Do you sometimes find yourself with nothing to do at work? Summer is here, and depending on your industry, things can slow down at the office. Here are some tips on how you can use that quiet time at the office more effectively:
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Does your company need a specific culture shift to get the team moving in the right direction? This is when the team will become motivated again, become deeply engaged and produce excellent results for your customers.
Think about what you can do as an employer to manage the most important asset in your organization – your employees.
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Do you wake up in the morning and want to go to work? Are your employees feeling the same energy and drive as you do? Are they engaged? Does your staff feel valued and know that their contributions have meaning towards the company’s main goal?
Be aware of employee engagement. And be aware of it all the time, not just at review time. We hope these thoughtful quotes make you stop and think about the current corporate culture status in your organization. Is everybody engaged?
“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek
“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” –Ken Blanchard
“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” –Anne Mulcahy
When work is meaningful, good things happen. The wheels of enterprise move in a kind of synchronized motion and teams are truly happier. Engagement? – check. Great corporate culture? – check. What better place to spend half of your daily life but in a workplace where you actually feel happy and enjoy the company of others feeling the same.
It is Bike to Work Week in many North American cities including Vancouver during the week of May 30-June 5.
Not only is cycling a healthy and an environmentally-friendly commuting option, you can also enjoy some of the Celebration Stations during the week. For a map and more details of locations of the stations in Vancouver go to HUB’s Bike to Work Week website. Enjoy free treats, free basic bike repairs, maps, prize draws and more.
In recent years, workplaces have accommodated their employees with biking to work with access to a secure bike rooms, showers, etc. Perhaps this is something that your workplace has already embraced.
5 Reasons to Sign up for HUB Bike to Work Week – May 30 – June 5, 2016
1. You’ll Feel Great – Get healthier without even noticing it!
2. The Prizes. With over $20,000 in prizes, including a trip for 2 to Amsterdam and 5 new bikes, why wouldn’t you sign up?
3. Get Places Faster. Don’t believe it? Try it out.
4. Save Cash. Don’t you want extra money to spend on things other than transportation?
5. It’s More Fun. Try it and you’ll agree! Plus there’ll be free food, snacks, coffee and bike repairs at over 60 Celebration Stations throughout the week.
Register FREE Today at bikehub.ca
Does it have to be just one thing? Can we give ourselves permission to change career paths multiple times? Sit back and enjoy this TED Talk by career coach Emilie Wapnick, who, herself has tried multiple careers.
“It is rarely a waste of time to pursue something you’re drawn to, even if you end up quitting. You might apply that knowledge in a different field entirely, in a way that you couldn’t have anticipated.” ~ Emilie Wapnick
Originally posted on Practical Practice Management
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
Have you made any resolutions for this year? Or do you prefer to set goals? What about not just setting those goals, but writing them down?
The more energy you focus on what you want the more chances of success!
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:
- 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.
- Look at problems as opportunities. Look at market slowdown as a chance to regroup and re-strategize. There is time now to make improvements.
- 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.
- If you have metrics or targets – go above and beyond.
- Now may not be the time to ask for a raise. It will come in good time. Wait for it.
- 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.
Your first impression and your strategy in your approach to your job search or employment outlook will make all the difference. If you are currently unemployed, and looking for a job:
- The most successful job seekers will be the ones who can take the key skills they have and translate them into assets for others. Consider your volunteer work and school co-op as areas to draw upon.
- Look to temporary staffing as the broadest reach of the general market place. Opportunities may not be as obvious as they have been before. Contract employment might lead to permanent work.
- Be flexible and open minded. You may need to revise your ‘wish list’ and be totally prepared to work hours and in areas out of your ‘ideal’. Remember that the skills learned at these new places of employment can set the pace for fantastic future opportunities in the future that are more perfect for you.
- Share your search. Make sure that you leave no stone unturned. Tell your friends, teachers and references. Let it be known on your LinkedIn profile that you are looking for new opportunities.
- Take a close look at your resume. Make sure that you have a clear focus and highlight your strengths. Companies are looking for value and results. Be specific whenever you can. Make sure you get someone else that you can trust to proofread your resume.
- If you are targeting a specific job then make sure that you take the time to change the summary statement of your resume each time you submit a resume. It is best to mention the job opportunity when you are applying to a specific job. Nothing drops you down the ranks faster than when you hand in a resume with the wrong information on it.
In a recent blog post, we shared the importance about taking breaks at work. According to the infographic below, how we intend to spend our lunch break, and how we end up actually using it tends to be conflicting. Like anything, balance is key. If you are productive during your break (and resting, and reading a book is considered productive in this case), you’ll feel better for it.
If you want to go for a power walk, or exercise at the gym, schedule it in. Maybe choose to do that on Mondays and Wednesdays. Ask a co-worker to join you, to keep you accountable…plus, its more fun. Tuesday can be a day when you run errands on your lunch break. Thursday, schedule a lunch with a co-worker, or a friend who works nearby. And Friday’s lunch break? Taking a nap sounds pretty good. 🙂