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Tag: Lifestyle


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.

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.