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Work all day and dream about work all night? You're not alone. According to Time Magazine, 80 percent of women and 60 percent of men said they dream about their jobs. Not only that, but almost 60 percent said they have nightmares about work. So, what do your dreams mean, anyway? Take a guess! Can you interpret this work dream? Dream: You can’t make it to work on time or you miss an important deadline. [poll id="83"]

Your Next Step – FREE Webinar

Watch the recorded version (video embed below) of our latest webinar called, "10 Common Work-Related Dreams Interpreted." In this (FREE) presentation, guest host Layne Dalfen, author of Dreams Do Come True: Decoding Your Dreams to Discover Your Full Potential, interprets 10 of the most common work-related dreams/nightmares. Dalfen has appeared on FOX's Good Day New York, WGN, ABC, and NBC. She has also shared her insight on over 100 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada. If you would like to learn more about Dalfen, please visit her website here.

Find Out What Your Dreams Mean!

Join CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O’Donnell and Layne Dalfen as they breakdown your best, worst, and weirdest workplace dreams. In this powerful session, the following 10 dreams are explained:
  1. Being late for work
  2. Sleeping with a co-worker
  3. Being unprepared for a task
  4. Being naked at work
  5. Getting stuck in the elevator
  6. Not being able to find the bathroom
  7. Driving to work
  8. Being chased in the office
  9. Your work equipment isn't working
  10. Getting delayed at the airport
Don’t miss this info-packed session! You might just learn something about yourself you didn't know before! Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Learn how to land a career you love


Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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