When You First Realize You Have History

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

For the first few years of being fresh in the workforce, you are gathering all kinds of experience. Not only are you acquiring actual work experience while garnering a paycheck, you’re learning how to organize your time and how to deal with coworkers and clients. Meanwhile, you’ll be judged, sized-up, and oftentimes criticized (gently or harshly), not only by your manager, but by your coworkers as well.

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Become a Master at What You Do in Order to Find Your Passion

moneyWith so many careers to choose from how do you select just the right one that will drive you to be successful and fulfilled?

In my early college days, I already knew that I wanted to be in the commercial arts. In fact, I knew early on that I was going to be a creative in some capacity. In order to make steady income, many of us artists went the commercial route. Yes, this was B.C. (before computers)

After being employed and learning the trade while attending college classes, I learned that an art director could make up to at least $65k/year back in the early 1980s. So, I tried to achieve that goal but for some reason, while my work was good, the opportunity never presented itself to me for a variety of reasons, and so I settled for lower wages as just another staff artist.

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TNS Floats to HRMAC Summit 2014 in Rosemont

 

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On October 23rd at HRMAC Summit 2014, we are taking part in a very special venue. Our CEO, Mike Schroeder will speak at one of HRMAC’S Industry Knowledge Sessions held during the show.

Industry Knowledge Sessions is an opportunity to present unique thought leadership content or a case study to the Summit attendees through a 30 minute information-based session.  This session is intended to be educational in nature and focus on industry knowledge through best practices or a client case study.

Since we just published a book on tips for managers on how to engage their employees, we found that the requests for the books were so overwhelming that we printed more and now want to present these very helpful tips at HRMAC.

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Mike will be presenting his session (C5) at 12:15 pm in Room 14.

Check in, Session Times & Room Assignments: All breakout sessions are located on Level 1. Please go directly to the room your session has been assigned (room changes may occur if necessary but will be prominently communicated via on-site signage).

Come see us at booth 320!

Good Parenting Skills Essential for Employee Engagement

parentingHow do good parenting skills affect employee engagement? What does parenting have to do with their son or daughter being engaged or disengaged at work?

If one is still lucky enough as I am to have their parents around to offer advice once in a while, consider how their influence can affect your work. My parents—my good parents—have always supported my goals in life, especially my talents. They are the wind beneath my wings, so to speak. I have always taken into account their honest feedback, good or bad, at several of the jobs I had in my life. That being said, sometimes when I felt I was not being treated fairly, they gave me open and honest feedback. If I was wrong, as hard as it was to take, I realized they were telling me for my own good in order to grow in the working world. So, there it is; growing up in the working world could use some parenting.

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Tip 2 – Provide Basic Training for Your Employees

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Intro: This blog is written to further elaborate with my own views on the  “8 Tips to Engage Your Employees” booklet written by our experts.

In your job search these days, have you noticed the lengthy job descriptions and qualifications? No doubt the recruiter is taking no chances that you misunderstand what they will be hiring you to do along with the required experience and education.

The job description indicates what you will be doing, but not necessarily that you start doing it without training. During the interview process, that should be made clear by the interviewer as well as the job candidate. “Will I receive training for A, B, and C on the job?” Or “Do I have to know how to do A, B, and C before hire?” The hiring manager if different from the initial interviewer should be able to answer your questions about training before onboarding you.

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Good Leadership Drives Employee Engagement

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I read a great “bloggicle” (blog-article) written by Justin Locke which posted today, May 21, 2014. It’s entitled, “The Flip Side of Employee Engagement.” The title tells me a lot already and then after reading it, learned just how vital leadership’s role is.

You can have plenty of engaged employees but if management cannot or will not foster a healthy work environment in order for engagement to thrive, you will soon have a toxic environment that can lead to exiting employees.

Yes, good leadership drives employee engagement, and as Locke puts it, “…’engagement’ is no longer a nice thing to have, it is now essential to your bottom line.” To that end, wouldn’t it be wise to train managers to acquire more people skills? Nowadays, many managers not only have to manage their people, but they too, are doing the work alongside them. Do they have time to work on people skills? Perhaps they should make the time. Even having a manager’s forum or meeting once a month to discuss issues with HR or the organization’s top leaders could provide them with the soft skills required to invoke employee engagement.

Scatterbrained? Stay Organized Using Outlook’s Task Manager

organizingIf you work on a computer all day, you know what it means to “multi-task.” More and more, we are multi-tasking to the high hilt. I don’t know if I’m coming or going some days when I’m swamped.

We use Microsoft Outlook as our email program of choice. I find that using Outlook’s Task Manager really helps me to stay organized. Plus when I complete a job, I send out a task status to my boss and anyone else involved. Also, my task manager is set up so that my boss can see for herself what projects I have on my plate, instead of having to come around and ask me.

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Share the Info!

BillSI don’t know if this is a generation or a techno-age thing, but lately I find that we are not sharing computer tips and tricks like we used to. Could this be that we are at a stage where you should already know everything, and if you don’t, you should know where to get the info yourself?

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