10 team building activities to do virtually

In the span of a week the majority of us - at least those in non-essential services - have moved from bustling office spaces to the (surprisingly small!) confines of our homes. We’ve been cut off from our routines, separated from coworkers, and left to manage this new landscape without much guidance or time to adjust.

If you’re anything like me, you’re already beginning to feel the lack of human interaction. As salespeople, my team and I are avid extroverts and we usually perform best when in close proximity to one another.

To help ease the transition, we’ve come up with ten ways to keep team morale and cohesion high. These tips are all free, easy, and not especially time-consuming. Plus, you know, they’re actually pretty fun.

1. Share what you’re grateful for

This is something we’re trying to adopt ourselves, difficult as it may sometimes be to see a silver lining. At the beginning o...
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The Career-Changing Power of a Simple Thank You 

Hiring managers will thumb through hundreds of applications, pay hefty advertising fees, and employ multiple internal and external recruiters in an effort to build the best team. All that work, when a simple thank you can often do just as much (if not more) for your hiring goals. Hiring managers: you can interview as many candidates as you like, but if you aren’t expressing authentic gratitude during the process, you’re likely to lose your best candidates to your competitors. The same can be said of candidates: if you’re not investing emotional energy in your future manager and recruiter, they’ll never fight to get you the best salary or benefits. I’ve personally experienced the power of a simple thank you and I’ve seen what it can do for your professional development. Here’s how gratitude can transform your hiring process:

1. Happy employees don’t leave

Showing gratitude is the easiest way to keep your team hap...
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LA’s Trendiest Offices of 2019

In true Los Angeles fashion, LA businesses have taken a concept that is by definition over the top - elaborate, out of the box office designs - to a whole new level. Think massive indoor murals, so-called ‘innovation centers,’ and office-wide skate parks. We’re not just talking Fortune 500 companies; small and mid-sized businesses are making a serious play for this year’s trendiest office. Which offices made the cut this year?

1. Hutch

In 2017 Hutch was forced to move offices, giving them the perfect opportunity to put their interior design app to the test. Could it help them to create a bright and inspiring office spac...
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5 proven ways to increase diversity hiring

Hiring for diversity doesn’t happen by accident. Left to their own devices, most companies will simply replicate their current workforce, whatever that means for them. It’s only natural for Managers, Directors, and Executives to want to surround themselves with that which is familiar - to do otherwise requires concerted effort, strategy, and self-awareness. That’s where the Diversity Hiring Checklist comes in. This checklist has worked for us and for the companies we work with. If you follow it carefully, it will help you quickly boost your diversity efforts and start to effect real change:

The Diversity Hiring Checklist

1. Create an original diversity statement

It doesn’t need to be complex, but it does need to be unique to your company. Retire ...
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Remote work vs. engagement: the trick to motivating your remote workforce

Want to get in the head of your remote workforce? First you'll need to better understand what they're up against; what drives them, what puzzles them, and what (sometimes) prevents them from fully integrating into your team. Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are more productive, more loyal, and work longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. In fact, a recent study saw productivity READ MORE

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Do consultants pose a threat to your company culture?

Combined, Americans spend over one billion hours freelancing or consulting each week. One in three Americans have worked as a consultant in the past year, and 61% of those people say they do so by choice - likely due to the flexible hours and competitive pay (for more information, read Upwork's "Freelancing in America" report). On the flipside, companies are relying on consultants more and more to lead complex projects, bridge the gap following an employee’s resignation, or provide support for a very specific skillset. These businesses are taking advantage of a highly skilled, ready-to-start workforce that can quickly make a big impact and relieve pressure on the rest of the team. But what happens to that culture you’ve carefully cultivated when you add a bunch of consultants to the mix? You’ve codified your guiding principles, invested thousands of man hours in...
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The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses

An office without some level of disaccord is essentially impossible; it seems to be a rule of nature that every Jim has a Dwight. And it’s easy to see that as a negative - especially if your workplace rival has an annoying tendency to roll their eyes or speak over you in meetings. Here’s the thing: a simple mindset shift can help you to not only outshine your competition, but to drastically increase your workplace satisfaction while reducing unnecessary anxiety. Many people talk about the value of workplace friends - few discuss the benefits of workplace enemies. Follow these tips to make the most of your rivals. The basis of workplace competition. Competition at work isn’t just inevitable - it’s actively encouraged. READ MORE

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5 unconventional ways to leverage your Millennial workforce

The last thing we want is to generalize a few statistics to an entire population. We’ve worked with enough millennials to know that a cherry-picked selection of trendy research does little in the way of describing their lived experience, capturing their desires, and painting an accurate picture of their values. More than that, generational statistics are more often than not used as grounds to belittle or degrade the ‘offending’ generation - millennials are frivolous and ambitionless; Boomers are power-hungry and domineering. What we’ve done is collect key statistics that do the exact opposite; we’re showcasing what makes millennials excellent and innovative workers - and why you need more of them in your workforce. 1. Millennials love their work - so long as it loves them back Millennials are unusually value-driven; they want a company that

Savvy companies take a different approach to negotiations

Every fresh headline strikes new fear in the hearts of leaders and hiring managers nationwide; ‘2.4 million jobs projected to go unfilled in the next ten years;’ ‘45% of employers reporting extreme difficulty filling roles’; ‘unemployment at lowest rate in five decades’ - the list goes on. In this crazy competitive climate, skilled candidates are empowered to bid up offers, pit companies against one another, and ghost as they please. Hir...
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A job seeker’s guide to marijuana testing

Yes, marijuana will show up in your drug test. And yes, companies still care. Surprise, surprise - just because you live in one of the states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana (10 states and 33 states, respectively), doesn’t mean you’re in the clear when it comes to pre-employment drug testing. Despite tacit approval for recreational marijuana and widespread support for medical use, companies still rely on drug tests to validate their hiring processes. As recruiters, we speak with hundreds of candidates every month, many of whom believe themselves ‘safe’ from discrimination based on marijuana use. This simply isn’t true. Don’t let your dream job slip away in the last stages: here’s everything you need to know about marijuana testing in today’s post-legalization world. The basics: risks, rules, revelations. Marijuana ...
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