Often times, we treat sleep as if it is a choice. Whether we set it on the back-burner due to work obligations or personal life choices, it seems as though sleep and rest are low on the priority list. However, sleep is truly one of the most essential components of being successful at work; keep reading to find out our top 6 reasons why we believe so…

  1. Your Health! First and foremost, your health deserves to be your number one priority. Because sleep has such a high impact on your health, mainly your heart, blood vessels, and immune system, sleep should also earn a spot at the top of your priority list. Although you may feel as though you’re “fine for now,” your future self is being compromised with each hour of rest that you pass up.
  2. Sharp Brain: With adequate sleep, the brain becomes much more capable of retaining important details, general information, names, ideas, and anything correlated with memory function.
  3. Improving Productivity: That’s right! It is proven that sleep aids your brain’s ability to function at its highest levels of cognition, concentration, and productivity, ultimately leading to your greatest performance.
  4. Social Activity: Sleep is highly linked to mood improvements and elevation, causing you to be more socially aware and energetic. With a sharp, prepared brain to take on a workday, you’ll be ready to nail the crucial aspect of work that is emotional recognition. Being able to analyze and understand the emotions of your coworkers, bosses, and clients will allow you to secure deals and achieve success.
  5. Friends! Being rest-deprived may easily cause you to pass up social opportunities, nights out with coworkers, friends, or family, or general personal activities that allow you to socialize with others. As we all know, your friendships and relationships with others make up a huge aspect of your level of fulfillment and happiness. So, if for nobody else, rest for yourself!
  6. Increased Creativity: By allowing time to rest throughout the day and sleep at night, you are actively helping yourself to clear your brain of any thoughts along the lines of… your desire to rest, how tired you are, thinking about projects or tasks that you may have forgotten about, or how you are not feeling as healthy or up to speed that day. With that newfound clarity, you will be able to dedicate your work day to what makes you unique, your creativity!

We hope that by learning about these key results of sufficient rest, you have also become confident in the importance of making this one of your top priorities! Take an extra nap today, or add an extra hour of sleep to your night, and see for yourself how much better you feel!

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Workplace culture is a product of many aspects of a corporation. Today, we’re here to introduce you to some of the most valuable, productive components of a work environment that will allow your firm to thrive! Keep reading to find them out…

  • Vision: While stability may be comfortable at work, a company with a vision for the future, even if it may even seem impossible, is one that will succeed. Visions are meant to act as guides, and often will even set unrealistic goals to help employees maintain a strong drive and motivation. Does your work environment have a clear vision?
    • Extra tip: Before accepting a job offer, make sure that your personal mission and vision align with those of the entire organization. Ensuring this will allow you to maintain enthusiasm and true care for the work you complete.
  • Morals and Values: An organization with genuine morals and values is one that deeply cares for its employees and their satisfaction, in addition to the success of the business. Morals and values can be exhibited in a concrete manner, potentially in a manual or posted on a wall, but are often expressed in intangible ways and through behaviors. Make sure that your firm takes notable action to enact these morals and values because we all know, you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
  • Teamwork: In your career, you will undoubtedly find yourself working on many different teams with various types of employees. Firms that monitor and encourage contribution from all team members, and from employees at all different levels are firms that exhibit true care for teamwork. In addition, an office that values teamwork will make sure that all employees are dedicated and in tune with the organization’s morals and values.
  • Support for Uniqueness and Creativity: One of the greatest aspects that help employees to feel valued is in an organization’s ability to support and even encourage individual uniqueness and creativity. Flexibility awarded to employees as they complete projects, responsibilities, and even paths to take to achieve goals is one of the greatest ways to measure the trust your company has in you.
  • Employee Retention: While many aspects of workplace culture are nonmeasurable, employee retention is something that you can actually evaluate. Retention is a great way to measure if culture is being exhibited in an effortful manner. A workplace with a flourishing, successful culture is one that employees will want to work for forever! So, are they staying with your firm?

Some other highly important aspects include recognitioncommunication, flexibility. fun, goal setting, feedback, constructive critique, and rewards! So … how does your company measure up?

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In the past few decades, workplace culture has gained enormous amounts of attention, as it is often a tell-tale sign of a successful professional environment. Some workplace cultures have proven more attractive to employees than others. Keep reading to evaluate how these match up to your own office and if you are operating in a healthy, happy environment!

  • Clan Culture: Clan is a very family-like culture in that it supports the importance of communication, commitment, and development. A sense of loyalty flows throughout the entire employee team, led by CEOs who appear as mentor-like leader figures. As a giant group built on these pillars of caring teamwork, clan is absolutely a culture employees look for as they apply to new companies.
  • Adhocracy Culture: Several young, technology-based companies tend to adhere to adhocracy culture. With a goal set based on innovation, entrepreneurial qualities, and a visionary mindset, employees in this type of environment are highly encouraged to pursue their own creativity in hopes of generating new, exciting products design to meet target market needs. In this type of culture, “pushing-the-envelope” and risk-taking is valued and seen as crucial to the success of the company.
  • Market Culture: This type of culture differs in that it is highly focused around goal-meeting requirements, finishing projects, and getting things done at a quick, efficient place. Where leaders in clan cultures may be seen as mentor-like guides, leaders in this culture are seen as producers, driven, expectation-setting drivers, and potentially sometimes even as rivals. If you are motivated by concrete requirements for goal achievement, an interest in market share or profitability, this type of environment may help you maintain motivation and drive.
    • Goal Examples: Increasing market share, creating 10 new products by the end of the year, measuring client preferences and evaluations, expanding competition, or obtaining new partnerships.
  • Hierarchy Culture: One that has not been proven as a “fan favorite” is hierarchy culture. Hierarchy does not allow for much flexibility, as it is built on rules, structure, formatting, organization, and is quite formal. Driven to meet long-term and generally stable goals, employees adhere to the path created to them by rules and obligations. There is not much room for creativity and innovation in this type of environment, and staying in line helps the organization maintain their track by minimizing “risk-taking”.

The cultures we have focused on above are some that college students may learn in their courses and have been historically recognized by firms and large corporations. However, as the idea of “workplace culture” is one that changes frequently and adapts to new, developing types of environments, there are several different “cultures” you may become familiar with. Some of these include: “team-first,” “elite,” “horizontal,” “conventional,” and “progressive.” If you are looking to learn more about these, check out Enplug Blog’s article here!

On Thursday . . . we will dive into some of the more detailed components that help create and develop workplace cultures!

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Personality traits go hand-in-hand with qualifying dimensions on resumes and in interviews. There are a group of certain traits that recruiters are looking for in candidates applying to any role. Cultivating these attributes will allow you to achieve great success in your career! Find them out here.

  1. Attitude: Right off the bat, one of the greatest ways you can secure a great first impression is by showcasing a positive, enthusiastic attitude! One of the most highly valued traits you can provide to coworkers, supervisors, and bosses is an attitude unhindered by challenges or obstacles. Maintaining this positive outlook will help you to prove that you are a pleasant, hardworking employee. Remember, contributing to the atmosphere of your work environment is a highly important component of your role.
  2. Work Ethic: As we have reinstated numerous times, failure is an acceptable component of any career path! However, it is the work ethic you showcase and exude that will allow you to overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Recruiters look for a strong work ethic, as it allows them to understand both your ability to jump into a new organization with full and tireless effort, as well as the ability to be persistent and proactive when encountering difficulty.
  3. Flexibility: Remembering that your boss has a lot on their plate will allow you to become more flexible at work. Additionally, understanding that, at times, you will encounter unforeseen circumstances will help you to embrace unexpected change. Trust us, this quality strongly shows and helps you stand out as someone who is incredibly easy to work with! Adding on to this quality is also the value in adaptation. Companies are bound to undergo change or possible acquisitions. Being able to adjust to an ever-changing work environment is guaranteed to set you aside from the rest.
  4. Reliability: If you are a dependable resource to the company you are working for, they will absolutely want to keep you on their team! For this reason, make sure to explain if you’ve had several job transitions throughout your career, as holding roles is an attractive quality that will showcase your loyalty to positions.
  5. Team Player: The ability to work effectively in a team has become a true necessity of being a desirable employee. In order to be a valuable team player, work to improve traits like collaboration, communication, listening skills, compromising abilities, etc.
  6. Intrinsic Motivation: A motivation to achieve success fueled by oneself is a wonderful quality to possess in the workforce. In contrast to extrinsic motivational factors like salary or benefit package incentives, finding an inner desire to achieve success displays your undying dedication to your work and responsibilities.
  7. Honesty: Although maintaining honesty may appear as difficult, it is crucial to the way you are viewed by your employer. For example, if you were let go from a previous position, it is way more helpful to be upfront and explain the reasoning instead of trying to beat around the bush. Employers and recruiters will recognize and appreciate your transparency. Remember, it is equally as important to acknowledge tasks and activities you’ve completed in efforts to improve faults or weaknesses.

It is important to know that this is not a fixed list, and important qualities and traits are everchanging and adapting to modernized work environments. Keeping these important traits in mind will allow you to excel in your interviews and achieve numerous new positions!

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Your cover letter is a consistent, important part of each of your professional applications. For that reason, it is crucial to nail some certain elements that will allow you to exemplify your best qualities while also showcasing your care and dedication to differentiating companies. Find out our top tips here!

  • Catching Attention: First and foremost, your cover letter is your one-stop shop for catching the eye of your next employer. For this reason, we encourage you to put a lot of effort into setting yourself aside as unique while trying to do something interesting that will draw attention to your letter.
  • Incorporating Personality: While it may seem like a cover letter is more like a checklist, we encourage you to keep in mind the value in it being called a “letter.” Within a letter must entail personal attributes, morals, values, and other aspects that set you apart as an individual and a candidate. With the volume of cover letters that recruiters evaluate each day, it is essential to help yourself stand out by offering a sneak-peak into your personality to the reader!
  • Make it Direct: In a related point of caution, although we encourage you to incorporate your personality into your letter, we warn you of the importance of getting straight to the point. A cover letter that is too long will likely not be read all the way through, as there are too high of a volume of applicants to each job in today’s age.
  • Introduction to Resume Questions: Often, when resumes display random gaps between jobs, short time periods spent at firms, or other potentially questionable characteristics, interviewers will ask you to explain your reasoning. Your cover letter is a great place to begin introducing explanations about your previous roles and responsibilities. This way, recruiters or interviewers will be able to ask you questions that allow you to elaborate on your best qualities instead of focusing on past “hiccups.”
  • Showcasing Genuine Interest: Your cover letter must be customized for every different company you apply to! As easy as it may be to copy and paste your letter each time, differentiating only by company name, we promise you that it will show. Lack of detail and personalization to companies will only decrease your chances of recognition. Make sure to do some research about each new company you apply to so that you can cater your letter to their varying morals, goals, and missions.
  • No Typos! We hope that this goes without saying, but a letter with any sort of grammatical error or typo will be tossed almost immediately in the rejection pile (metaphorical, of course). Remember that you are competing against dozens and sometimes even hundreds of other applicants, so any way that a recruiter can set your application aside will make their job easier.

While your cover letter is most likely not going to make-or-break your application, they are a fantastic means of letting your employer get to know you, some of your accomplishments or past challenges, your interest, and your general profile as an employee. Nailing these letters is a quality that will aid you throughout your entire career!

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