By exposing experimental subjects to intermittent bright light during their night shifts and having them wear sunglasses on their way home and sleeping in very dark bedrooms, Eastman and her team have found that within about a week, they can shift someone’s circadian rhythm to align perfectly with working a night shift and sleeping during the day.

But that’s unrealistic for most people, she says. “The problem is that adapting completely physiologically would leave you a nocturnal person, unable to sleep until very late on days off and being out of phase with regular day-working people.”

So Eastman and her team have developed a compromise system in which people who work permanent night shifts — say, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. — adapt their circadian rhythms just enough to function well at night, but still be lively during their days off. It works like this: On his or her day off, the worker goes to sleep as late as possible (in Eastman’s experiment, participants went to bed at 3 a.m. and woke up at noon). On a workday, he or she would be exposed to intermittent bright light, wear sunglasses on the way home from the night shift, then go to sleep as early as possible. “So the difference between sleep on their night shift days and their days off would likely be less than what most shift workers have now,” Eastman says.

Last year, she tested the cognitive skills of workers who tried this compromise approach and compared those who fully adapted to a night-shift schedule to those who only partially adapted. Both groups performed about the same, and both scored almost as well as they did when they first took the tests when on a normal daytime schedule (Sleep, Vol. 32, No. 11). “You don’t have to be fully adapted to the night shift to get the benefits of shifting your circadian clock,” Eastman says.

However, Eastman points out she doesn’t yet have a solution for workers who have a combination of night and day shifts because it’s impossible to keep shifting their circadian rhythms to keep up with an ever-changing work schedule. She says it falls on employers to assign shift work in blocks, giving workers enough time to adapt.

“You can’t phase shift the circadian clock with a rapidly rotating shift schedule because the clock can’t move that fast,” she says. “The only thing you can do is symptomatic relief, meaning you’ll have very sleepy people working at night, which is dangerous.”

Resource: http://www.apa.org

Excerpt from: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/01/night-work.aspx

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How To Work Under Pressure

By Sam Grier


In the IT world working under pressure is a daily event. Knowing the steps to take when faced with an issue can lessen the stress of working under pressure.

Deadlines, project changes, unforeseen obstacles, critical outages are only a few of the stressful issues that can arise in the IT world. We face these circumstances often and can feel a great deal of pressure to get them taken care of.

“Pressure – The stress or urgency of matters demanding attention, The burden of physical or mental distress, The constraint of circumstances.”

Working under pressure involves dealing with circumstances that can be constrained by time, resources, the difficultly of the task, all of these and more. It involves the stress that comes from dealing with a matter that must be taken care of on time. This pressure can lead to physical or mental distress.
Maintain Control

The first step in learning how to work under pressure is to maintain control. For some pressure brings up emotions that can cloud decision-making and inhibit your ability to deal with a problem. If you cannot set your emotions aside take those emotions and turn them into the energy needed to deal with the situation.
Evaluate The Issue

Before you jump into action you must first evaluate the issue.

Be sure you know exactly what the issue is before you try to resolve it. On the surface it may seem like one thing, when in fact there is an underlying cause. By jumping to conclusions and acting on the wrong issue you may in fact make it worse. Ask the important questions who, what, when, where, why to get to the root of the problem.

Once you know what the issue is then determine the priority. Is it a high priority that must be dealt with immediately?
Have a Plan

The post “How a Proactive IT Manager Can Handle Any Crisis” details how important it is to have a plan or processes for dealing with a crisis already in place. When a crisis arises that puts you under pressure you execute the plan. Each step is outlined and everyone knows what they are supposed to do.
When There Is No Plan

There are times when something arises that there is no plan for. In these cases the best way to deal with it is a step-by-step process. Learning how to work under pressure means sometimes you have to work without a net.

1. Determine what the issue is and document all the circumstances surrounding it.

2. Determine how critical it is. This will determine how quickly it must be dealt with.

3. Create a simple to-do list for each step that needs to be done to resolve it.

4. Once you know the steps then it is just a matter of doing them or delegating them.

Anytime you deal with something for which you had no plan for after the issue is resolved write down everything while it is still fresh in your mind. You can use these notes later to create a step-by-step plan for dealing with that issue should it arise in the future.

Resources:

* 5 Ways to Stay Positive in Negative Situations

* How To Deal With Stress at Work

* Do You Manage Like an Out of Control Bus Driver?

Take Away

How to work under pressure can be summed up into three steps.

1. Maintain control

2. Evaluate the issue

3. Execute the plan or prepare and execute the plan if no plan exist

You can relieve the stress of working under pressure by knowing what steps to take to deal with any situation that can arise. Being pro-active by having plans in place for common issues can make sure they are dealt with promptly and relieve the stress of working under pressure.

The more you have to work under pressure, the better you get at it. This builds confidence that you can deal with anything that arises. This confidence can relieve the stress and help reduce the emotions that can come up when working under pressure.
Excerpt from: http://itmanagersinbox.com/1549/how-to-work-under-pressure/

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Come to think of it


Everyday we have is a blessing from our Almighty Creator. So be thankful for what we have today.

The moment you wake up is a blessing because God gave you another day to live with.
There is a piece of bread in your dining table but you are not happy about because it’s a left over. Well atleast you have have something to eat. Be greatful because there are lots of people in the world who doesn’t have anything to eat.
You heard your mother shouting downstair because you didn’t washed the dishes and it makes you pissed off most of the time. Well atleast there is someone who always there for you to correct what are those wrong doing that you always do.
You went to work and your boss asking for your report papers immediately. He always doing that to you and everytime you submitted your report, you always received a bad comment about it and makes you upset all the time. Don’t you think that you are so lucky to keep your job regardless of all the mistakes that you have done?
Everyday we are always whinning of what we have and what we haven’t. We don’t know how to be contented because that is man’s nature. But come to think of it. Have you ever consider those things that you have, even it is just a little part that you always wanted in your daily life?
It’s time for you to things all those things that you have and be greatful about. Afterall everything is all God’s Will.

Everyday we have blessings from our Almighty Creator. So be thankful for what we have today.

The moment you wake up is a blessing because God gave you another day to live with.
There is a piece of bread in your dining table but you are not happy about because it’s a left over. Well atleast you have have something to eat. Be greatful because there are lots of people in the world who doesn’t have anything to eat.
You heard your mother shouting downstair because you didn’t washed the dishes and it makes you pissed off most of the time. Well atleast there is someone who always there for you to correct what are those wrong doing that you always do.
You went to work and your boss asking for your report papers immediately. He always doing that to you and everytime you submitted your report, you always received a bad comment about it and makes you upset all the time. Don’t you think that you are so lucky to keep your job regardless of all the mistakes that you have done?
Everyday we are always whinning of what we have and what we haven’t. We don’t know how to be contented because that is man’s nature. But come to think of it. Have you ever consider those things that you have, even it is just a little part that you always wanted in your daily life?
It’s time for you to things all those things that you have and be greatful about. Afterall everything is all God’s Will.