THE VINA GUIDE TO BEING A GOOD BOSS

From an employee’s mouth to God’s ears. What your employees love… and what they loathe. Here are simple rules for #bossbabes vinas in management!

HOW TO BE A BOSS

Do: Motivate your team and incentivize. Remember, it’s not always about the money.  Some of us are in the career we are in because we love it!

Don’t: Try to assert your authority by forcing employees to do menial things that you don’t have the energy for. It comes across as useless and needy and the bottom line is that it’s humiliating. Instead of demanding them to do your dirty work for you, make them understand that they are important to you.

Do: Get to know your people, and be known to them by doing things together. Fun team building experiences are always a great way to get to know people. Nobody is the same.  We may have some traits which remind us of each other but each one of us is unique.

Don’t: Expect your employees to be robots with no personal lives. It is unbecoming of a professional person in management to expect a person to not give heed to feelings brought on by personal issues. We are all human beings here and we all have good days and bad days. Acknowledging that a subordinate has feelings is extremely important for good management skills.

Do: Give your people time off. It’s so important to rest. Yes, the company rests on your shoulders but it does on theirs too. Just because they have lesser responsibilities does not mean they have fewer things to care for. No matter what anybody says, each one who is there is dependent on that job for some reason or another. Just because you don’t know what it is, doesn’t mean it’s not important to them.

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Don’t: Set bad examples. With great power comes great responsibility. Need I say more?

Do: Keep your word. Give the people what you promised.

Don’t: Never ever discuss gossip about your coworkers. If you or any other person feels comfortable enough to tell someone you spoke about them, it IS gossip.

Do: Be a good person. Re-evaluate your decisions afterwards. It’s tough to do in a management position because you can’t let people walk all over you. But you don’t have to be a horrible person to be a good manager.

Don’t: Be a nag. If you’re a good manager, you shouldn’t have to ask twice in the first place. Now if they are the problem, what are you doing to improve their skills?

Do: Research good management skills. There’s plenty of material on the market and it’s easy to fall into old, outdated ways of management. Attend a seminar. Take your team leaders with you. It’s important for your people to know that you, as well as them, are constant students of life.

Lastly, make sure to build your girl gang with other #bossbabes. It really does take a village!

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5 WAYS TO TRANSITION FROM COLLEGE TO THE REAL WORLD

You made it, my fellow vinas. After living in the dorms and enduring countless nights in the library feeling completely sleep-deprived, you finally made it out alive and graduated from college! Your parents were crying at the ceremony and you celebrated with all of your friends. You deserved every second of the celebration. 

By now you have realized, “Oh, I have to enter the real world. Everyone else my age has their lives together. How did I get here?” Trust me, I graduated from college just a few months ago and have been asking myself the same question. 

Whether you’re a college senior or a recent graduate, here are some tips on how to transition from college to #adulting.

1. EMBRACE THIS NEW “NORMAL”

We all know at least one vina that calls her past “the good old days” because she is not ready to accept this new change in her life. So, help her come to terms with the fact that college is over and a new chapter has begun. Life is much more enjoyable when you are not pining for your former college days.

2. LEARN HOW TO COOK

Dorm life came with many benefits. One that included the year-round meal plan that made sure you weren’t starving to death between classes. Real life is not as kind (RIP to your wallet) which means you’ll need to learn how to cook for yourself. This trait also comes in handy when you want to impress your new vinas or bae. If making a full meal is too intense for you, start by mastering a few easy recipes like Insta-worthy eggs or avocado toast. It’s only up  from there!

3. TRY NEW THINGS

Create a new social circle by joining a book club, trying out for an intramural sport, or taking part in the choir class that you always wanted to try out. You could even attempt to be a part of a roller derby group, which apparently is a good way to get some exercise and meet new people as you bump into them on the track. You now have time to try out everything you’ve wanted to do, PLUS meet new vinas while doing it. 

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4. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR COLLEGE FRIENDS AND OTHER VINAS

It’s hard to spend four years with the same group of vinas only to have everyone scatter across the country (or world) after graduation. The best way to keep those relationships strong is to keep in touch! It sounds obvious, but many people get too caught up in their new jobs and new lives and end up leaving their old friends behind. To avoid this, it helps to use different apps to stay in touch like Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Hey! Vina. Trust me, letting friends fall to the wayside = losing the support you need as you start this new stage in life.

5. RELAX…YOU WILL FIGURE THIS ALL OUT

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t have the hang of #adulting right away. It’s a whole new chapter of your life and can often be hard chapter to navigate. So, give yourself a break and take the time you need to figure out what is right for you. TREAT. YO. SELF.

The transition to #adulting doesn’t have to be hard when you have your vinas backing you up! Swipe right today!

HOW TO HANDLE YOUR FIRST AUTUMN *NOT* GOING BACK TO SCHOOL

If you just graduated from college, congratulations! The feeling of not having to attend class, work on papers, and study for finals is the feeling of freedom. However, it can also be confusing. When we’re settled in the same routines for a long time, it can be difficult to transition to a new one. We have a few ideas to help you create a new routine during your first autumn after college. We do encourage you to experiment and explore. After all, you have one less obligation now!

RELAX AND INDULGE IN SELF-CARE

All of those all-nighters might make you feel like you’ve lost a lifetime of sleep. But because you no longer have papers and tests to worry about, you can sleep in a little more. Aside from getting more shut-eye, this fall is a perfect time to indulge in healthy activities. Think of new exercise routine, getting a massage, or practicing meditation. Take some time to unwind from those years of stress and make it a priority to take care of yourself.

EMBARK ON YOUR JOB HUNT

Now that you have your degree, you can start looking for and actually applying to jobs that have that ol’ “Bachelor’s Degree Required” qualification. Your job search doesn’t even have to be related to your major— you can pretty much apply anywhere that sounds relevant to your skills and interests. As we mentioned before, it’s time to explore. Use your newfound free time to polish up your resume, fill out applications, and go to interviews.

Alternatively, you can go for internships, as most companies (especially larger ones) look for recent college graduates in addition to college students. Another work-related option to consider (even if you’re actively job-hunting) is asking your employer for full-time hours if you are currently working part-time somewhere. After all, extra money is always a good thing!

CATCH UP

Speaking of extra money, you may want to use any new income on paying off student loans, bills, and other obligations in your new adult life. It’s also important to catch up with family and friends you might not have seen in a while. Catch up on passion projects or some house cleaning. Basically, get back in black and de-clutter your life.

TRAVEL

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If you do happen to have some savings, reward yourself for all your hard work at school, and take a trip! Check a dream destination (or maybe two or three) off your bucket list or revisit a city or country you love. Go with your vinas, family, or sweetheart or fly solo! If you’re looking for a travel buddy, download Hey! VINA! If you’re on a bit of a budget, take a day or overnight trip in your city or somewhere close by. You’ll never know what new things you’ll discover!

MOVE

Gulp. This can sound a bit scary, but some folks truly want to start from a clean slate right after graduating college—and that usually means moving somewhere totally new. You can do it too! Maybe you’re a Midwesterner and your dream job is in New York or LA. Maybe you’re just bothered by the cold winters where you are, and you want to live somewhere less cold. Maybe the cost of living somewhere else just works out better for you. If you want to start your post-college life somewhere new, opportunity will follow.

FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION

Wait, what?! All those years of exams, projects, and homework assignments, and you’re willing to take on more? Well, if you want to go for that Master’s and/or Ph.D., there’s nothing stopping you! If you want to continue learning but don’t want to spend another 2 to 4+ years back in school, check out a career school or a community college to master a new subject or skill. Even after we move on from our school days, we should always be learning— sometimes that learning might come from even more formal education!

What were your post-grad plans? Let us know what you learned in the comments!

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HOW TO BE AN ADULT AT HOME AFTER GRADUATING COLLEGE

Getting a fabulous apartment in a major city and living happily ever after isn’t a reality for many college graduates. In fact, it’s not becoming a reality for an increasing number of post-grads. Your childhood bedroom might not be where you dreamed of ending up after receiving your diploma, but it can be a necessary and financially wise step toward independent adulthood.

You might not feel like an adult all the time, but you can control when and how much you act like one. Here’s how:

TAKE ON AS MUCH RESPONSIBILITY AS YOU CAN

Just because you have the option for someone to do your laundry and cook your meals doesn’t mean you should take advantage of that. Offer to commandeer Taco Tuesdays, pitch in for food, or do your own laundry. Your family will appreciate the gesture.

CULTIVATE ADULT RELATIONSHIPS

It’s easy to fall back into your old relationships, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Your friends from high school may be going through the same things in life and are great to hang out with for this fact. Your friends from college may be local, and great to keep in touch with as well.

That being said, it can only help you to start making professional connections to jumpstart your career. Don’t limit your social circle. Aim to connect with a variety of people of different age groups and walks of life. It’ll only help you in the long run.

GET A HANDLE ON YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES

Just because you don’t have to pay rent doesn’t mean you should double your spending money. This is a true opportunity to get ahead of your peers by saving up as much as you can. 

Pay off your student loans quickly. Make sure you don’t have credit card debt, make a 5-year financial plan and consider investing. Some great, easily digestible personal finance books are I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi and Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin, a total boss babe who was the youngest anchor ever at CNN.

GIVE YOURSELF A RETREAT

Whether it’s your bedroom, the basement, or the backyard treehouse, make sure you create a safe haven where you can go for alone time. Everyone needs a break from their family sometimes.

Remember, this is a give-and-take, too. Make sure to give your parents space once in awhile.

TREAT YOUR PARENTS

Having you at home is probably more of a joy than a burden, but everyone likes to be treated every now and then. Even appetizers and drinks beats the cost of rent.

ENJOY THE PERKS

There are tons of cool benefits that come with living at home, like in-unit laundry, access to a car and probably a Netflix subscription you don’t have to pay for. Enjoy those things while you can! They make up for the fact that your mom still texts you asking why you aren’t home at 1 a.m.

CRASH WITH FRIENDS OCCASIONALLY

Remember that freedom you savored when your parents first dropped you off at college? No doubt that many late nights, pizza boxes on the floor and futon crashing followed. It’s nice to have a night out once in a while to reconnect with the feeling that you can do pretty much do whatever you want. And to remind you that it’s only a matter of time until you have that again.

Don’t know any other vinas living in your hometown? Join the Hey! VINA app to meet some. 

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6 SIGNS YOU’LL KILL IT AS A GRAD

Hey seniors! Just a month or so to go ’til you’re off in the real world! Not feeling prepped enough for adulthood? You may be more ready than you think. Here are some signs you’re totally gonna kill it as a graduate:

 

YOU HAVE YOUR OWN NETFLIX ACCOUNT

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You’re probably going to have your own streaming account in that new apartment you’re sharing with your friends. Who cares if you don’t have cable, this is the new standard for successful adulting.

YOU HAVE ACTUAL CUTLERY

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Gone are the days of improv dishes, eating out of takeout cartons. Owning actual silverware is a good sign! You may occasionally have to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, but you’re doing well, kid!

YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FRIENDS

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If you haven’t let midterms get in the way of your friendships, it’s a good sign you’ll make them last after college.

YOU’RE A FANCY RAMEN PRO

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You haven’t touched the instant stuff in a few months. Instead, you’ve been indulging in the fancy kind from a local restaurant with perfectly cooked noodles and real veggies. It’s surely a sign you’re ready to grow up.

YOU MAKE YOUR OWN APPOINTMENTS

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If your parents no longer have to call the doctor for you to schedule an appointment, you’re one step closer to adulthood. We know it may be the ONLYA time you ever pick up the phone to make an actual phone call, but it’s progress.

 

YOU (ALMOST ALWAYS) GET YOUR 8 HOURS

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You’ve finally realized how important sleep is and no longer pull all-nighters to cram for a test or finish a paper. You’re still a fan of naps though, I mean who isn’t?

See? You’ve got this! Find another friend to practice #adulting with and you’ll both be pros in no time!

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