February 20th, 2018
Is an open-door policy right for your business?
One of the most popular buzz-words for businesses is to have an open-door policy. This means that employees of all levels can speak to their supervisor. It’s believed to be a way to keep communication open and flowing, build relationships and keep employees in-the-know about company information.
While this seems like it should be a great idea, is it right for you as a supervisor? Keep reading for a few reasons that an open-door policy is beneficial for corporations compiled by Forbes.
4 Reasons an Open-Door Policy Will Benefit Businesses
If a business has an open-door policy, managers are more likely to have a better understanding of the day-to-day issues and goings on of their company. The open-door policy will encourage employees to directly address issues to their manager and receive high-level advice. Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2018
What’s your favorite career quote?
Looking for a job can seem daunting and stressful. You need to make sure your resume is tight, cover letters are clear and your interview skills are sharp.
Through the process of applying and interviewing, have you ever lost your drive? To keep you motivated, here are our five favorite quotes from some of the most successful and influential people.
Inspirational Career Quotes
“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama
“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan Read the rest of this entry »
January 29th, 2018
Is a job trainer the right position for you in 2018?
If you’re in the market for a career for the first time or want to pursue a position in a new field, finding a job right away is an important step. Here are a few of the most in-demand jobs in 2018 according to The Job Network; click here for their complete list.
Top In-Demand Jobs for 2018
Do you enjoy being active? You may want to consider a position as a fitness trainer.
Getting healthy and establishing an exercise routine is a popular goal for just about everyone regardless of age. The Job Network sites a statistic from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that noted the demand for fitness trainers will increase by 8 percent in the year 2022.
Most job openings in this career require various health certifications and general physical fitness. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2018
Use these three tips to choose the right career.
Choosing a career is an incredibly important and exciting decision to make. When you select a field to pursue, you are creating a map for your life that will hopefully lead to success and fulfillment.
If you are in the process of beginning your career or considering changing industries, keep these factors in mind before you make a commitment.
3 Things to Consider Before Picking a Career
Research your career interests and find out if you need certain degrees or certifications to advance. If you already have a degree in your chosen field, you may be able to pursue job leads right away. If you need to obtain new degrees or certifications, consider how long they will take and if the job might allow you to work and go to school at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »
December 26th, 2017
2018 is upon us and we hope you’ve had a productive year! From showing your employees you appreciate them to ensuring your workplace is as healthy as it can be, this past year has been a great opportunity to improve your company. What resolutions should you set as goals in the coming year? Read on for three ideas.
What New Year’s resolutions have you made for your workplace?
3 Workplace Goals for 2018
- Host Regular Performance Reviews
Not all companies offer performance reviews, and while they take time, reviews offer a real benefit to both your organization and your employees. Employees who regularly receive feedback produce higher quality work and are more committed to their jobs; learn how to prepare for a review in this blog post.
- Encourage Workplace Health and Wellness
Could your office be healthier? If you want to see your team members’ productivity increase and your health bill decline, make this your focus in 2018. Encouraging frequent standing in the form of walking meetings, offering sit-to-stand desks and even having dedicated team standing breaks can add years to your team’s life expectancies and also boost their on the job productivity. Read the rest of this entry »
November 28th, 2017
We’re coming up on the season for New Year’s resolutions, when both workers and employers make a conscious effort to change aspects of their life with health and wellness in mind. Are you looking for ways your office space could be improved?
Are you focusing on workplace health and wellness?
Employing strategies to increase the overall health and wellness of your office can be a great way to boost morale and encourage higher rates of productivity, in addition to extending the lives of your employees. Workplace stress can be as dangerous as secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comfort and sit for all hours of the day can experience body pain, low motivation and are more likely to quit their jobs. Read on for a couple of strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.
2 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work
- Encourage Higher Water Consumption
How much water do your employees drink in a day? Is it enough? Healthy water consumption is important for health and wellness; it regulates body functions, helps with alertness and encourages a more positive attitude. Read the rest of this entry »
October 24th, 2017
Are you on the job hunt? Whether you’re looking to land your first position or make your next big career move, the interview is a crucial step in the process. Once you’re ready to meet with the hiring manager, it’s time to nail the job interview and wow them with your experience. During this time, these are three great questions to ask.
Ace Your Interview: 3 Questions to Ask
- How would you describe your company’s culture?
Beyond the job’s essential duties, company culture can make a big difference in whether or not you’ll enjoy your job. Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will be not only a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them. Employment is a two-way street, so be sure to know as much about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment as you can; the HR rep is a great person to ask. If possible, try and speak with a current employee or two in the hallways or break room as well. Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2017
It’s almost fall, which is a great time to show your workers you care about them, and provide incentives to keep their work the best it can be. If you’re looking for ways to reward your team members without straying from a tight company budget, non-monetary incentives are the way to go. Although money is a motivator for many people, most use it to pay bills instead of doing something fun, and you may see what was meant to be a reward turn into just another paycheck. To help retain top talent and keep them motivated, try one of these four non-monetary incentives.
Want to motivate your team without spending lots of money? Read on!
4 Best Incentives that Don’t Break the Bank!
- Offer Continuing Education
This incentive is a great way to improve the quality of work from your team members and make them feel appreciated and invested in! Workplace education or paid certification courses will help your office soar to new heights and encourage your workers’ talents. Try night school classes, on the job training or other continuing education options.
- Reward Them in Small Ways
You don’t have to give your workers extra vacation days or swag items to motivate them. Small (and free!) benefits like a dedicated parking space, picking an employee of the month or a more relaxed dress code can all have the same effect as cash. Read the rest of this entry »
August 15th, 2017
Is communication the best it can be in your workplace? The way information is dispersed throughout your office can make a big impact on the morale, employee engagement and the wellness of your team members. Avoiding these common communication issues is a good way to keep the tone in your office positive and productive while ensuring your team members remain happy and committed to their jobs.
Is communication the best it can be in your workplace?
How to Fix Communication Barriers: 4 Tips
- Discourage Destructive Office Gossip
Does your office have an anti-gossip policy? Maybe it should. Office gossip is one of the most destructive workplace forces, and has the power to de-motivate your whole team. To avoid it, managers should refrain from participating and spreading gossip about those in the office, and encourage others to do the same. Not only is this in poor taste; it can lead to serious repercussions if you spread untrue statements about an employee. It’s best to stay out of the cliques and let workplace gossip sizzle out on its own.
- Ask Your Team for Constructive Feedback
How will you know if there’s room to improve if you don’t ask your team for their feedback? Inquire if there is anything your workers need help with or would like to see around the office, and they are more likely to be motivated and stay engaged. Another way to achieve this is to hold annual employee engagement surveys to get anonymous, honest feedback. Read the rest of this entry »
July 18th, 2017
Do you feel morale beginning to wane at your company? Even if you don’t, it’s important to create a positive workplace where people feel happy and comfortable on the job. While everyone has bad days and sometimes may not want to come to the office, there are things you can do to make your space more inviting, fun and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.
Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment.
Create a Positive Workplace with These 4 Characteristics
- Meaningful Work Assignments
Even if employees are lower on the executive totem pole, they should be given relevant, meaningful work assignments. Offering a sense of ownership over their projects give your team members pride in their work, which can make them feel more committed to the company overall.
- Transparent Communication
Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld from them can be less trusting and have lower engagement on the job. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »