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
The surprising benefits of workplace nemeses
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
5 unconventional ways to leverage your Millennial workforce
- Celebrates their hard work and success ...
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...
Savvy companies take a different approach to negotiations
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.
A job seeker’s guide to marijuana testing
While drug tests may have, at some point, served as a litmus test for which people are dedicated, focused, and – with no better way to put it – law-abiding, it is now an expendable and potentially unethical measure that does little but limit your candidate pool.
To be clear, Proven Recruiting does not condone drug use of any kind. I’ve built a company that is fiercely dedicated to employees’ well-being. And yet, this company – a company whose sole purpose is to identify and engage talented professionals – does not drug test our internal workers.
From a purely business perspective, it doesn’t make sense to unquestioningly reject a huge portion of the population - especially in today’s tight labor market. A 2018 Gallup poll found that two-thirds of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. While it’s unlikely two-thirds of Americans ac...
The death of the pre-employment marijuana test
If you're in your final year of college and you have no idea where your life is headed – consider this your survival guide.
During my final year of studies, I was unexpectedly forced to graduate early. I wasn't mentally prepared to start job searching and I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, or even could do. While I enjoyed my major, my main interests were in co-curriculars. I never excelled at any one subject, and I never felt pressured to adopt a definite path. All I knew was that being around people and helping others reach their goals made my life feel purposeful.
I'm sure many of you are or have been in a similar boat - unsure of where you should go to start or pivot your career. While recruiting isn’t for everyone, this profession does allow anyone to succeed if they are eager to learn and willing to work hard.
It can be difficult at times – especially when you’re just starting out – but if ...
Checklist: 3 ways to survive your first year in recruiting
The current state of hiring is predicated upon a fundamentally flawed idea; that people can and should be judged almost solely on their present-day skills and experience, and that that limited judgment will allow you to identify the best possible person for your company.
What’s going wrong here? To start, this assumption ignores a wealth of information that is likely more predictive of a person’s future performance than skills or experience ever could be. That is - their character, their soft skills, and their willingness to learn.
Grit. Gumption. Drive. Cooperation. Leadership. Kindness. Positivity.
These are the traits that make for an excellent worker. Resume skills are great - but so-called ‘eulogy’ characteristics are what differentiate your best employees from your worst.
Who is your worst employee?<...
Forget the talent shortage: what leaders are missing about hiring
The modern worker is no longer impressed by unlimited coffee and a window office. To stay competitive, smart companies are reimagining the traditional workspace, incorporating everything from pool tables and game rooms to outdoor work zones and full-sized restaurant replicas.
Check out these 10 innovative companies taking their offices to the next level:
The 10 Trendiest Offices in Dallas-Fort Worth
1. Raising Cane’s
Offbeat: that’s the word that comes to mind when describing Raising Cane’s Dallas headquarters.
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
Too often, passion is coded as some kind of inborn motivator, planted within you from birth and destined to follow you, unchanging, throughout your life. Yet in reality, passion is just as easily ‘created’ as it is ‘discovered.’
The epithet ‘follow your passions’ has always been a (mis)guiding force for young professionals as they embark on their chosen career path – or as they commit, yet again, to a path that has consistently failed to prove its value.
With the right conditions, you can find passion and fulfillment in almost any career. Read on to find your passion – no matter what you do.
Stop searching for passion: how to find meaning in any career.
What do you really want?Most people aren’t lucky enough – or maybe they’re actually the lucky ones? – to be born with an explicit, well-defined, commodifiable passion. In fact, it’s rare that passion is attached to a specific activity at all; it’s more often a product of how that activity makes you feel. What you w...