Low productivity in the workplace is costing companies across the United States billions of dollars every year. In fact, employees who are not engaged in their work cost the United States up to $550 billion a year. As an employee, there are several things you can do to ensure your productivity and quality of work remains high. Let’s look at just four common reasons your productivity may be suffering and what you can do to improve it.   1. Communication is poor The average employee spends 13 hours alone on emails each week. This is more than one full business day filled with...

Anyone, no matter how much they love their job, can burn out. This is when you reach a state of fatigue both mentally and physically. You begin to lack motivation and activities and tasks that once interested you, become a chore to even begin. A few signs that you have reached this state include displaying a negative attitude about your responsibilities, having little energy, dragging your feet to begin a project, and becoming frustrated and irritated with the smallest thing. While these feelings are very common, they are easy to avoid. You can build up your morale and enjoy going to...

Most Americans will spend more waking hours in the workplace than in their own homes. Unfortunately, work-related issues are one of the most common sources of stress. A whopping  61% of Americans report work as a top stressor in their life. Additionally, 77% of people say they experience physical stress-related symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension, and impacted mental health. However, stress isn’t the only factor that affects an individual’s overall mental well-being in the workplace. More than 43 million adults (or about 1 in 5), say they experience some sort of mental illness in a year. This...

Did you know there are more than 10,000 job posting websites in the United States alone? This makes it difficult to narrow down your search and find postings that target your expertise and experience. While there are many popular job posting websites such as Indeed and Monster, they are general and don’t focus on many specialized positions or industries. Niche job boards are the solution. Here are just five reasons you should use niche job boards in your search for the perfect job. 1. They are less competitive Niche job boards generally boast less traffic than general boards because only those with...

Statistics show that employees spend approximately five hours each week wasting time (doing nothing that is pertinent to their job). While there are many reasons why you may be unproductive and wasting time while at the office, many individuals simply have not developed proper time skills and habits to help them manage their time wisely. Let’s take a closer look at several time management tips. All employees should know to reduce wasted time and money in the workplace! Understand What Is Important Prioritizing is one of the most important — and often most difficult — time management tips to develop. When prioritizing,...

While mastering certain software applications and tech devices are skills that many managers are looking for, those will likely not matter if you do not also have a plethora of soft skills. These are personal skills and characteristics that help you work well with others and improve your performance in the workplace. While there are dozens of soft skills you may possess that can all contribute to your success, here are five essential ones that will help you succeed no matter your job, industry, or career experience. Communication Communication is necessary to help you in all aspects of your job. Both written...

Here’s the thing: When your employees are successful, you’re successful too. That means that when you have an employee who is setting and reaching goals, this has a trickle-down effect. Then your business can reach goals as well! Or more accurately, your employees can help you reach goals. It may sound cliché, but setting goals that are achievable and that bring results is more complicated than many realize. So often the goals are either not that lofty (pretty easy to reach), or else the opposite: so difficult that they are setting one up for failure before they even start. You can...

Nearly 82% of women in the US agree that having a mentor is important. And yet in the same way, nearly 52% of women say they don’t have a mentor because they have never found “someone appropriate.” When it comes to being a mentor, there is a lot for the mentee, male or female, to gain, and there is a high responsibility placed on the mentor for what they have to offer. But it is these traits and skills that they offer that allow them to become sought after in their industry. It is these same traits that workplace leaders and...

If you dread writing a cover letter for job applications, you’re not alone. In fact, with only 45% of hiring managers claiming to read the letter, many people question if they should write one at all. But there is still enough research and insight from recruiters to say that you should – as long as you write it right and avoid these common pitfalls: Tell your life story Remember that the cover letter is delivered in tandem with your resume. This means: You don’t need to repeat your resume in the cover letter. The resume and cover letter need to be connected....

Call it pleasant, easy going, or affable, but whatever word you choose, employees and employers work together best when they get along well and like each other. We hear a lot about the need for proper skills for getting a job, or how important it is that you have experience and knowledge in certain areas. For example, the need for certain tech skills or experience in certain computer-related abilities. But at some point, we also have to address the importance of being a likable employee who an employer wants to have on the team and who is viewed as a pleasant facing asset to put in front of customers. Here are some of the top attributes that likable employees share: employee