Reduce Work-Related Stress: Create A Self-Care Plan

Tight deadlines, budget cuts, economic change, interpersonal conflicts, and an overall lack of sleep is enough to make anyone overwhelmed with stress. And this list is only the tip of the iceberg.
Even though we have seen an increase in self-care campaigns in the past few years work stress is still a prevalent issue. However, this is not a surprising phenomenon considering we spend a large part of our lives at work. Our careers and the level of success we have within them often times dictate how we perform in other areas of our lives. At times it can be difficult to keep work-related stress where it belongs- in the office and so it goes home with us and there it continues to infiltrate our lives even further. So, with that being said wouldn’t it be better to have a preventive game plan for stress reduction/management?

The American Institute of Stress, says this about workplace stress:

Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. One survey showed that having to complete paperwork was more stressful for many police officers than the dangers associated with pursuing criminals. The severity of job stress depends on the magnitude of the demands that are being made and the individual’s sense of control or decision-making latitude he or she has in dealing with them. Scientific studies based on this model confirm that workers who perceive they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.


The American Institute of Stress. [Web log post]. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://www.stress.org/workplace-stress


As mentioned by the American Institute of Stress, the cause and effects of stress vary from person to person. Some individuals thrive when faced with high-pressure situations and work environments while others perform better under slower paced, less frenzied environments. It all hinges on the individual’s personality and work/learning style. Either way, having a toolbelt of stress-reducing tactics can only serve to promote a healthy life both in the office and at home.

Taking time for self-care is such an important element for reducing and managing our stress levels. So it’s a great place to start thinking about your stress management plan. What do you absolutely love to do? And we are not talking about work here, this has to be something non-work related that you can do for pure enjoyment. Read this article, “10 Tips to Help You De-Stress” for inspiration on implementing activities and an overall mindset towards self-care.

A stressed-out worker is an unhappy worker, and an unhappy worker is an unproductive worker. In fact, an estimated 1 million workers call in sick as a result of stress every day.

Uzialko, Adam C. [Web log post]. 3 Steps to Eliminate Workplace Stress. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019
https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8129-stress-reduction-tips.html

In the article above the author breaks it down into three easy categories to help us focus our efforts on reducing workplace stress. 1. Identify the cause 2. Assess your communication habits 3.Do more for yourself.

Read the full article here.

Stress and how we cope varies from person to person. So what helps one person may not be helpful for another. No one else truly knows where your area’s of struggle may be in the work environment. This is why it is important to be proactive in your own self-care/stress management strategy.

It is a good idea to routinely take stock of your work day and see where there is room for improvement, not only in productivity but also in stress reduction/management techniques. Because let’s face it, our level of success depends greatly on our health. In order to continue performing well in our jobs, we need to ensure we are strong both physically and mentally so we can not only meet the demands of work life but exceed them.

Additional Reading:

https://www.forbes.com/2009/09/30/executive-job-stress-leadership-ceonetwork-ccl.html#668ee1e75faf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/#708a16aa7f29

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/8-proven-ways-to-overcome-work-stress-01267151

https://hbr.org/2018/08/you-know-you-need-more-sleep-heres-how-to-get-it?autocomplete=true


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Talent Aquisition in 2019: Internal Promotions

According to an article found in Deloitte Insights, many companies in 2019 are placing more emphasis on hiring within their organization first. According to the writers hiring within has historically not been the route taken by most companies. However, due to the shortage of qualified recruits business’s are starting to see the value in gleaning talent from their existing employee pool. Of course, this is good business sense. Return on Investment for training current employees would be high because they already have a strong knowledge base of how the business operates.

Pros to promoting internally:

  • Your current employees know the culture of the company.
  • Save time and cost on hiring campaigns.
  • Provides an incentive for current company talent.


AS talent markets get tighter and the world becomes more connected, a major new trend has emerged from our research: the need to improve internal talent mobility to more effectively move people among jobs, projects, and geographies. This year, internal talent mobility has become a C-suite-level topic, with 76 percent of our survey respondents rating it important and 20 percent rating it one of their organization’s three most urgent issues.



Erica VoliniJeff SchwartzIndranil RoyMaren HauptmannYves Van Durme,Brad DennyJosh Bersin : Talent Mobility: Winning the war on the home front[Web log post]. Retrieved May 9, 2019, from
https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/focus/human-capital-trends/2019/internal-talent-mobility.html

This quote from Claudette Dunlap further highlights the shortage of available candidates. She places emphasis on the fact that there are more jobs available than there are people to fill them.

With more job openings than people to fill them, recruiters have a long road in 2019 to combat the effects of a tight labor market. Not only do recruiters need to overcome the lack of candidates to fill positions, but they will also need to find creative ways to overcome any skills gaps that exist. Finding ways to offer training or career development represents a significant opportunity for differentiation.

Claudette Dunlap, Director of National Sales at TempWorks Software

If you have the existing talent within your organization it makes complete sense to build on their existing skill set. Not only are you creating growth opportunity for your employees but you are also retaining employees during this tight labor market.


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Productivity and Software-Does your Software aid or Hinder Your Efforts?

Are you are thinking about onboarding a software tool to help you with your work schedule and perhaps assist with streamlining your collaborative efforts with team members? If the answer is yes, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using such software. Here are some things to consider before choosing. We know the story, we find a great software tool/app and we think it’s going to do wonders for our lives only to find out that 1. it is way too labor intensive to implement and maintain and 2. The most beneficial features of said software/app are only offered if you buy a subscription or in-app purchases.

Implementing software and or apps into your work life is often times an investment in money but also in your time. The time you need to research the various options and finally the time you spend on implementing your chosen software/app. With that being said you want to ensure you are happy with your decision. Not all products require you to purchase them. Some products offer free options and of course, it all depends on the needs of your business as well as user preferences.

Here is a list of productivity software and apps for your consideration.

  1. Zoho– Workplace: this product contains a suite of applications to help you plan, organize and collaborate with your team. They offer a “Forever Free Plan” for up to five users (5GB/user) or a “Pick a Plan as You Grow” which provides plans starting at $3/user. Zoho offers service options for finance, sales, marketing, email and project management to name a few. There is an additional cost for Zoho One licenses for all employees using the software starting at $30/month/user. You can get a free 15-day trial on the Professional Plan.
  2. Monday.com: this software is a great option for anyone who works best with visual presentations. The product designs a workflow plan that allows for color coding Their tagline says it all, “Easy, visual, intuitive“. The user gets to choose from 22 templates to customize. These templates are structured around things like daily task management, client management, team management to event scheduling. This product is a streamlined service offering the ability to plan, track and collaborate all within this one tool. Monday.com integrates with some other great tools as well some of which include but are not limited to Google Drive/Calendar, Slack, Dropbox, and Excel. Pricing for this software starts at $23/month for the basic plan and increases to $165/month for 25 users and so on. If you like the look of “post-it note”, color-coordinated visuals than you will like the style of this software in creating a visual workflow. You also get a free 14-day trial for this product.
  3. Quip: This software focuses on one place for all strategy, providing the opportunity for group chats right within the “hub” of your created “living documents“. The dashboard of this software has controls to the left side of the panel such as updates, folders, connected apps, and team member chats. The main body of the panel shows the folders that contain the “living documents”, which are all the projects/files you and your team members are working/collaborating on. This software feels very similar to the next product we will discuss, Google Docs. The pricing for Quip is $30/month for the first five team members and $10/month for each additional user. They promote a unique trial offer based on activity (usage), not time.
  4. Google Docs: This product is good for collaborating specifically on documents. However, it does offer some tools for team interaction through email, shared calendar, Hangouts and something they call “Currents“, a company-wide message posting center that enables team members to collaborate on projects and other team-relevant topics. Google Docs is more of a direct tool for collaboration on in-progress documents, It is not necessarily useful for creating a workflow system or schedule for you and your team members. Pricing for the G-Suite product starts at $6/user/month (Basic Plan) and goes to $25/user/month (Enterprise Plan) with a median option available for $12/user/month (Business Plan)

This list provides a starting point as you begin your product research for the best productivity software for your business needs. If you are more visually inclined monday.com would be a viable option for you. However, if you are simply looking for a way to streamline your collaborative efforts on document creation and editing than Google Docs can help you achieve this without taking too much space and time with additional components. It really boils down to personal preference when deciding what productivity software to go with. You may not have time constraints on this matter, but we are talking about productivity here so let’s face it time is money. The less time it takes us to fiddle with software implementation/setup the better. And of course, you need to enjoy the user experience of the software. You may like a streamlined presentation without a lot of visual noise to distract you, much like the layout of Quip, with its simple and straight dashboard of folders to click on.

Do you already use productivity software that you love? If so we would be interested in hearing what it is and why you think its a good product.


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Cover Letters – Do I Need One?

You may be wondering if you need a cover letter to compliment your resume when applying for jobs. Are you asking yourself “What difference will it make or can it make?” Let’s discuss when you should send a cover letter and why.

Essentially we should be sending a cover letter along with our resumes to hiring managers unless they specifically say otherwise. Here are the two main reasons:

  1. You can speak directly to your specific qualifications and why these make you the best candidate for the job. Your cover letter allows you to tell employers “who you are” and align your experience and career with their business needs.
  2. The cover letter is used to send a targeted message specific to each job/career for which you are applying.

It is possible to find numerous examples of how to write a cover letter and what the best formatting options are. However, when you work with our professional resume writers you will get the benefit of experience, past client feedback, and current formatting to optimize the ROI. In addition, it can be a struggle to capture who you are on paper. This is why it helps to have a professional writer head the effort.

The window of opportunity to make a strong first impression can be a narrow one. This is especially true when the job market is flooded. The higher the volume of job seekers the more challenging it is to grab the attention of hiring managers. Once you have their attention your cover letter needs to be strong enough to hold it.

Knowing what to put in your cover letter is important, however, knowing what not to add is just as important. In a blog written by Joe Matar titled, 6 Things Your Cover Letter Should Never Say (But Probably Does)

The author talks about the need for your cover letter to be concise. The cover letter is your opportunity to fashion a direct message to the company. Joe Matar explains that saying “a skills and experience section” will not have as much impact compared to telling the story of your career and the value you bring. The same goes for this statement: “I want to work in this industry”. It does not show the employer your passion for their particular company. You want the hiring manager to know you are ready to invest yourself into the very specific needs of their business. Read more of what Joe Matar has to say on this here.

It is also important that you choose the appropriate letter type as well. For example your letter will read differently if you are applying for a specific job posting or you are simply inquiring about job opportunities within that particular company. Hiring managers should not be left guessing about your goals via the cover letter.

Before you start applying for jobs, be sure to invest time in creating a professional cover letter. Make the cover letter concise and direct. This document is an invaluable tool in ushering you through to the interview process in your job search. Use this opportunity to show future employers who you are, and why they need you on their team.


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Tips for Speaking with Recruiters

Be prepared when the recruiters call.

Are you anticipating phone calls from job recruiters? If so, do you have questions about what to expect or how to prepare for these phone calls? Let’s take a look at some best practices for how to prepare for your conversation with a recruiter.

It is important to keep in mind that time is of the essence. Do not worry if the initial phone call is brief. In this blog post, from Kelly Mitchell: People. Technology. Service. they highlight six points to help keep you focused on the task at hand.

Some of the key points from their list are: Be straightforward about your experience. Emphasize your skills related specifically to the job description. Be prepared to talk about money. Be ready to explain the gaps in your resume. And probably the most important point is to be yourself.

As job seekers get excited about an opportunity, they can put a lot of pressure on themselves to be the perfect candidate for that job. They become less authentic in their communication and as a result, they lose their edge….When you take stock of your value as an employee, and you know your worth, you level the playing field in the interview, which gives you that winning edge and confidence…..Focus less on being the perfect person for the job and go into the interview ready to honestly communicate what makes you distinctive and to ask lots of questions to determine if the job is really the best next role for your career.” – Stefan Schneider



Here are a few additional points worth noting as you prepare to speak with recruiters. Read: How to Work With Executive Recruiters This process is meant to not only streamline your job search but it is also meant to help streamline a business’s hiring process. This post explains how you should be prepared to set boundaries about what you are willing to consider. For example, if you are not willing to relocate for work it is important to set that boundary at the start. It will save a lot of time and energy for everyone involved. With that being said, it is important to offer an explanation as to why you have your particular boundaries. This allows the recruiter a better understanding of what to focus on and what to remove as potential opportunities in your job search. This point below is particularly noteworthy and provides a good framework for preparing your questions:

Ask smart questions. If a recruiter approaches you about a career opportunity, show you’re job-search savvy by inquiring about the size of the employer, its culture, the competencies needed for the position and whether you’re the first candidate to be considered. Also request a copy of the job’s specifications. This will signal to the recruiter that you are somebody who understands the bigger picture and is digging deep to understand what the job is all about.
http://guides.wsj.com/careers/how-to-work-with-executive-recruiters/how-to-work-with-executive-recruiters/

Once you have had the call with the recruiter the communication does not end there. Even after they have set you up with an interview or two keep in touch. This will provide you the opportunity to discuss what went well with the interview and perhaps provide additional details to help target your job search efforts. Staying in touch with the recruiter will also ensure you do not miss out on new opportunities that may arise.

Additional Reading:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2017/03/14/heres-what-to-say-when-the-recruiter-calls/#6770daae1914

https://www.forbes.com/best-professional-recruiting-firms/#3a37f7f920b2

https://www.forbes.com/best-executive-recruiting-firms/#52a5e96529be


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