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Where are your favourite places to look for job opportunities? Pick your top two.

We’ve listed a few and we’d love to hear more specifics, so please feel free to comment on this post.  For example, are Craigslist, LinkedIn and Indeed the places you frequent for job opportunities?

Igniting Creativity to Transform Corporate Culture

“Creativity has the power for invention and ultimate success”

Enjoy this TED Talk below from Creativity & Design Leader Catherine Courage. She shares three strategies to bring creativity to the workplace: Environments, Experiments and Storytelling.

3 stretches for better posture

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”.

The Toxic Employee

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.


infographic source: Cornerstone OnDemand

Administrative Professionals Day

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Administrative Professionals Day is on April 27th.

IAAP is the organization that first created “Secretaries’ Day” back in 1952, which is now renamed to “Administrative Professionals Day”. It is a day when bosses and businesses are encouraged to honour the work that their administrative staff perform all year long.

The BC/Yukon Branch of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is proud to present “Administrative Professionals Day Breakfast & Education Event”.  The branch invites you and your colleagues to join them at the annual morning event on Wednesday, April 27th in downtown Vancouver.

Click here to view event details and registration info.


Handling Difficult Employee Conversations

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

Stressed Employee Working In Busy Office

As a manager or team leader you have probably had the opportunity to speak to one of your staff members regarding something not so pleasant, perhaps a need for discipline or correction.

When conversations like this need to happen it is important that the, the deliverer, of the message be in the right frame of mind and have the right attitude going into the conversation.  This means wanting to have a positive outcome even though the message may be about something unpleasant to the receiver.

Below are a few good rules to remember prior to the conversation taking place.

5 rules for a creating a positive outcome from a not so pleasant conversation.

1. Stop and think before you speak so you can choose your words carefully. You want to get your message across in a way that discourages defensiveness and arguments. (This may take some thinking)

2. Be objective and use frank and factual, or descriptive phrases. Choose neutral and positive words.

3. Speak with a tone of voice that sounds sincere, wanting to solve or correct the problem.

4. Frame your message carefully.  Make sure that you stay on track with the issue at hand and do not go off on random “rabbit trails” bringing up non-pertinent information.

5. Listen with empathy and understanding so you can really hear the other person’s point of view.

These types of conversations can end well when time and effort is put in prior to having them and they are delivered with the right attitude.

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” ~ Henri Kaiser

Staying With the Job You Love

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It is never a good idea to be complacent in the workplace. If you want to remain employed at your current company, nurture the current position you are in. As well, give yourself opportunities to go beyond what is expected of you.

Last week, we shared some tips on how to approach the job market. The following are some tips if you are currently employed and want to remain there:

  1. What you do everyday makes a big difference. Your positive outlook and pitch in attitude will give you great mileage. Your positive vibes can become contagious to others.
  2. Look at problems as opportunities. Look at market slowdown as a chance to regroup and re-strategize. There is time now to make improvements.
  3. Show up early and stay late when you can. Not to bank overtime, but to show your employer how much your company means to you. Your exemplary initiatives will be noticed.
  4. If you have metrics or targets – go above and beyond.
  5. Now may not be the time to ask for a raise. It will come in good time. Wait for it.
  6. Be fiscally responsible. Consider what you and your coworkers can go without. Lead some office initiatives on recycling and other ways to save on resources. This will not only help improve the office bottom line but will be good for the environment.


What Today’s Employers Are Looking For

What are the most sought-after skills in 2015? Take a look as this infographic from Workopolis on what employers in Canada are looking for in 2015.

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From the archives: How to Leverage your Business with Temporary Staffing

Looking back at past posts of this blog, we still find value in this post from several years ago. Enjoy the read.

You don’t need another hero. You just need to hire a temporary employee!

In today’s ridiculously busy business climate, some days it may seem hard to function effectively. Looking around your office you may see pile upon pile of projects that, while a priority, never get to your top 10 list. This is your ‘a-ha’ moment.

The preconception that temporary staff are to be used for vacation relief or as an interim holding pattern while hiring for a full-time position is so last year. Granted, you can and should utilize temporary staff to keep the flow of business moving in the absence of other staff, but have you ever considered how you could leverage your business with a temporary employee?

Temporary staff can be your secret weapon for business success. You don’t need to keep them forever. In fact, keep them only as long as they are needed. The best thing about using temporary staff is that it is exactly that – temporary. Talk about a great way to leverage your business in all types of markets. Don’t add what you don’t need. Utilize this flexible staffing option for days or months. If you no longer need the temporary employee, you call the staffing agency and the assignment will end. No more buyouts and long notices to work through. All employer responsibility is included in the hourly bill rate, and you don’t need to provide severance to terminate the relationship. Easy. Efficient. Flexible. Need we say brilliant?

Smart staffing companies are trained to help you pull together a profile of an individual that gets you through projects that have never officially been staffed by an employee. More great ideas can come from having this resource. Could you imagine having more time to actually take on your key business opportunities? The bonus with a temporary employee is that you will often have access to more qualified staff than you might expect. This could be a huge asset to maximizing your business’s productivity and bottom line.

Maybe you currently don’t have an executive assistant, or don’t need one on a full-time basis. A temporary executive assistant might be your perfect solution when you have one too many projects on the go, and things start to fall behind. Getting the right person in – for even a few weeks – can make all the difference and get you or your team back on track.

Consider a temporary employee with a specific skill set when only required for a unique project. The injection of new staff, even on a temporary basis, can bring new life to a team and in particular allow the full-time staff to get back to their top work priorities. And anytime you can regenerate your team’s productivity, you have a major win!

Have you ever been in a situation where the staffing company has provided such a great fit that you hire them on as a result of the temporary assignment? In many situations, hiring a temporary employee is indeed a great way to get to know how they function in your business environment before you make the commitment to bring them on in a permanent capacity. Many temporary staff are open to full-time work when the work environment is right. You will very often find a person doing a role that is not of their full-time interest or calling, but their flexibility and adaptability is a very good indicator of how they would fit into your corporate culture.

At the end of the day, a great fit within your corporate culture really makes the difference to the bottom line. With small yet important investments into your team mix, temporary staffing can produce returns on value in terms of productivity that are certain to be high. Perhaps, after all, you really will find some super-heroes in disguise.


The Search Continues…

 iStock imageI wanted to share a recent personal experience regarding the trial and tribulations of searching for a new job. I have a friend who has simply outgrown his role and after 2 years with the company, he is now looking for a new position. He is a dedicated job seeker who invests much time into researching a company’s profile, meticulously writing individualized cover letters and tailoring his resume to a particular job posting.

He has been searching, and applying for new positions for the last 3 months really steadily; waking up early to apply for several roles and staying up late to job search. After sending out close to 20 applications and not receiving a single response back, he came to me with frustration. “What is the ratio of applications to responses?” he asked. I didn’t know the answer. In my career, I review lots of resumes each day and can honestly say that I would have called him if I were searching in his area of expertise.

It’s a frustration for job seekers – especially those who invest a lot of time and energy into their application process. Ironically, the day after he had shared his frustration with me, he got three calls back from potential employers for interviews! This was extremely motivating for him, to say the least and has encouraged him to continue putting the time and energy into his search that is needed. To date, he is still looking for the right position but was re-energized by the reward of at least getting a call back after all his hard work.

I think the moral of this story is that looking for a new position, especially for one in the Vancouver market is not a task for the faint of heart. There is reward at the end of the tunnel, but hard work, dedication and time will need to go into your job search if you are going to see some serious results. It can be challenging and frustrating at times but if you endure and don’t settle, you’ll end up with a sought-after position. After investing that much time, the reward will be that much more meaningful!