How to Stay Motivated in the Workplace

We’ve all faced those days when we’re not feeling the most motivated at work, and that’s completely normal. In fact, most people feel loss of motivation sometimes, but if you keep in mind that your job and career’s success is up to you and only you, you will find your motivation. We have complied a list of inspirational tricks to help jump-start your work drive. If you practice and commit to them, by focusing on being motivated you may find yourself being more productive and chances are your supervisor will too.

Commit to giving it your best
To start, you need to get into the right mindset. Commit to being motivated and accomplishing your job in an above-and-beyond manner. Every morning try taking a moment to get excited for your work day, look at the positive and how you contribute to the company.

Stop sweating the small stuff
In the workplace there will be things out of your control, but don’t let that ruin your motivation. Learning and understanding that you can’t control every situation or person will help you in being YOUR best self in the workplace. Try to focus on achieving your goals and priorities.

Make a to-do list and check it off
Nothing is more rewarding then checking an item off your to-do list. We suggest physically writing down your goals and as you complete them, begin checking them off. This is both satisfying to do and you can look back on at the end of the day to see how much you were able to accomplish.

Ask for feedback
Feedback can seem a little scary going into it, but it can be very inspirational in finding your motivation. Take any constructive criticism and use that to amp your work drive. If you receive great positive feedback, use it! Let that feed your ego and continue to do great.

Reward yourself
Bribing yourself can be a great incentive to keeping yourself motivated at work. Decide on a goal and establish a reward of your choosing for once it is completed. Knowing that you have a treat waiting for you once it’s completed can help drive you to the finish line much faster.

Set small attainable goals
Start off small and try not to overwhelm yourself with large goals, instead look at your big goals and prioritize how you can break them down into smaller goals. Miniature sized goals are a great way to stay focused and are much easier to manage. Many people find it easier to visually see their goals so you may try writing them down on a post-it note. Try writing out both your short term and long term goals, so you can also keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Hang with productive people
Associating yourself with productive individuals will allow you to observe their practices on how to be productive and efficient. Typically productive people are positive people which will also encourage you to have a positive attitude too.

Take breaks
In your jammed packed day, you may find it impossible to take breaks, but these are essential! Schedule time to take a moment to walk around and stretch, get some water, say hello to a coworker in another area. Something to help clear your head for a moment and keep you from feeling overwhelmed from going non-stop.

Hopefully by following these motivational tips you will find yourself feeling more positive, enjoying being at work, and more productive in the workplace.

4 Qualities to Look For in a Staffing Agency.

We understand there are lot of staffing services out there to choose from, so how do you know which one is right for your company? It is essential to do a little research, ask around and most importantly, request a meeting. Working with an agency can help alleviate the hassle of dealing with recruiting, payroll and human resource – so it is very beneficial to find one that meets your specific needs.

Finding the right agency can make a world of difference. With a well-developed relationship and open communication, you should feel confident in reaching out to your agency with your request and being supplied with qualified talent that meets your requirements within your required time-frame. Unfortunately so many services out there use fowl practices in order just to fill needs without taking the time to properly screen candidates so it is important to choose the right one and only one for you. Here are some qualities to look for when deciding.

  1. They listen.

One of the most important qualities of a good staffing agency is they listen to your needs. They should be actively listening to every detail of your company, the culture, your requirements, job expectations, and job duties. Having good communication throughout the whole processes is beneficial for both you and us to remain on the same page and be as effective as possible.

  1. Understands your business’s needs.

A good staffing agency does their research into your company and industry so they are prepared with the knowledge of what it take for a good employee to thrive. They ask detailed questions of what a company is looking for in a future employee then implement that into their recruiting process.

  1. They follow through.

From the first employee interview all the way to continuingly supplying employees, they are consistent in their vetting processes and do not skips required steps. They communicate and understand your timeline needs and stick to it. Following up with employees progress and your satisfaction is also a great quality to look for.

  1. Demonstrates honesty and integrity.

Honesty and integrity are essential to a successful partnership. You need to feel confident that you are receiving the same qualified candidate that has been advertised to you, and you need to trust that they are educated on the role and ready to accept it.

All Star Labor & Staffing truly believes that your success is our success. We want to help your businesses grow and thrive. Our team of highly trained Business Develop Managers, Branch Managers, and Account Managers are here to listen to your needs, develop a plan specific to your company and help find you the right qualified candidates. We value our relationships with our clients, and would love an opportunity to meet and discuss your needs.

Is your social media hurting your chances of landing a job?

If you’re like most of us these days, you probably have a social media account, or maybe even a couple. Why not, they are a great way to stay connected with friends and family, plus they can sometimes even help you in your job search. Be careful though, in some cases, your social media accounts can actually hurt your chances of landing that job, or even keeping your current one. According to a recent survey done by CareerBuilder.com, screening a candidate based off of their social media prior to hiring is at an all-time high of 70%.

Where are hiring managers looking for information on their future employees, or current employees?  Most hiring managers will be looking at your social media platforms, as well as run your name through popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing, so it is important to do a full cleanup of your online footprint. What are they looking for in their search?

Professional persona

Hiring managers are looking for a professional candidate because that person will be representing their company. How you showcase yourself online can be perceived of how you will act in the workplace, so always use your best judgement when it comes to online posting and sharing. Also, check your writing, are you using correct grammar and spelling correctly? Managers will look at that too.

Information to back up qualifications

Share information about yourself that backs up your professional experience and your qualifications. For example, if there is a certain field that you study, share related posts and give your insight into the information, or try writing educational posts. It’s okay to share your graduation photo or certification acknowledgments too. Showing an interest into your line of work will show a future hiring manager that you are serious about your career. If you are currently employed, share information about your company, like their accomplishments, current projects, or community development.

Positive interactions

When someone looks at your social media what are they going to see? Do you have positive, upbeat posts and interactions with your friends or do you share negative information? Believe it or not, many hiring managers relate your online attitude to how you will act in the workplace and may be turned off by that. So as tempting as it may be, avoid getting caught up in sharing negative viral posts and stick to keeping it positive any chance you get. Also, always avoid talking negatively about current or former employers or customers. Almost any hiring manager that sees that will automatically assume that is how you would speak about them if hired.

Reason not to hire you

Initially a hiring manager will be looking for an easy reason not to hire you, so try not to give them that option. Go through your accounts, view all your posts, pictures, likes, friends, grammar, tags etc. Remove anything that could be seen as offensive or negative. Even if your account is set to private, you would be surprised how much information is still available for the public to see.

Here are some more tips of what to avoid doing on online when you are on the job search:

  • Avoid posting or using inappropriate language.
  • Refrain from posting pictures of drug use or alcohol consumption.
  • Ditch the unprofessional screen name or handle.
  • Never use discriminatory language when commenting on public posts.
  • Poor communication skills, avoid using texting language.
  • Don’t badmouth current or previous employers.
  • Delete old, non-professional photos and posts
  • Consider removing friends that tag you in inappropriate content.
  • Try not to overshare.

While all these do’s and don’ts may have you ready to delete your online persona all together, you may want to think twice because this may actually hinder your job search. Studies show that one-quarter of hiring managers expect candidates to have some sort of online presence, and nearly 60% are less likely to call someone in for an interview if they can’t find them online.

So, continue to stay connected to the online world, but take a moment to look over your profiles, review your content, and clean up anything that you think a future or current employer would find negative. Use your social media to your advantage and let your professional and positive side shine through.