Turning a staff of individuals into a team is one of the best ways to create a positive and profitable work environment. Successful teamwork helps employees use each other as resources, work with confidence and truly enjoy their workplace. A staff that works as a team creates more opportunities for an effective business. Here are some ways to change individual employees into a winning team.
Keep the work place clean, comfortable and safe
This is the first step in creating a successful work place, no matter the occupation. If employees don’t feel safe and comfortable at work, much of their focus will go to simply trying to make it through the day. The easiest way to create a positive atmosphere is to make sure that it is one where every employee can feel cared for and valued.
Encourage interaction across all departments
Businesses attract all sorts of people that may not cross paths otherwise. A great way to foster positive relationships between employees is to boost communication. Set an example by interacting with someone in a different department. Encourage employees to eat lunch and take breaks together. If people are given the chance to get know each other better, any work they partner on will benefit.
Create collaboration opportunities
Help employees to meet and interact with different people than they usually do. Facilitate this by creating small groups for projects. Introverted or shy employees may feel more comfortable speaking up and contributing when group sizes are limited. This may also help workplace leaders listen to other perspectives.
Sponsor gatherings outside of work
Do your employees love baseball? Trivia? Book readings? Listen to office chatter to find out what the staff likes, and create a fun opportunity for employees to meet up outside of work. Staff can get to know each other better and create memories that will organically create team bonding.
Trust may be the most important factor in any successful team. In order to work together, the individuals that make up a team have to be able to rely on each other. Trust is created by allowing positive work relationships to form, and by quickly addressing a situation that could create a breach of trust. When employees support one another, their potential is unlimited.
Staying Focused at Work Amidst the Chaos of the Holidays
As the seasons change here in Utah, the anticipation for the holiday season makes itself very prominent all around us. As we walk into stores we see the displays changing to Thanksgiving and Christmas sometimes BEFORE Halloween has even arrived. As we walk the streets we see city workers hanging lights and garland. Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! For many of us, these are welcomed sights reminding us of many traditions past and family gatherings where memories will soon be made. For others, it can be the start of an anxiety attack that makes it hard for them to get out of bed every day and get to work.
Whether you’re eager to welcome the holiday season with open arms or considering moving to a deserted island until the holidays are over, here are a few helpful tips to help you stay focused while at work.
Holiday Work Tip #1: Time Management
With all the cooking, shopping, cleaning to prepare for guests, commuting to and from work and dealing with added traffic from travelers, driveways and walks to shovel and parties to attend, it’s important to plan accordingly. Don’t wait to do all your Thanksgiving grocery shopping until the day before! Don’t wait until the weekend before Christmas to go check off all the gifts on your list. Doing so will add stress to your life and life-stress spills into work and causes additional anxiety. Also, try taking a day or two off a couple weeks before the holiday to beat the rush in the stores and enjoy some time off before the hordes of people hit the streets and stores.
Holiday Work Tip #2: Take a Lesson From The Scrooge
We’ve all seen or heard the story of Ebenezer Scrooge from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. If Scrooge can ultimately find happiness during the holidays, why can’t we? It just takes a little reflection and maybe even a little spin-selling to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.
I, for one, do not like the snow during the holidays BUT my kids LOVE it and I enjoy watching them play in the snow. Therefore, taking them sledding brings happiness to my kids’ lives which in turn makes me happy. When I’m happy in my personal life it spills over into my work life. See how that works?
I’m not a huge fan of traffic and long lines at the stores BUT I do enjoy shopping online for cyber-deals and taking advantage of many retailers offering free shipping during the holidays which saves me from waiting in lines. Finding deals and saving on shipping takes away some of the financial stress during the holidays which doesn’t make me feel like I need to work extra hours to earn extra cash. Can I call this a win-win? Close enough.
Like most people, I’m always trying to watch my weight but the influx of food and treats around the holidays make it tough to stay in shape and not indulge in all our foodie desires BUT during the holidays there are plenty of football games on TV. (I know what you’re thinking, how is TV gonna help us watch our weight?) Well, I struggle staying entertained at the gym but you throw on some great football games and I could ride a bike for hours in front of that TV! As a bonus, hitting the gym increases my energy which helps me focus at work. Sneaky, right?!
To sum it up, it’s up to us to take control of our stress levels. Let’s work on our time management, be prepared, take a lesson from Scrooge and find ways to just sit back and enjoy the moment in hopes we don’t get overwhelmed and cause our work to suffer. Cheer up and make the most of the holidays!
A Healthy Work-Life Balance or the Best of Both Worlds
Work-Life Balance is a concept that implies there’s a particular balance between your work life and your personal life that can optimize your happiness. Achieving a healthy work-life balance can help you have the best of both worlds.
We’ve all met the so-called “workaholic.” What are some words that come to mind when you hear that word: Busy? Stressed? Overwhelmed?
How about the individual at the opposite end of the spectrum without a job or not happy with their job: Bored? Disengaged? Inactive? Stressed?
Is Your Work-Life Balance Out of Whack?
Regardless of the particular words used, living on either of the spectrum could make many of us feel out of whack. We might be the workaholic wishing we had more time with our friends and family. We could also be the unemployed individual stressing about working in order to feed themselves and their family. Getting/having a job is the first part of the equation, but what about having a life?
I hesitate to suggest finding the “middle ground” between the two, though. I simply suggest finding what works best for you and makes you the happiest.
It’s important to understand what your personal priorities are and how much time and attention should be given to each aspect of your life: career and ambition, health, pleasure, leisure, family, spiritual development, etc. There is a myriad of different aspects to your life, I’m sure, and each of us is different than the next. Take some time to consider what’s most important to you and what deserves your utmost attention.
If family is what’s most important to you, make sure you are setting time aside throughout the week to spend time with them. Personally, we have family night every Wednesday. We make it a point to pick up the kids after work and head out for a night of dinner and sometimes a movie. It’s also a priority of mine to make sure the kids get the attention they need after school to complete their homework and any other school projects.
There are times where I’ve had to cancel other plans or miss out on something fun so that I can attend to those needs. At the end of the day, I’m still happy regardless of missing out on the other plans, because I’m sticking with the priority I’ve determined for myself and believe the outcome will be far greater in the long run than what I missed out on.
A Balancing Act
It’s definitely a daily balancing act. I say the best way to achieve a healthy work-life balance is to be honest with yourself about your needs versus your wants. Make sure you are providing for you and your family’s needs, but don’t forget to splurge now and again to knock a few items off your wish list!
Constantly focusing on needs and viewing the wants as unnecessary can be just as stressful as constantly doing what you want and not attending to some of yours or your family’s needs. I believe that finding a work-life balance that includes all of your highest priorities is the key to keeping you sane and happy.
So go ahead and make a list of your wants and needs and see how you can fit a few from each list into your workweek. I believe the best way to determine the right balance for you is through trial and error, but don’t forget to be patient and understanding if things don’t work out as planned. If it makes you more stressed, then try something else.
Balancing Work and Family is Not Easy, But Worth it
Trying to juggle work and family is what everyone has to do now a days–no matter what your background–in order to pay the bills and get by or live comfortably.
Juggling Work and Kids
Having to get up early, get ready, and get kids ready for school or the babysitter is one thing most parents have to do. Especially when both parents have to work. Being able to get kids to school and yourself on time to work is a chore. Finding the right schedule and keeping your sanity is key to juggling both.
I believe you should always remember to leave work at work and home at home. Just because it was a bad day in the office does not mean it should be at home also. You have to go to work and think with a clear mind even though maybe the kids weren’t ready on time for school and had you running late for work. Or when the car in front of you is going slower then the speed limit. Or if the dogs did not want to go in their kennel. So many things could have gone wrong that morning. Forgetting about it and moving on is key.
Finding the Best Situation
“Of course a woman who decides to work full-time out of the home can be happy and deserves full respect from us. Motherhood is one of the most challenging and creative jobs anyone can do. The goal is to remake the world so that our choices are not so stark.” – Naomi Wolf
To make work (and the world) a better place you have to try your best and make the best of it. Always give it your 100% so that at the end of the day you know you tried your best to make things right. Work with people you like and can get along with–they are the people you spend most of your day with. Do what you like best. This will only make life easier. Not only will you like what you do, but at the end of the day get paid for it.
Love Your Job
I love my job. I get to grow in a company where I matter and can make a difference in people’s lives. Being able to help someone get a job so that they can support their family or themselves is a great feeling.
But Family is Always First
Making sure that your family is taken care of is the most important thing. Changing roles from working and being professional to being loving and caring is not as hard as people make it seem. My kids and husband mean the world to me. They make me feel important and want me to strive for success in anything I set my mind to. Having them in my life makes me work harder for our future.
As a mom I find myself in a slightly over-busy life of a working parent. But I enjoy being in the middle of both worlds and making the best of it.
When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, that’s when you will be successful.
Be there. Be in the moment of your life. Don’t let the little screen get in the way.
How many of you have gone out to eat with friends or family and at some point realized that every single person was on their phone
Between Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so many other apps, do we ever have time to just hang out with people like we used to?
I know this is a big issue now days with all the social media, especially with the younger generation, but I wanted to address this issue in the workplace with adults. Not that it is necessarily an issue here at YES, but something that I feel we can all work on.
We are all adults and most of us do have work to go to. Yes, work can be awful for some people while others really enjoy it. Even if you do have a hard job that you don’t like so much, there are still good things that happen in your day right? I have found that I will sometimes miss a funny moment or miss becoming part of an “inside joke” when my coworkers are talking, all because I just had to check Instagram. When I do this, I am cutting myself off from my coworkers and doing so will eventually put a strain on the relationships at work.
That is no good!
Sometimes I will be interviewing a candidate and their eyes literally never come off their phone. When I ask them to please put their phone away during the interview they either get shy and embarrassed or almost act offended.
When did it become okay to be on your phone when you’re in the middle of a conversation with someone let alone an interview??
This kind of behavior has to stop! We have to learn to be IN the moment again! Not only will it make our lives more fun, but also it is also respectful to give someone your full attention. Surely that’s not too much to ask for right?
My advice is to just be there. Be in the moment of your life. Don’t let the little screen get in the way of the big important REAL things of life. Of course it’s fine and fun to check out social media every once in a while but don’t let it take away from your time at work! If it’s “slow,” start up a good conversation with your neighbor, tell a story, give suggestions, do something, just BE THERE. Don’t sit there in silence staring at your phone screen wishing you were somewhere else!
Life is hard, but there is some good in everyday and it’s up to us to recognize it.
I’m writing a blog on this topic, not because it’s the New Year and I’m trying to keep you all motivated to stick with your resolutions, rather as I realize I’m approaching 16 years with Your Employment Solutions (YES) I’m reflecting on what it took for me to reach this rare milestone.
The above chart show less than 1.4% of the U.S. workforce who started a new job between the ages of 18-24 held their job longer then 15 years. And additionally, based upon the chart, the Average-Joe my age would typically be in about his TENTH job by now! How do you measure-up with the trend?
Some professionals believe that job-hopping is a great way to become well rounded and gain new skills and experiences. Some go as far to say that keeping the same job for long periods of time is a bad thing and according to this blog“…after a while, your learning curve plateaus, your personal growth sputters, and then your passion dissipates.”
My experience with YES contradicts that statement. People really need to consider what their personal definition of “personal growth” and success is. For me, success is remaining gainfully employed, having financial stability (I’ve not missed a week of pay in 16 years!), supporting my family, gaining new skills and experiences, avoiding life’s “ruts” and enjoying my journey through life. Having worked in the same company for 16 years does not mean I’ve had the same “job” and have had no “personal growth” for 16 years. I’m proud to say I’ve experienced a wonderful life and career full of learning new things, experiencing new things and developing new passions.
Here’s my stick-to-itiveness story in a nutshell:
I started working as a temporary employee of YES and demonstrated enough work ethic that they offered me an opportunity to become a recruiter in-house as one of the then three-man operation. I then became a lead by default when we hired a fourth employee. I was trained to be a salesman in order to help the fledgling company grow. I was entrusted to manage one of the businesses largest expenses (Workers Compensation) and, in addition to other duties, became a safety manager. I have assisted in the opening and management of three branches. I have participated in the hiring and new-hire training of nearly all our staff members.
I had the opportunity to buy-out one of the business owners and become a partner in the business. I’ve even traveled to Honduras on two humanitarian trips with Amigos of Honduras which is a foundation started by one of our business owners. What more could I ask for after having dedicated 16 years to one company?
As for the next 16 years, there’s no telling what new skill or experiences I’ll have but one thing’s for sure, it’s up to me to ensure my passion and continued personal growth doesn’t dissipate.
Who would have thought that a 21-year-old kid, starting as an $8/hr temporary employee would someday become one of the owners of the business who collects dividends from the profit of the business he’s help to grow over those 16 years. Had I followed the Average-Joe’s career path of hopping jobs every couple years there’s no telling where I’d be or what my level of success would have been, but what I do know is that my stick-to-itiveness has paid dividends and I couldn’t be happier with my life.
My experience at YES may not lead to the same success and happiness for anyone working 16 years for one company, but it certainly is a beaming example of what’s possible. My advice for people entering the job market is: be reliable; work hard; don’t be afraid to try new things; continue your education; show dedication to employers who return the favor; be honest; don’t wait for your employer to pay you what you think your worth but work so hard that they will realize they can’t afford to lose you.
While “job-hopping” may indeed be your pathway to success, one cannot underestimate the power of “stick-to-itiveness.”