Tips tо Stаnd Out іn a Competitive Jоb Mаrkеt

By Robert Boroff

Whеthеr уоu аrе lооkіng fоr сuѕtоmеrѕ оr lооkіng fоr a jоb, оnе wау to ѕеt уоurѕеlf араrt frоm thе соmреtіtіоn іѕ tо bесоmе knоwn аѕ аn еxреrt. Gіvеn tоdау’ѕ tоugh есоnоmу, gеttіng уоurѕеlf noticed іѕ mоrе іmроrtаnt thаn еvеr. Whіlе thіѕ mау ѕоund lіkе іt wоuld tаkе уеаrѕ tо асhіеvе, wіth thе hеlр оf tоdау’ѕ ѕосіаl media, уоu саn bесоmе knоwn аѕ аn еxреrt аlmоѕt оvеrnіght. And іf уоu’vе уеt tо еmbrасе social nеtwоrkіng, there are mоrе trаdіtіоnаl mеthоdѕ tо uѕе аѕ wеll.

Tо hеlр уоu gеt ѕtаrtеd оn gеttіng nоtісеd, hеrе’ѕ аn оvеrvіеw оf thе fіvе mаіn ѕtrаtеgіеѕ уоu саn uѕе tо ѕеt уоurѕеlf uр аѕ аn еxреrt іn уоur fіеld. Stаrt bу рісkіng a tоріс уоu lіkе, ѕоmеthіng уоu knоw, thаt уоu саn ѕhаrе wіth оthеrѕ. Thеn сhооѕе just оnе оf thе ѕtrаtеgіеѕ bеlоw, kееріng іn mіnd thаt уоu’ll gеt bеttеr rеѕultѕ wіth соnѕіѕtеnt асtіоn іn оnе аrеа rаthеr thаn ѕрrеаdіng уоurѕеlf tоо thіn bу trуіng tо dо tоо muсh.

  • Writing – Stаrt wrіtіng articles аnd tірѕ уоu саn ѕubmіt tо mаgаzіnеѕ, е-zіnеѕ, nеwѕрареrѕ оr оthеr publications whеrе уоur tаrgеt mаrkеt mіght ѕее thеm.
  • Sреаkіng – Mаnу grоuрѕ nееd guеѕt ѕреаkеrѕ, еѕресіаllу іf уоu аrе wіllіng tо ѕреаk fоr frее. Crеаtе a ѕреесh уоu can gіvе rереаtеdlу аnd bесоmе knоwn fоr on a tоріс оf іntеrеѕt tо уоur tаrgеt mаrkеt.
  • Blоggіng – If уоu’rе nоt ԛuіtе ready tо сrеаtе уоur оwn blоg, аn еаѕу wау tо gеt nоtісеd аnd dеvеlор a fоllоwіng іѕ bу соmmеntіng оn оthеr blоgѕ thаt реорlе іn уоur tаrgеt mаrkеt mіght rеаd. If уоu’vе gоt a lоt tо ѕау, lаunсh уоur оwn blog аnd post rеgulаrlу tо іt.
  • Onlіnе Sосіаl Nеtwоrkіng – Yоu саn сrеаtе a ѕtrоng оnlіnе рrеѕеnсе bу uѕіng оnе, оr mоrе, оf thе ѕіtеѕ оut thеrе, ѕuсh аѕ LіnkеdIn, Fасеbооk, оr Twіttеr. Tо rеаllу bе еffесtіvе, уоu wіll nееd tо соntrіbutе rеgulаrlу tо whісhеvеr ѕіtе уоu сhооѕе.
  • Hоѕtіng a Tеlе-ѕеmіnаr – Thіѕ іѕ a grеаt wау tо ѕhаrе уоur еxреrtіѕе wіth others. Uѕіng оnе оf thе frее brіdgе lіnе ѕеrvісеѕ, уоu саn tеасh ѕоmеthіng оf vаluе tо hundrеdѕ оf реорlе аt оnсе.

Dоn’t wаіt tо сhооѕе оnе оf thеѕе ѕtrаtеgіеѕ. Whеthеr уоu’rе runnіng a buѕіnеѕѕ оr mаkіng a саrееr сhаngе, uѕіng аnу оf these ѕtrаtеgіеѕ wіll аdd to уоur ѕuссеѕѕ bу hеlріng уоu ѕtаnd оut іn a сrоwdеd fіеld.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Management Hiring Abroad

By Robert Boroff

Some of the largest corporations today in the United States are beginning to shift their hiring abroad. This trend is coming at a time when many people at home in the United States are in need of jobs. Management of these multinational corporations are starting to employ many more workers overseas while also cutting the jobs at home. This shift towards hiring more in other countries exemplifies the important role nations abroad play in the world economy. The Wall Street Journal reported on management shifting their hiring trends and how, “the growing importance of other economies, particularly in rapidly growing Asia, to big U.S. businesses such as General Electric Co., Caterpillar Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Wal-Mart Stores Inc…The data also underscore the vulnerability of the U.S. economy, particularly at a time when unemployment is high and wages aren’t rising.” These companies are just a handful of corporations who are reaching outside of the United States to “set up shop.”Are There Benefits?

Although the majority of people in the United States argue against taking jobs away from people at home and moving them abroad, there is a side to the debate that highlights the benefits of hiring abroad. Many people believe that the trend towards hiring abroad helps all parties involved. These people point out that the corporations going abroad can benefit from lowered manufacturing costs while also forming bonds and relationships with countries overseas. They also determined that this would benefit the consumer because they will be able to purchase cheaper goods in the end- getting a higher quality product at a lower price. Most people would agree that this is a positive perspective to the ongoing debate surrounding this issue.

What Are the Downfalls?

The other side of the debate, which is not in favor of hiring abroad believes that even if goods in the United States become more affordable, consumers will not be able to spend as much on these “cheaper” products because they will most likely be unemployed. They argue that jobs will disappear from the United States, which will have a direct effect on the American economy. Without the middle class consumers, the country will continue to struggle financially.

These people are asking where the American consumer will get the money to pay for goods and products that are produced abroad for a more competitive price. This argument also touches on the rise in cost of food, gas, and other important commodities, hiring will be going down in the United States. The majority of hiring abroad will most likely occur in developing countries, where the goods and labor are cheap. These countries also tend to have more space for larger corporations.

Overall, while the small companies in the United States are important to the country’s economy, it is the large multinational corporations who contribute an even greater amount to the economy’s fluctuation. As The Wall Street Journal also reported, “Other observers (in this debate) see the trend as a failure of U.S. policies to counter aggressive foreign governments…a combination of the U.S. tax code, the declining state of U/S. infrastructure, the quality of the country’s education system and barriers to the immigration of skilled workers may be making the U.S. less attractive to multinationals.”

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Coworker Relationships and Office Etiquette

Coworker Relationships and Office Etiquette

By Robert Boroff

Every office is going to have a team with a diverse collection of personalities and backgrounds.  Office efficiency, morale and productivity depend on the ability of potentially very different people to get along civilly and amicably.  Barring extreme conditions, however, most people can comport themselves civilly and professionally in a professional setting.   An office team that makes a point of basic friendliness with each other and aims for an upbeat attitude will likely weather many storms.  In many cases, office teams have the potential to struggle with individual self-awareness.

Individual self-awareness

How individuals behave will shape the collective behavior of the whole office team by lowering or raising the baseline for acceptable or standard behavior.   Moreover, many people find it very difficult to address minor concerns or annoyances with offenders because they don’t want to be seen as ‘difficult’ or ‘pushy.’   Here we list 13 common do’s and don’t of office etiquette.

1)   Be pleasant and friendly.

Do: Be nice to and friendly with coworkers.  Keep language appropriate and body language pleasant, (i.e. smile, make eye contact, respect personal space, speak in a clear voice). Try to make a point of saying good morning and good evening to people in your office. Try to walk to someone’s cubicle or space to speak to him or her.

Don’t: use profanity.  Don’t discuss sex, religion or politics, ever.  Don’t stand too close to people.  Avoid entering or leaving the office at the beginning or end of the day without speaking to anyone. Avoid speaking over cubicle dividers or leaning on someone else’s cubicle wall.

2)   Dress right. 

Do: Wear work appropriate clothes.  Wear nice clothes.  If you work in an office, this means dress shoes, slacks and collared shirts or blouses (at least).  If you meet clients or customers in person, mimic their uniform (ie, selling to doctors in a hospital, wear scrubs, selling to office workers, wear a suit, selling to farmer, wear khakis and a collared shirt).   Wear clothes that fit properly.

Don’t: Wear revealing clothes.  Midriffs, cleavage and chest hair should be minimized.  Skirts should rest at least mid-thigh and preferably come the knee.  Don’t wear shorts in an office environment. Avoid jeans, or other ‘casual’ clothing in a professional setting. Avoid open toed shoes in any circumstance.  Don’t wear under or oversized clothing, tailor if necessary.

3)   Respect privacy.

Do: Mind your own business.

Don’t: Jump into private conversations or comment on overheard personal calls if you happen to be in physical proximity to the speaker(s).

4)   Be helpful and self-sufficient.

Do: Offer help freely and genuinely when you can.  If stepping out to a café while others are desk-bound, offer to bring something back.

Don’t: count favors, offer tech advice if you don’t know anything about tech., Don’t ask for help on the same issue repeatedly or ask others to finish your work for you.

5)   Share with discretion. 

Do: Share as necessary about your personal life to further trust and bond with coworkers.  Exchanged personal stories also help to build friendships. 

Don’t: over share, discuss personal medical issues, bodily functions, tell the same story or discuss the same subject repeatedly if the story or subject only relates to you (ie, YOUR pets, YOUR kids).   Don’t discuss yourself at length without asking about the other person.

6)   Keep personal calls out of the office and bathroom.

Do: Step out of the office for personal calls.

Don’t: Step into the bathroom for personal calls or try to socialize with coworkers while they’re ensconced within toilet stalls.

7)   Maintain personal hygiene.

Do: Maintain a neat and hygienic personal appearance and see to hygiene/neatness at home or in the bathroom.

Don’t: clip or chew finger- or toenails at your desk.  Don’t blow your nose at your desk if it can be avoided.  If possible, avoid belching, passing gas, etc. at your desk.  Don’t wear strong perfume or cologne; avoid wearing at all.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Managing your Retirement

Managing your Retirement

By Robert Boroff

If you are like many Americans today, your always concerned about your Retirement. It is important to realize that there are things you can do now to save what you have left or recreate what you have lost in the past years. For example, managing your own various retirement and savings accounts can save you a lot of money in the end.

Like The Wall Street Journal states in their article about costs that can ruin a retirement savings, “What you don’t know can cost you, and sometimes cost dearly. Advisers say that there’s a host of unknown costs and fees lurking inside your 401(k) plans, IRAs and other such retirement accounts. And often, those fees can make a world of difference in your overall investment returns.”

Know What Happens with your Money

Because many Americans are unaware of what is going on with their money and their accounts, it is entirely possible that many are losing a large chunk over time to small fees here and there. There are both large and small fees often associated with accounts like these. For instance, a small fee that many people rarely notice tacked onto their statement like when people move their IRA accounts, adds up. As The Wall Street Journal reported, “…These clients were whacked with two unexpected fees one was the so-called account transfer fee and another was the annual maintenance fee.” This happens a lot because banks and brokerage firms do not like having their assets leave or transfer out.

The annual maintenance fee for a retirement fund is what most owners are familiar with and this tends to be one of the only fees that they look out for or expect to have. According to Denise Appleby, CEO and founder of RetirementDictionary.com, the 10 fees “that can eat away at your retirement savings are: account termination fees, account maintenance fees, various account transfer fees, Roth conversion fee, federal fund wire fee and overnight delivery fee, “special investment” fee, “special investment” set-up fee, form 990-T filing fee, loan processing fees, and the recordkeeping fee.” The majority of people do not have any idea that so many fees like these exist.

Although there are so many fees involved, it is possible to lower these scattered costs. Advisers point out the fact that although people cannot make these fees disappear, they can find tax efficient ways to pay them. Learning the ins and outs of these costs and how to ease some of the rates is important in saving for the future. The worst-case scenario is finding yourself unprepared when it comes to knowing where your money is really going. The fees listed above are only 10 costs that can ruin your savings accounts. There are many other charges and hidden fees out there and it is imperative to know what exactly you are committing yourself to, especially when you are young and setting up different retirement and savings accounts. Many say that what a person does not know will not hurt them. This is definitely not the case when it comes to managing your money intelligently.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Why Exercise is so Important to your Workplace Health

Why Exercise is so Important to your Workplace Health

By Robert Boroff

Many people find that there is not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished. How is it possible that there are some people out there who can handle a full time job, family, friends, and exercise? It all really comes down to time management and motivation. For the most part, people will come up with thousands of different excuses as to why there is not enough time in the day to begin with, let alone exercise. Of course, almost everyone agrees that a few extra hours in the day would really help, but since this is not the case then people need to find ways to adjust and make time for their personal fitness.

When most people get off of work they are exhausted. Exercising can help ease this feeling while making people both look and feel better than ever. Physical activity also brings about better nights of sleep, which will bring more alertness to the workplace and therefore brings about more productivity. Exercise boosts brainpower, which is even more important for success in the workplace. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported “A year of modest aerobic exercise reversed normal brain shrinkage by one to two years in older adults and improved their memory function.”

Finding the Time to Prolong your Life

Moderate exercise is extremely easy task to make time for. Taking a walk during your lunch break is an example of this and can end up saving you and your brain in the long run. Aerobic exercise is also very important in keeping a healthy brain, while sticking to a low-cost budget. As The Wall Street Journal reported from a test on 120 Americans in their late 50s to early 80s, “ Half this group walked three times a week for 40 minutes, while the other half did yoga and toning exercises…Both groups showed significant improvements on spatial memory tests conducted before and after the study…In the walking group, however, changes in hippocampus volume were directly related to improved memory performance.”

To think that moderate exercise can prevent brain and memory problems is an extremely fascinating discovery. The ability to have some control over your health is very important and needs to be taken advantage of by more people. During a lunch break is a perfect time to, at the very least, walk around. Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Many companies have their own exercise groups, which is even more motivating and holds people accountable for their daily participation. Some companies, both large and small, offer gym passes to their employees after the completion of their probationary period. Taking advantage of this benefit is easy and eliminates the “lack of finances” excuse completely.

Going to the gym either before work or after is also an avenue many people take. People are different and how they achieve their daily exercise goals varies. The important part is to get the exercise your body deserves. Exercise brings energy, which generally transfers to happiness and success both inside and outside the workplace.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Hоw to Wоrk From Home Effесtіvеlу

 

By Robert Boroff

Wіth jоb ѕесurіtу fаѕt bесоmіng a thіng оf thе раѕt, more аnd mоrе реорlе аrе tаkіng thе dесіѕіоn tо wоrk fоr thеmѕеlvеѕ, frоm hоmе. Thіѕ рrоvіdеѕ thе орроrtunіtу fоr іndіvіduаlѕ tо еxреrіеnсе ѕuссеѕѕ іn thеіr оwn rіght аnd gіvеѕ a trеmеndоuѕ feeling оf асhіеvеmеnt, but tаkіng thе іnіtіаl ѕtер аnd gеttіng ѕtаrtеd requires аdjuѕtіng tо ѕоmе сhаngеѕ. Whаt саn уоu dо tо make thеѕе сhаngеѕ аѕ раіnlеѕѕ аѕ possible?

Fіrѕt оf аll, уоur family muѕt bе іnvоlvеd іn discussions about уоur nеw role. Yоu wіll bе wоrkіng from hоmе, wіth the еmрhаѕіѕ оn wоrk. Thіѕ dоеѕn’t nоw mean thаt уоu аrе аvаіlаblе tо wаtсh TV with thеm оr tаkе thеm ѕhорріng, just оn a whіm.It’ѕ еаѕу tо say hаlf аn hоur hеrе or thеrе won’t mаkе аnу dіffеrеnсе, but іn truth these hаlf hоurѕ саn аdd uр to соnѕіdеrаblе tіmе lоѕt thаt уоu соuld bе uѕіng tо build уоur buѕіnеѕѕ.

Onсе уоu hаvе еxрlаіnеd the ѕіtuаtіоn tо уоur fаmіlу, thе nеxt step іѕ tо сrеаtе a рrореr wоrkіng environment fоr уоurѕеlf. Idеаllу, this ѕhоuld bе a ѕраrе rооm that саn bе transformed іn tо a hоmе оffісе, but whеrеvеr уоu сhооѕе, mаkе ѕurе thаt уоu аrе gоіng tо be frее frоm domestic distractions. Trying tо wоrk frоm thе kіtсhеn tаblе оr lіvіng rооm соuсh іѕ a rесіре for dіѕаѕtеr frоm thе оutѕеt. In аddіtіоn tо thе dіѕtrасtіоnѕ оf TV оr rеfrіgеrаtоr, you wіll not fееl аѕ рrоfеѕѕіоnаl аѕ уоu wоuld wоrkіng from уоur dеѕk wіth your fіlеѕ stored nеаtlу bу.

Nоw thаt уоu are іn уоur оffісе wіthоut any dіѕtrасtіоnѕ, thе next ѕtер is tо сrеаtе уоur rеаѕоn for bеіng thеrе, іn thе fоrm of gоаlѕ, drеаmѕ, аmbіtіоnѕ, саll thеm whаt уоu wіll. Wrіtе thеm dоwn, іnсludіng dаtеѕ thаt уоu wаnt tо асhіеvе thеm bу. Hаvе thеm іn a рlасе whеrе уоu can ѕее thеm еаѕіlу,аnd rеfеr tо thеm rеgulаrlу. It’ѕ thеѕе gоаlѕ thаt wіll hеlр to kеер уоu mоtіvаtеd whеn thіngѕ аrеn’t gоіng just hоw уоu рlаnnеd thеm!

So, уоu’rе in уоur new hоmе оffісе, wіth your gоаlѕ wrіttеn dоwn and dated. Now thеrе’ѕ nоthіng tо ѕtор уоu frоm рuttіng іn a full dау’ѕ wоrk tо рrореl you сlоѕеr tо thоѕе drеаmѕ. Arе you gоіng tо рut іn a full day’s wоrk? So many people ѕtаrt оff wіth gооd іntеntіоnѕ, but еnd uр оnlу doing thе mіnіmum every dау. Mу advice іѕ to ѕеt уоurѕеlf a tіmеtаblе аnd ѕtісk tо іt. Hаvе ѕеt wоrkіng hоurѕ, brеаkѕ аnd a fіnіѕhіng tіmе. Every dау bеfоrе you fіnіѕh, plan whаt уоu аrе gоіng tо do the nеxt dау. Thеn уоu wоn’t wаѕtе vаluаblе tіmе mаkіng thаt dесіѕіоn fіrѕt thіng іn the mоrnіng. Yоu wіll соmе to уоur dеѕk knоwіng whаt thе рlаn іѕ аnd fееl a sense оf ѕаtіѕfасtіоn knоwіng уоu hаvе соmрlеtеd thаt which уоu ѕеt оut tо dо.

If уоu wаnt tо wаѕtе уоur dау gеt оn ѕосіаl mеdіа. Tоо muсh tіmе on Fасеbооk аnd Twіttеr саn wаѕtе уоur day. Pісk сеrtаіn tіmеѕ tо gеt оn ѕосіаl mеdіа. Sреnd nо mоrе than 15-30 mіnutеѕ a dау оn thеrе.

Lastly, rеmеmbеr whу уоu dесіdеd to work frоm hоmе. Thіnk аbоut all оf the bеnеfіtѕ уоu gеt frоm wоrkіng аt hоmе аnd hоw muсh lеѕѕ ѕtrеѕѕful іt іѕ tо work frоm hоmе. But аlѕо, rеmеmbеr that nоthіng іѕ fоr nоthіng іn thіѕ lіfе, аnd іn оrdеr tо kеер thіѕ lіfеѕtуlе, уоu muѕt bе wіllіng tо mаkе thе еffоrt tо ѕuссееd.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

10 Tips To Create Stronger Teams

Management Matters – 10 Tips To Create Stronger Teams

By Robert Boroff

Positive office dynamics add great strength to a business, while strained ones create strife.

Managers need to be able to bring team members together to complete projects, and to work together as a single unit.

Tips to Help Managers:

Communicate goals clearly. When those goals are not clear, disagreements will erupt as employees try to define goals themselves. By clearly laying out goals, everyone begins in the same place and understands where the business is going.

Define responsibilities. Offices run best when everyone clearly understands their responsibilities. Provide each employee with a distinct definition of his or her own responsibilities, both individually and as it relates to group projects. This eliminates confusion over who is accountable for what and allows employees to relate without struggling over responsibilities.

Provide equal training. Make sure that each member of your staff is trained and equipped to complete the tasks; divisions surface when one member is unable to perform necessary duties.

Encourage relationships. Most offices are busy places with many demanding deadlines. However, allowing employees an occasional extended lunch to go out together and relax outside of the work environment can build understanding that will transfer back into the office and improve working relationships.

Empower. Give decision-making power to the people working on the project. Give them the authority necessary to get their jobs done, but observe the process to make sure they are rising to the challenge.

Provide feedback. Don’t make a group second-guess your opinion of their work. Be clear not only in your initial expectations and assignments, but also in your opinion of the work. Open communication, where employees are clear on where they stand, will help them feel more secure and willing to work together.

Reward. Provide rewards to the office as a group such as a luncheon or some other treat, providing the whole office with an encouraging reward for hard work will build team spirit and bring your employees back in with renewed enthusiasm for their job.

Set reasonable deadlines. Reasonable deadlines are often subjective, and timelines vary based on need.

Meet regularly. The best way to understand your employees and to let them know they are not alone is to meet regularly with them. Whether it’s a monthly lunch meeting or an organized meeting with specific agenda items, it is critical to keep the lines of communication open.

Discourage “backdoor” reports. Inevitably, there will be at least one employee who will attempt to report to you after every meeting – giving a play-by-play slanted to their favor. Don’t encourage this behavior. Backdoor tactics can severely undermine an otherwise positive office environment.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

 

Staying On Top Of Your Game

Staying On Top Of Your Game

By Robert Boroff

While most of our “Management Matters” articles have been geared toward what you can do as a manager, this article provides guidance for what to do after you’ve managed. World unemployment is still on the rise and it is clear that workers from every level and every industry have been hit. While most of the major layoffs waves have been entry to mid-level workers, there is no reason why those in a management position should feel safe, or rather, should not be prepared. So whether you have been laid off from your management position or not, there are steps to take to ensure that if the dreadful time ever does arrive, you will be fully equipped to get back in the working world.

Most managers do not start their careers in a supervisory position but instead work their way up from a lower point. When promoted, they take on a brand new list of responsibilities which primarily tend to focus on overseeing the work of others. With this they spend more time evaluating the duties of their job than they actually spend doing the actual function of their job.

Let’s take the Information Technology world as an example. When holding the position of a web developer or a software engineer, you are actually doing the hands-on designing, developing, testing and more. When placed in the management position and overseeing these workers, you are doing less of the hands-on work and more of the management over projects and personnel. With this higher-up position you are vulnerable to losing touch with the various programs and software that your workers are using.

As technology advances, there are more and more resources used by employees these days. When sitting in a management position, many lose touch with the newest technology and software programs. So if a manager were to be laid off, when trying to find a job it will require not only their familiarity with the latest programs, but also experience.

Our advice to you? Whether you hold a manager position in IT, healthcare or even construction, ensure that you are not only knowledgeable of the newest technology or programs of your industry that your workers are using, but allow yourself time to get trained on them and practice using them. This will guarantee that if you are to join the pool of job candidates, you will be a valuable asset and in the loop with the latest information and resources out there.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Recognizing Your Weaknesses

Recognizing Your Weaknesses

When your career is going well you don’t usually take time to think about what you’re doing wrong. If it appears that what you are doing is working you continue carrying out business as you have been. Be warned, this strategy can be extremely risky and can actually derail your entire career.

Be careful not to overrate your leadership skills because your boss and your co workers won’t. As companies have been forced to deal with the fallout from the recession they have raised the bar on management performance. Companies cannot afford to keep managers who have serious flaws. Be sure to seek out feedback from workplace allies who you know will be honest with you. The people who you manage are likely going to flatter you whether or not you deserve it. You cannot and should not rely on your subordinates to give you accurate feedback. If you do you will be less likely to make strategic changes that are necessary for the success of your company and subsequently less likely to hang on to your job or advance your career.

Be sure to ask specific questions when inquiring about your strengths and weaknesses. Ask about how you are perceived when addressing a group and how you are perceived when addressing individuals. Ask what people really think about your plans for the company. If you just ask somebody how you’re doing in general they are likely to say you’re doing good and dismiss the whole conversation. You need to make it clear to them that you are really interested in improving your performance as a manager and that you value their opinions. Once you come up with a list of strengths and weaknesses make a plan.

Actively try to improve upon your weak points and continue to seek feedback. Let the office know that you are making some changes in order to improve your workplace performance. They’ll appreciate your effort and will be more likely to be patient with you as you attempt to alter your behavior. Once you feel like you’ve made the necessary changes ask people if they notice an improvement. Don’t just assume that because you’re trying to hold a friendlier tone or are trying to be more patient you are actually succeeding. It can be extremely difficult to alter your behavior. As a manager you expect your employees to listen to you, maybe it’s time you listen to them.

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Training: How To Make It Stick…

Training: How To Make It Stick…

By Robert Boroff

Training can seem like an easy answer for managers looking to increase employee productivity. However, many managers complain that the training session did not produce any long term effects or that the training participants did not make any changes in their performance. Why is it that companies spend thousands of dollars on training, and yet employees do not seem to benefit from it?

Often time managers implement a training session that fills the employees with knowledge, but not practical skills to make productive changes. Manager assistants are usually put in charge of setting up training, but this is detrimental to the training because the assistant typically is not aware of the day to day tasks of the other employees. When the manager puts the training responsibility on the assistant and is not present at the training, participants believe they are given the option of snoozing through the training because they already know if the manager is not behind the new procedures, then punishments or rewards most likely will not follow. Another mistake made by managers is requiring training attendance of the entire company, and therefore the training is not specific enough to be of benefit to the attendees.

When a manager is deciding what kind of training to put into place, he/she must consider who will be performing the training, how the training will directly influence the attendees, and how to tangibly record improvements. Suggestions for improved training sessions include:

 

Bullet Arrow Training should be used to solidify a change process that has already begun.
Bullet Arrow Training should address a specific need.
Bullet Arrow Training should have an equal member of the team perform the training session to enforce the credibility and applicability of the information presented.
Bullet Arrow Training should be hands on so the participants can experience the learning instead of just hearing the facts.
Bullet Arrow Ask yourself if your employees would voluntarily attend the training knowing it would be of direct benefit to them.
Bullet Arrow As the manager, be involved in the training and the implementation of the training to enforce the regulations behind the training.
Bullet Arrow Training should be focused on giving your employees the tools and skills they need to be successful in their current position.
Bullet Arrow Managers should implement how the training will be followed up with tangible ways of measuring a growth in success.
Bullet Arrow Make the training specific to each department in your company to insure the relevance of the material presented.
Bullet Arrow Maintain a positive attitude that promotes growth and change.

 

Robert Boroff Executive Profile Managing Director Reaction Search International

•       Uses over 20 years of industry experience to provide clients with proven recruiting strategies that garner results

•       Leads a team of Executive Recruiters in fulfilling clients important hiring needs in a time and cost-effective manner

•       Keeps abreast of business and market trends in order to effectively consult clients on their hiring requirements

•       Skilled at using traditional and contemporary recruiting practices

RSI recruits top executives from around the country in a wide range of professions, including: Accounting, Advertising, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Biotechnology, Banking, Board and CEO Services, Computer Hardware, Construction, Consulting, Consumer Products, Computer Software and Hardware, Education, Energy & Utilities, Entertainment & Sports, Financial Services, Food Products, Government, Human Resources, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Industrial, Internet & New Media, Legal, Journalism & Publishing, Marketing, Manufacturing, Medical Device, Non-Profit, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate, Retail & Apparel, Sales, Technology, Telecommunications and Transportation.