Employees Should Know These Four Workplace Safety Tips

No matter where you work, there are always steps you can take to keep yourself safe. When you’re aware of these safety concerns, you’ll have a much easier, healthier and pleasant workplace experience, regardless of what that workplace may be!  

Four workplace safety tips 

While going about your day, following a few easy processes will help you stay out of harm’s way. Always follow these four safety protocols: 

1. If you see something, say something.

Spills, damage to workplace materials, unsafe walking conditions… these are all important situations to bring to the attention of your boss or supervisor. Never assume that someone else will notice an unsafe situation and take care of it… the next person who encounters the condition may slip, trip, fall or otherwise injure themselves. It’s always better to take care of an unsafe condition as soon as it happens.   

2. Keep your workstation clean.

The thing about clutter is it adds up. One stack of boxes or a few scattered tools can quickly add up to a heap of items that can fall, become a tripping hazard or worse. Your best bet is to keep your workstation clean from excess items and put things away when you’re done using them. And in terms of germs, wipe down your workstation on a regular basis with sanitizing wipes.  

3. Wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE).

PPE became a common phrase during the pandemic, but it doesn’t have to do with just a face mask or gloves. PPE is any equipment required to keep you safe during your job, and differs based on the type of job you have. It could include shoes with non-skid soles, a hard hat, heat-resistant gloves, and more. Never skip this critical safety step—always wear your PPE, and replace it right away if it becomes worn or damaged.  

4. Take your breaks.

Your mind and body need to rest, which is why it’s important to take your breaks. If you become overtired (physically or mentally), you’re more likely to make mistakes. And if you’re operating potentially dangerous tools or machinery, it’s important to stay alert. Always take your lunchbreak, as well as your 10-minute breaks.  

Feel you need training? 

If there’s an aspect of your job that makes you feel unsafe, like a tool or piece of equipment you feel you need extra training to operate, talk to your supervisor or boss. Your recruiter may also be able to arrange for worksite training.  

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Career Tips for Recent College Graduates

Congratulations on your recent graduation! You’ve worked hard over these past years and endured all the challenges that came along with finishing your degree during a pandemic. Hats off to you for your diligence to stick with it and earn your diploma!  

Four career tips as a recent graduate 

The pandemic has not been easy on any of us, and you’re about to enter the working world at a time when the way we do things has shifted quite a bit. To get started on the right foot, follow these four tips as you move forward into your career: 

1. Never stop learning.

It may feel like you’ve learned more than enough over your college experience, and you most certainly have. But the reality of the situation is this: though much of the knowledge you’ve gained is applicable to your future job, you’re going to be learning a lot on the job. The takeaway? Be prepared to keep your mind nimble and curious! It’s a lifelong endeavor that will help you stay relevant in an ever-changing world. As you begin to check out job descriptions, make plans for things you’ll need to learn as you enter the next chapter of your life.   

2. Get comfortable with the idea of remote work.

Though remote work options have been around for a long time, they became a necessity for many workplaces during the pandemic. And though some employees have since returned to the office, many others have not. You’ll likely encounter job opportunities for fully remote employees, and it will help you to build the work ethic it takes to maintain a “home office.” This includes focus, planning, daily routines for efficiency and productivity, an area where you can work distraction-free, and more.  

3. Stay flexible.

If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s the importance of remaining flexible. This is a skill that will carry you far in today’s working world. Nothing is static and rules are constantly changing. This is related to everything from workplace safety to connectivity to hybrid work models and everything in between. The nature of your industry itself may be in constant flux, especially if you’ve chosen a career in health care or technology. Keep an open mind and stay flexible to be successful.  

Set up a LinkedIn profile.

This is the number-one-way recruiters find potential candidates. Be sure your LinkedIn profile includes a professional headshot (have one taken or take one yourself using filters on your phone), skills, connections, recommendations, professional group affiliations, and honors and awards. And after you’ve set up your LinkedIn profile, take a look through your social media pages and take down any posts or photos a recruiter might find less-than-professional. Part of any job screening is an internet search to uncover your character—so put your best self out for the world to see!  

Work with a recruiter

If you feel overwhelmed and could use help finding your first job, talk to a recruiter. And a perfect place to start is HireCall. To learn more, visit our job search page or reach out today!

Small Changes to Positively Impact Your Mental Health

small changesIf you’re familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare, you already know that slow and steady wins the race. In the same way, strong mental health is not a marathon. It results from small actions you can take every day that add to your well-being. When mental health becomes something you think about proactively, instead of just when you’re feeling down and not like yourself, you’ll take better control of your mental health for years to come.  

Here are five small actions for everyday mental health improvements 

Try any of the following to feel better, refreshed and more focused every day: 

1. Exercise first thing.

Yes, it can feel like a chore to get up and get right into physical activity. But exercise can be as simple as walking your dog around the block or doing some yoga using an app. And once you’re used to it, you may find yourself looking forward to your morning exercise. Plus, it helps to clear your mind and set your focus for the day.  

2. Make plans with people you love.

Social connections add to a happier, more fulfilled life, but they sometimes fall way down on the to-do list. Reach out to your family and friends to talk and schedule time for coffee or dinner. Try to have regular mealtimes with your spouse and children, and talk about your days. And when you’re with people, put your phones and devices away and try to focus on the conversation minus any digital distractions.  

3. Keep a gratitude journal.

This simple action can greatly improve your mindset and mental health over time. Every morning, write down 3-5 things you’re thankful for in your life. They can be as simple or as complex as you like. Every day, choose something different. After a few days, you’ll realize how much you have to be grateful for, which is incredibly uplifting! 

4. Never compare yourself.

It can be easy to feel down on your station in life, especially when viewing social media pages of others. But remember, everyone is on their own journey and happiness does not come in the same form for all. Stick to your own dreams and goals, and feel happy that you’re doing what’s best for you, regardless of what’s going on with anyone around you.  

5. Limit social media and the news.

Much of what is shared on these sources is upsetting, or meant to elicit a reaction. Make plans to check your social media only once per day, and beyond that—set it aside. Avoid sources of in-your-face news reports, such as Google and Yahoo.  

What will you start with today? 

Ready to get started? Choose one of the above actions and pay attention to how it makes you feel. You may notice that you’re calmer and more relaxed. There are also dozens of other things you can do each day for self-care and mental wellness. If you find the above actions don’t work for you, simply find new actions to try. And if you’re really not feeling like yourself, never be afraid to talk to a professional to improve your outlook.  

Is your job getting you down? 

This can be the source of stress and anxiety for many. If you’re in search of a new job, check out HireCall. To learn more, check out our job search page today!

Stress-Relieving Techniques for Work and Home

stress relieving techniquesWork is a big source of stress in many people’s lives. In fact, a 2019 survey from Wrike found the vast majority of American workers surveyed (94 percent) reported they found work stressful. So, if you feel you’re in that percentage, it helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve for dealing with stress. After all, work is where we spend a large chunk of our time each week and feeling chronic stress in the long-term can be debilitating for productivity, motivation, happiness and overall health. In short: stress is something that can detract from your quality of life and it’s good to know ways to reduce it in your day-to-day experiences.  

7 Tips to Reduce Stress

Feeling stressed out at work, or are things at home putting you on edge? You can help yourself feel better and breathe easier with these techniques: 

1. Meditate.

This ancient art helps improve self-awareness and focus, as well as reduces stress. Taking time to meditate using an app or breathing techniques helps you quiet your mind and reframe your attitude. With practice, you’ll feel calmer and more able to take on the day.  

2. Exercise.

A natural stress-reliever, exercise helps your body release endorphins that improve your mood. Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing on a regular basis helps to wake up your mind and shake out the mental cobwebs, which can improve your concentration and reduce stress. Plus, regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and manage many other health conditions—which can make you feel good overall.  

3. Get enough sleep.

Sleep deprivation makes it more difficult for your brain to operate at peak capacity, and it’s been shown to lead to anxiety and depression. So do your mind a favor and give it the rest it needs. Most people benefit from 6-8 hours per night, and do best in a quiet, dark and cool room. White noise (from an app or machine) can help lull you into slumber if you have trouble drifting off.  

4. Eat healthy.

A well-nourished body is able to perform better, which can be a stress reliever in itself. Eat a diet of fresh produce, lean meats and eggs, whole grains, and low-fat dairy—stay away from processed foods, high salt items and fatty food choices.  

5. Avoid excessive caffeine.

A little can help wake you up, which can be good. But too much can make you jittery and add to your anxiety. Have your morning cup and if you’re feeling sleepy during an afternoon slump, reach for a glass of water instead, or get up and go for a quick walk.  

6. Talk to your boss.

Beyond taking good care of yourself, good communication is also important in reducing stress. Think about what aspects of your job are stressing you out and a plan that might be able to help you (such as delegating tasks to a coworker or shifting some of your responsibilities). Then, make time to talk to your boss.  

7. Talk to a professional.

If you feel the stress in your life is not subsiding, it can help to talk it out with a professional. Check your employee benefits to see what coverage is available for mental health services and resources.  

Need a new job? 

If your job is a big source of stress, sometimes it helps to find something new. And HireCall can help. To learn more about our job openings, visit our job search page today!

How to Bring Mental Health Issues to Your Boss’s Attention

These days, mental health concerns are on everyone’s radar. The pandemic has been hard on all of us, and from worries about health, to adjusting to new policies and procedures around safety, and the constant onslaught of bad news from the media. The truth is, mental health is a fluctuating spectrum, with most people experiencing some sort of symptom from time to time, such as stress, anxiety or depression. It’s the way we handle our mental health needs that makes all the difference. And sometimes this involves talking to your boss about the influence your job is having on your mental health. If you’re not sure how to do that, you can get started with the following steps.  

Consider your situation 

First, think about what you’ve been experiencing and how it’s been affecting your job. If you’re under a lot of stress due to being short-handed, for example, you may be feeling burned out or depressed. This could mean you need some time off to relax and recoup to feel refreshed and ready to return to work. Remember, your mental health has a direct impact on your work performance, so it’s important and should be a key topic of conversation with your boss—even if it feels taboo and off limits.  

Think about your company culture and benefits 

The next thing to consider is how your company culture reacts towards mental health issues. Fortunately, many companies now provide access to employee assistance programs, counseling (by phone, in person or by text, depending on your benefits), and other resources. You probably also have paid time off to take as you need it. And if your culture is open to the value of self-care when it comes to mental health, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss how you’re feeling with your boss.  

Schedule time with your boss 

Once you have a clear idea of what’s troubling you and what you need, schedule some time to talk to your boss. Explain briefly what’s been going on, how you feel and how it’s been affecting you. Many companies are open, especially since the pandemic, to help employees deal with mental health concerns. Talk to your boss about how you’ve been feeling and what you think next steps could be and determine a final plan together.  

Beware of toxic environments 

If you’re working in a situation where you feel overworked, drained or burned out, or with a boss who doesn’t value self-care to address mental health concerns, you may be in a toxic work environment. If this is the unfortunate case, taking steps to change your work situation could be your best step towards a healthier future.  

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Five Steps to Prioritize Work-Life Balance

In your life, a few different aspects hold a lot of importance. First, your job is important. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and it contributes to your livelihood, helping you afford all the things you need for good health and happiness. Second, your life outside the office, with friends, family and loved ones, is also important. These are the people who love and support you, and spending time with them adds to your overall well-being and quality of life. What starts to get tricky is if one side of this equation starts to take up so much time that you’re finding it difficult to get done all the things on your to-do list each week. From assignments to appointments and downtime—it takes balance to fit it all in comfortably. This is called work-life balance.  

How to prioritize your work-life balance 

If life’s weekly demands are starting to make you feel stressed out, it could be that your work-life balance has gotten out-of-whack. But with a few easy steps, you can get everything back on track and restore the harmony in your life: 

1. Assess the situation.

Before you can make any positive changes, you’ll need to understand what is going on. Take a look at your workload, or what has been going on at home. Can you pinpoint exactly what is causing you to feel overextended? Once you understand what’s causing an issue, you can take steps to improve your situation.  

2. Ask for help.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, talk to your boss. Can some of your assignments be shifted to a co-worker? Can you make your schedule more flexible, for example work from home part of the week, or adjust your shift? Maybe you’re short-staffed and it’s time to hire someone new. All of these concerns are things your boss can talk through with you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at home, think about ways you can get tasks done more easily. Maybe it would help to use a shopping service for groceries, hire a babysitter, or ask family for help. Consider what problems you’re running into and how you can re-calibrate to address them.  

3. Prioritize.

Many times, we find ourselves overwhelmed by stress we’re simply putting on ourselves. It can help to prioritize tasks for completion. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of what to do next. Planning can make it much easier to do more with less, since you’ll spend less time feeling frustrated and can apply this time to getting things done. Start your day by highlighting a few things that must be accomplished today, and other things that could be accomplished today. Schedule the tasks that take the most brainpower for when you’re most awake, and other easier tasks for times when you aren’t, such as first thing in the morning or after work. 

Know when it’s time to make a change 

If you’ve found your job consistently robs you of work-life balance, it may be time for something new. And working with a recruiter, such as Inter-Connect, can help. We’ll review your career goals and experience, and help you find something that fits. To learn more, visit our job search page today!

The Importance of Setting Career Goals

If you know where you’re going, you’re much more likely to get there. This is just as true when you get into your car as when you’re thinking about the future of your career. It’s important to set goals for yourself to help you achieve your dreams. We all know time goes by very quickly, and by making the most of it, you can be more efficient at achieving what you want in your career.  

How to set career goals

Think about what you’d like to achieve this month, this year and in the next five years. It might be as simple as learning a new skill and as big as receiving a promotion. Don’t worry about being too specific—just get an idea of the direction you’d like to head.  

Break your goal down into steps

If your goal feels intimidating, don’t worry. You can make it much easier for yourself by breaking it down into steps. It doesn’t matter how small a step is, as long as it’s in the right direction (forward!). Make sure your steps are specific, so you know exactly what to do, and measurable, so you know exactly when you’re done. Add a deadline for each step and for the goal overall to keep yourself on track.  

Revisit and adjust, as needed

The key to staying on track with your goals is to keep recalibrating. It’s unlikely that every step you outline for yourself will be exactly what you need to do—that’s just the way life works. But remember, it’s a learning process. If one step doesn’t work out and you find you’re not on the right path, simply re-assess what you need to do next, adjust your steps and keep moving. Do this on a regular basis to be sure you’re still moving in the right direction.  

Looking for a new job?

This is the goal of many! And if you feel you need help with this goal, one step can be to reach out to a recruiter or visit the website of a staffing agency. You might find open job opportunities you can apply to. Or you may be able to connect with a recruiter to explain what you’re looking for and how you’re qualified.  

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Is Your Job Making You Miserable? Signs it Might Be Time to Look for a New Job

If you think about it, you probably spend a large portion of your week at your job. If you do something you enjoy, this is great news! You’re passionate about your work, around people you like, and your day goes by quickly. But what happens if you don’t like your job?

If that is the case, you may find yourself upset every day as you drag yourself through each never-ending hour. No one wants to feel like this, but you may wonder if you’re just having a bad day—or if it’s something more.

Five signs you need a new job

The following are red flags that your job is making you miserable and it may be time to look for something else:

1. Your job is always on your mind.

Yes, your work should be on your mind while you’re working—that goes without saying! But if it’s really upsetting you, this stress and worry can bleed into your hours off the clock. It can disrupt your home life and personal time, and decrease your overall quality of life.

2. You find yourself talking about work—constantly.

When you’re with your work friends when you’re with your significant other when you’re family members… If someone asks how you are, do you find yourself immediately answering something like, “Ugh! I’d be OK if it wasn’t for my job!” You might start to seem like a broken record, but human beings often need to talk it out when something is bothering them. The issue comes when what is bothering us never changes.

3. You don’t have any energy and/or you feel sick.

Problems at work can lead to stress, depression and physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches and more. You may find yourself feeling tired, sick, worn out and just not quite like yourself.

4. You’ve stopped noticing anything good.

Sometimes, when there’s too much negativity to focus on, it outshines any hope of anything positive. If you find yourself ignoring the good things that happen during the day, or not even noticing them, you’ve formed a very negative outlook. And this can be signs that your job is just wearing you down.

5. You’re in a permanent bad mood.

When you’re at work, do you find yourself irritable, grouchy, and quick to snap at your coworkers? These can be signs of your negative attitude, that has developed because you’re feeling burned out at your job.

What should you do?

If any of these signs sound familiar, it’s time to take action. And the good news is, the New Year is the perfect time to do it! Why not resolve to find a new job and help improve your outlook on life?

Check out HireCall!

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What’s the Difference Between Contract, Contract to Perm, and Permanent Jobs?

When you’re in search of a new job, you might not realize you have access to a few different job types. It all depends on what the employer is looking for and how the job opportunity is set up. Job types you might encounter include contract, contract to perm, and permanent. But what are these? And what are the benefits of choosing one type over the others?

Different types of jobs

Each type of job offers its own benefits. All you’ll need to decide is which works best for you based on where you’re at in your career.

Contract jobs are offered by an employer for a set amount of time. You’ll essentially be a temporary worker brought on to help an employer complete a project they’re working on. They’ll hire you based on the skills needed for the project, depending on what it is.

Contract-to-perm jobs are offered by an employer for a set amount of time, at first. Basically, the employer is trying to determine if your skills match what they’re looking for. The contract period is a trial to show what you can do, and after the trial period passes, the employer will make a decision to extend an offer of full-time, permanent employment. The good news is that you can also get a feel for the company and the position, and decide if you’d want to work there long-term.

Permanent jobs are your classic interview-to-hire jobs, where an employer will review your resume, meet with you during an interview (or two, or three) and make a decision to bring you on as a full-time, permanent employee.

Advantages of each job type

You’ll find each of the three job types give you advantages, depending on where you are in your career and what you’re looking for.

Contract jobs give you the opportunity to build your resume and work experience. You’ll be able to network with different employers and professionals while you learn new on-the-job skills. This can be useful if you’re just getting started in your career, or if you’re looking to make a shift and tack on new skills and experience. Contract jobs also work if you don’t like to be tied down to a permanent job and enjoy meeting new people and trying out new things.

Contract-to-perm jobs, as mentioned above, allow you to assess a work experience to decide if it, and the company, are a good match for you. You won’t be saddled with a job you don’t like, and if you do like the job and the people you work with, your hard work and industry knowledge could pay off with the offer of a permanent job.

Permanent jobs allow you access to employee benefits, a major perk of being a full-time, permanent employee. Depending on what your employer offers, you’ll gain medical, dental and vision coverage for yourself and possibly your covered dependents (e.g., your spouse and children); 401(k) retirement savings; wellness resources; paid time off; and training opportunities.

The choice is up to you!

As you look for a new job, you may see these three options advertised by various companies. Is there a specific job type you’d like to try, but you’re having a hard time finding openings? Check out HireCall. We specialize in office/clerical and light industrial jobs, with placement in many other fields. To learn more, visit our job search page today!