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Lesser-Noted Benefits of a Working From Home Policy

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Although many businesses have been doing it for some time now as a consequence of the pandemic, the years to come will see plenty of debate over the value of working from home. Some businesses have already made a decision on the future of telecommuting, one way or the other. In the middle, there will be some businesses that aren’t sure yet. However, there are more benefits to working from home than a lot of people realize – and a look at the following side benefits might be enough to convince some employers to keep WFH even when it’s no longer a necessity…

A crowded office is a noisy office

Many of the arguments offered in favor of the return to working in offices hinge around the workplace being a vibrant place where people talk, smile and laugh. Not only does this paint a depressing picture of most homes, but it also ignores the synonyms for “vibrant” that aren’t quite so flattering: for example, “noisy”. If you’ve ever been on a work call, pressing a headset or handset against one ear while trying to shut out noise with the other, you’ll know how hard it can be to work when dozens of people are talking at the same time. Working from home is better for hearing health, as well as productivity and stress management.

Office politics and cliques can be toxic

While work would be a less thrilling experience without your workmates, moving people out of the office does make it much harder for cliques and silos of employees to form. Office politics can be destructive in a workplace, and more introverted employees can end up shrinking into themselves. Working from home doesn’t need to mean an end to social aspects – online and offline events can still be planned, your Secret Santa plans can go through Elfster rather than being picked out of a hat, and a WhatsApp group can still see the best of office banter preserved. The last few decades have shown us that the internet can bring people together more than drive them apart.

It’s not just Covid that can be passed on

The idea behind WFH for most businesses in the last year has been that by keeping employees from coming to the office, transmission rates are kept down. So, people might argue, once Covid is a thing of the past (or relatively so), there’s no reason for people to stay home. However, think back to the colds you’ve had in recent years. Were they the result of working alongside someone infected? Probably. If you’re showing symptoms but still feeling healthy enough to work, it should be possible to work without commuting in and potentially infecting dozens of people who might end up feeling a lot worse than you do.

When placed alongside the financial benefits of decentralized working to both the business and the employee, the above examples show that there is a lot to think about before considering a return to the office. 

P.S. Working from home means more time for adventures!

Ways To Excel In A Male-Dominated Work Place

For many young women, making it in the professional world means learning to work in a male-dominated industry. Whether you work in investment banking, tech, or the auto industry, there are some practical tips to help you thrive and excel, even as the only woman in the office.

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Use Your Voice

Unfortunately, a lot of bosses are too busy to figure out what the fairest project allocation is, so it often comes down to who shouts the loudest about the new deal or partnership. Don’t let the men in the room be the only ones to pipe up. If you aren’t good at grabbing your boss when you spot them in the kitchen and bringing up the upcoming projects that excite you, then schedule in some more formal time at least once a month to check in and tell your boss what you want to work on. Whether you want to work with a new client or tackle that new project that will let you use your skills learned from https://www.drdrone.ca/, let your boss know. 

Don’t Take on Extra Errands

Women are often treated like someone’s assistant, even if they’re not. Remember that you don’t often see successful folks picking up their boss’s coffee, so you shouldn’t do it either. If everyone takes it in turns to do the coffee run, or you’re already going out to pick up your own lunch and can collect someone else’s at the same time this is fine, but don’t let yourself always be the one who gets sent out on errands like this. 

Don’t Be A Yes Woman

In many industries, there is often real pressure to work hard and keep your workload overflowing. It can be very easy to say yes to every project in an effort to be a good employee, but if you never say no, then you will just hurt yourself and your company. It’s important to stand up for projects that you really want to work on and push back when you don’t have the capacity. Plenty of the men will be saying no, and you should too. 

Play To Your Strengths

Some women make the mistake of pushing away from traditionally ‘feminine’ skills in a male-dominated work environment, even if those are the things they’re really good at. If you’re good at reading people’s feelings, for example, don’t shy away from it. Instead, use this skill to benefit you. Give your boss a live read of how his team is feeling, and use that to get more senior exposure. Whether it’s listening, emotional aptitude, empathy, or socializing, if you have these strengths, you should play to them. These are good qualities to demonstrate as a future leader, especially in a workplace where those skills are in short supply.

Get A Sponsor

A sponsor is a mentor who will promote you and your interest within your organization. They should be someone who has your back, and who will tell the rest of the organization, including the senior management, how brilliant you are and how much you deserve recognition for your hard work. They should be recommending you for promotions. Start by building a relationship with your boss and other people in senior leadership positions. Pay close attention to these relationships and make sure you cultivate any relationship with anyone who believes in you and will publicly support you. These people are going to be your best advocates at work. 

Do you work in a male-dominated industry? What tips would you add?

DIY: Picture Frame Desk Organizer

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If you’ve been peeping around these parts for the last couple months then it is no secret that I’m having a bit of a love affair with Dollar Tree. I love making super simple DIY’s but I hate spending a ton of money. Add to that the fact that I discovered Pocket Letters and suddenly I’m jonesing to go to DT every other week for craft supplies and stationery finds.

In need of a new project, I decided to see if I could create an inexpensive gift to dress up a desk. I came up with a desk organizer made from a picture frame and some fabric. This would make a really cute gift for the teachers in your life. Or shipped off to a dorm dwelling college student. Or to welcome a new co-worker to the office! The best part? It allows you to tuck in a few stationery goodies you think the receiver might enjoy. Something that Dollar Tree is PERFECT for. So, check it out! Here’s how to make a Picture Frame Desk Organizer for six bucks…

What you’ll need: 

Besides a couple materials I had on hand, scissors and glue, here’s what I picked up at Dollar Tree…

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  • 8″x10″ picture frame
  • metallic gel pens
  • post-it notes (how stinking cute are these???)
  • notebook
  • 2 fabric place-mats (Note: You could just use any ol’ fabric. But if you do, you’ll need to create a sturdy edge for the pockets by folding the top down and sewing a border. I’m lazy and wanted to limit my materials to Dollar Tree items. If you’re like me, go for the place-mats or fabric napkins!)
  • envelopes

and how it all comes together:

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Take the picture frame apart. You won’t need the glass or that lovely (fake) family portrait.

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Cut a piece of the place-mat to fit the frame. This is the back piece so you won’t need to worry about borders. Just make sure it fits well.

Note my “Fabric Only” scissors. #classy

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Now cut two additional pieces WITH BORDERS on the top edge to serve as pockets. Leave a little bit of room on either side so you can play with how much “give” your pockets will have. To do this, pop everything through the frame without securing it and run your finger through the pockets. Once you’ve loosened them to your liking, trim the edges.

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Since you’re using a crappy Dollar Store frame you’re going to need some re-enforcement. I went in with my trusty E6000 glue all around the frame where the fabric will lay. I flipped the lined up fabric, cardboard, and frame backing over into the frame…

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…then I removed the frame backing and put some glue on it as well. (Note: You’ll see above that there’s a piece of cardboard half the size of the frame. This frame didn’t come with the cardboard that a lot of frames do so I just cut my own out of an Amazon box. If your frame comes with cardboard I would recommend cutting it down so it only lays above the pockets. This will balance everything out while still letting you get the frame closed.) 

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Squeeze everything tight while the glue dries! Or, if you want to (again) follow my lazy lead, you can use giant binder clips. (I weirdly get a TON of use out of these clippy dudes.)

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Once the glue is dry you can fill up your creation with all sorts of goodies! Feel free to embellish the fabric and pockets with sewing notions or cute pin-back buttons if you like.

I was having way too much fun thinking about other stuff you could tuck in your desk organizer so I put this “look” together too…

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…highlighters, crayons…and who wouldn’t love a Starbucks gift card clipped on front? You could also include paper clips, pencils, tablets, paintbrushes, cards, stationery paper, letter opener, book-marks. The possibilities are endless!

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What do you think? Who would you gift with this little DIY? What would you tuck inside? Do you have any other cheap and easy crafts you think make great gifts?