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About Melinda

I am a Human Resources (HR) practitioner with over 10 years experience in people management and development. I have an appreciation for fashion, of course keeping it classy and chic. In my HR closet you can surely find many old and new items. However, the occasional cleaning helps to "de-clutter"and "de-hoardernize". My blog is intended to dialogue about Career, People Development, People Management and HR trends.

“We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform”- Pete Cashmore, Mashable

Always do your best on any given day.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


CEO Quote of the Day

” I want a stab-me-in the-chest culture not a stab-me-in-the-back culture.”

Let’s promote a healthy and productive work environment.

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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Kiss Your Job Goodbye…….

This post is a must read for everyone.

How many times do you hear people mourn about their professional life? Way too many times. Let’s not fool anyone here, at some point in our working life we all get fed up and frustrated with our job. Take a few minutes and refer to The Maslow Hierarchy of needs, see where you fall.

What’s the remedial approach to this? Well, I will happily suggest you conduct a self-evaluation, meaning take stock of your life. You may not find one straight forward resolution but I believe that you will gain some insight about the direction your professional is heading. Really, what’s the point of dragging your professional life through unnecessary torture! I am not advocating become a BUM or practice “bum-mi-zi-um”. All, I’m simply saying is to become proactive and avoid professional suicide.

Five signs that you might be ready to quit your job:

1. You get up early enough on mornings for work but for some strange reason you are not over the moon and enthusiastic to get out of bed, instead you just lay there repeating your mantra “I wish it was my day off”. This maybe a sign of physical exhaustion or straight up you have fallen out of love with your job.

2. All what you find yourself doing at work most times is day dreaming and surfing the internet for inspiration. You know you are cheating your employer of his/her time and still getting paid. Your productivity is at an all-time low, the spot light is now on you. You need a booster.

3. When you come across a manager who is Cruel-vs.-Devil, or just damn right nasty to you. Do not torture yourself, your may not able to change you manager’s behavior unless you are in a company that has zero tolerance when it comes to code of conduct, so do not apply the adage “If you can’t beat them then join them”. Ugliest at work can always manifest itself in other areas of your life.

4. You realize that you are no longer enjoying your job and your last two performance evaluations writing on the wall is “you should be fired”. It’s wise to avoid being terminated for performance issues particularly if you have been given the necessary training and right tools to get the job done. Then there is no excuse whatsoever to under-perform. Don’t become lazy remember one day you might own a business and your employees may behavior in the same manner.

5. Of course, you are medically unfit, don’t use up all your sick days and half the year out of work and believe that the company will always react nonchalantly   . You can only offer the best of you if you are medically fit to perform your job so make it a priority  care of yourself before anything else. Every employer wants healthy, productive and reliable employees.

Quitting your job is serious business and therefore I recommend that you weigh the pros and cons of your situation…. Please check out my next blog on “How to quit your job effectively”.

Remember, Every Talent Counts for something!


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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


Are you desperately in need of a makeover? Put Some Funk into Your Professional life:

At least every two years schedule a professional rejuvenation.  Do not allow the global economic situation to dissuade you from considering that long overdue professional makeover.   Here are some easy transitional steps toward a fresh and polished YOU:

1)      Change your wardrobe:  Sometimes  it is a good idea to change a few of your professional colors, fabric and design. Give the black and grey outfits a little rest, keep that one black power suit or outfit.   Additionally, you may have lost or gained weight and therefore you should wear appropriate clothing and I reiterate do not become the slob next door.   Remember, you do not have to buy expensive clothing to look like a million bucks  just wear your clothing well. OWN IT! OWN IT!

 2)     Invest in you. Save up and attend that once in a life time workshop or seminar in another country.  This is your opportunity to network and meet some of  your peers in  the same profession or industry.  It is totally acceptable to make that professional event a social affair, promise it will not hurt your professional life.  Nowadays, you will find that there are many influential people attending  those professional events  and some are very easy-going, funny and laid back .  No need to remind you to behave appropriately!!

 3)      A SWOT Analysis.  Strengthen your strengths and improve on your weaknesses because your talent needs that muscle power to survive.  At some point in our lives, we may to be faced with the “lows” of life so don’t allow your strengths to become overpowered by your weaknesses.  Remember you need that competitive spirit in order to capitalize on the opportunities that may come your way today, tomorrow or whenever.

 4)     Learning  Something New.  Every day  is a day to learn something new and I suggest you enroll in a course that is completely unrelated to your professional field.  You will be  so amazed how much interest you shall find in a new discipline and how it expands your intellectual capacity and causes provoking thoughts.  Ignorance has a way of crippling your progress so be proactive in seeking learning opportunities.  Show off your accomplishment from seeking new learning opportunities. 

5)     Volunteer your time.  Give a little of your time to help others, allocate  an hour or two to a cause that is meaningful to you, your family or friends.  Helping others is always a good start for positive beginnings and introspection.

6)     Change your job:  You are no longer feeling challenged by your job and can honestly say you are losing your edge as a valued or high performer.   It sounds like you need a “job booster”.  Then this is time to move on, just find the next job that will complement your talent or will be your talent.  Look forward to your next job being twice as exciting and twice as rewarding. Create a win-win situation for you.

 Remember, Every Talent Counts for something!

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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


Moonlighting or Moonwalking

Moonlighting is a term used to refer to holding a second job outside of normal working hours.

In this tough economic climate some of us need to work multiple jobs in order to survive.  It is not uncommon in these challenging times for people to take a second job, or even spend time outside of work trying to create a new business venture of their own.  The cost of living has changed drastically over the last decade and there is absolutely no question when it comes to having additional income for one to support their family,  purchase the essentials and even splurge a little.

Is there a median for employers and employees when it comes to Moonlighting?

Many employers may not have an issue with an employee having a second job, as long as the employee’s work performance remains solid, and the employee’s outside job does not compromise the primary employer’s business interest.  Conversely, some employers may consider overall that moonlighting is a firing offense.

Moonlighting advice for An Employee:  If the reason for taking a second job is primarily monetary, then may able you should talk to your current employer to pick up extra shifts rather than take a second job.

  1. Before considering a second job, take the time to check your current employer’s policies about outside employment.
  2. “Moonlighters” can work between 60-75 hours weekly,  so try to  find a way to schedule some time with your family and friends or those relationships will suffer.
  3. Second jobs may be professionally and financially rewarding, but if you are weak on time management, be sure to brush up on those skills before tackling the multitasking involved in multiple jobs.
  4. Moonlight in short doses,  make it a short-term goal you want to accomplish and ensure that the second job is something of interest or new career passion.
  5. Know when it is time to quit, whether it’s when you reach your financial goal or you are beginning to mentally or physically break down, you must reduce the load.
  6. Lastly, reduce on the time to commute.  Find a job that is geographically close to each other or home.

4.     If you’re thinking of moonlighting, it’s certainly wise to review whether what you are planning to do violates any written policies of your employer, or your own employment agreements.

The information contained in this article is intended to provide useful information on the topic covered, and should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion.

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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

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