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Taking Risks in Your Career

April 13th, 2017

In our jobs, and in life, we are continually facing challenges and obstacles, coping with adversity. We have to deal with constant competition.

Some people deal with these circumstances by adopting a defensive posture, alert to parry any adverse thrust that life may throw their way. This is what they are focused on, trying not to get knocked off balance.

All of their attention and effort is channeled toward staying upright, maintaining their status and equilibrium.

But they are so consumed with not getting knocked down and giving that all their energy, that they have given up any chance of making any forward progress. You are not spending any time toward developing your skills and knowledge that will enable you to move ahead.

The fact is that we all get knocked down frequently. Failure and setbacks are a part of life. But we cannot allow that to force us into a guarded, defensive stance toward life.

Love the Mat

Those who practice the martial arts say that you have to learn to love the mat. In other words, when you practice martial arts, you are going to take a fall many times, you are going to hit the mat over and over, and so you cannot be afraid of hitting the mat. In fact, as they say, you have to learn to love hitting the mat. Only that way can you really make progress.

If you learn to love the mat, your mind is no longer consumed by the fear of getting knocked down, and you can devote all of your attention to attacking your opponent. And, paradoxically, you end up not getting knocked down as much.

Psychologists say the same is true at work and life. You have to embrace setbacks, embrace risk, embrace adversity, because sooner or later you are going to hit the mat no matter what, so you need to learn to love it. Only then can you truly make progress and improve your performance.

One well known admiral expressed it in the following way – if you grab a thistle timidly, its spines will stick you, but if your grasp it firmly, it will crumble.

Trinity Staffing is the place to go if you are looking for work in the San Antonio area. Trinity works with you individually to determine your skills, interests, and experience, so that we can find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today

Taking Breaks at Work

April 6th, 2017

The accepted wisdom these days among companies is that employees accomplish the most when they work continually, the longer the better. Taking frequent breaks is often considered just a waste of time, a way of avoiding work.

But psychological research is now showing the necessity of taking breaks. Work requires a lot of energy, effort needed to focus, to blot out distractions, to keep going. All of these things become harder the longer the person is at the task.

So, breaks are needed to rest and recharge. Taking breaks allows the person to recover and return to the task with renewed vigor. In fact, research has shown that after a break, a person’s performance improves when they return to work.

But some kinds of breaks work better than others.

And, unfortunately, employees often do things during their break that hurt more than help. For example, they might have a snack, drink some coffee or other caffeinated beverage, or gripe to a colleague. These activities do not help reduce fatigue because they do not get at the cause of the fatigue.

When taking a break, the employee needs to do something that allows him to completely separate himself from his work mentally. This helps him to recover more quickly. When taking a break, you also want to do something that generates more positive emotions and thoughts, something that is enjoyable. This helps to boost the flow of blood to the brain, which helps us to better focus.

Here are a few ideas for things to do during a break that help a person to separate from work and generate good feelings.

1. Meditation.
This helps you to clear your mind and to relax.

2. Physical activity
This helps to get the blood flowing throughout your body and to your brain. It also helps improve your mood and reduce stress. So, take a walk around the office, or if you can, outside.

3. Learn something new
Gain some new knowledge, which increases positive emotions.

4. Help out a colleague
This too boosts your well being.

5. Think about your goals

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity Staffing is among the best in the Lone Star state and can help you find a job that fits your skills and experience. Give Trinity a call today.

Psychological Observations That Help at Work

March 23rd, 2017

Often, we have attitudes, mindsets and beliefs about ourselves and others that become impediments to good decision making and to following the best course of action to achieve our goals at work. That is because these beliefs are inaccurate. They are based more on feeling and intuition, rather than facts and evidence.

Here are a few insights into what people really believe based on psychological research.

1. People don’t notice you as much as you may believe
People are more wrapped up in their own problems, needs, ambitions and desires. After interacting with you, they are on to the next thing and you have disappeared from their minds. There are more important issues to attend to.

This is important to remember if you feel shy or embarrassed. People often feel this way because they erroneously believe they are the center of attention, that everyone is looking and talking about them. The truth is, they are actually paying little attention to you, and forget about you quickly.

2. Our self is constantly changing
As we age and go through life, we are to a great degree a different person than we were in our youth. We have gained a lot more experience. Our values and desires are much different. What we consider important has changed. Our mindset is different.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other people.
This is a fool’s game. Unfortunately, with the rise of Facebook, it is something that preoccupies more people – and makes them more depressed. But, you need to remember, everyone is different. And there is an old saying that pretty much captures of foolishness of making comparisons – “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

Things may look better, but that is mostly because of your imagination. We are all human, all with our own frailties, vices, insecurities, and problems. Life is messy and ambiguous for everyone.

4. People seldom listen to advice
It’s true. So, you may feel the need to offer some out of the goodness of your heart, but don’t be disappointed if your friends or colleague pays no heed. Giving advice is generally wasted effort.
People learn mostly from their own experiences.

5. Conquer yourself, not the world.
This quote from the French philosopher Rene Descartes sums up the psychological insight that we need to focus on the one thing we can control — ourself. We have total control only over our own emotions and thoughts and behavior, and that is what we need to focus on. Improving ourselves, making ourselves the best we can be, before we can even think about tackling the issues surrounding us.

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How to Create a Staffing Budget

March 16th, 2017

Coming up with a budget for staffing, for permanent or contingent workers, can be a bit of a guessing game. The key is to get into the ballpark for your expenses, and then make sure you have enough in reserve to cover anything unforeseen. Here are some tips on how to budget.

1. Look at previous years.
A good way to get some idea of what your spending may be is to look at what you spent in past years. But don’t just look at numbers. Look also at how you have classified your jobs and whether you have adequate data on your hiring numbers.

If you have not included all job categories in your business, such as independent contractors, you may not get an accurate accounting of your expenses. The same is true with a lack of data. Make sure to include hires made by staffing firms and executive search agencies.

2. Check in with your hiring managers.
Find out who your hiring managers hire and why they hire them. Some may like to hire just temporary people for certain projects, while others may hire through a Statement of Work. Do any of your departments make temporary or permanent hires outside the normal procedures?
You should also find out how long they hire people for.

3. Create labor pools
Divide all the types of jobs you hire for into broad classifications. This will help to give you a better handle on your hiring, enabling you to better see what you may have more control over and what you may be more familiar with.

This will help you to better manage various areas of hiring, rather than trying to look at everything at once.

Break down jobs into groups, such as critical skill positions, high volume positions, corporate positions and remote positions. This will help you get a handle on where you make your hires and why.

So, using your estimates from previous years, information gleaned from hiring managers, and labor pools, you should be able to get some idea of what you need and what not. Then try to quantify the information, estimating the number of workers you will need, where you will get them from, and how much they will cost.

If your company is looking for top talent, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the expertise and the network to find the right people for your business. Give Trinity a call today.

Traits of Creativity

March 9th, 2017

These days, one of the key traits that businesses look for in their leaders is creativity. When the pace of change has continued to accelerate, and there is more data to assimilate, when companies need to negotiate global markets, innovation and creativity have taken on a new prominence.

According to a recent IBM survey, creativity has become the most important trait that companies look for.

But creativity, unlike other desirable traits and skills, is still in many ways shrouded in mystery. How one develops creativity is still a question open to debate. To some, it is an intrinsic quality one is born with, and if you don’t have it naturally, it is difficult to develop. But others see it as a skill that you can improve through training.

Psychologists side with the latter group, arguing that we all have the ability to be creative, an ability that manifests itself in different ways among different people. And, they say, we can all develop our creativity through practice.

The Research

One human resources firm looked at several thousand people, one group consisting of people whose work is mainly creative, and another group whose work is not. The firm then sifted through data relating to the personalities of the two groups, and arrived at traits that are common among creative types and traits more common among non-creatives.

Traits Found

Here is what they found. People who are creative tend to be more intellectually curious, more sensitive to artistic creations, more emotional, more adventurous, more spiritual and more energetic.

The non-creatives were more organized and more compliant than the creative people, according to the data. And while the data showed that creative people are generally more rebellious and impulsive, it also showed paradoxically that they were more cautious. But the caution, it turns out, applies more to being conscientious about their work.

So, how can you increase your creativity? One way might be through cultivating those traits shared by creative people. For example, indulge your intellectual curiosity by learning about things outside your job and areas of interest. Explore new areas and ideas. Try meditating to get in touch with your spiritual side. Get more involved in the arts, either by trying your hand at them yourself or viewing the artistic creations of others. Try to get more in touch with your emotions by being more aware of them.

Trinity Staffing offers the most comprehensive workforce services and solutions in the San Antonio area. We have the expertise and experience to find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Handle Failure at Work

March 2nd, 2017

Sooner or later, something will go wrong. That is just the way things are. The path to success is narrow and fraught with obstacles. It is easy to lose our balance, stumble and fall to failure. So, failure itself is not something to fear. The important thing is how we handle failure and recover from it. Here are some tips on dealing with failure at work.

1. Acknowledge your failure
This is the first step in confronting failure – admitting that you erred. Some people have a habit of blaming everyone but themselves when something goes wrong. They look for the cause everywhere else. Others simply attempt to shove it under the rug, pretend it never happened.

Adopting these strategies, however, is counterproductive. You will never move forward, grow and develop if you do not admit your mistakes and deal with them. If you don’t acknowledge failure, you doom yourself to making the same mistakes again.

2. Move past it
You need to admit failure, but you also cannot let it put you into a depression. You cannot beat yourself up over it, which also accomplishes nothing. You should not dwell on it. It happened, and you need to move on. You need to be able to look at what happened in a more objective manner, without all of the negative emotions attached to it.

3. Evaluate it.
Step 2 is necessary for you to examine what happened, to think about what led to the failure, what the causes were. When did things begin to break down? Examining the process will help you to determine where you made your mistakes.

4. Keep going
After you have determined where you erred, you can begin to come up with action plans so that you don’t repeat the mistakes you made. You can begin to use the failure as a learning tool to help you make better decisions in the future.

And remember not to let the failure define you. It is an event that occurred, nothing else. As Nelson Mandela said, “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Trinity Staffing. It’s the place to go if you are looking for work in the San Antonio area. One of the leading recruiting firms in the Lone Star state, Trinity has the experience and expertise to match your skills and experience with the right job. Give Trinity Staffing a call today.

Lifestyle and Productivity

February 23rd, 2017

When we look at productivity, we usually look at the way we do our work – how we manage our time, organize our schedule, focus on our tasks, increase our efficiency. But there are other things that affect productivity as well, things we do outsisde of work that affect the energy and endurance we bring to our job.

Here are a few of those other things that influence our productivity.

1. Diet.
We all like our sweets. But research is showing that sugar is just not good for us. Yes, it may give you a quick burst of energy, but it soon passes, and you feel even more tired than before. That is because sugar can cause inflammation of our tissues, and that applies to brain tissue as well. Too much sugar can make it harder to concentrate and easier to get distracted, even put us in a bad mood.

For better productivity, eat a more nutrient rich diet, one with proteins, fruits and vegetables.

2. Stress
No surprise here. This obviously can affect our productivity. Too much stress can sap our energy and focus.

To combat stress, make sure to take breaks at work, and get plenty of exercise and enough sleep. Exercise and sleep have been found to be especially effective in fighting stress. Meditation helps as well.

3. Sleep
A lack of sleep can be a real productivity killer, but it is usually the first thing to go when we feel pressured to get work done. People generally feel they can cut down on their sleep with little consequence, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Research shows sleep is really important for our brains to recuperate and assimilate what it receives during the day.

4. Water
Like the rest of our body, our brains are mostly water – more than 90 percent — so it is important to make sure we drink enough water to keep our brains functioning at their best. If you don’t get enough water, it can affect your memory, mood, and your decision making ability.

It’s especially important to get enough water if you drink a lot of coffee or other caffeinated beverages that are diuretics.

If you need to be more productive in managing your job search, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity has the experience and the network of employers to help find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

Reminders on Preparing for the Job Interview

February 16th, 2017

Job interviews are never easy. You never know exactly what you will face, since each company has its own values, goals and priorities.

However, there are some common elements to all interviews that you should keep in mind as you prepare. Remembering these things will help you to perform much better.

1. Don’t be too self conscious
This is easier said than done in a job interview. You want to make a good impression, and you know that what you say and how you act are being evaluated. But you shouldn’t get too hung up on a little gaffe or awkward moment. You should realize that these minor glitches are not situations that the hiring manager will pay much attention to. He has more important issues to deal with.

2. Read the company website
Know the company. It is pretty much standard operating procedure now that job seekers need to research companies. Naturally, you need to check the company’s website and find out what the mission and goals are and what is happening at the firm.

You also should know what the duties and responsibilities of the job are when you go to the interview. This you can get from the job description. If there is anything that you are not clear about, you should ask about it at the interview so you have a good understanding of what the job entails.

Also, you should be able to articulate clearly and persuasively what you can offer the company, how you can add value. You should be able to answer the question – why should we hire you?

3. Prepare for the questions
You may not know the exact questions the hiring manager will ask, but there are some common interview questions that more often than not turn up in interview situations. So, you should prepare for these questions and rehearse your answers. It might also be a good idea to write down your answers so they are more clearly and firmly implanted in your mind.

4. Remember that the interviewer is probably a little tense also.
This is something you as a job seeker need to be aware of too. The interviewer knows that he and his company are competing against other firms for your talents, firms that may be better known. So, he is trying to sell the company to you as well.

If you are looking to move ahead in your career in San Antonio, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity has the resources and expertise to make sure you do not fail in your job search. Give Trinity a call today.

Social Media and Your Job

February 9th, 2017

Social media is everywhere these days, and almost everyone is on it. People post about almost anything. So, it’s not surprising that people will put up comments about their job and their employer. But doing this can get a little tricky, depending on what the employee posts. Here are some guidelines from an attorney specializing in employment law.

1. What you need to watch.
If you put up a post that has the name of your employer in it, the company has the right to look at the post. The company has the right to protect its name, brand and reputation online.

2. What is acceptable and what is not.
As an employee, you have the right to post information about your wages, hours and working conditions. General complaints about the job and working conditions are protected under federal and state law. These laws prohibit companies from retaliating for posting such information.

However, where you could get into trouble is if you make threats online, use racial slurs or other hate speech, harass anyone, or divulge trade secrets or other confidential information. If you do, the company may be obligated to check out what you have written to make sure other employees and its confidential information are safe.

Also, if you post something about the company that is not true or misleading, the company is likely to take action against you to protect its reputation.

Conversely, you can actually get into trouble if you post something good about the company without revealing that you are an employee.

3. Can you be fired for what you post?
In a word, yes. You can be subject to disciplinary action, even termination, if you post hate speech, threats, confidential information, or something defamatory to the company online, as mentioned. In fact, a company may be required to take some action if you post any of the above mentioned things.
So, it is important to know that there are limits to what you can put online. It is always best, before posting, to check the company’s social media policy.

If you are looking for a job, you should check out Trinity Staffing. They have become one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area because of their professionalism and their success in placing people. Give Trinity a call today.

Things to Consider When Relocating

February 2nd, 2017

Sometimes, people feel the need to relocate to an area where they believe that opportunities for employment are better. If you are one of these people, before making the move, you should take the time to find out about the place where you want to settle.

Most people, when making such a move, check out things like quality of schools, crime rates, real estate prices and cost of living. All of these things are important. But there are other not-so-conventional things to look at as well to get an indication of the health and vibrancy of a community.

1. Internet service providers
Everyone today needs good internet access. But few probably check out internet service providers at a new location. But you should do it – providers vary by region, and some are better than others.

2. Mass transit
What kind of mass transit system does the new location have? This is especially important if you plan to be working in an urban area where you will need to take such transportation. And, naturally, these systems will vary from one place to another.

3. Pet laws
These will be of interest if you own a pet, which one out of three Americans does. Pet laws can be very different from place to place, and much stricter in some areas than others.

4. Culture
This can vary tremendously from place to place as well, even within the same country. If you are planning to relocate, it would definitely be worth your while to do a little research on what the culture is like at your destination area. Is it a lifestyle you would be comfortable with?

5. Other signs of healthy city
Some researchers have identified a number of other signs of a healthy city. These include a large number of public-private partnerships, a research university nearby, a vibrant downtown area, a community college in the city, different types of public schools, a welcoming posture toward immigrants. And, believe it or not, the researchers found that having a craft brewery is also a sign of a healthy community. Why? A craft brewery signals that there is an entrepreneurial spirit in the city, and that there is a large enough population of young people to support such a business.

If you are looking for a new job and want to relocate to the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity is one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

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