When employees begin to feel unhappy about their environment they tend to slack off and give only a portion of what they have to offer. The good news is that there are many ways to improve the work environment and make employees happy. Here's a quick breakdown from the employee perspective: Breaks and longer lunches On a stressful job, sitting for many hours can cause you fatigue, which translates into reduced productivity. When you, as an employee take periodic breaks where you leave your office or cubicle, stretch your legs and relax your mind it benefits you. In fact, in many cases, it helps you to collect your thoughts and solve an issue that may have initiated the stress. Stepping away from a problem often helps to resolve it faster. Lunch time also presents a problem for many people because by the time you get to where you are going to eat it's just about time for you to head back to work. By increasing the lunch time by even 15 minutes it helps to improve your … [Read more...] about What it Takes to Be a Happy Employee
They say, if you can’t play, coach. They’re right, insofar as coaching is a great alternative to being on the field and taking the hits. The greatest calling is not necessarily becoming a gridiron hero. It may well be that the greatest calling is to make gridiron heroes. In no way should coaching be viewed as a consolation prize. … [Read more...] about How to Make Sports Your Life Even If You Can’t Play
Writing every day is not always easy but it is imperative in order to stay on top of the craft. At least for me. I'm always amazed at how swiftly "skills atrophy" can creep into your life. That's why I make a concerted effort to make sure I am learning and growing each day -- and that includes honing my skills as a writer. That doesn't mean I succeed all the time! I don't know about you, but just like my exercise routine, if my normal writing pattern gets broken, it's very hard to get back on track. That's why I don't let it happen anymore! My goal for every day is simple: write. Something. Anything. Here are a few tips and tactics I've employed to keep myself writing on a daily basis. Utilize speech-to-text. Many of my blog posts and articles begin at 6:15am when I walk my dog. Since I take him for two strolls a day at about a mile each click, I have about 30 minutes of writing time that I wouldn't have otherwise. I usually piece together enough thoughts to … [Read more...] about Writing Every Day – 9 Tips to Write Daily
You sit at an office desk all day, making phone calls and working on "important projects," but if a healthy work lunch is not on the top of your mind, think again! If not closely monitored, this sedentary working lifestyle, coupled with access to break room treats, often leads to weight gain. Since you likely don’t want to be the next executive to keel over from a midafternoon heart attack and want to stay happy at work, here are tips, tricks and expert hacks for beating office weight gain. … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Healthy Work Lunch Guide
Contributed by LiveCareer At least 50 percent of the nation’s employment managers now use video interviewing at some point in their screening process. Yet, most job seekers are less than confident in their onscreen interviewing skills. Luckily, you can start preparing for your first video interview before you even land one. And if you have one lined up already, well...awesome! Take the below tips into consideration as you get ready. … [Read more...] about Get Yourself Together: 8 Tips for Improving Video Interviewing Skills
Eating at work and staying healthy can be serious challenges. From workplace stress catapulting you into an emotional eating binge to happy hour drinks and steak dinners with clients, work can feel like Public Enemy No. 1 when it comes to sabotaging your healthy eating plans. The best strategy? Plan ahead and stock your desk with an arsenal of healthy snacks for work. The items below will help keep you satiated and alert throughout the day. Nuts Optimize your brainpower and energy to accomplish tasks, all while making yourself less tempted to take a piece of office birthday cake. Fill up on trail mix or nut butter packets. Be sure to avoid nuts and mixes that contain sugary ingredients and stick to unsalted nuts with a few superfoods like goji berries thrown in. Avocados An avocado a day will keep the workplace vending machine away! These water-rich fruits are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats that keep you feeling full and satisfied. Sprinkle each half with … [Read more...] about Eating at Work Is a Challenge – Try These Snacks!
I was sitting too much. So several years ago I bought myself a standing desk. I didn't go through work, opting to pay for it myself to avoid any potential headaches. And I am here to report that it was a wonderful investment! I'm fortunate to have space at work to use it to supplement my sitting desk. But it's still not enough. I'm a human being that was born to move. Sitting at a desk all day makes my nightmare list. So what's a corporate pawn to do? Here are a few tips to avoid being too sedentary at work. Walks As Rewards I make it a point to stand up and move around every 90 minutes at a minimum. Sitting too much drives my nuts. Often, I will set myself an achievable goal to hit within that timeframe. Once I achieve that goal, I give myself permission to get up and move about the office. In nice weather, I make sure that I step outside. You can't go wrong with a burst of extra oxygen and a sprinkle of vitamin D from the sun. These walks help me remain focused and … [Read more...] about Sitting Too Much at Work? Tips to Move AND Be Productive
How do you build trust with your colleagues and employees at work? While there is no turnkey solution to gain trust, there are actionable things that bosses and leaders can do each and every day in an attempt to earn it. … [Read more...] about How Do You Build Trust With Employees? Use The 7 C’s!
I dread going to work. Well, I used to. Through the years, I have collected tips, tactics, and hacks that help me get through periods of time where I'm dreading work. Because if we are going to be honest, even if you LOVE your job (and I do!), there are occasionally projects or situations that creep up where we dread going to work. For many people, the work dread feeling sets in as the "Sunday Night Blues." And no, that is not an awful band name. Rather, it's the feeling of the work week looming large, casting a shadow on the remainder of the weekend. It starts with a sinking feeling in your stomach. If you don't catch the feeling and squash it immediately, anxiety can build like an out-of-control freight train. Thank God It's Sunday (TGIS) is something you'll never hear. Even those happy at work get caught up in the end-of-the-weekend doldrums. We are all so busy living 24-hours ahead of ourselves that some people are even hit with the Sunday Night Blues as early as … [Read more...] about I Dread Going to Work – 12 Ways to Beat the “Sunday Night Blues”
Contributed by LiveCareer It’s easy to underestimate the importance of an initial phone interview/screen, but having polished telephone interview skills can make or break your job search. These initial screenings are designed to efficiently eliminate candidates from the larger pool. One wrong or tripped-up answer could mean the end for you! So then—how do you move past the first-round call? Timing Is Everything If you’re someone who isn’t fully awake until after that second cup of coffee, don’t accept an early morning interview. The same goes for accepting an afternoon interview if you’re prone to a post-lunch slump. In a telephone interview, your voice and demeanor are as much a part of your interviewing skills as being able to succinctly describe your experience, so you’re best to choose a time when your mind is firing on all cylinders. Typically, recruiters will offer you a couple of different days and times for an interview. Choose one during your peak personality … [Read more...] about Don’t Dial It In: 7 Tips for Honing Your Telephone Interview Skills