A Team Member by any Other Title

would still be just as sweet!


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Team Members have been able to choose their own titles since the dawn of the Information Age — or really, since Guy Kawasaki called himself Apple’s Chief Evangelist in the 80s. While shoulder pads and fanny packs have faded away, the choose-your-own-title has stuck around. For good reason – choosing your own title can make your job feel more meaningful, more uniquely yours.

In Teamphoria, you can choose any title, which got me thinking about what makes a good title. It was about time that I had to chose my own title, and I found it was way more difficult than it seems. Picking your unofficial title is a great exercise to think about your job, your organization, and how the two fit together. It all depends on the atmosphere in the office– Teamphoria’s marketing coordinators are the “Chief Troublemaker” and “Marketing Geek,” respectively.
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Show off your wit

I wanted to come off as clever and professional in just a couple words. The best titles are not only funny, but they’re smart. I didn’t want to come off as silly, but I didn’t want to be stuffy either.

Work As A Team

Do all of the people who work in HR have similar titles? Maybe they should! Maybe the iOS developers go with a pirate theme, and the Android developers go with ninjas. Take something that unifies you as a team and work off of that!

Be Accurate

While you may want to be funny, try not to diminish or inflate your actual title. It may be fun to be the King of Coding, but not when it’s the first week of your summer internship and your manager has written three books on development. Make sure you have the skills to back up your claim.

Be You

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Make it reflect you! Play with different “titles” until you find one that fits you and your company. It should match your style, both professionally and personally. Being the “blogging princess” wouldn’t fit me, but “content creator” would! So find something that works for you!

I’m still working on mine, but if you have suggestions, or know someone who has thought up an awesome title, tell me in the comments. Otherwise, if you have questions about Teamphoria, or making your own title, let us know!

How to Avoid Mobile Burn Out!

Originally posted on Teamphoria’s blog on September 9,2014
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Whether it’s professional or personal, technology has definitely changed the way we live day-to-day. An iPhone 4 is a thousand times faster than the computer that got us to the moon. Our means of communicating with each other is getting better and faster every year. So no matter how you connect, most of us are constantly plugged in. I was hard pressed to find an industry that didn’t use technology, and I’m especially confident saying that since you’re reading the Teamphoria blog, even you are using technology.

All of this change has radically influenced the way we work… But is it a good or bad thing?

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System Requirements

Today, a majority of employers want to be able to reach their team as soon as possible – often that’s through email. There’s only 5% of workers who won’t check their email after hours no matter what the company’s expectations or policy may be.

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Inbox (!!)

Have you ever gotten a work email in the evening and had it bother you until you handled it? If you have, you’re likely to be more stressed out than your colleague who didn’t. Employees who admitted they never checked their emails admitted that they didn’t often feel stressed – 64% were stress free!

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Are You Sure You Want To Delete?

Before you delete your mail accounts from your phone, the same Gallup poll found that those same workers who were stressed out were more likely to rate themselves as “thriving.”

So while they may be stressed out, working hard means you can play hard. Not all stress is bad stress, so bask in the productive energy!

Here are some tips to avoid Mobile Burnout:

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Limit the time you’re checking your email off the clock.

Try to keep it within normal working hours: do you have a client in another time zone? Check your email once around 7 PM for that client in Melbourne or the satellite office in California.

If it’s not crucial, have it wait until you’re in the office next.

Just because you’re connected, doesn’t mean that you have to respond. Try to know the difference between something that needs a response and something that can wait until you’re fresh in the morning.

Give yourself time to recharge.

Set your phone to Do Not Disturb, mute it, or set it down in another part of the house for the evening. Take some time off the grid to recharge!

For more information on employee engagement, check out Teamphoria (available from your mobile device!)