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Make Every Morning Great: Tips for a productive start each day

September 27th, 2012

Are you a morning person?

I’m not.  In fact, my snooze button is one of my best friends.

But while I’m not an early bird by nature, I do realize that mornings are a great time to get things done:

  • There are fewer interruptions. (How many calls do you get at 5 a.m.?)
  • The day is still full of possibilities. (Think of all the extra stuff you could accomplish if you kicked into gear earlier.)
  • Your willpower is renewed after a good night’s sleep.  (Mornings are a great time to tackle the stuff you didn’t accomplish yesterday).
  • When you whittle down your To Do list in the morning, you head into the afternoon feeling as though you’ve really accomplished something (and feel better about yourself as a result).

Research supports this notion.  In fact, a recent University of Toronto study shows that morning people actually feel happier, healthier and more satisfied with their careers and lives than their night owl counterparts.

If you’re naturally a night owl, if your mornings are too chaotic, or if you’d simply like to make your mornings more productive, try adopting the habits of highly successful “morning people”:

Get to bed earlier.  To truly seize the morning, you need to start with a good night’s sleep.  Instead of surfing the web, watching meaningless TV or puttering around the house at night, go to bed.  You’ll feel fresher in the morning and be ready to get your day started.

Plan the logistics and timing of your morning.  What time do you need to be to work?  Leave the house?  Get in the shower?  Work backward through your morning to figure out everything you’d like to accomplish before you start work.  If you want to add a workout, morning coffee with a friend or time for meditation or planning, factor these into your a.m. schedule so you truly have time for them.

Prepare for your morning the night before.  Do what you can in the evening to streamline your morning.  Pack your lunch, set out your clothes (and change of clothes if you’ll be working out), plan what you’ll eat, organize your To Do list, put your keys, wallet, purse, etc. in one place – little steps like these can greatly reduce the stress and chaos that tend to plague people’s morning routines.

Build your habits.  Rome took longer than a day to build, and so will your new productive morning routine.  So start slow.  Try getting up a little earlier each week until your new rising time feels normal.  Add just one positive change to your routine each week and your mornings will be happier and more productive in no time.

How do you supercharge your mornings?  We at Berks & Beyond would love to know – please leave your tips and habits for success below.

Successful Staffing Strategies for 2012

January 3rd, 2012

Ever feel like your staffing needs are a moving target?

The truth is, effective staffing is often challenging because your needs change so frequently.  For any number of reasons (workload fluctuations, local market conditions, the economy, available labor, etc.), a staffing approach that worked for you a year ago may not be as effective today.

This doesn’t mean you’re out of luck; it just means that you may need to re-examine your staffing strategy.  So start 2012 off right.  Consider these staffing best practices which have proven effective for corporate human resources executives across the country, courtesy of

  • Make sure the staffing partner has an adequate balance sheet. Given the relatively low barriers to entry, it is too common to see staffing companies struggle financially.
  • Be sure the staffing partner has sufficient size and financial resources to manage the contract. Sourcing 100 or more contract workers on an ongoing basis requires a very different type of staffing organization than providing two or three temps at a time.
  • Visit the local office of the staffing company as part of the due-diligence process, especially for large projects, to make sure the operation meets expectations.
  • Give your staffing partner feedback on all candidates that you review to help refine the recruiting strategy, and make it easier to find the best candidates.
  • Be open-minded about “teachable” candidates, especially for hard-to-fill skill sets. Candidates who are a strong cultural fit and possess transferable skills are likely to succeed and thrive with some training and support.
  • Provide enough training, rewards and feedback to keep temps engaged and motivated. One employer notes that small rewards—a free lunch for good performance, for example—go a long way toward winning the loyalty of temps.
  • Beware of unfair negative stereotypes about the quality of temp workers. Temps can be—and often are—as qualified as full-time employees, and their skills can be equally useful.

Berks & Beyond – Your Best Staffing Strategy for 2012 and Beyond

With over a decade of experience, Berks & Beyond has grown to become one of Southern Pennsylvania’s largest, and most well established, staffing companies.  You can rest assured we are a stable, successful partner you can trust with your all your workforce management needs – no matter how large or small.

Call us to schedule a 2012 workforce consultation.  Together, we can identify your upcoming needs and develop a proactive, cost-effective staffing strategy that will deliver real bottom-line results.

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