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7.25.16
Using Bullet Journals for Work/Life Balance
  It's the latest craze in life organization. Totally adaptable to your needs, the Bullet Journal puts the past, present and future all in one place: to-do lists, appointment calendars, diet/exercise logs, budgets, diary musings and anything else you want to record. Surprisingly, it's not digital. You do it with a paper notebook and pen/pencil; although there are tons of journal page templates and ideas online.   The problem with having separate organizers for Work, Friends/Family and Personal Time is that they allow conflicting information to exist and cause you unnecessary duplication of effort. Keeping one BuJo prevents that and gives you greater efficiency in getting things done.   Even better, it gives you a bird's eye view of your entire life. You can easily see when one part is taking more than its fair share of your time and energy, and when another is being neglected. Here are a few BuJo hacks to keep your life on track.   Habit Tracker. Using colored dots on a...
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7.18.16
8 Things To Do On Your Lunch Break (Besides Eating)
  Rest, recharge, get things done — there are many ways to put this valuable slice of time to good use. And taking a break comes with one more reward: you'll return to work mentally and physically ready to handle whatever the rest of the day throws at you.   1. Take a walk. Nothing clears your mind like moving your body. Depending on your neighborhood, you could stroll through a park, go window shopping in a mall, or simply walk around your company's building and meet new people.   2. Read. Find a secluded spot to catch up on the daily news, the book club novel, your favorite WIWT blogs, or maybe something educational that will further your career. If your workplace doesn't have a quiet room, try a nearby library or café.   3. Run errands. Get chores done that are difficult or impossible on weekends: the dry cleaner, the post office, the barber. For chores you do regularly, it makes more sense to find providers near where you work than where you live. Bonus: a wide...
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7.12.16
How Will Microsoft's LinkedIn Buyout Affect Recruiters
  In early June, the world was surprised by the announcement that Microsoft had acquired LinkedIn. While it is unknown how far or in what ways their respective products and capabilities will merge, here are a few ideas that have been floating around the recruiting water cooler.   Access to LinkedIn's user database through Microsoft products. Imagine being able to import and sort LinkedIn candidates on an Excel spreadsheet, store their info in Active Directory, contact them through Outlook or Skype and keep track of their interviews on Calendar. What's more, recruiters using a LinkedIn API may find that restrictions on what types of LinkedIn data they can obtain are reduced.   Dynamics and Office 365 as recruitment management platforms. Recruiter, LinkedIn's own attempt at such a tool, has hardly been a stellar success. But a combined venture with Microsoft would streamline the recruitment process significantly.   Bing as the ultimate recruiter search engine....
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7.05.16
10 Ergonomic Fixes for Your Work Space
  Aching back, stiff neck, frequent headaches, wrist pain, eye strain, sore feet, swollen ankles, drained energy: these are just a few of the physical problems you can suffer when your work environment is working against you. Try these easy changes — the first 5 are for sitting work, the next 3 for standing work, the last 2 for everybody.   1. Check your chair height. When you sit at your desk with your hands on the keyboard, your forearms and thighs should be parallel to the floor. If the chair is too high and feet are left dangling, the pressure on your thighs will cut off circulation to your legs. Too low, and you'll end up with wrist and neck strain. If adjusting the chair to proper keyboard level makes it too high for your feet, use a small stool.   2. Check your chair depth. You should be able to sit all the way back so that the chair back supports your spine, and still have at least 4" of space between the front edge of the seat and your calves. If the chair seat...
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6.27.16
Essentials in an Office Snack Drawer
  When the mid-afternoon munchies strike, stay away from the vending machine and reach for these healthier options instead. They can all live happily in your snack drawer for at least a day or two, no refrigeration necessary.   Protein Protein is best for long-term hunger prevention, so you won't need another snack until dinner. They also don't cause blood sugar spikes and crashes like carbs. Try: Protein bar (but check labels for sugar content) Nuts and/or seeds Jerky (now available in lots of options, thanks to the Paleo Diet movement) String cheese   Carbs Carbs deliver a fast fix of mental or physical energy. Whether you crave sweet or salt, there's a high carb snack for you: Dried fruit (raisins, banana chips, etc.) Fresh fruit/veggies that have long shelf-life (apples, pears, oranges, carrots) Dark chocolate bar with at least 60% cacao (less fat, more antioxidants) Rice cakes Veggie chips Pretzels (also low in calories)   Fiber High fiber...
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6.20.16
Cool DIY Ways to Makeover Your Cubicle
  Is your dull, dreary cubicle dragging you down? It's not all in your head — studies show that environment has a major influence on mood, which has a big impact on productivity. Here are our favorite ways to personalize a soulless workspace.   Wall decor. Cover up that depressing grey fabric by thumbtacking posters, framed art, wallpaper, gift wrap, a calendar, a wall clock, etc. Other ways to hang decor include over-the-rail hooks and clothespins on swags of string. Just make sure none of your hang-ups are NSFW.   Colorful accessories. Pick one or two colors and use them to coordinate everything from your pencil cup to picture frames. If you can't find the color you want, get a can of plastic paint from the craft store.   Binder clip magic. How many things can you create with clips? Look what this guy did!   Hard surface brighteners. Metal and plastic parts such as your desk or computer can also be jazzed up with removable products that won't damage paint....
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6.13.16
How to Maintain a Safer Workplace
When it comes to workplace health and safety, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. In other words, the consequences of an accident are far more expensive than keeping it from happening in the first place.   At Integrity, we partner fully with our clients to ensure that best safety practices are in place at the job sites where our associates are assigned. In fact, we have our own OSHA certified staff experts, who offer this advice for a successful health and safety program.   Show that you're committed. Invest time, money and effort in the program. Hold meetings to discuss employee safety and health. Provide for training refresher courses at regular intervals. Ensure that medical aid or supplies appropriate to your industry are accessible.   Give employees a stake. Invite suggestions for risk reducing equipment or processes. Form safety teams. Establish a system for reporting hazards and correcting them.   Administer a comprehensive...
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6.06.16
Top Travel Ideas for Your Time Off
If you haven't yet planned your summer vacation, check out these suggestions for making the most of your break ... and coming back to work better than ever.   Do the opposite of normal. As the saying goes, "a change is as good as a rest." If you sit at a desk from morning to night, make your vacation an action-packed adventure. If your job is physically demanding, then veg out on a beach somewhere. If you live in the city, get up close and personal with nature. If you don't, head into town for a nightlife, shopping and culture binge.   Join the party. The 4th of July isn't the only anniversary being celebrated this summer. To name just a few that are offering commemorative festivities: U.S. National Park Service, 100th anniversary Pearl Harbor attack, 75th anniversary Star Trek, 50th anniversary Shakespeare's death, 400th anniversary Botswana independence, 50th anniversary More ideas: Major anniversaries in 2016   Share your passion. Conventions and...
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5.30.16
3 Wrong Answers to "Why Do You Want This Job?"
  At Integrity Staffing Solutions we interview tens of thousands of job applicants every year, and we're always surprised at how many people are thrown for a loop by this question. It's usually because they were unprepared for it, and as a result their answer didn't show them at their best. Here are the 3 most common mistakes we see.   1. A flippant or meaningless answer. "Because I really need money" [wink wink]. "Because, um, yeah, this seems like a great place to work." Not the response of a competent, committed candidate, right? A better answer would be to explain how the position will fit your skills and allow you to advance your career — a win-win for you and the employer.   2. A generic answer. It's not a good idea to memorize one answer and use it every place you apply. The hiring professional will recognize that it's just pre-programmed interview-speak, and will have learned nothing about your suitability for the job. Since you are researching the company...
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5.23.16
Ways to Ensure That Your Team Learns from Every Success and Failure
It's easy to celebrate when a project goes well, commiserate when it doesn't ... and then go back to business as usual. But if you want to repeat that success or avoid that failure next time, you need to make sure everyone involved understands what happened. Then you can apply those lessons to making next time even better.   1. Build a Wrap-Up Meeting into the Schedule. In the pace of day-to-day activities, we often feel that there's no time to sit down and figure out why things turned out as they did. Establishing a final meeting as an essential part of the project gives the team that time.   2. Take It Out of the Office. Team retreats involve a more significant time investment, but can more than pay for themselves in improved processes and productivity. Even an afternoon in a nearby hotel meeting room can help people gain a clearer perspective on the causes of the project's success or failure.   3. Include Analysis in Every Meeting. If a wrap-up meeting or retreat...
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