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Ten Things You Can Do to Stay Healthy At Work

Most of us spend more than one half of our waking hours at our jobs. Because we spend so much time at work, we cannot ignore our health during these hours.  Here are ten easy ways to stay healthy at work:

  1. Walk to Work or Park with a Purpose. If you can walk (or ride your bike, etc) to work, do.  But if you can’t, park with a purpose.  In the lot, park as far away from the entrance as possible or use a parking structure a few blocks away from your office.  If you park in leveled parked, park toward the top of the parking structure and take the stairs.  If you take public transportation, get off at the stop before you normally would and walk the rest of the way.
  2. Brown Bag It. Pack your lunch, drinks and snacks.  Skip high calorie coffee desserts drinks, sugar laden soft drinks and vending machine temptations.  Pack a healthy lunch that includes energy boosting proteins and healthy carbohydrates.  Pack snacks like almonds or vegetables and hummus, and avoid processed foods.  Don’t linger in the break room or wherever your co-workers offer baked goods, donuts or birthday treats.  Taste if you want, but then walk away.
  3. DRINK WATER. Buy an insulated water bottle and keep it filled so you can drink water throughout the day.  An easy target is to drink ½ of your body weight in ounces of water per day.  Not only is hydration important, but drinking water helps keep you full and focused.
  4. STAND UP and be noticed. Research shows that sitting for long periods of time can be as hard on your body as smoking.  Is your employer open to a stand up desk?  Would you be allowed to sit on a stability ball vs a regular chair?  You’ll never know unless you ask.
  5. Seek out Support. Sometimes staying focused on a healthy lifestyle needs some support. Find people that share your goals and keep each other accountable.
  6. Limit Eating at Restaurants. Avoid going out to restaurants every day, either before, during or after work (including Happy Hours!)  When you do, make healthy choices.  Plan ahead by going online and looking at the menu BEFORE you leave.  For example, not all salads are healthy, beware of extra cheese, fried food, and excessive amounts of salad dressing, etc.  Watch portions and ask for a To-Go box as soon as you receive your meal. Most restaurant portion sizes are excessive and you can easily reduce the portion by removing ½ of it from your plate as soon as you get it.  Avoid alcohol.  First, most alcohol/mixed drinks are high in sugar and calories, and second, alcohol can impact your ability to make good choices, eating or otherwise.
  7. MOVE. Take time on your breaks and lunches to stretch and walk.  Better yet, find a friend and make it a point to encourage each other to move.  When possible, consider “walking” meetings.  If something needs to be discussed that doesn’t require computers or presentations, take the conversation on the move.  Pack your gym bag and go work out before work or before you go home.  Chances are, once you’re home, life will take over and you’ll never get there.
  8. Look Away from the Screen. Take care of your eyes, back and neck and look away from the computer screen at least once an hour and focus on something else.  Eye fatigue can have long term effects on your eye health and sitting at a desk, staring at a screen can put unnecessary stress and tension on your neck and back.  Pay attention to ergonomics.
  9. Plan ahead. Have a plan for dinner BEFORE you leave work.  Do your best to pre-plan your meals, etc so that you are not tempted to rush out after a stressful day and stop at the nearest drive-thru to feed your family.  A little pre-planning can save a lot of tension….and calories.
  10. R-E-L-A-X and smile. Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines a couple years ago when he reminded millions of fans to calm down and relax.  While work is, well, work, try to find some time during your day to enjoy what you are doing and the company of the people that you work with.  Remember that while problems come up, there is always a solution.  Things will work out.  Try your best to let the day-to-day stress roll off your back.

An awarding winning job placement expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, Nissen Staffing Continuum, can assist you in your job search in southeastern Wisconsin. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your job search to the next level.  For more information about how you can find a new career, contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success!


2016 and Your Dream Job

As 2016 approaches, have you made a new commitment to finding your dream job? Will it include telecommuting? A social cause? Collaborative teams? Employers are bringing some innovative ideas to the hiring space, so it pays to think about what they may offer vs. what you have to contribute. Whatever your dream, consider these three hiring trends as you adapt your job-seeking goals for the coming year.

  • Millennial workers rise to management as nearly 4 million baby boomers retire.

As younger managers assume vacancies left by retirees, expect outlooks and hiring practices to change. Millennials bring a fresh way of looking at both their jobs and the companies they work for. They will both identify new strategies for hiring employees to positions they once held as well as consider how those positions might fit into a transformed corporate structure. While boomers preferred a hierarchical organization, millennials like a flattering one that encourages more interaction. Millennials also find an entrepreneurial approach or a social-cause option to be appealing. Social media skills will help with client-facing jobs as well as team projects.

So how does this affect your job search?

Millennials: Present your fresh approach to leadership in a positive way. Promote it as an innovative way to move a company forward. Point out the benefits of millennial leadership. At the same time, show respect to the way of the Boomer. Indicate a willingness to learn and be mentored as you step into the shoes they wore yesterday.

Boomers: Even though you retired, you may still want to be professionally active – some of the time. Take advantage of the Millennial’s cry for mentoring as they step into leadership. Offer your services as a consultant/mentor. You may discover that your part-time retirement job is the dream job you always wanted.

  • More attractive, flexible benefit packages

A new wave of the workforce is entering the family stage. As millennial parents have children and desire to spend more time with them, they will require more flexibility within their jobs. Flexibility may come in the form of telecommuting or limited travel, but employees may be expected to be reachable outside the office or willing to work longer hours.

Millennials: Are you hearing your own voice here? This is the time to incorporate your desire for flexibility, telecommuting etc. into negotiations. The supply and demand scale is falling in your favor as companies face the skills gap. If you’ve got the talent, don’t be afraid to confidently claim what you need to make it your dream job.

Boomers: Many companies would welcome your part-time services for the transition. Don’t hesitate to request flexibility and other perks that please you. Like the Millennials who are stepping in, the supply/demand equation is falling in your favor.

  • Technology will be the method a potential employee uses for “employer shopping.”

Mobile technology and social media skills can bring the world closer to you. So, keep your options open in today’s employee-driven business climate. Unlike a decade or two ago, you can access company information via the internet. Take advantage of this opportunity to study a company’s culture before you choose to apply for a position. Use that transparency to your advantage in finding your dream position.

Of course, one of the best moves you can make on your journey to a dream job is connecting with a premier staffing company, like Nissen Staffing Continuum.  We are a great resource for job seekers. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you avoid pitfalls and obstacles so you can reach that goal of a dream job. Contact us today and allow us to help you focus on success.



Do You Have an Attitude of Gratitude?

It’s that time of year again – when thoughts turn toward thankfulness. As you consider your list of what you are thankful for, do your job and your employer come to mind?

Chances are, your answer may be “no.” And little by little, as lack of gratitude sets in, it becomes more difficult to stay motivated and to care about your quality of work or your job in general. In fact, statistics say that Americans actively suppress expressing gratitude on the job.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

While the number one reason employees cite for leaving a job is lack of appreciation, the responsibility doesn’t rest alone on their employer’s shoulders. Yes, fostering harmony, appreciation, high morale and quality relationships among employees begins with management, but it can’t continue without a positive employee response. Those positive feelings energize and sparkle – sending out good vibes. They reflect in the demeanor and behavior of everyone in the organization.

Certainly, it is possible to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Try it yourself!

A sincere “thank you” is always welcome, especially for people who usually never get thanked. The words not only hearten the recipient but also allow the speaker to experience a twinge of happiness. Those two small words may be a simple gift, but a truly prized one. They show respect and value. They build self-worth. They encourage trust.

Be specific in your thanks.

Instead of only saying “Thanks for the help,” try saying, “Thanks for the way you handled the formatting and the time you took to proofread the chart.”

“Thank you for responding so quickly when I call tech. My computer and I couldn’t survive without you!”

“Thanks for offering great cafeteria selections each day. Your wrap choices are delicious!”

Specifics impress the person and show that you noticed their effort as well as valued their skills.

Not only is it possible to feel grateful, a positive attitude influences those around you and trickles down to customers. Haven’t you been a customer who has noticed a “smile” in the voice of a happy employee? If so, then you know what a positive impression that gives.

Be the one who causes someone else to feel positively about you and the organization for which you work!

Don’t underestimate how other employees notice when an effort is made to express appreciation. Like a “wave,” they may just follow your lead and pass it on. Maybe you could be the one who begins the “attitude of gratitude” grassroots movement in your organization. Then watch for the result of the “wave” to boost productivity, cooperation, and the potential benefits that come back to you.

Besides, isn’t it much less stressful to work in a harmonious workplace? Isn’t it more encouraging of a better work/life balance when employees feel comfortable in their environments and committed to their work? The staff at Nissen Staffing Continuum challenges you to focus on gratitude in 2016 and when the season of thanks rolls around again, you might find your job at the top of your “things I’m thankful for” list!

Meanwhile, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you with your employment plans and strategies.

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, our focus is on you and your success. We work as your strategic partner by adding value, helping you avoid obstacles and reach your objectives. How may we assist you with your job search?



Introverts, Extroverts, and Workplace Relations

Everyone experiences bumps in the road – and sometimes major potholes – when it comes to working relationships. We struggle to understand why someone acts, works and responds the way they do. Often, the key issue is the extrovert/introvert dilemma. Do you know the difference? Do you know which one you are? A little bit of understanding can make all the difference in office relations.

So what is the difference between extrovert and introvert?

Introversion and extroversion are aspects of personality, first identified by Carl Jung in the early 20th century. These aspects of typical personalities are frequently incorporated into personality testing (a prime example is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). The difference between the two is not complicated:

  • Introverts get their batteries charged by times of quiet solitude.
  • Extroverts get their batteries charged by social interaction.

Introverts do enjoy being with their family, friends, and coworkers, but eventually it drains them, so they need to spend more time in quiet solitude, one-on-one, or very small groups than they spend interacting with larger groups of people. They work best when allowed to think things through before reaching a decision, and sharing it. They are a great asset to the team when they are allowed to complete their own responsibilities alone or in smaller groups and save the big meetings for issues that need to be discussed as a whole.

On the other hand, Extroverts do enjoy their quiet times of solitude, but too much of it deflates their energy, so they need lots of time with family, friends, and coworkers. They work best when allowed to “think” out loud in groups, bouncing ideas off of people. They’re a great asset to the team when you appreciate and encourage their enthusiasm, letting them dive into their work.

Don’t be misled by the common myth that introvert refers to shy, easily-hurt people, who dislike leaving home and extrovert refers to people who never stop talking and wear a thick skin. In reality, introverts enjoy people and are very adept at conversation, and as much as extroverts thrive in a large gathering, they also can be great listeners who enjoy their evenings at home. Both personalities can be great leaders – they just have different styles. Furthermore, research reveals that neither type is “smarter” or “better” than the other type, but their brains do respond differently to stimuli.

Now that you have a clearer picture, how do you translate this into workplace harmony?

It’s a twofold plan:

Recognize your own weak areas and develop antidotes


  • Practice listening: Focus on the speaker, then think before responding.
  • Silence doesn’t always mean agreement, learn to ask for opinions.
  • Don’t fill every silence with words; learn to allow time for reflection.
  • Understand that some people prefer to see it in writing.


  • Practice speaking: you may need to reflect first, but don’t expect others to read your mind.
  • Verbal expression isn’t always call-to-action statements, learn to decipher when others are simply bounding ideas.
  • Give value to your thoughts and opinions – if you just can’t verbally express them in large groups, at least develop the art of nonverbal communication.
  • Understand that some people prefer to hear it said.

Appreciate the strengths of your opposites and support them


  • Respect their need for privacy
  • Privately affirm or teach new skill
  • Let them observe new situations
  • Provide uninterrupted thinking time
  • Offer transition time and notifications


  • Respect their independence
  • Compliment publicly
  • Accept and encourage enthusiasm
  • Recognize their need to verbally bounce ideas
  • Appreciate their ability to quickly switch between tasks

Despite differences, there is a great deal of overlap in the way that extroverts and introverts behave. Acknowledging normal variants of behavior along the spectrum can help with self- acceptance and understanding of others. Instead of focusing on the problems your differences can cause, use your differences to grow and challenge each other both individually and as a group. Rather than simply assigning roles according to ability, also consider the personality type. Remember, when opposites learn to work together, each can fully use his/her strengths to best support the project, creating genius in the form of a more productive, effective, and congenial team. As long as you recognize your personality type relative to your colleague’s, you should be able to find a happy medium and get along in the workplace.

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, our focus is on you and your success, assisting you with your career plans and placement. We understand both introverts and extroverts, and work as your strategic partner accordingly. We specialize in helping you avoid obstacles and reach your objectives. How may we assist you with your hiring process?



Do You Fear Changing Jobs? Tips for Embracing the Unknown

Transitioning to a new career or simply changing jobs can evoke a variety of fears – even for confident people. Whether your fear centers on potential failure, meeting new people, loss of income, or a myriad of other fears connected to a professional change, you are not alone. Though fears pertaining to our work are not one-size-fits-all, they are still common to all.

The fact is, on average, each American will work for ten different employers, hold each job for about four years, and change careers three times prior to retiring. Because most people tie their self-esteem to their surroundings, it’s natural to feel threatened and/or fearful.

While your fears are perfectly normal and it’s okay to be afraid, it’s still important to develop techniques to handle the rough patches. This is particularly true if your fears stop you from following a dream that can ultimately improve your life personally and financially.

Consider the steps below as a way to face the fear and embrace the unknown as you move through a job or career transition process.

Navigating a job transition process 

  • Fear is all in your mind…literally. Set aside some time for thinking and planning.

Instead of viewing fear as an opponent, view it as an ally – a great motivator from which you can learn. Instead of looking at the past and the way things have always been, look ahead. Then write down the emotions you feel when you visualize your new work life. Journal the image you see in your head.

Next, write what you can visualize without that fear. Write about the new visualization. What does it look like when you have acted on and conquered the fear?

  • Do small things daily to work through fears. Build your “risk” muscle. Make that phone call you have been hesitating to make. Write down what you want to say, as well as your goals for the call, so you can engage the other person and make the conversation meaningful for both of you.
  • Write your three Es. What comes to you Easily and Effortlessly and is Exciting? Your innate skills are usually your strongest and will help you feel more self-confident when you write them down.
  • Find sounding boards. Briefly interview friends, family or colleagues. Ask them what they believe you do well. If any patterns emerge from their responses, note them. Allow their responses to resonate with you and compare it to the new job description.
  • Join a group or take a class. Local organizations can help build confidence as well as offer a support network. For example, Toastmasters offers support for public speaking. Support from its members will assist you with self-assurance, polishing communication skills, and learning how to engage people.
  • Ask for help when you need it. See a professional coach or therapist who can work through your fears with you and build your confidence.
  • Reframe the word “failure.” Acknowledge where you went wrong – that is the art of true leadership, but focus on what your learned and what you did right. Dissociate your self-worth with work tasks, as self-worth cannot be measured by external success alone.

Additionally, reframing alters your internal voices, making your self-talk more positive and realistic.

These tips may not help you eliminate fear of changing jobs or careers, but they can bolster your ability to manage the stress.

Connect with Nissen Staffing Continuum. We specialize in finding positions that match your strengths and skills. Our focus is on you and your success. We work as your strategic partner by adding value, helping you avoid obstacles and reach your objectives. Contact us today and discover how we can assist you with your job search.