Respect and Recognize Your Employees

Today’s word of the day is “employees.”

I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing people throughout my career. Everyone had diverse backgrounds, personalities, and specialty they could contribute to the job. I’m happy to say I’ve remained friends with many of them. The only problem, the employees weren’t appreciated by management and/or the CEOs.

I’ve worked with two teams that were dedicated to their job and wanted to see the company thrive. We came up with amazing ideas and presented them to management only to get shot down. Both of these jobs had managements that would outright call your idea stupid in front of everyone. Even when we all agreed how great the idea was, the managers would go into a full-on rant as to why we’re all wrong. Sometimes the debates would go way off topic, get personal, and become a shouting match. It was ridiculous. Then lo and behold, another company had the same idea, ran with it, and it was a success for them. Then management yelled at us for not thinking of that idea when they were the ones who shot it down three months prior.

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One job, if they had listened to its employees, could have been elevated to the virality of Buzzfeed. Instead, the CEOs were oblivious to trends and had other money goals that had nothing to do with us. They were failing so much, they were losing money. By the time they actually did listen to us, it was too late. We were laid off. Not only were we laid off for financial reasons, but we also discovered the CEOs hadn’t paid the rent in months and they were getting evicted.  I think this is possibly one of the biggest company fails I’ve experienced. We could have been great.

Management needs to respect and recognize their employees. A well-rounded group of talent doesn’t come that often. When you have a group that is visibly dedicated to their work, take note of those employees. Don’t dismiss them or their ideas. Let employees know they’re valued. They were hired for their expertise. Utilize it. Listen, absorb, and implement their ideas when it can add to the success of the team and company.

Your Job Should Not Destroy Your Mental Health

Your job should never destroy your mental health!

I work with an individual who is sweet beyond words. She does her job, gets tasks done on time, and never causes issues. The problem? She is overworked thanks to two individuals not wanting to pull their weight, people take credit for her hard work, and they go to her for everything. It has gotten to the point of her feeling stressed and going grey at 23-years-old. She has admitted to working from 8 am-1 am at one point and gets very little sleep because people ping her at all hours of the night. Since she’s a hard worker, she feels obligated to do the work.

I’ve witnessed her cry at work multiple times. She admitted to crying several times on and off-site. Some may say she’s simply emotional, but when you’re overwhelmed, your stress will reveal itself one way or the other.

I cannot stress this enough to people. Your mental health is more important than anything. If you feel yourself deteriorating, step back. Take a day off. Don’t answer emails, phone calls, instant messages, or text. There’s nothing wrong with having a “me day.” We all need them. There are several jobs out there that don’t believe in or practice a work-life balance.

Some people are so stressed and mentally exhausted that they don’t know how to function at work or cope with additional difficulties. This can often lead to suicidal thoughts or a sudden burst of rage.

Please, if you’re feeling mentally or physically exhausted, talk to your supervisor or someone higher up who will listen and express empathy. If you don’t have someone, it’s alright to call out.

According to one study, only 7% will use a sick day for their mental health.

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YOU are a priority! Take the day off. Make it a three day weekend. Make it a promise to yourself to focus on you and you only. It won’t hurt. The last thing you want to do is dread going to work before you go to bed or before you get out of it the next morning.

 

 

The Commute: My Thoughts and People on the Metro

Riding the metro is more convenient than people realize in Los Angeles. Whether you catch the bus or train, these are the specific people I see or thoughts I have while riding the metro.

The Tourists

Depending on the time of the day, I always see tourists in my area. They stand out from the rest of us. I ask, “Where are you from?” “How did you know we aren’t from around here?” they reply. To be honest, compared to people who live in California, tourists standout like the peanut in an M&M. Probably not the best comparison, but you get what I mean.

The most recent tourists were from London. They had a different style and were pale. You can tell they haven’t been kissed by the sun to have a year-round tan like Los Angelenos. They were enjoying their vacation and exploring the Beverly Hills area. The shops were a bit expensive for their budget, but they enjoyed the atmosphere. They were going to explore Hollywood later that night but had to make a stop at their Airbnb in West Hollywood. They were amazed at how convenient the metro system is in Los Angeles. If you have the patience, you don’t need to drive. Not only is parking limited, but it’s also expensive in most areas. Let’s not even talk about gas prices. Ok, no. Let’s just say it’s above $5 for regular in some areas.

Who Are You?

I look at commuters and wonder if they’re going to work or heading home. If they’re going to work, do they enjoy their job? What do they do? Some commuters are asleep by the time I get on the metro. What time do they have to wake up and how long is their commute?

Sometimes I want to follow people around. Not really because that would be illegal, but maybe be a fly on the wall just to see what others do. I don’t know why, but that idea fascinates me. I know what I do and see the people I interact with, but what about those I encounter and never see again until the next morning?

“Never judge a book by its cover.”

I feel as though many people don’t take that advice. I guess I want to know more about the people I see. I wonder about them more when we run across each other even when I switch my route and departure time. Why are we still seeing each other when my job is now in a completely different direction? Did your job switch locations? Are you running late? How are we still seeing each other?

The Angry People

Did they wake up hating the world? The sun is still rising and they have an attitude.

I’ve seen people who refuse to give others seats. Either they pretend they don’t hear them, pretend to not speak English, or straight up refuse.

Others have rushed people onto or off of the metro as if wherever they’re going is going to disappear if they don’t get there on time.
Thankfully, I don’t see many of them.

The Yappers

Some people are natural yappers. They can and will talk to anyone about anything at any time. Whether the conversation is about their coffee, their morning, family, etc, they will talk about it. I don’t know if they don’t have anyone else to talk to at home or if they just enjoy conversing with people.

The Friendships

I’ve been taught to switch up my routes and times so people won’t get used to my schedule for safety reasons. I don’t think others learned the same. Some people catch the same metro at the same time every day. Due to this consistency, they have become familiar with others on the metro and built a friendship. They don’t get on or off at the same stop but always sit next to each other.

Two older ladies love seeing each other. They hug and talk about their grandchildren, work, food, and the news daily. Their metro friendship has evolved into them exchanging cards and fruit. I overheard them mentioning swapping lunches one day. They kept their word and exchanged Tupperware packed with food. They made each other lunches for the day. How cute?! I don’t see these ladies as often as I used to due to switching up my route, but they still sit together if they work the same day.

Do you catch the metro? Have you observed the interesting habits of people?

 

 

 

I Think I Just Avoided a Job Scam

I checked my email yesterday morning and discovered an email from a company called Apitope Technology.

Three seconds into the email, I think, “This looks like an agency email telling me how I’m a perfect fit for a role yada yada.”

As I continued to read, I noticed the pay scale, remote option, and job description, but noticed the company was using an @gmail.com address.

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“Hmmm.” Side-eyeing commences as my lips clench together and shift to the right side of my face.

I immediately thought, “This has to be a scam.”

As I continued to read, I noticed they wanted me to contact the interviewer through Google Hangouts. I had to send the interviewer an invite and include a “Ziprecruiter ID Tag.” This email also gave me a date and a specific time for the interview without asking for my availability. Most interviewers will give you time slots or ask when you’re free to chat.

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“9 am your time.” Do you know what time zone I’m in?

The email didn’t provide a link to the company page or a phone number.

“Did I apply to this job? Let me check my profile,” as I doubt the authenticity of the email harder.

I couldn’t find the company in my “applied to jobs” section.

I thought, “My profile is public for recruiters. Maybe they found my profile and wanted to contact me.”

As I do with all companies that contact me for an interview, I conduct research via Linkedin to find the names listed in the email. I also visit the company website to validate its existence along with other Google searches.

The company has a Linkedin, but I couldn’t find the job title of the interviewer mentioned in the email. Since I’m out of their network, I couldn’t locate names due to only “Linkedin Member” being displayed.

“OK, people don’t always link their profile to their job. Some people don’t update their Linkedin.”

I visit the company website. I discovered it ONLY has two locations, Belgium and the UK. I’m in California. Based on the job description, why interview someone who’s eight hours behind?

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“Why would a job all the way over there contact me? Maybe they’re expanding?” I quickly thought as I tried to justify my discovery.

I then noticed the company uses @optimumcomms.com email address for media inquiries.

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“Hmm. You mean to tell me it has a professional email address for media inquiries, but not for its own HR?”

Side-eyeing at maximum.

Checked out Optimum Strategic Communications. An office in New York is listed. Viewed its Linkedin and all of the employees are overseas.

With my suspicion alarms ringing and my new found information, I replied to the interview request asking for the Linkedin profiles of the two people mentioned in the email, a contact number, and more information about the interview process. A company would be pleased you did research happy to answer any of your questions.

Here we are a day later and no response. Big surprise!

My first thought after reading the email was it’s too good to be true. I’ve worked remotely through another company, the difference, I found their business address, the employees, their names and job titles matched up, I saw faces, active business social media accounts, and current employee reviews. I did my interview via Google Hangouts, but they at least had an @name_of_business.com email address.

I’m going to email the actual company so they’ll know a scammer is using their name. If they get back to me stating the email was legit, doubt it, I’ll suggest they hire me to write their emails properly, get a business email address for HR, provide proper contact information, and communicate better so they don’t appear to be a scam.

Have you ever received fishy remote work emails? This is a first for me.