Articles by Month: June 2016
Pretty much everyone has a story (or ten) of “the workplace from hell,” or even just the workplace they dreaded. Wouldn’t you rather work in the happier workplace? Of course you would.
No matter how much your organization engages with external customers and stakeholders, it’s tough to prosper if the people who are there are disengaged, looking for other work, too stressed to function well, or don’t believe that they are meaningfully valued as part of your mission.
In other words: Prosperity is an inside job.
A recent study from The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review examined 192 companies in the United States. One fascinating outcome, as quoted in The New York Times in 2014:
If your employees feel more energized, valued, focused and purposeful, do they perform better? Not surprisingly, the answer is almost always “Yes.” Next we ask, “So how much do you invest in meeting those needs?” An uncomfortable silence typically ensues.
In our work here at Prosper for Purpose we’ve often discovered that many (even *most*) of our clients know that creating a positive work experience for their employees is critically important to the success of their organization—but that most organizations don’t know how to go about that.
Which is why we’ve expanded our Curated Collaborative™ and now offer the Prosper With Purpose line of services. The investment in creating the happier workplace–a workplace that people love being part of pays off in organizational stability, productivity, sustainability and achievement. Prosper With Purpose is about creating a workplace where employees feel energized, valued, focused and purposeful.
Sometimes it’s a matter of simple, small shifts that make a big difference. Sometimes it’s a comprehensive culture change initiative. Always, it’s about making sure that the people who make your mission come to life and deliver your services to the world are proud and energized by being part of that mission.
Want a happier workplace? Let us help you Prosper With Purpose.
As a college student, one of the things I hear most about is gaining professional experience during my four years of undergraduate education. Internships, co-ops and part-time jobs are always strongly encouraged, but can be difficult to manage during a full-time course schedule.
How do you gain professional skills in college (or as a recent graduate) if you aren’t necessarily working a job in your industry, but rather a job that works with your student schedule and pays the bills? Easy! All jobs require specific skills – you just have to know how to transfer them into any career.
Follow the guide below to impress any employer with your skill set.
1) Customer service is key (and kindness never killed anybody!)
Did you spend your summers waitressing, working retail or lifeguarding? If so, chances are you had a run-in or two with an upset customer or someone who needed your assistance. In such roles, you learn the value of customer service, how to diffuse tense situations and how to best represent your employer in tough times. Sure, dealing with someone who is mad that their meal is cold may not seem like a professional skill at the time, but employers are always looking for someone who is well-spoken and knows how to positively represent their brand.
2) Work smarter, not harder – it’s all about strategy.
Those nights of taking inventory, cleaning the pool house or trying to figure out how to get the kids you babysit to fall asleep will pay off. Those situations will teach you the skills needed to finish a job effectively and efficiently – helping you build strategies. Did you create a new inventory system that made stocking a store easier? Great! You just assisted the company in building a strategy to streamline inventory.
3) There’s no ‘I’ in team and teamwork is inevitable.
Throughout high school I worked as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. While these may seem like pretty independent tasks, a lot of teamwork is involved to effectively run a pool. Learning to communicate in a team setting is essential – even if it just means telling the next shift about the crazy boys that wouldn’t stop doing flips off the diving board. In a professional setting, teamwork is inevitable and employers want to know that you can work well in a team setting. Look at those late-night closing shifts and waitressing rotations as being part of a professional team and use those moments to highlight your communication skills.
4) Being a full-time student really is a full-time job.
Being a full-time student is hard; give yourself some credit for it! Balancing courses, extracurriculars, job(s) and a social life really is a job within itself. Prior to working at Prosper for Purpose, I had never worked in an agency setting – but I used the skills I honed from balancing 17 credit hours to explain in my interview that I always met deadlines for various “clients” or professors during the academic year. Along with being a full-time student, I held two on-campus jobs that added to my hectic schedule. In comparison to my school schedule (and that of many of my peers), a 9-5 schedule isn’t half bad!
Not every job will be your dream job, but the skills you take away from each position can get you there. By using every opportunity as a chance to build your presentation, time-management and planning skills, public speaking abilities and work ethic in a team setting, an employer will care more about the skills you bring to the table instead of the company names on your resume.
Coffee, Cleveland, French bulldogs and good books — the makings of our summer intern, Erin Zaranec. Erin is going into her senior year at Kent State University, where she is studying public relations with a focus on nonprofit management.
A Cleveland-area native, Erin hopes to work in fundraising and event-based PR upon graduation. Throughout her time at KSU, Erin has been actively involved in PRSSA and will serve as Chapter President in the 2016-2017 school year, when she will also serve as entertainment editor for The Kent Stater newspaper.
Want to know more about Erin? Watch as she describes her favorite thing to do in Cleveland, the best place to get coffee and what made her first day at Prosper for Purpose so great.