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Get your psychological well-being on!

Well-beingEverybody wants and deserves a sense of relatedness in life. It is a human need, not something to be turned off or on between home and work.  Think about it.  You can’t divorce one from the other; the two worlds are dramatically interconnected.

Healthy relationships are fundamental to our success in life. When they are absent at work, our potential is limited.

Be mindful of the influence you have on your peers’ psychological well-being.  Make a conscious effort to facilitate a culture of connectedness.  I guarantee that doing so will bring joy to both yours and their personal and professional life.

Work should be a place where friendships are created; people can go home fulfilled, and they can inspire their friends/family.

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Deliberate Practice vs. Experience

Deliberate PracticeHave you thought about where you want to be by years end? Do you know what you want to have achieved?

There are so many ways people differ from each other yet we all have ample paths to developing our own talents. First and foremost, we need a sense of urgency and possess an “I must do this” attitude.  When you do not have the right motivation and devotion, you risk putting off what you need to do to make your goal a reality.

The next best steps would be a mix of experience and practice. Simply put, you need both but one just happens over time while the other we have complete control over. I don’t know about you, but I’m not leaving my goal(s) to chance.  I’m taking the proactive route and carving out time to practice.

It should come as no surprise that the best method for “rapidly” accelerating our professional skills and reaching goal(s) is to practice. Unlike experience, this is full engagement in structured training activities designed to improve a particular aspect of our performance.  Whether it is recruiting, sales, and/or Customer Commitment; be deliberate about how you sharpen your skills.

Make this the year you seek out a supportive mentor, read books relevant to your goal(s), and proactively develop who you are as a person. Experience alone will only get us so far and the learning curve is a much slower pace.  Take control and be deliberate!

Think about how deliberate practice compares with what you’re doing now.  I bet there is a good chance you could be strengthening your talents in a far better way.  At the end of the year, what you really want to accomplish is capitalizing on who you currently are to become who you want to be.

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Are you feeling the holiday blues?

Feeling blueAdmittedly I have come down with the holiday blues and I know I’m not alone. My personal and professional schedules have me feeling over-stretched.  I am not getting much sleep.  I can’t rid myself of a nasty head cold.  Sound familiar?

Many of us are running a marathon around the holidays but at a sprint pace. Obviously this is not maintainable.  Doing so deteriorates both our mental and physical state.   As we reach this tipping point it is time to take back control.

How? The solution lies in our choice of perspective.

Imagine for a moment that you just exhausted hours of time and energy decorating the outside of your home (Think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation). Do you stand right in front of it or step back and take it all in?  This is choice of perspective!

When you start feeling frazzled by mounting commitments and daunting “to do” lists, step back and choose a different perspective. Look over the next month on your calendar.  Identify the true priorities.  Decide what can be rescheduled for a later time, and take things one step at a time.

By the time you read this message I hope to have lived up to my own advice. My calendar will be more manageable.  I will be enjoying good night’s sleep and no longer battling a head cold.

What perspective are you viewing things from today? Might there be one that will better serve you?  After all, the choice is yours…

Have a most joyous and memorable holiday season!

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Is job tenure a thing of the past?

It’s safe to say that workforce trends have shifted over the past decade and especially after the last recession. Today there seems to be more of a self-oriented nature to the workforce and, along with it, job-hopping. Ryan Kahn, a career coach and founder of  The Hired Group, says that “job hopping is replacing the concept of climbing the corporate ladder.”

Let’s look at the numbers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average number of years that young employees (ages 20-34) have been with their current employer is 2.3 years.

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It must be that younger people are lazy or that they have no loyalty. Sound about right? While these seem to be reasonable reactions, I am here to tell you they are not. From my point of view, recent trends in job tenure or lack thereof, are not a product of laziness or a millennial mindset. Rather, the root cause of today’s abbreviated job tenure might very well rest on the employers and not the employees.

The past recession had employers scrambling to do “more with less.” And while this approach may have worked amid an economic crisis, operating the same way today is proving disastrous. Organizations and management hesitant to invest in their culture and employee engagement might just be the springboard of today’s transient workforce.

It’s no wonder the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not engaged at work, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report. Simply put, too many employers are doing “business as usual.” I say, wake up and evolve with the times! It’s not that companies need pool tables, nap rooms, and Google-like amenities. Instead, try inspiring and leading the younger generation in meaningful ways. Some areas to shed light on are the following:

Today’s up-and-coming workforce is less position-focused and more purpose-focused. Rather than promotions in title only, assign side projects that stretch their human development. Be sure to provide routine feedback throughout the process. Also, the corner office is not so much a coveted item these days. Instead, the younger workforce desires open communal settings where they can collaborate and celebrate with their peers.

The next generation of talent is looking to work “towards” something and not just “on” something. Redefine your organization’s vision statement. Make it a crusade toward something bigger than any one person, like how your product/service influences the lives of many. Even if you manufacture widgets, you can still tie into the vision how they make a positive impact on people.

The next generation of movers and shakers do not want to work “under a manager” – they want to work “under a mentor.” The old days of “telling” employees what to do is being replaced with “asking” employees what they think they should do. Asking questions instead of advising or telling will cause employees to think, create answers they believe in and motivate them to act. Essentially, this moves individuals from mere compliance (job-hopper symptom) to sheer commitment.

My closing advice to the managers reading this: Exhausting precious time and energy on attempts to control situations and/or other people is futile. Focus on what you do control. Hire people most aligned with your vision. Invest in your culture. Open up the communication and make active listening part of every interaction.

I believe that until management figures this out and adapts, job-hopping will be the norm – or at least it will be in their organization.

What will you do today to move your employees from compliance to commitment?

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Is your job search a search headache?

Let the team of JFC Recruiters be your extra set of eyes and ears. Think of us like sports agents but instead of representing the best athletes we represent the best talent – like YOU!

Time is your most precious commodity, and once gone it can never be gotten back. Quit wasting your time waiting for employers to respond and let us connect you to that next job!

At JFC each Recruiter has his or her own specialization. The JFC Staffing Companies comprise of individual teams dedicated to one of the following: IT, Engineering, Accounting/Finance, Healthcare, Skilled Good Day PATrades, Industrial and Office-Professional. For more information about each of our specialties please visit our website.

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What is your WHY at work?

Here at the JFC Staffing Companies, we absolutely know WHY we come to work each day!

Have you seen the social media posts spotlighting JFC team members professing WHY they love their career with the JFC work family?  Here is a sample of the amazing stories.

“A candidate with a young family wanted to move closer to extended family. When we sent him to an interview, he did his research, impressed them, and got the job for a large increase in pay! When we took him to lunch to celebrate, he told of how his wife’s health battles coupled with a job loss and a new baby made for a stressful situation. He managed to stay positive through it all and is now excited to spend the rest of his career at our client!!!” – JFC Global Recruiter

“It is extremely rewarding to know that you assisted someone in taking their next career move, and at the same time knowing you helped a company needing someone with their talent. It is one of the few win-win situations that you have in life and I get to help make that happen every single day.” – JFC Skilled Trades Recruiter

It’s no wonder the vast majority of U.S. workers (70 percent) are not engaged at work, according to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace Report. Simply put, too many employers are doing “business as usual.” I say, wake up and evolve with the times! It’s not that companies need pool tables, nap rooms, and Google-like amenities. Instead, try inspiring and leading your people in meaningful ways.

Do you know the number one reason for customer defection is caused by something that every company has complete control over?  According to the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 68% of customers leave because of the treatment they’ve received.

With more than 85 percent of our clients indicating they would be extremely likely to recommend JFC to a friend or colleague, we have been named to Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing™ Client Satisfaction list for a third consecutive year.  Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the Best of Staffing list provides the only statistically valid, objective, service quality benchmarks in the industry.

“The 2014 Best of Staffing Award was earned by less than 2% of the more than 12,000 staffing firms in the U.S. and Canada. In an era of scarce qualified talent, hard to fill positions, and ever-increasing expectations, these agencies have proven they have what it takes to deliver exceptional service to both clients and job candidates.” Inavero Founder and CEO, Eric Gregg.

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Professional Development: Emotional Programming: Conversational Capacity

Conversational capacity is the skill of having balance in dialogue, and most especially when under pressure. A seemingly essential concept yet one largely overlooked if not totally ignored.

It should come as no surprise that we are hardwired to treat our views and opinions as truth. It is part of our emotional programming. In a conversation, when someone has a differing point of view, we instinctively default back on our primal predispositions of fight-or-flight.

These predispositions often hijack the conversation; triggering us to avoid or win on the issue.

If we want to be more aware of the impact these tendencies have on us, we must pay closer attention to how we react in difficult conversations.

Let’s be clear, it is no easy task to resist the gravitational pull of these programmed responses. It takes practice to instinctually set aside our tendencies and seek a higher set of objectives. The hallmark objective is to move from unconsciousness, to awareness, to a guiding mindset where we manage these primal behaviors. Only then can we ensure balanced conversations with positive end results.

Given the pivotal impact this has on relationships, teams, and organizations; it’s a mystery why the subject gets so little attention and training. Treating dialogue as a discipline is a much needed skill in today’s day and age. After all, do you want to participate in conversations in a way that leads to informed choice or willful ignorance?

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Do you know what controls happiness?

It’s not our reality that shapes us, it’s the lens through which we view the world  that   shapes our reality.  – Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage

Your daily actions, and chosen state of mind, advance your capacity to be happy.  After all, when you feel upbeat you see the positive in situations.  And when you feel sad, you focus on the downside.

Personal Challenge: Maximize how you spend your time and energy.  Make happiness a habit.  Focus on delivering at least one positive experience to another person every single day.  Compliment another’s outfit, point out to someone one of their strength’s that you admire, and/or smile to someone in need.

By delivering positive experiences to others, “YOU” become happier.  Soon you begin to have a sense of control even in the most challenging of situations.  The end result, you will begin taking setbacks in stride and realize that you can create better outcomes.

Happiness is a journey and life is a laboratory for learning how to harness this emotion.  Today try being more mindful of opportunities to identify and practice new abilities in being happy.  Be fanatical about delivering positive experiences – live happy!

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Work: Why do you do it?

This morning, people across the nation got out of bed and got ready for work.  Some headed out with high aspirations and excitement for the day ahead.  Some wrestled with resentment and despair .  Which were you? Which were the people you work with?

Personally, I couldn’t imagine showing up each day without a burning sense of purpose and passion for the work that I/we do.

Work — I don’t know why you do it.  I just hope that you find purpose in it, and have passion for it.  If not… Find something you love so much that you will openly promote it to friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers.

When you understand why you work, you know how to succeed.

Check out The Why of Work by Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich:
According to studies, we all work for the same thing–and it’s not just money. It’s meaning. Through our work, we seek a sense of purpose, contribution, connection, value, and hope. Digging down to the meaning of work taps our resilience in hard times and our passion in good times. That’s the simple but profound premise behind this groundbreaking book by renowned management expert Dave Ulrich and psychologist Wendy Ulrich. They’ve talked to thousands of people–from rank-and-file workers to clients and customers to top-level executives–and synthesized major disciplines to identify the “why” behind our most successful experiences.

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What gift is good for all ages and kinds of people; is something no one returns or re-gifts; has no expiration date and never goes out of style?

The holidays are meant to be a joyous time however for many of us they can also be a series of challenges.  We are buzzing back and forth, racing in and out of malls, making purchases.  Before we know it, the stress of the season has “bah humbugged” our spirit.

Make more “merries” and less “meltdowns” this year and give the gift of appreciation.  Take a moment and reflect on the true reason for the season.  It’s not the giving of physical gifts, for they are only momentary pleasures.  Instead, the holidays are a time to appreciate others.  Regardless of your holiday tradition, it is a time to appreciate people who matter most in your life.

I encourage you to think of gifts that will continually benefit the recipient’s life.  Call friends and family; have conversations more deeply than you usually do.  The gift of appreciation, unlike material gifts, last a lifetime.

This year make the holiday season one where you focus on spending quality time with the people who matter most in your life.  Share experiences and create lasting memories.  After all, that is what the holidays are really about.

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