Working From Home… Pajamas All Day?!

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With remote jobs on the rise all over America, this is a real thing we need to talk about. Trust us. We are in constant communication with talent from all over the nation, and majority has it, working remotely wins!

The temptation when working from home is to stay in your pajamas all day everyday. Fight against that temptation and you will be more productive and successful! Don’t get me wrong an occasional pajama day doesn’t hurt, but be careful not to make it a habit. Wearing the right outfit  can be a powerful thing.

If you are having an important call, it is a good idea to get out of your pajamas and “get ready”. Just the act of showering, doing your hair, putting on makeup, and real clothes, will make you feel more confident and put together. Have you ever been on the phone with someone and you find yourself smiling when you are trying to be warm and friendly, this is the exact same concept. Dress in a professional, stylish outfit that makes you comfortable that you feel confident in and it will show through your attitude and demeanor. Especially if you have a video conference, you need to look presentable and make sure your surroundings are tidy.

Just like getting up and getting ready can prepare you for a full day’s work, sometimes work calls for the opposite. Whatever line of business you are in, I am willing to bet that you have some tedious tasks that take more than a little pumping up to do. One of the nicest parts of working from home is that you can create whatever environment suits you on any particular day. For me, if I have to get heads down into a project, I am most comfortable in yoga pants, no makeup, messy bun on the very top of my head, pounding pumpkin spice coffee on my floor or on my couch! I would look pretty crazy in an office! In my own home though, that is the perfect outfit to get me through the day. It’s efficient and it makes me happy. No commuting, no traffic just solid production behind the screen.

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Try to get out of the house to work at least once a week. This will help you not turn into a hermit! There are so many great local coffee shops around Charleston a couple of our favorites are Essentials Coffee in Moncks Corner and East Coast Coffee & Juice in North Charleston. There are some really fun co-working spaces around Charleston as well. The Skinny-Dip, located on King Street near Marion Square has an adorable work space upstairs complete with a coffee and wine bar and a back patio. The best part is that they just opened this once members-only space to the public. If you work remote in Charleston, you have to go and work from Skinny Dip for the day! Aside from the obvious benefits of getting out of the house, this is also a great opportunity to dress up. If you work from home, you probably aren’t wearing those dresses and pencil skirts everyday.

Have a healthy balance of put together and hot mess, no need to lean too far one way or the other when working from home. Get out there, don’t let working from home translate to stuck at home. And remember, if you feel comfortable and think you look good, you will have a better day! Give yourself that gift!

So, You Think Your Company Benefits are a Big Deal?

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Tell us more. Are you ready to shake it up with more incentives around employee wellness and health that speak to your culture and stand out to prospective talent?

What do you bring to the table? This is the question every company has to pony up and answer when enticing new talent and working to keep existing team members on board.

Depending on your size, it may be challenging to outcompete the big dogs on salary alone, so we have some ideas on how to sweeten the deal, while also promoting a company culture that values health and wellness. Celebrate the wins all around!

Sweat It Out

Many of the independent gyms, CrossFit boxes and yoga studios in nationwide are open to company packages. Getting your team a deal on their favorite sweat-outlet is good for the wallet, heart and sanity. Added bonus, it provides a positive outlet outside of work for building rapport and camaraderie.

If you like a little health-conscious competition, challenge your employees to a step-off (whoever gets the most steps in that month earns a half-day on Friday), or take it up a notch with a Savage Race a Rugged Maniac or  GoRuck event. There are even corporate wellness programs - think fitness for the whole team - like the one offered by Rhapsody Crossfit.

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Help your team find inner peace with some onsite yoga. There are a handful of stellar instructors all over the globe, who will come to you and take your squad through everything from flow to Pilates. Nothing like some mindful meditation or savasana to start your day.  Over the last few years here at OIAM, we have had a killer yoga instructor come to us once a week to break up the day and allow for team building!

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You can take this initiative up a notch by gifting your team a Calm app subscription and designating a meditation room in your office for when anyone needs to take 10 for some quiet or meditation. Wooosahhh.  

Mental Health Days

Not in your compensation package? Fail. We are all human and the struggle remains to be real. Let's recognize that 90% of people who call in sick, actually need a mental health day. Let's make that okay?? Let's offer that to our team members so no one carries the "I called in sick guilt." Let's give our team members the freedom to say, "I need one day to focus on self-care and I am sorry that it is last minute, but I'm not calling in sick. I need a mental health day." 

Ease The Tension

Sitting for hours on end in front of a monitor is one of the worst things we do to our body. There are a plethora of apps for monitoring physical activity, helping you hydrate and just reminding you to move that you can gift your team to help them curb the computer hunch.

Beyond tech support, many massage therapists have tables and chairs they can bring onsite to give your team a 15-min massage which to help relieve some stress and tension that tends to settle in the shoulders. This will only increase your team member’s production but help balance them inside and out.

Take It Outside

Getting out from under fluorescent lights for some bona fide Vitamin D is good for the mind, body and soul. Take a page from the Amazon playbook and Invest some time and resources in creating a dreamy outdoor space where your team can take meetings, have lunch or get a breath of fresh air. A separate sphere may be a bit excessive but shoot your shot!

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Take this a step further (literally and figuratively) by pushing for walking meetings. These are awesome for getting the blood pumping, creative juices flowing and promoting overall wellness. You’ll also find they tend to make for more productive chats...

Don’t misunderstand us, a tried and true benefits package (401K, medical insurance, etc...) with a competitive salary will make for the most compelling offers and best talent retention to start with, but folding health and wellness into your company culture shows your team you care about them on a personal level and has a way of paying off in spades with healthier, happier employees.

If you want to talk more on how to create a culture that is unique and competitive for acquiring and retaining talent, let’s chat! Hit us up at knock.knock@oneinamil.com today!

Rise Above the Competition,

Your Friends at OIAM!

Your Mama Raised You Better Than That!

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5 times you should take your mom’s advice during your job hunt.

More often than not, Mom knows best – even when we don’t believe it or want to hear it at the time. Tack on the whirlwind experience of job hunting, and mom’s perspective can start to seem dated when every day is casual Friday and there’s beer in the breakroom.

But before you start discounting your mama’s sage advice, hear us out because there are five constants that hold just as true today as they did when your mom was mailing in her resume.

Do your homework.

Between the interwebs and social media, you will likely be able to find the name of your prospective manager’s first pet. No need to become a full-on creeper, but dig into the organization – comb the website, pull up the managing team’s LinkedIn profiles, and check out their business pages on Instagram and Facebook. Getting up to speed before your interview will help you show up as your best self and always bodes well with a prospective employer.

Dress for the job you want.

This one can be surprisingly tricky. Especially with so many companies adopting a “cool” culture where the CEO may or may not show up to your interview in shorts and flip-flops. We’re not saying you need to rock a 5-piece suit if you know the organization embraces a more casual office environment, but dress with intention and respect for the people you’re about to meet and, above all, for yourself.

Send a thank-you note.

Do this! Handwritten on nice stationery! For two reasons. One, it is a classically kind, personal way to thank someone for their time and interest. Two, it is a stellar follow up after the interview and will help bubble your name back up to top-of-mind. The interview process can be awesomely competitive, and it will only serve you well to stand out from the crowd in a positive way.

If you’re on time - you’re already late.

This is where Mom gets a little militant, BUT it still holds true. Show up at least 15 minutes early for your interview. Even if you use that time to do Wonder Woman poses in your car before walking in, give yourself the gift of a calm, composed and confident entrance. Drive by the night before so you know EXACTLY where you are going and where you will park! Don’t add any unplanned stressors!

Trust your gut.

Are you listening? Hear Mom and hear us, if something feels squirrely or off during the interview process, shine a bold, bright floodlight on it! Think of your initial interactions and interviews with a prospective employer as dating before a long-term relationship – how you are treated and how you feel during these early days, good or bad, will only be exacerbated once you’re on board. Ask questions and keep your eyes open.

We understand that hunting for the dream job can be grueling and may also come with both emotional and financial deadlines, but keep your chin up and stay the course, darling. Your mama is in your corner and so are we!

If you have any questions about presenting your best self during the interview process or finding the dream job, let’s chat!

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