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Finding purpose on the job when you’re a temporary employee

Studies have shown that individuals who find purpose in their jobs have higher energy and focus, and less stress, depression, and anxiety. Having a job that provides purpose – and is more like a calling – can also help you live longer. Zach Mercurio, Purpose Expert and Author of The Invisible Leader, says purpose is your usefulness – the unique contribution that you and your job makes on others. But what if you’re a temporary employee who goes to a different job every week?  Does your “purpose” need to change every time you have an assignment? Fortunately, the answer is no.

Know your values

As a temporary employee, you can find purpose and meaning in your work regardless of the assignment. First, you should know your values – what means the most to you. For example, you might feel the most energized when you are helping others, either through good customer service or directing people to the right location or person to meet their need. In this instance, your value could be service. If you can’t live without personal contact and communication with others, your value might be connections. Or perhaps your value is to be a good provider, having the money and means to buy food and housing for your family. Once you know what you value, you can find it in any position you’re assigned.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Temporary, Seasonal, Contract, Being a Great Employee

What to talk about at your next networking event

Networking events are great ways to learn about new opportunities, make important connections and grow professionally.

But for many people, they’re intimidating – primarily because you don’t know what to say, or how to start a conversation, especially if you don’t know anyone else in the room.

Remember, the goal is for both of you to talk about yourselves and get to know each other. And if you ask the standard “what do you do” question, you’ll get a canned response. So here are some ideas from ProStaff, Top Resume and Business Insider that can help you creatively break the ice.

General

There are some general questions that will serve you well at a networking – or any – event, and they’re easy to remember:

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Topics: Preparing for an Interview, Interviewing, Networking

How to leave a temp job (Professionally)

You’ve been working at temporary jobs for the last six months and now you’ve been offered the job of your dreams. Fantastic! Or, let's say that your family situation has changed and you’re no longer going to be able to work the temporary assignments you’ve been taking – including the one where you’re currently assigned. So, you now need to quit. No matter what the reason, there is a right way and a wrong way to leave a temporary assignment. The wrong way would be to just announce “I quit” and walk out the door. Quitting without notice will result in your immediate termination from Supplemental Staffing – and most other employment firms as well. After all, quitting like that will burn all bridges and you never know when you might need a good word on your behalf from a former supervisor.

Your goal for leaving should be to do so professionally and with as little negative impact on your place of assignment as well as your employer, the temporary agency. The first thing to do when you know you need to leave is to notify your Staffing Manager. Remember that

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Changing Jobs, Leaving a Job

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means you’ll be seeing a lot of information about detecting breast cancer, who is at risk, the stages and types, as well as treatment.

You’ll also see a number of fundraising events like the 2019 Komen Race for the Cure which was held in Toledo on Sept. 29. That event raised approximately $800,000!

Fortunately, over the years, early detection and improved treatments mean that when breast cancer is detected early at the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent.

Women should perform self-exams at least once a month.

John Hopkins Medical center says that “40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump.”

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Topics: Safety

Customer Service Week, 2019

October 7th, 2019 begins Customer Service Week, a time to celebrate the great customer service you provide and an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of it. Customer service isn’t just you and a buying customer. Even if you don’t have any contact with your company’s clients, or the general buying public, you still have customers. For example, the customers of the Human Resources department are fellow employees at the company. The customers on a factory line are the people at the next station down the line. The customers for the custodian are the people whose areas are cleaned.

We all have “customers” to serve, but how did it become this way and how do we serve them properly to get proper service back?

HISTORY

Customer Service Week is actually an international celebration. In 1992, the U.S. Congress proclaimed that it would be celebrated annually during the first full week in October. From the proclamation:

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Topics: Being a Great Employee, Customer Service Week

OhioMeansJobs – Both online and locally

Did you know that the State of Ohio has a comprehensive job portal called OhioMeansJobs? It is a great place for resources that you should be taking advantage of! Each county in the state also has a local physical center where individuals can use various services. Whether online or in the local offices, you can search for jobs, find information about in-demand careers, partake in training and career planning and even search for schools and scholarships for your training. In Wood County, the OhioMeansJobs Center is part of Job and Family Services in Bowling Green.  In Lucas County, it’s called Work Ready Lucas County (formerly The Source) and it’s in downtown Toledo. If you need to find a specific center, you can use this map. Two of the best services that the centers provide are job training assistance, and resume and interview assistance. Let's discuss how these can help!

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Preparing for an Interview, Resume, Training, Interviewing

Burn-out: an 'occupational phenomenon'

Have you ever felt so tired of a job that you feel you just can’t take it anymore?

Burn-out is an ‘occupational phenomenon’ officially recognized by World Health Organization

We all get stressed in our jobs, but if this is happening every day, you may be experiencing the occupational phenomenon known as “burn-out.”

You’re not alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in May that it was including burn-out in its International Classification of Diseases.

WHO emphasizes that it is not an actual medical condition, but it could be a reason that people contact health providers.

They say that burn-out results from “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”

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Topics: Being a Great Employee, Safety, Managing Stress

Just 2 hours a week in nature can work wonders

A new study says that spending two hours a week out in nature can work wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and published in Scientific Reports, found that “people who spend at least 120 minutes each week out in nature are more likely to say they have good health and a higher psychological wellbeing that those who don’t visit nature at all.”

And it didn’t matter if the 120 minutes was in one visit or in multiple shorter visits, it found.

“The current results also suggested that it did not matter how the 'threshold' was achieved. This may be because individuals selected exposures to fit their personal preferences and circumstances. For instance, some may prefer long walks on the weekend in locations further from home; while others may prefer regular shorter visits to parks in the local area,” the study says.

Other factors – such as gender, age, occupation, ethnicity, wealth, illness and disabilities – also did not matter. The 120 minutes applied to everyone in the study.

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Topics: Volunteering, Being a Great Employee, Safety, Managing Stress

How to Handle Stress as a Temporary Employee

Stress is often defined as the reaction a person has when a situation exceeds a person’s ability to handle it.

Mindy Shoss, an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Central Florida, says work-related stress “occurs when the demands on employees are greater than the resources the employees have to meet these demands.”

Basically, people become stressed when they think they don’t have control over a situation. Temporary employees, placed in a job only until a specific project is completed or only for a specific length of time, have even less control over their work environment and their work situations than other employees.

Plus, the nature of being a temporary employee with a temporary job could result in high job insecurity, one of the causes of work-related stress.

Not all stress is bad. Wanting to do a good job when you are first hired or working to meet a deadline or production target can be stressful, but the impact of that stress is driving you to perform better. It’s when the stress you’re experiencing is negatively impacting your work, health or home life that you need to worry.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Safety, Managing Stress

How to Give Constructive Criticism

As hard as it is to hear that you’re doing something incorrectly or need to improve a behavior, being the person who has to tell you can be worse.

It’s called constructive criticism and learning how to give it correctly is important for everyone, and not just in a work environment.

Constructive criticism doesn’t just come from your boss or supervisor. You may need to give suggestions for improvement to your co-workers, especially if you’re responsible for mentoring a new employee or if a co-worker’s action is impacting your performance.

So, regardless of the situation, everyone should know how to give construction criticism. Here are some hints to help you do it well.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Being a Great Employee

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