motivation of employees

Transference (M) – Chapter 06

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Summary: After experiencing one of the worst days of your life, you face difficult truths about yourself while under Hoseok’s facilitation.

Pairing: Hoseok x Reader

Genre: Angst, Smut

Word Count: 13,167

Warning: Tantric!Hoseok, therapist/client relationship, sexual themes, BDSM, shibari, dom/sub roleplay, profanity.

A/N: This chapter is going to hurt.

Chapters: 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07

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I find it fascinating that there are people out there who can focus on important things without having to have the feeling of adrenaline-fuelled urgency to push themselves forward. That they have some internal sense of calm, relaxed motivation, rather than ‘all employees head to panic stations, this is not a drill, move move move’-motivation.

I don’t understand how you can focus without a sense of impending doom, I really don’t.

generallkenobi replied to your post “Going Old School with Vaderkin Today An excerpt from today’s writing… …”


generallkenobi said: just think of obi-wan’s disappointed face, anakin


I don’t know what’s wrong with him! Does he have some kind of Underling Hit Count he has to meet per chapter? Obi-Wan and the Littlest Skywalkers are outside having a Touching Moment with the Force™ and you’d think the least he could do would be to keep the murdering to a minimum.

I’m not sure Obi-Wan’s disappointed face would help in this instance though. He might throttle more underlings out of spite. Good luck Lieutenant Andron! Let me know when you’ve found Piett! But that’s a good thought. I’m sure Obi-Wan will put the kibosh on his Dark Side ways post haste. 

What Economics Is!

Okay, so I get it. Business, Finance, Accounting and Economics…what’s the difference? They’re basically the same thing, right?

Well, no, not exactly. You might have noticed me firing a lot of referrals over to the wonderful @scriptaccountant over the lifetime of this blog. The asks I’ve sent over to her aren’t exactly accounting either, they tend to be business-related, but we have a chat together and work out which of us would be better to answer the question, and since she has more experience working in businesses than I do, it usually falls to her (thanks by the way, love you!)

I could list off some dictionary definitions for you, but that probably won’t help much. After all these disciplines do overlap, and we appreciate that. It’s not easy to know who to send your ask to! But to cut down on the confusion and referral time, here’s some clues as to where to send your ask:

Economics: along with politics, this is me! Economics is more big picture stuff (think industry level or higher, up to national and supranational level). Anything about trade (global or otherwise), monetary flows, taxes and subsidies, Central Banks, and currencies falls into my realm; basically, anything you think a government* might handle or have to think about is stuff you should be sending to me!

*Disclaimer: I am not a government. Yet. Mycroft Holmes is giving me aspirations and you should all probably be very worried. 

Originally posted by bbcsherlockimagines

Accounting (and finance) from scriptaccountant: the process of recording and summarising financial transactions and analysing, verifying and reporting the results. Questions about bookkeeping, paying taxes, auditing etc. should go straight over there!

Business: the name tells you what you need to know. Business as a discipline is concerned with the inner workings of businesses themselves. This will include subjects such as CEOs, CFOs and Boards of Directors, how to best manage and motivate employees, profit margins, how businesses pay taxes and record sales/profit etc., product promotion and a bunch of other stuff. 

Now, this is where is gets complicated. As you may (or may not) be able to tell, some of the stuff in that list sounds distinctly like finance or accounting, while there’s other stuff that falls under (micro)economics. Recording sales? Yeah, that’s also accounting. Profit margins? That fits under economics too. And some of that stuff falls under neither overlapping discipline, just to complicate matters further, so neither I nor accountant may have an answer for you.

We get that this isn’t easy, and the last thing we want to do is put you off sending us asks. If you don’t know who to send it to, that’s a-okay! Pick either myself or Accountant and if you got the wrong one, it’s easy enough for us to send a family referral. This PSA is simply to try and help cut down on the time it takes us to answer your asks, and nothing else. 

Until next time!

anonymous asked:

what's the best way to get an increase in your allowance after seeing an SD for some time (6 months+)?

By way of setting the stage in order to answer your question, let me state the obvious:  an arrangement that lasts six months or longer is a very good thing!  A long-term arrangement is the “grail” that all serious and committed SBs seek. Your SD is happy with you, enjoys your company and is providing a steady allowance that you have come to count on and expect month after month.  Hopefully, the SD is someone whose company you genuinely enjoy as well.  You respect each other’s boundaries and, over time, you have become close and comfortable with each other.  It sure beats having to sift through endless messages on SA, going on dull, weird or uncomfortable “meet and greet” dates that play havoc with your work, school or social calendar and having to put up with irritating guys who are looking for nothing more than a hook-up, more photos to collect or someone new to manipulate and abuse!

Anyway, here you are, at a point in the arrangement where your SD is committed to the relationship and the income that he provides helps sustain or foster your economic goals. But, it’s been six or more months and you figure that it’s time for a raise!  

Asking for more money six months or more into an arrangement is probably more difficult, than negotiating the allowance in the first place! Bona fide SDs know, of course, that a steady, meaningful allowance is the price they pay for your companionship, so they are always prepared to have that initial discussion with you. However, once the “ink is dry” on that deal, they think that the allowance is “set in stone” and the thought of giving you a “bump” is not in their heads!

Rule No. 1 – Plan ahead!

So, the best time for “ask for an increase” is when you are negotiating the allowance at the outset!  In other words, build in the possibility/probability for an increase from the beginning of your negotiations, so that when you decide that it is time to “go for it”, he will have already been “primed” and it won’t come as a surprise.  And, here is one clever way to do that:  allowances almost always are a product of compromise, right?  He starts with an initial offer, and you counter it with something that is higher.  Invariably, you end up “settling” somewhere in the middle, maybe closer to his range, maybe closer to yours.  But, most of the time, it is something short of what you ideally wanted.  Instead of simply accepting his “last, best and final offer”, make sure that you point out that it is less than what you wanted. But, flatter him.  Tell him that, since he seems to be such a great guy and since you are very interested in being involved in his life and “rocking his world”, you are willing to accept his offer, but you want him to hold open the possibility of increasing it, say, six months down the road!  He will be delighted that you are willing to compromise and he will gladly agree!  It is easier to get someone to agree to the possibility of paying more money in the future, because, well, it’s in the future!  And, I believe there have been psychological studies that have proven this point!

And, think about it: isn’t this the way the business world works?  In other words, companies often discuss future raises at the time that they are interviewing/recruiting candidates that they are interested in.  Businessmen and women know that they should discuss future pay increases at the beginning in order to attract a good employee.  This motivates the potential employee to do well in his or her job.  Often, the potential employee is the one that brings it up:  “I have a skill set/potential customers that you are looking for.  If my performance meets or exceeds your expectations, I would like to discuss my continuing salary requirements is six months.” If the company wants that employee, it is going to agree.

If you didn’t follow this approach, all is not lost!  The next section also applies to the situation where you want to ask for an increase even if you did not “lay the groundwork.”

Rule No. 2 – Earn the raise!

The “business world” analogy continues to aid our inquiry!  Raises are sometimes given based on the “length of service”.  In other words, employees may get automatic raises after six months, a year, etc.  But these automatic increases are usually for lower paid “hourly” work and are not all that significant, maybe 1-3% at a time.  I don’t think you are interested in that!  

For more “highly skilled” or “professional” positions, raises are not necessarily automatic, but tend to be based on merit and when they are awarded, they tend to be more substantial.  And, I submit to you that being a SB is a “highly skilled”/”professional” type of job, so let’s see what you need to do in order to ask for and earn that “bump”!

And, simply stated, you gotta earn it!  As a SB, you are providing your SD a service!

 … Always remember that you, as a SB are providing a service, an experience for him, in other words, that he just cannot and does not get anywhere else. And, the better and more memorable the service and experience, the more committed he will be to the arrangement!  Also keep in mind the reasons why this guy is with you and providing financial support.

 That quote comes from a previous post of mine, which I think also gives you the general idea about what your job entails and what motivates your SD.  See What should I do on a date with my SD?  Honey, put on your party dress …

So, the upshot here is to provide your SD with an excellent service so that when you approach him about an increase, he immediately sees the value of saying yes!

Rule No. 3 – Communication is key!

The way you communicate your desire for an increase is also very important.  Done incorrectly, and all of your good work will have gone for naught!  And, done correctly, you may be pleasantly surprised when he actually gives you at least what you asked for and perhaps more!

How you approach the issue is a function of your style:  you can do it flirtatiously, perhaps bring it up while you’re having “pillow talk”, or it can be in a more “business like” fashion, over dinner or cocktails.  Don’t be tense, don’t be confrontational, just make it natural.  If he is willing to provide more money based on all that you have done for him, he will; if he isn’t, he’ll let you know!

I offer one specific tip of what NOT to do, however:  I don’t think it is a good idea to argue for an increase based on your increased “living expenses”.  I think if you tell him about all your bills and expenses, it opens up the opportunity of him trying to “micro-manage” your budget (showing ways where you can “cut” expenses, etc.) instead of dealing with the real issue at hand.  Plus, it gives him an opportunity to “get into your business”, which is none of his business.  For example, when it is time for me to raise my rates that I charge clients, I never tell them about my “increased overhead”, etc.  I don’t want a client to have a good picture of my own operating expense and I think the same is true with most companies. Getting back to your situation, letting him know how, where and why you spend money gives him power and information that maybe he shouldn’t have.   I think that there are exceptions to this rule, however, so I’m not telling you NEVER to do it.  For example, you may be applying to a university and you need help with tuition. A SD may react favorably to that. But aside from those big ticket items, I just don’t think telling your SD about your day to day cost of living is going to impress him one way or another.

No matter how you approach it, just remember that good communication is key!  If you’ve been with your SD for six months or more, you should be comfortable enough to be honest, direct and forthright with him, and hopefully, in so doing, you will achieve that increase that you deserve!


Brenda was young and succesful. She had earned her position after a few years of hard work and had proven herself to the company.
But for some reason, she hard a hard time getting her employees motivated.
Although she had never seen any of them (she was always too busy in her office on the top floor), she put a lot of thought in her cheerful emails.
What curse plagued the company’s productivity ?

After Ben’s story, I wanted to explore more of the office’s story.
Will Brenda ever meet her employees ?

Smiling Gods, or, why Kevin's so cheerful

Headcanon of Kevin being perfectly functional & human in all regards, rather than monstrous and impossibly sadistic.

He’s just a bit… /adapted/ to his living conditions. So while he can intellectually realise that things are wrong and being covered in blood is wrong, he can’t actually bring himself to say anything that might be perceived as negative because negativity is the sort of thing that results in retraining.

So he has, carefully and thoroughly, eliminated almost every possible use of the word ‘no’ from his vocabulary, and almost all other negative terms.

He survives Desert Bluffs being marched on by the Advanced Readers from neighbouring Night Vale, but that doesn’t mean he can just drop back into being the Kevin he was a decade ago, before Strex and so much retraining and Employee Motivation.

When you ask him what the weather’s like, he’ll say “Gosh, we’re blessed with lots of sunshine today!” when he means he’s getting burned in it. Or “Nothing like a brisk breeze to wake you up!” when he’s so cold he can’t feel his extremities. If you ask him a question to which the answer is obviously 'no’, he’ll work his way around it until he can find a positive, upbeat spin. He’s not *able* to be negative any more, as a survival tactic.

He might be able to get clever about the phrasing, but not too clever. Never clever enough to arouse suspicion. Never treading the lines to where he thinks anyone, anyone at all, might pick up even a faint trace of sarcasm. Ask him about blood, and he’ll list every nice thing he can think of just to be on the safe side.

“It’s such a nice colour. And aren’t you glad not to be all dried out? Blood’s so good for the plants, too. All that iron and those other lovely nutrients! Why, it’s all just dandy!”

My Top 3 Favorite Season One Episodes Of WOY

3) The Brainstorm

The Brainstorm is where Lord Hater and Commander Peepers try to devise a Wander-proof plan to invade a planet, but it turns out that it’s just not that simple to do. This episode has a whole lot of great humor such as all of Hater’s arguments, Hater and Peepers fighting over Rosa in Hater’s fantasy and just how more and more frustrated Peepers gets. I find it hilarious how Hater thinks Wander can literally combat anything and he’s constantly finding some sort of flaw in the plans much to the frustration of Peepers, and half the time the flaws are ridiculous and don’t make any sense.

I bet this episode was a lot of fun to write, coming up with different invasion plans then finding the most ridiculous flaw in each one. I would have loved to be at that pitch. I also like how the Watchdogs for the most part just sit there looking bored while Hater and Peepers argue. Then there’s the dramatic buildup at the end as Hater’s confidence is restored and they finally invade the planet only to be stopped by Wander’s banjo. No explanation as to how, it just happens. Exactly as Hater predicted.

(The Brainstorm episode tied as 3rd place with The Bounty but I could only pick one. Grop, it was so tough)

2)  The Little Guy

The Little Guy is such a cute episode and I find it to actually be quite deep. Westley the Watchdog works for the Hater Empire. His head has been filled with the law of the Hater Empire. Be evil, conquer planets, rule with fear and an iron fist and anyone who thinks otherwise is dumb and a threat. That’s all he’s ever known. Then he has a run in with Wander and Sylvia who show him kindness and a whole new perspective on life. They open up a brand new path for him. 

It takes a while for Westley to come around to this new way of life which is more realistic since his whole existence suddenly changes. All of his beliefs are challenged and thrown out the window and new ones manifest and he is able to change; something that wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t shown kindness and friendship and given a gentle push onto the right path. I really love the moral here and I especially like Wander’s comments of “The weather looks to be a’changing soon.” 

The ending song ‘If You Wander Over Yonder’ and the scene where Wander, Westley and Sylvia are watching the snow from the cave and drinking soup gives me so many feels.

1) The Gift 2: The Giftening

The Gift 2: The Giftening is my favorite episode because I just find it so clever how they took the formula for a zombie invasion and changed it to something… not sinister at all. Watching Hater and Peepers absolutely freak out over Wander giving them presents is so funny to me. 

The whole episode we don’t hear a thing from Wander and Sylvia, we just see it purely from the Skullship’s perspective and I love that. I really like that this episode showed us that the Watchdogs can be competent when given the right motivation. Treat your employees with kindness and in turn they will do their absolute best for you as thanks.

This was a really difficult decision and I honestly had to think this over for days because I like so many episodes and they all come so close to being tied with one another. I’m sure many others had the same problem too. I’m bound to change my mind about this order in the next few hours, that’s how close this is! I’d need at least a top ten!

Let us see what other great episodes the creators had planned for us in season 3 @disneyxd!

10.15.15//Attempting to tackle an ungodly amount of assignments. Since I keep getting distracted by cleaning my house I came to my favorite coffee shop for moral and motivation. I absolutely love the employees here (not to mention v-60 pour-over with locally roasted coffee beans) and they have become my friends since I frequent here so often. 

“I got a really big team, and they need some really big rings. Man, what a time to be alive.” ~Drake, Future

Lol I had to. Sorry…

anonymous asked:

Terry's behavior on twitter the other day was not admirable. It was unprofessional. As soon as the weasels dropped in to stir up trouble with their tattle tale tweets about some shipper fans, Terry should have cut it off immediately. She should have said: Why are you bringing that crap here? Anybody with an ounce of sense would have questioned their motivation. As an employee of the show and in a position of privilege, she should not have allowed that line of discussion to continue.

Completely unprofessional. Let me share a little something with you—I don’t know any member of any television production who would come to my TL and take a screenshot like this:

She tried to DM it, but tweeted it instead. Then deleted verra quickly, however someone caught it. This was back in September, when after another costume pic debacle, I unfollowed her. The context of this was the photo of Sam on the subway and by “with” I meant “physically on the subway accompanying.” 

Anyways, since I unfollowed her, I don’t really know what went down the other day other than what I gleaned from Tumblr and my Outlander group. So I’m not necessarily addressing what happened other than to say it’s another example of Terry blurring the lines between being a member of production and being a fan. You don’t see Maril doing this type of stuff. Maril keeps it professional. You don’t see Anne Kenney taking screengrabs of fan TLs. It seems like if this fanbase isn’t blocking, it’s screengrabbing. Would Jon Gary Steele tell a fan, “we’ll get new fans,” when fans express criticism about the show? No.

Do you think actress Amanda Peet, the wife of Game of Thrones EP David Benioff, interacts with fans the way Terry does? No. Does Peet pour gasoline on a squabble between fans, watch it escalate, and then do nothing to stop it or play dumb about her role in perpetuating it? No. Yes, of course, I realize it’s different since Peet is not on the production, but it’s just an example.

With her reaction to the costume pics, Terry has created an environment in the Outlander fandom where fans think it’s OK to police and basically bully (I really did want to avoid using that word because I think it’s used way too loosely or inappropriately) other fans. And it happens whenever you disagree or express dissent. She doesn’t need to respond to every tweet. She can choose to ignore. In fact, you would think she’d be so busy with her job that she doesn’t have time to respond to every tweet she receives. Or if she does comment, she should get the context and know when to end it before things get out of hand. But she doesn’t, because she has absolutely zero tact or professionalism.

Also, you fucking fans who screengrab shit and send it to production: Fucking stop it. Stop tattling and involving them in your petty squabbles. It’s really embarrassing.

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[ Junkrat joins the team. Symmetra absolutely hates him. Slow-burn Junkrat/Symmetra with a struggle of chaos versus order. Series of connected vignettes and drabbles that will outline the gradual development of an odd relationship between two dissimilar individuals who happen to view the world’s components through a similar lens. Alternatively, “In which Junkrat grows on Symmetra like an undesirable plant on the sidewalk and she copes with it in progressively worsening ways.” ]

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“Wait, wait, wait. Right. Okay. So lemme understand this. You went right into one of their little hidey holes, right. Pinched a few heads. Riled up a bunch of them Talon wankers. Knicked something of theirs. And then you went and brought ‘em here.”

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When did we start “having relationships” with technology? I mean, obviously at the very beginning people probably “had relationships” with their spears, but it was only in the last century I feel that technology really began to figure into our social lives. We listened to the news come in on radio, we set up televisions where our fireplaces used to be, we started carrying smartphones. At some point our machines became something that we felt in dialogue with. At some point “the media” emerged as a separate enterprise. And, the thing is, we welcomed the opportunity to retreat into them. At first I thought this song was anti-technology, and perhaps it is, but the narrator is certainly no Luddite. He doesn’t bemoan his state of technical envelopment. He welcomes it; he begs for it; he lets a harmonica slide along behind him as he insists that we leave him to this. No, we—and here I feel like I especially mean “Americans” when I say “we” but substitute your own country’s experience if you like—let this happen to ourselves. We liked it. We would rather be in one great big national dialogue than constantly subject ourselves to a thousand local ones. The dialogue with the television is easier, anyway. It talks to you, but it won’t listen back, so you are relieved of your duties towards it. To the television, you can be a receptacle. No human will give you such consideration.

That isn’t enough for the narrator of this song, however. He talks about finding a blank channel, letting the static fill the room. That’s an avoidance not just of the abstracted communication that is media consumption, but an avoidance even of that. He doesn’t want to hear a news anchor drone on about Syria, or see some chef who’s apparently famous create a meal he won’t get to eat. He just wants static—even spectrum white noise with a nice broad Fourier transform. It’s an interesting fact that, on an old television that displays analog “snow,” some small fraction of what you see is the microwave background radiation, slowly-cooling photons left over from just after the Big Bang. Everything else you hear is incidental, the electromagnetic equivalent of the wind in the trees. Maybe some of it is a passing solar flare, or a plane passing overhead. It’s noise that you can’t hear. Maybe to the narrator, it’s the closest he can get to ocean waves in Colorado.

A machine is automation. The narrator talks about desiring to fall through his own roof, as if he can simply land there. I don’t know whether or not this is a word in common psychological usage, but the phrase that comes to mind is “choice fatigue.” So much life to live, so much to do. Pay bills, love your friends, listen to the news. It’s too much. It is easier for him, and he would prefer it, if he could self-exile, banish himself from society. Use the weather he’s been given to isolate himself entirely, find a blank station, and let the many modern modes of automation wash over him. Let the television (“ninety-six inch”) cover his field of vision and nullify all other reality, let him replace any informational content in that signal with white noise, and let himself be blank in the face of a modern infrastructure incredibly larger than himself.

There are sociological machines, too, and they aren’t made of silicon or aluminum. They’re made of teachers, social workers, executives, congressman. They move and bustle about and work in utterly predictable ways to perform a chosen function in the optimal fashion. Nobody tends to like them very much. Think of how many advertisements you’ve seen from banks claiming to treat you as “more than just a number.” Of course, not one of those advertisements changes the fact that you are a number in the banking system. That’s what it means for there to be a “system.” There is something inhuman about a corporation or a government, a set of rules and behaviors that transcends any one person. When a corporation does something wrong, who do you blame? The executives who guided it, the stockholders who motivated it, the employees that enacted its will? There’s nobody there, only the cold clanging of logic against itself. It can be beautiful—there are few things I appreciate as much as being able to put an Amazon order in and have it arrive the next day—but it is certainly inhuman. At some level, it might even seem divine. Consider the Catholic Church, especially in pre-Reformation Europe. A single trans-national organization, devoted to higher powers and proceeding according to doctrines and writings supposedly inaccessible and unalterable by its members, ultimately only judged by God. That’s a machine for you, performing its tasks with ruthless efficiency.

Perhaps that’s what this narrator finds in machines. Efficiency, devotion, a strange form of loyalty almost. He’d rather spend his final days surrounded by these machines, who cannot possibly let him down, then invite into his life the reckless souls of his fellow humans. He is aware of what he is turning away from, “the world and all its wonders,” but he is still turning away from it. That makes it at least a somewhat admirable decision. Plenty of people simply miss the world in favor of the great wash of the artificial, so for him to recognize it and still turn away—well, at least he’s conscious, however much we might not agree with him. And rather than substitute his lack of human contact for the false contact of the television, he finds a dead station and commits to it. There it is: glorious black and white, something pure and otherworldly. Somewhere in there is the history of the whole universe; somewhere in there might be some last desperate whisperings from God.