How to Stay Motivated Regardless of Your Conditions

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Staying motivated is difficult enough without struggling under an intense amount of pressure and frustration. If you’ve been feeling downtrodden lately, this article is for you.

Here are four tricks to keep yourself motivated, even when you feel the pressure mounting. 

Tackle Your Work Little by Little

When you feel like you just can’t handle more work, any project can seem overwhelming. Imagine starting your day in this state of mind. How can you hope to get anything accomplished?

The solution is more straightforward than you think. Break your current assignments into small tasks, making inch-by-inch chunks that can be completed with little or no effort. The smaller the tasks, the more quickly you’ll make a significant dent. Before you know it, you’ll be heading home for the night. 

Turn Off Perfectionism

There’s something in the phrase, “It doesn’t need to be perfect. It just needs to be done.”

In most of our jobs, we have a failsafe—editors, managers, and co-workers who can correct or alter the items we complete that have flaws. Indeed, in many cases, this is their job.

You don’t have to finish every task to perfection. No one is harder on you than yourself. Spending hours on a seemingly short task will hold you up, lower your self-esteem, and significantly damage your motivation.

Instead, set a mental goal for your task. This goal should focus on one or two requirements, rather than 10. If possible, read over the requirements listed by your employer, and limit yourself to those requirements, rather than perfection-focused requirements of your own.

You’d be surprised how often “done” is more important than “perfect.” Check each item off the list and move on. 

Stay Inspired

Perhaps the best way to stay motivated, no matter how much pressure or stress you feel, is keeping yourself inspired. This can be accomplished in many ways. For example, you can get more involved in the workplace, taking part in teams and activities you would otherwise have ignored.

You could also attend lectures and seminars on topics important to you, whether these subjects are related to your job or not. You can take part in additional training, meditate, or read inspiring literature. Make a list of the activities that motivate your mind. Then, make one or two of these activities a consistent experience. 

Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Your agenda can quickly become merciless, leaving you a neverending list of things to do. No wonder you’re feeling discouraged!

At the end of each day—or, even better, in the middle of the day—look over the things you’ve checked off and be grateful for the impressive day of work you put in. This pride will carry into the next day, giving you the motivational boost you need to keep calm and carry on. 

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What is Upskilling and Why Do You Need to Do it Now?

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Upskilling is an impressive workplace trend that focuses on continuous learning. It takes place when companies invest in training programs that help employees develop new abilities and minimize skill gaps.

There are many reasons why you should practice upskilling in your business. Here are four of our favorites. 

The Shifting Market

“The nature of hiring, training, and working in our culture is shifting,” said Elise Spaulding, director of learning and performance at The Reserves Network. “With these employment market changes, businesses need to ensure they don’t lose good employees to their competitors. Upskilling is a great way to invest in your employees – not only does it help your business, but it shows your interest in contributing to the career and interests of your staff.”

In many industries, automation has taken away job opportunities, while the very need to keep machines running smoothly has added them back.

Upskilling is important because your company needs to find and develop people with strong technical and business skills. Otherwise, you won’t be able to compete. 

Growing Employee Expectations

As we tell many of the hiring managers interested in working with our professional recruiters, modern employees expect more from a job than guaranteed pay and fair workplace treatment. Employees want affordable healthcare, paid holidays, a positive atmosphere, and—perhaps more than anything else—professional training.

Indeed, a recent survey showed a whopping 91 percent of young employees cited professional training as an important factor when choosing an employer. Older employees share these expectations, because professionals of all ages realize they need in-depth training to stay relevant. 

Training and Engagement

Upskilling has the potential to boost morale, employee satisfaction and engagement in the workplace. Did you know that thousands of employees feel disengaged at work? These employees are less productive, wasting time and company money, instead of making a positive impact.

When your employees learn new skills, they feel better equipped to earn promotions, handle their current responsibilities successfully, and assist in training new hires. That’s a win for everyone involved. 

An Improved Bottom Line

There’s no denying upskilling programs are expensive. However, your company will see a strong return on  investment. Training is easier and cheaper than manually addressing problems in the workplace. Plus, employees are more likely to stay in a position with free, provided training. This means less turnover and lower hiring costs. And, as we mentioned before, the boosted engagement that comes with upskilling means more productivity and, therefore, a stronger bottom line. 

Upskilling Opportunities

There are several ways to employ upskilling in your training process, including:

  • Mentoring and shadowing. Use the experts within your company to spread knowledge. Your mentors will master important leadership skills, and your new hires will learn from the best.
  • Virtual or online learning. These learning opportunities allow your employees to train from home, rather than forcing everyone to gather on-site for training sessions.
  • Microlearning. This form of learning involves boosting your employees’ understanding of a particular program or topic. You might assign a series of short videos to watch, with an exercise or quiz to demonstrate understanding.
  • Lunch-and-learn sessions. During these sessions, you can provide lunch for your employees and invite an expert from outside the company to share expertise on a particular subject.

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Upskilling is even more effective when you have the right employees for the job. Contact our experienced team at The Reserves Network for assistance finding the right candidates for your company!

 

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The Negotiation Skills You Need to Master before Going into Your Next Job Interview

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Getting through a job interview can be difficult, especially when that interview involves complex negotiations regarding salary, benefits, and responsibilities.

This conversation can become even more daunting when you don’t know how to negotiate terms. Your needs and expectations for a position may be different than the preferences of your potential employer. How should you proceed?

Here are four negotiation skills that will help you secure a steady, well-paying job. 

Consider Your Goal

You’d be surprised at the number of people who go into a job interview without knowing what, exactly, they want.

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What is your best case scenario? Imagine you’re having a conversation with your potential employer about salary. What is the best realistic salary you can imagine being offered? Then, ask yourself this question for other important benefits.
  • What is your bottom line? Think carefully about what deal breakers will force you to walk away from a job offer. For example, maybe you aren’t willing to accept less than $50,000 a year. Maybe you need 10 paid holidays.
  • What do you think a potential employer can do to improve your offer? This is perhaps the most difficult question to answer. To get started, put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager.

While developing goals is important, don’t broadcast them in your interview. Rather, keep your best case scenario, bottom line, and improvement requests close at hand. You’ll need them to navigate the negotiation process. 

Find an Angle

Next, think about your angle. How are you going to argue that you deserve the improvements you want to request? For example, if you want a $5,000 raise on your offer, you might choose to angle toward your experience. If you want more paid time off, you might angle toward the need for balance between your work and home life.

Finding your angle is all about creating a doorway—opening the conversation and keeping the focus on your needs and expectations, rather than corporate policy and tradition. 

Get Motivated

Before entering an interview that might involve negotiation, get yourself motivated. Go through your resume and cover letter, talk to an expert, and practice your points in the mirror. Conduct research to boost your confidence. And, most of all, remember that your potential employer is interested in you for a reason. 

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Still need assistance with interview preparation? At The Reserves Network, we take great pride in pairing skilled candidates with the right company. Contact our experienced team to learn more!

 

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5 Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

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After a long, hard search, you’ve been offered a reasonable job. Congratulations! There are few things more satisfying than knowing your diligence is paying off.

But what if the position doesn’t feel quite right? What if you don’t have the information you feel you need before accepting a full-time offer? What if you simply need time to think it through?

“No business owner expects an immediate answer when it comes to employment,” said Mara Rice, recruiting specialist at The Reserves Network. “Many of them appreciate that you care enough to ask questions, conduct research, and truly consider the notion of working for their company.”

Instead of jumping the gun, take a few days to consider these five factors before accepting your job offer. 

The Company

For many potential employees, the most important factor in choosing what company to work for is reputation. What values does this company promote to its target audience? Do you feel these values align with your personal beliefs? If they don’t, you could find yourself job hunting once more in a few months. 

The Position

The single most important question when it comes to accepting a job offer is if you feel comfortable and satisfied in the position. If not, there’s little point in pursuing the job. Ultimately, you’ll leave as soon as you find something that better matches your expectations.

If you aren’t sure how you feel about the position, ask for an opportunity to shadow a current employee in a similar job. Few business owners will deny you the opportunity to learn more about your day-to-day activities and responsibilities. 

Benefits and Perks

Every business comes with a unique set of perks, including but not limited to affordable health insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation, sick leave, life and disability insurance, and stock options.

These benefits can represent 30 percent or more of your total compensation package. If the benefits aren’t worth the pay, you might want to reconsider accepting the offer. Unfortunately, in the majority of cases, benefits aren’t up for negotiation. 

Base Salary

Unlike benefits, individual candidates can negotiate their base salary. The best way to see if your employer is willing to offer some wiggle room on pay is scheduling an additional appointment with the hiring manager. Approach the subject lightly, but firmly, like this:

“I appreciate the offer and am interested in accepting, but I have some questions about salary. I did some research, and the average salary for this position in the U.S. is $50,000. You offered $30,000. I was hoping we could meet somewhere in the middle.” 

Workplace Culture

Looking outside the financial perspective, did you feel comfortable in the work environment? Have you even seen the work environment? If not, it might be time to schedule a tour. Seeing your potential coworkers on the job will help you determine how your personality and value system match with the company interested in hiring you. 

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The Reserves Network Announces Updates to Senior Management Team

The Reserves Network, a leading staffing provider of office, industrial, professional and technical talent, has announced key updates to its senior management team.

Brian Sieberling

Brian Seiberling has been named chief financial officer. Seiberling joins TRN with over 20 years of public accounting and tax experience, seven years specifically in the staffing industry. He will assume the responsibilities of financial planning, forecasting, banking and treasury functions. A graduate of Penn State University, Seiberling is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Nicholas Stallard

Coinciding with Seiberling’s hiring, the company announced Nicholas Stallard will transition to the newly created role of chief growth officer.  Stallard began his career with the company in a full-time capacity in 2003, and has served as CFO since 2008.  In this position he will work to strategically grow the company through acquisitions, new business services and organic growth, with a focus on developing customer and employee relations.  Stallard earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his master’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Commenting on the new changes, TRN CEO Neil Stallard said, “These moves strengthen our management team, and better position us to pursue an aggressive growth plan we have set forth for our company. It’s a big win to have someone with Brian’s background and expertise join our organization. As an added benefit, it allows Nick to accept the new CGO position, which aligns perfectly with his experience and our shared vision.”

About The Reserves Network

Founded in 1984, The Reserves Network is a leading staffing provider of office, industrial, professional and technical talent to middle market customers. The company places nearly 20,000 employees at its more than 40 operating locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast, and works with customers nationwide. This includes temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire placements in a wide variety of professional fields and trades. Headquartered in Fairview Park, Ohio, the family and veteran-owned company has received multiple honors for outstanding sales growth, management excellence and customer service.

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“It is a very exciting time for TRN to add healthcare staffing to its already very successful business mix,” says TRN’s CEO Neil Stallard. “Nick and his team will maintain a commitment to quality service on which our company has been built.”

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5 Reasons Why Healthcare Professionals Succeed With Staffing Agencies

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As the gig economy continues to grow, healthcare organizations are turning more often to the flexible workforce for assistance, pairing with staffing agencies to address seasonal labor fluctuations, facilitate the opening and closing of units, provide for staff vacancies, and otherwise keep the industry running smoothly.

Positions in high demand include physician assistants, therapists, pharmacists, specialized registered nurses, and medical staff with experience in health information technology systems. Choosing to partner with a staffing agency, rather than seeking a full-time job, is challenging. However, there are many benefits.

Here are five of our favorites: 

Finding Your Home

“Working temporarily can help you decide whether a certain hospital or environment is right for you,” said Nick Ceo, vice president at Healthcare Reserves, a The Reserves Network company. “If you don’t feel comfortable, you can move to another location when your assignment expires.  When a healthcare professional feels comfortable while performing his or her job duties, the ultimate beneficiary will be the end user, which in many cases is the patient, and that is why we are all in the healthcare industry”.

On the other hand, if you decide you’d like to settle down with a single company, ask for consideration before your contract ends. Temporary positions often lead to full-time opportunities, since contractors have several months to prove themselves to management. 

Obtaining a Flexible Schedule

If you want more time to raise children, attend school, or donate your energy to another important cause, becoming a contracted healthcare professional  is a game-changer. Your recruiter can assist in finding the  opportunity to match your schedule. Since you aren’t tied to a single company, you work  with  your recruiter—not management within the facility you are working. Say goodbye to last-minute schedule changes! 

Opportunities for Promotion

If you’ve been working with the same company for a long period of time, you have a better chance of being promoted after accepting a full-time offer. Management is familiar with your work, and it’s often far easier to promote from within than search for someone new. 

Higher Pay Rate

The majority of temporary healthcare professionals earn more per hour than their fully employed colleagues. Some companies even offer living and housing accommodations, depending on the level of their need. You’ll find many temporary healthcare professionals  enjoy full-time benefits without working full-time hours. In sum, employers within the healthcare and medical space appreciate the contractors who show up when they’re needed most and provide quality care and attention to their patients and/or residents. 

Learning Environment

Perhaps the best part of being a temporary healthcare professional is your ability to move from place to place, learning new things along the way. Imagine the experience you’ll be able to include on your resume. And just when you think you’ve learned everything there is to learn about your field, you’ll find a company with entirely different technology, procedures, and expectations.

Healthcare professionals choose to work with staffing agencies because there are many opportunities and possibilities associated with broad, varied learning. You’ll never be tied to a company you don’t enjoy, and your recruiter will handle your transfer to another position.

When you choose Healthcare Reserves, you choose a staffing agency with years of experience in pairing talented candidates with the right company. Contact a representative for assistance with your ongoing search.