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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How I hit a record performance in my first year as a working mom

My colleagues and friends will tell you that compromise has never been my strong suit; I’ve always believed in either doing something to the absolute best of my ability or not doing it at all. Throughout my career that has led to working 60+ hour weeks, never taking a full day off, and consistently pushing myself to be the best I can be. After my first born, I continued to find success. I actually (shocking even myself!) had my highest earning year ever. All it took was an exhausting amount of dedication, sleepless months, a very careful balancing act, and a well-established support system. Simple enough, right? Of course sacrifices had to be made, but I decided that neither my career nor my relationship with my daughter would be compromised. Instead of sacrificing my job, I expanded my life. I’m now pregnant with my second child and struggling to prepare for the demands of two children, a challenging career, and a husband who travels 24/7. How can I best take care of my d...
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10 Articles That Will Make You Better in 2020

The genius minds behind the world’s top publications put out some great articles this year. In fact they produced so many excellent insights that it is physically impossible to read and absorb everything published. I’d love to say we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you, but even our editorial team can’t read that many articles (try as we might!). What we can do is provide you with the top articles that have come across our desks this year - the articles that made us rethink our assumptions, question our ‘common sense,’ and better understand our own biases. Which articles defined your year? 1. When it’s OK to trust your gut on a big decision (Harvard Business Review)

Apparently trusting your gut isn’t such a crazy idea, particularly in high-stakes situations. What ‘trusting your gut’ really means...
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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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The data Death Star is coming – are you ready?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is taking effect January 1st 2020. It promises to revolutionize the way businesses collect, store, and sell consumer data in California and beyond. 1. What is CCPA? The California Consumer Privacy Act is an extra layer of protection afforded to consumers in California. It allows people to view, delete, and stop the sale of all personal data collected by for-profit companies that meet various conditions (see #2 for conditions). The law further protects consumers from any discrimination based on their choice to opt-in or out of data collection and provides them with an avenue for legal recourse should their data be mistreated, hacked, or sold without their permission. 2. How to know if you’re impacted CCPA applies to fo...
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6 Must-Ask Questions To Hire Stars

You and your hiring team need to quickly and accurately assess the merits of a given candidate without involving them in a prolonged interview process, during which time they’re likely to find work elsewhere or lose interest. It all starts with asking the right questions. Don’t waste time on surface-level conversation; instead, develop a series of thought-provoking prompts that, when used effectively, will naturally reveal your candidate's character, values, skills, and motivations.

1. "Tell me about an instance where you’ve been #1" 

School, sports, work - this prompt can be taken in a number of different directions depending on the person you're interviewing. Regardless of how they choose to answer, the response will clue you in to their relationship to hard work, commitment, and success. Can they put in the hours, the effort, the emotional investment in order to be the best?

We find this q...
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The ghosting phenomenon: how to read the signs

After multiple phone-screens and in-person interviews, the candidate accepts your offer. You begin to schedule on-boardings and trainings with various managers. The office is buzzing with excitement not only for the new addition, but for the opportunity to offload the extra work the team has taken on to compensate for a long-vacant position. Day one comes and no one shows up. Day two, three, four - no word. Sound familiar? According to a newly released Indeed survey, one in five workers will ghost on their first day. This statistic is backed by my own recruiting experience - in the past month I’ve personally had two professionals completely disappear after accepting an offer. I know what you’re thinking; those ghosters must be low-skill workers accepting junior positions. Yet Proven Recruiting’s last two perpetrators were both Senior Accountants. In fa...
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How-to guide: writing engaging job posts

Failing to spark someone’s interest in the span of a few short seconds can mean a perfectly qualified professional will skip your job and apply for another. Writing fun, smart, incisive job posts is part of our everyday work as recruiters. Given that it takes, on average, 80+ days to fill a professional role, you can’t afford to miss out on the right person. We’ve developed a system to make each post unique and engaging without the need to spend unnecessary time or energy crafting a literary masterpiece for every role. Here’s how it works: First, consider the big picture

Branding

Job posts don’t exist in a vacuum - they’re a vital extension of your company that will be seen and judged by thousands of people in your industry. Maintainin...
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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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