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Work-Life Balance – Fact or Fiction?

Summertime is finally here, but do you really even have time for summer? Or does that just mean that you can see the sun from your open office window for a few more hours? If that sounds familiar, it is probably time to start thinking and talking about work-life balance.

For many employees work-life balance is all-elusive, always just out of reach.  While it is sometimes necessary for the benefit of the business, or even the good of our finances, spending too much time working can have negatives effects on other parts of our lives. Personal relationships, external commitments and our own health and peace of mind often get cast aside for “just a few more emails” or “a few extra hours of overtime on the floor”.

Maybe you are not in a position to give up those extra hours, even so, there are things that you can start doing today that will help you balance your career with the rest of your life.

  1. Have time that belongs just to you. This can be time to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a chapter of that book that has been sitting on your bedside tables collecting dust, or even just to sit down and relax for a few moments and think about something else. An extra fifteen minutes of time for yourself each day can help ease your mind and make work seem less looming. This time is not to be spent checking work emails or planning out tomorrow’s schedule. Just take a breather, it will do wonders for your stress level.
  2. Don’t put off important relationships. Set up a weekly date night, commit to attending your child’s sporting event or other activities, put it in your calendar, and most importantly actually go.
  3. Understand that saying “No” doesn’t mean you will be let go. Sometimes we feel we have to work lots of extra hours or commit to extra committees or miss a special event, because it hard to say no.  Whether it is out of guilt, or fear of losing a job, or a bonus, or whatever the case, the truth is that managers are people too. They have lives and families and things to do outside of work. If they cannot understand that you have other things going for you than just your career, do you really want to work for them? This is a good time to start practicing your “no.”
  4. Define your own parameters of success. What does a successful career mean to you? Does success mean that you have to do it all on your own? Are there others that you can reach out to pick up some of the extra that you are taking on right now?  These are thoughts and conversations that we need to be having in the workplace! Communication is the best way to resolve these types of issues, and without it you will not find balance.

What will you do today to help restore some balance in your life? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to make time for summer this year. It won’t wait.

Management Business Solutions is Growing! Check out our newest press release…

Management Business Solutions Purchases New Building, Seeks Tenants

Grand Rapids Staffing Company Outgrows Downtown Location

 

GRAND RAPIDS, June 1, 2017: Today, Management Business Solutions, a West Michigan staffing organization specializing in custom staffing solutions, announced that they have outgrown their downtown space and relocated to their newly-purchased location on Buchanan Ave SW. After celebrating 10 years of service, adding multiple team members, establishing two new owners and reaching an all-time revenue high in 2016, Management Business Solutions started seeking out new locations. The team loves the potential of the 8200 sq. foot Buchanan location and is doing a remodel of the new occupancy. The remodel will include additional spaces for tenant companies and an area for hosting conferences and events. This is an exciting time to grow a staffing organization given the ongoing talent shortage. To accommodate client needs, the company has expanded its local and national search capabilities and has had great success on both fronts.

 

Floriza Genautis, CEO of Management Business Solutions says, “This growth has been so exciting for me and for us as an organization to see our dreams turn into a reality. This new building is huge for us in order to continue implementing our growth strategies. We have grown two additional owners of the company and have another one coming up in the track in addition to multiple other employees that have joined our team.” The company offers a five-year ownership track to all employees who have been with the company for one year. Genautis decided in establishing Management Business Solutions that she would eventually give the company away and developed the ownership track as a means of doing so.

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Keep following this blog for more updates as we undergo construction!

May Flowers: Encouraging Growth and Sustainability

May marks a season of growth and change. Many are happy to see the first signs of spring coming through after a hard winter and a lot of preparation to bring the season into motion. It is important to learn to recognize and celebrate the signs of growth and change in the workplace as well. Whether you are a manager or another employee, individuals love to be recognized when their efforts bloom.

Here are three ways that you can recognize someone else’s success in your workplace, no matter what your title is:

  1. Share their story.
    • Highlight the success story with fellow coworkers, social media followers or maybe even with a press release. A compliment that is made in public can have a much greater impact than one made in private – and as a bonus, if higher-ups are not paying attention, some public recognition may draw their eyes and ears to your department as well.
  2. Make them an example.
    • Turn their success story into a teaching point that others can follow. When training new employees, it is easier to be clear and concise when providing specific examples of things that individuals have done in the past
  3. Offer them a token of encouragement.
    • It can be a note, their favorite kind of candy or even a simple pat on the back with some encouraging words. Everyone loves to be recognized for doing something great, and it is wonderful to set the tone of encouragement throughout the organization. Some company’s even have a special board dedicated to recognizing employees who have gone above and beyond during the week!

A company’s culture is often rooted very deeply into the actions and attitudes of those who work there. Encouraging those who have done something well or sustained growth within the organization is a sure-fire way to boost morale and create a more positive, healthier company culture.

 

 

4 Gardening Tips to Cultivate your Career

Growing up in an agricultural area, I was often reminded of the importance of planning when it came time to get started on the gardens, however as a recruiter, I see how relevant those skills are in one’s work life too. Are you feeling  a lack of growth or livelihood in your career? Then it’s time to pull out the gardening tools and get started.

  1. Location is everything. It is important when you start planting your garden that you choose an appropriate location for the seeds that you want to grow. Some require more exposure to the sun, some require less. Some require firmer ground, some require softer soil. Starting a career in the right location requires much of the same logic. Ultimately your workplace foundation needs to support the growth of your career, or it may leave you feeling frustrated.
  2. Choose your plants wisely. There are many different kinds of plants to choose from when planning a garden, as there are jobs in many different fields to consider. You should not just choose something that looks nice, or offers a lot of incentives, if it is not something that you like. The bottom line comes down to choosing something that you like that you are also willing to dedicate the required time to, so that it can grow. Some careers may require more attention than others, and it is important to understand the needs and expectations of a role beforehand.
  3. Make the design your own. The company that you work for may have more strict or less strict policies regarding your job description. If you are really looking to feel invested in the work that you are doing, you need to own it. Be involved in the process of laying out your responsibilities, own your schedule and figure out what works and does not work for you. Then communicate that to those that have the final say. If you aren’t buying in to the work that you are doing, you won’t feel successful.
  4. Maintenance. Maintenance. Maintenance. A garden requires constant attention. It needs watering, weeding and regular care. Your career will not grow without those very same things. It is easy to detach from work on and off the job, but it is important to remain very focused in your role so that you see what areas of your performance need some extra weeding. Maybe certain work relationships are drying up and need a bit more attention. Yes you can go in and complete your responsibilities and put in a small amount of effort to get a small harvest, but imagine the rewards of well-focused time and effort. Then,if you are still feeling unsatisfied in your career, it may be that the season is ending and it is time to find a new location to begin again.

What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

Is luck, or lack thereof, affecting your job search?

Occasionally we will cross paths with a candidate who has had a particularly tough time finding a new job. This person has often repeatedly made it to the final round of interviews only to get beat out by another job-seeker at the last minute. It can easily start to feel like luck is just not on your side when you are job searching. We completely understand that feeling, we have all been there.

But what if we told you that relying on luck to set you apart from the other finalist, or blaming it when it fails you, is probably not the best course of action? Think about it. If there is another candidate that has progressed as far as you have, it is more than likely that they have a similar set of credentials as you. Maybe they have the same industry experience, maybe they have the same level of degree and maybe they even think about business in a similar way. On paper, the two of you may be identical so it is up to you to make sure that you present yourself in the best way possible. That means a few different things:

  1. Prepare ahead of time. By the time you are speaking with someone from the company you should know who they are, what they do and why you want to be a part of their company.
  2. Define your extracurricular activities. Do you serve on a board or committee in the community? Do you volunteer with the homeless in your spare time? Do you take part in a community cleanup initiative? If you do, you should show that you are passionate about that. If you do not, but you want to, now is the time to get involved in something!
  3. Smile during every interaction. Smiling can set you apart drastically from the initial point of contact all the way to the executive interview. Smile while you are on the phone, as the interviewer can certainly tell the difference. Practice smiling while you speak in front of a mirror to prepare for your meetings. It may sound silly but someone who looks natural and comfortable while smiling often leaves a better impression. A positive, upbeat attitude can be the difference between getting the job or feeling that you have run out of luck.
  4. Keep the conversation light and flowing. Don’t speak poorly about previous employment situations or bosses. Don’t get too stuck on difficult or personal topics. Avoid over-talking and make sure to be clear and concise. Focus on relaying your transferable skills and how you are the best candidate for the job.
  5. Avoid fixating on the dollar sign. If there is only a small difference in what the company can offer you and what you think you are worth, try to be flexible. If the final round comes down to two candidates with similar backgrounds, you do not want to be the one who puts a few dollars over your excitement and interest in the position.

Next time you are up for a big role, these five points should help you keep luck out of the process!

 

Love What You Do

Around this time in February lots of people have love on their minds. As recruiters, we often talk to our candidates about making sure that they love the work that they are doing or pursuing. In the industry, we hear a lot of clichés thrown around. One of those typical expressions is that you should, “do what you love and the money will follow.” That is a nice notion, but it may not always be applicable to everyone. For example, I really love baseball (watching and playing!), but I’m not about to try to make a professional career out of it in the major leagues. That is not attainable for me. Instead, I always advise my candidates to find a job where they love what they do.

The trick is to be realistic in what you are seeking based on what you can bring to the table. By setting realistic expectations about the work that you want to do, you set yourself up for success. Employers are more flexible now than ever before because studies have indicated over time that employees work harder, and towards higher quality outcomes, when they are passionate about the work that they are doing. That is a key component to keep in mind when you are looking to make a career move.

There is no such thing as the perfect job. There are too many factors that come into play including many that are out of our control. It is critical to research the role and company before you receive an offer so that you are better prepared to make a decision. If money is the only appealing thing about a position, then you will eventually grow dissatisfied with it. If you genuinely enjoy many of the elements of the job that you accept, and the salary is sufficient, it will provide a much more rewarding experience as a whole.

Are you loving what you do? Answer these three questions to find out:

  1. Do you wake up excited to do your job more often than not?
  2. Are you motivated to do your best on every task that you are assigned?
  3. When you leave work, do you feel good about the impact that you have made?

If you answered yes to all three, you are definitely loving what you do! If not, it may be time to take another look at what is out there (and we can help!).

Some Exciting New Changes for 2017:

Happy New Year!

It is the season for setting new annual goals and 2017 is bringing some big changes here at MBS, so we wanted to give you a snapshot of what you’ll be seeing from us during our next spin around the sun! We have been brainstorming about how we can better serve our Grand Rapids community and of course, our wonderful readers! Here are some of the changes we are making to better connect with you:

  1. This Blog – Throughout the next several months you will find a series of blogs written and designed specifically for those of you that are looking to get to the next level in your career, whether that means finding a new job or moving up in your current one.  From nailing that final round interview, to watering your work-life, we will be here every month to provide you with our best advice from years of experience.
  2. Facebook – Like and follow our page for brand new content, hot new job listings and some extra special contest giveaways starting next week!
  3. Twitter – We’ll be tweeting out our hottest jobs, and original Twitter-only content to add some humor to the tougher weekdays.
  4. LinkedIn – If you’re on the market or looking to connect with local professionals, we want to see you on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is a great way for potential employers to see your background and the endorsements of individuals you’ve worked for in the past! Follow Management Business Solutions and connect with us for more job descriptions and direct access to us with any questions!
  5. We want to build a relationship with you! – Is there a topic that you would like to see a blog about? Do you have a question about career advancement, interviewing or something else that we can answer for you? Leave us a comment or connect with us on our pages, we would love to assist you in any way that we can!

We are looking forward to this upcoming year and cannot wait to connect with you!

Management Business Solutions Adopts Local Families in Need

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Grand Rapids, MI – Management Business Solutions has partnered with Hope Community, a rapid re-housing program under the Grand Rapids Housing Commission which serves homeless mothers and their children, to adopt two of their families for the holidays. The company’s goal is to align with the organization to help single mothers overcome obstacles associated with homelessness. Women who choose to become a part of Hope Community participate in an individualized self-discovery and educational process designed to help them identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. As they identify those barriers, donors such as MBS step in to alleviate some of those needs. Latoya Person, part-owner of Management Business Solutions is very active with the local homeless community. As a Transitional Housing Program Donor for many years, her involvement inspired the company to step in and fill this need.

 

Latoya stated, “The emergency housing program has seen a change recently and although Hope Community provides the women with private apartments, each equipped with a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedrooms appropriate to the family’s size, they no longer come fully furnished in many cases. Some of the residents are living in completely empty apartments with their young children. We have taken on the task of helping to improve their living situation.” Latoya is also volunteering her time as a personal mentor to the women. She realizes that they are assisting some of our community’s most vulnerable families and her steady support increases their chances for success.

 

The entire staff has collected gifts and toys for the children and mothers, and Latoya has put together a personal analysis of their situations to provide beds, couches and other tangible needs so that they can focus on self-sufficiencies such as finding a job, transportation or childcare.

 

Not only will Management Business Solutions be delivering gifts to them this holiday season, but also stocking their shelves with food, cleaning, and personal hygiene products.

 

Latoya acts as a liaison between the community and the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, also volunteering resources to complexes such as Adams Park Apartments, Leonard Terrace, and Delaware Manor. Individuals or organizations that want to adopt a family like Management Business Solutions can connect with Latoya Person directly at latoya@mgmtbsolutions.com or 616-589-8071.

MBS Giving Back: Partners’ in the Office and the Community

Management Business Solutions is owned and managed by three amazing women! Each co-owner is heavily involved in the community, giving back and showing support for different groups and individuals.

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Floriza Genautis, Founder and CEO of MBS is heavily involved in several community organizations including United Way, BL²END, Fair Housing and WISE. Floriza started MBS with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and gets involved with organizations that share that purpose and her passions. Floriza donates her time on a regular basis to these groups organizing events, representing the business community and giving back to the Grand Rapids area. She supports fair housing, young professionals and inclusion and equity. As a co-founder of WISE, she has developed many connections in the community and mentored individuals regarding their employment search and professional development.

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Latoya Person, co-owner and managing partner, has been involved in several organizations during her time at MBS. She has served on the board as Secretary and Executive Board Member for BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), whose mission is to foster an environment of growth and belonging where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community. She also is heavily involved with One in Christ Ministries, an organization which she co-founded. The organization is committed to serving, helping and motivating the under-served population in our local community. One in Christ partners with the transitional housing organizations to provide annual food baskets, clothing, and other items of necessity to their residents. Their annual food basket drive has continued to grow. Last year they bought, packaged and distributed over 700 Christmas food baskets throughout the Grand Rapids area. Latoya is on call at all times in addition to serving as a mentor to individuals in their housing programs. It is her personal mission to connect, uplift, encourage, educate, and disciple those in need.

am Amy Marshall, co-owner and managing partner, is involved with multiple organizations throughout west Michigan but the organization that Amy is most active in is the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She has sat on the Board of the directors for the last 6 years and is passionate about raising awareness of the growing Hispanic population in West Michigan. The Hispanic Chamber’s leadership and staff continue to raise the bar and challenge themselves to offer the very best in programming and events for individuals and companies to attend for continued professional development. Having been so heavily involved, she donates over 350 hours a year to the Hispanic Chamber and has made some wonderful connections that share her goals and passion for supporting the Hispanic community.

Other members of our team are involved in organizations like Relay For Life, Grand Rapids Young Professionals, the Second Reformed Church of Grand Haven and the Humane Society of West Michigan.

MBS encourages employees to get involved and provides the flexibility during working hours to pursue volunteer opportunities. How does your employer support your involvement in the community? Are you wishing you could get involved, but aren’t sure what your first step is? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below!

This One Question Can Make or Break Your Interview!

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 You have finally landed an interview for a great role with a reputable company. You’ve put on your best business attire, arrived early, and the conversation is going very well – if you may say so yourself. Then it happens: the question that can throw the entire interview off course. The interviewer smiles, folds her hands together on the table and inquires, “Why do you want to work for us?”. You pause a moment before piecing together a generic compilation of the words, “great company”, “wonderful opportunity”, and “need a job because…” concluded with vague details. She jots something down, thanks you for your time and says that they will be in touch.

That is not the answer that your interviewers are looking for. 

Employers are looking for something specific when they ask this question, and typically it will come up in the very first round of interviews.  Here are a few steps to build a better response that encompasses the reality of why you want work there:

 

  • Do your research. It is impossible to tell someone why you want to work for them if you do not actually know yourself. Research the company – find out what they do, how they do it and why it is done that way. If you have any contacts there already, reach out to them. Learn as much as possible about the company and the role ahead of time.

 

  • Tell the truth, but give relevant responses. It may be true that you need a job to pay off your car or afford daycare. It is not, however, relevant to the question at hand. The employer wants to hear what specifically about the company and role appeals to you and why. Maybe it aligns with professional goals you have set, maybe the company offers great training opportunities and is highly regarded as an ethical company or maybe you are looking to get back into a similar set of responsibilities as your last position. Whatever the case, include the relevant facts, rather than the extraneous ones.

 

  • Paint them a picture. Your answer to this question is a great way to showcase your skill set, your passion and your future goals. Show that you are a motivated and driven individual.

 

The next time that someone asks you why you want to work for them, you should be able to identify a clear, concise and truthful answer.