The Politics of Talking Politics in the Office

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...
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Supreme Court Justices and the one type of Diversity everyone seems to ignore.

Every Supreme Court Justice before 1967 was a white man. That’s the year Thurgood Marshall was appointed the first African American Justice. Still, no women were voted in until 1981, when Sandra Day O’Connor claimed her spot on the court. Comparatively, today’s Supreme Court is impressively diverse.
  • Three women – Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993), Sonia Sotomayor (2009), and Elena Kagan (2010) – offer a sharp female perspective, absent until 1981.
  • The addition of Clarence Thomas (1991) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009) provide much-needed representation for the African American and Hispanic communities, respectively.
  • Three of the nine sitting Justices are Jewish, the remaining six Roman Catholic.
So what’s the problem? It seems that in only fifty-odd years we’ve transformed the highest court in the land from a homogeneous slice of white bread into a representative panel of dynamic cultures, experiences, and perspectives. And yet ...
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3 ways your company can #GoGreen (& how to lead the change)

Going green has never been more important - or more trendy. Every company, big and small, seems to be instating, pledging, or committing to some kind of environmental strategy. But you don’t need to wait for your company to jump on the bandwagon - you yourself have the power to effect real, meaningful change, starting at your own place of work. Whether you’re a CEO or a recent hire, everyone has a voice in this battle. Start small, create new policies, and follow through on your commitments. Here are 3 ways you can make positive change at your company today:

1. Push for reusable dishware

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How we built an award-winning culture + earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s 2018 Best Workplaces

What makes people choose to work for your company over your competitors? Why, when so many other offers exist, do candidates accept yours? According to Quantum Workplace, the best benefits aren't usually physical - people prefer flex hours, a casual environment, and a clear mission statement to food in the fridge or a fancy gym. Again and again, research shows that giving your workers something to believe in can be more valuable than salary or bonuses alone. At Proven Recruiting, we pride ourselves on the close-kni...
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Losing employees? Here’s how to retain your best workers.

Did you know? While unemployment sits comfortably at a 17-year low, 40-60% of people are looking for a new job. That means millions of currently employed individuals will be making their next big career jump in the near future. Add to that the rate of Boomer retirement, and you’ve got yourself an exceptionally tight and competitive hiring market. It’s in times like these that you have to work extra hard to retain your best workers, while making sure to keep them challenged, supported, and - above all else - not stifled. For the past few years, the retention conversation has largely revolved around perk...
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Business in the time of cyber warfare: how to protect your company.

Notice how every every day seems to bring news of a bigger, scarier-than-ever data breach? As individuals, we gloss over these breaches with relative ease – despite the exploding headlines and the fleeting thought of ‘should I delete my Facebook account?’ our lives go on fairly unchanged. But to companies, the breaches pose an incredible (and costly!) threat. An astonishing 2 billion records were lost or stolen in the first 6 months of 2017; a 164% increase over the previous six months. Not scary enough for you? Get this: on average, companies suffer 130 data breaches each year - that’s a READ MORE

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How keeping your employees engaged can save you millions.

Think back to your early career, when your day wasn’t booked by meetings and appointments and performance reviews. You probably spent a lot of time not knowing what to do with yourself. Millions of employees fall prey to workplace idleness. And it’s not their fault - far from laziness or incompetence, the causes of workplace idleness are usually ingrained in the fundamental systems which underlie office norms and politics. Again - remember your early days, when you were working your way up the ladder. If you’re anything like most people, you’d have to be physically threatened before admitting to your superior that you had ‘nothing to do.’ Now that you’re the boss, you see the error of your ways. Idleness is costing an estimatedREAD MORE

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When Plateaus Hit: Beating Your Own Success

Despite the fact that much of your career is directed toward acquiring success, little is said about post-success depression or, worse yet, post-success mediocrity. Achievement often creates plateaus; whether or not you’re explicitly experiencing post-success depression, a big win usually results in a downtick of inspiration. Where do you go from here? Why don’t you feel accomplished? How do you move past “winning”? The “Arrival Fallacy” is the feeling experienced when you achieve a hard-earned target, only to realize that it was the goal itself – its elusive nature, incremental progress, and promise of future praise – which was sustaining your ongoing pleasure. Without a fixed strategy, you risk falling into success-induced mediocrity. Apply these 5 tricks to keep moving forward - even aft...
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Is Conscious Competence the Key to Success?

Is your company talking about ‘Unconscious Incompetence’ yet? This learning-related phenomenon is a growing concern for employers, and it’s likely impacting the long-term success of your career. The term refers to an invisible, creeping decline of skills and knowledge that occurs throughout every level of a company’s workforce. As technologies change, products and services evolve, and employees – particularly those who are 10+ years out of college – move further away from formal education, individuals’ relative competencies tend to decrease. A lack of awareness allows this decline to grow exponentially, and individuals, teams, and entire companies can become unconsciously incompetent as a result. Simply put, Unconscious Incompetence stems from all of the things that you (and your coworkers) don’t know that you don’t know. And what you don’t know can harm you. So how can you keep up with critical skills that you don’t know you lack?

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Build Your Best Leadership Team with Proven’s CFO Ingram Losner

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...
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