Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day gives us the opportunity to come together to share awareness of what we can do to maintain a healthy environment on our planet. We believe we’re pretty good about recycling and being energy efficient in our homes, but what about our workplaces?
Here are some easy practices that can be put in place at the office:
Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
Buy energy efficient equipment. Laptops use less energy than desktops. Use sleep or standby mode when not in use. Turn off your computer at end of the day, and especially for the weekend.
Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
Donate used electronic equipment to charities.
If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.
You’ve hired your new employee. Today is their first day at work. Now what?
Are you prepared to welcome your new hire and give them a great first impression on their first day at your company?
What does your company’s onboarding procedure look like? Take the time to make the necessary steps to have a comprehensive onboarding plan for your new hire. Try to put yourself in your new staff member’s position and ask “how would I want my first day at work to go?” Make sure that your existing team is part of the onboarding process and that they help with setting the tone, and showcase the company’s corporate culture.
Making your new employees feel welcome is the key. The hiring process is expensive, don’t waste that investment.
Tis the festive season… when we start to wind down, and spend time with friends and family. It is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind, whether we choose to have a stay-cation, or get away from winter and travel further afield. But do we really do that? Do we really get away from it all? Technology has allowed us to take our office with us. The impact of technology on our lives, at home and at work, can’t be understated. Work-life balance is very individualized. People are adapting and integrating technology in ways that work for them. So, the question is…
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More and more workplaces are offering incentives to attract and retain top talent. Ping pong table, anyone? When entertaining a job offer, salary is the first thing that comes to mind, but definitely don’t overlook benefits beyond the norm. Flexible hours, staff outings, subsidized health club memberships are just a few perks that small companies can offer their employees. Such incentives can make employees happier and more productive. The infographic below illustrates what several large corporations offer their employees. Perhaps your workplace can find some inspiration from this list.
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Halloween is one of those unofficial holidays when young and old can really get into the spirit. Depending on the industry that you work in, and the corporate culture, do your decorate your office, supply fun size candy, and does your staff dress up in costume? Vote in our quick poll below:
It can be a challenge to find the ideal employee. The video below indicates 15 traits of the ideal employee. All of these traits are good, but is it realistic for one person to possess all these traits? Ideally, an organization would hire many people with most of these traits, but not all. A company thrives when employees have complimentary skills and traits. Building a team with complimentary traits make for a more balanced company. Still, watching this video can give hiring managers an idea of what to look for when building their teams.
It is known that great people make a great team and great teams can overcome huge obstacles. Companies that work hard to find the best team members to join them and work equally hard to provide a challenging and rewarding environment to motivate and bring out the best in them are setting themselves up for success.
When a leader of a company believes that their business is about the people, it is their duty to foster that success. Building the relationships between those people builds the business. Losing incredible talent due to poor leadership will not make a company an employer of choice.
“GrapeJuice” is the social wine event and auction tailored for wine aficionados both casual and serious. And most importantly, it’s all for a great cause – Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland.
Once again, GrapeJuice will be a terrific, fun, after work function – it will take place on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.Tickets are $100 (a tax receipt is available for a portion of the ticket price) and attendees will be able to sample top wines from both BC and around the world, and bid on a wide selection of wines. If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you!
This event has been known to sell out. Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.