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A New Years Message

A New Years Message

Here at Trillium Solutions Group, we look back at the value we have brought to our clients in 2015 and feel great about the difference we have made.  We are celebrating our accomplishments and we hope you are celebrating yours. Let’s work together to make 2016 an even better year!

Job Hunting During the Holidays

Job Hunting During the Holidays

For many people, after the Thanksgiving holiday, they get into “holiday mode” and focus their attention on buying presents, cooking, and meeting with friends and family.  For those people who are looking to find a new job, they wonder what mode they should be in. 

The holiday season may be the best time of year to find a new position.  If you make the right connections and are careful to find the right opportunity, you could land your next role early in January.  Keep the three things below in mind so you can properly seek out the best position for yourself. 

  1. Companies hire in December. Friends and family may tell you that no one is hiring for a time of year; don’t believe them! Many companies considering bringing on someone new are likely to do it now. They have looked at their budgets for this year and next year and see they have room to hire and will do it while the money is available. 
  2. Less competition.  Because many people don’t look for jobs during this time, there are fewer people sending resumes. This means that you don’t have as many others vying for the job you want. Come the beginning of the year, this will likely change dramatically, since many people will put getting a new job at the top of their resolution list.
  3. You may not start until after the holidays. This is the time of year where many offices are working with fewer employees, due to last minute vacations, in addition to the holidays. As a result, you may not start your new job until January so those working with you will definitely be around.  Consider this fact when you get an offer for the job you really want.

With much of your job competition shutting down for the holidays, this could be the best time of year to ramp up your job search.  Make this to your benefit by looking for what you want and keeping yourself top of mind with potential employers could mean the best present of all: an amazing new job.

Diffuse Office Conflict

Diffuse Office Conflict

It’s going to happen,  in every office eventually. Two (or possibly more) people disagree about a topic or method of work and create a conflict within the office. Diffusing or removing the conflict altogether is highly important, especially to continue positive morale.

Tension in an office environment can be healthy every once in a while, but it can be very damaging if it occurs too frequently.  A conflict, if not addressed, can fester and can have a very negative impact on an organizations culture.  It could lead to bad morale or, even worse, turnover of some great employees.

Using the tactics below, you can diffuse a conflict before it becomes something much worse.

  1. Adopt an organizational culture of "Focusing on doing right, instead of being right."  Ask yourself, "What is the right thing to do?".  This broader perspective will often lead to the right outcome.
  2. Directly Address the Issue. Find out what the issue is and solve it directly and as soon as possible. This will make sure the issue is top of mind to those involved and gives you the ability to address it and get the conflict diffused. Also, it avoids a conflict like this from happening again.
  3. Bring together everyone involved. Whether it’s two people, or an entire team, get everyone together in a separate area to discuss the conflict and work to get it addressed. Having everyone in the same room at the same time eliminates rumors and he said/she said situations that may occur.  
  4. Stay positive. Throughout the process of resolving the conflict, stay positive and believe that the situation will work.  This approach will help everyone else’s attitude during the process.

Periodic tension within an office is unavoidable.  How you handle this situation is key to keeping morale high and avoid something from getting out of hand.