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The Podcast dedicated to tactics, tips, and strategies that help you survive and be happier on your crazy corporate journey.

Take control of your career and learn tactics, tips, and strategies that help you survive and be happier on your crazy corporate journey. Join Doug & Elizabeth as they cut through the politics and nonsense, and tell you about their experiences in the world of the 9 to 5. They have years of consulting and corporate experience. Think about this: A 2017 Gallup Poll revealed that 30% of the full-time workers are "engaged" at work in the US. 16% of the full-time workers are "actively disengaged" in the US meaning they complain about their job, have resentment, and bring down morale. So you're probably in the 70% that doesn't like your job very much and we want to help you Survive the 9-to-5.

Survive the 9 to 5 Doug Cunnington

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The Podcast dedicated to tactics, tips, and strategies that help you survive and be happier on your crazy corporate journey.

Take control of your career and learn tactics, tips, and strategies that help you survive and be happier on your crazy corporate journey. Join Doug & Elizabeth as they cut through the politics and nonsense, and tell you about their experiences in the world of the 9 to 5. They have years of consulting and corporate experience. Think about this: A 2017 Gallup Poll revealed that 30% of the full-time workers are "engaged" at work in the US. 16% of the full-time workers are "actively disengaged" in the US meaning they complain about their job, have resentment, and bring down morale. So you're probably in the 70% that doesn't like your job very much and we want to help you Survive the 9-to-5.

    Mini Retirement – S9to5 #5

    Mini Retirement – S9to5 #5

    Find a way to do what you enjoy before retirement! There’s no guarantee you will live until retirement You might not “like” retirement – it could be a hard adjustment after a lifetime of 40 hour workweeks A “mini-retirement” is taking off 1 to 6 months...

    • 20 min
    401Ks and Retirement – S9to5 #4

    401Ks and Retirement – S9to5 #4

    401Ks have been around since the early 1980s, and have replaced pension plans for many employees. Make the right decision for you, but if your company has a 401k match, you should at least try to take advantage of that match.

    • 31 min
    Work Life Balance – S9to5 #3

    Work Life Balance – S9to5 #3

    You are responsible for taking control of your work/life balance.  No one will do it for you! Company – Max Barry https://maxbarry.com/company/ “The problem is it’s a myth.  We’ve run the numbers and it doesn’t check out.

    • 27 min
    Performance Reviews – S9to5 #2

    Performance Reviews – S9to5 #2

    Plan ahead for your performance review!  Find out if it is directly related to a merit increase (raise = more money).  You should keep track of your progress and communicate with your boss throughout the year so there are no surprises.
    Positives

    A great way to set goals
    It is a tool to help you get promoted

    Negatives

    Career Counselor/Boss might not be “great”
    Time consuming and tends to be viewed as a chore

    Preparing for your Performance Review

    Keep track of your “kudos”
    Take credit for team accomplishments, within reason
    Don’t blow off your self-assessment

    Give yourself all meets or exceeds expectations
    Give specific examples of accomplishments


    Know the metrics you are evaluated against in advance
    Be prepared to accept any opportunities for improvement without arguing.  You won’t change his/her mind – focus on how to improve the aspect of moving forward.
    Use the Goals section to your advantage!

    Links and Resources

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2016/03/30/how-to-accomplish-more-on-your-most-important-goals/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria
    https://hbr.org/2013/03/how-to-write-the-dreaded-self-appraisal
    https://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-push-against-performance-reviews
    Dilbert Performance Review – https://youtu.be/XqfwYkpOLg4

    • 23 min
    How To ACTUALLY Get Promoted | Survive the 9 to 5 #1

    How To ACTUALLY Get Promoted | Survive the 9 to 5 #1

    There is no magic one way to get promoted!  Find out what will work for you and your corporate culture.
    WHAT DOESN’T WORK – “COMMON ADVICE”:

    Doing your job – that’s enough
    Work overtime
    Volunteering to do more/extra work
    General Networking

    WHAT DOES WORK:

    Get a mentor two levels up
    Volunteer to Plan a Charity Event
    Market Yourself
    Plan Ahead

    Even if you aren’t trying to get promoted right now, the four points above are always good things to do.
    Other links:

    Office Space https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Space
    TPS Reports https://youtu.be/jsLUidiYm0w

    Links to other advice articles:

    http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/26/pf/getting-a-promotion-at-work/index.html
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2015/10/14/do-this-today-and-get-promoted-faster/
    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/17/fastest-ways-to-get-promoted.html
    https://hbr.org/2018/01/how-to-ask-for-a-promotion

    • 26 min

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Patrick Daunt ,

Make corporate life great again

If you're looking to maximize your time at your day job, this is a great place to learn. Doug & Elizabeth have a wealth of knowledge in high level corporations, and it's interesting hearing Doug's views now that he's outside of the 9 to 5 world and how that sometimes contrasts with Elizabeths views. They're also really down to eearth, and no matter what level you're at with your work, you can apply the advice they give.

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