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It’s time to stand up.

It is a common ideology that every individual from childhood is thought their manners. Simple things like being polite, please and thank you is believed to be basic principles that is embedded in one. As much as this is true, the question to be asked is that up to what extent is this actually followed. Unfortunately, we live in a society where meeting people who ignore such manners is inevitable.

While most of the time this is something that many people tend to think of as rude behavior, one may also believe that a severe form of this could lead to aggression and abuse.

The ultimate guide to identify your F.R.I.E.N.D.S at work

‘Friends’ has earned its place as one of the most successful and iconic sitcoms of television history ever since it started airing in 1994. Each character in the series has a unique personality, presence and relevance in the show. From quotes to lines to gestures, these characters have portrayed many relatable scenarios in a very subtle way and has won the hearts and keeps continuing to be present in the minds of their audience even after a decade of going off air.

When scrutinising any workplace you are sure to find some personality trait of these characters associating with you daily.

The one with sincere passion and inappropriate actions:

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Dr. Ross Geller portrays a character that every workplace has. He is passionate about his job and proud to be a part of it despite the majority not exactly knowing what it means and makes fun of it in every way possible. He could talk about his job continuously without getting tired.

Ross also shows that inappropriate workplace relationships can be quite disastrous no matter what the profession is.  It is important to have employees like Ross as their enthusiasm towards their job can always be a great helping hand towards the organisation.

The trendsetter with endless self-confidence:

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Most companies love to have a Rachel Green in their workforce. This is someone who wants to stand on their own feet and achieve success on her own. The key to her career guide is always love what you do. Rachel always tends to be the trend setter where ever she goes. She is the perfect example for confidence and style along with women empowerment. Rachel also knows how to put her point across and gets what she needs through any means possible.

The series also gave out points regarding determination and learning experiences through this character and at the same time made it clear as to how competitive the work environment can get and how to face these situations with confidence. 

The ‘go to’ companion:

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We all Know Joey Tribbiani for the guy who tends to charm every girl with his iconic quote “How you doin’?” and the one who is an absolute child by nature. But behind all this there is that protective, sensitive and caring friend who is there for you at all times.

Joey might not be successful at what he does but never gives up in his passion. He is not afraid to be himself and will try a million times. He is all about living the moment and is that ‘go to’ friend no matter what the problem is. He might not be the most helpful person and not the most productive but he is always there to support you and be there for you at all times. The best way to get what you need is just a little bit of an offering. But remember Joey does not share food!

The one who’s unique in her own ways:

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If you actually think about it, Phoebe Buffay is that individual who believes in herself and is not ashamed to be who she is. She does not let the opinion of others change who she is. We all have that random colleague who just thinks way out of the box but can actually be the one to give the best advice at an unexpected moment.

This person has their principles but at the same time gets along with others easily and is a fun person to hang out with during a boring day.

The controlling boss:

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What would an office be without a Monica Geller. It’s her way or the highway with this colleague. She is a perfectionist and makes sure that she is the Boss!  They might be one of your close companions but there is no messing around with her. 

This person does not let her personal life mess with her work life. She knows how to get things done when and how she wants it to be done. Her long period of unemployment showed her determination and proves the fact that she not the person to give up. Monica is also probably one of the best examples of efficient management which is highly appreciated by any company.

The one with dedication, creativity and sarcasm:

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Chandler Bing has a collection of traits that is evident in any workplace. Despite disliking his job, he is unable to quit as it is his nature to avoid ending anything forcefully. He is the person to get away from a serious conversation using his sarcasm or witty comments. This person tries to please anyone no matter how much it bothers him. At the same time Chandler gives out his creativity through his sarcasm and is another example for hard work and dedication.

Despite all the thoughts and confusions, towards the last part of the series we saw Chandler taking a big risk. He was not afraid to make a big career change and to start from the bottom again. He was also able to prove that maturity and experience can come handy at your workplace.

It’s no doubt that no matter where you go, what job you do or what industry to belong to, these iconic traits and personalities are not going to be hard to find.

Overcoming the top workplace distractions

It is an accepted fact that no matter how hard an employee tries, they are never able to give their 100% attention towards their job. Many individuals consider distractions to be a method to get away from stress and refresh your mind. Unfortunately the problem occurs when these distractions turn into addictions.

First impression is the best Impression VS. Never judge a book by its cover

Majority of us have heard the common phrases “The first Impression is the best Impression” and “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” While most people tend to follow these sayings in their day to day life, what happens is that interviewers and interviewees tend to use these as secret weapons during the BIG INTERVEIW. While the interviewee tries to make a great first impression, on the other hand the interviewer tries to pick the right person for the job. Unfortunately these two functions can turn into a difficult situation for both parties.

How to spot a dishonest candidate in an interview

Think about it, if there’s one type of person that almost all of us universally hate, then that person is most probably a liar. No one likes being lied to and dishonesty is considered as one of the most hated character traits of an individual. Nevertheless, being able to spot a liar is important if you want to have the upper hand in any sort of dealing, be it business or personal. However, if you’re a recruitment manager, then the talent to spot a manipulative candidate could be the difference between hiring an excellent individual or a person that’ll run your company to the ground. Check out some of the key points below, and see whether these will help you to spot a liar next time during an interview.

Getting fired is not as bad as you think

One of the biggest fears of most employees is being asked to resign or simply being fired. We tend to think that the situation will affect our career and resume, and it will have major damages to our self-confidence. We feel that we are going to hit rock bottom especially when you are teemed with responsibilities. But over the past few years, several incidents have proved that this can happen even to the best employees without necessarily being their fault. And, the perfect example for this is when Steve Jobs was fired from his initial role at Apple.

Why employers reject salary increase requests

Being the perfect manager is in no means feat. Taking high responsibilities, resolving critical situations and managing teams while meeting company expectations are some of the tasks that a good manager needs to master. Among everything that normally stresses an employer, salary increase requests stand out as one of the most challenging ones to deal with.

How to convince your boss that working on weekends is a bad idea

It’s Friday, and you’re busy searching for the best “It’s Friday” meme to post on Facebook. You hear the footsteps of your boss that seems to be coming your way. You’re sure she/he is going to thank you for all the hard work you did this week. He/She gives you a big smile while trying to say something. You already know what it is and you have an answer, “happy weekend to you too.” But no, he/she happens to announce that the board has decided to open the office Saturday morning starting next month! Indeed, happy weekend to you…

Interview Tips: How to answer the question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years”

Being in an interview can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Imagine yourself sitting in front of your potential employer as various thoughts keep mingling around your head. You keep wondering what would be the next question asked by the HR Managers and how you are going to answer it, when all of a sudden, the interviewer asks you about your long term future plans. You panic and keep thinking when you don’t even know what you want to do tomorrow!

Interview Tips: What are your salary expectations?

Each Interviewer certainly has his or her own ways to get to know the potential candidates for a job vacancy during an interview. It can be a long or a short interview, more focused on personal aspects or professional achievements instead. It can be very formal or have that informal tone that we never know how to handle… but you can be almost sure that the question that most of them are going to ask by the end of the interview is that one related to your salary expectations. Continue reading if you want to learn some tips on how to ace the answer!

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