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Improving Your Health Within The Workplace

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Improving Your Health Within The Workplace

Depending on your job, you may not always have to be working in an office environment. However, a lot of us do work at a desk for most of the working day. Not being on your feet all the time can end up being a little unhealthy and, among other things, sometimes work can be a threat to your health. Here’s how to improve your health within the workplace:

Get HR To Do A Workplace Assessment:

The HR in your business should be doing this already, but if they’re not, it’s worth suggesting it. Everyone should really get a workplace assessment done to find out what areas of the working environment are a challenge for you and maybe causing you ill health. It’s mostly focused on the desk that you have and whether the chair is supportive enough and how far away your computer screen is in relation to where you’re sitting. After this assessment is completed, any notes where you’ve asked for things to be purchased should then be followed up with the person or persons responsible for doing the ordering of office furniture.

Improve Your Furniture And Desk Accessories:

After your workplace assessment, your furniture and desk accessories may need some improvement. Make sure that you get a chair that has good back support and if additional support is required, then there’s plenty of back cushions that you can get to provide that for you. If they acknowledge the assessment but they’re not getting you the furniture or equipment that you require, then if you end up later getting problems with your body, there’s always a worker’s compensation doctor that you can go to.

Take Regular Breaks From The Chair:

Sitting at your chair for a prolonged amount of time can be damaging to your spine, and that’s the last place that you want to do damage to. Try and take plenty of regular breaks from the chair. Stand up and stretch your legs and other muscles throughout your body. Go and make yourself a drink, take a brief walk outside so that you can take five or ten minutes away from your screen. A lot of us don’t do this nearly enough, and we don’t realize just how dangerous this can be to our bodies over a long period of time.

Do More Physical Exercise:

To reduce the risk of injuring your back, neck, or other body parts, it’s important to do physical exercise. This keeps the body moving, but certain exercise can also improve flexibility, among other things. Try to commit to a class or exercise once or twice a week and improve on that number when you can. The more exercise you can do, the better. This will help tackle the amount of time that is spent in your chair at work.

Improving your health within the workplace is something that is definitely worth looking at seriously, and the more we can do to avoid any future problems, the better.

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Self Care & Me

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Self Care & Me

Helloooo everyone! Today, I thought that we would talk a little about my self care journey. And, believe me, it’s not an easy thing to do when you run two businesses and are constantly running around like a mad woman! At first, I used to consider “self care” as going shopping and having a spending spree… and, although that’s nice, it doesn’t get to the root of true self care, which I take to mean as doing something mentally or physically stimulating to help improve your mood.

I think the main thing that has helped me become more conscious of trying to incorporate self care into my life is my weekly skating practices. Being on the ice and riding that high of an invigorating work out and doing something that I’m good at always makes me feel my best. And, since I began weekly instead of biweekly practices, it has made me realize that I really don’t do enough for myself. So, I decided to change that.

When I began my career as a service provider for people with special needs, working evenings were just part of the deal. But, now that I’m more established, I thought that it was high time to treat myself to a normal schedule. And, come October, I will only be working one evening a week!

This is a change that I have been craving for a long time now and I’m looking forward to actually having time for myself when I get home from work. Whether that be practicing my languages, reading a book, binge watching a show, or taking a bath – I finally have that option now! And, maybe *just maybe*, I could start having a regular social life. Because, trust and believe, it’s hard fitting in hang outs, errands, and skating all in one weekend. This caused me to enter my work week feeling even more exhausted and it grew into a vicious cycle.

There are so many things that I plan on doing with my evenings off but, what I’m most looking forward to is finding an American Sign Language class to attend. Weirdly enough, there are no weekend classes at the centers for the deaf in my area but evening classes are available. So, that is definitely going to be on my agenda very soon! It feels good to do for me while still maintaining my caseload at work and lifewithlilred and I am ready for work free evenings to commence!

How do you practice self care? What do you do during your free time to relax? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Making Sure Your Business Has All The Right Signage

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Making Sure Your Business Has All The Right Signage

Having appropriate signage is an important step for your business. Effective signage can help your store’s marketing by lending to its visibility. It can also help you save money. Having proper signage will help inform customers and direct them, which you would otherwise need salespersons to do. There are various types of signage that your business will need to have. Missing some of them will create confusion and inefficiencies for your business. Here, we discuss some of the most important ones that every business should have:

Storefront or outdoor signs:

Your storefront sign is the first thing people notice about your store. It is the most important part of your business – it tells people what you are and what you sell. The exterior sign should have all of the information the customers need. It should have your brand name and your business’s logo.

A storefront sign should be clear and not confuse shoppers about what you are selling. To do this, it needs to follow certain marketing and branding rules. The colors used should be consistent with your brand and product. Everything makes a difference, including the font you use. The quality of the storefront sign is also more important than all other types of signs. Make sure that your reliable signage supplier in Manila provides you with the highest-quality material and print. Your signs should last a long time and last through the tropical climate of the Philippines.

Compliance-related signs:

These are signs that your business must put up in order to comply with laws and regulations. These can include things such as warnings about allergens or signs that say that there are interpreters available. These can also include those about employees having to wash hands, as well as grades and ratings if you are a restaurant. Make sure that you have the appropriate signs on display; otherwise, you can face hefty fines. Some businesses take pride in their ratings, and they may choose to frame them and make them into a part of the overall display. Just because these signs are mandatory doesn’t mean that they have to be boringly designed.

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Informational and directional signs:

These are the second most common types of signs that your business will need. These include banners, advertisements, and any information about ongoing sales or policies. These signs provide direction and clarity to shoppers. Informational signs can also include things that point out where the checkout is or where the bathrooms and fitting rooms are located. The best signs are large and clear and are placed in a prominent location. If you use symbols and imagery, they should be universally understood. Moreover, they ought to be disability friendly and available in colors accessible for everyone.

These are some of the most common types of signage that your business will need to have. If you want to, you can expand your range of signs to include various merchandising items such as carpets, mats, window stickers, and other decor items. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Leaving Room For Mess In The Workplace

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Leaving Room For Mess In The Workplace

The office is meant for work. It’s the place where you conduct business and decide the future of your company. Don’t forget that it’s also a place for employees, the people who are there to keep everything going. You want the business to go smoothly, but people can only strive for perfection. There will always be a mess, and the office must designate space for it:

To Keep Files That Are Yet to be Sorted:

First, there’s the physical mess that you need to tackle, especially if you’re moving into an office unit for rent in Ortigas Center. Any move means uprooting the old filing systems you have and relocating them. They don’t come into the new office packaged to perfection and without needing to be organized. This, of course, gets sorted into their appropriate sections in the office. After you’ve successfully moved everything, you think all has been taken care of, but that’s where you’re wrong.

There will be future documents to sort, and there will be papers coming from different departments. A desk designated for the mess pile will keep other areas organized and will give you a good idea of how much you still need to do.

To Break Away from Monotony:

When it comes to regulated environments, it’s essential to keep a professional image. That means pristine walls and desks cleaned of any clutter. It’s almost clinical if you think about it. Occupying those desks are people who will be bored and will want to have some fun, and that’s exactly what the mess room will be for. It can be the pantry or a break room, but it has to be present. In this room, they are allowed to shed their professional persona even for just a few minutes so that they can be the fun and engaging people that they are. This room permits employees to be themselves, and it communicates that you care for their well-being more than the idea of having a perfect workplace.

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To Leave Room for Mistakes:

Unless you’re hiring robots to run the business, there will be mistakes done in the office. A pleasant work environment accepts mistakes as a way to learn and grow, and that means not hiding them from everyone. You could designate a section of the office for ideas that have been discarded or put on hold, allowing people to revisit them and see why they failed. It might spark innovation.

Fresh eyes might also solve problems that the original contributors couldn’t crack. Think about old cases that new investigators look into. This section could also serve as a reminder to everyone that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as they admit to it and are willing to make things right. You are hiring employees for their skills, but even the most skilled manager has their shortcomings. A mess table will remind them that you also appreciate their humanity.

The mess you make at work should not be shunned. With the right goals and vision, past messes can become drivers of business growth.

Four Steps To Landing A Job Abroad

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Four Steps To Landing A Job Abroad

Applying for a job in another country is much more difficult than looking for a job in your own. You have to understand that other countries would prioritize hiring their own citizens before giving the same opportunities to other people. But, despite these hurdles, landing a job in another country is still a huge possibility as long as you get in contact with a legitimate employment agency that offers job opportunities abroad, like any POEA-accredited manning agency.

If you go through these channels, you’re likely to land a good job in another country. In order to increase your chances of getting hired, here are other tips you might want to follow.

Find a city looking for your skills:

Go online and check the cities you would want to work in and see if they are looking for particular professionals. If your background is in construction, then perhaps you might want to consider looking for a job either in the Middle East, where they’re always looking for construction workers, or New Zealand since they’re ramping up their hiring process to get more people to work on construction projects.

Do some research and look for countries that are actively searching for a particular profession that you’re good at, and you’ll be able to improve your chances of landing a job abroad.

Make adjustments to your resume:

Update your resume and make sure that the language you use will match the language of the country you want to move into. For example, you will learn that New Zealand is hiring lots of engineers to help rebuild Christchurch, which is perfect for you if you recently graduated with a degree in civil engineering.

Before you send out resumes to every headhunting company in Christchurch, make sure that your language matches theirs, which means that you should use British English as your reference and not American English if you’re used to the latter.

Know international headhunting companies:

Once your resume is fixed, the next step would be to get acquainted with most of the international headhunting companies and send them your resume. Websites such as Jobstreet, Monster, and Kununu provide thousands of job opportunities abroad that you can check. Make sure that you’re registered on all of these websites.

Also, visit your local manning agencies and get acquainted with them. Some companies abroad prefer to go through these agencies when they’re looking to hire people from another country, so these agencies might know a company or two that’s hiring people like you that you won’t find in Jobstreet or any of the other headhunting sites mentioned earlier.

Learn the language:

Another useful tip to landing a job abroad is to learn the language of the country you want to work in. If English is your second language, it wouldn’t be a problem for you to look for a job in the U.S., the UK, Australia, or New Zealand. But, if you want to work in Japan, you should brush up on your Nihongo and even take an exam to ensure Japanese employers that you know how to communicate properly with them.

Also, learning a language other than English will give you an advantage because there are many non-English speaking countries that are actively hiring people from other countries. If these countries find out that you’re well versed in their native tongue, then you just became a lot more appealing to them.

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These are just some of the tips you can use to improve your chances of landing a job abroad. Make use of them, and hopefully, you’ll find your dream job in another country in no time.

How To Be A Good Leader

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How To Be A Good Leader

It doesn’t really matter what you’re doing in life, leadership is a skill you should have. Whether you run a business, manage a team, or are just looking for your first job; you need to develop your leadership skills. Why? Because leading means you can take control and inspire others. This is a trait that will only help you improve your life and find better things in the future. From a job perspective, you open up so many new doors when you can lead.

So, how do you become a good leader? It’s not as difficult as you think, there are just a few things you need to know:

Think from different perspectives:

The ability to look at life from different perspectives is surprisingly hard. Not many people will have flexible views on certain things. Usually, we’ve all got our own ideas, and we stick by them. Without trying to get too political, this is probably why the country is in the state it’s in right now! Too many of us are stuck on one side or the other – with the inability to view the other sides perspective.

When you see things from new perspectives, it opens your mind to new ideas. Not only that, but you understand why people do what they do – and why they have specific thoughts. This is extremely important for a good leader. If someone comes to you with a problem, you need to see things from their point of view. Or, if there’s a disagreement between people, the best way to solve it is to view both perspectives. Even when you’re trying to secure sales, you’ll benefit from seeing things from the side of your lead.

How do you develop this particular skill? It’s something you should gradually start doing whenever you’re in different situations. Stop thinking about things in your own way, and think about what others may have to say. Also, education helps too. Places like Rutgers University have online degree courses that help you study new things and learn about new perspectives. Even something as simple as talking to people with different views or experiences to you will help. Fresh perspectives make you a more adaptable and successful leader.

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Actions speak louder than words:

You’ve all heard the saying, but what does it mean in terms of leadership? Effectively, it relates to a different saying; lead by example. The most inspiring leaders are people who do instead of just talk. Yes, you need to have a good grasp of your words and be able to speak to different people persuasively. But, all that talk is good for nothing if you don’t act upon it.

Think about it; what’s more annoying than someone giving orders that they don’t follow? If your boss tells you to keep working hard – but you see them with their feet up taking a two hour lunch break, then it’s hardly inspiring. You should start saying things, then using your actions to demonstrate that you do them, as well. If you tell someone to work hard, you have to visibly show that you’re working harder than them. Clock into work before everyone else, then leave when the room is empty. Set an example that people can follow.

You get a better response from people when they see that you act rather than speak. In turn, this helps you learn another valuable leadership lesson; don’t ask people to do more than you’re willing to do yourself. Too many ‘leaders’ give unreasonable commands. An excellent way to know if you’re stepping over the line is to see if you can do what you’re commanding. If it seems unreasonable to you, then it will be absurd to others as well. Don’t sit back and let your words do all the talking; show people that you act upon what you say.

Learn sympathy and empathy:

It’s crucial that you know how to show sympathy and empathy for other people. Both of these traits are simple ways to show human emotions. If you’re not capable of either, then it says a lot about your emotional state. People will come to you with personal problems all the time. You may get a call from an employee who can’t come to work because a family member died. Or, your best friend may tell you they broke up with their partner of ten years. In these situations, you need to respond accordingly.

Sympathy and empathy often get mixed up as the same thing. Sympathy is when you feel sorry for someone because of what they’re going through. Empathy is when you put yourself in their shoes to try and understand what they’re feeling. I’ll link a video below that explains the difference in more detail, so give it a watch if you’re interested.

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Be flexible:

Being flexible is, more accurately, being able to adapt to specific circumstances. All leaders will have an idea of how to do certain things. But what happens when a problem arises? What if the power goes out in your office and all the computers are down? The best leaders can adapt to this scenario because they’re flexible! They know what to do and how to alter the standard way of things to get better results.

Yes, it’s good to be meticulous and follow a rigid structure now and then. But don’t be too stiff. As a leader, you’ll be faced with various things that make you bend all the time. What happens if you bend something that’s too rigid? It snaps. Instead, you need to be more flexible and willing to change the way you do things if the circumstances dictate that a change is required. Think about leaders as rulers. Bad ones are the hard straight plastic rulers that snap with ease. Good ones are those flexible rubber ones that never break.

That’s all there is to it. So, go away and develop all of these skills, so you inspire those around you!

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Groovy Movies: Crawl Edition

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Groovy Movies: Crawl Edition

Howdy! This past week, I took one of my clients to see a new creature horror movie called Crawl. Normally, I am not big on the flicks with giant animals terrorizing people, but this one was highly entertaining, super suspenseful, short and sweet, and the actors weren’t half bad, either. Take a look at the trailer and then read on to find out my rating for this new release:

^^^ And, as always, I have no rights to this video.

Long story short, a hella hurricane is happening in Florida and when swim star, Hayley, has heard nothing from her dad, she ventures to their old home to investigate. He is nowhere to be found inside of the house but the family dog, Sugar, leads her to the crawl space beneath, which she begrudgingly goes into.

After some searching in the claustrophobic bottom layer of the house, Hayley finds her dad severely injured with an alligator bite to the shoulder and leg compliments of the one that entered the premises through a flooded drain pipe. And, to make matters worse, there’s not one but two of them. And, to make matters worse AGAIN, the crawl space is beginning to fill with water thanks to the major hurricane happening. So, their options are to drown or figure a way out despite the massive gators making home there…

And save the dog, of course.

Like I said earlier, these types of movies are normally not my cup of tea. But, I thought that Crawl was an absolute HOOT. It was a really fun watch and the suspense was nonstop thanks to a combination of things like the close quarters of the crawl space, the flood waters steadily rising, and oh yeah – the big ass alligators. I also liked how this movie was relatively short at an hour and a half because it moved quickly and made the anticipation of the flood waters rising feel even more desperate.

Hayley and her dad were also both very likeable and I found myself rooting for them and their safety the entire movie. So, whenever a setback would happen or a plan didn’t work, it definitely felt like a major blow. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie and I would give it a seven out of ten. It was a great summer flick to see in theaters and I would for sure recommend it!

Who else has seen Crawl? What were your thoughts on it? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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