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7.30.15
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Took a Management Role
Congratulations, you’re now the boss! Now what?   You may be one of the lucky ones whose company offers management training. More likely, though, you were promoted from the ranks and thrown into your new role with no idea how different your life was about to become.   But help is at hand from the management experts at Integrity Staffing Solutions. We’ve talked with hundreds of managers over the years, both inside and outside our organization, and here are the 10 things they most often say.   You’re not your co-workers’ buddy anymore. The people who were your equals are now your subordinates. You’ll need to develop new relationships with them, so that you can effectively give direction, constructive criticism and performance rewards without giving offense.   You’ve joined a new club. It’s the management club. You’ll have a new communication style with other supervisors on your level, as well as those above you.   Your role is not production anymore. You were...
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7.24.15
Why Meditation Is Actually Good for Your Career
Why are organizations like FaceBook, Google, HBO and the Seattle Seahawks allowing time, space and even classes for workers to meditate? Because they’ve learned that it helps their employees: Stay focused longer Solve problems better and faster Be a better team player These are the qualities that lead to career advancement.   In this age of the cubicle and the open plan workplace, high noise and activity levels constantly suck our energy and ability to concentrate. Result: Mental stress Health problems (increased sick days) On-the-job mistakes and injuries None of which will get you selected for promotion.   Trying to live with this sensory overload only burns us out faster, by causing chronically high adrenaline levels. Instead, we need to escape from it, if only for a few minutes. Meditation is the perfect way to do that.   One study showed that after only 15 minutes of meditation, workers received higher performance ratings. It’s also a well-proven...
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7.17.15
Should You Quit? 3 Things to Consider First
You’re ready to say, “Take this job and shove it!” But before you do, think about whether toughing it out a while longer might bring you a greater reward than the satisfaction of walking out right now.   It’s often said that if you’re not happy in a situation, you should move on. But there are good reasons why quitting in the heat of the moment might not be such a good idea. Here are our top 3.   Money. Are you financially prepared to support yourself while you look for another job? In today’s economy, that could take a long time. It might be better to wait a while and save up at least 6 months living expenses before you take the leap.   The bad vibe might be temporary. Do you want to get out because of a conflict with a superior or co-worker? Consider that people frequently move around to different departments or branch locations within a company, so this person might not be your problem for very long. Or maybe you want to jump ship because the company isn’t doing...
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6.12.15
5 Tricks to Avoid Being Clingy at Work
She asks the boss numerous questions about projects and procedures, every single day. She spends hours at her co-workers’ stations, fishing for help with her assignments or info about office politics. She wants someone’s approval for her every action.   She’s the one everybody in her workplace wants to hide from. Don’t you be her.   If you’re new on the job and don’t yet know the ropes, it’s understandable that you’ll need more input and guidance at first. But if you let it become a habit, you’ll get a reputation for not being a “self-starter.”   Remember that buzzword from the job posting? It’s a favorite with employers, and it means that you can work independently and pull your weight without taking up too much of your supervisor’s or colleagues’ time and energy.   Here are 5 ways to make sure you don’t become the clingy one, from the expert career coaches at Integrity Staffing Solutions.   Before you ask, see if you can answer your own question. Is this a...
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6.10.15
Glassdoor Names Todd Bavol a Highest Rated CEO in 2015!
Our employees are the ones to thank today as our Founder and CEO, Todd Bavol, is named one of the highest rated CEOs on Glassdoor, according to the company’s most recent report. Glassdoor, known as the most transparent jobs and careers marketplace, released its annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs in several countries throughout North America and Europe. Bavol appears on the small and mid-size companies in the U.S. list with an impressive 91% Approval Glassdoor Rating. “This rating is all about Integrity’s culture and our approach to building an associate focused company,” states Bavol. “I’m proud to say we’ve built a culture where everyone strives to do their best, byexceeding expectations – creating more value for our associates and clients than has ever been done before in the staffing industry. I am privileged to be working with such a great team that pulls together to obtain the best performance standards, with enthusiasm and a desire that allows us to advance...
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6.05.15
Why Your 5 Year Plan Should Include Travel
“My 5 year plan is focused on building my career.” “I have nothing to gain by going off on adventures.” “I’ll do my sightseeing later, after I’ve made it.”   If you had any of those thoughts as you read the headline of this post, you might want to think again.   What if we said to you that travel could actually help you achieve your career goals? Well, it can. Far from being a distraction or a delay in your agenda, travel will give you the behavioral skills employers want, maybe even more than they want technical qualifications.   Planning and Organization Budgeting, destination research, logistics, accommodations, equipment, safety: you need detail-oriented thinking to ensure that your trip goes well. It’s also exactly what you need to successfully plan and execute a work project.   Team-manship Unless you’re going solo, you’ll compromise with your travel companions on what to see, where to eat, etc. Communicating and working together, you’ll achieve the...
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5.29.15
What You Don’t Know About New Technology Trends May Hurt You
  By now, it’s probably a given that your company has a page on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter; and you may be pleased by the number of visitors you’ve getting. But if you don’t know who those visitors are, how they found you and what they want, are they really doing your business any good?   This is where the new DIY engagement analytics come in. No need to hire a marketing expert who’ll charge you an arm and a leg; these tools are easy to use and usually free. They track your online presence and tell you everything you need to know to convert those visitors into customers … and connect with many more potential customers just like them.   Let’s have a look at some of the most popular offerings.   Facebook Insights (free)   If you have a Facebook page, you already have Insights. Just click the link at the top of the page to see metrics about your audience, such as:   Demographic data (gender, age, location) about the people who liked your page...
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3.12.15
How to Break Free When You’re Not Free
What do all these successful people have in common? Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while riding his bicycle. Salvador Dali believed that his daily siesta boosted his creativity. Thomas Edison said he got extra energy to invent electrical devices from taking short naps.   What they (and many other famous people from Leonardo da Vinci to John F. Kennedy) have in common is that they used work breaks to get more done, with better quality, in less time. And a plethora of scientific studies prove them right.   A DeskTime time-tracking experiment showed that the top 10% employees in productivity actually worked less than eight hours a day. They alternated 52 minutes of work with 17-minute breaks.   A Mayo Clinic study found that workers who stay glued to their desks all day without a break have more health problems, including cardiovascular disease, gastro-intestinal damage, impaired memory, poor decision making, sleep disturbances, depression and anxiety....
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