It’s the same question that we all know to ask ourselves before we go into business on our own, but having the answer is the real requisite for success… “What sets us apart from our competitors?”
What exactly is networking, and how important is it to be involved in an environment where interacting with your peers is encouraged? Networking goes beyond your standard specialized event. Networking is any situation where there is potential to establish and build a relationship, no matter what line of work or industry that person may be in. Although occasionally intimidating or tedious, relationships are the foundation of any successful business, so it is imperative to create connections whenever possible. Fortunately, there are ways to embrace networking as an exciting occasion rather than a necessary evil.
Raise your hand if you feel accomplished after a busy day of work. Isn’t that the way I’m supposed to measure my productivity? I was busy today, so it must mean that my time is valuable, and I’m working to the best of my ability. Our intentions are in the right place with this thought, however, we’re standing in our own way by solely approaching our success through this measurement. We may find more success in our lives by approaching our days with the thought of “how effective can I be with my time?” rather than “I need to be busy today”.
There is one main factor that we all desire when committing to a big investment. Quality is the foundation of any successful venture. The problem is, how do we really know what is good quality, and what will ultimately be a disappointment? In material handling installations, quality is not only desired, it is imperative to proper function.
When questioned about our most valuable strengths as a worker, some attributes that typically come to mind are hardworking, intelligent, and adaptable. But often times, we forget an imperative quality that makes us not only an asset to a company, but fuels our opportunity to keep learning and growing as an individual. Curiosity is a trait that cannot be taught, and is one of the most appreciated characteristics of an employee. The ability to exercise our curiosity is a strength, which if we possess, can be a catalyst to opportunity that would be otherwise unavailable.
Technology: it’s a man’s world, and it looks like that is slow to change. Women are integral players in today’s working world, but the technology sector has not caught up with the progressiveness of other industries. While women do contribute to a majority of the workforce holding 57 percent of jobs, that number is immensely smaller in the technology sector. For example, women in the U.S. held only 26 percent of computing jobs in 2013, down from 35 percent in 1990. These numbers are baffling to comprehend, especially given that women are the lead adopters of technology! Yes, it’s true, according to 2012 research by Intel’s Genevieve Bell, women are the fastest-growing and largest number of users of Skype, use most social media sites more often, and are the majority of owners of tech devices.
As the iconic rock group The Go Go’s would say, it’s time to get away! Summertime is here, and with that comes barbecues, sunshine, and most of all, vacation. For some of us, taking vacation days may be more of a stress than a relaxation. We may feel the need to work, even on our days off, or feel guilty for taking the time to unwind. So the question is, should we use all of our vacation days? Studies are now showing the answer to that question is yes. Gone are the days where it is frowned upon to use every day of your personal time off. In fact, some companies are even making PTO mandatory for employees to utilize.
Training is imperative to a successful job, so we are excited to provide educational sessions on the introduction of conveyor installations. Check out some pictures below to see how it went!
We’ve all been told that everyone makes mistakes, and we learn more from our mistakes than our accomplishments. So why does it still feel like we are to cover up or ignore the mistakes we make? Should we tackle a different approach when we discover a mistake has been made? Addressing our mistakes is not only important, but is vital to our growth as employees as well as the company as a whole.