Beat Stress With These Tips

Are you always in a rotten mood when you get home from work?  Are you getting impatient trying to find a job?  Are you constantly on edge with your friends and family?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re likely suffering from career stress.  Stress over employment is often caused by two things: Having too much to do without enough time to do it and not having enough money.  Here are a few savvy ways to improve your work/life balance and put some extra cash back in your pocket.

Buy a bus pass.
If you live in an area with convenient public transportation, buy a bus pass for one month.  You’ve said time and time again how riding the bus would cut back on vehicle and gas expenses, but you still haven’t done it.  Buying a bus pass or a commuter pass for a month will make you commit to using public transportation. Making your daily commute without a car can save an average of $8,000 a year.  Your commute time may be longer, but riding the bus or train allows you to answer work e-mails, read, or catch up with a relative instead of spending that time driving.  Having to abide by a bus schedule will also force your to be more organized.

Reconsider that gym membership.
Hefty bills for gym memberships and other extracurricular activities can take a toll on your budget.  There are ways to stay healthy and still enjoy working out without having to pay for a luxury gym membership.  Several gyms offer yearly contract rates that are half the price of their month-to-month prices.  Community centers, university facilities, and local high schools often provide a great alternative to a gym membership by offering use of their facilities for a nominal fee.  Keep in shape for less by ditching the treadmill for a track or trail. 

Bring your lunch.
Invest in water and lunch containers to get in the habit of packing dinner leftovers to take for lunch. Make going out to coffee or lunch and occasional treat rather than a daily habit.  When you do go out for lunch, cut down the cost by ordering water instead of a soda.

Never stop learning.
Make it a point to learn one thing new every day.  Buy a book about a hobby you’d like to learn or an encyclopedia of interesting facts and pick it up for as little as five minutes each day.  Doing so will keep the stress of life from burying you.  It’ll force you to take a deep breath and slow down the pace even for just a moment.  

Set your clocks 5 minutes fast.
Always being in a hurry causes your stress level to skyrocket.  If you are always rushing around or worried about being late, setting your clock five minutes ahead will ensure that you get where you need to be on time. People will respect your more for your timeliness and you won’t receive disappointing looks from your boss.

Sometimes, finding a new job that makes you happier is the key to reducing stress.  If you’re ready to make that move, let the experienced recruiters at All Team Staffing help with your job search. Since 1989, we’ve placed thousands of candidates at top companies across various industries. Contact us today to cut back your stress and start laying the foundation for a better career.

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Improve Workplace Relationships for Long Term Success

Knowing how to cultivate workplace relationships is one of the keys to having a great career.  If you find yourself frequently avoiding the break room or getting annoyed when coworkers try to make small talk, don’t be surprised when you don’t get invited out for happy hour after work.  While you may think of yourself as being dedicated to getting your work done, your coworkers may be interpreting your concentration as being snobby or antisocial.  Here are a few tips to help improve your office relationships to ensure long-term success.

Mind your moods.
Everyone has bad days.  There are times when you’re going to be frustrated or upset at work.  However, part of being an adult in the professional world is learning how to manage you moodiness.  Don’t walk around mumbling and grumbling under your breath.  It’ll put everyone else around you on edge and nobody will want to be around you.  Instead, take a deep breath, swallow the anger, and weather the storm with a smile.  Children throw temper-tantrums and act out on impulses.  You want your coworkers to respect you as an adult, not see you as a child. 

Be aware of timing.
It’s important to not be insensitive of how your behavior affects coworkers.  When meeting with a coworker or asking them a question, be aware of their time.  If they seem busy or distracted, ask if there’s another time to talk that is more convenient for them.  If you force someone to listen on your terms, you’re less likely to get the message across. 

Resolve problems first-hand.
If you’re experiencing a conflict with a coworker, try to deal with the problem directly before escalating to a supervisor.  Approach the coworker respectfully when others are not around.  Express your feelings, address concerns, and let them know you’d like to reach an agreement.  Bring the issues to the table without accusing or laying blame on them.  If you listen to what they say and calmly work through the issues together, it’ll help build a better relationship with that person.

Accept constructive criticism.
When someone at work offers a suggestion about how you might improve a process or do something differently, don’t get defensive or snap at him or her.  Really listen to what they say and use it as an opportunity to grow.  You’ll never advance in your career if you disregard the advice of others.

Be mindful of your nonverbal communication.
Many behavioral psychologists have reported that between 70 to 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal.  This means that even when you’re not aware of it, you’re sending lots of messages to others through your volume, expression, body language, and tone of voice.  If coworkers often make comments like “You seem stressed” or “Are you okay?” this is most likely because of you nonverbal communication ques.  You need to be more aware of how you’re nonverbally communicating, especially if you’re getting negative feedback from others.  If you find that people at work aren’t including you in social activities or seem to avoid you, ask yourself these questions:

• How do you interact with others on a daily basis?

• Are you difficult to work with?

• How do you respond when you don’t agree with what someone says?

• Are you set in your ways?

After assessing these answers, make a few changes in your communication style and watch how quickly your relationships change.

Taking the initiative to improve your office relationships will help get you back on the right foot with coworkers and set yourself up for continued career success. If you’re on hunt for a new job, make sure to take these tips into consideration in your next office environment.  One way to do this is by letting the experience recruiters at All Team Staffing help you become part of a trusted and employee-oriented team.  From food service and concierge to painters, health services, and data entry, All Team Staffing is a recognized leader in the specialized staffing industry.  Contact us today, and you could be moving on to your next exciting opportunity by tomorrow.

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Creating a Professional Resume to Help You Land the Job

Getting a job in the light industrial sector will ultimately come down to skills and experience.  But even the most seasoned job seeker will want to know how best to leverage an impressive employment history by creating a professional resume. Whether you’re looking for work in manufacturing, distribution, or logistics, putting together a clean and powerful resume along with an engaging cover letter will set you apart in today’s highly-competitive industrial job market. Spend a little extra time crafting your application package according to the following tips and you’ll have a much better chance landing that first job interview and, eventually, the job itself:

Embrace the Process
When we say resume, what we really mean is your application package, which includes not just your resume but a cover letter and, where appropriate, a list of employment references. Assembling these materials can be a big undertaking, especially if you have to put them together from scratch. But embrace the process. As you revisit your employment history and particularly as you add references to your resume, reach out to old managers and/or co-workers and let them know they may be receiving a call from a prospective employer on your behalf. Not only will this give them the heads-up they deserve, but it’ll put them on notice that you’re job hunting. Knowing this, they may alert you to openings you’re not aware of or that come up over time.

The Professional Resume
A good resume conveys a ton of information in a short amount of space. This level of compression means you need to be very deliberate about what you include (and exclude) in your resume, how you represent items, and where you put them. For the most part, you’ll want to think categorically: job name, job type, location, time period, etc. More detailed information, including your job duties and any special projects you were responsible for, should appear in the form of bullet points rather than full sentences. What resumes lack in grammatical correctness they more than make up for in terms of clarity and power. When deciding what to feature first– your skills, experience, or education–think about what will make the greatest impact on an employer and place it at the top where it will be read first.

Write a Compelling Cover Letter
We’re always surprised to hear how many job seekers submit their resumes to employers without including a cover letter.  While writing may not be your strong-suit, bear in mind that employers reading your cover letter won’t judge you on literary talent: rather, they’re looking to hear your genuine and personal voice, along with why you feel you’re a good fit for the position.  Composing a cover letter is also a great opportunity to tell an employer about skills and experience you have outside the job’s requirements that could enrich your candidacy.

Get Feedback from Your Network
Circulating drafts of your resume and cover letter to coworkers, friends, and members of your social and professional network is an excellent way of testing how effective your application package is while at the same time putting yet more people on notice that you’re actively job hunting.  With their feedback, you can tweak your resume and cover letter.  And with their ears and eyes open, you may hear about a job opportunity you might otherwise have missed out on.

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Motivating Employees (And Increasing Productivity)

One the most important and challenging duties of any good manager or boss is keeping staff motivated. Compensation may ensure that staff show up at work every day. But motivation is what drives employees to go above and beyond to produce truly extraordinary results. In order to energize and inspire your staff to perform at their absolute best, you will need to strike a balance between tangible and intangible incentives. Every employee is different, and what motivates each of them will be different. What they have in common however is a secret desire to be appreciated and to do their job well. The trick is figuring out how to unlock that inner desire.

Create or Revisit Your Mission Statement
Most companies, even if their primary objective is to make a profit, still have an underlying mission that is their company’s reason-for-being. If your company hasn’t done so already, create a statement that articulates this underlying mission–a mission statement! Then publicize it. Tape it to a wall somewhere so people will read it. Recite it out loud during weekly meetings. Even if your mission is simply to make your customers extremely happy so that they come back again and again, that counts! A good manager or boss will grasp the mission of the company and make sure that staff members remain aware of it at all times.

Set Common Goals
These can be company-wide or limited to your office, but at any rate it’s vital that staff members see themselves as connected to their fellow employees and in pursuit of common goals. It goes without saying that these goals, whether they’re increased sales figures, greater productivity, or a more positive work environment, must be expressed clearly and publicly. As much as possible, staff should feel like they’re working together to achieve a common goal. Promoting a sense of teamwork and collaboration will in turn create a kind of positive peer-pressure that makes employees eager to perform at a higher level in order not to let their co-workers down.

Appeal to Competitive Instincts
The flipside of collaboration is competition. Don’t be afraid to use both powerful dynamics to motivate employees and increase productivity. Activating your staff’s competitive side is fine as long as it doesn’t get out of control. The best way to achieve a healthy balance is to take commonality seriously, and competition rather lightly. Fun contests promising gift cards or bonuses are a great way to get those competitive juices flowing. Especially employees who tend to be motivated by tangible rewards will appreciate that if they work harder, they’ll be gratified quickly.

Show Them You Care
One of the most effective yet indirect ways that a manager can motivate employees is to show them that you genuinely care about them as individuals, as people. It’s much harder to measure this than goals or contest results, but your standing and credibility as a person even more so than as a boss has a huge influence over whether staff respond to your attempts to motivate them. You can have the most inspiring mission statement, exciting contests, and ingenious incentive programs, but if your staff doesn’t think you’re being genuine with them, they won’t rise to the occasion. Prepare the ground for motivational success by always keeping in mind that your business is made up of people who have complicated personal lives. If you show you care about them and what they care about, you’ll get the same consideration in return, and then some!

For over twenty years, national staffing agency All Team Staffing had providing employees with proven staffing solutions to help grow their business, reduce risk, and boost their bottom line. Interested in learning how a partnership with All Team Staffing can positively impact your organization? Contact our expert recruiters today.

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