LeadingEdge Tag

Let’s be honest: We all need a little help getting motivated some days. Whether due to a lack of sleep, too many projects at once, a lack of passion about a task, or just feeling a little blah, it can be challenging to meet the day with vigor all the time.  When you’re feeling a little low energy, here are some podcasts that can help regain the pep in your step and give you new energy to stay focused and motivated to complete the work at hand.

There might not be a cure for the summertime blues, but there are ways to help stave off slacking and low morale among employees in those potentially lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.  It’s the time of year most people dream about -- long days, warm temperatures, patios and picnics and picturesque times of leisure. But when you have to work, how do you maintain momentum and ambition? How do you keep your team focused when you’d all rather be somewhere else?  It’s not impossible. Here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Whether you're just starting out in your career or you've decided to become a legal secretary after a few years spent in other jobs, there will be plenty of responsibilities on your shoulders in this position. How will you set yourself apart from other legal secretaries -- especially if you're looking to make a strong first impression in a new firm? 

Often a go-to for seasonal businesses or retailers who need extra help around the holidays, temporary workers could be a perfect solution during uncertain times.  When a company needs extra hands to finish a project, fill a backlog of orders, prepare for a new product launch or to help meet a deadline, temporary workers are just the ticket: People who are available, eager to work, ready to join your team for a short time and then move on to the next job.  Temporary work benefits the employees as it’s an avenue for income for a set length of time, plus it gives them new work experiences that can help point them in the direction of a new career (if they so choose). But there are plenty of advantages to managers and companies as well!  Consider these benefits of hiring temporary workers: 

If your team has not worked remotely before, it can be a big and unsettling change from the routine of working in an office environment. Suddenly there are more distractions and temptations within arm’s reach, to say nothing of pets or kids or noisy neighbors.  As a manager, your team will look up to you and follow the direction and example you set. It’s possible to work successfully from home, after making some adjustments in expectations and priorities.  Here’s how to establish realistic goals for success while working remotely: 

Whether due to record-breaking success, explosive growth, or turnover, every office needs a little help adding good, high-quality employees to their ranks from time to time. Hiring can be a time-consuming and stressful process, one that managers and team leaders probably don’t have time to do while they’re trying to keep the office running smoothly. 

At a minimum, people spend 40 hours of their lives every week at work. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less, but that’s still a significant portion of their waking hours.  If employees feel like work is a place of stress, drudgery, or ruthless competition and pressure, they’re not going to enjoy coming to work. They’ll be more inclined to look for a way out of excuses for missing work, and that can hurt your overall productivity in addition to your bottom line.  The solution is to change your company’s culture and make it a more positive, reaffirming, and productive place to work. 

Have you found that the job you used to love has become more tedious? Do you feel stuck? Has your rise to the top of your respective ladder slowed to a crawl?  Your career might be stalling. But that’s no reason to panic. Recognizing the slowdown is a big step toward fixing the issue before it becomes a much bigger problem.  But first, it’s important to recognize the factors that might have contributed to this situation. 

Congratulations! After a long and sometimes frustrating process of applying for new positions, you’ve been asked for an interview. That’s wonderful!  There are two classic interview styles: The in-person and the over-the-phone. In some cases, one type of interview might lead to the other, so it’s best to do all you can to prepare for either outcome.  But as a job seeker, which kind is better? Do you want to go with the in-person, where you can see the responses to your answers, or the phone interview, where you can sit comfortably at home?