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.
Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too many pages long…recruiters have seen many resume mistakes. Make sure your resume is polished and ready so you can get that interview! Hiring Managers have been known to spend only 6 seconds looking at your resume. Not getting any call backs from your job applications and resume submissions? Perhaps it is time to review your resume, and make sure it is clear and concise.
Here is a short video on 9 common mistakes people make on their resumes.
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We’ve all been asked this question. And throughout our lives, the answer can change as our skills refine and our interests shift.
I am the parent of a pre-teen and a teenager. They have many questions about their future, and are figuring out their interests along the way. They both know that they want a career that interests them, and will sustain them. I look forward to showing them this infographic below, as many of the points are ones that come up in our thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about choosing a career.
Are you sitting at your desk all day? Check out this quick video below which shares tips about stretches we can do for better posture, plus how often we should stand up from our desk. Walking around the office would help too. You know what they say, “Sitting is the new smoking”.
Have you noticed it being a little quiet in the office lately? For so many industries, it can get quiet as we’re well into summer. It’s the time of the year when a lot of people take the opportunity of the nice summer weather and get away.
This is a perfect time to recharge your batteries, and a time for reflection and relaxation. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some recreation, read a few books, BBQ with some friends, and just relax in general. And if you’re in the office this week, this is also a great time to recharge your batteries in the office setting, maybe even take a business associate out for a patio lunch to reacquaint yourselves now that a free moment has presented itself.
In some ways this time of year is similar to the winter holidays when business can slow down at the office. Taking advantage of these quieter times of year can really have some upsides. Now is the time to concentrate on some unfinished projects, spend some time writing down your goals, or catch up on your business reading.
Whatever your situation, make the most of this quiet time. Make every moment count. Next thing you know, things will get busier, so now is the time to recharge.
The choices we make regarding our daily routines can define our state of mind and focus for the rest of the day. Why not get a jump-start on our day by focusing on daily rituals that will provide us with balance, improved health, focus and self-discipline.
I recently had a conversation with an office manager who really seemed to be struggling with the “Glass-half-empty” syndrome. I know that we all can struggle with this from time-to-time, but this manager really had a bad case of it.
He had been working hard with his staff over the past couple of years and felt that no matter what management strategies he tried he still could not produce the “Super Team” he wanted.
I asked him to tell me what successes they accomplished last year as a team. He began to tell me that they did finish a much-needed protocol manual, which took much longer to do than he expected. They also achieved making a Facebook page for their company and to date have 156 followers, yet he thought they could have accomplished more.
And finally, they had reached their monthly financial goals 3 months out of the year. This was good, but not great since they had never reached them before.
When he finished, I told him that he and his team had accomplished a lot to be proud of this past year and if he continued to focus on what they did not do he would pass his negative feeling along to his team and then good luck in trying to motivate them to be successful this year.
His hard work with his team had paid off. He was just missing it because he was looking at the wrong thing.
He was leading them down the right road, it was just a little bumpier than he expected. I encouraged him to keep moving forward even if he and his team are moving at baby step speed. Little accomplishments are better than none.
“Success is not a destination, but the road you are on.” ~ Unknown