Working from home is a privilege, not a right. Sound familiar? This is the speech most employers will give their remote workers. From a management perspective, it’s about trust. If they can trust you to get a normal’s day work done while you’re on your couch at home, then it’s worth it. For the micro-manager this approach may make them more apprehensive about giving you rights to VPN in from home.
Feel yourself drifting after lunch? Motivation takes a backseat after your blood sugar drops, especially if you stuffed yourself on your lunch break. Instead of calling it quits and goofing off the rest of the day, get up and walk!
As we get closer to Spring the weather is perking up, and it’s giving us more reason to get outdoors. Being enclosed all day long can do a number on your psyche, as well as your concentration. Don’t fight the urge to enjoy the beautiful weather, instead put a “meeting” up for 30 minutes and grab a co-worker for a walk. The time outside can actually make you smarter.
According to Dr. Plante of Psychology Today, the small amount of exercise on your work time can help in alleviating stress, anxiety, and it will improve attention and problem solving. To get more motivated create a “concentration break” walk group with your colleagues. The time away from your desk will help lift your spirits, and trim down your waistline.
Admittedly, the lines connecting military experience and professions in the civilian sector are not always clear cut. In fact, the translation of military experience into civilian terms is not always easy—some ideas, experiences, skills, and qualifications may not always seem translatable, computable, or easily applicable. Thinking about the difficult task of translation with which servicemen and servicewomen are often tasked brings to mind something poet and translator John Ciardi wrote in his introduction to his translation of Dante’s Inferno, writing, “I believe that the process of rendering from language to language is better conceived as a ‘transposition’ than a ‘translation,’ for ‘translation’ implies a series of word-for-word equivalents that do not exist across language boundaries any more than piano sounds exist in the violin.” Although Ciardi’s words ring true as it regards the business of translation, many employers (including the federal government) have come to realize our men and women in blue are not only highly trained, but possess an array of unique skills and abilities carefully honed through military service. Using Ciardi’s metaphor, even if piano sounds may not exist in the violin, a violin can certainly carry a melody played on a piano. So too, even if the specific duties one performed while in the military may not directly correlate to professions in the civilian sector, employers have come to realize that military experience and knowledge can be easily transposed, and put to use in the civilian workplace. Continue Reading
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