Monthly Archives: March 2016

Poll: How Would You Describe Your Ideal Workplace?

MOV_POLL-ICONAt some point, you’ve likely been asked about your dream job, but what about your dream workplace? According to Forbes, when your personality lines up with company culture, you’re more likely to be engaged and successful. Finding the right work environment can play a key role in determining your overall job satisfaction and productivity.

Because definitions of the perfect workplace vary from person to person, unique to personality and work style, we want to know what yours would look like.

Do you think finding the right workplace is important for job satisfaction? Let us know in the comments section below.

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New “Millennial Monday” Series on Movin’ On Up

Millennial Monday LogoEvery Monday through May 23, we’ll release a new blog article highlighting the viewpoints of Millennials, those born between 1979 and 1995. This new series, titled “Millennial Monday,” focuses on Millennials and their views of the American Dream, from their ideal job characteristics to how they give back in their communities.

The information included in this series was collected from student researchers at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Nine research teams from the school collected data through focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and other research methods to shed light on the work habits of Millennials in America.

Keep checking Movin’ On Up for new installments of this exciting series every Monday through May 23!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month With These Stats

March is Women’s History Month in the United States and is a great time to reflect on the many accomplishments of the nation’s leaders. In 1981, Congress requested President Ronald Reagan to proclaim the week beginning March 7 as “Women’s History Week.” Since 1995, a series of annual proclamations have designated the entire month of March “Women’s History Month.”

To help you celebrate the annual observance, take a look at this infographic from ATG Stores.

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Learn More About the Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast

imageThe Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast is an event from Express Employment Professionals that features outstanding speakers who are ready to share their expertise on reaching the next level, being inspired, and becoming a great leader.

The event is back for its seventh year with a new lineup of engaging and entertaining speakers, including:

  • 15-time NBA All-Star, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal
  • Author and professional coach, Marshall Goldsmith
  • Motivational speaker and career consultant, Kaplan Mobray

You can join us for this half-day event on Wednesday, April 13, as we live blog the event right here on Movin’ On Up. Don’t miss all the great tips and inspiring quotes from our speakers!

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5 Spring Cleaning Articles to De-Clutter Your Career

Spring Clean Job SearchYou’ve probably heard of spring cleaning, and maybe you’ve spent some time cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering your home or car. But, have you ever thought about spring cleaning your career? What about your desk or workspace? Now that spring has arrived, it’s a great time to think about how you can break out the broom and keep your work life free from clutter, too. To help you tidy up, take a look at these helpful posts from our Movin’ On Up archives.

Clean Your Workplace in 5 Minutes
The old saying “a cluttered desk is a sign of genius” isn’t always true, and a messy desk can interfere with your productivity at work. Here are some quick hints to help you clear the workplace clutter and boost efficiency at work.

Spring Clean Your Job Search
Many people take advantage of the beautiful weather to clean their house from top to bottom. Spring cleaning has been a staple in regions that have very strong winters and has become synonymous with general heavy cleaning or organizing. Just like the weather, maybe your job search has been put on ice during the winter months. Now is as good a time as ever to warm up and revitalize your efforts.

Celebrate “Clean Off Your Desk Day” With These Tips
January 11 was National Clean Off Your Desk Day in the United States. Have you had a good look at your desk lately? What do you see? Do you have piles of papers stacked up, dirty coffee cups lying about, or dust gathering? Believe it or not, that cluttered desk may be costing you hours of wasted time and could add to workplace stress.

Spring Clean Your Reference List
Have you been using the same reference for years? If so, what better time than now to spring clean your list? Cleaning up your reference list is just as important as updating your resume, so here are some tips to keep in mind when reviewing your reference list.

5 Spring Cleaning Career Tips
Spring has sprung, and with longer days, more sunshine, and warmer weather, it’s time to shake those winter blues! The best way to start embracing the new season is with some spring cleaning. It’s time to de-clutter, throw away, and organize for a more productive and efficient workday.

What are some ways you spring clean your career? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Warm Weather Safety

SummerSafety_May2014_webSpring is here! And, as we get closer to the summer months it’s important that everyone understands the signs of heat illness and practices prevention.

3 Degrees of Heat Illness
Although there are many types of heat illness, here are three basic types to be aware of:

  1. Heat stress often involves confusion and heat cramps. If you are experiencing muscle cramps due to heat, tell someone, move to a cool shaded area, and drink lots of fluids like water, a light juice, or sports drinks. You can return to work if the cramps subside and you are feeling better, but you should not return to strenuous duty. If you’re not better in an hour, discuss taking the rest of the day off with your supervisor.
  2. Heat exhaustion is more severe. Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness or confusion, nausea, clammy skin, pale complexion, cramps, high body temperature, and shallow breathing. The treatment is the same for heat exhaustion and heat stress, but the focus should be on drinking cool water.  It is also a good idea to cool the body with a cool shower or wet cloth. If you experience heat exhaustion, you should not return to work that day.
  3. Heat stroke is very serious and can even be life threatening. Signs include profuse sweating or the extreme – sweat suddenly stopping. You may also suffer from hallucinations, chills, a throbbing headache, high body temperature, and slurred speech. Contact a supervisor and seek medical treatment immediately if you think you or someone you work with is experiencing heat stroke. The body must be cooled immediately during heat stroke. Soaking or dousing the body in cool water is recommended.

Preventing Heat Illness
To prevent heat illness, it is best to begin drinking fluids before your shift begins and to drink water at least every 15 minutes. Preparing in advance of heat exposure is the best way to avoid heat illness.  Water helps the body stay cool internally and prepares you for losing moisture through sweating. Sweat cools us by evaporating into the air, releasing heat. Remember to include regular breaks in shaded areas as well.

As the temperature outside continue to increase, it’s important to remember these heat safety tips to protect yourself and those around you. How do you avoid heat illness when it’s warm outside? Let us know in the comments section below.

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St. Patrick’s Day Tips for Your Job Search

StPts1Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, which means it’s a great time to brush up on a few magic tricks that may help you land the job. To assist you as you go for the job search gold, we’ve rounded up some of our best lucky tips.

Lucky Breaks in the Workplace
Do you ever feel like some people are just lucky, especially when it comes to their professional life? Somehow they get all the attention and wind up getting promoted, all while you faithfully show up every day, do what’s asked of you, and are still in the same position you started out in.

Turns out, getting a promotion rarely has anything to do with luck and everything to do with hard work. Check out these tips to advance your career.

Resume Tips from St. Patrick
When you’re trying to catch a potential employer’s eye, your resume has to stand out from the crowd. It has to have something extra, a little bit of magic that no other resume has. But, sometimes magic is hard to come by, and it can be difficult to find ways to make your resume distinct.

To help you stand out, take note of these seven tactics and add some luck to your job search.

Lucky Words for Your Resume
On average, a hiring manager will look over a resume for only six seconds, and if they don’t see something that stands out, you may not end up landing an interview. Knowing this fact can add even more stress to the job search process, but it doesn’t have to.

In fact, resume writing is easier than you think, and these lucky words can help your resume get a hiring manager’s attention.

What lucky breaks have you experienced in your job search? Share your story in the comments section below!

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