All posts tagged: work

In Building a Company or a Marriage — Perks Just Don’t Cut It

Just as life-partners need to weather the storms that often arise in marriages in order to achieve effective connection and great quality of life, companies need to do the same. Not only do we need to survive the shit storms, but also come out thriving on the other end. In March 2016, my company, Pitaya conducted a market satisfaction survey for tech employees in Tel Aviv. Of hundreds of respondents, 70% had worked in their companies for less than 2 years. Despite being new employees, subjects reported a surprisingly high level of company loyalty, and comfort being honest with their direct managers and/or direct reports. When you pop the hood and peek into the day-to-day of a terrible company to work for, or an absolutely fantastic company to work for, it all boils down to a subjective reflection of the experience. It’s no accident when people feel connected to the mission of their company, proud of their employer, and driven to help their company succeed their lofty goals. Out of the data we collected, two …

Your Personal Brand- more than just a LinkedIn profile

Original Article posted in LinkedIn* Personal brand surrounds us all like an aura, distinct to each and every one of us. Before we enter an interview, a meeting, or a boardroom with strangers, chances are that the other party will already have a hunch as to our position and what we’re all about.  The other person may have searched for you online, but they’ve also probably heard about projects you led or teams you contributed to- culminating in a personal brand, which reaches beyond the internet and into the tangible world. When someone speaks about us at time when we’re not in the room, our reputation lingers. Our actions and our words supersede us, or trail behind. We have a brand association like anything else- reliable like a Volvo, innovative like Apple, or determined like a Nike runner. The aura extends in all directions- often most palpable when we’ve left the room.  For example, when you loose your cool and brazenly shoot down a stupid ideas from your colleague, or perhaps you meekly in the …

Four lunch hacks to make you healthier and happier at work

  The average adult spends the majority of their wakeful hours at their desk.  In fact, as cited by Zuboff and Maxmin in their book, The Support Economy¸ it seems that the percentage of the population working above 49 hours a week has grown nearly 40% in the past 4 decades. That’s about a 10% increase per decade! It comes as no surprise, then, that the most optimal place for re-strategizing our nutritional notions should be focused at the place where we spend most of our time –our offices. We invest so much thought into preparing a well-planned lunchbox for our children (Actually, parents cite this as one of their top child-rearing worries)! Why shouldn’t we invest the same care and precaution in our own lunching habits? This is a call to action for your wellbeing – empower yourself by packing your own lunch, and start reveling in the time you spend eating it among fellow co-workers! Here’s a list of reasons why well-planned lunch breaks are essential to your wellbeing: Lunch is a time …

3 Ways to Bring Holistic Energy into your Career

The Pitaya community is all about bridging the proverbial gap between work and life, in a seamless flow that connects the two. On your quest for wellness and glowing skin- the practices shouldn’t stop and start at home. Many of our community members spend more hours working than tending to personal matters in personal space- so the practices within the workspace should be just as important than that post- yoga deep breath. Here are a few ways you can begin to bring working hours into your overall holistic lifestyle.  1. Drink Tea Rather than reaching for that fifth espresso, treat yourself to a variety of teas throughout the day. Whether you need the caffeine boost, or simply want to savor a hot drink while you’re pondering your next project, tea is a healthy drink option that may contribute to long-term health benefits such as the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. For those of us in high pressure jobs, tea can contribute to concentration and relaxation- making you a better master of your time.   Many …

What to do when work gets you down

As a passionate person, I tend to throw myself fully into life.  I give my all to my relationships, my dreams, my career, and my ideas.  An inevitable byproduct of passion is feeling- and when one feels and cares about work in particular it can drive that person to reach great heights.  In my circumstance, when all is going well in the office I leave for the day feeling accomplished and proud.  When I’m met with a challenge that I can barely rise to with my current arsenal of skills, I feel drawn for energy.  To put it simply- my chest tightens and I get scared.

Loving what you do

Gone are the days of work/ life balance.  Our lives seep into our work, and our work is inevitably a part of our life- the separation of both is a notion that doesn’t exist in the way that previous generations may have known.  I check my work emails before getting ready for bed, and I take care of bills and doctor appointments during short breaks at work because it’s the only time the clinics are open.  Our days are filled with personal and professional challenges and it’s ultimately up to us to shape them into the days we want to live.