Despite the political climate in which we’re currently enmeshed, talking politics in the office is still inexplicably taboo. You’d think that something so incredibly public – played out on TV screens and during family dinners across the country – would by now be acceptable office fodder. And yet, to announce your preferred party or to ally with a certain position is considered distasteful at best, offensive at worst.
There is a reason for this – not everyone in an office will share the same beliefs, and mutual respect is at the foundation of any good workplace. Civility, politeness, and common courtesy cannot be overemphasized in a well-functioning office. But who does it benefit, to categorically ignore some of the most influential discussions of our time? Is this ‘silencing’ not more detrimental than considering the topics openly and respectfully?
What we’re really asking is: should the office be a refuge from political dram...
The Politics of Talking Politics in the Office
Had you asked me 15 years ago if I would be, in a few short years, Co-Founding Proven Recruiting, I would have responded with a resounding no. Predicting the future is near impossible - especially when you are still in the process of discovering your passions and goals.
Without the benefit of hindsight, decisions often seem impossible; nothing more than black boxes of unknown consequences. No one should be surprised, given this fact, that 33% of university graduates later regret their chosen majors. Too often, it is only after the fact that we can ful...
Ingram Losner’s 7 Rules To Live By
Many factors have brought Proven Recruiting to this moment in time: from being named in 2009-2013 the sixth fastest growing staffing agency in the US, to closing several of our offices, to recent expansions, we’ve experienced our share of highs and lows. What started as just seven employees and one ambitious goal - “to provide our clients with on demand delivery of the best and brightest talent, and present our candidates with career choices that positively impact their lives” - has since developed into one of the leading recruiting agencies in Southern California.
Yet what defines us should not be reduced to external factors; what defines us is how we’ve bounced back from setbacks, how we’ve learned from mistakes, and how we continue to grow and thrive in a competitive market. You could say that we’re especially resil...
Build Your Best Leadership Team with Proven’s CFO Ingram Losner
We’ve all been there: at work, in the middle of a busy day, stuck on a phone call we really don’t have time for.
You know which call I’m talking about, right? The sales call you didn’t mean to pick up. Or maybe this conversation is taking place in person with a loquacious coworker. The point is, you’re stuck in a dialogue with a person who is consuming time you don’t have to spare. And you’re getting nothing in return.
Or are you?
Early in my career, I had the good fortune of learning a very important lesson. Which was, treat everyone with respect, because you never know who you’re talking to. The following is a true story.
It was my second day as Junior Finance Recruiter. Young, eager, and scrambling to make an impact, I took a call that nobody else wanted to take. It was from a talkative marketing graduate seeking some general career advice – hardly the passport to untold riches!
What many people don’t realize about recruit...
How One Conversation Can Change Your Career
I am a stickler for follow up.
As Co-Founder of Proven Recruiting, I’ve made it my mission to ensure we respond to every email, phone call and website inquiry as immediately as possible. I also lend a hand to our Social Media team, personally taking part in acknowledging every Yelp, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn comment quickly and thoughtfully.
I guess you could say prompt follow up is my thing. So why is it so important to me, and where did it come from? The answer lies in the best piece of advice I’ve ever received: Always reply by return of mail.
To quickly address the potentially anachronistic ‘mail’ reference, this advice was shared with me during my high school graduation, now many year...
The Simple Advice That Changed My Life