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  • Career Advice: Say Thank You

    December 27, 2016

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    As you reflect on 2016, think of all the people in your personal and professional life who have helped you along the way. When you sit down and consider the number of people who have made an impact on your life in one year, you might be amazed. You probably can’t count the number of times you verbally said “thank you” or sent a note of thanks expressing gratitude for an act of kindness.

    This time of year lends itself to reflection on the challenges and accomplishments of the past, and planning for the upcoming year. Did you get a new job? Did you interview for a position? Did someone proof your resume, or did a mentor provide advice as you walked through the job search process? Have you thanked them for their time and for being a part of your career journey?

    Do you have a colleague who went above and beyond on a project for you this year? Think about your team, of times when you were on deadline and needed others to step up and help with execution. Consider emailing them a quick note or stopping by their office before the end of the year to thank them again for their teamwork during 2016. A note of thanks is such a cherished way to share with your colleague that their effort made an impact on you and helped you get through that period of time.

    Don’t limit yourself to your professional life – it could have been the young man in the checkout line bagging your groceries that you see every Saturday morning. His great attitude, smile and the fact that he always greets your children and asks how they are may have brought joy to your errands throughout the year. Sharing with him that he makes an impact on your life and how much you appreciate his awesome attitude will be so incredibly important to him. Or did a neighbor or friend do something during the year that you now recall with fondness?

    In these final days of the year, take a moment to write a note or place a call to a few people who you are thankful for this year. Share a story of their impact on your life – big or small. This collection of people and experiences helped shape your 2016. And, together, just imagine what you can do in 2017!

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  • Three Tips to Boost Office Productivity in 2017

    December 22, 2016

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    The last two weeks of the year are traditionally a slower time for most companies. This often presents an ideal time to wrap up loose ends at the office, do a little “office cleaning” and set goals for January. If your goals include career change then being organized will help you get prepared and feel confident moving forward. Below you’ll find three simple steps to declutter and prepare for the new year, while your phone isn’t ringing and the office halls are quieter.

    Clean up Email
    Daily news alerts, office supply marketing emails, team messages where everyone is copied, emails with large attachments and daily business emails infiltrate all of our inboxes. You may have filters in place for your inbox and outbox but the total number of emails you have in your inbox may still be significant. The quiet time before the end of the year is a perfect time to delete. Many emails you need to keep – we aren’t saying delete all of them. But, going through your inbox and identifying messages that can be deleted, filed away, or forwarded on will help declutter your email box and give you a good clean slate for your return to the office in January.

    Organize magazines, files and loose paper
    Monthly business magazines, internal fliers, client files, and loose paper can stack up on your desk. Take time to glance through the publications you have not had a chance to read all year and decide if there is an article or two you want to hold onto or if you have a colleague who may enjoy reading the magazine. Go through all of your paper and desktop clutter to identify what can be read during these quieter days, what can be recycled and what needs to be shredded to ensure company information is not just placed loosely in a recycle bin.

    Audit computer files
    Are all of your files organized in their correct folders? Have you saved documents on your desktop that need to be moved over to the company server to ensure they are being backed up as well as accessible by the rest of the team? Be sure to follow company policy when organizing your files but this is a good time to ensure that you have followed the format and that you and your team have the most up to date files in place prior to the end of the year.

    Taking the time now will help you feel more prepared and organized to kick off the New Year. Great things are ahead, so get inspired now!

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