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Lifelong Learning is the Key To Success

Don’t look now, but your local big box store has exploded with back to school offers and products and tucked them in right between the Halloween costumes and the dwindling summer clearance merchandise. You just noticed that it is getting darker earlier and you occasionally think about grabbing a light sweater before heading out for the evening.

This time of year always makes us think about learning and new beginnings. Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you wake up in the morning and wonder if your career is heading in the right direction? Stop wondering and start DOING. The employment market is great and employers are bending over backwards to attract and retain talent.

Do Some Goal Setting.  September is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in both the short and long term. Think about what you can accomplish in the next 30, 60 or 90 days and develop a plan.

Commit to Learn Something New.  Our most successful employees are both capable and willing to learn new things. Did you know that Nissen Staffing Continuum offers free webinars several times a month? Check out the events page on our website to learn more! With the unemployment rate at an almost 30-year low, now is a great time to take a risk and try something new. Go back to school, try a different industry, ask your manager to expand or change your areas of responsibility. Seek out leadership opportunities. Open yourself up to what could be and walk away from things that are no longer fulfilling to you.

Ask for Training or Seek It Out.  Love where you work, but sick of what you do? Ask to be cross-trained. Today’s employers are more likely to offer on-the-job training programs to employees they want to retain. If your employer doesn’t offer this, look for one that does. If you position yourself correctly as a life-long learner, ready to learn new skills and show that you’re both dependable and trainable, there are many options in today’s job market.

Find a Mentor.  A great teacher is a plus for any student starting a new school year. Don’t decide that just because you’re an adult that a great teacher can’t make a difference for you. Find a mentor that can help you identify and develop your strengths and work on improving areas of weakness.

Polish Your Resume.  Now is a great time to take a look at your resume, even if you’re not sure you’re ready to make a move. Have you learned any new skills this year that you can add? If not, why not?  Talk to your current employer about growth opportunities.

Ask For Feedback.  Research shows that those who ask for and apply feedback feel more successful and have a higher rate of success. Welcome feedback and make necessary changes.

Start a New Job!  If you are not currently working, or not currently happy in your role, this is a great time of year to try something new. Consider working temporary jobs that allow you the flexibility to work around family schedules and help you find a great fit. Check out some of our current openings or contact us for an appointment!

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, we encourage our employees to never stop learning. An award-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!

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!