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Creating your Personal Brand as an Executive

The creation of an Executive Resume or LinkedIn Profile succinctly may not have been needed in the past, however, when opportunity knocks, it is best to be prepared and relevant. The process to obtain a C-Suite position requires specific innovative and strategic thinking by integrating technology and emphasizing on a strong personal brand.

While an Executive Resume may have been sufficient to land a new position a few years ago, in today’s modern age, it takes more effort than just quantitatively updating career accomplishments and community contributions. In most recruiting cases, there is significant weight placed on social branding.

Executives with an online social networking presence tend to be noticed more over than the traditional job search. Your profile should include strategic accomplishments, leadership qualities, and a proven track record of success in managing complex business initiatives. Establishing the proper brand is most important to ensure a clear message across all professional and social channels.

By identifying an appropriate and desirable value proposition that supports the business initiatives, this will allow your social profile to capture the desired audience. In many instances, this identification and establishment of developing a professional online profile can often be established through experienced professionals.

Once your online brand has been established, it is time to portray who you are and consistently focus on your futuristic career goals and what you set to accomplish as an executive leader.

 

Creating a Recruitment Talent Campaign

 

When trying to attract top talent, the vacant position must stand out amongst the clutter of other eligible opportunities. Establishing a talent recruitment campaign allows both employers and employees to actively align goals and interests in a cultivating way.

Setting clear and measurable goals can be a great start when creating any recruitment campaign. Asking questions like “How many people do we want this to reach?” or “By what margin do we want to increase our overall audience?” allows for quantifiable marks to be set and evaluated throughout the process. When objectives and the end goal is understood, it determines the success built before and achieved after recruitment.

Determining the audience should be the second part of the campaign. It is important to develop a unique communicative platform through company culture videos, social media promotions, evaluating and reviewing glass door reviews and provide community-related blog posts. This will allow prospective candidates to evaluate the value proposition of the company and be the center of any talent recruitment practice.

While those platforms should exhibit the culture, they should also integrate a call to action. A call to action clearly separates the recruiting pool from those that are curious and those that are serious. It should be visible on all facets of communication with potential employees and should be direct and explanatory – providing further insight or action to those that interact.

Talent campaigns are meant to be unique to the position or organization. While every business may be using the same platform to get their message across, influencing those platforms to align with the goals that were initially established will provide recruits with an understanding of what the company has to offer and how they will be part of the success, and significant contributions to the future of the organization.

Recruitment of Candidates

 

When trying to recruit a new candidate, it is essential to have a plan set in place to effectively and efficiently fill the position.

To begin, define the position. While this sounds like a simple task, it is the most important as it identifies the needed skills and interests of the candidate pool. A needs assessment should be completed to understand the extent of what this position will be intended for. While some believe this is only done for a new position, existing roles should be assessed in the same manner to avoid complacency and focus on the betterment and continual growth of the organization.

The next step should be to write and post the job opening. While writing the job description, include the skills and expectations for the role that was discovered when defining what the position was. This description should go deeper than just recruitment. It should be an evaluative measure of potential candidates, a tool for managers to set expectations and a continuous performance review standard. When posting the job description, ensure the platform used correctly markets the type of company that is asking for hirees.

This leads to the development of the recruitment plan and how recruitment of a potential hire pool should be handled. First, informing internal members of the team should occur. This allows for interested candidates who are already privy to the company and possibly the open position to apply if interested. Current employees are also a great source for referrals either internally or externally. Next, the position should be distributed within your network. The message can be spread to individuals who are interested in making a transition, may know someone interested or can help disseminate the opening to their network as well. Finally, the job opening should be shared externally. It is most affordable and effective to post online but don’t be afraid to reach out to colleagues who have had similar openings to see how they found success.

The final step to recruiting candidates is the screening process. This process is a way to assess each candidate using a set group of criteria identified when defining the position. Resume screening is a great way to see if a candidate has what the job needs on paper. To follow-up with the resume, interviews can either be conducted in person or through the phone or video chat. When using these methods, plan questions in advance that allow for candidates to identify the competencies that are needed for the job.

Once the position is filled or a candidate has been identified for hire, it is important to follow-up with those that were interviewed either through a letter, email, or a phone call. Remember, not all recruitment processes are ‘one size fits all,’ do what works best for your organization and the position you are trying to fill.

How to approach counteroffers

Negotiating pay is a difficult situation when offered the job of your dreams. While the job description may check all of the boxes, compensation is also a major determinant in whether you should accept the position or not.

There is a certain threshold that employers will withstand when in the counteroffer stage of hiring. By doing your research and recognizing the market compensation wage bands, you will set yourself up for far better success than by countering the future of your career blindly. Trust the process as you think about negotiating an offer once it has been presented.  Seek counsel from a professional to guide and lead you through each phase of the negotiation.

When countering the offer, focus on why you want to join the organization and what is important to you at this stage of your career.   There are other benefits can be included as part of the compensation package which can include, commute time, work-hour flexibility, job responsibilities, family support, and ability to contribute in the strategic success of the company. Focus on how your dream job can transform more than just your bank account.

Countering what you feel is deserved can be effective when done properly. If conducted correctly, counteroffers can provide better benefits, incentives, job security, and ultimately pay for a job that was already a dream to begin with.

Driving the Mission for the Organization

The heart of any company begins with its mission statement. The mission statement is the very definition of what the company stands for and the potential future outlook of the business. Much like a company’s value, it shapes the organizational culture where employees learn and grow. If one member of the team doesn’t believe in the same vision the entire team can begin to crumble.

Executives should be the ultimate advocates of driving the mission statement home. They need to constantly focus on how to better the organization and what steps to take to get closer to the ultimate goal. If they do not believe in the vision of the company, this can create a major disturbance in pushing the entire company forward.

Is it worth the time and energy to dedicate time and resources in coaching the executive to invest themselves more? Or should you turn your attention to someone that can prove to be a driving force towards the future?

Many times, the executive cannot offer 100% buy-in to the company’s mission. While the executive may offer great departmental support to the overall vision, if they are not focused on the same goal this can be a deterrent to the desired success in the long run.

Focusing attention on someone who wants to see organizational growth fall within the mission of the company is important. The executives and employees that support the direction a company is headed are more willing to dedicate the time needed to see the goals come to fruition. Try not spin your wheels on a stalled executive, and instead, cruise into the future with a group of supporters backing you.

The Details of Strategic Planning

Strategic planning identifies the abilities of a company and focuses on its strengths. It is used to set priorities, concentrate resources and energy, utilize operations and establish a clear end-goal.

To begin the process, an organizational team should be assembled, which embodies an appropriate representation of the culture and identity of the company. This team should be made of key implementers, outside facilitators, internal representatives and top-level executives.

The basic system of strategic planning begins with goal-setting through identifying the accomplishments that hoped to be accomplished in a set amount of time.

Goal-setting is followed by an assessment of the organization. The question “Where is the company currently?” must be asked and answered. This may be the hardest and most crucial step as there is a distinct differential between where the company currently is and where people want the company to be. The assessment should include internal and external “temperature” audits.

Strategy formulation or defining the future steps for the organization that focuses on the vision and mission is often the next course of action. Formulation is followed by implementation. Taking the steps that were selected in the third stage of the planning process and putting them to work can be the most time-consuming phase.

Evaluation is the final stage of the planning process. Recalling the goals that were set out in stage one and determining if the goal was reached successfully through the steps that were taken is important to ensuring continued progress.

Progress can be tracked and monitored through the use of the Balanced Scorecard, which targets the growth and improvement from the financial, customer/stakeholder, internal process and organizational capacity viewpoints. These Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) measure the extent of effectiveness and operational efficiency that is demonstrated during the implementation stage.

While evaluation is the final step, strategic planning should be cyclical. Whether it be refining the steps to achieve the initial goal or establishing a new goal, the strategic planning process should be a day-to-day focus for overall organizational achievement.

What constitutes a transformational leader?

There is an overwhelming sense of responsibility taken on by any leader. Strong leadership evokes a belief in the shared vision and the charisma to guide others has the ability to propel the strengths of the team. The way employees define their manager’s leadership style, has a large impact on the continuation of a successful leadership cycle.

There are nine identified frameworks of leadership styles – transformational, transactional, laissez-faire, servant, autocratic, democratic, bureaucratic, charismatic and situational. With these nine styles, also comes nine different ways a team can define their leader’s approach. Believing in a one-size-fits-all methodology may cause more adversity than prosperity. Leaders must have the ability to adapt their leadership strategy to fit the situation and their employees.

The responsibility taken on by any leader is more than just a guide towards the right direction. A leader must be willing to make the hard decisions, earn the trust and respect of his/her employees, believe and articulate a shared goal, and inspire people to do their best. Having the foresight to know what may lie ahead and recognize that a shared vision will distinguish a transformational leader from the rest.

Should Succession Planning be on your Company Agenda?

As the structure of an organization matures and employees begin to mature and transition from their initial roles, succession planning becomes a key piece in ensuring the organization will continue to run smoothly.

Be proactive in outlining a succession plan that works best for the culture of the company. Set aside adequate time to identify the key traits needed for another leader to fill the soon-to-be vacant position. Even if a transition is not expected immediately, proper timing and planning make a difference in the midst of any occupational shift.

In the spirit of timing, this offers an excellent opportunity to provide training to other employees that may be interested in leadership roles down the road or perform trail runs for potential candidates whom may be closer to the level of accepting more responsibility. Opening up the chance for employees to actively seek leadership roles and identifying top performers, organizations pave a greater road towards smoother transitions.

Through training and vetting, it is important to relay the shared vision of the organization. Engaging in transparent strategic conversations will not only help develop a greater vision for future success inter-departmentally but it will also magnify the strengths of top-performers.

Once an internal succession structure is identified, the process should be mirrored and appropriately transitioned to fit the hiring strategy, establishing the traits valued in top-leadership parallels that of new additions.

How to Properly Resign as an Executive

After deciding to forge a new career path, resigning from the current position is naturally one of the next steps. As an executive, the utmost importance falls on how their departure transpires and how it affects the company in the long haul.

Appropriate transparency and confidence will define how any executive leaves their current role. Naturally, as a leader departs, followers begin to raise suspicion. Being confident in the transition without making vague excuses will alleviate that worrisome feeling that may arise in employees. The reasoning behind such change should be professional and future-centric rather than focused on the specific instances that led to the transition.

An in-person announcement to the organization is the best way to break news for any leave. Falling in line with transparency, this method allows current employees the chance to ask questions, witness organizational support and positivity and, most importantly, observe the raw emotion that is paired with any goodbye. No matter the circumstances, good or bad, executives will be able to better gauge the reaction of their team and quash any potential rumors or “this is what I heard” scenarios.

Leaving the company in good standing should be at the forefront of any executive’s mind after deciding to depart from their current role. While two weeks’ notice may be the norm, more time may be needed to ensure adequate measures and plans are in place to set the company up for future success. Whether it be two weeks or two months, a proper go-ahead plan should be established and communicated to support the company that such executive was once a part of.

What’s more important – the degree or the experience?

With degrees becoming more and more common, the experience that a candidate brings to the position has taken the front seat in the hiring process. Needless to say, a degree does offer valuable skill important to a candidate’s resume.

The significance of completing a degree speaks to the candidate’s ability to be successful in various life and job-related aspects such as multi-tasking, social interactions, and ethical dilemmas. While the degree title and focus furthers the intellectual aspect of a candidate, it does not necessarily correlate to how much success a person will have within their position.

Experience is considerably the most valuable aspect a candidate can possess. The real-world experience that is transferable to the position in mind, provides far deeper insight as to how the employee will perform in a certain situation rather than the assumption of taught skills in the classroom.

However, a degree should not be any less valuable. Many entry qualifications for open positions specifically highlight the need of a degree to advance. Where the experience begins to overshadow a degree is through the interview process and the ability of a candidate to equate actual experiential moments to the demands of the job.

While the accomplishment of completing the route of higher education is still highly regarded in job recruiting, having first-hand knowledge of the qualifications that are to be expected has started to become the frontrunner when choosing between candidates with virtually similar resumes.

What defines a high-performing organization?

The ability for an organization to perform adequately doesn’t begin with goals and end with results. High performance is paired with strategic organizational structure and goal output.

Company leadership paves the way towards effectiveness. Through strong leaders, comes engaged and passionate employees focused on the organization’s goals and values. Leadership must have the understanding of the importance of acknowledging strengths of employees and building through weaknesses. This cultural design will, in turn, result in employees understanding their role within the company.

Effective organizational processes and procedures also allows for businesses to see high-performing results. From HR practices to marketing tactics, organizations must have established processes to yield wanted results. Granted, not every position allows for a clean step-by-step process. Solidifying a clear path towards company goals will provide employees and management the proper tools to focus on success should a situation arise that may initially detract from that.

The ability to react appropriately to change and complications sets strong organizations apart from the rest. While laying out an ideal plan of action provides the proper support for success, when things don’t fall according to plan, it is important to have a system that adapts. Growing a staff and culture that is able to manage a shift in plans, shows the strength and longevity of a company’s future.

Is your company brand more than just a logo?

In today’s society, attention is critical for success. If a company is unable to grasp and maintain the attention of customers, there is significant risk in getting lost in the mix of a hundred other businesses designed to provide their necessary services. The importance behind building a relationship beyond the brand name should be at the forefront of a company’s business model.

To go beyond a title and design on the company letterhead, there must be support, guidance and belief to push towards overall success. A company should be recognized by what it can provide both internally to its employees and externally to the community.

Offering the opportunity for employees to “buy in” to the process and ultimately, the success of the brand will translate to customers buying in as well. When employees are satisfied with the organization they are a part of and its values, it is much easier to attract customers who are satisfied with what the company offers as well. Employee benefits, incentives, and recognition opens the door for employees to create a cycle of positivity as they begin to recognize the support given, appreciate the opportunity and project the company values into customers.

Externally, standing out to your customers should also be more than the obvious. It should be supported through interactions, consistency, availability and appreciation. Having a brand that guarantees pleasant interactions, consistently provides a satisfactory product and/or experience, goes beyond the status quo. Acknowledging the dedication of loyal customers is guaranteed to maintain consumer share of mind.

While other companies offer the same products and services, going above and beyond for both customers and employees, will help the company become a brand, distinguishing itself from the competition and paving the way toward a tenured future.

Employees, when is it time to walk away? Employers, do you see the signs?

At any moment in your life, knowing when to walk away is difficult. Whether it be a professional opportunity or current career path, recognizing the signs of when to continue on is not always apparent.

From both an employer and employee perspective, the understanding of betterment for the future may be clouded by current situations. Once employees begin to recognize a needed change, their production is also affected tasking employers to take notice and recognize the same signs.

A lack of passion is a key indicator that it is time to move on. While it is completely normal to feel a lack of purpose occasionally, a continuation of that feeling shows a sure sign that the current position is not right. This demeanor is noticeable by both employees and employers as it affects task outcome and workplace morale.

Recognizing an inability to advance professionally signals a time to move on. As an employer, the potential of all employees should be top of mind and, if an individual has reached their full efficacy, it is important to allow them to continue toward maximum growth and encourage forward progression. On the contrast, as an employee, if the main focus is continued advancement and that is no longer possible, recognizing how talents can be utilized elsewhere within the company will prove to be more beneficial in the long run.

If there is not significant growth being seen, other opportunities should be considered. Employees should continuously bring amelioration to their department and the organization. Whether it be through workplace culture, task production or leadership, an employee should positively impact and strengthen the workplace. Conversely, an organization should do the same for its employees by supporting their needs, encouraging their progress and compensating accordingly. If a position or workplace growth is stunted, it may be time to walk away.

Through the looking glass: prospecting a client through a different lens

The process to recruit a new hire must be able to accurately gauge their potential success based on the objectives of the company and the available position, whether it be through an in-person, phone or video interview. This can be achieved through either a two or five-step process.

The use of a two-step recruitment process is quick and simple. Screening the resume followed by an in-person interview is the best way to find a suitable candidate in the least amount of time since it requires little back and forth between the organization and potential employee. Two-step hiring also allows for a candidate’s on-boarding process to be streamlined in a time-efficient manner.

This type of recruitment process is best suited for quick hiring needs and helps distinguish warm versus hot leads. However, this process lacks the substance required to properly vet a large pool of seemingly quality recruits since the speed of hiring for an open position poses threats of under-qualified applicants.

In contrast, the five-step hiring system begins with a resume screen and is followed by a phone interview, video interview, in-person interview and finishes with on-the-job skill testing. This process is best used for positions that require deeper skillsets than average, allowing for interviewees to highlight their abilities over a lengthened period of time.

The five-step system is also ideal for positions with large applicant pools as each step in the hiring process will naturally separate top candidates from average candidates and grants hiring managers the time needed to properly evaluate a candidate’s potential and organizational fit. While this process allows for an in-depth evaluation of a future employee, it can be deemed too lengthy, causing candidates to lose interest and abandon the hiring process all together.

Not all hiring methods are the same, choose one that works best for the organization that will set you apart from your competition.

Hiring Quality Talent

Believe it or not, identifying a quality hire goes beyond a stacked resume or great recommendations. In fact, there are actually measurable calculations associated with quality hires based off of the goals of the company filling the position.

Quality hires can be attributed to the use of performance-based objectives established during the hiring process. Rather than identifying surface level qualities that must be met in the recruitment stage, such as education level or experience, direct objectives for identified success should be highlighted with goals and expectations being the prime focus.

Rather than a bulleted list of duties, make the job compelling to begin the employee “buy-in” process. Turn the description into an impactful story allowing for any potential candidate to begin to see the impact they can make. This will help garner strong candidates, fully interested in what the position has to offer and how they can be of service.

Focus on the past rather than the present. If a new hire is able to equate their past experiences with one comparable to those listed in the performance-based job description, they will have increased motivation to continue that trend of success as they already possess the skills and accomplishments to do so.

It is important to evaluate the quality of the candidate, pre-hire and post-hire. Before the candidate is offered the position, focus on past accomplishments and understand how they can support overall goals and objectives. This same process should be used post-hire as well. Once the candidate is on the job, circle back to the interview process and the agreements that were reached and experiences that were mentioned – this will help categorize employees as quality hires or can pinpoint weaknesses that need to be addressed.

How Giving Back Influences The Bottom Line

The holiday spirit is in the air, with businesses focusing on how they can give back to the community. While acts of gratitude positively affect personal health and happiness, there is also a strong correlation between charitable giving and boosting the bottom line.

By focusing on an impactful community cause, companies are able to connect on a deeper level with customers, partners and employees who share the same values to make a difference, opening the door for new and meaningful business ventures to arise beyond just the holiday season.

Beyond the public relations advantage that the spirit of giving provides, tax advantages also affect the bottom line. With a certain amount donated, organizations are able to claim a charitable deduction offering businesses the opportunity to give back with money not being a major deterrent to do so.

Taking a few moments out of the work day to volunteer at a local food bank or donate time to deliver presents to less fortunate children increases company visibility within the community and provides employees a unique insight into the culture that the organization was built on.

Giving of time and financial support to those in need is a simple and easy reminder to be grateful. When given the chance, employees develop a sense of accomplishment for their service and appreciation for the position they are in and the company providing the opportunity. Morale increases and the desire to work hard for a company that believes in helping those in need grows a bit stronger.

The Advantages of Job Shadowing

Having the opportunity to shadow senior leadership when beginning a career or transitioning to a new position provides countless benefits, specifically, the resources and skillsets that are available in a shortened timeframe. But, why choose shadowing versus another on-boarding system when welcoming a new employee?

Shadowing is most important when the position is best learned through seeing or doing. The new hire is able to take in a plethora of information that, if trained through a different method, might be overlooked or not mentioned. It provides a “hands-on” approach to a position that may require a “hands-on” mindset.

The ability to learn firsthand from leaders who have forged their own path to success is second to none. The time spent with senior employees opens to the door to understand the ins and outs of the company culture, fine-tune and continue to develop professionally, and gain expert insights into the business. Shadowing also expedites the on-boarding process as new hires begin to acquaint themselves with the business sooner.

Job shadowing provides a behind-the-curtain look at the expectations of job duties, key deliverables needed, and the interactions between coworkers and peers and coworkers and senior management. This provides an excellent chance for senior management to recognize if processes, job descriptions or culture needs to be restructured or reevaluated.

New Year, New Focus

With the new year right around the corner most people are focused on personal improvement, new goals or beginning new habits. But this year could be the year for you to take the time to make positive resolutions to refocus on career advancement.

In 2018, invest energy into choosing realistic goals that require going outside of your comfort zone and pushing the limits. Acquire a new skill that may fill a gap for lateral movement and seek to improve upon areas that need more attention. Putting yourself in the best possible position to achieve, puts you in control of the outcome.

Implement helpful tricks to organize your life, workspace and mindset. Start each day of the new year with a fresh mind by clearing out the clutter that life can sometimes bring and figuring out a way to keep yourself efficient and productive. Prioritize small moments of organization, whether it be through keeping a steady workout regime to clear your mind or ensuring that your desk is tidy at the end of the day.

Find balance. Health and happiness go hand-in-hand with achievement and hard work. When you believe in the work that you do and wake up enjoying the life you live, success will follow.

Employee Company Reviews – how important are they?

Employee reviews can reveal a lot about an organization. Do you know what your employee reviews say about your company?

Sites such as Glassdoor and Indeed provide direct employee feedback about companies which can either make or break the recruitment process. Scouting for talent, in most cases, has a direct connection to how a company is perceived by its employees. So, how can organizations stay on top of these reviews and use them to their advantage?

Turn the critical reviews into opportunity! It is best to dedicate the needed time to monitor your online brand and use this feedback to make a difference in the company’s culture. Knowing the honest, and sometimes, painful truth about how employees discern their time within the business can help strengthen the structure of the workplace.

The idea of transparency should not be something to shy away from either. Knowing the ins and outs of a certain position or department and the impression it holds both internally and externally, will give managers the ability to identify weaknesses, be pragmatic and fill in the gaps recognized by employees.

The Impact of a New Position

Creating a new position is, in most cases, associated with filling a need for a specific role that is lacking within the company’s current business model. What is often overlooked is the impact it has on employee morale and overall view of the business opportunities.

Whether it be an entry-level or C-suite position, the addition of an employee’s career progression heightens the outlook of the company as it shows strength, sustainability, and regard for growth in its employees. Investing in the company’s support system not only positively correlates with business success but, contributes to maintaining a stable and continued future.

By creating a new position, the culture of current employees shifts to recognize and appreciate the support their existing position will be backed by. This can allow for duties to be redistributed and focus to be reprioritized to maintain continuity and support of overall values for the organization.

On the other hand, the creation of an executive position highlights the ideals of continuous employee growth. With a new executive-level added, companies are able to show their investment in the employees, emphasizing a culture of sustainability. Not only will lower-level employees aim to advance towards new levels but, current top executives will be motivated to continue to learn and grow within the organization.

While adding a new position may fill a void in the company’s overall business structure, the impact that a new position holds for current and incoming employees is far greater than what meets the eye.

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.

Considerations for the Future

Making a career change can be difficult for anyone. However, the dependence of a transition for an executive weighs on the prospective employer and their future with the company.

Personal growth remains to be the most significant factor an executive considers when considering a career change. With an emphasis placed on continual learning, most executives search for opportunities that allow them to expand their skill set rather than chasing a title advancement.

And like any other searching candidate, executives also rely on the opportunities that the potential company offers. When given a chance to stretch their skills and abilities to new levels, allowing for them to see a significant change, executives are far more willing to shift to that new role than stay complacent in what they know.

Environmental factors come into account during the decision process, too. Is a shift in career going to make a positive impact on work-based culture? Will a transition allow for greater responsibility and oversight of a larger team? How will this position fall into the entirety of the organizational success? These questions all play a factor in an executive deciding whether to make a move or not. This element is mostly dependent on the overall goals of the executive candidate and the current state of their ongoing position.

While direct compensation does not play a significant role in an executive move, the financial stability of the organization does. If the prospective company shows greater return and less risk in company sales, work hours, employee turnover, mergers and acquisitions and competitive advantage compared to their current position, a top-level executive will realize those benefits and make the move into a new career.

 

 

What to do when a candidate goes dark

As a recruiter, one of the most important aspects of the job is keeping candidates interested in the opportunity. Every so often, a candidate goes dark – all communication stops out of the blue and when this happens, it feels as if all progress that has been made has been lost.

What can be done on the recruitment end to alleviate the stress that comes when a candidate goes cold?

Emphasize the importance of communication and set deadlines for response time. It is important to begin the relationship through various methods of communication; if the candidate does go dark, a call to “check up” is routine rather than desperate. While establishing the relationship, understand how active the candidate is in their search and their timeline to transition into a new opportunity.

Gain their respect and trust. Guide the candidate as an advisor in their search, helping steer them in a direction you believe to be the best move for their future. A candidate is far less inclined to go dark if they trust who they are talking to and have faith in the system.

Should you execute these tips, but to no avail, run into a candidate where all communication has stopped, you must then evaluate if the candidate is worth the time. Should you change gears and move on to a candidate that would be more than eager to be given the opportunity? You may begin to spend more time trying to connect with a lost connection rather than building a relationship with a zealous one.

Never Under Estimate Your Value!

Confidence within the workplace is key to a successful career, and a portion of such confidence is the power that comes with knowing ones true value. Social interactions, energy and attitude play a major part in how people interact with one another in the workplace. Positive interactions are driven by value-led thoughts.

Believing that you have what it takes to make a powerful impact in your role and not accepting less than what is deserved solidifies the understanding of your self-worth. Have the confidence to say what you want because you know it is earned but also, have the humility to realize unrealistic expectations.

Evaluate who you are and who you want to be, while celebrating your accomplishments. Prioritizing your commitments and personally valuing who you are will translate into value in any situation.

Growing Leaders

If you ask people around you to define leadership, chances are there will be a large variety of answers. Words like coach, power and respect are often riddles in the responses but the same general tone to describe leadership is someone with influence.

Oftentimes though, people mistake leaders for some in high ranking positions when leaders can be found even in the most entry-level positions. The key is fostering those early leadership skills to support a possible rise in position status within the company.

The most fundamental foundation to any strong leader is trust. When times get tough, it is important that employees have trust in their leader to be the calm in the storm. Establishing an environment that allows for vulnerability fosters the ability for employees to think independently with the notion that failure is okay and encourages bridging the gap between the executives and the team they manage.

Communication goes hand-in-hand with trust. Employees need to trust that they can communicate with their leader. Setting forth a pragmatic point of view will challenge employees to think about how they can improve on mistakes made and enable them to creatively work to find solutions in the future. Disclosing noncritical company information, both successes and failures, provides employees with a sense of belonging as they begin to understand their role through both a micro and macro view of the company.

Transitioning to the C-Suite

The ascension to the C-Suite is often paired with redesigned goals and ideas to ensure success in the new role. Fostering a successful transition can bring challenges as aligning others around those specific objectives is not always an easy feat.

To combat these common struggles, it is best to establish a shared vision on company priorities. Aligning the organization to understand and believe in the strategic design of the organization is a critical component to build success when executives are promoted or have accepted  a senior role. By creating an environment where employees buy-in to the vision of the company, executives will work to establish an immediate and long-term impact in the foundation of the organization.

Accepting that the answers are not always clear, and can be a significant learning curve during any transition. Making quick and calculated moves to establish a trustworthy team allows for any executive to begin to influence others with designed support.

Taking all of this into account, nothing can be done without the thought and preparation of self-readiness. By designating the appropriate amount of time to a purposeful tenure, ascending into the C-Suite will be complimented with proven results.

Turning Over a New Leaf on Employee Turnover

The connotations associated with “employee turnover” are often negative. From lost costs to disruption in an organization, employee turnover does have significant risks that test the strength of a company and its structure.

What is often overlooked is the benefit that employee turnover may bring to the organization.

Zappos, an online shoe and clothing store, has been widely praised for its mindset surrounding employee satisfaction. In 2015, the company began offering its employees exit payments, an incentive given to those who were interested in the company but decided it was not a right fit for them. This incentive lead to approximately 14% of employees accepting the offer.

While some turnover is encouraged, the importance of organizational agility is two-fold. The ability for employees to manage their employment satisfaction translates into greater success, for those who stay with the company have a mindset committed to the company’s growth and future.  Wiith the possibility of sporadic, unplanned position vacancies, positioning the business model to react and absorb any negative repercussions takes time, commitment and understanding.

It is crucial to create a culture that recognizes employee turnover is not always negative but rather something that can offer a positive shift in skills, mindsets, and motivations for the workforce, ultimately lending to the success of an agile and proactive company.

Learn from Experience

In recent months, top companies have been the topic of conversation because of errors that were made. Now, it is up to other companies to learn from their missteps to avoid the same downfall.

It all starts with leadership…

Since February, the ride-sharing service, Uber, dealt with charges of sexual harassment, disparagement from top management, a federally-charged criminal investigation and publicly shared internal emails encouraging the use of drugs and sexual relations between employees. These conflicts all pointed to weak leadership values as the CEO eventually took a leave of absence in June. Uber’s weaknesses highlight the impact that leadership can have on company culture. By establishing a base of active and value-focused top management, companies will succeed from the top down.

Holding people accountable…

Another scandal that shook the business world was the 2016 Wells Fargo scandal. Found guilty of creating millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts, Wells Fargo paid more than $150 million in fines. And, amidst the spotlight shining on its practices, Wells Fargo was recently reported as having charged auto loan customers for unneeded car insurance. Nonetheless, some key players are still being compensated despite the hailstorm brought to the banking industry. Not only does it fall in line with leadership failures, but by holding Wells Fargo executives accountable, the company could have avoided the latest news reports. It is important to look at all factors at stake and take corrective action on those that should be held accountable.

Prepare for anything…

While the Uber and Wells Fargo issues could have been stopped through past choices, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 nightmare was something that could not have been predicted. The way Samsung addressed the issue is something to learn from. After reports of the Galaxy 7 catching fire, Samsung posted a statement telling owners to power the phone down immediately and obtain a refund or exchange. That message, however, was posted discretely to consumers – fielding issues of secrecy and complexity. Not only did this cause users to be wary of Samsung products but it lessened the amicable relationship between Samsung and its carriers. By preparing for the worst and placing a priority on public relation messages if anything should go wrong, companies have the ability to come out of any controversy, successful and stronger in the eyes of the public.

Adapting for the 21st century


Corporate America has begun to transition into a new way of thinking for employees. The days of lifelong careers are no longer in sight as “over seven million of today’s jobs are expected to disappear by 2020” (SagePeople, 2017).

Employers have been forced to make a swift adjustment to cater to the disruption of the work force. By transforming the current employee mentality, employers will be able to evolve the company to match the new revolution and alleviate the risk of failure.

As the need for instant gratification grows so does the eagerness of employees to experience many different roles to see what fits best. Employees are looking to expand their skillset and transition horizontally, being less focused on vertical advancements but interested, rather, in lateral changes. A higher value is placed on unending learned and development, acquiring new skills as they transition within their career.

This change in mentality is a great opportunity for employers to adapt and face the challenges head on. Proactively engaging employees and offering the opportunity for optimum success will counteract any downfalls that may be experienced. With a constant rotating employee pool, recruiters can more selectively pick talent lending the chance to establish a workplace foundation focused on staff retention.

Employers can begin to mold key positions and mitigate the potential hit of the shifting employee mindset by identifying the key roles that are going to bring success in the future and pinpointing impactful skillsets. Abilities such as creativity, logical reasoning and problem solving will be held at a higher regard in future occupations (SagePeople, 2017).

The change of the workplace is inevitable and evolving quickly. Focusing on meaningful position development and employee support will help relieve the impact of the predicted unsettled employee mindset.

Enhancing Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn remains to be one of the largest professional networking sites today – giving insight into the company and employee dynamic. When searching for a new career, keeping up with your personal LinkedIn profile and building your brand is an important aspect to any job search.

Your LinkedIn profile gives a quick snapshot of your experience and should be carefully constructed to provide recruiters with the most accurate depiction of who you are as an executive.

While an easy field to complete, adding a degree or certification level to the name portion of your profile increases the chances of coming up in recruiting search results. Following your name is the headline – a highly undervalued profile segment that should answer who you are, what you do and how you can help (Forbes, 2017). Consider this to be the most important aspect of your profile as it is, besides your name, the first and possibly, the last thing a recruiter sees.

Your summary should go one step further to engage with recruiters. This portion of your profile is suggested to include a summarization of measurable goals and attention grabbing achievements. It should answer who you are and what you do on a deeper and more intimate level. This field, while engaging, should be concise and effective. Ensure that if anyone stops looking at your profile at this moment, they have a good understanding of your current passions and future goals.

Your experience should be organized in a way that highlights how you handle problem-solution situations. Having quantifiable details that address what the problem was, the steps that were taken and the results achieved will quickly showcase your experiential skill set. As always, it is important to use key words and integrate the skills that were gained in each situation. Your professional experience is a way for recruiters to see if your achievements fit well based on what the company is looking for in a candidate.

By enhancing and articulating these sections of your LinkedIn profile not only will you grab the attention of recruiters and like-minded colleagues but it allows you to continue the professional demeanor that has been established throughout your professional career.

Mastering performance reviews

Performance reviews – a historically dreaded time in the office. Understanding how to take advantage of the review process and what personal and organizational improvements can be made will help both managers and employees alike to develop as an employee and contribute more to the company.

Meetings between manager and employee allows for the construction of individualized plans geared toward success. Not only do these conversations open a clear line of communication and transparency but they align company and employee goals and strategy. Setting goals that are smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (S.M.A.R.T.) allows employees to prioritize their work in the coming months based on personal and company goals.

And while performance reviews provide managers and employees the chance to speak openly about position performance, no review should come as a surprise. Employees should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses beforehand allowing the time allotted for a performance review to be focused on goals to improve or further success. The categories that are being evaluated must be clearly outlined to establish a clear line of expectations.

After the performance review, managers should take the time to review their notes that were taken during the meeting. Rather than stuffing the file into a folder and storing until the next performance review comes up, taking the time to map out a timeline of the milestones that the employee must hit to be considered successful is important to continue departmental success. This practice will not only provide managers the ability to map out their expectations, but it will also provide an insight into practices within the office that may require more focus.

One-on-one reviews are great to establish relationships between managers and employees; however, creating a system that allows the department to anonymously submit general feedback and personal role evaluation allows the opportunity for staff to identify micro-level needs regarding professional development.

Targeting End of the Year Priorities

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already almost halfway done. Now, comes the time to take a look back and reflect on the goals set out at the beginning of the year and realign your priorities focus on your goals for the remainder of the year and finish strong!

While it may sound tedious, the number one priority for a leader approaching the second half of the year is building upon employee engagement and satisfaction. Satisfying existing employees will decrease the need for new talent acquisition. Engaged employees are happy employees, and those employees contribute positively to the overall success of the company. Defining career development initiatives and actively listening to concerns allows for employees to feel as if they can make a difference and impact on the organization.

As with every industry, new technology continues to shape the way organizations conduct business, impacting systems, processes, and people. And as much as some people may be trying to avoid the technological boom, the digital age is here to stay. It is important to keep up with technical innovation and develop strategies that advance the company to competitive heights. Innovative processes and new business models may need to be developed to support the movement. However, such implementations will lead to great success in the long run and will set you apart from other traditional companies.

None of these priorities are possible without satisfied employees that embrace the vision and strategy for the organization. Recruitment and retention should be a top priority leading into the second half of 2017. Think about establishing a formal recruitment strategy and hiring the talent of the future. This will significantly impact your organizational culture and create future success.

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.

Expanding the Sourcing Scope

Every day, it seems as if new recruitment job board websites come into the market constantly, making it harder for potential candidates to stand out and even harder for companies to acquire qualified talent. As the need for quality talent becomes more prevalent, companies must consider broadening their sourcing scope and seeking alternative solutions.

Employers must take full advantage of the resources that are available today by not overlooking cross-industry hiring. By expanding the view on the type of talent acquisition, companies will have the benefit of individuals trained in other departments, whom often, gain experience that correlates with the open position. A diverse workplace culture and sets of opinions appeals to different markets, which can help the company grow to a market outside of the initial targeted ideation.

Consider meritocracy. While the skills and experience that someone has are important to the success of the role, focusing on the ability and motivation that such employee possesses leads to greater drive for advancement in employees. This drive then positively translates into better overall company financial performance – encouraging employees to work hard for earned workplace promotions.

Rely on different sources. While employee referrals are an obvious source of talented potentials, reaching out on social platforms such as LinkedIn or industry Facebook pages may come up with surprising results. By expanding the scope that most companies have become accustomed to searching for potential hires through, the company will be able to diversify its culture and grow with a work environment that is slowly transitioning to multi-dimensional positions.

Compensation Budgeting

Budgeting is always a hot topic when it comes to employee benefits, which can sometimes lead to recruiters feeling as if their budget is stretched too thin to cover everything that is wanted in the workplace. But, it doesn’t need to be like that – here are some simple tricks to making the most out of a tight budget:

  • Offer competitive non-salary benefits. Make up for a lack of monetary incentives with benefits catered towards the employee’s needs. Offering childcare support, flexible schedules, office space, remote working opportunities and other chances for employees to feel valued is a great alternative that does not require salary-impacted benefits – rather, focus on employee work-life balance.
  • Focus on what’s important. There are items that can be considered “must-haves” that will make a huge difference in the day-to-day work life. Prioritizing items that are “must-haves” versus the “nice-to-haves.” Do this by ensuring the expenses are worth every penny.
  • Forecast – it’s vital to a healthy workplace budget. Keep in mind that staffing will change in the next year whether you see it coming or not. It is important to plan for these changes and leave a bit of budgetary room available to account for those changes, especially considering employee compensation.
  • Understand that you will not always be right. Whatever compensation package is offered, it is never going to be the best thing for every employee, and that is okay. Realize the biggest factors that will lead to company and employee success. One of the best ways to show appreciation for employees is fair compensation, so focus your attention on the benefits that will make the biggest impact for the largest number of employees.

 

Communicating expectations in an interview

Many times, to attain top candidates, job expectations and job realities do not always coincide. Significant responsibility is placed on the company to set realistic expectations from day one, so the possibility of a future dissatisfied employee is lessened.

Setting job responsibilities needs to be the priority. While responsibilities may vary, providing a framework of what to expect from day to day will give the candidate a better understanding of what they will be doing. This is an excellent opportunity for management to identify specific job duties to decrease the possibility of task overlap, making for a better operating workplace.

With the changing work place culture, in many cases, the expectations for business hours vary from position to position. However, it is important to alleviate the frustrations of either working too much or too little than what is expected by outlining specific office hour expectations. Finding an employee who is unwilling to work more than 40 hours may be detrimental to the success of them in that position; it is better to outline those expectations sooner than later.

An expectation for company culture should be drawn out before making a hire as well. If extracurricular office activities are a large part of the social side of the business, the candidate should know that they may be asked to participate in them. The social aspect of a company plays a significant role in employee satisfaction, and it would be advantageous to promote culture the right away to understand if the candidate will be a good fit.

 

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.

Appealing to Passive Candidates

Active versus passive candidates seem to be a constant topic of discussion. Whether the applicant is actively pursuing a position or has passively encountered the organization, it is important to maintain an active line of external communication to display the culture of the company and cultivate a high level of interest with the candidate.

According to a 2017 examination, 89% of people within the workforce are either somewhat or very satisfied with their jobs. However, in December of 2016, a survey by CareerBuilder.com reported that “more than one in five workers (22 percent) are planning to change jobs in 2017.”

These “planners,” or passive candidates, are considered to be desirable because they are content with where they are. There is less competition when speaking with these candidates because they are not actively searching and the candidates are more inclined to speak truthfully since there is no pressure of a job. So, how can you position yourself to appeal to active job seekers but still engage with the passive candidates?

Keep up with social media! This is an ever-changing but entirely influential area of business that needs to be at the top of the list when it comes to finding the right candidate. A great post can instantly be shared by others and can reach a large amount of people. Social media fosters a way to build relationships and communicate in an informal way that is reflective of the culture that the company will bring.

Create a talent pipeline. Develop and maintain a list of potential candidates who may, either today or in the future, be in search of a position within the company to allow a pipeline of passive candidates in the event a position becomes available, it is easy to reach out and sell the opportunity that would position them for advancement.

Companies must always encourage employee referrals. This should be a primary source for candidate searches since most active or semi-active job seekers reach out to their friends first to seek job leads. This recruitment method allows employees to actively speak on behalf of the company, creating the opportunity for great and reliable candidate engagement.

Consider the candidate’s experience. Design an employee application and interview process that works with all types of candidates. It is important to continue the efficiency of the interview process in order to secure the best candidate for the job.

The Future is Coming

Defined as those born between 1996 and 2010, Generation Z is the largest up-and-coming generation that employers must begin to understand to further their company status and keep up with the changing times.

Generation Z is characterized by a life defined by technology, at the epicenter of cultural diversification with an unfound need for heightened safety. The composing factors of this generation introduce almost a complete separation between the current and future company structure. It is up to employers to begin to embrace the transition and make room for this new generational mindset.

Integrating generational strengths into the workplace is important to create a cohesive team within the company. Molding different generations together allows for innovative ideas and company growth as employees begin to learn to work with opposing viewpoints to achieve the greatest outcome.

Millennials are paving a new path for Gen Z, and through this, Gen Z will look for lively work cultures, which support an entrepreneurial spirit, in line with what millennials are currently interested in. Working hard and giving back to the community are major points for millennials as well and will not be lost on Generation Z.   It is beneficial to begin to implement opportunities for employees to give back to the community by either formally volunteering time or through technology-centric services. Managers need to be able to recognize hard work, express their gratitude, willing to offer constant feedback, and be open to change as Generation Z has a strong desire for career growth and opportunity.

Landing Among Stars

JSpire Founder/Principal, Janice Shisler, was recently featured in the April edition of the Credit Union Magazine discussing the tactics used by today’s recruiters.

In the current recruitment world, the impact of social media and strategic prospect acquisition takes time, dedication and a complete understanding of the client’s wants for the vacant position. It is through these modern-day requirements that have spurred the shift in the recruiting focus for JSpire.

To ensure all needs are met, and accurate results are produced, JSpire customizes clients’ searches based on the client’s requirements they are seeking in a new executive. Janice explains that “every client has different needs, which can range from a simple ‘send us the resumes of what you have determined are the most qualified candidates’ to a full-on background vetting and profiling of candidates.”

To present a complete position candidate search, JSpire often turns to social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and job boards to research and recruit quality candidates that may not necessarily be in the job market. And while some candidates may be ready to make the move a career move, the excitement and idea of a new chapter sparks the candidate’s interest.

“Most recruits are flattered at being approached and pursued for a new opportunity,” Janice says. “While comfortable in their current position, the thought of making an impact elsewhere can be exciting.”

 

Passion for Intellect

With the rise of integrative technology, a push for interactive learning and an awareness of social trends, it is more important than ever to begin to implement and weave in constant learning into the workplace. Whether it be through colleague interaction and project collaboration or quarterly seminars, the ability for a company to transition itself and foster a culture built on learning is the ultimate tool for success and progression.

Begin with communication. Establish ways to openly converse. It is through communication that trust and understanding will be built amongst employees and senior-level executives, paving the way for an environment built on mentorship and learned success.

As communication between colleagues strengthens, begin to introduce a culture that is defined on improving the industry and company practice. Learn through others and the trends of today. Establish the groundwork based on humility and a willingness to grow within the workplace. It is through these principles that companies will flourish with the changing times. As trends come and go, the foundation of the business will remain the same and the inherent desire to learn and communicate with colleagues is present.

As young adults soon enter the workplace, it is imperative for companies to stand out based on the foundation that has been established. Integrate a continued desired to learn within the workplace by designing academic initiatives for employees. Each business contains different aptitudes and initiatives based upon certain job criteria, setting the foundation for a prosperous future.

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.

Accepting Feedback in an Executive Role

As senior executives move up the ranks, their skills and talents become solidified, making them more efficient in their job and less prone to receiving feedback.

While top executives may welcome criticism, most may not want to accept constructive feedback based upon their position or the level within the organization.

It is important to instill a constructive and creative way for top executives to receive feedback due to the success factors that can be reached within all levels of the organization managing at a high level.

Executives must be open to building relationships with subordinates and cultivating a culture built on strong, open communication. By doing so, employees at all levels will begin to integrate, openness into their work tasks with peers leading to ultimate success for projects and outward facing materials. Not only will employee trust be strengthened, but the entire culture of the organization will also thrive as both management and subordinates can actively engage in constructive communication and improvements.

Think of the organization as a blank slate. If the company was rebuilt today, what features of the current company would be brought into the new business? What features would be left behind? What employees would be brought in? What employees would not pass the interview process? By having top-level management take the time to examine these questions and intuitively look at the success and failures of the company, recommendations and a new path for implementation will become more evident. By creating an environment of feedback and coaching, it will provide a fresh outlook on the company processes while still allowing the executive accept feedback in an alternative way.

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.

Executing Success

Every industry has found success in one way or another through individual processes and protocols. But how does one go about bringing in an entirely new executive with a different mindset, ideas, and work value construct while still maintaining a strong atmosphere?

Most importantly, get a head start and begin creating a list of expectations of the work that needs to be done. Prepare for a winning mindset by having a plan in place that will properly onboard any new executive or employee. Take advantage of the first 100 days of the job by relying on an action plan that integrates the mission and vision for the company.

Communicate with the new hire. While there may be a lot of information to give and for the executive to retain, stress the importance and the goal of the successful atmosphere that has been built. If you are unable to communicate the desires for the position, when something does occur, a rushed reaction may result, leading to chaos. Plan out what needs to be completed and effectively communicate the goals.

Build a team centered on success. Identify key members that will be an asset to the role and allow them to grow, learn and evolve with the new executive hire. A team built on trust and compatibility has all of the makings to continue a successful pattern of business. The most effective practices come from a collaborative team environment to ensure the companies strategic and operational initiatives are met with a successful team!

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.

The Millennial Game Plan

With graduation right around the corner, more and more millennials will be entering the workforce. As the largest generation, millennials are considered to be realistic, confident and social in the workplace. While each generation differs from the next, millennials continue to be thought of as the “unknown factor.”

So, to begin to prepare for an influx of millennials in the workplace, it would be beneficial to employ an internship program. This implementation will allow more traditional companies to slowly shift their focus to welcome a generation of future leaders in the business.

Because of their social and confident personalities, millennials are more willing to ask for work and be confident in the outcome. By establishing an internship program, it is important to vet the new employees as workers whom you are able to be confident in. Mold these future employees’ work styles in a way that fits best with the company’s mission and values.

Should they have a work style that fits well with the long terms goals of the company and they have moved out of the internship phase, begin to establish practices in the office that can assist with their best work.

Have a purpose for the work they do daily. Not only will this help millennials identify with the task they are assigned, but it will allow them to take personal advantage of their creativity to have the best result.

And should these young workers do well, companies should establish a positive recognition program. This practice will impact overall engagement and increase workplace morale. Focus on improving millennials personally and professionally to improve your business.

Millennials are sometimes perceived as a difficult generation to adjust to in the workplace; however, if you take advantage of the strengths that they possess and begin to plan steps to integrate the incoming workforce into the company, your business will benefit in the long run.

Changes to Expect During Trump’s Presidency

With the 45th president now in office, many changes are expected, but how will those changes affect the workplace? How will new Executive legislation impact the way business is run overall?

If you are in the business of major international trade agreements, there is a possibility that new legislation is likely to make an impact. New provisions could be set in place to incentivize location of facilities to the homeland. Therefore, evaluate international business practices and have an understanding of what may come in future years.

Tax reform also remains to be a topic of speculative change as the new president comes into office. While immediate change is not anticipated due to Congress’ involvement, a vocal want by the new President for a sweep of tax reforms, that may benefit corporations, is likely to be on the first year’s agenda. Any tax reform would change the way business is run and should stay at the forefront of manager’s minds.

Finally, one of the most publicized topics during the campaign trail regarding immigration reform will affect businesses that rely heavily on Immigrant Americans. Considering a portion of American workers rely on Executive Actions like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for legal status, the implication of managers for those workers could be detrimental to the business and therefore, should prepare for change.

Just like any shift in office, change is inevitable. It is best to keep an eye on what will be affecting the business you work in and set a plan to combat any detrimental hits or take advantage of financial incentives that could influence the business.

Recruit With Your Culture

The culture of the workplace has become a critical aspect in the interest of new job seekers.

If you work in the right environment, opportunity and success usually accompanies and therefore, companies must transition themselves into a position that will cater to the new and upcoming workplace shift without losing their values and the productivity as a company.

But, how can employers do this?

Think of the work setting as a household. Have main gathering areas such as conference rooms or lounge spaces where employees can meet or bounce ideas off of one another. Inversely, make spaces available that offer an escape for employees that may need to focus or prefer time by themselves. Finally, utilize the outdoors. Allow employees to enjoy fresh air either with coworkers or by themselves.

Not only will these areas allow employees to pick and choose the environment they feel most comfortable in, but it will also allow for increased peer-to-peer connection and stronger work/project outcomes.

Aside from the obvious setting, it is also important to bring inspiration and enlightenment to the office. Don’t flood the room with work supplies but rather decorate with vibrant colors and paintings. Employees are more apt to be more productive in a bright and colorful area compared to areas that stick to neutral color pallets.

But don’t just act on this new recruiting tool – live it. Start from the top down and create a positive and safe environment. Greet coworkers in the hallway and genuinely welcome guests. People respond positively to genuine impressions so therefore, recruits will be more prone to entertaining the possibility of a job should they feel a strong connection with the people that they will be working with and for.

No matter the type of environment you have created or plan to create in the workplace, it is important to design a community that will be conducive and align well with the overall mission and vision of the business. Opportunity lies with uniquely creating your workspace in a way that will attract outstanding employees while showing off the success of the company.

New Year, New Workforce Trends

Welcome to the year 2017! As with any New Year, new trends begin to develop, which may lead the way to an entirely new workplace era. And with the ever-changing and ever-growing technology within the workplace along with the appearance of a whole new generational workforce, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year that is sure to bring an entirely different view of the workplace that many are accustomed to.

Millennials are the largest generational sector of the workforce, which has begun to push managers to alter their way of leadership to fit an entirely different generation that they have not become accustomed to working with on a full-time basis.

One change that may be more prevalent with the new the calendar year is the appearance of more casual dress in a professional workplace setting. Professional dress will not be as highly regarded as it was in the past, while the traditional workplace setting (i.e. desk, computer, chair) will become less “traditional.” Many companies will begin to adopt natural workplace settings and will transition into a relaxed and “zen” environment, which will start to take the front seat as the year’s pass.

As with anything, change may lead to some generational conflicts especially regarding decision-making and the methods by which projects are completed. However, the outcome of the projects will be stronger and more beneficial to the company because of a push that will be brought on by managers for employee cohesion. Ultimately, this will result in a heightened regard for data visualization and finalized group presentations.

Managers and employees alike will continue to emphasize their use of technology. And since technology will continue to gain traction in the workplace, it is important that managers implement a system that will allow technology to improve their company rather than hinder it.

So while we can’t predict the outcome of 2017 or what the year will eventually shape into, we foresee that the 2017 workplace will move much faster and be much more exciting than in previous years.

Recruiting Top Executives

When it comes to hiring for an executive level position, often a significant amount of time and effort must be committed to finding the right fit. But, where do you begin? How can companies pick the great executives out from the pool of many good executives?

The solution? Know the person you hire and know the traits you want.

Look for outstanding leadership qualities. Seek to understand how they would handle a team that they are working with. Ask about different strengths and weaknesses when dealing with specific scenarios in your company or area of expertise. Have they been able to build strong teams in the past? Have they seen great success in the work that they have completed in a team environment? These questions will not only highlight the type of work they have done that can be of benefit to your department but understanding these character traits will allow you to pinpoint qualities that may help the company grow in the future.

But what is leadership without an idea or action plan for growth? Finding a top executive that has an idea of how they want to grow and the steps that they are willing to take to succeed shows how focused they are on their goals and the future of the company. Ask about their plans for the role, should they be hired. Accept the feedback they may give on processes that they believe could be done more efficiently or may work fit with their style of work.

Signs of a good leader are everywhere. But to separate the great leaders from the good leaders, you must hire someone who will inspire others and push them to limits they never believed that they could reach. It is important that top executives collaborate well and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. They must know what needs to get done and believe in the process. Most importantly, however, they must believe in their team to get it done and help when need be. Not only will it result in goals being met by positive outcomes but also the entire workplace environment will begin to move in an active and collaborative direction.

Start Your New Chapter Right

How do you know if the position you are in or rather, the position you are applying for, is the right job for you? Based on shared knowledge, there isn’t a magic book that tells readers the exact answer they need (and if there is, feel free to fill us in)! So for now, relying on gut feelings, emotions and a bit of faith will help in continuing the guide towards the right career path.

And while relying on those three things may help, there are steps that you can take to help manage the heavily-weighted decision of what job will be right for you.

To the same extent that you may be looking to fit into a position, the company is looking for the right candidate as well. So assure that everything is the right fit. Ask yourself why you are interested in the position, what it is that attracts you to the job and how the new role will help you achieve your personal goals.

Additionally, take into consideration who you will be working with. From both a management and colleague side, the personal friendships and environment that you will be placed in can either make or break the new role.

Understanding yourself can arguably be the most important aspect when searching for a new position. What priorities do you have? What are your morals and goals? Who is important to you that you want to take your new journey with? Deciding what you want out of any position will not only set you up for success but will secure your happiness in the process. It is important to not compromise on aspects of your life that are of high importance but rather, find a job that will compliment your priorities while guaranteeing you compliment theirs as well.

So although the book of infinite answers does not exist (yet), being in tune with yourself and your environment is the next best thing. Open positions will come and go but the ability and faith to follow your personal aspirations will take you further than any book of life can offer. Don’t be afraid to start your new chapter.

Believe to Achieve

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When striving to achieve a new role, there is always a mental toll that you must endure. Whether it is staying up late to finish a project or review quarterly budgets or constantly ensuring you are standing out of the crowd, at times, you have to be mentally 100 percent. And let’s face it, that can be exhausting. But don’t let the exhaustion get you down. Instead, continue to build yourself up every day.

So, reflect on your achievements. Take the time to step back and see how far you have come and how hard you have worked to get where you are. Remind yourself of the skills you have that got you to the position you are in today and build on those skills to push your further in your career.

And while you may feel like you are taking on the world, know you are not alone. Ask for help. Share your struggles with someone you trust and ask them for advice. Let them shine a light on how great you are and what you are capable of achieving – because who doesn’t love to hear that once in a while?!

But don’t focus on your past successes. Continue to grow with your goals and aspirations. Do something that will remind you that you are capable of creating value.

Don’t be afraid to be confident in the person you are. Share your achievements, laugh, smile and enjoy your current role and responsibilities.

Soon, the opportunity to transition to a new role or position will present itself. So believe in yourself and the achievements you have made and continue to focus on where you want to go.

Aspiring to New Levels

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Achieving a new level within a company may come quickly to some however, for most, the decision to begin the transition to a new division comes with thoughtful planning. So, how can you position yourself correctly to achieve the new role that is desired?

Establish yourself in a leadership role. Think in terms of problems and solutions and be able to cross-promote the plan between various departments. While you are gaining valuable insight about the company’s operations and learning valuable leadership skills, others are observing how you handle managerial responsibilities.

Begin to establish a network of positive, like-minded individuals who will be there for support and guidance will be very impactful while you start to make a move to a new level. Move into a team building mindset and the idea of working towards a common goal. Inspire those around you to reach the common purpose as a team, delegate projects and recognize the work that is put in.

Transitioning to a new level takes a desire to fill a position where you may be looked at for advice, come to for a solution and thought of as a leader. Plan accordingly and accurately map your path and the people that will be beneficial to your transition. Most importantly, dream big. Soon you will find that your goals of achieving a new level within the company will be accomplished sooner than you would have thought.

A Time Reserved for Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is a time to be gracious for the wonderful blessings, friends, family and colleagues that we have been rewarded with during the past year. It is those blessings that continue to push JSpire to strive for success in every aspect of our business.

While we show gratitude for the people and blessings around us, showing appreciation in the workplace can also be beneficial. A gracious workplace can motivate workers and foster a thriving environment.

Not only does thanking someone show an acknowledgment of the work that was completed but it also provides a sense of self-worth and trust between coworkers. Cultivating a culture of gratitude may also guard the workplace in times of a crisis. Others will be more willing to step up and take charge because their efforts will not go unrecognized.

Thanksgiving is a time to be selfless and begin thinking of and acknowledging achievements and efforts. A gracious attitude feels right. Optimism and enthusiasm to help others increases the sense of well-being and can also provide health benefits such as bolstering the immune system and suppressing stress tension.

Not only do positive, thankful energies attract more of it, that mindset also changes the way we understand and view the world around us. Realize that striving for constant achievements may help us on the way to reaching our goals, but recognizing the current situation we are in is important to see the change and progress that has been made.

So practice sincerity. Be honest and meaningful about the thanks you have. Not every job or action needs to be outwardly recognized but developing an understanding of the needs of employees and the way they interact and how they will succeed based off of your gratitude will develop a relationship built on respect not only for the person but also for the job done.

So while everyone is sitting around their holiday table giving thanks for their friends and family, take the time also to sit around the conference room table and give thanks for the people you spend a majority of your day with – your family away from home.

Falling into Holiday Productivity

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The holiday season is upon us, which means getting to spend more time with family and having the dinner table constantly filled with holiday goodies. However, as the holiday spirits begin to rise, productivity within the workplace can start to fall. So, how can the holidays be integrated within the office without compromising productivity?

During the holidays it is understandable that everyone in the office may be preoccupied with different details that take away from the focused atmosphere from earlier in the year. So how do you combat this mentality? Foster a relationship in the workplace that accepts social obligations but does not impact production goals that have previously been established. Accept that everyone has plans that they may be excited about, but the key to maintaining productivity is ensuring a balance between discussing holiday travels and client portfolios.

Take a break! The holiday season can be filled with tons of stresses that affect productivity. Taking a small breather away from the holiday high and workplace bustle can prove to be more productive than pushing through to get the work done. So, when you walk away from your work area, gather inspiration and new ideas that could largely impact your role with the company and the ways you conduct your business.

Above all, create and complete goals. Setting out high yet achievable goals will allow for an end to be seen as the holiday’s approach and focus may lack. Write down the goals and steps to be taken to complete them. As the goals begin to be crossed off the list, the workload that seemed never ending at the start of the holiday season will soon be bearable.

Overall, the holidays are a time to be thankful for what has been achieved. Enjoy the time that is available with co-workers, family, and friends but do not let the time away supersede the work that needs to be completed especially with the New Year fast approaching.

New Job, Smooth Transition

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You’ve scored the new job and have begun to make the transition to your new role. The move may come with an entirely new environment, new faces, new responsibilities and overall, new experiences.

All of the new things that you find yourself in can be scary and at times challenging but with a positive mindset and by being open to trying new things, a smooth transition will come.

While every career comes with a broad range of emotions, keeping a positive attitude can greatly affect how you view situations. Show excitement for the tasks given and begin to interact with coworkers past the surface level. There will be obstacles along the way but recognize the growth that comes with the challenge, and things will soon begin to look up.

Small levels of interaction can influence your attitude at work; so immerse yourself in the company culture. Adapt to new situations and showcase your abilities that pair well with the overall goals of the organization focusing on the skills that helped you land the position in the first place.

All the new experiences can all involve stepping out of your comfort zone. With any role transition, your comfort zone may be stretched already but push yourself to get involved and make the most out of every situation. Try new things and RSVP to any out-of-work party that allows you to interact with your coworkers.

Soon, everything will begin to fall into place, and the new role that you accepted won’t seem so new anymore.

Are You Satisfied With Your Job?

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With the New Year quickly approaching, companies are beginning to anticipate their needs and hiring managers are preparing to scan for potential employees that match those needs. Now is the time to reexamine your workplace satisfaction and review the career path you are currently on while recognizing if it is the career path for you.

Now, some people have found the right job for them and are happy in their role but what if you haven’t? No need to panic, there is plenty of time and a multitude of opportunities to take advantage of. It is just up to you to make the moves to obtain that happiness.

So, how do you know if the job you are in truly makes you happy? Well, think of the signs that are out of the ordinary. Do you hate going into work and count the hours until you can leave? With a majority of the average person’s life consumed by work, it is best to spend that time happy and enjoying the work you do.

Have a purpose for your job every day. This purpose doesn’t mean going out and changing the world every single day but rather, finding satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in the work you do. Without those feelings, you no longer satisfy the basic human need of self-actualization.

Think about what you want in your career. Pinpoint aspects that you love and hate about your current role and see what other fields utilize the elements you wish to carry throughout your career.

Take the time to tune into your workplace happiness. Ask yourself if you can see any growth happening in the role you are currently in. If you can’t, recognize the signs, acknowledge if you are in a position to begin looking for another job and make the moves to satisfy your ultimately workplace happiness.

 

 

 

How to Structure the Best Wellness Plan for You

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The most common misconception about wellness programs is the expense. While some corporate wellness initiatives may have a hefty price tag attached, it is quite simple to execute an affordable and efficient program that best fits the needs of the company and all employees.

First, understand what type of program is best to initiate. Keep in mind that the “best program” doesn’t have to mean all the rules and guidelines are followed to a “T.” Rather, what kind of structure will bring out the best employee mindset to WANT to take part in the program while being the most beneficial to the overall company environment. Assessing the needs of the organization and understanding employee satisfaction while taking part in fulfilling the program is essential.

Once this occurs, you can begin mapping out the parameters of the wellness initiative. Sit down and discuss the budget and specifically the end goal – how can you best help your employees which, will in turn, best help you.

After finalizing some of the tougher corporate focused decisions, it is time to begin shaping the creating the wellness program that best fit your needs. Below are some examples:

For a simple health and nutrition wellness program:

  • Subsidize unhealthy needing machine or snack bar options for healthier choices that cost less than the items that are usually in place
  • Hold a healthy monthly potluck
  • Offer tips on how to shop and eat healthily
  • Post reminders to get flu shots and tips for improving work-related illnesses

For a productivity wellness program:

  • Create flexible work areas for collaboration
  • Share goals on a whiteboard visible to everyone

For a fitness and physical activity wellness program:

  • Offer classes or an on-site group exercise session
  • Install standing desks
  • Hold an employee fitness challenge
  • Invest in technology that helps employees track their fitness

After a couple of months of implementation, evaluate the program focusing on your employees and the overall workplace environment. Understand what is not working and how those areas can be improved and concentrate on the areas that prove to be most beneficial. Soon, real changes will begin to be made and overall satisfaction and office morale will begin to shift in a positive direction.

Check back for the next edition as we look into Job Satisfaction.

Workplace Wellness

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Picture this. You are sitting at work exhausted, unhappy in your role and feeling like there is no way out; to make matters worse, you are feeling a tad under the weather. We’ve all been there, right? Well, how can this be changed? How can a basic human need of self-actualization and health be fulfilled within the everyday workplace?

For employers and employees alike, wellness is a priority, whether that be physically, mentally, or financially. And while this area of life may be a priority, it is all too often lost between the constant juggle of work and home life.

There are approximately 260 workdays in a year, which translates into just over 71 percent of the year spent at work. Considering a full-time employee, it is safe to say that the workplace is where they spend most of their time. Therefore, employers must 1) take advantage of the amount of time committed by employees and 2) be willing to shift focus to a more health-centric atmosphere rather than an entirely work-centric atmosphere to accommodate organization commitment.

So, how can you, the employer, safeguard the two concepts stated above? By executing a wellness program within the workplace, employees will prove to be happier, more satisfied and more productive during the workweek while healthcare costs for the company will be significantly reduced.

The following is an excerpt taken from The Institute for HealthCare Consumerism about data collected regarding wellness program effectiveness within the workplace:

Nearly all (92 percent) of the companies with a wellness program in place agreed that these programs are effective, and 47 percent reported the programs are very or extremely effective. In addition, 44 percent of employers agree they are able to offer lower health insurance premiums as a result of their wellness program, and six in 10 (61 percent) agree they have a healthier workforce as a result of having a wellness program in place.

One of the most iconic companies that currently implements a wellness program throughout their business model is Google. Featured by totalhrmanagement.com in the article, 12 Companies With Seriously Impressive Corporate Wellness Programs, Google employs on-campus healthcare experts, insurance and emergency services and new parent and continuing student benefits to some campuses across the nation. Google ensures that while their employees are committing a vast majority of their time to the workplace, they aren’t sacrificing everything to accommodate workplace needs. Understanding that the atmosphere of Google may be a bit extreme for some companies, the key element is the application Google adopts rendering employee satisfaction and organizational success.

Workplace wellness programs can come in many different forms. Whether it be a simple, unstructured plan or creating a more structured and health-centric workplace such as facility, each result will confirm the positive impact a wellness program has. Later this week we will be exploring various wellness programs that may be most beneficial for your workplace atmosphere.