Do you come into work with a smile on your face every single day? No? Do you happen to be sat at a desk? 2012’s City & Guilds Index of Career Happiness showed that those in a “bums-on-seats”, high pressure role feel dissatisfied with their career choice. At the bottom of the happiness scale are bankers, caters and HR staff who are apparently envying florists, hairdressers and marketing staff – all of which are able to apply vocational skills to their work, rather than just applying their fingers to their keyboards. Now, these aren’t facts – they’re “most likelies”, so if you’re a banker who absolutely loves their job or someone who can’t get enough of HR – great! Read Article »
As of the first of December it’s perfectly acceptable to don your Rudolph jumper, play Michael Bublé’s Christmas and of course – start thinking about what you’re going to buy for Secret Santa. Some of us get it easy, we’re friends with the person we’ve picked and see them outside of the office, but what if you pick someone you’ve only ever held the door open for and never said a work to other than “ta”? Here is EmptyLemon’s ultimate guide for buying the perfect Secret Santa present for someone you barely know: Read Article »
We’re all aware of basic workplace etiquette. There’s the obvious ones: show up, be nice and don’t punch anyone. And then there are the not-so-obvious ones. There are unwritten rules outside of your contract on office behaviour. There’s no guarantee an office full of people who didn’t choose to be together will get on like they’ve been best friends for year and there will be occasions when you think a colleague is downright rude. Here are some of the rudest behaviours you will most probably come across in the workplace (if you haven’t done so already, poor you). Read Article »
National care providers Care UK and Bluebird Care are now advertising care and social worker vacancies with EmptyLemon. With vacancies across the country and excellent benefits on offer, here’s why you should consider a career in care: Read Article »
Just as Microsoft dropped “stack-ranking”, Yahoo picked it up, brushed it off and put it on. Microsoft workers were originally ranked in curves with employees on the lower end “dealt with” and often fired. Microsoft ditched stack-ranking in favour of teamwork and collaboration, great! Let’s all applaud Microsoft. Not great news for Yahoo employees as CEO Marissa Mayer had begun implementing the exact same strategy after already stopping Yahoo staff from working at home. Over the past few weeks more than 600 Yahoo employees have been fired.
Microsoft’s stack-ranking caused distrust among staff and in a 2012 Microsoft profile in Vanity Fair said stack-ranking was “one of the most destructive processes,” and encouraged competition, not collaboration. Ideas were kept in the heads rather than on tables as workers feared they’d contribute to the success of others. Their stack-ranking made for an overall negative working environment, reducing creativity and innovation (something which Yahoo really could do with right now). Workplaces shouldn’t suck the creativity out of the people who spend their days there; they should help nurture and drive it. If you want to promote creativity rather than kill it, here’s Valve, masters workplace wow-factor: Read Article »
Chances are you struggled to get out of bed this morning, but at least you got up. You still managed to drag yourself out of bed, get ready and get to work on time (hopefully) despite it being early on a Monday morning. That in itself is a CV-worthy achievement! To be able to get ourselves out of our snugly duvet nests, there needs to be something we look forward to – one aspect of our jobs that make the early starts worthwhile. Surprisingly it’s not the money. Read Article »