office grouchIs a curmudgeon creating a conundrum at work? You know every workplace has at least one – the bad-tempered, complaining, irritable, negative, grudge-holding office grouch. You can hear their groans when there is an invitation to a company event or even when they’re asked to sign a birthday card. You must drag them out of their office to join coworkers for lunch. Change is inevitable, but a new office policy, product, or alteration in plans can really set them off.
 

What the Office Grouch Can Teach You

 

We’ve heard the concept that your worst enemy can be your best teacher. Enemy may not be an entirely appropriate word to describe the grouch (perhaps annoyance is better), but you get the idea. You can learn from people that you find the most bothersome.

 

NEWS ALERT: Curmudgeons can be valuable to an organization.


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Published on January 11th, 2018

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unplugging from work over the holidaysWriting this blog post is on my list of things to get done today, as I leave the office for a holiday break, so I don’t have to work during my time off. However, being the AgCareers.com employee that I am (and I know many of my coworkers would agree with me), I intend to bring my laptop home over my break to tend to some small duties while absent from the office. I wouldn’t say that I struggle unplugging from work, but at times, like during my two-week vacation this summer, I wonder why I can never just totally leave work at the office.

 

Google unplugging from work and you’re sure to find many research-backed articles explaining the benefits of taking time away from your computer such as an increase in productivity and creativity when you return. It’s true; I often feel recharged and ready to tackle challenges after I’ve stepped away from my desk for a time. Soaking up time with your families and friends, pursuing outside hobbies and interests, and simply relaxing instead of worrying about what emails may be coming in is not only healthy for us but also for those around us and our relationships. It all sounds good, right? And deep down, we know we all want that feeling of revitalization and peace of mind to just let go of work.

 

If only it were that simple, you may be thinking. Well, it can be. Here are some tips for unplugging from work over the holidays or a vacation:


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Published on December 20th, 2017

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meetingsWe have all been there, struggling to stay awake during a marathon three-hour meeting, only to leave and wonder, “what was the point?” The statistics on unproductive meetings in the workplace are staggering, both the amount of time spent and the amount of money paid on salaries for hours spent in unnecessary meetings. So, what can managers do to limit unnecessary meetings and make what is necessary productive?

 

Ever feel like your meeting looks like this?


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Published on December 15th, 2017

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holidaysConsider your hectic schedule of holiday parties, gatherings, school events, and preparations for the season. Pile that on top of your already busy work calendar, and the holidays can quickly become overwhelming.
 
How do you remain productive over the holidays?
 
It might be enticing for you to take a bit of a “hiring holiday” at work. Besides recruitment, your HR department is likely knee-deep in planning annual reviews and salary increases for January. Do you really need to continue recruiting during December? YES! Your competitors are actively recruiting, and candidates are still searching.


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Published on November 21st, 2017

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returning from maternity leaveWhile very rewarding, being a mom is hard. Period! When you add working on top of things, that brings about additional challenges. One of the toughest? Transitioning back to work after being on maternity leave. Dads, not leaving you out. I know this transition can be rough on you too. Let’s face it though, I don’t have quite the same perspective on your situation.
 
As a mom of two young children, I’m not far removed from my own transitions back into the workplace after having them. I have my own opinions on maternity (paternity) leave policies in this country and have also been influenced by working with fellow mothers from other countries that have different policies. The truth is, I think there are pros and cons to all. I’m going to share a few tips that helped me and a few things I wish I would have known during that time.
 
1. Know your policies ahead of time. Ideally this would be discussed during the offer/benefits discussion before you are even employed, but not all of us had baby fever when we accepted our jobs. If you are employed and considering starting a family review the company’s policies. Some companies offer a short term supplemental plan in lieu of formal maternity leave. These can have a waiting period before they are able to be used.


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Published on October 26th, 2017

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delegationThe subject of delegation makes me think of the two distinct reactions that tend to occur in people who are delegating work. The delegator is either ready to shove something off of their plate as quickly as they can, because they can’t get to it (or simply don’t want to), or they are completely blocking any progress in the true transition of the work, because they don’t want to let go. So, before we can dive into the six steps of delegating, I think it’s important to understand the “why” of successful delegation. Check out these two loosely translated definitions of Delegation for a better illustration:

 

Wikipedia: Delegation is the assignment of any responsibility or authority to another person to carry out specific activities.

 

Leadership Training Course: Delegation is giving staff the freedom and authority to handle certain specific matters on their own initiative – with the confidence that they can do the job successfully.

 

Ouch, did that second portion of the leadership definition strike a chord? There is a big difference between true successful delegation and simple task allocation. If we want to successfully delegate, creating an enriching experience all around, we should focus on that second definition. So let’s dive in:


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Published on October 17th, 2017

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Kristi Sproul Education & Marketing Specialist AgCareers.comKristi Sproul, AgCareers.com’s Education and Marketing Specialist, recently joined AgCareers.com this summer. She works from a home office in Western Oklahoma.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
I really get to do a wide variety of projects which is exciting and keeps my days interesting. Within a day I may work with University Partners in promoting their online master’s programs, write content for blogs or newsletters, help promote AgCareers.com resources to targeted audiences or assist in building the framework for market research projects.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
My coworkers’ level of talent really makes the job enjoyable. I am fortunate to work with a team that is goal-oriented, solution-focused, and eager to deliver valuable resources to job seekers and employers.


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Published on October 13th, 2017

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Meet Chris McLoughlinChris McLoughlin recently joined AgCareers.com as an Inside Sales Representative for Western Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He works from the Guelph, Ontario office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?

 

I reach out to current and perspective customers by both phone and email to make sure that they understand the benefits and value they get when posting jobs with us and I drink a lot of coffee.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

The people I work with are amazing and make coming into work each day a breeze. Being a small part of helping people reach their potential in their chosen careers is a great feeling.

 

What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

Make sure that your ad has enough information about what your company does, what the role entails and what you are offering your potential employee. The more information you can give a job seeker about what the job involves and what is expected the more informed applicants you will get.

 


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Published on September 19th, 2017

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7 deadly hiring sinsRecruitment seems like such an easy thing on the surface. It’s as simple as Jim Collins writes in his book Good to Great, right? “Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.” Well anyone who’s been responsible for hiring the right talent into the right roles for any length of time will tell you it’s certainly not as easy as it sounds. Here are a few deadly hiring sins to be conscious of.
 

The Seven Deadly Hiring Sins

 
Hiring Sin #1: Don’t just find a warm body.
 
We’ve all been there; your department is running so lean you can barely keep up, and then your most reliable team member puts in their notice or goes out on an unexpected medical leave. The urge to get your team some relief by just filling that hole with the first willing person that comes along can be overwhelming, but DON’T do that. The wrong hire will cost you triple in time and effort, and it won’t be long before you feel more buried than you were to start with.


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Published on September 13th, 2017

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jennifer klein inside sales associateJennifer Klein began working with AgCareers.com in the spring of 2017 as an Inside Sales Associate. She works from the AgCareers.com Guelph, Ontario office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
I contact clients’ renewals and leads, assisting clients with purchasing and posting jobs, reviewing job post activity and new job posts for approval.
 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
Everything. It is such a wonderful environment with the best team a person could ask for to spend the working day with.

 

What advice would you give to employers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Be open. Give reasons to job seekers as to why they would want to work for you.


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Published on August 22nd, 2017

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