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Love Your Job? Someone May be Taking Advantage of You - Duke Today

Love Your Job? Someone May be Taking Advantage of You - Duke Today


Love Your Job? Someone May be Taking Advantage of You - Duke Today

Posted: 24 Apr 2019 12:00 AM PDT

If someone is passionate about what they do, we see it as more legitimate to exploit them, according to new research from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

Professor Aaron Kay found that people see it as more acceptable to make passionate employees do extra, unpaid, and more demeaning work than they did for employees without the same passion.

"It's great to love your work," Kay said, "but there can be costs when we think of the workplace as somewhere workers get to pursue their passions."

Understanding Contemporary Forms of Exploitation: Attributions of Passion Serve to Legitimize the Poor Treatment of Workers is forthcoming in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Kay, the senior author on the research, worked with Professor Troy Campbell of the University of Oregon, Professor Steven Shepherd of Oklahoma State University, and Fuqua Ph.D student Jae Kim, who was lead author.  

The researchers found that people consider it more legitimate to make passionate employees leave family to work on a weekend, work unpaid, and handle unrelated tasks that were not in the job description.

The team found passion exploitation consistently across eight studies with more than 2,400 total participants. The studies varied in design, in the participants (students, managers, random online samples) and in the kinds of jobs they considered.

In one study, participants who read that an artist was strongly passionate about his job said it was more legitimate for the boss to exploit the artist than those who read the artist wasn't as passionate. This finding extended to asking for work far beyond the job description, including leaving a day at the park with family and cleaning the office bathroom.

In another study, participants rated it more legitimate to exploit workers in jobs more traditionally associated with passion, such as an artist or social worker, than in jobs not generally seen as a labor of love, such as a store clerk or bill collector.

"It is scary to think that when we see someone in a bad work situation, our mind may jump to the conclusion that they must be passionate about their work."

The researchers also found the reverse is true: people who are exploited in their job are more likely to be seen as passionate about their work. Participants read about a Ph.D. student's working relationship with their graduate advisor. Those who read a scenario in which the student was being exploited – verbally abused and given unreasonable deadlines – rated the student as likely to be more passionate than students who weren't being exploited.

"It is scary to think that when we see someone in a bad work situation, our mind may jump to the conclusion that they must be passionate about their work. While not always factually incorrect, this may serve to legitimize instances of mistreatment," Campbell said.

The researchers found this tendency to exploit passion arises from two beliefs: that work is its own reward, and that the employee would have volunteered anyway. This is an example of compensatory justifications, something Kay has studied in other settings.

"We want to see the world as fair and just," Kay said. "When we are confronted with injustice, rather than fix it, sometimes our minds tend to compensate instead. We rationalize the situation in a way that seems fair, and assume the victims of injustice must benefit in some other way."

For example, he said, "in past work with John Jost of NYU, I have found that when faced with massive disparities between rich and poor, people can downplay injustice by telling themselves that wealth brings its own set of problems, or that having less money makes it easier to be happy by keeping life simple."

"In the case of working employees harder for no extra pay, or asking them to do demeaning work or work outside their job description, believing this is fair because these workers are indulging their passions may be a similar means of justification," Kay said.

Addressing this problem via policy is tricky, but solutions can begin at home.

"We can all do more to be vigilant and prevent ourselves from slipping into exploiting passion in our employees, our friends, and even ourselves," Shepherd said.

"Our research is not anti-passion," Kim said. "There is excellent evidence that passionate workers benefit in many ways. It's simply a warning that we should not let the current cultural emphasis on finding passion in our work be co-opted by the human tendency to legitimize or ignore exploitation."

25 companies where you can work remotely and part-time - CNBC

Posted: 26 Jul 2017 12:00 AM PDT

Working 40 hours or more per week in an office isn't for everyone. If you're a student, a caretaker, semi-retired or simply want to have a more flexible schedule, part-time remote work can be a convenient way to make money.

Right now, there are a lot of options out there. FlexJobs, a remote jobs listing website, recently published its 2017 list of companies hiring the most remote roles from January through June, many of which are part-time.

The jobs range from student services coordinator to executive assistant and customer service representative, and most can be done using a phone and a computer with internet connection.

If you're looking for a flexible working arrangement, check out these 25 companies looking for part-time, remote workers:

1. Kaplan
Available jobs include: SAT tutor and student services associate

2. Active Network
Available jobs include: Customer service representative and reservation agent

3. K12
Available jobs include: Elementary school teacher and high school teacher

4. Grand Canyon University
Available jobs include: Adjunct sociology professor and reference librarian

5. Edmentum
Available jobs include: English teacher and customer success consultant

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6. Connections Education
Available jobs include: Academic placement associate and environmental science adjunct teacher

7. GreatAuPair
Available jobs include: Childcare coordinator

8. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Available jobs include: Sales associate and content specialist

9. LanguageLine Solutions
Available jobs include: Phone interpreter in French, Somali, German, Spanish and other languages

10. Alere
Available jobs include: Field services representative and nurse

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11. VocoVision
Available jobs include: Occupational therapist and school psychologist

12. Chamberlain College of Nursing
Available jobs include: Visiting professor and event coordinator

13. FlexProfessionals
Available jobs include: Technical writer and graphic designer

14. Walden University
Available jobs include: Writing instructor and academic coordinator

15. Appen
Available jobs include: Social media evaluator and web search evaluator

16. LifeBook
Available jobs include: Interviewer and ghostwriter

17. Worldwide 101
Available jobs include: Business support specialist and executive assistant

18. DVMelite
Available jobs include: Customer service trainer and mystery shop caller

19. McKesson Corporation
Available jobs include: Registered nurse

20. LiveOps
Available jobs include: Customer assistance representative

21. Lionbridge
Available jobs include: Online search reviewer

22. Net Transcripts
Available jobs include: Transcriber

23. Supporting Strategies
Available jobs include: Accountant and bookkeeper

24. Achieve Test Prep
Available jobs include: Teacher assistant and account support representative

25. Working Solutions
Available jobs include: Customer service agent and event sales associate

To boost your chances of landing a remote job, make sure your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile highlight skills employers are looking for.

Jessica Howingtown, career content manager at FlexJobs, says job applicants should highlight "being able to focus and work independently, comfort with technology and troubleshooting, time and task management, and communicating through email, phone and instant message."

In addition, set up accounts with platforms many remote companies use, such as Skype, Dropbox, Google Drive and Slack.

"The great thing is that these are all free and available to the public, so if you're not familiar with them yet," she says, "create accounts and start using them."

Check out the full list here.

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The 5 Best Work-From-Home Jobs You Can Get Right Now - Fatherly

Posted: 24 Aug 2018 12:00 AM PDT

Sorry, guys. But if you're searching for a work-from-home job because you're a parent and have grand visions of diligently cranking through your workday sitting in a comfortable home office while your toddler peacefully plays with blocks beside your desk, then you're delusional. That's a highly romanticized notion. Balancing even a part-time work-from-home job and the responsibilities of parenting is tricky. There are still bosses, meetings, and work that needs to be turned in. And instead of focusing exclusively on doing that work, you must squeeze it in between naps, washing bottles, or picking your child up for daycare. It can be incredibly stressful and you often end up working more hours than you would if you had just dragged yourself into an office.

That said, there's good news: If you're searching for a work-from-home job because you're looking for the kind of flexibility you can't get being tied to a desk for nine hours a day, you're absolutely in luck. Working remotely, assuming your employer is okay with projects being done on your timeline, can be a godsend for parents. The arrangement allows you to work around daycare and preschool schedules, take kids to doctors appointments and soccer practice, and rarely if ever stress when they wake up with a fever and you need to stay home. Working from home can make life, especially if both parents are employed full time, infinitely easier.

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Now, back to the bad news. The best way to get a full-time, work-from-home job is to already be employed a company, or in an industry, where people telecommute or work remotely. If you're an editor or a graphic designer at a magazine, it's decidedly easier to go freelance or find a publication that doesn't require you to be in the office than if you're a bank teller. Same is true of sales jobs, a lot of which can be done at home or in a coffee shop as long as you have a phone and an internet connection. The absolute best way for a parent to get a work-from-home job, assuming they're in a field that affords the flexibility, is to talk to your employer and work out an arrangement. It's a simple as that. The boss may say no, but it never hurts to ask.

For those without the flexibility, however, the Internet is littered with bullshit articles about high-salary jobs ($75,000+) that you can do from your kitchen. Jobs that while, yes, exist, are not actually an option to the majority of job seekers scanning the online listings. Nobody is hiring you to work from your patio as a $115,000 a year forensic computer analyst, or an $86,000 a year software developer, unless you already have a degree in computer science. It's difficult to be a $150,000 a year medical writer if you've never actually worked in the medical profession, or have any idea what a sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is (it's an ice cream headache, by the way). Most of the high-paying remote jobs listed require you already have experience in a particular field and/or are prepared to switch careers, retrain, and/or go back to school for a new degree. That can take years, and while not an impossible feat, one that's decidedly more difficult with young children.

So where does that leave a dad eager to improve his work-life balance or a stay-at-home parent wanting to make a little extra cash on the side? Not totally out of luck, it turns out. We took a look through the online job boards to see what kind of remote jobs were both prevalent and required the little experience and/or training to get started ⏤ actual jobs that don't involve freelancing, selling old stuff, or starting your own business from home. There were a number of categories that stood out, and while they may not be positions you'd want to build a career around or do forever, they are relatively easy to get, pay decent wages (especially if your partner is still working full time), and don't require that you get certified to teach Tae Bo or open a Cross Fit gym in your basement. Here are five to look for:

Online ESL Teacher

Average salary: $14-$25 per hour
It used to be the recent college grads would pack a bag shortly after graduation and go abroad to teach English. The pay wasn't much, but the international experience was well worth the low wages. Thanks to high-speed internet and countries packed with both kids and upwardly mobile business executives eager to learn English, now you can teach it without leaving the comfort of your living room. And while many of the listings would prefer teaching experience and/or a TOESL (Teaching of English as a Second Language) certification, it's often not required. Most positions are part-time with flexible schedules based on what time zone the students are in (classes generally don't run longer than 60 minutes), allow you to take on as much work as you'd like, and pay upwards of $25 an hour.
Current Listing: Online ESL Teacher, DaDa

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Transcriptionist

Average salary: $17 per hour
As a transcriptionist, especially a medical one, it makes no difference whether you actually know what sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is as long as you can spell it ⏤ or at least type it. That's the job ⏤ listening to recordings from doctors, lawyers, journalists and typing them up. Positions generally require high-speed internet, strong typing skills, and a test or two to ensure you're not pecking away at the keyboard like an 80-year-old who's sending his first email. There are also online courses you can take to get up to speed. While it's safe to assume that automation will eventually drive these positions out of the workforce, in the meantime, demand remains high.
Current Listing: Transcriptionist, Transcription for Everyone

Customer Service Representative

Average salary: $16 per hour
Once upon a time, customer service representatives worked in massive call centers in the middle of the Arizona desert ⏤ or overseas. And while many still do, times have changed. Today there are almost 2.75 million reps handling complaints, processing orders, a providing product information around the country and, not only is the number growing, but many are now working from home. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 500,000 customer service reps work part-time. While hardly glamorous, and often requiring you to interact with crappy people on the other end of the line, the positions are often entry-level, provide training, and come with steady hours. The biggest drawback is that a lot of customer service reps work on a full-time shift schedule, so while you will be home, you could be tied down.
Current Listing: Streaming Services Customer Service Representative, VIPdesk Connect

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Sales Representative

Average salary: $25 per hour
Going into sales will always be your best bet for making a lot of money from home, as so many sales positions are based on commission. The more hours you can dedicate, and the smoother talker you are, the more income you will bring home. Sales jobs exist in seemingly every industry so you have some flexibility as to what you want to peddle ⏤ be it insurance, auto parts, or solar panels ⏤ and training is almost always provided at the outset (although some jobs, like insurance, do require state licensing). It's hard to argue that sales is a stress-free way to make a living, especially when you have a family (there are usually lofty goals and hard targets to hit), but it can afford parents the flexibility to set their own schedule.
Current Listing: Outside Sales Representative, Central Payment

Data Entry Clerk

Average salary: $15 per hour
Not a job you'd want to do until your kid graduates high school (or even starts preschool, for that matter), but data entry positions are both easy to do and easy to get ⏤ requiring little more than a computer, internet connection, and an acute attention to detail. The average pay is around $15 per hour (although some companies base their rates on the number of entries a person keys in) and while a lot of data entry clerks are full-time employees with impressive 10-key typing scores, there are plenty of positions that parents can do late at night after the kids are asleep.
Current Listing: Data Entry Compiler, Sashmi Beauty

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