It’s Okay to Reap the Rewards of Giving Back to the Community

b loehr - givingYou have to admit getting involved in the local Little League program, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Junior Achievement or (you fill in the blank) has been fun. And rewarding too. But last night when you crashed into bed exhausted from a marathon day, those feel good vibes from “giving back” were running on empty – just like you were. And one question loomed large in your tired mind. “Why am I doing this again?”

Of course, volunteering isn’t about what’s-in-it-for-me. You know that. But still, recognizing the benefits reaped from community involvement would be welcome right about now.

Indeed, the benefits are many, and it’s okay if the rewards help spur your volunteer efforts. After all, you’re only human. So keep this list handy for the next time that very small part of you quietly questions, “What’s in it for me?”

1. Chance to Meet New People
Often our busy lives confine us to specific circles of people: coworkers, neighbors, church congregation, families of the children’s friends, etc. Volunteering is a great way to broaden our “people” horizons and expand the opportunities to:

• Network with those in related industries
• Find people with similar hobbies or interests
• Meet the new guy from the next block who’s also looking for someone to jog with

2. Avenues to Gain Knowledge
Want to give your career, any career, a boost? Choose to be a life-long learner. Similar to the “people” circles noted in #1, a chosen profession usually comes with a “box” of knowledge that centers around one or two main components. Volunteering will naturally expose you to knowledge outside of your “box” as you connect with people from a wide range of professions. Imagine the possibilities such as this conversation starter. “I’ve always wanted to learn more about ___________. What can you tell me about your job?”

3. Opportunities to Expanded Experiences
While you may not foresee a job or career change in the near future, the truth is you never know when an opportunity or crisis may push you in a brand new direction. Experience gained while volunteering can open doors you never expected to face. Welcome any and all new opportunities that come your way through community volunteering because who knows what the future holds?

4. Provides a “Test Run”
Maybe you’ve always, secretly, harbored the idea of a career in theater or event planning or interior design. Especially if this carefully guarded notion is lightyears from your current career, how awesome – and wise – would it be to explore this would-be field via a volunteer position. Uh, very. So before resigning your job, enrolling in a course of study, or trashing the idea altogether, give this secret ambition a whirl by seeking a trial run through community involvement.

5. Transition into Retirement Years
Even if you’re years from retirement, it’s never too soon to think about how you’ll spend those golden years. Whether it’s because of the need for additional income or simply because of the desire for “something to do”, many retirees find themselves revisiting past connections and experiences. The people, knowledge, and experiences gained through years of service to the community can easily translate into a blessing after retirement.

At B. Loehr Staffing we applaud the efforts of citizens to “give back” to their communities through various avenues of volunteering. We also recognize how these experiences contribute to the skills candidates bring to the hiring table. Contact us today about the many advantages of a position with B. Loehr Staffing.

Why Should I Get Involved in My Community?

b loehr - givingEveryone wants to live in a good, safe, thriving community, and few will argue against the importance of strong community connections especially for families. But strong communities don’t just happen. And it takes more than simply electing upstanding community officials and paying them a fair wage to do their jobs.

It’s a fact. Strong, vital communities do not become strong, vital communities without the support, energy, and efforts of local citizens.

If you’ve been waffling over the idea of little ‘ole you getting more involved in the community, consider these motivations for pursuing opportunities to “give back.”

  1. Volunteering provides a chance to experience something bigger than yourself

There’s something about doing /giving/serving without any expectation or assumption of receiving in return that is so inspiring and satisfying that it defies explanation. While some would argue that human beings are not capable of such altruistic actions, many more can attest to the truth that giving without condition is rewarding beyond measure. It’s one of those things you probably have to experience to understand. So pick a cause or organization and get to it.

  1. The rewards of giving “time” last longer than writing a “check”

“But why can’t I just give money? Don’t they need money?” Yes, they probably do need money. But why not hand-deliver that generous donation, and while you’re there, check the place out. Find out what else they need besides cash. The more you give of your talents, skills, time, energy, creativity – the more you give of you – the greater your connection and empathy will be for the mission and purpose of the organization.

  1. A new perspective is priceless

 Have you ever driven by the soup kitchen, the free food pantry, or clothes closet and wondered who even utilizes those services? Do you question why your co-worker tutors kids after school? Then it’s safe to say your perspective could use a bit of refreshing. In our fast-paced lives, it’s so easy to develop tunnel vision that barely acknowledges the existence of people and circumstances beyond our own.

  1. Your efforts will save the community’s resources

Every hour that volunteers contribute saves local communities money. Those saved funds can be funneled toward improvements and innovations that benefit the entire community. It’s estimated every volunteer hour saves the community $15.39. Now do that math. That’s a whole lot of money that can be channeled toward keeping your community a strong, thriving place to raise a family.

  1. You DO have something to offer

If you’re thinking, “But what can I do?” stop that line of questioning right now. Absolutely do not let a lack of special skills rob the community of your involvement. Virtually anyone can pick up trash at the park, read a book to kids, work the concessions booth at the festival, and the list goes on. It’s practically endless. Start small but do start. Because when everyone does something, the impact is enormous.

B. Loehr Staffing prides itself on the caliber of our pool of candidates. Their involvement across the community have helped to make St. Louis metropolitan area a stronger and better community. Contact us today about joining our team of outstanding candidates.

 

 4 Tips for Beating Procrastination

b loehr - procrastinationThe “simple” definition for procrastinate, according to Merriman-Webster.com is:

“To be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.”

Ouch, lazy? That cuts pretty deep. I mean everyone procrastinates from time-to-time, right? It’s part of being human, right?

Webster’s “full” definition leaves out that ugly four-letter word.

  1. To put off intentionally and habitually
  2. To put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Still not a pretty picture.

Did you know there is a science to why people procrastinate? According to the UPMC Healthbeat, there’s a chemical reason we prefer relaxing activities versus those “have to” things that we find so easy to put off. The intense urge to avoid work by focusing on more pleasant or satisfying activities is an actual  battle between the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is less developed and thus weaker, so often the limbic system wins out, leading to procrastination.”

Before you get all kicked-back and in the so-it’s-not-my-fault-at-all zone, consider the very real pitfalls of procrastination. For instance, putting things off can cause stress later when you have to double or triple-time it. And we all know how stress wreaks havoc on your overall health – your immune system in particular – not to mention how relationships between stressed out people suffer.

Factor in the bad rap your reputation will get. Also, how repeatedly succumbing to procrastination will squash both your drive to succeed and the likelihood of realizing your dreams. And those are but a few of the myriad ways procrastination can lead to trouble.

Understanding the science behind procrastination is all well and good, but what most of us need are practical tips for beating procrastination.

  1. Dismiss the notion of perfection

 If you’re waiting for everything to line up perfectly before diving into whatever it may be, just don’t. Not only will you accomplish next to nothing, but you’re giving procrastination a foothold in your life. Get your ducks in a row as best you can – then dive in.

  1. Change things up

 Realize that different environments have a huge impact on your productivity. A writer friend of mine finds one distraction after another at home, but can buckle down at the corner coffee shop where laundry, dishes, and a million other chores are not front and center.

  1. Remember how to eat an elephant?

 Big tasks or projects often saddle you with a crippling sense of being overwhelmed before you even get started. Which makes it ten times harder to get started. So, break the assignment into bite-sized pieces . . . Err, smaller tasks. And make it a priority to bask in the sense of accomplishment, for just a wee bit, after each step.

  1. Create the adult equivalent to a sticker chart

Remember the sticker chart that worked wonders to get your preschooler to behave? That same reward principle can work for adults too. Establish little reward incentives along the way then treat yourself to something special when the task is finished, on time in a quality manner.

Get a grip on procrastination before it becomes the middle name that even the dog knows you by.

Now here’s a biggie. Don’t procrastinate about contacting B Loehr Staffing. You are our priority at B. Loehr Staffing. That’s why both our Client and Candidate Toolboxes are chalk full of resources to assist you. Check them out today.

Laugh out loud! It’s good for you!

Relax, take five, pull up a chair and engage in the psycho-physiological reflex that manifests in a successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal chords often accompanied by a baring of teeth and facial grimaces.

Don’t worry – you’re not being asked to mimic a rabid dog. The above description is actually the medical definition of laughter.

Ah, heck, take ten or twenty and enjoy a good ‘ole belly laugh courtesy of Work One Liners:

  • When my boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn’t hire stupid people.
  •  Nothing ruins a Friday more than realizing that today is Tuesday.
  • My resume is just a list of things I hope you never ask me to do.
  • I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.
  • When an employment application asks who is to be notified in case of emergency, I always write, “A very good “
  • Whatever you do always give 100 % – unless you are donating blood.

Hold on to your chair because this LaughFactory.com joke may have you rolling in the aisle.

  • Two factory workers are talking. The woman says, “I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?” The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside-down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The woman replies, “I’m a light bulb.” The boss then says, “You’ve been working so much that you’ve gone crazy. I think you need to take the day off.” The man starts to follow her and the boss says, “Where are you going?” The man says, “I’m going home, too. I can’t work in the dark.”

If your aching side can stand a bit more humor, let these giggle-worthy anecdotes fill your laugh tank to overflowing!

  • I hope when I die; it’s early in the morning . . . So I don’t go to work that day for no reason.
  • My boss texted me, “Send me one of your funny jokes, Pete.”

I replied, “I’m working at the moment, Sir, I will send you one later.”

He replied, “That was fantastic, send me another one.”

My boss told me yesterday, “Ken, you shouldn’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.”

But when I turned up at the office today in Ghostbuster’s clothing, she said I was fired.

And one more source of good clean humor

  • Sam walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to ask respectfully for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling, the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss as Sam is getting up, “which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company,” Sam replied.
  • The Boss of our small company was complaining during a staff meeting that people didn’t respect him enough. Trying to improve the office attitude, he came in the next day with a sign for his door. It said, “I am the boss.” One of the employees, apparently not appreciating the change, stuck a post-it-note on the sign, which said: “your wife wants her sign back!”
  • An employee approached his boss regarding a dispute on his Employee – “Sir, this is $100 less than my salary.”

Boss – “I know, but when you were overpaid $100 by mistake last month, you didn’t complain!”

Employee – “Well, I don’t mind an occasional mistake, Sir, but it seems to be becoming a habit, now!”

Manage your professional and personal life more effectively with B. Loehr Staffing’s vast database of resources. Our Candidate Resource Center contains a wealth of information to help you land a great position, maximize on-the-job performance, create a healthy work-life balance and more. Contact our staffing specialists today – we might even share a laugh or two.

 

A Good Laugh on Us

Every one of us can benefit from a good hearty laugh. Did you know laughter relaxes the whole body? Indeed it does. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes.

So laugh to your heart’s content over these hilarious happenings and enjoy the lingering, relaxing effect.

Get a hearty chuckle from the funnies at LaughFactory.com

  • Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks’ vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

Hold your belly and enjoy these better-than-the-comics anecdotes!

  • The Invisible Man, Dracula, and the Wolfman were all applying for a job. Which one got hired?

Certainly not Dracula, he can only work nights.

Not the Wolfman, severe grooming problem.

Needless to say, the Invisible Man was hired, sight unseen!

  • “Has your son decided what he wants to be when he grows up?” I asked my friend.

“He wants to be a garbage man,” he replied.

“That’s an unusual ambition to have at such a young age.”

“Not really. He thinks that garbage men work only on Tuesdays.”

If you haven’t laughed yourself silly yet, check out these funny one-liners:

  • Imagine being 5 minutes from the end of the longest movie ever & it starts over because it forgot something. That’s my kid telling a story.
  • I changed my password to “incorrect”. So whenever I forget what it is the computer will say “Your password is “
  • Entered what I ate today into my new fitness app and it just sent an ambulance to my house.
  • A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
  • You’d think that with NSA reading our tweets all the time, they could star or retweet some of the good ones.
  • The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.

And finally, if your teary eyes can still focus, take a peek at these gems from Good Clean Jokes.

  • “Frank Smith,” announced the judge, “for breaking into a house in the middle of the night, I sentence you to two years in prison.”

“But your honor,” pleaded Smith, “last time I was in court you sentenced me to a year in jail for breaking into a house in the day! If not in the middle of the night, and not in the middle of the day, just when am I supposed to earn my living?”

  •  Sally walked into the Dentist office to make an appointment. “How much do you charge to pull out a tooth?” She asked.”

“It’s $130,” was the prompt reply. “$130!” gasped Sally, that’s ridiculous! There must be a way for you to go cheaper.”

“Well,” said the Dentist thoughtfully, I suppose if we don’t numb it, we could knock off $30.”

“Only $30?” countered Sally, “that’s still $100, you’ve got to make it cheaper.”

“Well,” said the Dentist after a long pause, “I suppose if we take it out with a wrench we could knock it down to $50.”

“Perfect,” said Sally happily. “I would like to make an appointment for next Tuesday, for my husband Jack.”

Let B. Loehr Staffing be your one-stop staffing solutions firm. We understand how challenging it is to have the right number of people in the right places to get the work done on time and still keep your bottom line in the black. Through our specially designed Staffing Systems and Management Programs, you can be sure of finding the staffing solution that suits your organization’s specific needs. Contact our staffing specialists today.

 

4 Tips for “Giving Back” to Your Community

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For many non-profit organizations, the donations they receive in money, time and various other resources are more than merely a “want”. Without the support of large and small businesses alike, these organizations that meet the crucial needs of multitudes of people, would not be able to operate. But thanks to the generous support of community-minded companies, these life-impacting organizations can continue to meet benefit humanity.

No gift of money, time, talents or services is too small to have a lasting impact. And as companies across the country have discovered, they receive as much goodwill as the not-for-profit they serve.

“For me, giving back means finding ways to benefit the community that may also benefit my business — after all, without the community’s support, small businesses wouldn’t exist,” notes Dwight Lieb, commercial real estate developer. He further cites research by Ernst & Young and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund that demonstrates the correlation between philanthropy and business success.

  •  89 percent of entrepreneurs donate money, both personally and through their companies
  • 62 percent of those who donated reported that giving back makes their companies more successful

Check out these tips for ways to get onboard with “giving back.”

Focus your Efforts

Want to really make an impact? Choose one cause/organization to commit your entire company’s efforts and resources to. If the sheer number of worthy causes has your head spinning, initiate a sit down with your employees. Choosing from among causes your staff is familiar with is a great place to start. Appoint a willing volunteer already associated with the organization to spearhead the company’s involvement. This will get things moving faster.

Consider sponsoring local sporting teams.

Who doesn’t appreciate the long-term benefits youth gain from team endeavors? Yet, these worthwhile activities often suffer from both a lack of funds and volunteers. Not only is this a fantastic way to dip your toes into the world of giving back, but also offers varying levels of involvement. These community-backed activities also provide a great opportunity for exposure.

 Serve on a Community Board

 Commit your company to fill one or more spots on a local community board. These positions are crucial to the long-term success of these organizations yet can be difficult to fill over the long haul. If possible, find an interest that suits what your business is all about. If you’re in a medically related business, participation with the Red Cross will make sense. If manufacturing is your area, then supporting the vocational arts programs at the local high school would be a good fit. Connecting with your industry in this way will likely provide a plethora of networking opportunities as well.

Plan and Host a Community Event

 Pitching in wherever needed is a great way to show community spirit. But why not go a step further and volunteer to plan and host a segment of the local festival or the big parade – some significant community event. Get all troops on deck, utilizing the natural abilities of your workforce. Set the organizers to strategizing, the sales department to soliciting financial donations, the ad team to creating a marketing campaign, and so on.

As the largest independent, locally owned and operated staffing company in the St. Louis metropolitan area,  B. Loehr Staffing name has been synonymous with giving back to the community with employment and training program for not-for-profit organizations since 1898. We have always been and will always be committed to providing top quality service and innovative solutions to the businesses of this fine community. Contact us today for assistance will of your staffing needs.