Personal Productivity

April 3rd, 2018

How’s your productivity? Notice, please, that we did not ask how busy you are? Being busy, busy, busy is often a sign of unproductivity – yes, it is! Reality: taking care of self, including getting adequate sleep, regular exercise, healthy meals, and taking time for unconnected quietness helps us get more done in less time, with less stress. Here are some great tips to get you started.

Let’s begin with sleep

Since this is often the first place that people try to carve out an extra hour for their day. In fact, for many, sleep deprivation has become their way of life.  Unfortunately, payback is coming, so do yourself a favor and take back control of your bedtime.

  • Studies show that our bodies operate best on consistency. As adults, we need 7-8 hours a sleep per night and . . . We need it close to the same schedule. So choose the time that fits you (10-6, 11-7, whatever) and stick to it.
  • Turn off all screens 30 minutes before sleep time. (60 is better, but we’re dealing with real life here). Our brains need time to get away from the screen and let our body’s melatonin kick in to increase the restfulness of our sleep.
  • Use the 30 minutes to organize for the morning – from choosing an outfit to packing your briefcase, your kid’s lunch, etc. to mentally organizing and jotting down the next day’s agenda.
  • Finally, make your room as dark as possible and if you can, position your bed so that natural light awakens you in the morning. The darkness and the light will give your body a break and then a boost.

Establish a morning routine

  • Our brains need time to reach full function – by having a consistent routine of personal and household “chores” we can slide quickly through the list and save brain function for the more critical decisions in the day ahead.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast – choose protein over empty carbs. It will provide fuel for several hours.

Schedule Tips

  • Learn to set realistic deadlines (Studies reveal that only 15-20% of people at predicting how long a task will take). Give yourself enough time to do the job, but not too much – a little (notice we said little) pressure can be a great motivator.
  • Schedule your difficult or mind-consuming tasks during your peak times. For some people it’s mid-morning, but for others, it’s early – or late afternoon.
  • Group like tasks together.
  • Set a specified window of time for email and other social media, and then stick to it. Connection is an essential part of business and personal life but left unchecked it can also be a time waster.
  • Skip multi-tasking – switching from task to task sabotages schedules in short order.
  • Go for excellence, not perfection – it’s a great motivator and an obtainable goal.

Plan a vacation

Time off from work and chores restores the whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It rejuvenates creativity and gives our energy a boost. People who choose to take time off consistently, tend to be more productive when on the job.   

Now that you’re rip-roaring to go, stop in and see us at Olympic Staffing. We can help you put all that energy and productivity into a new and better position. We do it by building relationships.   We take the time to understand your unique talents and qualifications to place you in the best career opportunity.  We maintain ongoing communication with you even after you start your new position. Contact us today.

 

How to Foster an Entrepreneurial Culture

March 7th, 2017

You may have employees who work for you, but there’s no reason, as an employer, why you can’t foster an entrepreneurial culture. If you can hire entrepreneurial-minded individuals, you will be reaping the benefits of ingenuity, self-starting, and hard work. Here’s how you can foster an entrepreneurial culture:

Give Your Employees Freedom in Their Positions.

If you want to foster this type of culture, you’re going to need to give your employees freedom in their positions. Whether this means allowing them to start new divisions, head up new initiatives, or even make suggestions, you need to be open to it. It also helps if you let your employees know that they have this freedom from day one, so they know exactly what to expect.

Allow for an Open Environment of Communication.

Another great way to foster this type of culture is to allow for an open environment of communication. Part of what entrepreneurs love is refining their businesses to make sure that they’re running smoothly. You can have your employees emulate this feeling by making suggestions and making actionable plans in which you can see their individual strengths and work prowess.

Don’t Micro-Manage Your Employees.

Most entrepreneurs love not having a boss, so if you want to foster an entrepreneurial environment for your employees, you’re going to have to refrain from micro-managing them as much as possible. This can initially be a struggle for bosses who love having the last word and the ultimate say; however, you’ll likely find that there’s a sort of freedom in relinquishing control and letting your employees take over at some point.

If you would like to hire entrepreneurially-minded individuals, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a database of quality individuals who would like to apply their entrepreneurial mindset and work ethic to working with a reputable employer who can put those skills to good use.

 

Books You Should Read to Be a Better Employee

February 28th, 2017

One of the best ways to learn is by reading, but when you’re no longer in school, it can be hard to do that on a regular basis. If you want to be a better employee, there are a few books you should read to learn principles of time management, goal setting, and being responsible. Here are five books you should read to be a better employee.

Lean In.

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, is a great book about leaning into your strengths, fears, and passions to achieve extraordinary results. This book is inspiring if you have just transitioned to a new career path or have made any changes in your career at all; it serves as a jumping-off point for your new bravery.

The Four Hour Work Week.

The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss, is a great book that gives insight into automation, hacking productivity, and figuring out how to stop working for the sake of being busy. This book informs employees that it’s okay (and preferred) to be productive as opposed to being busy; the results speak for themselves when you start doing this.

Zero to One.

Zero to One, by Peter Thiel, is a great book that flaunts the act of starting a business. While you may not be an entrepreneur, you can certainly apply the key takeaways to starting a new division, initiative, or conversation at work.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey, is a quick read that details the habits of individuals who are effective. While this can be applied to your personal life, it’s also a great framework from which to view your career. This book is highly recommended for anyone who feels like they’re “stuck” at work and is having a hard time advancing.

If you’ve read all these books and are in need of a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help match you up with a company that values the fact that you’re constantly in search of self-improvement as it pertains to your career.

Ensuring Your Employees Are Intellectually Stimulated

February 21st, 2017

As an employer, you have a lot of things to worry about on a daily basis, such as how much money your business is making, how productive your employees are being, and how much of an impact you’re making in your local community. Something you may have not considered is whether or not your employees are intellectually stimulated, but this is still your responsibility. Here are some tips to get you started.

Ask Your Employees if They Feel Intellectually Stimulated.

The most basic and simple way to ensure intellectual stimulation among your employees are is to ask them simply. While this may be an awkward conversation to have, it’s necessary and straight to the point. If you find that your employee is not giving you a straight answer, there are a few more methods you can approach.

Increase Your Employee’s Responsibilities.

A more passive way to ensure intellectual stimulation for your employees is to increase their responsibilities. This doesn’t mean giving them more “busy” work; conversely, this means giving them intentional work that you know will be intellectually stimulating. It’s always a good idea to seek the employee’s input on their work/career goals. When an employee is doing work they enjoy, it is more stimulating.

Change Your Employee’s Workload.

Another option is changing your employee’s workload. This can be done by either switching your employee to a new role entirely or by simply changing up a few simple tasks at hand. Either way, you will be stimulating a different part of your employee’s brain, which will aid with them feeling intellectually stimulated.

If you want to hire new employees who are smart and want to be intellectually stimulated, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with employees who express a desire to be improving and growing at work constantly.