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Golden Squirrel Award

Everett Birdsall - Friday, November 13, 2015

The first "Golden Squirrel Award" goes to Lori Singer. Not only was she the #1 Recruiter in October she came in on her day off to work with our new accounting staff. Going above and beyond makes Lori "Golden" in our eyes!

       

How To Run a Office Pool

Everett Birdsall - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Run a Office Pool

Thinking of running an office pool for a sporting or Reality TV event and want to make it a huge success. Follow the tips on this page to maximize the enjoyment of everyone playing.

Popular pools include:

  • NFL Football (probably the most popular office pool - weekly pools, playoff pools, and the Super bowl)
  • College Football - either regular season or bowls
  • College Basketball (March Madness)
  • NBA Basketball (usually the playoffs)
  • MLB Baseball (usually the playoffs)
  • NHL Hockey (usually the playoffs)
  • Reality TV Shows (Survivor, Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Big Brother, etc. Anything with a weekly elimination)
  • The Oscars
  • Politics
  • Baby pools (actually the 2nd most popular - when the baby will be born, what the sex will be, how much it will weigh, etc.)

There are a large number of options on running a pool, from paper and pencil, to Excel spreadsheets, to software, to websites. Since pools by their nature require many people to input information (either a one time pick or weekly picks, depending upon the pool), the best way to run a pool is via a website. This greatly reduces the load on the person running the pool (the commissioner) and avoids using company emails for personal usage.

Good Luck!

Weekends are good for you

Everett Birdsall - Friday, October 09, 2015

 

Weekends are good for you, study finds.

Just about everybody – even workaholics – should look forward to the weekend, when most people get a mood boost, a new study suggests.

Participants in the study often reported better moods, greater vitality, and fewer aches and pains from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon as compared with the rest of the week. "Workers, even those with interesting, high-status jobs, really are happier on the weekend," said study researcher Richard Ryan, a professor of psychology at the University

Working men and women across all occupations felt mentally and physically better on the weekends regardless of income, work hours, education, age or marital status, the researchers found.

No surprise: Weekends were associated with elevated feelings of freedom and closeness — participants said they were more often involved in activities of their own choosing and spending time with close friends and family members. People also felt more competent during the weekend than they did at work.

Eight Fascinating Facts

Everett Birdsall - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here are 8 fascinating facts about how humor defines and enhances modern business:

1. Humor Is More Important Than Pay

An industry-wide study of over 2,500 people found that 55% of workers would take less pay to have more fun at work. This means a majority of people would literally take a pay cut for a more light-hearted work environment.

2. A Sense of Humor Reduces Sick Days

Laughter boosts your immune system by enhancing your antibodies (which help fight infections) and increasing your immune cell count. This helps reduce your chances of illness and missing out on work.

3. Joking Around Does Not Distract People From Work

Worried that office humor will lead to distraction? Studies show increased humor in the workplace does not detract from people’s productivity or their ability to complete tasks that require concentration.

4. Humorous Advertisements Are More Effective

On the marketing side, humor has been proven to make advertisements more memorable and increase the likelihood of the viewer taking action. Studies measuring advertisement awareness found that ads with humor had nearly 25% greater impact across the board.

5. Laughter Lowers Blood Pressure and Improves Blood Flow

Not only does laughter help your immune system, it also has an effect on your cardiovascular system. Laughter can lower your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure and even improve the function of your blood vessels; laughter causes an expansion of your endothelium (the tissue that forms the inner lining of your blood vessels), which improves blood flow and even reduces your chances of cardiovascular disease.

6. Supervisors Who Use Humor Are Perceived as Better Leaders

Leaders who integrate humor as part of their management style are not only proven to foster greater work performance, satisfaction and cohesion amongst workers, they are actually perceived as better leaders and managers. Subordinates also report experiencing greater work satisfaction when working with managers who integrate humor in their interactions.

7. Fun Environments Reduce Burnout and Turnover

Not surprisingly, humor in the workplace has been proven to enhance worker’s coping mechanisms and reduce worker withdrawal and burnout. It has also been shown to improve employee retention and reduce overall rates of attrition.

8. Humor Boosts Creative Thinking

Humor has been proven to help develop creative thinking in various settings. Not only does it provide a more colorful environment, a playful office also helps encourage openness and diminish the fear of criticism towards outlandish or creative ideas. Even people who don’t share their humor at the office are more relaxed about speaking up in settings where levity is encouraged

The 2nd most wrong survey answer

Everett Birdsall - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The 2nd most wrong survey answer

by Brian Ward

I just read another “survey” about why workers leave their job. Can you guess what the top reason is? Money, the number one reason listed is money. And it’s all BS! It is categorically and fundamentally not true (most of the time). If you knew how far away money is from the truth you would be angry the next time you see such a “survey.” And I know at this very second there are thousands of Recruiters and Staffing Experts who are nodding their head in agreement or falling asleep.

I see this type of survey about 4 times a year. It’s usually an infographic using a chart to display that roughly 60% of people surveyed are now making a ton more money, and apparently, money was the only reason they left.

The real problem with these survey’s is twofold. The first problem is asking people who are looking for a job or thinking of leaving. These surveys should be asking those who are actually involved in the Decision Making Process (I know it will never happen). We usually ask such benign questions like, "Why did you leave your last job?" So we already have those answers. The second problem is the survey’s simplicity. It boils down to this: it is a lot easier for people to answer, “Why did you leave your last role?” with “Money!” than it is to say something like the following, “I wasn’t as successful at my former place as I could have or should have been. My boss was good, but I was trying to find a boss that could be a better mentor to me. Also I feel underpaid and would really appreciate it if I could leverage my experience into a better wage.”

As you can see the money part of the answer is still there, but it isn’t the driving force. The driving force of all moves isn’t money. The number one reason is almost always related to your boss, hence the phrase, “people quit their bosses, not their jobs.” It is a very complex dynamic that always involves how attached or detached you are to your boss, the company, the department, the co-workers, etc. It is rarely simple. People start the change when a happy dynamic changes or gets changed.

Don’t believe me? Do this. Think back to all your job changes. You’ll find numerous reasons why you left each role. I’m sure that you did leave your dishwasher job because of money, but not that Director of Marketing role. If you’re honest with yourself then you will find that the job change is a journey and that money is and always be just the final (and important) puzzle piece to the complete picture.

And don’t even get me started with the salary survey you found on the internet!

OCBJ has Recognized Mattson Resources

Everett Birdsall - Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mattson Resources has been recognized as one of the Fastest Private Growing Companies

It was announced by the OCBJ on Monday that Mattson Resources has been recognized as one of the Fastest Private Growing Companies in 2014-2015 in Orange County based on gross revenue. This is the sixth year running that Mattson has been included in this group. Just this week alone we hired five new employees, so here we grow again.

OC Jobless rate hits 8 year low

Everett Birdsall - Friday, September 18, 2015

O.C. Jobless rate hits 8-year low for August 

Orange County’s economy stayed hot in August, as employers had a rare late-summer hiring spree that pushed the unemployment rate down to 4.5 percent – the lowest local jobless rate for an August in eight years.   READ MORE HERE

Rise and Dine

Everett Birdsall - Thursday, September 17, 2015

Rise and Dine

We’ve all heard time and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet convincing the majority of Americans to make this meal top priority sometimes can seem like an impossible task.

Rising and dining could be the best way to start the day and prolong your life. Some experts say the morning meal can benefit individuals in a multitude of ways, from jump-starting their metabolism to improving mood and productivity at work.

A better breakfast also can make for a better mood. Research suggests that eating breakfast, specifically carbohydrate-rich cereals, can improve your mood. Eating in the morning after a night’s slumber will provide glucose to your starved brain, adding that most people are also likely to be happier and less grouchy when [they] aren’t distracted by hunger pangs best breakfast suggestion is simple: an apple and a hard-boiled egg.

I am great at multi-tasking

Everett Birdsall - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I’m great at multi-tasking as long as it’s one thing at a time.

Ask any Octopus and you’ll learn that multi-tasking is an illogical attempt to perform at a higher level by dividing tasks and time. I'm the biggest culprit and I need to stop doing it. People who need to get work done efficiently and effectively need to Single Task. Unfortunately, our world is filled with events that need to be done non-consecutively (and sometimes partially) but we can’t allow it to drive us to distraction.

Facts that I’m about to make up say that our brains work 50% better when concentrating on one and only one task. The truth is our brains can really only handle one thing at a time.

However, after years of multi-tasking I can switch between two tasks, but I’ve also noticed that my attention span and attention to detail has dramatically dropped in the last decade. Facts that I’m NOT making and come from Statistic Brain include the following: Since the year 2000 our average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to 8 seconds, slightly lower than a goldfish (No wonder I always lose a staring contest with my pet goldfish, Elsa (Anna, by the way, is in fishy-heaven)).

Focus on one task until it’s done, then move to the next.

I’ve been doing just that, but I’m still working on it though. For instance, while writing this article I also opened 5 more browser tabs, thought of 2 other jokes for other blogs, and I clicked on my email 5 times. (By the way, the average worker checks their email 30 times per hour.) Don’t worry though—the Octopus sitting next to me hit me with a tentacle, and he did it without stopping his typing or his coffee drinking. Ask any Octopus and he’ll tell you, “That’s the power of a decentralized nervous system.”

Summer is Over

Everett Birdsall - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hard to say when it's suppose to be in the 80's & 90's this week. But our internal office will be changing back to a regular hours from early close Friday hours and will be open until 5:00pm until the end of the year. Hope you enjoyed your summer, we know we did!