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Be a Mentor

April 18th, 2019 · Comments Off

Are we proud of our work? Are you learning new shortcuts that you think everyone would benefit from ?  This is great! We are proud to have those moments and who says it’s wrong to share?

No One!

Being a mentor doesn’t mean being a babysitter, it means to advise, train or guide. Mentors are not experts, managers or being a senior member of staff.

Anyone can be a mentor. You can be a mentor!

Here is how:

  • Each mentoring opportunity is different and weird at first, share something about yourself– break the ice!
  • Listen carefully first, then advise.
  • Open doors, share your connections.
  • Share what you know, help them climb the learning curve quicker!
  • Remember when it was your first day, be patient and put yourself in their shoes.
  • Mindful language, remember to be solutions driven – if you share something you HATE about the work environment or company, they will likely hate it too -allow them to figure out their own personal opinions.
  • Take a break for questions, remember people often fear admitting they don’t know or understand so it is important to take time for questions or allow for a rewind!

Okay, so that is a lot!

Not everyone has time to help everyone or be a mentor.

That is okay, if you feel that way, we respect it and understand, BUT we challenge you!

Make at least one difference in each day by helping someone, just because.


Listening or Hearing ?

April 7th, 2019 · Comments Off

When we are talking to our loved ones, we listen.

When we are talking to our drunk friends, we hear.

 

Wait? What?

Listening and hearing are different.

Read here to find out more about how you can improve both!

 

Listening is the art of uses multiple sense to comprehend and think deeply about the sounds your are receiving, it is a skill of concentration. This skill is done to acquire knowledge and comprehend information. It’s psychological!

 

Energy at work can become disrupted and sometimes we get demotivated or angry at the circumstance, the people and environment around us. Sometimes we work with others who complain frequently, get agitated and are not always solutions focused. For the thousandth time, you just don’t want to hear what John or Josie are complaining about.

 

Instead of hearing it, listen to it.

Listen to the demeanor, find the core concern in the words and try giving sensitive/supportive feedback and respond with solutions, ideas and positivity.

Kill them with kindness!

 

Hearing is not a skill, it’s an ability. Just the simple art of receiving sounds with one sense out of five. It is a passive and physical bodily function that does not require concentration.

 

When someone enters your space, let them know where you stand with your energy on that day, is it the right time to be approached? Are you in a good mood?

 

Somedays, we ourselves don’t have the energy to listen and respond or even give advice.

Remember, you come first. Be a clear communicate and let them know, “ Hey, I am not really having a great day today, can we talk about this later?”  This sets a clear line that today is not the best day for you to a good listener or give advice.

 

It’s okay to do both, to listen or to hear, but it is important to understand yourself and your surroundings, be real about when you are only hearing and be focused when listening.


Making Work more than -just a job-

March 22nd, 2019 · Comments Off

As a young adult, we are taught to make meaningful choices in life. To make sure our job is something we love and eventually it will not be work at all.

Well, as adults, we learn that sometimes that is hogwash!

We have a family, homes and groceries to buy and sometimes the work we do it not for pleasure but in fact for the money we need. We are not denying the truth in this.

Although, we are ready to share some simple ways to make you fall in love with work again…

Ok, maybe not true love, but let’s shoot for LIKE!

A/ Look at the Big Picture

Time after time, day after day you may look at the work around you and think– meaningless!

If you change your perspective and look at it from multiple angles, you might see things differently.

What do you bring to the table? What assets do you have, that make you a great part of the team? How is what your doing today going to affect/effect the lives of others in the world?

B/Treat Each Other With Kindness

Even Brenda in HR, you think nobody likes her and she is always trying to make things difficult. That may or may not be true, but regardless, show her kindness and see how she changes. She never smiles back, that is ok, your smiling for her, not for you!

Be kind and respectful to those on your team, offer to help and see how their thoughts about you change and grow. People want to be around people who are kind. Kindness always wins, even when you are angry, kill your enemies with kindness!

C/Feel Accomplished

Research shows that people in the work environment, bosses, leaders, hygeine agents and even directors want to feel good about their work and see direct product or results. Everyone enjoys this feeling of success!

**Tired of waiting around for your boss to make you feel that way? Then let’s make a change! Let’s stop relying on them and do it for ourselves. Yes…. it is the same, trust us.

“If you want that sense of accomplishment, set benchmarks for yourself and focus on making progress toward small goals,” says Stefanie Wichansky, CEO at Randolph, N.J., management consulting and staffing firm Professional Resource Partners.

Set your own goals.

Check your own goals.

Reward yourself for the achievements of those goals.

Share your achievements.

Celebrate them!

Celebrate you!

Try these.

Step by step and change will come.


Power of Positivity

March 8th, 2019 · Comments Off

We all have that one person we work with who you may call a “ Negative Nancy” so to speak. Nancy always has a lot to say. Nancy even has some very good points.

Of course, there is some truth to the fact that we have hard days and we work hard and sometimes we have to say what is on our chest, it even feels as if it is therapeutic in some ways.  We don’t disagree here, but how much should we say? Where is the line? How much is too much? Who can we trust? Will our feelings leave the workroom ?

It is important to be mindful of our output. The question we should ask ourselves is not, how many things are wrong with this place, but instead are we creating solutions or apart of the problem?

Everything in life is about mind over matter. Some science even states that our minds control the pain you feel. What we think about – we bring about.

This is not to say we should always keep our mouths closed, but in fact the opposite!

To carefully listen to others before speaking, decide if what we are sharing is solutions focused? Will it make a positive impact ?

Be the leader and even better be the change, don’t be afraid to ask yourself and others around you. When they have a problem, challenge and support them in thinking of a solution. Play devil’s advocate in a respectful way to create meaningful, effective and supportive dialogue.’

On that note, we leave you with a Willie Nelson classic…

” Once you replace the negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”


Vacationing Tips

July 23rd, 2018 · Comments Off

It’s that time of the year – vacation time! Vacationing is a great way to leave the stresses of work for a while, but returning to work after a vacation can be stressful alone! To save yourself the agony of returning to a negative experience – instead of refreshed and ready to rock, try these few tips:

Before you leave for vacation:

  • Clean up your work space. This will help you feel more productive when you return. (This includes your email in-box!)
  • Make a to-do list for your return. Write out as much as you can to remind yourself where you’re at with projects and what’s important to accomplish when you get back.

On your return from vacation:

  • If you can check your email from home, schedule a little time the evening before you return to work and briefly go through your email, deleting the messages that are not important. This will thin out the emails you have to go through in the morning.
  • On the morning of your return, leave your out-of-office message active until you’re up to speed. That way you can get through your email and start attacking your to-do list without more distractions.
  • Go in early, even if it’s just a few minutes. Chances are people are going to be dying to hear about your vacation – even if it was just a staycation. They’ll want to catch you up on anything you may have missed there as well. By going in early, you’ll dodge others coming in and be able to get started on your tasks.

Take a deep breath – you got this!


Dealing with an abusive boss

April 13th, 2018 · Comments Off

At some point in our careers, we have had to deal with a boss that was abusive. Not exactly physically abusive, but they abuse the power of being a boss. Whether that’s forcing you to do the job of four people in an hour by yourself or micromanaging all of the work you do. It’s not the kindest environment for you to be the best you can be to produce the best work you can produce.  So how do you handle it?

Confront and connect with them. Sometimes people don’t know they’re abusing their employees, set up a meeting to talk about it. Perhaps they respected you and believed that you are capable of doing the work of four people in an hour. A conversation that creates a connection can help them realize what they’re doing and fix it. Make sure this is an open conversation and come with recommendations on how to fix the problem.

Keep calm and don’t do anything crazy. Sure, you may start to feel crazy after dealing with an abusive boss for a while, but doing something crazy will cause more problems for you. It can result in the loss of your job.  Keep things professional, even if your boss isn’t. You’ll thank yourself later.

Document everything and be specific about it – just in case the problem persists and human resources needs to be involved. Save those emails, texts, or any hard proof that this is a problem that needed to be addressed. Save that meeting invite to your boss that involved your conversation about it.


Compliments

March 15th, 2018 · Comments Off

Not too long ago, we posted a blog about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs  and how it can help keep your employees happier. Happier employees lead to better productivity, higher retention rates, and better overall satisfaction with their job and organization. A compliment is appreciation in action which meets the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. To refer back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, this would be meeting the esteem level of basic human needs.

Compliments are a form of structured gratitude, which is proven to have extremely beneficial effects in the workplace. It’s something so simple that every organization can be doing to create a better work environment. There are simple statements that could be used like “you’re the best”, “great job”, and “this is great work”.  Try to take it one step further to show your employees why they’re the best or why it’s great work.  Positive compliments like this can serve as feedback to the employee to know what they are doing right – which can be used again on their next project.

Of course, when the culture at the workplace changes, there will be an awkward transition.  Some employees may view compliments as “weird”, but if you stay consistent, this will dramatically improve the work environment and culture.


How to Improve Delegation

February 12th, 2018 · Comments Off

In our last blog, we talked about how delegation is a key trait to leadership. Delegation is critical for success of operations, but it can be tricky.  Here are three tips for you to help you improve how tasks are delegated.

Pick the right person for the task.  We mentioned that in the last blog.  Playing on your employee’s strengths and skills can help the project run quickly and smoothly.

Don’t micromanage your team.  If you’ve ever been micromanaged before, you know it’s annoying. It limits freedom to openly try new things that could maybe lead to success. If mistakes are made, embrace them and learn how to improve together. Building trust between you and your team is essential for delegation.

Give Recognition. Positive compliments can serve as feedback and create a better work environment. It can also help your employees feel appreciated and continue to give their best on future projects.


Three Leadership Traits

January 9th, 2018 · Comments Off

When an interviewer asks what your greatest strengths are, do you respond with “I’m a leader”? Anyone can say they’re a leader, but do YOU have the evidence to back it up? First, you should probably think about someone who is a leader to you. What traits do they have? Is it that they’re respected? Do you think you’re respected?  Here are three traits that are considered leadership skills:

  1. Confidence. For just about anyone, confidence is key. But when you’re a leader, being confident shows that what you’re leading towards is worth paying attention to. It demonstrates pride and can be respected.
  2. With that being said, the second trait is respect. Perhaps it’s seeking the input of others and weighing their thoughts to better understand what you can do to better lead. If you’re trying to lead your work team to an idea that is best for everyone and the company, how can you listen to what people are saying to help lead them to the final goal? Leaders not only lead, they listen. When people feel like they’re being heard, they often reciprocate with respect.
  3. Delegation. Once you’ve found a good way to lead everyone to the final goal, make sure you delegate the responsibilities. A strong leader knows each individual’s strengths and should play on them. Delegation of responsibilities will also build trust between you and your team.

So the next time an interviewer asks “what’s your greatest strength?” are you going to prove that you’re a leader?


How to Keep Sick Employees at Home

December 18th, 2017 · Comments Off

It’s that time of year again, when you start to hear sneezing, coughing, and sniffles all over the office. When an employee comes into work when they’re sick, it can prolong their sickness, spread to other employees, those employees will spread it to their families, and it becomes a rapid fire sickness that everyone has.  So how can you keep sick employees home?

Try offering sick day pay. This helps the employee feel less obligated to come to work if they know they will still be able to afford the necessities in life.

If it’s possible, let them work from home. If the job or project allows it, letting an employee work from home will help them stay up-to-date with the projects they’re working on without getting others sick.

If they come in, ask them to go home. And no – this isn’t rude. Asking an employee to go home to get rest and feel better actually shows that you care about your employees. A sick employee isn’t going to work at their fullest potential when they’re blowing their nose every two minutes.

Caring for your employees will raise your employee’s overall satisfaction with the company and help retention rates.  Your employees are your greatest assets, make sure you put in the effort to keep them healthy and happy!


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