Business 20 March 2020
Ever wondered what your sign says about your leadership style? We'll let you know.
Aries (March 22 - April 21)
Aries are brave, independent, and dynamic. An Aeries boss is definitely the type who truly loves to push through and take charge of any situation. And they're courageous enough to take the risks that a leader often needs to. Although they can be a but impsulsive at times, which may lead to a few too many foolhardy ideas, an Aeries leader isn't afraid to go their own road — often for the better!
Taurus (April 22 - May 21)
Tauruses are parient, reliable, and determined. They're known as the most down-to-earth of all the zodiac for a reason! A zodiac boss is the type who is always down to work with their employees to get the best results for everyone no matter how long it takes and how much they have to push through to get there. Though they can be pretty stubborn at times (okay, a lot of the time), they have a warmheart and a gentle touch that will support their employees through any struggle!
Gemini (May 22 to June 21)
Geminis are adaptable, versatile, and communicative. These bosses are the best at running meetings, they know what to say and how to say it with verve. They're also multi-tasking champs due to their naturally adaptive personality — ideal for an all-hands-on-deck type of workplace. However, they can be a bit inconsistent when it comes to certain details, so you'll definitely need to work a little extra hard to keep track of a Gemini boss.
Cancer (June 22 to July 21)
Cancers are sensitive, friend-oriented, and practical. Nothing makes a Cancer boss happier than seeing their employees thrive! This type of leader is sure to foster a nurturing and supportive work environment, and they're cautious enough to have plans in place in case things get a little crazy. And we all know that's bound to happen sometime! Cancers can be a little moody though, so be sure not to catch a Cancer boss on an off day.
Leo (July 22 to August 21)
Leos are creative, popular, and faithful. We're not saying leadership is a popularity contest, but it doesn't hurt to be well-liked by the people you're in charge of! A Leo boss will always have your back; they'd never let a client chew you out without stepping in to take the heat themselves. Although it feels like Leo bosses can sometimes be a bit too bossy, but it's only because they're so enthusiastic about the work you're all doing!
Virgo (Auguest 22 to September 21)
Virgos are modest, meticulous, and diligent. If there was every a boss who could spot a typo from a mile away, it's a Virgo boss. So watch out for these perfectionists! Don't be afraid of harsh criticism though; a Virgo boss might keep you on your toes, but you'll learn more from them than you ever thought possible!
Libra (September 22 - October 21)
Libras are diplomatic, charming, and idealistic. Libras have a strong sense of justice. Duh, the scales! They know the difference between right and wrong, and they are inherently talented at weighing (ba dum tss) the odds. (The scale-related bad jokes stop here, don't worry.) Even though they sometimes have a penchant for indecision, ultimately Libra bosses are the best when it comes to conflict resolation. And we could all use a little bit of that every once and a while...
Scorpio (October 22 - November 21)
Scorpios are self-reliant, powerful, and dominant. If there was ever a zodiac sign to have boss-vibes, it's Scorpio. They know there's hot stuff and they aren't afraid to flaunt it, whether on the street or in a conference room. These magnetic personalities are sure to invegorate any office space, and even though they can be a little compulsive sometimes, ultimately they encourage passion wherever they go.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Sagittariuses are open-minded, honest, and freedom-loving. A Sagittarius boss is as free and fun-loving as they get! These are the types of leaders that want their employees to take their own path and will encourage you to explore your own ideas and processes. Although they're honesty can sometimes border on the tactless, at least you'll never have to worry about what they're really thinking about your performance.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 21)
Capricorns are hardworking, straightforward, stubborn
Aquarius (January 22 - February 21)
Aquariuses are innovative, admired, eccentric. This zodiac sign as a leader is one of a kind, they can fall deeply into their own research and learning processes so sometimes it might be a little hard to tap into their management. But they have a deeply humanitarian streak that shows just how much they care about their workers and the outside world in general!
Pisces (February 22 - March 21)
Pisces are selfless, sympathetic, and go-with-the-flow. Though not natural born leaders, they can be great at creating an appreciative and cooperative team environment. Sometimes this sign is easilly led astray, but when they can get back the reigns their employees are always there to back them up.
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Help! I Might Get Fired!
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
What's the best way to be prepared for a layoff? Because of the crisis, I am worried that my company is going to let me go soon, what can I do to be prepared? Is now a good time to send resumes? Should I save money? Redesign my website? Be proactive at work? Make myself non-disposable?
- Restless & Jobless
Dear Restless & Jobless,
I'm sorry that you're feeling anxious about your employment status. There are many people like yourself in this pandemic who are navigating an uncertain future, many have already lost their jobs. In my experience as a former professional recruiter for almost a decade, I always told my candidates the importance of periodically being passively on the market. This way, you'd know your worth, and you'd be able to track the market rates that may have changed over time, and sometimes even your job title which might have evolved unbeknownst to you.
This is a great time to reach out to your network, update your online professional presence (LinkedIn etc.), and send resumes. Though I'm not a fan of sending a resume blindly into a large database. Rather, talk to friends or email acquaintances and have them directly introduce you to someone who knows someone at a list of companies and people you have already researched. It's called "working closest to the dollar."
Here's a useful article with some great COVID-times employment tips; it suggests to "post ideas, articles, and other content that will attract and engage your target audience—specifically recruiters." If you're able to, try to steer away from focusing too much on the possibility of getting fired, instead spend your energy being the best you can be at work, and also actively being on the job market. Schedule as many video calls as you can, there's nothing like good ol' face-to-face meetings to get yourself on someone's radar. If your worries get the best of you, I recommend you schedule time with a qualified therapist. When you're ready, lean into that video chat and werk!
- The Armchair Psychologist
HELP! AM I A FRAUD?
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I'm an independent consultant in NYC. I just filed for unemployment, but I feel a little guilty collecting because a) I'm not looking for a job (there are none anyway) and b) the company that will pay just happens to be the one that had me file a W2 last year; I've done other 1099 work since then.
I'm sorry that you're wracked with guilt. It's admirable that your conscience is making you re-evaluate whether you are entitled to "burden the system" so to speak as a state's unemployment funds can run low. Shame researchers, like Dr. Brené Brown, believe that the difference between shame and guilt is that shame is often rooted in the self/self-worth and is often destructive whereas guilt is based on one's behavior and compels us to do better. "I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful – it's holding something we've done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort."
Your guilt sounds like a healthy problem. Many people feel guilty about collecting unemployment benefits because of how they were raised and the assumption that it's akin to "seeking charity." You're entitled to your unemployment benefits, and it was paid into a fund for you by your employer with your own blood, sweat, and tears. Also, you aren't committing an illegal act. The benefits are there to relieve you in times when circumstances prevent you from having a job. Each state may vary, but the NY State Department of Labor requires that you are actively job searching. The Cares Act which was passed in March 2020 also may provide some relief. I recommend that you collect the relief you need but to be sure that you meet the criteria by actively searching for a job just in case anyone will hire you.
- The Armchair Psychologist