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.
We’re excited to announce the 10th anniversary of GrapeJuice , the wine auction & tasting benefiting Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver is the exclusive venue sponsor for this year’s event taking place on Wednesday, April 26th.
Since its inception, GrapeJuice has raised over $608,000 in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland’s (BCLM) mentoring programs!
If you are a wine connoisseur or simply enjoy wine and a great social event, then this event will certainly appeal to you! GrapeJuice has been known to sell out. Purchase tickets here. For information on how to donate wine or contribute to Grape Juice contact Jessica Rozitis.
At a quick glance at a resume, hiring managers can easily be too quick to judge to determine if the candidate deserves an interview.
In this TED Talk video below, HR Manager Regina Hartley shares with us why highly motivated ‘scrappers’ are the kind of candidates hiring managers should be looking out for. Scrappers have experienced hardships and overcome adversity which has shaped them to be highly motivated, productive and successful.
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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.
If you are a manager, team leader or business owner there is one facet of your character that must stand out to those you lead and that is “authenticity.”
Your people want to know who you really are. Many times when a person is put into a position of “leadership” they feel they must act the part (whatever that means to them). It’s not long before their people realize that they are not being authentic and this is where problems will begin.
In the book The Go-Giver The authors teach the “Law of Authenticity.” The following is an excerpt from the chapter.
“As long as you’re trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself.”
Here are a couple of tips to practice in being authentic.
Realize no one is perfect, be yourself.
Be present when you are with others.
State your values and then live them out loud. “Walk the talk.”
Be aware when you are not being authentic and change it quickly.
Being authentic is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to those with whom you encounter, live and work with.
“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.” –-Charles R. Swindoll
We have all heard the saying “If you love what you do you will never work another day in your life.” That may be true, but how many people can do what they love every day and make a living at it? Probably very few. Even though I would like to pursue my passion full time I cannot get upset that it is not possible at this point.
There is a way that you can make your everyday job one that you enjoy, possibly even love and can cultivate the passion for it at the same time. It that possible? It is, by finding the simple daily ways to ignite your passion while doing what you need to do to earn your paycheck.
Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. In the town where I live, there is a physician who loves to act and sing. He is part of the city theatrical players, and opera is his passion. Throughout the day, during his visits with patients he will break out in a song in the treatment room or as he is walking down the hallway. He is known as the “singing doctor.”
It seems he has successfully combined his “passions.” He is a physician, participates in community theatre, and sings. Not need to choose on passion over the other.
Is there a way that you can bring more of your passion into your day job to make you happier? Not only would you be happier, but it would bring new life into your job and you would probably be a more successful employee.