Hiring team members that are compatible with one another is easier said than done. For one, pinpointing what makes individuals within a team click with one another is difficult to define. Ask a highly capable team what makes them work together so well, and you’ll likely get a myriad of different answers. On top of that, what works for them might not work for other teams.  So what do you do? Clearly, workplace compatibility is extremely important for making sure your business operations run as intended and to lower turnover rates. In fact, one in ten workers who leave their jobs...

There are many reasons you may feel the need to work on your confidence at work. Perhaps you're in a position that requires skills you haven’t yet acquired, or you have less experience than your colleagues. Maybe you have a new employer and are unsure of your ability to meet their expectations, or your expectations are higher than they should be.  However, having a healthy level of confidence at work can be vital to your success. Confidence can help you overcome fear and anxiety so you can take action. It can make you more motivated and ambitious. Crucially, confidence can help...

When beginning a new job hunt, having clear criteria to use as search filters will help narrow the available opportunities. While it is critical to keep in mind criteria specific to job function, location, and industry, it is equally, if not more, vital to consider your personal criteria.   Some of the personal criteria to consider include the following: Lifestyle – work-life balance and remote work and travel opportunities Compensation – bonus and equity opportunities, health and other benefits Employer structure and size – large corporation or small owner-operated Advancement and growth opportunities – training, mentorship opportunities Employer history and reputation –...

One could argue that the need to inspire hope in your workforce has never been more pressing. During these challenging social and economic times, a hopeful state of mind is especially crucial for nurturing positive motivational behavior among your employees.  Hope provides individuals with the courage to set balanced yet challenging goals and motivates them to accomplish goals through self-determination. Hopeful employees are better equipped to find alternative solutions to your company’s goals should obstacles arise in their paths. Studies have shown a strong correlation between workplace engagement and hope. When your workplace is engaged, it results in improved performance. Inspiring hope...

If you’re in the middle of a job hunt, you may feel that playing the numbers game and sharing your resume with multiple employers will increase your chances for more interviews and considerations. That’s not necessarily the case. Instead, it’s best to focus your application so you can: More effectively customize it to meet specific employer requirements and values Demonstrate that you’re a worthy candidate for the role Find a job that will fulfill your needs as an employee and individual pursuing a career When perusing online job descriptions, you may be more focused on who’s hiring now and only focusing...

Are you starting a new job role in the middle of the pandemic? If the company works remotely, your onboarding process will be very different from your past experiences. Rather than office tours and team luncheons, you’re remaining in your home while familiarizing yourself with your new company values and operations. So how can you settle into your new workforce and establish a positive first impression to earn your colleagues’ and employer’s trust as a new hire?  While you may have successfully established this in your job interview, you need to walk the talk now that you’ve been offered the job...

According to a recent study, 87% of millennial workers consider career development in their workplace important. This generation of entry-level workers and job seekers value working for employers who will help them along their career path. They want to learn, gain experience, train their skills, and grow in their fields. As an employer, you could increase your employee engagement levels to achieve higher productivity by establishing an environment where staff members can develop and thrive. If your employees have the option to advance within your company, they’ll be more motivated to commit their efforts and prove themselves as valuable members of...

A job interview is a final opportunity to demonstrate to an employer that you are a) qualified for their job opening and b) compatible with their business values. You've submitted an outstanding resume and cover letter, portfolio, etc., package online that drew them in to consider you further for the job opening. Now, you need to nail the interview to secure your position. This is a vital, challenging test that stands between you and your dream job. With more job applications being conducted online and many offices working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, video interviews are becoming a more...

As a business executive, you have the potential to make an impact on your employees. If you possess the qualities that make an inspirational leader, your team will be far more motivated to be productive while contributing to your business success. With your platform, you can define your staff members’ workdays' pace, infusing positivity, respect, and encouragement to help them while they help you. You’ll develop a legacy as an inspiration whose example should be followed by others.  So how can you ensure that you leave a mark on your employees as an inspirational leader? Here are some behaviors and qualities...

Your employees care about your business. They contribute their time and effort to support its success. While you rely on them for their talents and strengths, they depend on you for guidance to help them grow in their professional careers and advance in your business. Furthermore, they want to feel valued. To make your employees feel satisfied working for you, offer employee recognition to prove you genuinely appreciate and care about them.  You can express your employee recognition in various forms. Some options involve keeping it simple, or you could choose creative ways that show your employees that you are grateful...