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2.20.17
How to Achieve Supplier Diversity
    Integrity Staffing Solutions is committed to diversity among its suppliers as well as its workforce. We believe it's our differences that make us all stronger, and that what really matters are the core values of ambition, work ethic and integrity. This policy of deliberate inclusion helps us understand and anticipate the real needs of our clients, no matter who they are.   We'd like to share with you the basics of our Supplier Diversity Program.   1. Establish a process. We have found that with the best intentions in the world, action won't get taken until there's a defined program and assigned responsibilities. Our active Supplier Diversity Department is the starting point and facilitator for prospective diversity businesses, from answering initial questions to directing suppliers to the appropriate decision maker.   2. Qualify the business. It must be at least 51% owned and controlled/operated by a U.S. citizen and one of the following categories: African...
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2.08.17
The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
    In this era of globalization, workforce diversity is not just a fact of life, it's a business goal which can deliver real benefits. Here are our top 5 reasons why we believe that hiring policy should include individuals of all ethnicities, cultures, genders and sexual orientations.   1. Increased innovation and problem solving ability. Studies have shown that diverse groups come up with solutions to challenges faster than homogenous ones. A variety of backgrounds brings in a wider range of ideas, knowledge banks and approaches to choose from, or meld into a unique process or strategy.   2. Increased customer approval. Diversity-oriented organizations can offer more and better solutions to their customers; and may attract new business on the basis of having people on staff who can interact easily with the customer.   3. Expanded language skills. Related to point 2 above, international businesses will benefit from being able to speak the same language and...
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1.23.17
Advantages of a Workplace Mentor
  Nearly all highly successful professionals say they couldn't have gotten where they are now without having a mentor in the early stages of their career. Developing a relationship with a more experienced colleague can smooth your path toward your career goals in many ways. Here are just a few of them:   1. Clues you in to the office culture. Someone who's worked there a while can tell you who really gets things done, who's in which clique, and what unwritten rules you'll be expected to play by. Insights into personalities can help you deal strategically with the individuals who will influence your job success.   2. Helps you be heard. Newbies often are afraid to speak up, or don't know how to make their point without making enemies. Plus, the mentor's position within the company can give you a powerful supporting voice if you need one.   3. Helps you listen. Being able to accept feedback, and act on it, will be crucial to your career (and personal) growth; yet it's one...
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1.17.17
Ways to Live MLK's Mission of Service Both Personally and Professionally
  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, January 16, 2017. Every American is encouraged to celebrate it by giving service to the community — and ideally being inspired to continue giving back all year round.   There are endless ways that each of us can contribute to the good of the family, community or nation we belong to. It can be as simple as helping out a disabled veteran by running errands or shoveling snow; or as big as making an ongoing commitment to a volunteer organization.   These ideas are only meant to start you thinking. The variety of good causes you can support with your time and skills is way too big to cover in this article. But we're confident that with a bit of looking around, you will discover the perfect opportunity to give service in the great MLK tradition.   Share your muscle. If you sit at a desk all day, some physical...
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1.09.17
How to Start Fresh on Your Job Search This New Year
    Maybe you've been looking for a while and have become discouraged. Or maybe you were distracted by holiday responsibilities and festivities. In any case, you're in dire need of some motivation.   Here are 5 ideas for re-energizing your job hunt and starting off 2017 with a bang.   1. Focus more on networking than job postings. If there's nothing on the boards except the same old positions you've seen — and applied to — for months, it's time to look in a new direction. Consider everyone you talk with, from your neighborhood barista to old school buddies, as a potential link to an unadvertised job opening. Candidates who are personally referred have more credibility with hiring managers than unknown applicants from the job boards.   2. Widen your job target. Think outside the box of your desired career path. Your strengths may be equally well suited to related fields where opportunities are more plentiful. What you consider a detour on your route to success just...
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12.19.16
Your Secret Advantage: Job Hunt in December
    You've probably heard that nobody hires in December. So you might as well take the month off from your job hunting efforts and enjoy the holidays, right?   Wrong. The truth is that two out of three recruiters say they'll place as many candidates this month as any other month. In fact, it's much tougher to land a job in January than December.   Want some more reasons why December can be the most wonderful time of the year to job hunt? Check these out:   1. Beating out your competition. Everyone else has heard that same thing about December being a slow hiring month as you have, and decided to slack off looking for work. So if you get your resume out there now, you'll be competing with fewer other candidates for the job. Plus, it puts recruiters under more pressure to fill the position so you're more likely to have an easier, quicker path from first introduction to job offer.   2. Easier access to hiring managers. With many support staff away on holiday break...
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12.12.16
Overcoming Daily Challenges on Your Integrity Assignment
In every job, there will be things you find difficult to deal with — stressful deadlines, uncooperative co-workers, counter-productive processes, lack of recognition for your efforts, etc. Although some challenges may just be the nature of the job and there's nothing you can do about it, it's always worth considering if something CAN be done about it.   At Integrity Staffing, we want all our associates to feel empowered to take positive action towards resolving challenges, and unblock their road to career success. If you believe you're in a difficult situation, here are 5 steps you can take toward making your work life better.   1. Define the challenge. Rather than focusing on how the challenge makes you feel, try to analyze why that challenge exists in the first place. For example, if a team member rubs you the wrong way, why is that happening? Is the person's family problems causing him/her to be short-tempered? Is he/she from another culture with different norms of...
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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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