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5 Reasons We Should Be Taking Culture Fit Seriously

culture imageAt 24 Seven we ensure our clients and candidates will have lasting partnerships. We’ve outlined the five key characteristics to look for in a company. Finding the right culture fit takes time, but it’s the greatest investment you’ll make.

  1. Low Turnover:

When it comes to your interview, don’t be afraid to ask how long the previous person worked in that role. Ideally, you want to learn and grow in a position for at least two years. Joining a company with happy co-workers who are passionate about what they do will make you want to work harder.

  1. Great Training:

It’s also important to ask what kind of training programs the company offers. Learning a new skill not only raises your worth in the eyes of corporate America, but can give you a personal boost of self-confidence. If your company doesn’t offer the training that you are interested in don’t be discouraged, a quick Google search will lead you to online classes that you can take on your own.

  1. No Egos:

Remember, you’re interviewing a company as much as they’re interviewing you. Come to that meeting with a plan of action on how you could grow the position by working with others. You want to be in a culture where employees get praised and rewarded on a job well done. Steer clear of environments where workers are pitted against each other. You’ll find the best work you do will come from the help of others.

  1. Feedback’s a must! 

Ask: does this company stage reviews regularly? Or, possibly even more importantly, do these reviews allow the employee to give their advice on the pros and cons of the process? Always make sure when you’re giving feedback to your boss, to start with what’s working first. As for what’s not working, come with a thoughtful solution for making things better. Never finger point or cast blame on co-workers.

  1. Work-Life Balance:

One of the key components to work-life balance is management. Great managers know how to delegate, train and hire the best talent. Work-life balance means 8-9 hour days with a lunch break, two weeks plus paid vacation and PTO days. The occasional late night or weekend work is okay, and should be expected. Come to work focused and stay on task. If you find yourself in the office late every night, never be afraid to ask for help, especially if it’s known you’re taking on a lot!

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Stop the Daily Grind and Recline this Labor Day Weekend

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It’s no a secret that Americans don’t take advantage of their vacation days. A study by the U.S. Travel Association found that 4 out of 10 Americans aren’t going to use all of their vacation days this year. And for those who do utilize their days off, I’d hazard a guess that a vast majority are mentally in the office-checking emails and thinking about the work left behind. Studies show that this refusal to unplug can actually be harmful to your health.

The New York Times explains in a study on stress that a vacation or break is good for your physical health, as stress can take a serious toll on your heart. This study showed that human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. We are meant to move between spending and recovering energy. So biologically, your brain and body need the break. Gregory Hickock from University of California Irvine said that our brains don’t have a way to preserve and pool energy. So when you refuse to unplug and recharge, you are on the path to burning yourself out. Taking a vacation is like pushing the reset button for our brain.

Besides mental and physical needs, vacations are also proven to increase productivity in the workplace. Whenworkers return to the office they are more likely to put a greater emphasis on the work they have to make up. Stepping away from the stress for a few days can also give you a new perspective when you come back to the office.  A break facilitates higher energy levels, creativity and fresh ideas when you return to the office.

So this Labor Day Weekend put down the phone, log off your email and kick those feet up. Your brain, and your boss, will thank you.

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Top Five Reasons to Become a Freelancer

According to the 24 Seven 2013 Salary + Job Market Report there are several reasons that  people decide to take the leap into freelance. Below are the top five reasons:

  1. Flexibility that freelance work provides
  2. Wanted a better work/life balance
  3. Wanted to control their own career path
  4. Freedom that freelance works affords
  5. More opportunities to work

What made you take the jump into freelance?

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Freelance Nation

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In our Question of the Week [#QOW], we asked:

As a freelancer, would you rather work onsite at a client or remotely?

A little over half of you (54% to be exact) said you’d rather work remotely than go onsite to a client’s office.

Working from home can provide a more comfortable atmosphere to allow quiet and creativity to flow! And who wouldn’t love working from their home office in PJ’s?!

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What Impacts Job Satisfaction?

What are the key aspects that you look for in a job ?

According to the 24 Seven 2013 Salary + Job Market Report, many factors impact job satisfaction, with Salary coming in at #1!

Here are the top 5 factors that impact Job Satisfaction:

1. Salary / Hourly Rate

2. Great Work / Life Balance

3. Opportunity for Advancement

4. Company Culture

5. Opportunity to Develop Skills on The Job

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