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GrapeJuice Raises $100,000 for Big Sisters

We are excited to announce that this year’s GrapeJuice event at Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver raised $100,000 for Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. These funds will help Big Sisters BCLM make and support 50 new mentoring matches this year.

GrapeJuice is a wine tasting & wine auction fundraising event which was created in 2007 by McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group and MLA Canada. Since then, GrapeJuice has raised over $700,00 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s mentoring programs.

A big thank you to all of our generous GrapeJuice sponsors , donors, guests and volunteers!

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photo by: Vikaash Prasad

To view more photos of the event, click here.

Make Your Bed Every Day

Starting each day with this one habit will set you up for success.

Navy Seal Admiral McRaven explains at a university commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day.

 

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

~ U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven

 

 

Earth Day

Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.pexels-photo-346885 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:

  1. Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
  2. Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
  3. Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
  4. Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
  5. 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.
  6. Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
  7. Donate used electronic equipment to charities.

If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.

Happy Earth Day!

 

 

 

Are you a Boss or a Leader?

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Great leaders know how to communicate with everyone – average leaders communicate with everyone the same way.  What is your leadership style? What type of team do you want to lead to success?

Leadership is key. When a true leader motivates employees, your team has the opportunity to be inspired to do better, to be better. When teams respect their leader and have a sense of job security, the team will deliver key objectives. True teamwork comes into play, and we work as a team to help our leader’s vision come to life. A leader  sets the tone for an organization and builds a solid team that succeeds together.

 

 

Average or Great?

Do you want your business to be average or great?

Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.

Be your best and hire the best.

Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.

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Do You Find it Hard to Unplug During Your Vacation?

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…

 

Millenials in the Workplace

Managing and motivating millenials in the workplace can leave some older generations with many questions. What makes them tick? What leadership style do they respond to? What are their core values in life? What keeps them engaged at work? As we get to know this youngest generation of workers, here’s a video interview with Simon Sinek below that sheds some light how millenials are perceived in the workplace, how they conduct their lives, and what corporations need to do to shape workplaces for the future.

Behavioural Questions on teamwork (continued)

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performHuman Resourcesance.

The result that an interviewer intends to receive is a set of answers from the job seeker that will clearly indicate the situation, action taken and result.

Continued from last week’s post, below are more teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Tell me about some of the toughest groups with which you’ve had to work. What made the group tough? What did you do?
  2. Tell me about a new procedure you wanted your team to use. What did you do?
  3. Have you ever helped a cowoker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times.
  4. Tell me about a time when you needed someone’s cooperation to complete a task an the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?
  5. Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation?
  6. Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person?
  7. Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do the make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

 

The interview: Behavioural Questions on teamwork

In many business cultures, it is teamwork that makes all the difference. Behind every successful person stands a unified team.  Teamwork and cooperation is what drives a business forward.Found it!

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find that corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performance.

Here is a sampling of teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Describe a situation in which you helped a peer or coworker.
  2. Tell me about some team members who take up your time discussing problems. How do you handle these situations? Give a specific example.
  3. Describe some situations in which you wished you’d acted differently with someone in your work group. What happened?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you worked with team members in deciding each person’s task.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty getting along with coworkers? How did you handle the situation?
  6. When dealing with team members (or a group), how do you determine when you are pushing an issue or decision too hard? Tell me about a time when you pushed too hard.
  7. What was the last idea you shared with a team member? Why did you share it with that person?

Do Job Perks Make Employees Happier?

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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