So you want to read The Daily Kylie…

you-are-hereI’m pretty glad you found this blog. In my opinion as a blogger, having an audience is much better than not having an audience. But this blog is not (entirely) about my opinions, and that’s where you come in.

Who, Why, How and all that jazz…

Magic Monday: Presenteeism

“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!

Oy, the past few weeks have been murder. Between work craziness, the unexpected death of a friend, and a springtime cold that I am almost over finally, my productivity has been seriously compromised. I am operating at half-caff today, and working from home, but I wanted to get back into the swing of things, and I missed interacting with all of you! Here’s a new Magic Monday for you. I hope you won’t have to use this advice, but here it is just in case.

This week’s video is about presenteeism. I know that nonprofits like ours are often putting in long hours with fewer resources and trying to make magic happen for our constituents. Sometimes we are tempted or feel obligated to show up to work when we are feeling under the weather, either because of our workload or because of our employer’s compensation structure for sick days. There are several reasons that showing up when you are sick is a bad idea. Your capacity to accomplish our work is stunted; we may spend four days at diminished productivity instead of taking a full day to rest and recuperate. You also increase the likelihood that others will be exposed to your illness. And of course, the obvious: You’re not going to get better any faster by expending what little energy you have on doing what amounts to substandard work.

Believe me, I know how hard it can be to call in, especially if you’re the type of worker I suspect you are. You’re passionate and dedicated. But you’re also not feeling well. You owe it to yourself to look out for #1.

Is presenteeism a problem in your workplace? Have you gone to work sick in the past? Why or why not?

Webinars: April 25-May 9, 2013

webinarsI love a good webinar, and there are a ton of them out there! I’ll be posting a list of them weekly; if you’re interested, follow the link for more information and to register. See my Webinars page for an ongoing listing. (NOTE: Membership may be required to access webinars.)

Click here for this week’s listing.

EXTRA: 7 Questions: Telecommuting

8-Misconceptions-About-Working-From-Home

Thanks to Daniel Zeevi and DashBurst for this fab graphic.

For this installment of 7 questions, I’m tackling a question that a lot of people seem to have on their minds these days, as costs are rising and quality of life seems to be diminishing. In addition, I know that many of you are young professionals and sometimes juggling home, family and work is a pretty difficult circus act.

Working from home has come under fire a lot in recent years (Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! come to mind), in part because employees are not often held as accountable for their work and productivity. That said, a productive employee is a productive employee, and chances are if they are motivated enough to examine how they can be a better worker, they are motivated enough to make telecommuting work to its greatest advantage.

So without further adieu, the questions:

Read on for the burning questions.

10 Tips: Surviving Micromanagement

Graph of Autonomy, Dignity, Mutiny

Thanks to thisisindexed.com for this graph. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I’m not sure if it’s my youth (full disclosure: I’m not really that young) or my personality that adores autonomy and cringes at the concept, and the idea, of micromanagement. In the past seven years, I have been proud to watch the board of our organization grow from a lopsided grassroots board to one who is gradually taking the governance reins and is making great strides.

But as we all know, utopia is a myth, and I have talked to more than one colleague who has at least one person that is making their life relatively sour due to a constant hawkish attention to the tasks that are supposed to be trusted to that person. Sometimes this attention persists, even in light of reassurance from their peers that the aforementioned person is doing the right thing for the organization.

Wouldn’t you love to keep reading? Please do.

Magic Monday: Getting Back on Track After a Break

“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!

outofofficeemail2Well, I wasn’t on vacation this week (hahaha I wish), but there certainly is a lot of great information out there for people who are trying to get back in the work swing of things after some well-deserved time off. (This advice also works if you’ve been away from something for a while, which is very helpful in my case.) Here are some articles on the topic that may interest you:

And before you decide that getting back to work after a vacation seems like a lot of work, and that next time you might not take a vacation, don’t forget that vacation is good for you:

And a bit of a funny: A slightly sarcastic (and rather candid) away message breaks the mold. (I also got the image for this post from this article.)

Hope the rest of your week is happy trails and sunny skies.

Do you feel more productive after a vacation? Have you worked for a company that has an unlimited vacation policy?

Magic Monday EXTRA: 7th Inning Stretch

“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!

If I am working predominantly in the office on any given day, I often find myself looking up at the time to find that it is mid-afternoon and I have been sitting in pretty much the same position for several hours. Because my work environment is self-structured, I sometimes forget to take breaks and lunch if I am in the zone. Fortunately, on the days when I have off-site meetings or donor visits, I get a little more activity.

If you find yourself working diligently at your desk, taking the time to move and stretch would be good for you. The detriments of “sitting disease” can’t be overstated. Moving and refocusing is great for consistent productivity and helps prevent fatigue. The next time you need a short movement break, check out this video about stretches you can do in your office. (You can also read the accompanying article here.)

Do you have any favorite stretches that help you get through the day?

The Once-in-a-While Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle postcardSo, wow, I haven’t written anything this week! I’m not going to offer excuses, just apologies. When you set out to write a daily blog and you miss a week, it feels like complete and utter laziness, even if you have just posted 50 posts at a stretch. I feel like Rip Van Winkle, but I promise I haven’t been drinking with the mountain elves.

This week hasn’t been the greatest on many levels, but I am a firm believer that a lack of success or follow-through isn’t usually externally driven. Internally, this past week I didn’t allow myself to elevate The Daily Kylie to the top of my priority list. And it should be there; I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. As strange as it sounds, a blog about work is like play for me, and all work and no play/writing about work makes Kylie a rather unhappy girl.

I want to make it up to all of you who have been following the blog. This week I’ll double up on all of my posts: one will be posted at 8am (starting Monday, that is; tomorrow’s posts will filter in a little later) and one will be posted at 3pm. If you’d like to read them, I’d love you to dive right in. If it’s too much reading for you, feel free to skip over one of them and catch up if you want to later. (Then again, if you don’t want to read any of them, no pressure!)

I promise I’m serious about the Daily thing, and this past week was probably far more painful for me than it was for you. I’ve got some good posts planned for this coming week, so stay tuned!

As ever,

T.D. Kylie

Funny Friday: Non-Profit Humour, the blog

Boy do I need a laugh today. And fortunately, I’ve got one! Non-Profit Humour is one of my favorites. It’s kind of like The Onion, but with more relevance to the daily grind of the nonprofit world. I have to say, the most recent post about Death being turned down for a job in a planned giving office hit the spot. Hope you like the post below (here’s the original link), and visit the site for other funnynesses.

Read on for a bit of a chortle!

Devil’s Advocate: Give Failure a Hug

You said it, bro.

You said it, bro.

I was reading an interesting article today on Idealist (via Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, hat tip to Ellen!) about embracing failure. I learned from the article that Engineers Without Borders publishes an annual Failure Report about the various things that didn’t work on their project sites and what they learned from those failures.

I sat at my computer for a full minute taking it in. That, I can honestly say, is organizational awesomeness.

Wouldn’t you love to keep reading? Please do.

Webinars: April 11-April 25, 2013

webinarsI love a good webinar, and there are a ton of them out there! I’ll be posting a list of them weekly; if you’re interested, follow the link for more information and to register. See my Webinars page for an ongoing listing. (NOTE: Membership may be required to access webinars.)

Click here for this week’s listing.

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