Tips for Being a Great Supervisor

Being a supervisor can be both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, you are often in a privileged position with your company that allows you to offer input regarding the firm’s goals and direction. Your pay and benefits package is also likely among the most generous and comprehensive in the company.

On the downside, being a supervisor also means having to make some tough decisions. This can be unpleasant and stressful, and leave you having to walk a fine line between pleasing the management and representing the interests of those working for you.

Here are some tips that can help you in your quest to become a great supervisor:

Set a Good Example

There is nothing worse than being saddled with a leader who says one thing and then does another. Or expects you to adhere to a standard that they have no intention of following themselves.

Being a supervisor can sometimes mean being stuck in the middle of office politics. However, in the end, the best way to gain respect from your underlings is to put in an honest effort, be reasonable in your demands, be willing to listen, and be professional and courteous. If you can maintain those on a regular basis, your employees should respond in kind.

Be Flexible

Rules are put in place to maintain order and deliver the best results. However, things change and sometimes it can be to the benefit of the company and everyone there for a supervisor to be open to revisions.

Also, the best supervisors become very good judges of people. Some employees may respond to a hard-line approach, while for others, this will be quite alienating. Don’t play favorites, but still be willing to adjust your management style where needed.

Accept Blame for Mistakes

Sometimes the supervisor must make a judgement call regarding an issue. It is impossible for anyone to be correct all of the time, so there will be instances when that assessment proved to be incorrect. Own up to any mistakes you make; trying to fob the blame off on others will backfire in the end and you will lose your workers’ respect.

You’re Probably Eating Too Fast

Do you find yourself constantly in a rush? Do you have to eat faster in order to get back to work so you can finish as promised? If that is the case, you are probably rushing through your lunch and that is not a good thing. Eating fast may be convenient, but it is really not good for your body.


When we eat, we inhale some oxygen. Usually this is not an issue, but if you eat fast, you are inhaling more and taking in a larger quantity. That air can become trapped and lead to painful bloating and embarrassing instances of belching and flatulence. What you would rather choose: a few more minutes eating lunch or an uncomfortable and potentially mortifying afternoon dealing with gas?

You eat less when you eat slower

This sounds counterintuitive, but the truth is that when you eat quickly, your brain and stomach do not have time to register when they are full. This can cause you to eat more than you need and lead to weight gain.

Tougher on your stomach

When you take your time and thoroughly chew your food, your stomach has less to deal with and there is less chance of digestive issues like acid indigestion. Do you suffer from stomach problems and tend to eat quickly? The answer to the issue may lie largely there. Try taking smaller bites and chewing slower.

Dragging it out means more to enjoy

Gulping bring down that plate of dessert can be a very enticing prospect, but the pleasure will be over in two minutes at that speed. Why not savor every bite and let this wonderful experience last, say, ten minutes? Both your brain and your stomach will thank you. Eating at this speed will also make it less likely that you want another piece (and all of the calories that go with it).

Hate Giving Speeches? These Tips Can Help

On the average person’s scale of Likes and Dislikes, giving a speech ranks somewhere down with going to the dentist and cleaning of the cat litter box. Very few people feel comfortable standing in front of a group of others giving a speech. It is just something that lands well outside many individuals’ comfort zones.

Fortunately, like most things in life, you can learn to be more at ease with the idea of giving a speech. Here are two steps that you can try that will help to overcome your Glossophobia (fear of public speaking):

Do your homework

Some people can stand in front of a crowd and just wing it, but that is not the case for the majority of us. In fact, one of the biggest fears for most is standing in front of an audience and not knowing what to say. You can avoid that scenario by learning your speech backwards and forwards. Also know the subject well enough to answer any questions that might come up at the end.

Pretend you are speaking to an empty room

Would you be as nervous about giving a speech if there was no one in the room? When the time comes to give your talk, imagine exactly that scenario. However, that does not mean you can stand completely still and stare off into space. It is important to still make eye contact every once in a while, but beyond that, you do not need to acknowledge the presence of anyone else until you are finished.

If you are standing on a stage under a spotlight, chances are that you will not even be able to see the audience anyway. That can be a godsend for some people, but it is still important to be able to learn the art of giving a speech when others are in plain view. Keep practicing!

Walking is an Important Part of Your Day

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
– John Muir

There is increasing evidence that being sedentary is very bad for your health. The more that computers play a role in our lives, the more people spend their time sitting in front of them either for work or leisure. It is simply not healthy for your body mechanics or your heart spend so much time in immobile. We need to get up and move around regularly throughout our day.

Many of us leave very busy lives and it can be difficult to find time for exercise. For those on tight budgets, a gym membership might be more than can they afford each month. Fortunately, there is a very economical and easy way to get the exercise you need each day: walking.

Walking may not seem very excited, but it is incredibly helpful for your body. A brisk 30 minute walk each day can provide you with the exercise you need. Coupled with a proper diet, it can be a recipe for good health.

But you say walking is boring. Yes, it can seem old school compared to the more exciting things that you can do with the gym. However, walking can be very relaxing and provide a bit of needed solace in the middle of a long and hectic day.

When you go for your walk, try to go to an area with little traffic and not too many people. The more scenic the area, the better. Take the time to observe the sights, listen to the birds, and feel the breeze on your face.

Your walking time can be both a period of exercise and relaxation. You can also use it as a chance to listen to your favourite music or catch up on our some podcasts. Try to schedule a walk in the middle of the day and another one after supper.

Advantages of Working from Home

It is the fantasy of some people to be able to work from home, but many have made it a reality. Whether they are self-employed or simply working off-site, quite a few modern day workers are able to fulfill their responsibilities from home and there are definite advantages for both them and the companies they work for.

Fewer Distractions

If you have your own home office set-up, you can close the door, sit back, and work in an atmosphere of quiet and comfort that is free from the noise and interruptions of the office.

No Commuting

Some people have to drive to other cities for their jobs and that can mean hours of time en route to and from work. Working from home means that you can get up five minutes before the start of your day, sit down, and get to work without ever leaving your home. No traffic, no car expense, no delays. This also helps the environment because it takes cars off the road.

Life Balance

Some people find it tough to maintain that important work/life balance. When working from home, you can more easily recognize when it is time to call it a day.

You can also spend more time with your family, even during your lunch and rest breaks.

Increased Productivity

Even the best run offices can be noisy hubs of distracting activity. Perhaps the worst problem are annoying co-workers who drone on about nothing and just don’t get the message that you have work to do and want to be left alone. At home, the only distraction you might have to face is your cat wanting attention.

More Space in the Workplace

Some companies expand before they are in a position to relocate to a larger facility. Allowing some workers to perform their role offsite frees up valuable space.




Don’t Forget Window Safety This Summer


Summer is a time when people commonly have their windows open. Whether it is to let a bit of cooler air in or to try and alleviate the humidity, an open window can be a nice way to let a bit of nature into your home. It can also be an environmentally friendly way of cooling things down without contributing to the issues caused by air conditioning.

However, there can be a notable downside to leaving your windows open. While you may have thought you had inspected all areas of your home, did you consider the safety of your windows?

Open windows can be an invitation for disaster when it comes to children and pets. If you must leave your windows open, keep an eye on your children and animals’ activities at all times. It can only take a few seconds for one to climb up on a ledge, lean too far out, and have a nasty, potentially fatal fall. Don’t let screens lull you into a false sense of security; they are merely designed to keep insects and birds out, not to support the weight of a persistent child, cat, or dog.

To ensure that such an unfortunate accident does not occur, make sure your windows are securely closed when you are not around to watch them. There is also the alternative of installing a window stop. These limit the amount that a window can be opened, thus making it impossible for a child to force their way out. You can also choose to install top opening windows as it would be very difficult to get out of one.

Another good tip is to make sure there is nothing nearby that a child can easily climb, thus giving them easy access to the window.

It doesn’t take long to practice window safety and it is definitely not time wasted.

Ever Wonder Why You get a Birthday Cake and Candles on That Special Day?

Certain traditions have been with western civilization for so long, we tend to simply take them for granted. For example, the birthday cake. While birthdays are something that you celebrate, who thought of putting burning candles on them and then asking the birthday boy or girl to blow them out?

Birthday cakes actually date back to the middle ages in Germany, but did not become commonplace there until the 18th century. They eventually made their way to this side of the pond and were adopted into our culture.

The history of birthday candles is not quite as clear cut. Some believe the tradition originated in ancient Greece as a way to honor Artemis, the goddess of the moon. Others also credit Germany with this development as well, stating that it was a way to depict the light of life.

The reason you blow out the candles apparently derives from the common belief that smoke acts as a vehicle to carry your prayers to heaven. Of course, people make a wish rather than pray nowadays, but the intent is pretty much the same.

The earliest birthday cakes were rather bland affairs that did not even include icing. As the years passed, they became sweeter and more elaborate, with multiple designs and flavors.

In fact, there are now so many options, it can be really tough to decide which one to pick. Sometimes people choose cakes that match a birthday party theme, like superheroes or princesses. In other cases, the style and flavor might be selected simply because it is the one likely to find the most favor with guests.

Whatever style you choose, make it the centerpiece of the celebration and be sure to offer a generous slice to everyone attending! The guest of honor is traditionally the one who cuts the cake.

Having Trouble Relaxing?

Many of us spend so much of our time nowadays running around at full steam, multitasking and trying to get as much done as possible every day of the week. While that can be physically and mentally exhausting, sometimes we can still have trouble winding down. How often have you come home from a tough day at work only to find your home in disarray and your attention needed in four different places at once?

It’s good to be productive, but not getting proper relaxation can he hard on both mind and body. It can also leave you more likely to develop serious health risks, like heart attack and stroke.

Here are some suggestions that can help you to slow down when needed:

Turn Off the Electronics

Do not look at your phone, computer, television, or anything else that has a screen at least one hour before bed. This simple act will do wonders in helping to calm you and get you in the right frame of mind for sleeping.

Enjoy Nature

Get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life and plan a trip to a remote area. Go hiking, swimming, fishing, or any other activity that takes you away from large masses of people and other distractions. And leave your phone off as much as possible while you do it.

Take Deep Breathes

Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed for a few minutes and take some deep breathes. Closing your eyes while doing so can also help to bring down your blood pressure a few notches.

Enjoy Your Hobbies

Do you like to knit? Watch movies? Take long walks? Do puzzles? Whatever you enjoy doing, make sure to schedule some time to engage in those activities that bring you enjoyment. These can go a long way in keeping one grounded.

Are You Still Using E-mail?

When it first appeared, one of the truly amazing things about the internet was e-mail. Instantly gone were the days when you had to write a letter, put it in an envelope, and take it to the mail box or post office. Instead, you could just type your thoughts into a field, hit send, and possibly get a reply back in minutes…or even seconds! Instant connection, instant information, and instant answers were huge selling points for the internet and led many people to add it to their lives.

Fast forward 20+ years and e-mail seems almost quaint. Yes, it is still being used to a large extent, but it seems inevitable that something more advanced will come along. There are also security issues;  Democratic Party’s hacked email accounts may have cost them the last election.

Instant messaging seems to have taken away some of e-mail’s appeal. You can send the same information and much the same content with IM-ing and just as quickly. If you want to have a simple exchange with someone, IM-ing accomplishes that without the clutter of e-mail. This form still seems to be the province of younger users; older people use e-mail more often.

E-mail does still have some advantages. Need to find a message that someone sent you a while back? You will have a much easier time doing that than trying to find an old instant message.

In the security department, there are effective encryption formats for e-mail that can withstand most hacking attacks. People just need to remember to use them.

E-mail is a popular and effective way to do online marketing. Although some countries have enacted anti-spam legislation, e-mail continues to be a fast and effective way for businesses to reach out to and stay in touch with consumers.

For many people, e-mail also remains the most personal form of electronic communication.

Have You Got the Summertime Blues?

If the only summertime blues you know is the famous song by Eddie Cochran, consider yourself lucky. Many people live for summer; in fact, for those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (or S.A.D.), summer is a godsend.

However, the summertime blues is a real thing. Not everyone reacts to the sun and warmth of the summer months in a positive fashion. In fact, the brightness of the sun can trigger depression in some people. If you fall into this category, keep your sunglasses handy.

The heat of summer (which has grown more intense in some areas the past few years due to climate change) can also rub some people the wrong way, making them quite irritable. This is the summer equivalent of winter S.A.D. Those individuals should consider staying indoors when the sun is at its height in the sky.

While many people find summer to be relaxing, it is actually the time of year when sleep deprivation is the most common. Those long, sun lit days and early mornings where the sun is up before you can mess up the body’s internal rhythm. Try using heavy curtains to block out the sun and try to keep regular hours, hitting the sack at the same time each evening.

If you have kids, summer can almost seem like a curse. As they are out of school, you need to find things for them to do. That can mean acting as a chauffeur or other form of supervisor, leaving you with little of the spare time you need to unwind. That can result in you feeling rundown and unable to face the challenges of the day.

Finally, many people take time off during the summer, so that can leave your workplace seeming a bit deserted at times. As a result, you may be called upon to fill in. That can cut into your own work time, leaving you rather drained and possibly even a bit resentful.