Workdumping

Work dump: To load up a hardworking/successful/dependable employee with assignments. At times reducing the workload of other less successful workers.

Ok, I think I made this term and definition up but I’m sure you know what I mean. This is an issue in all areas of employment.

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Getting a heavier workload or more complex assignments can be stressful but how do you properly respond to it in the workplace? Here are some tips and views I’ll share to manage if believe you are overloaded at work:

  • Don’t complain: Sure you can vent to a friend but don’t let the bosses know that they are overloading you. It’s fine to acknowledge the heavy workload and to manage your bosses expectations so they can make realistic due dates but don’t go negative. It doesn’t look good.
  • Rethink the situation: Face it, you get more work because you do good work. It’s actually a compliment. It’s also a gateway to career success. Managers talk about their steller employees and good managers reward such employees.
  • Never say no: As stated before, management sees something in you which is why you are getting “dumped” on. As soon as you turn down a work assignment, you might be lowering your value. Now, if you must say no, then really think about why you are saying no and fully express it to your boss. If they are asking you to do an assignment that would prevent you from accomplishing an equally important assignment let them know. Perhaps ask for an extended due date or for assistance instead of a flat out no.
  • Take a time out: Ultimately no one cares more about you than you. If the work dumping is affecting your mental and physical health then take a break. A good manager, aware of the situation, should understand that you need breaks. Go on a vacation, meditate, leave work on time when you can, exercise in the middle of the day, telework. Take time for you. The work never ends but getting sick over it can mean your end.
  • Communicate: The common theme here is to have good discussions about the work. If you believe the work dumping is not leading to good things then have a conversation with your boss about your career goals and ask about the types of things that can get you to the level you want to be. Remember more money, more problems. Therefore, with every raise, expect more work or at least a higher complexity of work. If no raise is being offered, make the request. The ultimate, positive outcome from workdumping should be career reward. If that’s not happening then…
  • Leave: Finally, if you feel overworked, stressed out, undervalued and, even worse, you are losing the love of the job; it might be time to go. Being in a situation where you are overly worked but not rewarded in any way is not an enjoyable way to live. If a raise/promotion or other option is never going to be in your future, then looking elsewhere might be a good idea.
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Back to Puerto Rico

As you know I loves to travel and I a winter getaway is a must for me as I despise the cold and all it stands for. This year, a bunch of friends and I did San Juan, Puerto Rico, which I’ve gone to a couple of times but decided to finally do a post. Here we go.

Hotel:

We stayed at the El San Juan Resort and Casino. Very nice and lively hotel (on the weekends it gets packed due to the live salsa bands). It has three pool areas and two Jacuzzis. On the weekends its a big party with a DJ. The hotel which is on the beach, is in Isla Verde which apparently has the nicer beach than the other beach areas in San Juan, although not as big in the night life (more to come on that, Condado has more of the nightlife but the beach isn’t as nice). They have a few fancy restaurants on site as well as a gym and spa. The casino is no Vegas site but it’s there. They also have one of the only clubs in Isla Verde. All in all, I’d stay there again for sure.

hotel

pool

Nightlife:

The first night we stayed in the hotel and did the salsa in the lobby and the bars (there are three in the lobby as well as a dance floor and stage for the bands). Then we headed over to Club Brava, also in the hotel, which is more top 40 dance club and has two floors.

The next night we ventured out to the La Placita area which is a bunch of casual bars and cafes to listen to top 40 and Latin. Much cheaper than other areas so that was good but it wasn’t really my vibe. Perhaps if I were in my twenties I’d like it more. We also checked out our hotels rooftop bar which was just okay but the view was nice.

The final night we were in Old San Juan and we swung past the popular Nuyorican Café (which is kind of hard to find). It’s a very popular salsa club. I’m not a huge salsa dancer but wanted to go. It was a Sunday night and they started the band very late in my opinion (maybe 11pm?). The place is pretty small, divvy, and the bathroom was unusable. If you just want to dance in a casual atmosphere and have used the potty already, I think it’d be a fun place.

roof top

Food

The first night we went to Casita Miramar which was my best food visit there. I had a grilled chicken and mixed salad which I sadly did not take a picture of. It was very tasty. We also had a Nutella flavored flan which I still dream about. It’s a small spot that gets packed. Seems very family friendly.

The next night we went to Ropa Vieja in Condado where I had shrimp mofongo (mashed plantain) in garlic sauce. Deliciousness. Larger than the other locations we went to. Again, not super fancy but nice fun atmosphere.

The final night we went to Mojito at the suggestion of a friendly local. Much more affordable than the other spots. I had chicken filled mofongo in a tomato sauce. Delish as well. Located in Old San Juan and nothing fancy, just good food. Family friendly.

Other Stuff:

We also went sailing on this trip which was fun. In past trips I visited El Yunque which is a rain forest and a fun visit. I’ve also gone snorkeling and done the Bacardi Tour, also a good trip. Next time I’m hoping to check out the bioluminescent bay.  This trip we pretty much chilled at the beach and pool all day which was just fine by me. Ready to go back!

 

Jambalaya

Here’s another quick post on a crockpot dish I made. This time I went for jambalaya.

Here’s what I used:

1lb boneless/skinless chicken which I chopped up

1 or 2 hot sausage links

1 cup shrimp

1 stalk chopped celery

1 can diced tomatoes

1 medium onion chopped

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

1 red bell pepper chopped

2 tsps oregano

2 tsps bay leaves

2 tsps Cajun seasoning

2 tsps red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp thyme

Throw it all in the crock pot. Set it at high for about 3 to 4 hours. Throw in some cooked rice after and your done. Boom.

jambalaya

My Online Go-Tos

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As a blogger, I spend more time than I care to admit online. Don’t worry, I venture out of my house. However there are times when I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of a brick and motor store and just order something quickly. I am also a person that likes to get answers quickly so I have sites I like to visit to get answers. So here are my favorite websites for the various areas of my life: