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2017 Round Up: Our Top 10 Blog Posts

By: TSP Blog | @TSProckstars

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2017 was one for the record books – that’s for sure! We experienced the first total solar eclipse for the US in the 21st century, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, millions of people worldwide joined in for the Women’s March, computers around the world were hit by large-scale ransomware cyberattacks, and Wall Street celebrated numerous milestones with the Dow up nearly 6,000 points.

Closer to home and not to be outdone by world events, the TSP Blog grew by 42% with respect to individual sessions, and more than tripled with respect to subscribers. We hope you enjoyed the 2017 content and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.

Here are our top 10 blog posts of 2017:

interview_53042986_recap.pngJOB SEEKER 101: THE THREE INTERVIEW TYPES
Securing the job interview is one thing – mastering it is another. In this digital era, it's not as simple as going in for one in-person interview before receiving a job offer. Now, we have filters like phone and video interviews that usually come before the in-person interview even takes place. To help navigate what may be ahead, we’ve broken down the different types of interviews and what you should be aware of in each. READ MORE

engagement_96869654_recap.jpg10 WAYS TO MEASURE TRUE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT (PART ONE)
While a happy employee may be content to come to the office to complete their work without complaining, they might not see the value of going the extra mile on behalf of the company. That’s the difference between merely satisfied employees and truly engaged employees. So, what the heck is “employee engagement” and why should you care so much? READ MORE

engagement_134229870_recap.png10 WAYS TO MEASURE TRUE EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT (PART TWO)
When you think of “engaged employees,” these individuals are totally committed to and passionate about their work. More importantly, engaged employees are proactive about furthering the company’s mission, vision, and reputation. Recognition, feedback, happiness, personal growth and satisfaction were the five metrics previously discussed. The remaining metrics will not only help a business flourish, it will also give your employees a sense of purpose to take that next step in giving back to an organization’s success. READ MORE

workplace_habits_128336732_recap.png3 WORKPLACE HABITS TO KICK TO THE CURB…ASAP
When it comes to the workplace, we all develop habits that either help or hinder our productivity and professional development. As you begin to investigate your behaviors, keep in mind that there are ways to break the pattern. We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Whether or not you disagree with the 21-day rule (some do), pretty much everyone agrees that breaking a habit takes dedication. READ MORE

negative_coworkers_110652620_recap.png3 WAYS TO DEAL WITH NEGATIVE CO-WORKERS (WITHOUT COMPROMISING YOUR SUCCESS)
Negativity – we all know and feel it when we experience it. We can probably all think of that one coworker (or maybe a few) who are pessimistic, always expecting the worst. Whether you are a veteran employee or a new addition to the team, negativity can affect multiple individuals and even an entire business model. In order to combat pessimistic feelings or actions, below are three ways to deal with any Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer in the workplace (without compromising your success). READ MORE

communication_113219245_recap.pngWORKPLACE COMMUNICATION MISTAKES YOU’RE PROBABLY MAKING
Studies show that we spend 70 to 80 percent of our waking hours in some form of communication – whether it be in the form of writing, reading, listening or speaking. Sometimes the best thing to do for improving a skillset is recognizing what you may be doing wrong. To help, we’ve provided the top three communication mistakes we have seen in the workplace. READ MORE

annoy_167620083_recap.pngFIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT BE DOING TO ANNOY YOUR COWORKERS
We all have that one coworker who absolutely can do no right in our eyes. Just as you're bothered by that one person three cubicles down, have you stopped to consider who could be bothered by your actions? If not, now may be the time to do so. You know we love to help, so to assist, we’ve compiled some of the most irritating workplace crimes you might be guilty of committing. READ MORE

jobseeker_blog_111329117_recap.pngJOB SEEKER 101: DO YOUR RESEARCH
Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing more frustrating than sitting across from a candidate and receiving a blank stare when you ask, “What questions do you have for me?” There really isn’t an acceptable excuse anymore for not doing your homework as a job seeker. In our ever-increasing transparent world, company research is easier and easier to obtain. For the most part, employers expect it at this point and there are a variety of places a job seeker can find this insider information. READ MORE

cliches_165333543_recap.png5 CLICHÉS YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU THAT ARE ACTUALLY TRUE
It is what it is. Don’t blow smoke. At the end of the day. We’ve heard them time and time again: those clichés your parents couldn’t seem to stop saying. While we’ve heard them so often that our immediate response is to roll our eyes, the reality is these clichés hold some truth. In our professional lives, these tidbits of advice can make a difference in whether you succeed or fail at your job. READ MORE

perks_167620085_recap.pngCOMPANY PERKS EMPLOYEES TAKE FOR GRANTED
When we first accept a job, we are often polarized by the discussion of salary. While this may be a deciding factor on whether you accept a position, there are other things to take into consideration. Benefits! These come in many shapes and sizes – from unlimited vacation to company retreats. Whether you are currently switching jobs or simply unaware of the perks at your current one, it is important to not neglect the benefits provided. READ MORE

While we briefly take a minute to reflect on 2017, we are squarely focused on 2018. As the great Gordon Ramsay says, “I don’t like looking back. I’m always constantly looking forward. I’m not the one to sort of sit and cry over spilt milk. I’m too busy looking for the next cow.”

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