7 Signs you are being underpaid

Knowing you are underpaid is one of the worst feeling an employee can have. It not only affects their self-esteem but also negatively impacts their productivity.

Before asking for a raise, it is important for employees to make sure they are are really underpaid and have the right to ask for a higher salary. It can be difficult sometimes for employees to really know if they are entitled to approach their boss with such a request. This is partly due to the fact that money can be such a taboo subject.

What are the signs that can help employees recognize that they are being underpaid?

People with the same job title as you are making more money at other companies

If people who have the same job title as you and are working for the same company as you are getting paid more, then it is a sign you need to confront/talk to your boss about it. You do not need to be aggressive but have a constructive discussion about why you are not getting paid as much as they are. If you find that the reasons are not good enough, then it will be a great opportunity to negotiate a better salary.

Your boss always avoids the salary talk

If you find yourself always trying to get your boss’s attention and time, he or she may be reluctant because that may lead to a salary discussion or something complex that they’re unprepared to discuss. If you are going through this, do not get discouraged, keep insisting and make sure they sit down and listen to what you have to say.

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Your salary remains the same as your responsibilities increase

If you find yourself doing more and more work while your salary still remains the same, it is a clear sign you are being underpaid. When you get hired, you need to understand that you accept a salary that is linked to the job description that is presented to you. When this job description starts changing, you have the right to renegotiate your salary. Some employers will try to discretely pass you more responsibilities that seem similar to what you were previously doing. However, while it is normal for great employees to aspire to do more than what is asked from them, it is also important to make sure you are not being used.

Your salary is remaining the same while your firm’s revenues are significantly growing

This does not mean that as soon as your company’s numbers are looking better you should rush to your boss’s office and ask for more money. However there are times when your company’s success is directly linked to you or your department’s efforts and should be rewarded. This can come in the form of bonuses, spa days or else. The trick is to always show employees they are appreciated and valued.

Your boss tells you that you should be ‘Grateful to at least have a job’

When your boss starts talking like this, it is a red flag. Oftentimes, when your boss does not want to offer a higher salary, he/she will start playing mind games, making YOU think that you are not good enough or that you haven’t performed well enough to deserve it. While it is totally normal to work hard for your raise, it is also important for you to know your worth and know when you deserve to be paid more. No boss or supervisor should be able to make you believe that you are worth less than you really are. If you get the feeling that your boss is trying to play in your mind, talk about it to someone you trust and find the courage to confront the situation.

New hires are offered a higher salary 

It is important for you, as an employee to monitor job listings for your own company. This will help you track when your company is offering higher salary to new employees having the same level of experience as you do. When this happens, you know it’s time to ask for a raise.

The internet says you are being underpaid

Today, almost anything we need to know can be found on the internet! So if you have a gut feeling you are being underpaid, your answers are just a click away. Take the time to make some researches about the average salary rate for employees in your field and in your country. If the internet tells you you are being underpaid, chances are… you are!

If you realize you are being underpaid, this does not mean you need to immediately leave your job. There is always room for open and honest conversations with your boss. You have the power to negotiate your salary and feel satisfied and valued inside your company!

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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5 Quotes that will help you love Mondays more

Even though we all wish we could stay home on Mondays from time to time, I think that most employees dread Monday morning simply because they do not like what they do or do not know how to motivate themselves enough. what if the only thing keeping you form enjoying Mondays was simply a question of perspective?

Here are 5 quotes that will encourage you to enjoy Mondays more and start the week on a happier note.

 

 

 

 

When people go to work, they shouldn’t leave their hearts at home. – Betty Bender

This is a gentle reminder that, whatever we do, we should always put our whole heart into it. Doing what you love is what makes all the difference… most of the time, employees simply hate Mondays because they do not find any passion in waking up and going to work.

 

 

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. – Pearl S. Buck

This quote speaks for itself. Do what you love and you will feel like a kid again! Always filling your eyes and mind with wonder.

 

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work – Aristotle

The more you find pleasure in what you do, the more you will be willing to put in the necessary effort to perfect it. It is not enough to simply try to get by. When your heart is also in it, you will aspire to grow and learn.

 

If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, success will be yours. – Ray Kroch

 

You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy. – Bob Ross

Related: Reasons why you should love Mondays

Always keep in mind that one of the best ways to be motivated is to find purpose and joy in what you do. I understand that it is not always easy but if you can just surround yourself with positivism, you will learn to see the bright side of things.

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3 tips to gain self-confidence through your career

The real world can be a cruel place. How many young adults are confident and full of ambition after their graduation, only to find themselves with low self-esteem and discouraged only a year after starting their career?

Here are 3 tips that will help you develop and protect your self-confidence in this jungle called adult life.

Do something you love

This might sound cliché but we cannot insist enough on how doing something you love can increase your self-confidence. Choosing a career you have no passion or interest in will directly impact your productivity and results. Having low results and not meeting your superiors expectations can make you think that you are not good enough when in reality, all you need  to do is find what gives you this fire inside.

Make sure you ask about your performance before official evaluations

Asking about your performance gives you the opportunity to identify some mistakes and weaknesses you might not have paid attention to, and really understand what your boss is expecting from you. Getting a bad review at an official evaluation can bring you down and even affect your future performances. Plus, asking about your overall performance and acting on feedbacks shows that you are willing to improve, learn and grow. Don’t wait, find ways to ask your superiors if you are on track and find out what you could do better.

Speak less than you actually know

Leave room for your boss to be impressed. We have a tendency to brag about what we can do and find ourselves frustrated when our boss is not quite impressed with our performance. Instead of telling your boss what you can do, ask more questions about what is expected from you. This will give you the best angle to shoot your arrow instead of doing too much and ending up drained with a poor evaluation.

Self-confidence is a tool that will help you reach higher levels throughout your career. Make sure you use it wisely!

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Should your startup focus on profitability on the first year?

Unless you are starting a non-profit, the main idea behind start-ups is usually making money. This is why profitability should be in your top priorities when studying the viability of your venture. However, what happens when you are so focused on profitability that you move too fast, only to find yourself failing in the long run?

Here are a few things all startups should think of before focusing on reaching profitability.

Your partners

Who you decide to do business with is one of the most important decision you will ever make. When you associate with someone, they represent you and you represent them, no matter what you do. When you start your business, take the time to truly think about who you want to take on this journey with you. Choose a business partner who shares the same vision as you, who have abilities that make up for you weaknesses (you complete each other) and with whom you feel very comfortable with. Do not be so focused on making profit right away that you fail to make decisions that will guarantee your stability in the long run.

Customer/supplier loyalty 

Loyalty is one of the key ingredients to a successful business.  If your customers are faithful to your brand, it will not only provide free publicity through word of mouth but it will also bring in more customers.  This is why you should focus on delivering great customer service. Yes people might get excited about your business at first because it’s new and they love the hype. However, the hype of the beginning does not last and is not what it takes to create something sustainable. You must focus on the rate at which your customers come back to you for goods/services. Only then will you be sure of stable incomes. Customers are not the only people who’s loyalty should be important to you. It is also very important to develop strong relationships with your suppliers. You will get many advantages such as:

  • Lower costs
  • Outsourcing
  • Credit
  • Better quality control… and more

When you deal with the same suppliers  throughout the years, it benefits your business financially but also, your costumers will be able to trust you more as your products will respect the same quality standard.

Your target market’s buying power

If your target market’s buying power is low, it is important to think of a strategy that will help you bring the cash in. This might also be a sign that you have targeted the wrong audience. It is important to let your product/service have a testing phase before making big moves. Doing so will give you time to adjust. Sometimes, the idea is good but does not fit the target market. Taking the time to do so will help you make your product even better so that it gets a higher chance to sell in the long run.

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5 Lies all women entrepreneur should never believe

Having women in the workplace presents many benefits. However, when women are not empowered, can they truly reach their goals? When these women start falling under the false beliefs that they always have something to prove, that their opinion does not matter or that the whole world (especially men) is after them, it distracts them from reaching their full potential.

Here are a few lies women in business believe that keep them from being great

IF I ASK FOR HELP, THEY WILL THINK I AM TOO WEAK

It is clear that society puts pressure on us (especially with many feminist movements) to prove ourselves all the time. We want to show the world that we are not weaker than men and oftentimes, we tend to take way too much on our shoulders. As women entrepreneur, it is important to learn how to let go and ask for help when necessary. It is impossible to get everything done on your own. It is not that you are not good enough but, by surrounding yourself with the right people, you will be able to build strong partnerships that will increase your business’s chances of reaching success. Do not be afraid or ashamed to ask for help or to ask to be mentored. True strength is shown in your ability to recognize your weaknesses.

 

HAVING CHILDREN (A FAMILY) WILL DECREASE MY CHANCES OF REACHING SUCCESS

Many women are afraid even desire a family life while pursuing their career. As women, we have he right to be successful AND have a family. One does not exclude the other. It is important to stop believing the lie that having a baby or being a wife will make you less of a business woman. Whether you are employed and pregnant or thinking about enlarging your family, you need to know your rights and not allow anybody to make you believe false information. Being a woman with responsibilities at home might even make you a better leader, listener and organizer. Of course this is not the case for everybody but it does give you qualities that can be beneficial in the workplace.

FEMALE COLLEAGUES ARE MY ENEMIES

Society has trained us to see people as competition. Whether it is in the workplace or on the market, women often see other women as competition instead of potential partners. This idea that every other woman is after you is false. If we learn to work together instead of against each other, we will become stronger and reach higher goals.

IF I VOICE MY OPINION, I WILL BE PERCEIVED AS BEING Bossy

I have heard a saying once while reading Girl Boss By Sophia Amoruso. It said: “When a man takes control he is the boss. when a woman does, she is seen as being bossy.” It is a lie to think that you cannot voice your opinions because you fear what others will think of you. If you have been placed were you are for a purpose, it means that you are fully equipped to add value to the company you work for or the one you own. If you know an idea will benefit your team, do not keep it to yourself. You have the right to share your greatness with the world.

I ALWAYS NEED TO BE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE

While it is a great thing to give it your all and challenge yourself, it is not a good thing to always feel like you have something to prove. Because women have been seen as “less then enough” for so long, I understand that you might feel like you need to push the limits all the time. However, this is only a source of distraction. When you believe the lie that you always need to be the best at everything, you fail giving your full attention to the things you were always meant to be doing. You start wanting to fed your ego more than you want to make a positive impact and truly feel fulfilled.

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These 3 qualities will make it easier for managers to attain their goals

When it comes to reaching the set goals inside a company, managers have an important role to play. The manager has, not only the responsibility to supervise the results but to ensure that the team is headed in the right direction along the process.

There are 3 essential qualities a manager must have when it comes to managing the stress of reaching the desired goals: Set the proper environment for clear communication, take some distance and manage his/her emotions.

 

PROPER COMMUNICATION

In order to truly be equipped to reach the company goals, it is important to understand the vision and everything that comes with it. It is not enough to set a goal and put it on paper during a meeting. It is mandatory for the team to have proper communication and truly understand the work that will need to be done by each member in order to reach these milestones. Creating an environment where dialogue is welcomed will increase the team’s general productivity. – First, make sure everybody is on the same page regarding why these goals are being set. Set up a timetable and allow each member to give their input. Leave a room for readjustments and negotiations. Remember you are a team and everybody is working together. This is why it is so important to be flexible and allow your team to adjust as they go. Setting goals requires a close study of collected data, your employees’ past experiences and a clear action plan. This strategy will make your team understand that they are an active part of the decision making and important tools for the machine. When employees are integrated in the decision process, it increases their sense of belonging, which will encourage them to put in more work as they feel they are truly a part of the company.

 

TAKING YOUR DISTANCES

Once you have clearly identified what is feasible and what is not, you will easily develop a management style where you can take the necessary distances and let your team get the job done. Micromanagement has a way of demotivating the team and decreasing the chances of reaching proper results. It is important in this season to carefully listen to what your team has to say. To take a step back from telling them what to do and taking the time to see how they are applying the action points. In order to do so, it is crucial that you understand the space between what has been discussed and the reality and challenges that your team will face as they start taking action. Keep in mind that a good communication system will greatly facilitate you when it comes to taking your distances.

 

MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS

As a manger, it is important to learn when to let your emotions flow and when to separate yourself from them. In order to deal with the pressure and preserve the team spirit and motivation, managing your emotions is a quality you won’t be able to neglect as a manager. Managing your emotions will require that you trust in yourself and in your team’s capabilities. It is not always an easy task as you fall under the pressure of falling behind the deadlines and not reaching your goals. However, it is important to know how to manage this stress as it not only affects you but also the team working for/with you. Emotions are not an easy thing to manage. They often arise out of our control but if we learn to train ourselves to detect them, we will be able to control our thoughts and actions instead of letting our emotions control us.

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Reasons your top candidate turned down your job offer

As a recruiter, you post jobs online in he hopes that qualified candidates will rush in, eager to fill in the position. However, it is like a slap in the face when your op candidate kindly declines your offer. As an employer, i is important to understand that your recruiting process is as important as your candidate’s survey and interview answers are to you. When it comes to finding the right candidate, here are a few mistakes hat could cause hem o refuse your offer:

THE JOB DID NOT MEET THEIR EXPECTATIONS

Many times, job descriptions are unclear and fail to truly present the position as it truly is. In order to avoid these kinds of disappointments, it is important for recruiters to make sure hey write proper job descriptions. This means, presenting a detailed description of he tasks and responsibilities the candidates will have o fulfill, the working hours, he millstones ha should be reached and more.

NO WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Keep in mind hat work-life balance is one of the top things to consider when planing on hiring a new candidate. Employees, no matter how dedicated and hard-working they may be, will always have a life outside of the office. They have passions, hobbies and people they care about. It is important that you make sure that this position allows them to live this life outside of the office.

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THE BENEFITS WERE NOT SO APPEALING

If a candidate is applying for this position, they are probably also applying elsewhere to maximize their chances of finding he perfect job. This means that they will find themselves comparing the benefits in order to pick the best option for them.

YOU DID NOT HAVE THE RIGHT RECRUITING PROCESS

You either took too long to follow-up, did not offer an easy application process or simply provided a poorly detailed job description. Your recruiting process should make your candidates excited about the idea of working for you. Make sure you make it as easy and simple as possible.

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NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

Word of mouth goes a long way. If employees who have worked for you before or current employees keep giving negative feedback about your company or your way of doing business, it will definitely affect the way candidates feel about working for you.

As much as you might hate having your offer turned down, you should take he time to identify the reasons why it happened. As much as you will feel like taking his personally, don’t. Find ways to make the position more appealing to other great candidates and move on.

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When do you know you should decline a job offer?

Getting hired after a stressful interview is always a very satisfying feeling. What a joy to be selected among many other candidates for a position we want. As exciting as this might be, it is also important to ask ourselves some questions before accepting the offer. When it comes to your career, every detail counts. What seems appealing on paper, might not work so well in real life. Here are a few red flags to detect before accepting the job.

 

IT DOES NOT OFFER THE NECESSARY TRAINING TO COMPENSATE FOR MISSING SKILLS

It is not necessary to have all the required skills when applying for a job. The most important thing is to be able to show that you are willing and able to learn fast, to be flexible and quickly become an added value to the company. Many candidates have been hired, not because they had all of the years of experience required in the job description, but because they were able to prove that they could acquire these skills as they worked. If you receive a job offer, it is important for you to make sure you will get the opportunity to learn these missing skills on the field. Some companies simply do not provide an environment where this is possible and easy. They lack the proper integration methods, they do not give the newbies time to assimilate everything, they do not plan a transition period. If so is the case at the company where you are planning to work, it might be a sign that you might think twice before accepting the offer. It does not matter if the company gives you enough training or not. If you do not perform well, it will always reflect negatively on YOU. Take the time to make your own researches about the company’s way of integrating new employees and the tools they make available for growth.

 

IT WILL TAKE TOO MUCH OF YOUR TIME

Great performance requires that you put in the necessary time and effort. However, it is also important to be realistic when it comes to accepting a job. How will it fit with your other activities, your personal life, health or else? It is necessary to put everything in a realistic, day to day context and see if it is the best option for you. Truth is, as appealing as the job might seem, if it starts colliding with other important things in your life, it will soon become a weight instead of a benefit. Make sure you have all the information you need about the work schedule, the vacation time and more. When you have a clear picture of how your life schedule will look like after accepting the job, then you will make a wiser decision.

 

YOU DO NOT RELATE TO THE COMPANY CULTURE

When you accept a job, you become a member of the company. In other words, it is like wearing a sticker of the company on your forehead everywhere you go. If you do not agree with their values and way of doing things, you will not be comfortable representing them, which as a result will negatively impact your productivity and motivation. When you are proud of the company and what it stands for, you will become a better employee. Before accepting a job offer, make sure your values are in line with the company culture.

 

YOU DO NOT SEE ROOM FOR GROWTH

When considering a job at a certain company, it is important for you to be able to see growth opportunities. This is in fact a question you should ask during your job interview “How can I grow inside this company?” If you clearly see that there is no room for you to grow, it might be a sign that you will quickly get tired of your position and that you should look for better options.

 

IT DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT

If something doesn’t feel right, it probably simply isn’t. Sometimes, we cannot explain what comes from our gut feeling. If you do not feel comfortable accepting the offer, make some more researches about the company history, the people they have worked with and more.

 

YOU GOT A BETTER OFFER

That is a no brainer. If you get a better offer, do not accept the job because you were very interested before and now feel guilty to decline it. Remember to do what is best for you. However, also remember that the salary is not the only thing to consider when comparing two job offers. There are many other factors to consider. Take the time to analyze and see what is best for you in the long run.

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Suffering from writer’s block? How can you overcome it?

Working in writing can be challenging. It requires patience, hard work and most importantly, inspiration. Writer’s block can happen any time and keep you from delivering your best work, or delivering any work at all. Writing, especially when working from home as a freelance can open the door to many distractions. How can you stay focused and inspired while developing your writing career and staying on top of your game?

CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Sometimes, the change needs to be from the inside in, instead of the inside out. We mostly get inspired by the things happening around us. If words are not flowing, it might be a sign that you need to change what you see and ear. Go work at a café, a quiet restaurant or anywhere you will be able to relax and focused. Some people like to work in nature because this is simply what works for them. Identify what works for you and immerse yourself in an environment that will help you squeeze all the good juice out.

 

TAKE THE BREAKS YOU NEED

Sometimes, all you need is a little break and some deep breath. Trying too hard is not always the best solution. The mind often needs to be empty in order to be refilled the right way. Taking breaks is actually a great way to feed your creativity and start on the right foot.

BE INTENTIONAL

You need to be intentional about writing. Do not just expect the words to start flowing without you having to put in the work. Set up a time of the day where you feel most inspired (maybe at sunset or sunrise), sit down on your couch or behind your desk, put on some background music if you need to and start writing. The trick is not to treat your writing career as a part time job. You need to have a time where you intentionally decide to sit down and get the job done. Avoid exposing yourself to distractions such as your TV or kids if you have any. Go to your working room and focus.

READ

Don’t know what to write about? Reading is your life savior! Reading has a way if opening your mind to so many things and inspire you to create something of your own. As a writer, I know that you must be careful when it comes to copyrights but reading from other others can truly help you get inspired and get fresh ideas. We do not create anything in life. We simply use what was already there in order to produce something better or simply different. The same thing goes for writing. When you get inspired from what others have already written, it will be easier for you to add your own twist and own ideas to create something great.

 

PUT THINGS DOWN ON PAPER WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT HOW THEY SOUND

The key is to start somewhere. If you are unsure about what to write, simply put things down on paper, knowing nobody will ever read it. Writers often suffer from blockages because they worry about perfection. Knowing that you are starting just for you will give you the freedom to let the words flow until you find a sense of direction.

 

BE TRUE TO YOUR STYLE

Sometimes, writers get blockages because they are trying to copy a style that is not theirs. Remember that, not because something looks nice, it means that you should go ahead and do it. It is important for your work to be authentic and trust me, readers can feel it when it is. Staying true to who you really are, will not only help you be more inspired but also will greatly impact the quality of what you deliver.

 

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Ways volunteering will make you a better employee

In my opinion, every great employee needs to have served at some point. Serving humbles us and teaches us so many life lessons. You can serve through community work, interning, helping out and more.

 

Here are a few ways volunteering will make you a better employee:

Volunteering will teach you how to focus on the work first

Because you will know how it is to work for free, you will be more prone to focus on the job that needs to be done. Getting paid is important but the job becomes easier when you see past the paycheck. Volunteering will teach you to find a sense of purpose in what you do and this alone will make you a better employee

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Volunteering humbles you

Volunteering will draw you closer to humanity. Working for those in needs will make you more compassionate. This will make you a better colleague and employee. It will help you see others before seeing yourself. You will learn to compromise, to listen and give the best of yourself.

Volunteering teaches you how to work in team

When you volunteer, you have to follow a team vision . This will come in handy when you will need to work with different bosses and colleagues. Team spirit is something everybody needs to develop in their work environment in order to become better employees.

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Volunteering helps you adapt faster

By immersing yourself in new environments more frequently, volunteering will help you program your brain to adapt to new environments, people and cultures. The ability to learn quickly and to adapt is a quality many employers are looking for in candidates. Keep in mind that most recruiters want to lower their employee integration costs . The quicker you can adapt to your new environment and new ways of doing things, the better it will be.

It is a great way to network

By volunteering, you’ll build your network with other people who, just like you want to keep learning and making a positive impact. In the business world, whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to build a strong network of people with whom you will be able to exchange ideas, the best ways of reaching your objectives and more. Staying inspired at all times is an ingredient that will help you become the best version of yourself as an employee.

 

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