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SMARTER Goals To Make 2022 Your Best Year

Make 2022  the best year yet with SMARTER goals for you or your team.

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HR professionals should have an important objective in mind: make 2022 the best year it can be.

It should be simple to do, right? Work teams can meet and brainstorm on various activities for  goal setting.

But unfortunately, the amount of effort needed to achieve a goal can be much more than you think. It can feel daunting and even overpowering.  Also. teams could instead end up identifying various random objectives. Or worse, with nothing concrete or doable.  Or. they may not even be aligned with the company’s vision for the business.

Frankly, to make it your best year possible, it’s not enough to just have a list of any old goals. You need the right objectives, the actions that will get you there, and, most of all, the consistency that forms these actionable steps into habits everyone can follow.

To do all these, you need SMARTER goals.

Why Are SMARTER Goals Important?

SMART, and its more comprehensive variant, SMARTER, are acronyms. You will learn more about what they stand for shortly.

Michael Hyatt, a  best-selling author, developed the concept. To what purpose?  As a means to make goals a reality by making them into actionable and measurable steps.  In other words, a repeatable process.  With consistency and practice, you can make these steps into habits.

To understand the importance of SMARTER, you only have to look the number of people who make, but fail to keep New Year’s resolutions.  People start off each year brimming with hope and a “can-do” attitude. Here’s the issue, though: by the time February comes around, more than half of them can no longer stick to their list of resolutions and a Franklin Covey survey found only 23% keep their resolutions.

Why?

There are myriad excuses, but they can be summarized into 1 significant reason:  They didn’t plan well when it comes to their goals.

In spite of their well-meaning objectives, they set themselves up for failure..

Creating SMARTER Goals

Using the   SMARTER definition and approach, here are seven goals that may apply to you. They will certainly play a part in making 2022 your great year.

We  also provided some SMARTER goals examples to make each point clearer:

Your Career Success through the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Project

S.M.A.R.T.E.R is an acronym that stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Relevant

Time-Bound

Evaluation

Readjust

Your Career Success with Project S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Here’s a detailed elaboration of this approach and the 7 steps involved:

SMARTER Goals for 2022

1. Specific

Your goal should be specific and crystal clear and identify exactly what you want to achieve.  You should be able to know what success looks like here. The more specific you can get, the better. A good tip here is to ask yourself the 5 W questions below:

What do I want to accomplish?

Why is this goal important?

Who is involved?

Where is it located?

Which resources or limits are involved?

2. Measurable

Useful goals you set for yourself or your team should be measurable and let you quantify the result. This is so you can track your progress and performance properly. Being able to see progress is a great motivator – it gets you excited knowing that you are on your way to success. Not only that, this helps your focus.  Also you want to ensure you are placing your energy behind goals that result in the best returns.  To help clarify a goal that is measurable, here is an example:

BAD:  I will clean up our candidate database.

GOOD:  I will review all the candidates in the file from A to F all next week and discard any that are over 6 months old.

3. Achievable

A successful goals should be one that is realistic and achievable. A goal with no action is wishful thinking.  But lying to yourself and aiming for a goal that is beyond your abilities will only result in failure to reach that goal.  That being said – this is not an excuse for you to be complacent here. You should set goals that will stretch your abilities but also remain possible for you to achieve.

Also, you should consider factors that will affect the achievability of the goal, like financial and time constraints.  A  goal example would be:

BAD:  I want to be more consistent with recruiting.

GOOD:  Spend two hours every morning calling candidates who applied to our Indeed ad.

4. Relevant and Realistic

Your goal should be relevant. It should matter to you, and in line with your priorities and beliefs.  And also be aligned with other company goals and vision. This step keeps you from focusing on the wrong things.  Many  HR professionals fail to achieve their goals because the goals are not consistent with reality.  Most HR personnel don’t have a problem setting big goals.  Experts recommend making your goals realistic, putting them in writing, and keeping track of your progress.

5. Time-Bound

Every goal you set should have a specific deadline – this gives you something to work towards. However, aiming to hit a goal in 5 to 7 years is not considered a proper deadline. Sure, it contains a time element – but it’s not specific enough.

Your plan to reach a goal in 5 years will be quite different from your plan to reach a goal within 7 years.

Setting a more specific date for your goals allows you to develop a clearer plan to achieve it. This also prevents you from letting other everyday matters take priority over your goals.  If you don’t set a deadline for your goals you won’t be able to measure milestones or how close you are to achieving your goal.  Look at these examples:

BAD:  I am going to rewrite our company Employee Handbook.

GOOD:  I will write an updated draft, edit and finalize our Employee Handbook by June 30th.

6. Evaluate

The only way to be better is to learn from past experiences, mistakes, and successes..  Over time, things happen and goals change. Look over your goals from time to time and evaluate them ; check if they need changing to fit your current situation. Constant evaluation of you goals is essential for you to reach your goals.  Be sure to congratulate yourself on the small wins. After all, you accomplished them and that should fuel your motivation.

7. Revise

Upon evaluation, if you find that your goals need readjusting, revise them accordingly.

The most important thing to do is to make revisions to your goals where you see opportunities for growth. This will also help you stay focused.

Even if you are confident with how things are going, there’s always room for improvement. Take this opportunity to analyze your performance or that of your team and make changes where needed!

Setting SMARTER team goals effectively

Finally

Stating your goals in the SMARTER way can make them easy to understand. What is measurable can be improved and compared, and the SMARTER methodology helps HR leaders align their critical decisions to the overall company goal.

Effectiveness and Efficiency to Maximize Productivity

How to Use Effectiveness and Efficiency to Maximize Productivity

Effectiveness and Efficiency aiming for maximum productivity

Both terms are adjectives used to describe how work is done. We will describe below how to incorporate effectiveness and efficiency to maximize productivity at work.

It is relatively easy to mistake one for the other, or use them interchangeably (a lot of people do!). However, these terms are anything but similar – in fact, they each carry completely different meanings.

Effectiveness

Effectiveness is all about doing the right things; it is result oriented. Effectiveness is correctly applied when a worker or company’s objectives are in line with their main goals, and indirectly their purpose.

You find ways to improve outcomes when you are effective. For example, if your goal is to increase awareness and sales of a particular product to reach a particular target, you should engage in tasks or activities that will help move you closer to your goals (eg. marketing and ads, in this scenario) , and not waste time on irrelevant tasks that do not serve your goals. This makes you effective.

Efficiency

Efficiency, however, is more about doing things right; this aspect is task oriented. It is using better ways to get something done well in the shortest amount of time possible. Here you utilize the least amount of resources and/or costs. An example of efficiency would be using a computerized system. You would get things done accurately in a shorter span of time.  You would replace reliance on manual methods to do the same thing.  Because manual methods are susceptible to human error and requires more time.

Either one can exist without the other; one can be effective but not efficient, and vice versa. It is entirely possible for one to be effective in achieving their goals, while being inefficient in the way they do it. It is also entirely possible to be none of both at all.

Effectiveness and Efficiency to Maximize Productivity

In fact, there are four possibilities:

  1. Effective and Efficient
  2. Effective and Inefficient
  3. Ineffective and Efficient
  4. Ineffective and Inefficient

You should note however that true, optimal productivity is a combination of both efficiency and effectiveness (Number 1) – the Holy Grail for every individual worker or organization.

It is not possible for an organization or person to reach peak productivity levels, if they are lacking in either efficiency or effectiveness (Number 2, 3 and 4). If anything, they’re setting themselves up for either mediocrity or inevitable failure.

Effectiveness > Efficiency

Effectiveness

In terms of order of importance, prioritize effectiveness over efficiency in all your considerations about productivity.

This however does not mean that you should disregard the importance of efficiency altogether – again, as mentioned earlier, productivity is a balanced combination of both.

Effectiveness involves the big picture. Putting effectiveness first just means that you should first and foremost focus on doing the right things in order to improve your chances of getting a good outcome.

Once you get yourself on track and laid out the basics, you can then look into how you can improve the way you do things. The logic here is to concentrate on being efficient at the tasks which are significant and are effective in contributing to your goals. There’s no point in particularly efficient when the tasks you carry out do not contribute to your purpose and goals.

To sum things up : efficiency is a modifier for effectiveness, not a substitute.

Efficiency is meaningless on its own.

The problem with most people is that they tend to gravitate towards efficiency, rather than effectiveness. It is perfectly understandable – being efficient is a whole lot easier than being effective. Being efficient involves improvements on a smaller, more manageable scale; effectiveness however requires a whole lot of brainstorming about one’s goals, values and different approaches, on a larger scale. And that is intimidating.

Not only that, people who put efficiency before effectiveness have this tendency of looking for better and perfect ways of doing things, and head nowhere instead – which ironically, leads to ineffectiveness.

Increasing Effectiveness

Effectiveness vs efficiency to maximize productivity

So how does one increase their effectiveness?

Put some time aside to evaluate these few things:

Clarify the What– focusing on the results you want to achieve and defining the picture of success.

Clarify and pursue key strategies that will give you the highest possibility for success.

Now that you’ve established your plan of action, you can focus on how to increase your efficiency. This would mean concentrating on the How’s – implementation of your strategies in the most efficient way possible, and improving how you do things as you go along.

Moving Forward

In the coming articles, we will look into further detail on effectiveness and efficiency to maximize productivity. Also we will offer many other helpful tips that will elevate your productivity to optimum levels.

Up-Skilling Provides Opportunities for Career Advancement

New Skills Required for Career Advancement, Employee Retention and Recruiting Excellence

up-skilling career advancement

Here is a piece exploring the fact that professionals have the responsibility to keep up their functional knowledge and up-to-date on the latest trends in their field.  Ongoing training and learning are the keys to maintain and even get ahead in a career.  Without that you fall behind and others propel past you.  The article plus resources provide a how-to guide to attaining advancement in one’s career.  The emphasis is on training and professional development.

Computer technology has developed new opportunities for companies that require a modern workforce. Therefore workers must train for new skills and competencies to pursue and excel in new and changing jobs.

Why professional development will future-proof your career
Companies should be using CPD as a tool to attract top job candidates, retain their best workers and identify future leaders.

When it comes to future-proofing career progression, it is becoming increasingly clear that committing to continuous professional development is the best way forward.

At a glance

  • Professional development training is often overlooked and underappreciated, and is one of the first things to be sacrificed when budgets get cut.
  • Recruiters point out that it is vital that accounting and finance professionals upskill in the areas of business intelligence and cybersecurity, to provide value to businesses striving to cope in a challenging environment.
  • There are well-established links between professional development and profitability, since employees’ problem solving skills improve along with the ability to identify trends and opportunities for innovation.

“We are in a talent deficit at the moment because borders are shut, so there is no influx of talent and skills coming from the US and the UK fintech firms into Australia,” says Nicole Gorton, director at recruitment specialist Robert Half Australia.

Now, as the world slowly emerges from the pandemic, companies are hiring again. Gorton says every business she goes into is looking for candidates with strong skills, particularly in business intelligence, analytics and cybersecurity.

“The problem is, they can’t find them,” Gorton says. “As a result, upskilling is the way to go, and I’m telling companies I can find them good people, but they are going to have to train them.”

From knowledge to profit

Links between professional development and the profitability of organisations are well established.

“CPD ensures the upskilling of employees’ technical capabilities, leadership competencies, stakeholder relationship management skills and the ability to strategise, analyse and use that information to make more robust decisions for the business,” says Gorton. The company benefits because staff get better at problem solving and identifying trends and opportunities for efficiencies and innovation.

What’s more, staff who can apply their skills and play to their strengths daily are six times more likely to be engaged on the job, according to a Gallup Poll.

“Professional development training is overlooked and underappreciated as an employee retention and recruitment tool,” says Gorton. “In fact, it’s often one of the first things to go when budgets get cut.”

Gorton thinks that’s a false economy. Instead, companies should be using CPD as a tool to “attract top job candidates, retain their best workers and identify future leaders”.

A price worth paying

While it is clear that CPD offers all-round benefits, what is less clear is who should be paying for it.Peter Polgar FCPA is executive chair of professional services firm Reanda Australia, and says even after 50 years in finance and accountancy, trying to keep abreast of what is going on in the industry is more challenging than ever.

He is in no doubt, however, that continued professional development should be a shared responsibility between the employer, the employee and professional associations.

“Professional development should be a shared vision.  We need to take ownership, as we are all in this together,” he says.

At Reanda, employees are encouraged to take an active part in their own learning and are reimbursed for the cost of successfully completed training courses.

“Big firms like ours have the resources and capacity to budget for professional development, but smaller firms are less able to do that and training becomes a discretionary cost,” says Polgar.

“Employers recognise the importance of ‘soft’ skills training, but it competes in priority with new product launches, performance and growth… the appetite is there, but it’s not always a priority, and that needs to change.” Nicole Gorton, Robert Half Australia

In order to help manage the cost of CPD for staff, the employer should have a good understanding of the business’s cost revenue structure. Taking a strategic view of CPD means determining what the organisation needs and when, and how to go about delivering that in the most cost-efficient way possible.

This may include delivering CPD through group training sessions or peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, with employees presenting their learning to the wider team following a conference, for example.

A weekly or monthly discussion group on problem issues could also bring a team closer together.

Cross-training or shadowing someone who is comfortable performing tasks another employee needs to learn is another cost-effective way of upskilling staff, as is identifying an employee with strong communication and behavioural skills who is willing to act as trainer for others and would be happy to change their job description.

A business that prioritises CPD and develops a clear idea of how learning and development activities fit into the overall strategy is much more likely to achieve desired results without going over budget.

Requirement for continuous learning

Accountants have a professional responsibility to keep their knowledge up to date and stay on top of the latest industry developments.

“If you are not learning something new every day, then you are not keeping up, as the industry is changing every day,” cautions Polgar.

This includes not only improving technical knowledge and staying up to date with technology trends, but also honing so-called “soft” skills, such as communication and people management, says Gorton.

Cultivating the ability to navigate conversations, negotiate and wield influence is even more important in the post-COVID-19 world, where so many daily interactions with colleagues and clients are not face-to-face.

“Employers recognise the importance of ‘soft’ skills training, but it competes in priority with new product launches, performance and growth as it relates to shareholder interest,” says Gorton.

“The appetite is there, but it’s not always a priority, and that needs to change.” Gorton says one solution is to put professional development into the context of an employee benefits package, ensuring there is diversity and opportunities available to everybody.

“Every company is different in how they remunerate staff, and you have to look at the whole attraction and retention package, and also combine that with what opportunities are available to you as an employee over the next 12 months,” she says.

Some employees may prefer paid professional development to other “perks” offered by employers, such as flexible work arrangements or paid health insurance.

Holistic view of learning

While most of us think about ongoing development in terms of online or classroom-based training programs, employers should be taking a more holistic view, says David Pich, CEO of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand.

Mentoring, networking, resilience planning, mental and physical self-care and using self-analysis tools are all part of professional development.

“There are as many learning options as there are lessons to be learned,” says Pich.

In times of unprecedented change, “it is essential to be supported by other professionals who can provide objective perspectives and guide you through upcoming challenges”.

Those challenges are only set to increase. Deloitte predicts that, by 2030, the average finance professional in Australia will be short of two or three critical skills necessary to be effective in their role.

This is convincing evidence that investing in CPD is an investment in future-proofing business.

How to ask for professional development training (and get your employer to pay for it)

Nicole Gorton, director at recruitment specialist Robert Half Australia, has some tips on how to make a convincing case for your employer to invest in your professional development.

  1. You need to be able to put forward well reasoned benefits of what it could mean not just for you personally, but for the organisation, and how those advantages can play out for everyone.
  2. Bring up the subject of CPD either during the job interview or at the annual performance review. If you can’t wait until that comes around, book a meeting. This will signal your serious intent.
  3. Prepare well, so that you know what you want to get out of the meeting, having considered your career goals, your particular interests, along with your strengths and weaknesses and where you need to target training.
  4. Ask your manager for their advice about how to develop your career. They may have suggestions that you hadn’t thought of or insider knowledge of the company that can help you create an action plan for CPD.
  5. You need to demonstrate how CPD training will be a return on investment for the company. If, for example, you are requesting software training or a course in AI, indicate how it will reduce the amount of time you spend on certain tasks, reduce errors and increase your productivity. If you can put an estimated dollar figure on company savings as a result of your training, all the better.
  6. Ensure your manager knows exactly what you are asking for and has been sent links to the course you want funded. If the course involves taking time off work, explain how much time off you will need and when. If there will be other associated costs, such as travel, lodging, registration fees and meals, include those in your estimate.

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4 Steps to Take When You Feel Trapped in Your Job

When you feel trapped in your job, it becomes almost impossible to be satisfied. Employees who feel stuck tend to feel depressed, frustrated and dissatisfied with their career outlook.

The truth is most jobs are full of highs and lows. There will be times of positive change, and times where nothing changes at all. Feeling stuck or trapped in your job is normal at some point in your career.  But that doesn’t mean you have to stay that way.

4 steps to take when you feel trapped in your job

Here, we’ll look at some of the best things you can do when you feel stuck or trapped in your job.

1. Make That Difficult Decision

There is a reason why you feel stuck or trapped in your job, and it is often down to avoiding making a tough decision. For example, if you feel trapped in a job you hate, the tough choice would be to leave it. If you are in a company whose culture isn’t a fit, the hard choice would be to walk away.

What choice are you avoiding changing? Sometimes, the only way to move forward and be fulfilled is to have the courage to make the difficult decisions. You deserve to be satisfied with your position.  So never be afraid to do what is right for you, no matter how hard it is.

2.  Begin With Modest Changes

Making changes in your job can be overwhelming. Therefore, if you want to get out of your current situation, start with small changes until you feel comfortable and confident that you’re making good decisions.

Think about the things you want to change and then figure out the steps you’ll need to get there. Working on change one step at a time prevents it from becoming overwhelming. You will see steady progress as you make smaller changes, giving you motivation to carry on making bigger ones.

3. Work On Self-Improvement

How you feel about yourself can really hold you back. If you do feel stuck or trapped in your job, could it be down to a lack of confidence in your skill set?

Working on improving your education or your credentials or licenses could help you to view your talent in your chosen occupation in a more positive way. You will be able to recognize opportunities and work through any challenges keeping you from your ideal job. Think about your current shortcomings. What could you improve to be a better worker?

4. Commit To Being Yourself

The problem could be that you aren’t being yourself in your job. Many people find they struggle to be themselves around co-workers. If you are trying to present a narrow or pretentious version of yourself to others, you will never feel right. Only by being your true self will you be able to be fulfilled and satisfied.

Feeling stuck or trapped in your job is common, but it doesn’t mean you need to stay stuck. The above tips and advice can help you to start moving forward and possessing the job you deserve. You may feel trapped in your job, but it’s an illusion. Deep down you know what you need to do, you simply must have the courage to do it.

Conclusion

Every worker goes through changes in how they feel about their job over time. You can either accept all the good that changes in your position has to offer, or you can feel stuck.

If you choose the latter, you’ll always be feeling discontent, never fulfilled – always wondering about the path not taken. It was Gail Sheehy who said it best, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”

So, take a deep breath and make the necessary changes. Who knows? You might even come to enjoy your job in its ups and downs.

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7 Natural Ways to Boost Your Memory Starting Today

How to Boost Your Memory Starting Today

The day is half over, and you can’t get over the feeling that you’ve forgotten something important. You check your calendar, but whatever it is, it was never written down. Now you’re stuck, and you can’t remember what it was.

There’s nothing more frustrating than forgetting. The fact is, we get so busy that it’s very hard to keep track of all your work assignments you need to get through a day.

Or is it?

Boost your memory starting today

Thankfully there are natural things we can do to boost our memory. And we don’t have to wait to get started. Below you’ll find several suggestions to help you boost your memory right now!

1.Meditate

All day long you’re trying to absorb information. Is it any wonder your brain gets to the point where it can’t hold in another fact? Meditation gives you time to process, and recharge. What’s more, meditation improves your focus, so when it’s time to go back to work, you’re ready for it.

2. Eat Better

Some things we eat are called brain foods. Anything with antioxidants will improve brain function, which in turns makes for a better memory!

3. Get Up and Move

Exercise increases blood flow. Better blood flow carries more of what your brain needs to function (such as oxygen and nutrients). So movement = better memory!

4. Try a Brain Teaser

Regularly challenging your brain is good for it! By doing things such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, you start building better networks for the neural pathways. There are tons of apps out there filled with all kinds of mental challenges designed to enhance your memory. So, why not play a game that gives a real positive boost to your brainpower?

5. Take a Break

Brains need rest periods too. If you’re finding that you’re losing focus while working, it’s probably time to take a short break. That gives your brain a chance to process and re-energize.

6. Learn Something New

By learning new things, you train your brain to process information better, and so you will start remembering more. Picking up a new skill will result in you helping your memory as well!

7. Sleep

It’s a fact of life that a tired brain isn’t going to be working at its very best. Getting enough sleep is probably the simplest thing you can do to improve your memory. By getting 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night, you’ll find your memory will improve dramatically.

Wrapping Up

To boost your memory starting today doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even forced attention. Use his list and you’ll find that your memory will improve dramatically in just a short time.  All without having to resort to great big crazy changes in your life. How easy is that?

 

 

3 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder Now

How to Work Smarter Not Harder

There are a few keys that help you work smarter not harder.  Everyone knows any approaches that will give you rewards at work are going to require a little hard work. But this doesn’t always mean you have to work yourself to the point where you are really exhausted and barely able to stay awake.  You need to tackle activities in a more productive way.

How to work smarter not harder to enhance productivity

High achievers work hard, but they also find ways to work smarter and not harder.

1.Prioritize

Even if everything you have to do seems equally important, there are bound to be some assignments that can wait a few hours or days to complete. You need to review your to-do list of can’t-wait activities and complete them first. This way, you will complete the things that are important ahead of the deadline. You won’t need to rush last-minute because you did less important assignments first.

2. Delegate

Don’t be afraid to hand off to a subordinate who can do your basic tasks. Sometimes this is not easy, especially if you are the type of person who doesn’t like to relinquish control or feels that you can accomplish tasks better than anyone. It is well worth it, though. When you delegate tasks that take up your time and energy for little to no return, you will have time to work on more important projects that offer higher returns. Note that you can do this both in your professional and personal life. In your professional life, you can hire an assistant to file paperwork or make routine phone calls. In your personal life, you could hire someone to do your cleaning and laundry.

3. Batch Similar Tasks

This tip is probably the hardest one on the list, and it may not work for all tasks, but you should try to batch tasks which are similar and get them all done at once.

For example, if you have to respond to emails, respond to all of your emails at the same time. If you need to make phone calls, sit and make all the calls at once. This behavior can save you lots of time. Since you are already set up to complete one of the tasks, completing more won’t require a new setup.

Working smarter, not harder, may seem difficult, but you can quickly increase your productivity if you know what you are doing. All it takes is some prioritizing, delegating, and grouping similar tasks together. Soon, you will have everything you need to get done finished in no time at all, and with much less effort on your end!

Work Through an Industrial Specialist  Staffing Agency

If your industrial industry career has come to a standstill with your current employer, it may be time to search for something better. Connect with a staffing agency specializing in industrial jobs, like Flexicrew.  We can help you discover and get hired to a position with the growth and development you want.   The neat thing is that specialist staffing agencies have multiple industry contacts. We can put you forward for industrial jobs you couldn’t find on your own.  Often, we are aware of positions even before they hit the market. This builds and delivers you a host of opportunity.

Flexicrew Advisors

We as specialist recruiters also often have good working relationships with the employers they represent. We understand each of our client’s needs and can advise on what roles will best suit your skills. Kind of like putting together the pieces of a puzzle that fit together.  Also we have our finger on the pulse of the industry.  A specialist recruiter like Flexicrew can also advise you on the training you need to take to enhance your desirability as a candidate for industrial jobs.

Contact Flexicrew today to see what our recruiting specialists have to offer you.  They can show you some simple tricks to work smarter not harder.

5 Signals You’re Wasting a Lot of Time on the Job

Are You Wasting a Lot of Time on the Job

Have you ever wondered if you are wasting a lot of time at work?  And not being as productive as you could be?  Here are five signs that you are wasting time even when you are at your workplace.

Wasting a lot of time at work

You Are too Comfortable

“ A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. “ – Charles Darwin. Time is by far one of the most important resources we have in our lifetime. Therefore, to make the most of it, one would need to overcome the desire to give in to comfort. It’s crucial to ask yourself how long it has been since you last challenged yourself.  Either to learn something about your employer’s business or invested in your personal business growth. Being content is fairly okay.  But it’s critical not to confuse being content in your position with not proactively seeking a better position that may requires harder work . Mediocrity is often a poisonous pattern many workers fall into for a variety of causes. It may be because you are too afraid to succeed or are scared of failure. It may also be due to laziness to take time to discover what you really want in your career and go for it.

When employees don’t confront self-doubt or apathy and deal with it productively, they stay hesitant and uncommitted. This then breeds inertia. When a worker chooses inaction, everything in their career then also remains stagnant.  They lose their work connections, salary, supervisors, and co-workers’ opinions of them. And even their own health an suffer. Therefore, to avoid paying the price of too much comfort which is suffering, one has to decide to challenge themselves daily and commit to a personal growth plan.

You Have Settled for The Traditional 8 Am To 5 Pm Job

The 8 am to 5 pm job is nowadays considered traditional. This is because it is an old inefficient redundant way of surviving due to the dynamic way our world has been evolving. It is necessary to commit to this job in the short term since this will cover most of your living expenses. Moreover, this type of work can also be useful to help raise capital for investing in new active and passive alternative streams of income. Once those start to generate more stable income than your 8 am to 5 pm job generates, then you will have more reason to leave your current employment.  That allows you to spend your time in the new ventures.

These new sources of income are usually flexible and provide a better work environment than the former. This too will contribute to better mental health and helping you have more time to spend on what you are truly passionate about. If your favorite time for your 8 am to 5 pm job is when it’s time to leave every day, then it’s good to start considering and investing in having a different career path for the long run.

You Are Holding on to Toxic Work Relationships

These are relationships that seldom add value to your life. Many personnel hold on to toxic relationships even though they may be seeing consistent red flags. It can be either friendship, family, or workplace relationships. All three have the potential to waste your time if not given careful thought. These usually are relationships with no vision, no positive plans, no clarity. It’s when one person uses the other to selfishly fulfill their objectives instead of looking out for the best interests of the other.

In the context of romantic relationships, one definitely will be wasting their time when they invest in this type of partner; someone who usually says, “let’s just go with the flow.” This person be it male or female is clearly showing you they have no vision at all neither do they want commitment. Rarely does this person ever actually invest in a long-term commitment.

When someone’s words and actions often don’t align, it is self-destructive and a waste of time to keep closely interacting with such workers. Rather, take time to understand your true worth and move on to relationships that are productive and healthy.  Find co-workers who have career goals and try to meet their employer’s expectations.

You Do Not Know Your True Character and Purpose

This is the ultimate recipe for living a career of regret and disappointment. Everything created or made has a creator or designer. We discover who we really are and our purpose from our Maker. For example, I want to understand what an Apple phone is and how to fully utilize all its functions.  Therefore I need to get accurate knowledge from the Apple manufacturers or a manual. Otherwise, l may end up just knowing how to call, send messages and maybe use one or two apps.   But I wouldn’t know how to use the rest of the functions the phone has. I may even end up destroying the phone by trying to fix it the same way an android phone is fixed. Hence, to live a fulfilled life, let’s always refer back to the source of our lives for clarity and direction.

You Haven’t Had a Positive Awakening

Just what is a positive awakening or paradigm shift?  It is “An important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.” Your thoughts create your reality. Having the same thoughts every day leads to having the same choices. Unfortunately, when choices are the same, that leads to the same behaviors. Work behaviors that are consistently the same produce the same experiences. And that leaves you as a less engaged and less satisfied employee. All in all, this then creates your personality. Your personality creates your personal reality.

Therefore, for you not to re-live your undesirable past, you must create a different reality through ‘learning.’ Daily learn and practice having new thoughts, new choices, new behaviors, new experiences, and new emotions.   That will certainly result in a new, improved personality.  That produces a new reality. Indeed that becomes the solution to stopping the vicious cycle of wasting a lot of time.

 

Find Positive Role Models to Enhance Your Career – 4 Benefits

How to Find Positive Role Models to Improve Your Work

When you find positive role models they can make a big difference in your outlook toward your job.  When they give you good advice it doesn’t matter who they are.  Neither does it matter whether it’s one person or several. The important thing is they motivate and inspire you to do better and work harder.

The value when you find positive role models for a better you is much more than having someone to look up to. It helps you accomplish a more rewarding, fulfilling career.

Find positive role models for your career

In this article, we’ll talk about the benefits of having role models. We’ll also tell you what makes a good role model and how they can help you build a successful career.

Find Positive Role Models – Why it’s Important

The novelist, Oliver Goldsmith, once said, “People seldom improve when they have no other role model but themselves to copy.” He was right-on.

You know you have a good role model when they have a strong set of core values. They’re also willing to accept their mistakes and learn from them.

To find positive role models influences our decisions for the better. When we’re going through a difficult period  we look to them for reassurance and encouragement. By copying how they overcome obstacles, we can overcome them as well.

Their advice and backing motivate us to work through challenges. Then, little-by-little we can unlock our genuine potential. We observe we’re achieving results we didn’t think we had in us.

Following are some rationale why it’s valuable to find positive role models:

Learn What Not To Do

No one is ever 100% correct or successful at everything they do. Not even the most fortunate or richest people.

The difference between them and others is they know how to get back up after a fall. They understand that mistakes are just a bump on the road to success.

Positive role models look at their mistakes as learning experiences. They make their mistakes work to their advantage. They become more aware of what to do next time and what not to do.

When you look at what others have done (or not done), it can be a huge motivator. It also gives you a sense of assurance that you’re not alone. Others have been through similar situations. They’ve come out the other side in one piece, and a whole lot wiser.

Become a More Responsible Employee

Each one of us is here for a reason. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time.

Why not focus on the things you’re good at? These strengths are unique to you. Then, if you come across something you’re not good at, you can do one of two things. You can either learn how to do it or just stop dwelling on it. Either way, it’s more important to put your energy into the things that matter more to you as an individual.

That being said, you have to focus on bringing out the best version of yourself. Make a list of your set of core values. Another good idea is to write down both your short-term and long-term goals. Then, when you achieve one, be proud of your accomplishments.

At the end of the day, you don’t need to prove anything to anyone except you. Show confidence in yourself. Even if you don’t feel it in the beginning. You know, fake it until you make it.

Only then will you be able to let your inner light shine. I believe that’s one of the biggest lessons you can learn from a positive role model.

Practice Perseverance

Even past failures don’t guarantee future successes all of the time. Some days will be positive where everything goes your way. Other days, you’ll feel the anxiety and pressure that work brings.

Finding a positive role model can help you stay grounded during difficult periods. They can help you keep your eyes on the prize and strive to work harder to achieve your goals.

When it comes to your pursuits, it’s better to be tenacious and resolute. A good role model teaches you the importance of never giving up. They also show you the best ways to deal with any future setbacks you can come across in the future.

How do role models achieve that?  They have a sense of purpose and know where they want to go.

A great example of this is Thomas Edison.  People recognize him  for his multiple inventions but also for his multiple failed attempts.

Even though his innovations have altered the way people live, he wasn’t always the important success we now recognize. In fact, his teachers said he wouldn’t amount to much. Then, as an adult, he was even fired several times. The reasons? His bosses said he was a “non-productive” employee.

Not only that, but it took him 1,000 attempts to invent the light bulb. He was even asked how he felt about failing all those times. Edison responded confidently, “I didn’t fail…The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” That’s the power of perseverance and determination!

Cultivate their Inspiration

Professionals suggest you imitate your role model’s positivity, tenacity, and confidence.

The important thing to remember is that a role model is someone to admire and look up to. You should aspire to have a similar outlook to achieve success in your own life.

The next step is to brainstorm their mindset.  Structure your ideas into your future vision. After all, every invention ever made began as someone’s vision of a better future.

Let your imagination be innovative. Use your role models’ accomplishments and setbacks to identify new and better ways to solve a challenge.

Conclusion

When you find positive role models it’s like discovering a hidden treasure. These are people who you may or may not know personally. Still, you sense they have substance. And they deserve your attraction. You look up to them and feel inspired by their skill, confidence, and integrity.

Extract from their experiences.  That can help you manage your own highs and lows. You can channel their self-assurance and determination when you need a morale boost. Then, take everything you’ve learned from them and blaze your own trail in this world.

 

Raise Productivity When it’s Difficult to Hire New Workers

Productivity Month – June

Flexicrew chose June as a month to raise productivity.

Why?

Business owners, operations managers and HR professionals voice the same complaint to us. They have a lot of available jobs but can’t find workers to hire.

10 Productivity Tips for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

One way to soften the sting of this problem is to raise productivity in their current workforce.

Raise Productivity in Current Workforce

Flexicrew has written a series of articles on boosting productivity during June  and will continue to do so through the end of this month.  We provide you a guide to increase your monthly productivity, to achieve greater performance, and great results.  Our blog contains proven steps and suggestions for how to be a more productive worker  by performing a series of activities daily. With the help of this blog, we will focus you on increasing employee engagement, getting better performance from current staff and building employee retention.

We will provide recommendations that will surely motivate you to become a more productive worker.

Make sure that you take note of your progress by keeping a notebook on hand. Write in your notebook after you have started or completed activities.  At the end of the month  you’ll see some results that raise productivity. You see, if you focus on important activities, you won’t feel like being productive is overwhelming and that it cannot be done. This blog will help you realize that focusing on productivity will naturally pay dividends at work and even in your satisfaction.

Habits and the Mind

We are shaped by our habits.  Useful and harmful ones fight each other for command of our minds. By discipline and willpower alone it’s possible to unlearn useless habits and change your behavior.

The key is persistence. Often you will need many months to see the results, so don’t surrender early.

By watching your mind regularly, you can start noticing recurrent patterns.  But the core idea is that you can adapt your workflow to these states instead of resisting them.

Procrastination

Procrastination itself can have different causes — maybe the task is too complex or too boring, fear of failure or simple laziness. Even a slight presence of these negative factors can make us go for instant rewards instead of doing something that will create a better future in the long term.

Avoiding work is similar — these are just the thoughts of what you don’t like about your tasks and what you would rather do. But you are not your thoughts, and they have no power over you until you feed them with attention. You can ignore them like a background noise by keeping your focus on your goals.

Summary

As we begin to enter the last phase, now is a great opportunity to start to implement good work habits or redouble your commitment  to maximize your productivity and return to business with greater focus than ever.

Finally, to raise your productivity, at the end of each day, ask yourself the following:

  1. Have I accomplished what I wanted to achieve?
  2. Did I actually have  to be present for meeting or event I attended?
  3. Could I have reached the same result in a shorter time frame?

This is a powerful approach to determine if you are really managing and spending your time wisely and raising productivity.

10-Day Challenge to Reset Your Life After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic many are considering how to reexamine and reset values, jobs, and lives.  You might think that when it comes to starting a healthy new habit or big new project, there’s no time like the present. One day should be as good as the next for your first trip to the gym or working session. But that’s not what psychology says.
As in so many other things, humans are less than rational when it comes to new beginnings. It’s simply easier to get started with something new when there is some big temporal marker or life change to signal the beginning of a new phase. This is called the “fresh-start effect” and it explains why New Year’s resolutions are so popular and enrollment in weight-loss programs rises at “back-to-school time” in the fall.It’s also why now is the perfect time to reimagine your life and your routine.

After the Pandemic The perfect “fresh start” to revamp your life

The pandemic, both psychology and personal experience tell us, forced many of us to reexamine our values and our lives, and take a harder look at how well the two line up. Now that vaccines are slowly bringing the worst of the crisis to an end in the U.S., we’re not only armed with new knowledge about the kind of lives we truly want to live, but circumstances are also offering us the perfect “fresh start” to give a psychological boost to your efforts to revamp your life.

What’s the best way to take advantage of this opportunity? Writing for The New York Times recently, Tara Parker-Pope offers a suggestion — why not try a 10-day challenge to reset and refocus as you begin to settle into whatever your life is going to look like post-pandemic?

Short, sharp challenges are a great way to kick-start change at any time, but now is a particularly good time to undertake a full-on personal improvement plan. “We have this opportunity with this blank slate to change our health habits and be very conscientious about our day,” Katy Milkman, a Wharton professor and author of a new book titled How to Change, tells Parker-Pope. “What is our lunch routine going to look like? What is our exercise routine? There’s an opportunity to rethink. What do we want a workday to look like?”

The pandemic shattered our previous routines. Our new ones aren’t yet set in stone. So get experimenting, the article urges, before helpfully laying out a 10-day plan of exercises and small pilot projects to help you get started. They range from simple prompts to help you better pinpoint your true state of mind to ideas for squeezing more movement, mindfulness, or true human connection into your day.

Complete Revamp Plan for After the Pandemic

You can check out the complete plan here. Or if you’re looking for more ideas to experiment with as you design your new post-pandemic routine, we’ve also offered plenty of inspiration here on Inc.com in the past.

Originally appeared in online INC. 6/17/2021

Flexicrew Support After the Pandemic

To gain  an extra boost for yourself in this job market, contact Flexicrew professionals today. We are a specialist staffing agency who works with key employers of industrial jobs in the area.   We strive to give our candidates opportunities to apply for the jobs they deserve.