Night Shift Survival Guide

How great—a blog to help people find joy and reward in their jobs as they perform them better and rise through the company ranks. So many people struggle to find their balance in today’s competitive workplace and they fear that they will be replaced if they don’t keep up. New faces are appearing all the time. Think of the annual spate of new grads sending out those fancy digital resumes. The best the old employees can do is keep their noses to the grindstone and make sure management sees the continual effort. Slacking on the job impresses no one. Pushing yourself too hard means burnout.

It is important to keep an even pace, learn new skills, and apply them at will. Sometimes succeeding on the job means being creative and innovative and bring new products and services to market that find their niche. It also means being practical, quick on your feet, and fast at finding solutions to old problems. Every job must be evaluated to determine its motivation and performance standards. A lot of self-awareness comes into the picture. You can criticize yourself too much and be your own worst enemy or you can be your own best pal. Look, learn and listen. How do you see others moving ahead? Being observant is often the key to flawless progress and ultimate promotions.

I was counseling a night shift employee some time ago who felt that his work was out of the mainstream and that he had no role models to make innovations on the job. Being steady and reliable came to me as the core of his career. Night work can be boring but you can make it fun. You can create your own interests to break up the time. This employee took what I said at heart. He created a web site that helped people pick the right large LED flashlight here: http://www.flashlightpro.net/best-tactical-led-flashlights/. He felt proud of his achievement and it was something he could share with others in similar situations. No more idle time on work-wasting websites. He wanted to develop more apps that could be seen less than amusement and more productive. One would clock his rounds to see what was the average time.

He could take photos of strategic places and compare them to see if something was up. He felt that he had more than one pair of eyes due to the app. He never felt guilty when he used an app that was a bit more fun. Most of the time he was the picture of concentration and focus. So, you can see that there is reward in every job, including night shift work whether it be outside or inside a plant or on the assembly line. You can make a job what you will of it if you bother to sit up and take notice. Focus your creative side on making the job interesting, fun, and productive.

How To Become A Chef

I just saw a great indie movie, Chef, written by and starring Jon Favreau (known for Swingers, the Break Up, Very Bad Things, and more). I recommend it highly. This one has got to be among his best and also features a stunning Sophia Vergara and a happy-go-lucky John Leguizamo who pines to be a sous-chef. Bobby Cannivale makes a good foil for Favreau in the beginning whose inability to follow his heart serves as a great contrast and object lesson to us all about compromise and cowardice.

If you can get a wife like Sophia in all her Latina beauty, by all means become a chef – at once! They are divorced, but not for long in this fairy tale about cooking what you really love and finding your way back to your true unrealized ambition. They have a ten-year-old son who has been neglected by the overworked dad who has to submit to the dictates of his grumpy boss played by Dustin Hoffman. The chef is restricted in his creativity and ultimately receives a very poor critical rating from the top restaurant reviewer in L.A. He is more than devastated. A video of their fight goes viral making Favreau a national hero and celebrity. Who doesn’t identify with a free spirit like him and a man of conviction.

When Favreau loses his job after walking out angrily one night, he is forced to face his real work needs and goes on the road in a refurbished food truck with sous-chef (Leguizamo) who bolts from Hoffman’s restaurant the first chance he gets. He knows his friend the chef is the best, especially in the area of authentic Cubano cooking. After a stint in Miami to get the truck shiny clean, loaded up with all the kitchen appliances you’d ever need and newly painted, the two head back to California with the son in tow. They adapt the food to each location including New Orleans (beignets and po-boys) and Texas (barbecue what else). Twitter and Facebook bring legions to each stop who wait patiently in line for the culinary treasures. Here is a big message about publicity, success, and the role of social media.

The boy learns to cook and acquires great lessons in life about self-reliance, the importance of quality work, and most of all camaraderie. Many humorous scenes populate the winning film. It is a joyous road buddy road movie of the best kind with superb close ups of gorgeous food (and Sophia) that you can practically smell and taste as you sit rapt in the movie theater. You may never have heard of some of tis exotic food, but you are dying for some. (By the way, Scarlett Johansson as the restaurant hostess is not chopped liver!)

They all end up back home with pride and glory and end up opening a restaurant with co-partner food critic (played amiably by Oliver Platt). It is a very happy ending to a sweet morality tale about loving your work, finding yourself at last, and learning to survive on your own terms.

New Opportunities & Technologies in Plumbing

Would you like to look for a plumber or perhaps a renovator to accomplish the job and set everything together properly or would you like to undertake shower installation on your own? If installing a shower on your own, you will need to make certain that you simply do the job correctly, or it can result in further expenses down the road.

For example, there are so many reasons why people decide to install a shower massager. Primarily, various settings on water flow can be economical when it comes to the water consumption. Secondly, if the shower massager comes with a hose attachment, it will be simpler to shower and to give your kids a bath. And the last but not the least, the massage given by this shower massager will certainly become the main reason of using this fixture.

Shower massagers are designed and made to be very therapeutic. Whether you are tired or need to relax after long business hours, you will enjoy this massage very much. You will probably feel like a million bucks after the massage. This kind of kit does not take long to install, 30 minutes will do just fine.

Modern bathrooms come with modern equipment, and they are breathtaking. By each day, we are confronted with new technology; that does not take long to install. Shower panels and shower kits in modern bathrooms nowadays can be installed very fast and easily. Technology is evolving fast, and plumbing is no exception.

Without plumbing, modern life would be unthinkable. There are different ways to perform plumbing, and there is simply no proven combination that will be eternal. Consult with a plumber before starting any work.

Plumbing is the most important job when it comes to adaptation of a bathroom. Once you set up your plumbing installation, there is no way back, well at least without major damage and more expenses. That is why it is essential to choose a solid plumber with sufficient experience and knowledge. Make sure to get a guarantee. Nowadays technology allows plumbers to finish the work in a more efficient way and with lesser costs. A plumber can install any shower in your bathroom.

There is a variety of shower equipment available on the market. You can have a rain shower installed with a shower head of your choice. Some of the best rain showers can make a mist, which by itself is a great sensation, and you will feel like a million bucks. The size of your bathroom is also an important factor to be considered. If you have a smaller room, you should consult with your plumber first. Because, he will know how to adapt the plumbing installation in a way that it will correspond to your needs and desires. The breakthrough of new technologies in any business always has a vast impact on the work performance, because with the help of new and arising technologies people have the ability to perform a better job in a much faster way. That goes for any business; plumbing is no exception.

Fireplace Bliss

I have been asked about odd ball jobs for people who are sick and tired of the same old corporate ladder. They want off and now. Crafts people are always in demand so I thought about a friend of mine who builds fireplaces for a living. He is been doing pretty well and is in high demand, so you might give this some thought if you are so inclined.

Every home, great or small, has to have one or more of these essential items. While they can be practical for generating heat, they are for residential chic and good looks. Besides, you can place nice baskets around them filled with pinecones whatever you like. When you read an ad for a home for sale, it tells you right there about their status: where they are, what kind, and how many. It’s a draw even if you live in Arizona.

My friend makes high end versions with expensive stone or tile trim and lots of rich marble in front of a well-chosen fire screen – these are definitely some of the Finest Fires you’ve ever seen. A choice of gas logs or the real thing is an option. Many people want to have both so they can turn it on in warm weather. He is creative with the designs and quite original, depending upon the owner’s taste. He can fashion something old world as well as something slick and modern. It’s all about materials. Sizes are fairly uniform in middle class neighborhoods while mansions can accommodate much larger hearths. Colors are muted and earthy but he has done Dutch blue and white tile, colorful orange and yellow Mexican tile, and Moroccan greens and reds. You can have a blast from the past or a harbinger of the future—you name it and he can do it.

I would say he is a real designer, self-taught, and a top-tier tradesman. He used to work with bathroom and kitchen tile and then got tired of all the demand for subtle gray or black granite. He can use more ingenious substances in a fireplace. He has also been featured in local magazines and has become the go-to man for custom fireplace installation.

His challenge is to design a fireplace in an older home with no pre-existing unit or preparation. People want the old-fashioned chimney up there on the roof to top their new invention. They usually have to settle for a free-standing corner model or a wall-mount style in many cases. This is a compromise but you still get the flames in winter and the illusion of a warm cozy home in the summer. What you don’t want is a flat-screen TV with a loop of a burning fire. This is the poor man’s concession, and I for one wouldn’t bother.

So the message here is to be imaginative about jobs when you are sitting in your cubicle at work and envisioning a new, freer, less stressful you. If you don’t do something right away, it probably isn’t meant to be. But some of you will find the way to enter a more rewarding job realm where your ingenuity and inventiveness will take a front seat.

What Does It Take To Become a Plumber?

plumbing-questionsPlumbers might be known more for the way their pants slide down than anything else, but they can earn a solid wage and have a good quality of life. It takes some work to become a fully recognized plumber, however, so the decision to become one should be made as soon as possible. If you’ve got good troubleshooting skills and have the ability to work with your hands in tight spaces that will likely get you filthy by the end of the day, then you might enjoy this job as your career.

How Do You Get Started?

Every community has different standards that must be met, so the first step is to look at local plumbing requirements that are dictated by law. In general, however, you’ll need to meet these specific requirements in all circumstances.

  • Grade 12 proficiency. You don’t necessarily need to hold a high school diploma, but you do need to be able to prove that you have the knowledge equivalency of one. There are testing locations in most communities that can assist with this process, a GED program, and other local options to pursue that will document or certify that you have this foundation of knowledge.
  • Plumbing classes. You don’t need to get a 4 year degree in plumbing from a college, but unless you’ve grown up in a family of plumbers, you’ll likely need some technical courses to develop some of the basic skills you’re going to need like installing a kitchen faucet. Some locations require certification from a school to enter the next phase of the training program.
  • An apprenticeship program. The third step in this process is the most important one. A vast majority of plumbers are unionized and will provide you with on-the-job training that will further your skills. The programs are generally 4 or 5 years in length and require a minimum amount of working time to qualify for moving on. Some areas require a 7 year apprenticeship before certifying an individual as a journeyman plumber.
  • Become a journeyman. You’ll need a signed document from the master plumber who trained you that you’re ready to take the exam to become a journeyman. This exam is administrated by your local governing officials and will cover all of the needed skills required in order to fix a plumbing issue.

There are a number of sample tests, study guides, and other preparation materials that will cover everything from preparing kitchen faucet reviews to new construction installation to help you ace the real exam!

Next Stop: Becoming a Master Plumber!

Once you’ve passed your journeyman test, most communities will allow you to work independently and even be self-employed if you wish. Over time, you’ll continue to gain experience in the field and you’ll be required to take some ongoing training in the classroom over the years as well. Once you meet your local community standards, you’ll qualify for taking a master plumber’s exam that is also administrated by your local governing body.

As a master plumber, you’ll then be responsible for training new apprentices and be able to command higher pay rates. The entire process generally takes a decade to reach this point, so it isn’t a small commitment to become a plumber. It’s a dirty, messy job that gets into the pipes, drains, and faucets that are in a home, in the structure of the home, and even under the home. It’s also a highly rewarding job because you’re helping people every day. Are you ready to see if it is the right choice for you?

Working as a podiatrist

Podiatrists comprise a relatively small group of physicians situated in the vast and complex field of modern day medicine. With only 18 000 licensed podiatric physicians in the United States, those working as doctors within the field ultimately make up an elite group responsible for preventing, diagnosing and treating illnesses and disorders pertaining to the lower structures of the leg. Although small, podiatry offers physicians who practice it with a substantial amount of options with respect to specialization.

There is a relatively large array of positions within the field including podiatric vascular specialists, gerontological podiatrists, podiatric diabetologists and those who specialize in high risk wound care, forensic podiatry and sports medicine. Because of the wide range of their education and training, DPMs (Doctors of Podiatric Medicine) have the authority to provide treatment by prescribing medications, recommending various types of therapy as part of a comprehensive care plan and even performing surgery.

As specialists, podiatrists are licensed to provide treatment for foot and leg ailments concerning bone, ligaments, tissue and muscle pathologies including, but not limited to, skin and nail afflictions, nerve damage, arthritis and degenerative foot and ankle disorders. In addition, because many serious illnesses initially present with symptoms in the lower extremities such as heart and kidney disease as well diabetes, podiatrists receive comprehensive, continuous training and education which enables them to handle the broad scope of their duties.

DPMs provide care and treatment for relatively minor ailments as well with common conditions such as foot and toenail fungus being one of their responsibilities as well. Although minor, they can cause severe and debilitating pain for those suffering with them and DPMs will often use one or a combination of treatment options on their patients.

A podiatrist can treat toenail and foot fungus sufferers by prescribing either topical or oral anti-fungal medication such as terbinafine, clotrimazole or fluconazole. There are several different treatments for toenail fungus, with varying levels of effectiveness and side effects. The oral medications are more commonly used as they have success rates ranging from 48% to 76% whereas topical ointments only effectively treat toe and foot fungi less than 10% of the time. However podiatrists have found that topical medications are more effective once a debridement procedure had been conducted beforehand which involves the trimming or removal of the dying nail.

A podiatrists’ formal education is typically on par with that of other specialists – they are required to obtain a bachelor’s degree and successfully complete podiatric medical school in addition to a 3 year residency in order to receive a license to practice. In the US, they can be board certified by meeting stringent requirements including the completion of a clinical and writing an examination.

After graduation, podiatrists have the option to either work in a practice or a health care facility such as a chronic care hospital and rehabilitation centre. DPMs are also employed in sectors that are not generally health care related such as the military and the sports department of post-secondary institutions. With respect to their salaries, a podiatrist’s gross income can range from between $ 60, 000 to over $ 187, 000 per annum with the median being $116 000 per year.

A day in the life of a Termite Inspector

Okay, the phone call comes in from a homeowner – I think we have termites. The homeowners have identified a pile of termite feces or “frass,” around their foundation, fearing that these very damaging insects have burrowed underneath their home of wood. Wood is not the only material that termites can eat through, they can eat through plaster, metal siding, foam, plastic, and thin sheets of lead.

Training and experience has taught termite inspectors that subterranean termites are the most common insect found in the United States. They enjoy damp, moist, dark places, which is why southeastern and west coast states have a higher incidence of this insect. In addition to the subterranean termite, other species include the “dry-wood” termite and the “damp-wood” termite.

Termites can not be treated by homeowners alone, it takes a trained professional to correctly detect the signs of termites – these are trained people who knows their habits, their lifestyle, and their vulnerabilities. As such, if you enjoy meeting people and you don’t mind tight crawl-in spaces, then a termite inspector might be of interest to you, especially if you own your business. Training to become a termite inspector is not difficult and an expensive college degree is not needed. If you have a high school degree, you can make between $35,000 to $52,000 a year, depending on the type of clients that you obtain.

People who wish to become termite inspectors can begin by taking a termite certification course online and in a matter of just a few weeks, about three months, you can take a state certification test that involves their knowledge of pest inspection, pest control techniques, managing damage to buildings, and how to apply pesticides. They must also become familiar with local laws regarding termite treatments, safety, and chemical pesticides. Then the excitement and reward of starting your own self-employment career and setting your own hours begins. Going into the termite treatment business will earn you some very good money because the cost of termite treatments can be as high as $2,000 and as low as $400. The price of termite inspection involves the square footage of the building, the type of treatment used, and if drilling is involved.

The types of termite treatments includes applying a liquid barrier around the home that kills or stops the termites. Baiting is used to destroy a termite infestation, by placing a poison treated cardboard or paper pellets to the termite’s mound, where it is consumed by them and brought back to their colony, where their excrement further distributes the poison. Also, fumigation involves pumping an odorless, colorless gas throughout the home, suffocating the termites. Children and pets are not harmed by the innovative poisons used to treat termite nests and infestations. The latest technology is the electro-gun which emits 90,000 volts of electricity into the nests of the dry-wood termites. The electrical current from the electro-gun enters their bodies, which is made up of 90% water.

Establishing your own termite treatment business is easier if you speak with other professionals in the business and to apply all that you’ve been taught, as well as to follow-up with the latest termite treatment innovations. Use the Internet, magazines, and newspapers to help advertise your business, as well as other methods to help improve your business without going over your budget.