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12.05.16
How to Succeed on Your Assignment with Integrity Staffing
  Congratulations, you've been placed on assignment! To help you start off on the right foot, here are some great tips from our supervisors as well as associates like you.   Ask away. There's no such thing as a stupid question. As a new team member, you will have a lot of information thrown at you very fast. Don't hesitate to speak up if you need something explained or repeated. Team members and leaders will be delighted to help, because when you succeed at your new tasks you make them look good too.   Aim to arrive early. If you give yourself only the minimum amount of time to get to work, the least little thing that goes wrong will make you late. One associate we know goes by the clock on her kitchen wall which is set 10 minutes fast. She says this saves her from having to calculate extra time allowances.   Have a transportation backup plan ... or two. Cars can refuse to start. Carpool buddies can let you down. Don't wait until you're in panic mode to come up...
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11.28.16
How to De-Stress at Work in 5 Minutes
  During the holidays, many jobs get crazier than ever. Whether you work in retail, manufacturing, transportation, hospitality, marketing, health care, nonprofit or other industries that do most of their business in Q4, your physical and mental stress hit their highest levels of the year. It's also the season when obligations to friends and family are peaking, so the last thing you need is to be burned out from work.   Studies have shown that even a 5-minute break from the madness can help refresh your mind and body. Here are some proven techniques for getting de-stressed:   Just breathe. Close your eyes and concentrate on taking slow, deep, regular breaths. Count to 4 while you breathe in, 4 while you breathe out. Breathing relaxes the body while counting frees your mind by blocking out all other thoughts.   Visualize your happy place. Take a mental vacation to a beautiful peaceful scene, either a favorite memory of someplace you'd like to go in the future. If you...
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11.21.16
Ways to Show Co-Workers Gratitude or Appreciation
Isn't it a shame that we more often point out each other's mistakes, rather than the beneficial actions? Especially when we know that doing so will harm the team's relationships and ability to enjoy our time at work.   At Integrity Staffing Solutions, creating a positive, supportive culture is a fundamental principle. A happy environment is a productive environment, and one that clients want to do business with. The whole company prospers, and each team member shares in the rewards of success.   Our rapid rise to the top of our industry has proven that giving each other a pat on the back can lead to great things. If you've seen someone go above and beyond to help you, a colleague or a customer, don't hesitate to let them know their effort is appreciated.   Two simple words. Show that you don't take their help for granted. Saying "thank you" only takes one second but the boost to their morale can last all day.   Speak up in the staff meeting. Call out this person's...
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10.31.16
The Onboarding Experience: Give New Employees a Good Start
  Did you know that your onboarding process can significantly affect employee success? One study found that it can increase retention by 25% and improve performance by 11%. Employees who participate in an onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay with a company for three years, and 15% said that the lack of one contributed to their decision to quit.   At Integrity Staffing Solutions, we onboard thousands of associates and staff members per year. We believe that having a checklist is the crucial first step in ensuring that every new hire gets consistent support and guidance as they assimilate into our culture. Here are some of the points you might want to put on your checklist.   Before the employee's first day: Prepare paperwork, benefits package, policy manual. Discuss employee's duties with his/her immediate supervisor. Formulate job description with responsibilities, chain of command. Set up workstation, provide necessary tools. Create email and any other...
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10.24.16
How To Detach Yourself From a Bad Week at Work
  It happens to everybody. Maybe you and/or your co-workers were angry, rushed or frustrated. Maybe there was a major screw-up and you're afraid of the consequences. Or maybe it was just really, really boring. Whatever the reason, the work week seemed like it lasted a year, and you don't ever want to go back.   You WILL have to go back, though. And if you bring that same negative energy with you, you're pretty much guaranteed another bad week. Instead, we suggest you use the weekend to get the bad feelings out of your system, so you can start the new week with a fresh, clear mindset.   Put it in perspective. Your career is a big part of your life, but it's not your whole life. Balance work with personal interests, and what happens on the job won't have the power to overwhelm you.   Leave it at the office. Create clear boundaries between work and home; the feelings from each are not allowed to invade the other. Some people have a specific behavior that they do at the...
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10.17.16
Best Practices for Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers
  Everyone at Integrity Staffing Solutions would like to extend a big welcome and thank you to the veterans and their families who visited our booth at the recruitmilitary.com job fairs. We hope we can be your "opportunity engine" driving you forward to career success that exceeds your expectations.   To get you started, here are some tips for easing your transition into civilian life and work.   Define your goals. Now is the time to pursue new interests, revisit childhood dreams and decide what direction you want your life to take in the years ahead. Once you have a goal, you can develop a strategy for achieving it.   Explore all possibilities. There's no reason to limit yourself to opportunities in the civilian business world. Also check out the government (local, state, federal) and nonprofit sectors.   Network with peers. Nobody will understand your challenges like someone who's already been there. Mentors may be found among your own acquaintances as well...
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10.10.16
Selfies on LinkedIn and 5 Other Social Media Tips
If you're looking to build a serious career, it's not enough to come to the job interview in a professional outfit. Your social media presence had better look the part too. Rest assured, hiring managers will notice!   In fact, over 90% of recruiters check candidates' social media pages. And two-thirds of them say that what they saw there has affected their hiring decision.   Here's a list of things recruiters most often look for on social media. Audit your own pages and make sure everything on them puts your best professional foot forward.   Profile photo. Ideally, this is a nice headshot taken by a professional photographer. It shows you well dressed and groomed, with a friendly, polite smile, against a plain background. Selfies, or any candid photos, will never give you the same level of competence, and any background scene is distracting.   Other photos. Specifically, NSFW photos, such as your bachelorette trip to Vegas. Take them down or make them private (only...
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10.03.16
These 5 Apps Will Make Your Work Life Easier
The huge boom in apps for mobile devices has probably already improved your personal and social life. But they're not just for fun. You can also boost your productivity, work more efficiently and be a better team member with these fantastic apps.                             1. Spark. Get through your email inbox faster than ever before with this organizational tool. It detects and sorts emails into personal, notification or newsletter groups so you can see at a glance which ones you really need to read. Smart search, pin and archive emails, individually or in batches. Save attachments to your cloud, or emails as PDFs. Send a variety of quick replies such as "Thanks" (or your own words) with one tap. Longer replies can be dictated by simply speaking into your smartphone.   2. Wunderlist Pro. This upgrade of one of the most popular to-do apps lets you collaborate with the team. Share lists, due dates, reminders, comments and notes; or print them out with one click. Add...
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9.26.16
You're Not Letting Anyone Down If You Take a Vacation.
If you feel guilty about taking time off and leaving others to cover for you, you're not alone. The vast majority of U.S. workers' paid vacation time goes unused every year. Here's why you should take that vacay with a clear conscience.   Nobody wants a burned out team member. You may think your presence is essential to the team's functioning well. But if you're exhausted, you're probably more of a hindrance than a help. Numerous mistakes, injuries and accidents have been attributed to physical and/or mental tiredness in all walks of life, from aerospace engineers to construction workers. Do any of these ring a bell: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Air France Flight 447? All linked to "impaired performance due to fatigue." Don't let this be you.   You'll be a happier employee. When the huge accounting firm Ernst & Young surveyed its staff, it found that those who took their vacation had greater job satisfaction and tended to stay longer with the company. This...
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9.19.16
Happy National Staffing Employee Week!
    Did you know there's an entire week dedicated to the celebrating contributions of temporary and contract employees? There is, and it's now: September 19th – 25th. Across the country, the American Staffing Association (ASA) and staffing companies like ours will be holding events and festivities especially for this important sector of the American workforce.   #StaffingStars The ASA is announcing its 2017 National Staffing Employee of the Year award on September 19th. This year for the first time it will also recognize finalists in each employment sector: engineering, information technology and scientific; health care; industrial; office/clerical and administrative; and professional/managerial. We've nominated one of our own Integrity Staffing associates, who we believe is incredibly deserving of the honor. Let's see what happens!   Integrity Staffing will announce our own Employee of the Year on Wednesday, September 21st. It was hard to choose from so many outstanding...
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