14 December 2016
In the current job market, you may have noticed that job seekers are placing a lot of emphasis on company culture. However, if you feel your company culture isn’t attracting the kind of talent you’d like to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. While there are several things to address from the top down in your organization, one thing that helps build relationships and trust among your employees is planning events and activities to get out of the office and bond with one another. When you allow your employees the opportunity to get to know one another and learn about their peers away from the office, not only are they more likely to work better together, but they’re more likely to enjoy it and stay at the company longer. Eventually, things like this can be seen outside of your organization, and incoming talent will see that you support a positive company culture. Here are some memorable and fun ways to spend a day with your staff outside of the office: Volunteering The best thing about volunteering for a day or even a few hours is that it is nearly impossible for you and your team to feel bad about it by the end. Additionally, there is no shortage of organizations that consistently need help, so there are always opportunities to get involved and give back. Not only is it a feel-good event, but you can also build on your teamwork skills, as well as your capacity for empathy and understanding others on your team. Additionally, showing support for your local community is a good way to build a well-respected brand image for your company. Escape Games This new trend is incredibly popular with organizations across the country. Escape game facilities take your team into a room where you have to work together to figure out how to get out. Through this series of challenges, you’ll learn how your team functions best as a whole, using everyone’s unique strengths to accomplish one shared goal. By the end of it, you’ll have a much better idea of how to function more effectively as a team in the office. Improvisation Workshop If you ever need a laugh, an improvisation workshop is sure to get your whole team chuckling. Improvisation is a form of comedy performance that is made up completely on the spot, and the practice teaches a lot of valuable life lessons along with it. Along with improving your ability to react at a moment’s notice, improv can teach your staff to accept each other’s ideas and support them by adding concepts of their own. When your team gets out of their head a little bit, they may realize that solutions are less complex than they seem when you work together. Fitness or Sporting Activities Not only are sporting activities a great way to get out of the office and get moving, but there are so many ways to go about it. In addition to organizing a team in an existing league, you can organize a field day or a fitness class like yoga or kickboxing. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle for your employees, it promotes a healthy state of mind. Physical activities can relieve stress and anxiety, as well as build teamwork and interpersonal skills that are bound to translate to the office. Dinner or Happy Hour Of course, there is always the old standby of a dinner or happy hour event. In addition to this being easy to plan, it’s an event that will have almost universal approval—who doesn’t want free food and drinks? Even this simple gesture lets your employees just relax and enjoy each other’s company, allowing people to converse with those they may not normally get to see in the office. As a result, they will know that they are valued and deserve a night off every once in a while.
14 December 2016
With the new year upon us, many of you will resolve to do a lot of things in 2017. While some will pledge to save money or hit the gym more often, others will be determined to find a new job. However, some professionals in the accounting and financial services sectors will delay their search until they can collect their bonus. “If you are one of these professionals, you may want to reconsider your strategy,” says Paul Herman, a Senior Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Financial Services division. “While it may be tempting to sit back and count down the days until you receive your bonus, those who start their job search in quarter one can find themselves at a competitive advantage.” Why? For one reason, with many professionals waiting until March—or even May in some cases—to start applying to jobs, competition is lower than it will be during those months. This means that the earlier you start educating yourself on accounting or financial services market trends and checking out new opportunities, the higher your chances are of landing the job you want. “Being proactive doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to make a move if you aren’t ready to,” advises Samantha Parris, a Senior Managing Director within The Execu|Search Group’s Accounting/Finance division. “It does, however, help you build connections and understand your market value—two elements that can make it easier to find success when you are ready to change jobs.” If you are still apprehensive about starting your job search without collecting your bonus, Paul has observed that this is a concern that many employers recognize. “To attract candidates in quarter one, employers are coming up with creative ways to make top talent whole on their bonuses,” he says. To do this, many organizations will extend sign-on bonuses to compensate for any potential losses, or even offer delayed start dates, so new hires can start after they collect their year-end bonus. With this in mind, the risk of looking for a new job at the start of the new year is relatively minimal. Not kick-starting your job search—or at least not taking the steps to ensure you are prepared— can, in fact, do more harm than good. “If you are serious about finding a new job in 2017, don’t let your bonus get in the way of your professional development,” warns Paul. “Those who get a head start in quarter one will be in a better position to secure an opportunity that sets them up for long-term career success.”