Responding to Cuts Bonus in Times of Crisis

For employees who celebrate Christmas, maybe this year will be a disappointment. How not? The global financial crisis has become a strong and legitimate reasons for many companies to cut costs. Including, perhaps, bonuses for employees associated with the holiday.

was like, let alone "thinking about" bonuses or allowances. Meanwhile, it can still work every day alone was grateful. Therefore, some companies began laying off employees. But even if you still feel curious about the Feast of Christmas bonus, it could not hurt, too. That is, you may be wondering the same thing to the boss.
Indeed, in difficult situations, who have tolerated all sides, asks questions about bonuses would be something that sensitive, perhaps even controversial. Already you'd imagine, the boss will be angry and accuse you of being insensitive to the condition.

However, silent and resigned while in your little heart continually questioning and hope, of course not a good middle ground, too.

The best thing is, it asks , but as being "nothing to lose". The following tips:
1. Begin with questions that are very "common", ie, until when belt-tightening program for the costs it last? Your manager may not know for sure, but questions like this will not offend anyone.
2. Ask, if cost-cutting also resulted in other benefit programs? For example, health care insurance and pension funds.
3. Are the savings apply to everyone or only (employees in) a particular department?
4. How fast will it affect the savings program? This will give you an idea to make plans (such as Christmas or New Year) as well.

Could be, you will not get answers to these questions satisfactorily. However, at least, you'll get the picture. If the savings or cost-cutting program is only temporary, so you can make the calculations and considerations, for example it necessary to persist or start looking for another place that is more promising.
EVER you have difficulty opening an account at Facebook during working hours? Suddenly interrupted the flow of internet connection do you have to network, resulting in the activity of social media stopped. If so, the policy of social media in your office may have been imposed. Frontal policies like this, is one part of a social media policy that often run the company to protect the privacy of employees and their organizations.

But unfortunately the application of social media policy , in the form of written rules in the company is still rare. Socialization of the policy of social media in offices still feels strange sounds. The essence of the policy is still vague and faint as to the public.

Social media policy , could be interpreted as the policies that govern how employees of a company to communicate with the virtual world. Often we find due to a Facebook status employee who circulated in cyberspace, some important cases the company became public. Though it is a document confidential is to be closed tightly. In this case, companies often have to make up for a good price.

Because of easy to spit all of it is experienced through social networks, the longer the privacy and culture companies are increasingly vulnerable to be maintained. Ironically, it is actually less important than realized directly by the employees who are not good at air- social-media . So, how can it not happen?
Inevitably, the policy should be applied to organic and consistently enforced. Considerations for policy making social media , one of which is directed to protecting the privacy of the company.

By Eric B. Meyer, of the association of labor and employment group in the USA LLP Dilworth Paxson, the company should be considered from the side of the law to develop policies of social media . "Especially when it involves the company's privacy is very important, employers have the right to monitor use of social media by employees either be accessed from work, activities outside the office, or even when you are at home, "added Eric.

So to the extent where the employee may access their social networks?

There are six things you should think first, before the policy of social media in your company officially introduced.

1. Protect intellectual property rights remains one
user of social media need not enter the property information page on Facebook or Twitter about the projects in which they are working.

2. Avoid things that are at risk
employees should not have to post the link or things that are abusive or disrespectful actions. It can reflect who you really are, and applies to imaging in your career.

3. Avoid conflicts of interest
or the interests of your team should not publish it, this can lead to conflicts with other teams in your partner.

4. Differentiate your views with companies
we often confuse personal opinion with the organization. Try to confirm that your argument or comment on social networking not represent the opinion of your company.

5. Restrictions on yourself
in your self-control activities in social media , personal blogging, Twitter and other networks were managed so as not to disturb the work commitment.

6. Consistent and committed
violations of company policy regarding the use of social networking during working hours must be obeyed. Even so, the company must also actively disseminate to employees about the policy.

If you as an entrepreneur or part of HR is still struggling to set the policy of social media in your office, try to follow the trail of a set of IBM social computing in the enterprise. In the spring of 2005, IBMers used a wiki to create a set of guidelines for all IBMers who wanted to blogging .

This guideline aims to provide advice, guidance, help in a practical way to protect IBM bloggers and IBM itself. The company strives to embrace the blogosphere . Apparently, these innovations led to the brilliant ideas from company employees without violating privacy. As a result, IBM is able to implement policies of social media with the more friendly

Expand True Friends to Achieve Success

WHAT IS THE TRUE FRIEND in our lives? Is it true that every person we know is a true friend ( Soulmates )? Not necessarily. How could all the people we consider to be a true friend in everyday life if we never have time to nurture friendships? Most people assume that the friendship could flow. We forget that true friendship should be built and promoted. Well, how to improve the relations of friendship to the beginning of our friends mediocre become a true friend?

The answers to these questions can be found in books written by consultants brand and ethnographer Amalia E. Maulana: Brandmate, Just Friends Becoming Soulmates Change . Amalia believes that the success of friends describing the achievements of one's social life. In other words, the existence of a true friend is the most valuable asset in one's life. "Life is precious when we've got lots of friends, lots of good friends, far above the usual friends. These are but observe, "wrote Amalia in this book.

More about this book, we will know that Amalia menganalogikan branding with friendship. According to him, care of the brand the same severity as taking care of friends. Brand A successful brand is accepted by consumers, demand and become a true friend. Of course this can not be handled carelessly. To manage a brand in order to become a true friend to consumers, it takes a manager of a brand is reliable. If not, do not expect the brand you are recognized as a true friend to others.

For Amalia, performance brand is not enough just measured by how many are familiar with and buy the brand is. Reach consumers in the stage successes count the number of users, has described the success of transactional, not relational. At the time of the transaction, it is the process of recruiting consumers into casual friends, or just friend . The problem is, how many would survive to buy it constantly and do not move to brand the other?

That is discussed further in the book is packed with a crisp writing style and easy to understand this. Reading this book will not make our brow furrowed and head so dizzy. However, it does not mean this book seem mild. This book still has the depth of analysis and are loaded with case examples. I think, one of the advantages of Amalia - who also works as a lecturer at several universities - is its ability to explain (and write) something that is hard, meticulous , a simpler language.

Four Stages of Branding
In more popular, we know the names of consumers loyal. That is, consumers who are constantly using a brand and do not want to move to brand others. Framework Customer-Based Brand Equity (CBBE) put forward by Kevin Keller explained the process of formation of a strong friendship. Consumers who are loyal worth mentioning Soulmates . Do not stop there, Amalia tried to elaborate this concept. In CBBE question is how consumers become more loyal to a brand . While Amalia perceives the brand as the friendship of everyday life, so you need to do is how to convert a friend to be a true friend. In this way, Amalia would like to invite the owners of the brand to understand how important it is to manage and maintain the existence of the brand in the eyes of consumers.

In the context of branding , the founder and director of ETNOMARK Consulting, consultants branding that handles brand audit and building knowledge , it argues that the brand has gained a strong position in which the ideals of the introduction is the same as the consumer thinks about it. Brand has many strong a true friend because he is widely known, understood its meaning, like, always selected on each occasion, and recommended to other consumers. To get to that goal is certainly not simple. "It takes time and the right marketing strategy," said Amalia. So, what to do owner of a brand to achieve that goal?

At least, there are four stages of the process to be the owner of the brand to convert a friend to be a true friend. The process begins with an introduction and understanding, followed by mutual love, and lead to emotional attachment. Let's discuss these four steps one by one.

First , in the introduction, every word, attitude, and our actions will be judged by others. It all formed a very early self-image and the surface is. Entering phase two , which is no longer created awareness, but has formed an understanding of who we really are. This understanding of the process if not properly anticipated, the new friends that could have a judgment that is not the same as who we really are.

In stage three , it takes effort from both sides to like each other. From our side, would have to adjust well to the needs of new friends. Without this adjustment process, we will remain a figure that is unfamiliar to each other. Amalia admits, not everyone in the new environment can be good friends, because it may be of interest and different thoughts, or some people call " chemistry does not match ".

And, the next stage is the emotional attachment. "This is the toughest stage," Amalia confirmed. This stage can not be done half-heartedly. A true friend understands what is liked and not liked by his friends. He is also a good listener, and always there when needed. Do not spread bad news about his friends, even every chance you always tell the virtues of his friend. Amalia concludes, true friendship is based on some of the following attitudes: genuine (authentic), honest, empathetic, happy to help, always communicating, and creating new things is fun.

Personal Branding as Important
The fourth stage of the above process can also be practiced in everyday life. In private life, we also need to build a brand or known as I-brand . It has nothing to do with our current age, position / title of our clothing, as well as business and wealth we have. All people, actually need to be aware of the importance of building I-brand . And, regarding who we will attach not only in real life, but also when we are stuck in cyberspace. Every word we write in social media, for example, the trace will be recorded there. Amalia explained, in social media brand I- can be analyzed and imaged. The term used is Cyber ​​Presence .

However, social media like a double-edged sword. If we can use it well and wisely, it can be an effective promotional tool. But on the other hand, if we are not careful, social media is a dangerous threat. Therefore, every time you write a status on Facebook or catapult chatter on Twitter, we need to think wisely. Often, because of emotion or are not mood , someone wrote something that offended or angered others. For example, post the words of complaint to the work in the office or to vent frustrations on others. Sounded trivial, but already many examples, where the post as it has become a boomerang for the author. Surely, this will hurt yourself.

As the activities of branding on a product, the success of I-brand - one of them - can be measured by how many true friends who have. Who is not happy to have many real friends? Let's wake up I-brand right now! Find out how by reading this book. (*)

Employee Revolution, How to Interpret The Work

"If one knows the meaning pekerjannya, he would do the job with pride, and most importantly, he will make a meaningful job, for himself, his family and for his company."
YOU an employee? If so, are you ready to become a boss? This statement may sound too naive, but it's very possible. As one of the stories told in the book Employee Revolution . A very inspiring story titled, Mr. Benz and a plumber.

Mercedes Benz boss one day have a problem with the water faucet in rumahhya. It often leaking faucet to slip down her fear for her son. Upon the recommendation of a friend, Mr.. Benz to call a plumber to fix her faucet.

Improvement agreement is determined two days later. Apparently the plumber's quite a busy day. The plumber had no idea that the caller is the owner of the boss's largest automobile company in Germany. One day after a call from Mr. Benz, pack a plumber to contact Mr. Benz to thank you because it was willing to wait one more day. Mercy boss was impressed with the service and how to talk the plumber.

On the agreed day, the plumber came to the house of Mr. Benz to repair a leaky faucet. Having touched here and there, the faucet was repaired and back pack plumber after receiving payment for his services. About two weeks after that day, the plumber to contact Mr. Benz to ask if the repaired valve is not there a problem?
Mr. Benz thought, surely this man was just great waalupun plumber. He answered the phone that the faucet in the house is completely wrong and thank you for the service pack plumber.

Did you know that a few months later Mr. Benz's hiring a plumber to work in his company? Yes, his name is Christopher L. Jr., and currently serves as General Manager of Customer Satisfaction and Public Relations at the Mercedes Benz!

There are many stories that will surprise you in the book Employee Revolution, Fertile Jumadi work, the author who has 15 years experience working in the Technical Operations, IT, Customer Service, Marketing Communication, and Human Resources Manager at a leading telecommunications company. The author very accurately describes the data and analysis to the reader about the preciousness of being an employee, if the soul that we have is sincerity in work, and satisfaction for others. Build your personal brand and show that you are valuable to the company.

In a book published by Asa Achieve Success, the author outlines seven outstanding employee mentality that became an important element of achieving Employee Revolution. If your curiosity now began to emerge, and slowly rising to motivate you know what the secret behind this book, indirectly, you've allowed yourself to feel the immediate usefulness. Happy reading! (*)

Enjoy the work that you do not like

If all the people, after graduating from university, then get a job in line with expectations and ideals, then how beautiful life is. But, things like that only happen in an ideal world. While the reality of everyday life, life is more often walk away from the situation we idealkan. It is no longer a new story that many engineering graduates who eventually, due to various factors and circumstances that force, working in a bank or agricultural graduates ultimately become a journalist.

Perhaps you belong to the employee who secretly feel like your job. Penyababnya can be many things. However, whatever it is, obviously that's a reality that you face today. Quit complaining, and start to learn to realize that you can not continually waste time regretting what had happened. Because, sometimes, in fact, no matter how much you complain anyway, the courage to quit and find another job as you wish, you never have.

More-over, in a crisis situation like the present, finding a job is difficult and even a lot of layoffs happening, likely You will get lost in your work cubicle desk and swallow your dislike of the work you have to live day-to-day. Like it or not. The easiest advice, of course, accept the reality. But, you definitely will catch up again, then what? Well, hopefully the following tips helpful:

1. Be aware, in order to achieve a successful person must be able to do well the things that are not favored, including employment. Be professional, consistent with good performance. When you stand out among your friends work together, maybe you will feel more encouraged to love your job.
2. Try to see a pekerjana not solely as a result, but rather on the process. Experience and enjoy the process. You will learn many things from there.
3. Think ahead. See what you're doing now is in the long term look. Rest assured that what you do today will be useful and contribute to the future-as you'll whatever and wherever you are in the future.
4. Immerse yourself in the association of the widest in the work environment. Enjoy interacting with others. Learn from the team how to solve problems together. Do not miss the opportunity to engage in dealings with clients, meet new people, exchanging business cards with colleagues.
5. Always think positive. Perhaps it's a bit cliche but, the context is this: make stressful situations (because you do not like your job) it as an opportunity. Think that this is all a challenge for you.

How Productive without Busy?

Productivity is generally accepted as one of the factors that determine a person's success. The formula, success is directly proportional to productivity. In other words, if you want to be successful, must be productive. But, what exactly is productivity?

People interpreted simply as productive toil. And, it is characterized by high activity. Although people who look busy is not necessarily productive, but after all the hard work is almost always identified with the crowded bustle.

If your mobile always ringing at your desk and work endless, then the people will easily see you as being productive. But, is it?

Motivator Reza Gunawan are also practitioners of holistic healing nature to distinguish between "busy" and "productive". "Indeed, someone who is busy is usually regarded as a productive worker. In fact, if we are keen to see a person may be very busy, but not productive," said Reza as revealed in an article in

According to him, one could say productive when he's doing something that creates value, can be a benefit, money, meaning, and other positive outcomes. Meanwhile, busy will always spend time, effort, and effort, but not always create value, meaning, benefits, or even money.

Furthermore Reza suggests, the work, before we reach the stage of "productive", it is important to learn first how to and system works well, before studying the field of our work according to its description. In this regard, Reza gives the following tips:

1. Capturing Ideas
Bring a pen and pad it with you everywhere, every time. Brilliant ideas and a variety of important things are often forgotten, usually come to mind quite unexpectedly, at a glance, and cursory. With this, you can catch it immediately and not have to rely on the brain to remember it again.
2. Creating a Task List - Complete
Immediately when you arrive at your home / office, move the various tasks and ideas you need to follow up to a big list, say the name "Task List - Complete". WARNING: do not ever work directly on this list if you do not want to get caught so "Earning Super Busy".
3. Creating a Task List - Daily
Every day, write down the most important task today. Quite a 1-3 job that you just took from the Task List - Complete. The new list contains 3 TT (Most Important Tasks) This we call the "Task List - Daily". How to determine which tasks 1-3 Most Important? Choose based on which most affect productivity, contentment, and happiness significantly. If within one day of your successful completion of this task 1-3, of the remaining free time you can use to enjoy life, or continue the next most important task in the Task List - Complete.
Important vs. Unimportant
- FIRST in the Early Days
Every day, heed the beginning of your day to do the 1-3 most important task in the Task List - Your Daily. Set aside 30 minutes to 2 hours in the early days, to resolve this first before doing the other.
- distraction
off a variety of distraction. One of the most productive tip for me is this: disconnect your connection to the internet when I'm working. Just plug yourself if it is necessary to use it. Believe me, the temptation is too strong of an unconscious will lead to leakage of remarkable efficiency. Turn off the first internet, e-mail, facebook, chat, browser, and connect your Blackberry while working on the Task List - Daily.
- Meeting
Where possible, avoid meetings and appointments are not necessary. So much time is wasted in unproductive meetings. When possible, coordinate your work via e-mail and telephone. When should the meeting, before the meeting agenda must be received by all parties, and make sure there is a clear action plan for each party.
- Delegation
Look back at the Task List - Your Complete, and delegate the various things that can be trusted to others that you are better able to manage time and energy.
- Automation
Use voicemail, websites, blog to display information that tend to recur in your profession. For example, I never again provide an explanation of Holistic Healing therapies and how to create a therapeutic promise, because all the information and the registration procedure the patient / client is available on the website is complete. Easy, right? Try to think of similar ideas in your respective profession

Mengatasi "Burnout" di Tempat Kerja

Mengatasi "Burnout" di Tempat Kerja: "Burnout" is stretched to the limit and the conditions of psychic and physical energy loss. Usually it is caused by a work situation that does not support or does not comply with the requirements and expectations.
usually in the form of burnout experienced physical fatigue, mental, emotional and intense. Because it is psychobiological (move to the psychological burden of physical appearance, such as easy dizzy, unable to concentrate, easy to get sick) and usually are cumulative, so sometimes the problem is not so easily resolved.

In fact, like a spiral, can be further widened, interfere with the performance and in turn can cause additional stress for other workers.

Lack of clarity of rights and responsibilities of work and role conflict (eg, work demands are inconsistent with the values ​​that are believed) to contribute. Especially if there is overload, heavy work demands without any awards or achievements were deemed adequate. least social support within the institution and from outside agencies as well as the difficulty to take independent decisions can also be the cause.

According to the Psychologist Kristi Poerwandari in the article "Overcoming Burnout in the Workplace" (Sunday, January 10, 2010), ideally the institution where the work could develop a mechanism to prevent or minimize burnout, and leaders understand the role that ideally the exercise to bring positive energy and solidity of work in a team.

However, there is rarely any case, it is the leader of a party that causes, or exacerbates the situation. If that happens, Kristi suggest the existence of communication open, honest while still polite with the leaders.

Simultaneously, the men in question need to try to understand the boss's vision, and explain the real situation on the ground for a compromise.

If a subordinate is difficult to seek better communication with the boss, which can be seen as merely develop mechanisms for the closest personal and work environment to minimize or solve the problem:
The following tips from Kristi Poerwandari:
-Manage workload realistically, be aware that not all problems can be dealt with thoroughly.
, Balancing lifestyle, like eating healthy food, sleep and rest enough, exercising, and maintaining connections with people close to the support group.
, Reducing physical tension by various means (if the breath, relaxation, body work), cut in the high stress of intermittent activity (eg an important meeting, lobby) with low-voltage activity (conversation with a subordinate), using a time interval or break to recharge the energy such as talking with close friends, watching a drama-comedy, sitting in front of a fish pond, or a hobby.
-aware or aware of early signs of job stress (conflict with colleagues and superiors, overload) and immediately take steps to manage or resolve them.
If we still feel very uncomfortable and no longer connected to the workplace, and even continued to think want to go, maybe it's time for us to find or construct new ones.