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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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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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