11 Tips for Highly Effective Meetings

Unorganized meetings are the worst!

Everyone has been in a meeting that seems to never end, nothing is accomplished and you walk away wondering why you were even invited in the first place or why couldn’t this have been covered in an email … you are not alone!

Meetings, in the workplace, are necessary for exchanging opinions, ideas and collaborating to move projects forward or improve what already exists. Employees should feed excited about participating and contributing to their professional growth and the betterment of their company.

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Job Search Tips for Women in Celebration of Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, an annual observation dedicated to highlighting the contributions of women in history. The female presence in the workforce is increasing in just about every industry. With women working more, their earnings have become a growing share of the family income. For those currently looking for work, here are some strategies to employ during your job search.

Put your Social Skills to Work and Network Effectively

According to a Brandwatch blog, women are biologically wired for social networking.  When it comes to the Internet, women are more engaged than men. Take advantage of your digital savvy and use the Internet, social media and job sites as the basis of your job search.  The natural charisma, articulation, and grace of women can be powerful tools of persuasion. Show off your confidence by creating conversations, leading groups, and attending multiple in-person networking events. LinkedIn is a forum for connecting and networking.  There are many helpful groups that you could join to interact with like-minded people.  All-women networking groups have cropped up in recent years and can be easily found through LinkedIn.

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The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities

disabilityMany employers are finding success with an often overlooked talent pool — candidates with disabilities. Forward-looking employers are developing proactive sourcing plans to create a recruiting pipeline that includes candidates with disabilities.

Recruiting

Many businesses that employ individuals with disabilities report reduced employee turnover, increased employee loyalty, and increased morale and productivity of other employees. According to Maryland.gov “Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining competitive advantage.”

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 2)

Veterans’ Economic Communities Initiative

Earlier this year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald, with leaders from national and local veterans’ service organizations, corporate employers and government agencies, announced the launch of the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI), an effort focused in a total of 25 U.S. cities to promote economic success for veterans. The initiative is part of MyVA, which is dedicated to making veterans the center of all we do.

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Important Government Initiatives in 2015 to Assist Veterans (Part 1)

Paid Sick Leave for New Veteran Federal Employees:

2015 beginning saw a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress that would give service-disabled veterans 104 hours of paid sick time after they enter the federal workforce under The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act. Non-veteran employees begin with none and accrue hours over time.

Representative Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who sponsored the bill, said that new veteran employees, many of whom return from duty with illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues, often start their jobs without paid sick leave and find it hard to fit in time for medical appointments to treat their service-related disabilities. They have to sometimes let go of these appointments or take unpaid leave to go see their doctor, which results in significant lost income. Lynch said that it was unacceptable that veterans who are just starting out in the federal workforce are often faced with the difficult choice of having to take unpaid leave to attend their health appointments or miss their medical visits.

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