As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect and decide what you want to accomplish in the following 365 days. To give yourself the best chance at success, don’t wait until the final days of the year to determine what you want to do. Here are the best ways to begin setting your 2020 career goals now.

Make your list and check it twice

Sure, this sounds like a Santa Claus technique, but it works! When you make a list of goals that are too long and potentially unattainable, it can make you lose focus on everything else. Once you realize you won’t achieve them all, you stop working toward any.

Make a complete list of what you want to do, and then narrow it down. Ideally, a number around three is your best chance for success. This way, instead of spreading yourself thin to accomplish a lot of things, you’re giving your best effort to what matters most.

Set benchmarks to help you succeed

Three goals are good, but you want to figure out how you’re going to get there. By creating a plan with benchmarks along the way, you’re giving yourself a way to track the progress made and feel good on the journey instead of being disappointed the destination is so far away.

There are no steps too small for this – anything you can cross off toward a goal is a great way to feel like you’re getting closer.

Learn from those you envy

In most situations, the shade of envy is an unflattering color, but when applied appropriately, it can help you succeed. Consider people in your life who are doing what you want to do and achieving what you’d like to achieve. How are they doing it? What are they doing to improve? If you don’t know exactly how to start your goals, model the behaviors of someone who’s getting it right, which can begin to direct your steps.

Being 2020 with a new career

Maybe, after setting your goals, you realize a new career is your next step to success. If this is where you’re at, let Workbox Staffing help you take the next step and work with you to find a better tomorrow. Request a call today to get started!

Knowing you want a promotion is the easy part – how do you get there? In some cases, your supervisor may present the opportunity for you, but you need to be ready to ask or show that you’re ready for more responsibility. If you’re ready for the promotion, here are six tips that just might help you get it.

1. Know your goals

Before you can get to the next level, you need to know where you want to go. Look at your career and determine your next step. Once you’ve established this, you can begin taking proactive steps to get there.

2. Take an honest look at where you’re at

Now that you know where you want to go, you need to take a baseline of where you are. Consider your accomplishments and how they work into your plan for advancement. This self-assessment will help you see what needs to be done to help you grow in your career. You can even ask a trusted co-worker or colleague for assistance to make sure you see yourself and your work clearly.

3. Seek out training or education

In many cases, your self-assessment may show that you need some additional training or education. Look for options that fill your needs and check in with your manager to see if they can be covered by your company. Not only will the class itself help you, but your supervisor will also see and notice your initiative.

4. Be a good co-worker and employee

This should always be a goal, especially when you want to be considered for a promotion. If you aren’t a team player, if you spread gossip, or if you’re generally negative, management won’t want you on your team and your co-workers won’t want you to lead them. Keep your relationships professional and your attitude positive.

5. Don’t lose sight of humility

Make sure people are always getting credit where credit is due. Most times, you probably are assisted by someone else and it’s important for you to acknowledge that you see and appreciate that support.

6. Focus on balance

Even when you want to prove you’re the right person for the job, you don’t want to work so hard that it becomes your sole focus. First, balance makes you a better leader overall. Second, it sets a dangerous precedent and gets you stuck in a trap of overworking. Do your best, but don’t sacrifice your life or sanity to get ahead.

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At Workbox Staffing, we want to work with you as you pursue your goals, whether it’s a new job or a new career. We learn your goals and skills and help place you in the perfect position. Request a call today to get started with Workbox.

The phrase ‘attitude is everything’ is a common adage you’ve probably heard at some point in your life. It represents that your response in all situations is dictated by how you perceive what’s happening. For example, a negative attitude can cause you to be pessimistic about every setback, while a positive attitude can cause you to be optimistic about every opportunity you encounter.

Because this is true in your life, it’s also true in your career. Your attitude toward where you’re at professionally, your place of employment, and everything in between can either positively or negatively affect your career.

Attitude and your opportunity for growth

It’s likely at some point you will work at a company that isn’t your ideal workplace. You can either choose to look for something new or stay for the experience, but either way, you need to focus on the positive instead of how you’d rather be anywhere else.

Being where you didn’t plan to be is an opportunity to help you grow if you view it that way. By looking for opportunities to learn from your circumstances and improve as a professional, you can turn an unexpected stop into a stepping stone to where you want to go.

Attitude and your opportunity for connections

Think about people you’ve encountered in your career. Are you more likely to align with people who only complain and spread negativity or those who face adversity with strength and a positive attitude? Assumedly, it’s the latter. Realizing this, your goal should be to embody the person who isn’t shaken when things get a little crazy or feels the need to complain constantly.

In order to keep your career moving, you want to build relationships with mentors and individuals in your field who can help you as you grow. Make sure you’re attracting the right people with your attitude.

Attitude and your opportunity for advancement

Promotions rarely go to someone who spends all their time being miserable. Even if you did deserve more than you were given, do you believe a bad attitude will help you achieve it? By focusing on your response to perceived setbacks and viewing them as a learning experience, you can show management how you’re growing and be a viable candidate in the future. If you don’t, your management team won’t see your potential amid your negativity.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow

Success is in your hands – are you ready to embrace it? When you’re ready to take the next step in your career, trust the employment agency that doesn’t follow the standard approach. Workbox Staffing is dedicated to learning about you and finding the perfect fit for your skills and passions. Check out our job board to see the opportunities we have for you!

The job search can be brutal – depending on how long it takes you to find work and the number of rejections, you may be feeling disappointed and unsure of yourself, not to mention the potential financial burdens you’re facing. Instead of spending these months in despair, it might be time to consider the benefits of temporary or contract work.

1. Make money

Obviously, this is a top benefit because, without a steady income, you’ll probably want something in the downtime.

2. Try new jobs

Even if you have a set career path, working in a temporary or contract capacity gives you the opportunity to try something new.

3. Make yourself more marketable

The more experience you have, the more skills you have to offer. Plus, working in a variety of office cultures helps you learn how to navigate and thrive at different companies.

4. Expand your network

When you’re working in these temporary roles, you’ll meet several new colleagues and managers to add to your network and potentially be the key to finding your next full-time job.

5. Try new companies

Instead of being stuck with one employer who may or may not be a good fit, you can try out different environments to determine which setting works best for you.

 6. Improve your mood

Sitting around all day, worrying about getting a job can leave you depressed. By doing something proactive like working, even if it’s not in your dream role, can keep your spirits higher.

 7. Increase your chances of getting hired

Having a job makes it easier to get a job, so open your opportunities with a temporary role.

8. Find a new direction

Even if you think you know what you want to do, you may feel differently after a specific temp job. Ultimately, it can set you on a better path and leave you from years spent in a job you don’t love.

9. Grow your knowledge

Even if it’s a different field, you’ll still grow as a professional in different roles and be a better, more well-rounded employee in the future.

10. Get a job offer

The best thing about a temp or contract position is it may result in a full-time job offer! Show up, do your best, and the employer will notice.

Make the job search easier with Workbox Staffing

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Sometimes the best feeling is waking up on a Friday knowing it’s your last day of work for the week and you can (maybe) sleep in tomorrow. Because of this amazing Friday-feeling, it’s easy to lose focus on-the-job and even be a little unproductive. If you find this is happening to you, try these ways to make Friday the best day of your work week.

Make a to-do list

Take some time at the end of the day Thursday to write out what you want to accomplish Friday, so you come in with a game plan. It’s important to not overwhelm yourself or make the list unachievable. It is Friday, after all! You want to focus on tasks you can complete that will put you in a good position when Monday comes along.

Start with the night before

A productive Friday begins with a restful night of sleep Thursday. It’s tempting to stay out or up a little later because it’s only Friday and then you have the weekend, but this means you’re already putting yourself in a worse position. Treat the day like any other and save the late nights for the weekend.

Knock out the most challenging items first

With a to-do list, it’s easy to go through the easiest items because it feels like you’ve accomplished something, but really, you’re just building dread for the larger, more challenging tasks. Don’t push the hard task to the end of the list – begin your day with it so it’s done and everything else is smooth-sailing.

Take breaks

Research shows the segmenting your day into work and breaks helps you work smarter because you’re giving your brain time for clarity. When you want to get something done, it seems like the best method is to plow through, but in reality, these breaks help you return to the project with a refreshed mindset.

Work with a staffing agency changing expectations

The people at Workbox Staffing offer you a personal experience that gives you an edge in your job search. We’re real humans dedicated to getting to know the real person that you are and then matching you with the best opportunities. Contact a location near you today to get started!

As your first day at a new job approaches, the predictable feelings will all roll through. You’re excited for the new opportunity but nervous about the transition. A different company with different people can be daunting and who knows what your first day will entail. Instead of focusing on what you don’t know, here’s how to prepare yourself for what you should be doing your first day.  

1. Keep the focus on relationships 

Whether you’re starting in a supervisory role or not, it can be tempting to put the focus completely on your goals and the work that needs to be done instead of getting to know your new co-workers. Keep the focus of your first day on getting to know people and what they do because this will ultimately build a stronger foundation for the work to be done 

Similarly, don’t make it all about you. People will ask you a lot of questions, but make sure you’re asking back. These connections will help you remember people more and not walk away on your first day overwhelmed with names. Personal connections make a difference.  

 2. Learn what you can about the company 

Prior to starting, do as much research as you can to learn more about the culture and what you should expect. Check social media, the website, and news articles to help form an idea about how it defines itself. Ask questions from your contact, like dress code and lunch information so you’ve covered some major first-day hurdles prior to starting.  

 3. Don’t be afraid to say ‘hi’ 

You’re going to get introduced to a lot of people, but it doesn’t mean everyone. If there’s someone you haven’t met, don’t be afraid to say hi and introduce yourself. It might take you out of your comfort zone, but ultimately it will make you more comfortable in your new workplace and leave a positive first impression with your co-workers.   

 4. Look for ways to help 

First days notoriously lack structured work because you’re still learning everything. In between onboarding and training, see if there’s anyone in your department you can assist. By doing this, you set yourself up as a team player and keep yourself occupied.  

5. Determine what success looks like 

Ultimately, to be successful in the role you need to know what your supervisor is looking for. Take some time to talk to them daily to make sure you understand the expectations and are ready to do what it takes to succeed.   

Get started toward your next first day with Workbox Staffing 

When you’re ready to empower yourself for a better tomorrow and find a new job, look no further than Workbox Staffing. We take the time to pair you with a personalized career coach who connects you with the best possible position in your area. Request a call today to learn more about how Workbox can help you!  

When considering how to advance your manufacturing career, there are a few options to consider, like additional training and more education. A more individualized approach is finding a mentor.

Mentors can guide you in several ways, whether you’re looking to grow personally and/or professionally. You identify them because they represent who you’d like to become and based on your shared beliefs. Once in place, a mentor will help navigate different areas of your life and share the wisdom they’ve learned. Here are three benefits to having a mentor in the manufacturing industry.

Help advance your career

Having a mentor in manufacturing will help you map out where you’d like your own career to go. Because they’ve already gone through it, they can help advise you with next steps and the right opportunities to pursue.

Beyond helping you navigate your current organization; they can introduce you to other employers and companies. By doing this, they are giving you an in that will help your application get noticed.

Hold you accountable

Goal setting is an important piece part of career advancement, but sometimes sticking to them can be challenging. With a mentor, you’re held accountable for what you wanted to accomplish. Their attitude isn’t mean or judgmental; instead, they’re trying to help you be your best and want to make sure you get there.

Provide vital insight

Because they’ve been through it, your mentor will help you gain a larger perspective on each situation and impart wisdom that will help you persevere. The more time you spend with them, the more likely you’ll experience both personal and professional development. You want to learn all you can from your mentor.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow

Pursuing a mentor is one of the best ways to give yourself a brighter future in your manufacturing career. Partnering with Workbox Staffing is another wise decision. We don’t view people as ‘one-size-fits-all’ and want to make sure we’re placing you in the right role. That’s why we pair you with a personalized career coach that gets to know you the individual. Our simple process helps us find the job that’s perfect for you. Request a call today to get started!

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Who doesn’t love setting a goal? A good goal is inspiring and makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Unfortunately, dreaming up the goal is the easy part. Reaching the goal is a different matter entirely. In fact, only 8% of people who set goals actually achieve them. Those aren’t exactly great odds. Fortunately, there’s a way to beat the odds. Setting SMART goals could be the key to reaching your goal every single time.

SMART Goals: 

The SMART goal system (invented by Peter Drucker in 1981) gives you the advantage by forcing you to think about how you’re going to achieve your objective. It’s like an archer visualizing the target before drawing back the bow. Preparation is key. 

SMART goals are:

  • Specific 
  • Measureable 
  • Achievable 
  • Relevant 
  • Time-Bound 

Specific: step by step 

Let’s be real—a nonspecific goal probably won’t get done. It’s like saying you’re going to do laundry…at some point, and then forgetting about it and running out of clean socks. It happens to the best of us. 

The more specific your goal can be, the better. Ask yourself some questions:

  • What do I want to accomplish? 
  • Why is it important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • What resources will I need?

To put this in context, let’s say you are preparing for a job interview. Your goal is to nail the interview, but you can’t just leave it at that. Take a minute to write down some of the specifics:

  • What do I want to accomplish? 
    • I want to absolutely crush my next job interview! 
  • Why? 
    • Because I want to advance my career.
  • Who? 
    • Me and the interviewers. 
  • Where? 
    • Onsite? Over the phone?
    • Save the location in Google maps and don’t be late!
  • What resources? 

Measurable: tracking your progress

The more specific you are, the easier it will be to keep track of your progress. Crossing things off a list is also a great way to stay motivated. Seeing that list grow smaller and smaller will make you want to achieve more! Here’s how you might measure your progress when preparing for an interview:

  • Read two articles with interview advice.
  • Prepare five questions to ask during the interview. 
  • Practice two ways to manage stress (breathing exercises or wall push ups).  
  • Make sure interview outfit is clean and go to bed early the night before.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early. 

Achievable: keeping it real

In order to succeed, your goal needs to be attainable. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a challenge, but remember to keep your goal within reason. Preparing for an interview and landing a new job is definitely doable! However, picking up a bow and arrow and expecting to beat out Hawkeye for his spot on the Avengers might be wishful thinking. 

Setting an achievable goal is also a great way to stay motivated. If we know we have a good chance of success, we’re more likely to stay on target.

Relevant: making it matter  

Dreaming big is part of what makes us human. After all, who doesn’t daydream about joining the Avengers and taking on Thanos? But unless being a superhero is in your job description, it might be more productive to focus on goals that are specific to your own situation. 

To set a relevant goal simply ask: why does this goal matter to me, personally? How will it move me forward? A relevant goal gives your objective meaning and purpose.  

Timebound: staying on track

We all love to procrastinate. But deep down we know that if it weren’t for deadlines and other people keeping us on track (thanks, Mom!) nothing would get done. A goal with a deadline tells you that this project or task is worthy of your resources and attention. A deadline is a great way to make sure your goal stays a priority. 

Reach your Smart goals with Workbox

Whether it’s crushing your next job interview or challenging the Hulk to an arm wrestling match (good luck!), a SMART goal will help you get there in one piece. Finding a new job may seem like an impossible task, but take it from us—you can do it. And we can help

It can be hard to identify a plateau at first. In fact, they’re almost defined by the continued movement at the same level without variation. Things at work may still be going smoothly so you don’t notice the lack of advancement or new challenges. Perhaps you don’t realize you’re experiencing one now. If you’re unsure, here are five signs you hit a plateau in your career and how you can fix it.

1. You don’t come to work with a passion

When you first started your job, you were likely excited to the do the work or at least to learn how. Now, every day is part of your routine with small variations. You don’t hate the work, but there’s no emotion behind any of it.

How to fix it: Talk to your supervisor about new projects or working with other departments to help you regain some of your lost passion for the work.

2. You’ve stopped learning

Similar to passion, when you first start in a role it’s a marathon of learning new things. As time goes on, you stop learning new things and instead are complacent with what you know. Beyond the lack of new knowledge, you recognize you no longer have the desire to do it.

How to fix it: Invest in your field more. Read about changes in your industry and new technologies and think about ways you can apply it to your position. If you try this and still have no positive reaction, you may have outgrown your role.

3. Your personal life is or has been chaotic

In some cases, a career plateau welcomes stability while your personal life is upended. In the midst of dealing with it, you may have stopped paying attention to your work. As long you’re still doing your job effectively, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

How to fix it: Examine your life now. Do you still need the comfort of your plateaued position or in the relative calm of your life do you recognize it’s time for a change?

4. You have nowhere left to grow at your company

Plateaus can be forced upon an employee because there just isn’t anywhere else to go. Take a look at your company structure. Have you become comfortable in this place because you know there isn’t something more?

How to fix it: Talk about your aspirations with your supervisor. Determine what else you can do and if it’s ultimately time to move on with your career.

5. Your contribution is lacking

It’s true you’re doing the work as it needs done, but are you leaving anything meaningful? You have your gifts and skills, but you feel like they’re going to waste where you are.

How to fix it: Look for creative ways to get involved at work. Maybe it’s in joining a new project or committee and find ways to use your skills and gifts differently.

Make the big fix with Workbox Staffing

If you’ve tried all of these solutions and still feel like you’re going nowhere, it might be time for a new job. Empower yourself for a better tomorrow and contact Workbox Staffing today.

Best ways to talk about salary

There are many reasons why a candidate is interested in a position, but if the money isn’t there, none of them may matter. Similarly, it doesn’t matter how satisfied an employee is at your company because if they feel under-compensated, it’s likely they’ll look for something else. Because you know how important salary is to your team, you need to know the best ways to talk about it with them and potential hires.

How to talk to your employees

The most important thing to consider in conversations about salary is that everyone is compensated fairly. Now, this doesn’t mean everyone will agree, but as an employer, you need to make sure you can justify how everyone is paid. If you can’t do this, it won’t matter how you to talk to your employees about money because they’ll understandably be upset.

Because the topic of salary is frequently discussed, you need to decide how transparent you want to be with your team. You can choose full, partial, or no transparency. Full transparency is rare but not unheard of – essentially everyone within your organization has access to how much everyone makes. Partial transparency isn’t as precise as full, and you get to decide what you do and do not disclose. Finally, no transparency is exactly how it sounds.

Being able to have honest conversations is essential, even if it’s about how there isn’t room for raises or bonuses. Your team wants good news, but they also don’t want to ignore the lack of conversation around news at all. It’s unlikely you’ll ever be able to please every member of your staff, so do your best and make sure you’re conducting your salary operations fairly and ethically.

How to talk to potential hires

Sometimes it can feel like you’re breaking bad news to a top candidate when explaining your salary and how it may be lacking compared to their expectations. If you believe this to be true, it’s better to be honest earlier in the process rather than later. You don’t want to actively pursue a candidate who ultimately says no because you can’t pay them enough.

When it’s time to have the conversation, focus on facts, opportunities and potential. Discuss why your pay level is where it is for clarity. Because you can’t offer them more, take time to discuss other company perks that can showcase additional benefits about working for your company. Finally, make sure you explain the room for growth in your company and the raise potential. They’ll be more likely to say yes knowing it can increase in the future.

Find highly qualified employees today

When you need office help or workers for your warehouse operations, manufacturing, and light industrial operations, trust Workbox Staffing to deliver. We’re an employment agency that recognizes it’s about more than filling a void, which is why we have an extensive hiring process that allows us to guarantee you’re getting a great employee. Contact us today to learn more!