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TLC said it best, “I ain’t too proud to beg!” Okay not beg so much as take advantage of, but you get the point.
Too often employees hesitate to use the resources available to them or may not even know such resources exist. It’s important to be aware of all the tools that could help you push forward in your career and don’t apologize for using every single one of them.
Does your company have a mentoring program that you haven’t signed up for because you’re sure it couldn’t possibly help you? Is there a gym or theater ticket program you’ve also never take advantage of? Remember these all offer their own unique perks. Not only could you cultivate a hot bod by using your company’s gym but you can also connect with other colleagues or supervisors doing the same while at it. Snagging those discount theater tickets could be just the opening you need to invite a difficult co-worker out for a night on the town allowing you to smooth over that working relationship and making it a whole lot easier to get through that all-important project.
Take advantage of these opportunities and more while keeping an open mind and you’ll be surprised at how much forward momentum your career will achieve.
Looking for a great place to work? Business Insider lists the 15 most desirable companies in the world to work for, ranging from the tech giant Apple to the popular pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. At the top of the list is Google, which reigns as the most desirable company to work for in the world today. With over 71,000 people based all around the world, Google is changing the way we see the workplace.
Following Google’s footsteps on the list are Procter & Gamble and Unilever, both consumer goods companies that make various products, from personal items to ice cream. Chances are, you’ve got products made by these two companies somewhere at home.
The majority of people going to work aren’t waking up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready for a fun filled 8 hours rubbing shoulders with their favorite boss and best-friend-for-life co-workers. The truth is many jobs are seen as a means to an end. But things have begun to change… for the better.
Many companies are seeing the virtue of offering their employees perks that will make them happier and, as a result, more productive. Below are 13 amazing company perks that attempt to make going to work and getting to know your colleagues a good thing.
Your business may be appreciated in more ways than you think. There are freebies to be had at the places you do business with every day. They are there for the taking—you just need to know who to ask, when to ask, and what to ask for.
From books like the 48 Laws of Power to cliché sayings that reference the art of getting what you want, some have immediately come up with the ideal that you have to hurt or use people to get ahead. While you can’t always be Miss Nice Girl in every situation, there is a clear difference between capitalizing on opportunities and using people and taking their kindness for granted.
It’s human nature to operate out of a self-driven nature. If someone will let you borrow the money, indefinitely, why not take your time paying it back? Or if the guy who has a huge crush on you will shower you with lavish gifts, why not accept them although you know you have no interest in him whatsoever? All of these things may seem harmless, but are in fact ways of using people to your advantage. That’s not cool.
While you can sit and attempt to justify reasons for these actions, try explaining them to karma, who requires no explanations, just payback. It’s really as simple as the golden rule when deciding if you are a user. Ask yourself one simple, yet effective question, would I want this done to me?
(Wall Street Journal) — Bridget Bland thought using an iPhone, with its applications and WiFi access, would make it easier to work with clients on the go. The hard part, the 28-year-old realized, would be convincing her superiors to pay for one. So Ms. Bland, a social-media producer in New York, researched different smartphone plans and payment options. When she approached her superiors, she explained how the iPhone’s apps and WiFi access would keep her in constant communication with her clients and save her employer, Social People, money in the long term.
In the end, Ms. Bland had to buy the phone herself, but her employer agreed to pay for more than half of the monthly service charges. “I started the conversation with something positive” about client relationships, she says, “instead of ‘I want this, I need this, you need to give me this.’” Asking for extras that don’t come with your position — corporate credit cards, smartphones, laptops and even classes or conferences — can be tricky for young professionals. While you want to express your rationale for a tool, you don’t want to come across as entitled, especially if you are just starting out. The best approach, experts say, is to avoid making it personal; focus on why your use of a product or service benefits your company.
(ABCNews.com) — A funny thing happened after the Securities and Exchange Commission tightened up the disclosure requirements on executive perks in 2006: Companies began to scale back dramatically on the personal jet flights, sports tickets and other benefits they used to slip top executives unnoticed. Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson must not have gotten the memo. Last year Adelson, worth $9.3 billion by our reckoning, reported $2.7 million in perks, nearly equal to his $2.8 million in pay and bonus. The bennies included $2.45 million for security for himself and family members, $168,812 for a car and driver, and $67,000 in reimbursement for the taxes due on $118,000 in personal aircraft usage. And by “personal”, we do mean personal: Adelson charged the company $6.1 million for the use of two 747 jumbo jets he owns through a Bermuda corporation.
(Entrepreneur.com) — Value is the essential component of business travel in these difficult times. Of course, that means paying attention to the bottom line–but more important, making sure you’re getting the most for your money.
Entrepreneur’s 2010 Value Award winners manage to give you both: They provide more amenities, perks or service than the competition and do so at a terrific price. Even better, they all seem poised to offer even more in the months to come.