We’re very excited to announce that on 28th January 2016, Thursday from 1-2pm we’ll be holding a live Q&A on Facebook with our CTO Melissa Margoulis.
She’ll be taking over the First Avenue Facebook account for 1 hour and at the end one lucky winner will receive our one-on-one career coaching session for free.
To participate, all you have to do is post your question in the comment section of our post (Which will be live on Facebook just before we start the Q&A session).
If you haven’t liked our Facebook page, click here so you are able to follow us through the entire Q&A session.
At the end of the session we will pick one lucky participant to win the amazing prize! Once we have selected the winner, we will request you send us a private message with your email to arrange your prize!
A summary of the Q&A session will be collected and posted on our blog. This way people who couldn’t participate on Facebook during the given time can still read through the content. Once the blog is published we will announce this on Facebook.
Melissa Margoulis is the Chief Talent Officer at First Avenue Group, a company dedicated to connecting top organisations with top talent. Melissa will try her best to respond to your comments during that one-hour period.
Do you wake up in the morning and feel your body tied down by weights so heavy you just can’t get yourself to work? Suddenly the passion and energy just isn’t there anymore. Does this feel familiar?
Here are the 8 common reasons people feel demotivated:
1. Family and relationship issues
2. Health problems
3. Micromanagement from leaders
4. Lack of progress
5. Job insecurity
6. No confidence in management
7. Lack of recourse for poor performers
8. Unpleasant co-workers and boredom
How many of these apply to you? Identifying the causes of your demotivation will help you to understand the real reasons for your unwillingness to commit to action. Once you have figured it out, you are on the path to choosing the right tools and strategies to get back on your feet.
Here are some tips to give you that extra boost to help you get through the tough times.
Sorting out the basics
Rain or shine, work is work, and your assigned tasks needs to be completed. The best thing to do is to write a list and focus on what is essential. Marking off each item one step at the time, is crucial to getting things back on track.
Once you have the basics sorted out, it’s time to condition your mind to see things differently. After all, our thoughts and expectations are the strongest determinations of our emotions.
Review your goals
It helps tremendously to be able to remind yourself of the reason you first took up your job. Sometimes we lose sight of the goals we set for ourselves and we just need to be reminded of them. Redirect all your energy from your distractions and focus on the end result you have set out to achieve. Write it out on the wall or somewhere you can see it clearly as a constant reminder!
However, there will be times when you’re trying to reach your goals and it seems impossible. Don’t be discouraged. Even if the road to where you are going seems dark and full of twists, trust in yourself and have faith that you will reach your dreams.
As Steve Jobs said, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
Your physical wellbeing
Lastly, be mindful of your physical health. An unhealthy person will not be able to perform at their best. Rest and sleep is essential, have a routine and try to stick to it. Many people have found that exercise helps; not only does it give you an endorphin boost, it helps you sleep better and energizes your mind. Remember, not having enough time is not an excuse! YouTube has plenty of 10-minute workout videos that do the trick.
Here is another piece of advice a close friend once gave me: try to not bring your work back home with you; there is a time for work and time for family. Always have a clear distinction between the two.
All in all, never forget to have a little fun. It’s okay to indulge in an activity you enjoy to take your mind off things. It could be sports, reading a book or a BBQ with your mates; take the time to enjoy life. Everyone needs to re-boot once in a while.
Article written by: Yee Lin Loke, Chief Digital Marketer at First Avenue.
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Melissa Margoulis is the Chief Talent Officer at First Avenue Group, a company dedicated to connecting top organisations with top talent. Follow First Avenue for access to all the hottest career opportunities, news and industry trends in APAC.
Asking for a pay rise should no longer be an overly complicated or daunting experience. If you’re about to go into your employer’s office and ask for a pay rise, please stop. Take a deep breath and remember no matter how bad you deserve an injection of cash; any negotiation is a two-way street and you need to remain open-minded.
Before we get into the Do’s and Don’ts it is important to touch on timing. There is no universal day to ask for a pay rise. If so you’d almost guarantee all managers would be off sick. There is however times more favourable than others to raise the question.
Tread carefully when negotiating pay, assess the risks and don’t check off to many of our don’ts. You may be forgiven, but your mistakes are unlikely to be forgotten. If you are after more career advice follow us on social media for daily updates, or reach out to one of our Friendly Team.
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