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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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5.16.16
Your Professional Network: How to Use It Without Losing It
You didn't build relationships with your professional contacts just because you wanted people to party with. You did it because they might help you in your career at some point. But the way you ask for that help can kill the relationship. Here's what not to do.   Don't ask too much. The surest way to get refused or ignored is to ask for so much time and effort, even your best friend would think twice about it. If you're job hunting, request a referral to a specific company, not to have your hand held throughout the entire process.   Don't ask at the last minute. Nobody is obligated to drop their own agenda to take care of yours. Want an invitation to a networking event? Ask at least a month in advance. The bigger the favor, the more lead time you should allow.   Don't expect them to do all the work. Before asking someone to help you write your resume, make sure they understand that you've already put a lot of research and planning into it.   Don't ask too soon in...
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5.09.16
Don't Just Copy and Paste: 4 Things to Put on LinkedIn But Not Your Resume
LinkedIn.com is a great way to get your name and skills in front of a wide audience and build your professional network. On the other hand, your resume should be tailored to a specific audience — the company you're applying with — in order to clearly show why you are the best candidate for that job. Here's what to edit out:   1. Irrelevant experience. Your high school burger slinging job is of no interest to a hiring manager who's looking for computer programmers. Get rid of it and use that space to elaborate on previous jobs, skills and accomplishments the recruiter really needs to know about.   2. Personal information. Your age (birth date), marital status, ethnicity, etc. should not be a factor in the hiring decision, so should not be on your resume. Exceptions to this rule, such as good physical condition needed for a job as a scuba diver, will be noted in the job requirements. Also leave out personal interests and hobbies, unless your experience with them somehow...
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5.02.16
Making a Major Career Change: What I Wish I Knew Before
An office worker who became a baker. A sales executive who became a National Park ranger. An Army veteran who became a music agent. They all had different routes to success, but there are a few pieces of hard-earned wisdom they all offer to anyone thinking about switching to a radically different career.   1. Have a money cushion. Figure out how much savings you'll need, whether to start your own business, acquire necessary education or be unemployed while hunting for a position in your new field. And don't forget to allow for unexpected setbacks.   2. Make over your financial lifestyle. When people feel trapped in their current job, it's often because they need every penny of their income to support their debt and make-it-spend-it lifestyle. They just can't afford to take the lower pay that will come with starting over in a new career. Don't let this be you.   3. Do tons of research. A career may seem fun and glamorous from the outside, but what is it really like to...
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