Tag: Lifestyle


Job vs. Money: What do you choose?

Happiness is characterized in different ways by different people. One person may believe that job satisfaction will lead to ultimate happiness while another, believes that a substantial paycheck will do the trick. So, when the time comes to choose a career based on money or the job, what should the choice be?

It has been found that the “magic number”, which correlates happiness with salary, is $75,000. That is, once a person has reached the $75,000 pay grade threshold, their overall happiness does not have a direct response to anything above that. Adversely, being below that “magic number” causes the opposite reaction and exposes emotional pain points that may affect everyday life. While a high income may not sustain boundless happiness, there is a certain point of happiness that parallels a steady income.

The magic number identifies monetary happiness, however, taking into consideration the enjoyment in the work that is done day in and day out is also a major factor of happiness. The interest to advance and make an impact on the company and an individual’s life comes with having satisfaction in what a position entails. Understanding personal goals and objectives and aligning them with the company’s, opens the door to advancement and longevity, ultimately translating into financial success.

The driver of success and happiness – personally, professionally, financially – stems from the effort to directly shape our own lives. The human ability to find happiness and be successful in every aspect derives from creating an enjoyable life, which can’t be found by chasing a paycheck. While a high income may bring immediate satisfaction, the feeling will eventually fade and no tangible feeling of accomplishment will be had. Take the time to establish a prosperous life because the benefits of the work put in will follow.

Attracting Out-Of-Town Talent

Skills, compatibility, and drive – these are a just a few characteristics companies seek in potential new hires; however, there could be other various factors which makes a candidate more favorable. For instance, geographic location plays a large role in determining the difference between a suitable candidate and the perfect candidate.

The key to successfully broadening the hiring search pool is to understand the work style and abilities of the prospective hire and communicating how the company is invested in their future.

In order to attract job-seekers from in and around the company’s geographic location, focus on the industry and economic environment of the company that the employee may relocate to. Does this transition provide the best path for success and growth?

Rather than looking at the qualifications of a job, it is important to understand how, outside of the corporate structure, this candidate can find success and be happy about the decision to move. Highlight the location of the company by sharing favorite parts of the city and why many have chosen to build a career there.

Continue to stay true to the company’s roots. Make the culture of the workplace a central part of the discussion. Focus on the people, values, and opportunity the company has found success with as those qualities are what will continue the cycle of achievement.

Coaching and Development Replaces Performance Management

Twenty years ago, if you asked any employee how they were evaluated in their job, they would most likely say through employee performance ratings – a system designed to rank the performance of employees against colleagues strictly measured through output. Today, companies are turning towards a new regime of employee performance ratings – a system based on skills and attitude with the ability to drive change.

Managers who provide regular feedback and opportunities for growth and improvement are far more likely to have high-performers and greater employee satisfaction responses. The focus on coaching and development is becoming a priority in the workforce as more and more executives have found significant links to overall business success.

Now managers must dedicate time managing and communicating the importance of performance ownership with their direct reports. Coaching requires an open mindset, willing to build and progress rather than evaluate. Most importantly, managers must recognize the complete separation between performance and employee compensation.

A shift towards this progressive movement starts with senior leaders acknowledging the need to use performance management as a way to build skills. Managers need to be taught to provide valuable feedback that encourages their employees to further excel in their role.

The Power of Employee Referrals

Tapping into the tremendous advantage of employee referrals can ultimately translate into a successful hire, yielding high results in the long run.

Job seekers first go to their network for potential job leads. Keeping current employees in the loop allows them the opportunity to actively search for someone that would be a good fit for the open position. This is also advantageous when searching for a specialized role as the employee may have referrals outside of the particular job industry.

Time is money and hiring a referred candidate requires less money and time than a traditional candidate. The process and costs of creating a job post, waiting for applicable resumes and scanning for potential hires are tedious and can lead to potentially poor results. However, only an interview is needed for a referred candidate.

Having a familiar contact in the business will also make the onboarding process a lot faster. The advantage of having someone the new candidate can trust and turn to with questions will allow them to acclimate to the culture a lot faster than others who need time to adjust and find their peer confidant.

Both the referred candidate and employee who successfully referred the candidate will be more inclined to stay in their respective positions longer. Because there is pressure on the achievement of a referred candidate for the current employee, the quality of referrals is greater than those found through traditional means. Once the referred candidate is successfully brought on, the current employee feels better with a greater sense of trust for the organization since they are a part of the company’s growing future.

While employee referrals remain to be one of the most successful ways to hire, it is not a system that can be based on just word-of-mouth communication. A specific process must be established for employees or external connections to provide candidate leads. Ask for referrals and leave the door open for potentials – while you may not be currently hiring, it’s nice to continuously add to the talent pipeline.

Make a Difference

Working hard is only part of the equation. Time, dedication, loyalty, trust and various other qualities complete the workplace culture and overall job satisfaction. First, ask yourself a few questions: How can you step outside of the status quo? How can you make a difference in your company?

Begin with observation. Be open and receptive to changes and other viewpoints which will encourage the same from your employees. Learn and observe how the people you manage complete various tasks. If the there is an easier more efficient way, teach them. Once the culture of the company is established as a growing team rather than individual entities, the company will begin to benefit.

Be the energy you want to see. Encourage others and enlighten them through your positivity. As you walk into the office, smile and engage with your employees in an upbeat, personable way. Acknowledge a job well done and spark creativity. Others will begin to imitate the positive example you set making for an enjoyable workplace setting.

It is important to reach outside of your company walls as a team. Volunteer and be a member of your community. By doing so, it will help build your business relations and increase motivation and dedication to the firm. Helping others creates a sense of purpose, and if your company offers that sense of purpose, employees will be happier with the work they do in the office.

The Key to Great Leadership

Becoming a great leader comes with hard work and various levels of dedication. While it may not be an easy path, the end of the road to success will be met with the both personal and organizational achievements.

Lead by example. Let others know how you want office practices to be run by being the first to fall in line. Set the tone and allow others to follow. This will allow for employees to begin to trust you as a leader and believe that you mean what you say. Not only will this help improve the general workings of the business, it will also improve the workplace culture.

Effectively communicate. Don’t speak to be heard, but rather, speak to be understood. Take time out of your day and listen to your most valuable asset,  your employees. The openness and willing to hear what they have to say will help facilitate an open dialogue. Ensure you properly communicate so that company downfalls and achievements are easily heard, understood and acted on. It is important to shorten non-imperative messages so when a time-consuming message arises, employees take the importance seriously.

Learn from the past leaders. Think about how successful the company is currently and what can be changed to grow with greater success. Incorporate the achievements of leaders into the current culture. Inspire those around you by implementing proven practices and discovering new ways to help the organization grow so you can leave a legacy behind.

Continually learning and enhancing your knowledge will provide you with new ideas that can complement your vision and ideas to your organization. Whether it be from an employee, colleague or superior, there is always a lesson to be learned that can be taken with you throughout your life. Open your mind to new avenues of success and possibilities. Great leaders never stop learning and create success stories.

A working culture

Often, a company’s culture molds the success of employees and can ultimately have one of the largest impacts on job satisfaction and low turnover rates. A culture fit is one of the key traits assessed when hiring an individual. Before determining if a candidate adapts well into the company’s culture, it is best to understand the values, attributes, and goals the organization values most, and then translating those ideas into a successful interview and hiring process.

When defining these traits, it is best to articulate a comprehensive message across all departments within the organization. It’s recommended to identify and characterize the culture in a way that can be recognized by everyone in the organization and will translate to hiring success throughout the business.

While defining the traits of the organization is helpful in identifying characteristics in potential recruits; real-time exposure to the culture of the company allows for the candidate to become engaged and attain insight on the overall organization.  By giving potential employees a tour of the office and allowing them to observe how different departments interact with one another, it will not only enable you to note their comfort level and adaptability to the office space but it will give them the sense of belonging, and when hired, make for a smooth transition into the company. The candidate who shares the same values and fits well with the organization will be easily noticeable, making the selection process an easy decision for the hiring manager.

By internally assessing the cultural of the organization followed by displaying the culture through the recruiting process, the success of the hired individuals will ultimately drive growth, promote positive outcomes and bring success to the organization.

Blossom with JSpire

JSpire was created with love and passion for helping others.  Compelled to make a difference in the recruiting business, Janice Shisler, Founder/Principal of JSpire Recruiting, created a brand that focuses on making an exceptional recruitment experience for the candidate while successfully blending them with the Company’s expectations.

JSpire collaboratively advises and supports the client companies and candidates by connecting the right company with the right candidate.  The creation of the LifeWork Solution has become an excellent model for our recruitment business. Janice approaches the LifeWork solution with the idea that “Companies want people who are committed to the opportunity and who love the city. Most candidates are looking for a career transition, an improved work/life balance, or simply looking for a better opportunity. Rather than finding a candidate and placing them into a role that might be a fit, we look for the best LifeWork Solution for both the client company and candidate.”

With every placement, JSpire focuses on every aspect of the hiring process ensuring the recruitment process is customized for each client company, while making a personalized connection with the candidates.

“We want people to feel good about the company they are going to work for, but we also want the company to feel engaged and part of the recruitment process,” Janice explains. “This is what distinguishes JSpire. JSpire’s true philosophy is People Blossom and Companies Flourish.”

Not only has Janice created a legacy in the world of executive recruiting, she has created a company based on a culture of hard work and success that you can trust and appreciate.

Fall in love with your job (Again)

Love is in the air. But, that love may not be felt as much as it should if you don’t love the job you are in. So, how can you rekindle that old flame you once had?

To begin, step back. Take time to reflect on what excited you about your job and focus on your priorities. Think about your life and how you wish to live it.

Once you have taken the time to reflect and prioritize, go out and get what you want. Don’t assume people know what you want or what you are thinking. Express yourself in a productive way that points to what will be conducive to your happiness and the overall production of your work.

Plan out time to do the work you love. Everyone has priorities and everyday duties but by making time for the work that first brought you into your position, your love for your work will grow, and the aggravation that is associated with doing the tasks that you may not like to do will lessen with time.

Change your surroundings. Adjust your office, work in different environments and volunteer for new projects that may give you a different perspective and allow you the opportunity to learn something new. Find avenues that you can step outside of the everyday work routine and provide you with a peace of mind that will set you up for success.

Transform things you can control. Be your own light at the end of the tunnel. Take time for yourself and breathe. Refuse to let negative people or situations get you down. Envision success and put yourself wholeheartedly into it.

Preparing for tax season

Tax season is upon us which means preparation is crucial for success. For some, a system has been established to ensure smooth sailing during this otherwise stressful time. For others, tax season can bring uneasiness and unneeded stress.

Here are four helpful tips to help you de-stress and come out on top this tax season:

  • Turn off your smartphone. The quiet will allow you to focus on what is important. Smartphones are linked to an increase in stress because of the added stress for an immediate response, so by taking a 5, 10, or 30-minute break without the unnecessary stress, you will be able to conquer the daunting tax numbers with a clearer mind.
  • Organize your desk and your tax forms. By organizing your workplace, you will be able to find necessary documents and reports, resulting in a smoother tax process. Organization will help make a path for sanity in what may feel like a world filled with chaos.
  • Get moving. Establish a routine of exercise for at least 20 minutes to allow for a reduction in stress levels and circulation to continue to flow. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the brain.
  • Create a positive work day and smile. When you are unhappy, being positive and smiling can improve your mood and outlook on life. Not only are they both contagious but it also strengthens your immune system, ensuring you get through the tax season, illness and stress-free.

Remember to set calendar reminders for tax due dates to reduce stress levels as well.