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In today’s world, a job is not just a paycheck. It’s an opportunity to express oneself in a positive and productive way. But there are ways to find contentment in life without having a dream job. One way is to try to find fulfillment in another aspect of one’s life. Whether it’s spending more meaningful time with family or taking time each day to throw oneself fully into something he or she is passionate about, seeking fulfillment in other ways can lessen whatever stress or unhappiness one experiences at work.
There are also situations where it’s good to just move on. Sometimes a fulfilling job can turn into an unfulfilling one as time passes. There is no shame in trying all avenues to find fulfillment, and sometimes that means trying a different industry, or turning a hobby into a full-time career.
Lastly, it is also important to remember where the control lies. While a person’s mood and attitude can be influenced by external forces, he or she can choose to influence them themselves. This may mean moving on, or it may mean working to turn the current situation into a better one. Both require courage and self-awareness, and in most cases, either one can lead to the fulfilling career we each desire.
Being a good speaker is easy, but being a good listener is a lot harder. If you’re trying to work on your listening skills, The Wall Street Journal outlines a few simple tips to help you tune in.
The process here is actually pretty simple:
- Take notes to stay focused while listening (obviously this one doesnn’t work in everyday conversation).
- Paraphrase what you think the speaker said and ask if you’re on target.
- Ask clarifying questions to sharpen the focus of the conversation.
- Notice the speaker’s body language and facial expressions as potential sources ofmeaning.
- Use pauses to reflect or draw out more information.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden declared that America’s jobs picture is brighter than ever.
“Businesses are hiring at historic rates, with 52 consecutive months of net private sector job growth,” said Biden in the newly released report supporting the reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 1998, which President Obama signed on Tuesday.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act reauthorization will use a $1.4 billion “job-driven checklist” tool to “ensure that the $17 billion in federal training funds are used more effectively,” said a senior White House official. The program will also feature a $25 million Department of Labor award to develop a web-based “skills academy” for adult learners.
Obama and Biden’s efforts to cast a positive light on America’s jobs outlook, however, may face headwinds with voters. As the New York Times noted, “In fact, part-time jobs accounted for two-thirds of all new jobs in June.” What’s more, economist Ben Casselman of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight states, “For the 49th time in 50 months, more jobseekers gave up looking than found work.”
Obama and Biden’s upbeat economic outlook stands in contrast to the views of voters. According to Gallup, 56% of Americans believe the economy is getting worse, versus just 39% who say it is improving.
How’s that feminism workin’ out for ya? According to a survey reported in a Psychology Today article, the unhappiest workers are:Female
- 42 years old
- Have a household income under $100,000
- Work in a professional position (i.e., as a doctor or a lawyer).
Sounds exactly like the feminist ideal: a woman who needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. On her own, independent, unburdened, I am woman, hear me roar. Except that she’s not very happy.
The author, Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D., notes that while it is possible the survey is inaccurate (the sample size is only 670 North American white collar workers),
In fact, a comprehensive analysis of the trends in subjective well-being across several decades revealed similar findings regarding female happiness. In The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness published by the American Economic Journal, researchers Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers found that although women’s life circumstances by most objective measures have improved greatly over the past few decades, women’s happiness has declined both absolutely and relatively to men.
So I guess we are stuck with a “paradox.” Reality doesn’t fit with our assumptions. But instead of questioning those assumptions, we just reframe the question. Men and women are exactly the same, so much so that people get to choose which sex they live their lives at. It is all a social construct anyway. Ask any liberal. The “party of science” knows that chromosomes mean nothing.
At the same time the Obama administration once again renewed its Equal Pay push, the White House released salary figures for White House staff. Upon analysis, the Washington Post, among others, concluded that the gender pay gap (as defined by the White House) that has existed since President Obama was elected is as wide as it was in 2009, a thirteen percent difference:
The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.
In 2009, male employees made an average of about $82,000, compared to an average of $72,700 earned by female employees — also a 13 percent wage gap.
One of the key reasons is that more men hold the higher-paying, senior jobs in the White House, and more women hold the lower-paying, junior jobs.
JOBLESS EU migrants claiming benefits will be booted out of Britain from tomorrow if they show no sign of finding work.
Ministers say the radical measure is an attempt to give Britain the toughest controls on migrants in the world.
It means those who have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for six months will have to undergo “prospect of work” interviews to determine whether they can stay in the country.
Those who do not have a job offer or the imminent prospect of finding work will lose their right to reside in the UK – leaving many liable to be sent home.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “The public have sent a clear message that they are concerned that migrants should contribute to this country and not be drawn here by the attractiveness of our benefits system. Freedom of movement is not a freedom to pick and choose where to claim benefits and we will continue to work with other countries across Europe that share our concerns to ensure we protect the integrity of our benefits system.”
Having a daughter teaches men empathy, humility and nurturing skills, and makes them far more charitable in the workplace
So I understood immediately the implications of a new American study which suggests men with daughters make better bosses, and are more understanding of the obstacles faced by women in the workplace.
The new research echoes the findings of a Danish study, published last year, which suggested that having a daughter brought out men’s “caretaking” side at work. Researchers at Aalborg University looked at how 10,000 men paid their employees over a decade, and discovered that it was fairly standard for male chief executives “to claim a firm’s resources for themselves and their growing family at the expense of their employees”. However, whilst fathers of sons tended to reduce staff wages, those who had daughters rewarded their teams with more money.
The conclusion – and really they could have saved 10 years and a small fortune by buying me and Amy a working lunch instead – was that men with daughters are warmer, more understanding and generous people
During his upcoming trip to Minnesota, President Obama has scheduled a day with a woman who wrote him a letter about the economic challenges she faces each day. When he meets her this week, the White House says he plans to “spend a day in her shoes” to learn of her struggles.
The White House reports that President Obama reads 10 letters a day from regular Americans and one of those letters he read recently was from a Minnesota woman named Rebekah.
The meeting of Rebekah, though, isn’t all Obama plans to do in Minnesota. For months already Obama had been planning to attend a “private fundraiser” on Thursday night.
Will Barry be wearing Louis Vuitton or Manolo Blahnik?
IRS Employees Union Is ‘Very Concerned’ About Being Required To Enroll In Obamacare’s Health Insurance Exchanges
In the private sector, many workers are concerned about losing their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, and being dumped into Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges. Two weeks ago, representatives of three large labor unions fired off a harsh letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, complaining that Obamacare would “shatter…our hard-earned health benefits” and create “nightmare scenarios” for their members. Today, we learn that the National Treasury Employees Union—the union that includes employees of the Internal Revenue Service—is asking its members to write letters to their Congressmen, stating that they are “very concerned” about legislative efforts requiring IRS and Treasury employees to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.
“I am a federal employee and one of your constituents,” the letter begins. “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”
“If the ObamaCare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress, and federal employees,” said Rep. Dave Camp’s (R., Mich.) spokeswoman in a statement at the time.
“Malia Obama has been working as a production assistant on the Los Angeles set of Halle Berry‘s TV series ‘Extant’…”
Is this wrong somehow? She’s not skipping school. It’s summer vacation, and she’s working, working with the stars. Maybe someone else’s teenager would like the slot that went to the President’s daughter, but she’s reportedly “an aspiring filmmaker.”
Is this a campaign finance issue? Daughters of politicians getting glamorous summer jobs from campaign contributors? Any potential for corruption there?
AND: Whatever they’re giving Malia, it seems they’re getting their money’s worth in PR. I’d never heard of the TV show “Extant.” And Halle Berry shifting into television is an indication of her waning star power. But… suddenly, Malia!! “Extant” and Halle Berry’s career are… extant.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Halle Berry’s career is so well known to be in bad shape that people talk about “The Halle Berry Effect.” What could be more helpful than juxtaposing her radiant face with the radiant daughter of the most radiant face in all of history?