Read this somewhere in social media platform. Think I'm gonna duplicating it here. Hope it's useful!
Azreen Sharina Hamdan13
September 19,2020 at 8:10AM UTC
I spent close to 5 years of my career by working mostly in corporate Malaysia. The corporate world is tough, mean, demanding, and rewarding. It's a pathway for not many people especially in this era filled with startups, SMEs, and family businesses. Corporate giants such as MNC & public listed are just peculiar breeds. Here are the harsh lessons the corporate world has taught me.
1. If you have a soft emotion,corporate isn't the best place for you. To climb the ladder, you must be loud, aggressive and at times selfish. If you work silently, it may go unnoticed. It's just a competitive world with limited positions.
2. You're paid to provide solutions not just to highlight the problems. The more problems you can solve, the more valuable you are to the company.
3. Your co-workers and bosses are most likely wearing 'masks' in office hence you see a different side of them during lunch breaks and Friday night drinks.
4. The person who claims to know everything actually knows the least.
5. If your manager micromanages you, it means you aren't efficient. If he/she still micromanages you despite you feeling confident, then you have a toxic boss.
6. Working with a toxic/manipulative/ narcissistic manager will mentally damage you. It shatters your confidence and esteem. It's the worst thing ever. Never attempt to talk to change them. Just quit!
7. A salary is not an entitlement, but a reflection of contribution. It’s a business deal. Neither of you are doing each other any favor. Organisations run a business not a charity.
8. Never rely on your company to make you grow. Invest in your own time and money to enhance your skills. If you're not growing inside, you won't grow within the company and ultimately your career.
9. You can never run away from office politics, instead learn how to deal with it.
10. Work is never-ending. You go to work today for tomorrow's tasks. Take sick leave if you're sick. Use your paid leaves. Learn to go back on time. The company can still function without you.
11. Working beyond 6 pm just to impress your superiors is stupid.
12. If you don't believe in the company's vision, missions and culture just quit the office.
13. Follow up. Make connections everywhere from clients to suppliers. Ask around. Make yourself noticeable. Your networking can be more powerful than your knowledge especially in Malaysia's developing economy.
14. Learn to say no and accept rejections. You're not stupid for having your campaign proposal turned down during the first meeting. If you can't take rejections or criticisms well, you will suffer in corporate.
15. Sell yourself, sell your ideas but never oversell. When you oversell yourself, you start to create expectations and expectations can lead to disappointments.
16. Your bosses have bosses to impress too. Your company has shareholders, stakeholders, customers and policymakers to impress too.
17. Master the art of storytelling. No point in having a good idea but not being able to articulate it. I learnt this the hard way. Watching TED talks and reading books on negotiation helps.
18. The first 5 years of your career are essentially training so don't worry if you are not at your peak yet. But if after 5 years you're still stuck, it's time to make critical decisions.
19. 90% of emails are unnecessary so don't spend too much time crafting the 'perfect' emails. 99% of team meetings are never fruitful. Meetings are done to see who can be heard.
20. Performance reviews can be useless and awkward. You may do well but you may get a 3-star rating instead of 4 because your boss is afraid of being questioned. The slackers and gossipers will get rated 3 as well. It's unfair but this is reality.
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I have been interviewing since April.
I am working but I am making about $15,000 less then I was.
I have been over-qualified for positions but I am not getting hired.
Now, not sure if it is my age, I am 60 but look 50. Truly do!! Been blessed.
I think I blow it in the interview. I get very nervous for some reason. I don't know what I am doing wrong! You would think after all the interviews I would feel comfortable or used to them.
Does anyone have any hints for interviewing? All of mine have been over Zoom or Teams. Thank you!
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I made a small error at work.
No harm was done. I placed a message that a patient needed blood work on the wrong chart. This was questioned by my manager. Upon reviewing the chart, I realized my error and the patient never had the blood work done.
I am concerned this could become a written warning. If it is a written warning I plan to request it be a teachable moment instead of a warning since no harm was done. Any other advice on how to handle this?
My manager who spoke to me about this issue has made two huge mistakes that I am aware of. If this becomes a written warning should I question if her errors were also written warnings?
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Can I even negotiate pay at this point?
I entered into an interview process after knowing their comp range which was below what I desired. When they asked if the salary range would work for me, I said it was below my desired range but am interested in learning more. I thought perhaps learning the total comp package would make it better but it didn't. For reference, this is a very large private university, not a small business. After learning more about the role, it's clear that the responsibilities are way higher than the title calls for (I'm very confident of this). This role title would be a "step down" for me but the responsibilities match, or perhaps exceed, my current role.
It's a new role they created and frankly, I'm not sure they know exactly what they want/need. I honestly don't know how many folks would do that job with those responsibilities for that price. It seems like an easy "PASS" and move on but I met the whole team and they are so wonderful.
Here I am at the job offer; can I even negotiate a higher salary considering they told me salary is $XYZ - $XYZ? If so... how? What the heck do I say? This people-pleasing gal is stumped.
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An employee's spouse has previously fought and kicked cancer's butt. Unfortunately, it has returned for the 3rd time. I'd love to hear some ways on how to offer support to this family through an employer, aside from a meal train. Thanks in advance!
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a relocated for a job in July, everything was going well. I started to really love my job for the first time and was going over and beyond. Covering managers shifts day and night and more.. never gotten a written up or anything. They fired me without any reasons all they said was you’re not the right fit for us we will have to part ways. I told them they had me relocate for this job and now you want to tell me I’m not the right fit.
I had to break my lease to my apartment and move with my parents. But I am so traumatized. I don’t think I ever would like to work another 9-5