Monthly Archives: July 2008

Unhappy at work? Too bad…

How many people out there can honestly say that they love thier job? What about people who love the work they do but hate where they work?

Well, I am happy to say that I am not one of those people. I felt extremely privileged to intern with Hill & Knowlton knowing that it would be great experience and a fantastic name to have on my resume. My experiences up until this day have far exceeded my expectations.

So what makes H&K so special you might ask? Well, it’s a number of things. Here is my list of things which have enhanced my experience and made my internship so fulfilling. This list also offers some helpful hints as to how employers can make the little people happy.

1. Be supportive

One of my favourite things about working at H&K is that I am encouraged to ask questions. The more I ask the better because they want me to learn and they want to help. I can ask anyone from an assistant consultant to an account director and everyone will take the time to make sure I understand. I never feel stupid and this stops me from making silly mistakes. I ask a LOT of questions.
Helpful hint: Management or senior staff, make yourself available to junior staff members and if they are not asking you the questions, you should be asking them the questions.

2. Treat everyone as equals

In my fours months here I have never felt like an intern. Since day one I as treated as an equal member of the team and was given the same privileges and expectations as everyone else. This made me feel like I was a contributing member, not someone just there to watch and learn.
Helpful hint: Don’t centre out or ignore your intern. If you are going for a staff meeting or maybe out of after work drinks, invite everyone. Client meetings are great learning experiences too so it helps to being the junior people as well.

3. Give constructive criticism – every time

When I am asked to work on something new I’ll work really hard on it and make it perfect before sending it off to be reviewed by someone else. 90 per cent of the time that work is returned to me with the proper corrections and suggestions as to what I could do in the future to make it better. It is a great way to learn and improve my skills.
Helpful hint: Give feedback every time and give explanations as to why changes were made or where the mistakes were.

4. Make work fun

At H&K we work hard and play hard. I frequently laugh throughout my day and it just makes things more enjoyable. A happy worker is a productive worker.
Helpful hint: Offer incentive programs or take your staff to lunch once in a while. A small token of appreciation really goes a long way

5. Acknowledge good work

When I get acknowledgement that I have done something well it actually makes my day and makes me want to work harder. It boosts my self-esteem and inspires me to do better on all my assignments.
Helpful hint: Appreciate your staff and the work they do.

It’s hard being a junior member of a team because it is easy to feel neglected and unappreciated. People often forget that junior people are the ones who become senior people, and by investing your time in them can be truly beneficial.

That being said, my internship has offically come to an end I am thrilled to have landed a full time job here at Hill and & Knowlton. I turly thank my co-workers for their support and encouragment and am honoured to be a memeber of the team.

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Pardon my language but fuckyourogers

 iPhone

I really want the iPhone. Its got music, Internet and a nice touch screen; it’s trendy and right now its the biggest thing to have. And it’s not even that expensive. Apple is selling them for $199 (with plan – obviously) and if you ask me that is quite a steal. It does everything a blackberry does (which usually sell for hundreds more) but has music as well. What else could you want out of a phone?

Unfortunately, big corporate Rogers is taking everything it can out of consumers and is charging ridiculous amounts for cell phone plans. Apparently Pricing information was leaked and people went crazy with anti-Rogers campaigns. Now there are debates that this information is false! How can I keep up?

Not to mention the outrage that was caused by this disastrous announcement. A petition is circulating online at a site called fuckyourogers.com encouraging people to boycott the iPhone and cancel your Rogers plans. They have even created videos on YouTube!

Will they succeed? Doubtful. I’m sure millions will still buy the iPhone and subdue to Rogers schemes. Will I? Considering my previous phone plan is still under contract probably not, but that doesn’t make me want it any less.

So, Friday, July 11 keep your eyes open for the iPhone, and the supposed protests that are to take place outside of Rogers stores. It should be an exciting day.

Update: Due to overwhelming consumer response Rogers is revamping thier 3G phone plans. Check out this article from the Globe and Mail which outlines the details of the new plan.

New look?

I get bored very easily with the way I look. I almost never wear my hair the same way twice in a row and I am often changing my image through jewelry, accessories, haircuts and colours. I honestly just got tired of the green (for new people my blog was once a green theme, my favourite colour) and wanted a new look. Having grown up a little since PR school I went with something simple and classic.

New, informative and interesting posts to follow soon.