How to recognize and reward 5 different leadership styles

Leadership-StylesWhile it is often easier to notice the work and input contributed by an extrovert in the workplace, an important attribute of successful management is the ability to recognize and reward different work and leadership styles. Below are a few work and leadership styles to pay attention to in your own workplace. Developing a holistic perspective for the different types of employees within your company is an effective way to tap into your emotional intelligence as a leader and help each of your employees grow.

Introverted

Sometimes, those working hardest are the ones “behind the scenes,” and an attentive manager will be able to notice their contributions whether or not the employee draws attention to their work or ideas. Tap into the thought process of introverted employees by asking them direct questions in meetings or at other decision-making opportunities – but don’t put too much pressure on them to answer quickly. Introverts often have ample input and ideas to offer, but they do tend to avoid direct confrontation or spontaneous pressure if they can.
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How to cultivate a strong mentor relationship

Man-and-woman-sitting-next-to-each-otherMentor “matching” goes both ways: a good fit doesn’t mean that it is best only for the mentee; rather, a strong match indicates that both parties are content with the relationship. When approaching someone to be a mentor, you should directly check in and ensure that they can benefit from supporting you in your career. It may seem like a contradiction to the nature of a mentor relationship, but many mentors do benefit from helping up-and-coming professionals.

Traits of a strong mentor

A good mentor is someone who is willing to work for you without doing things for you entirely. They should always provide perspective but never give you the answer without first guiding and/or challenging you to reach it on your own. Here are a few key traits of a strong mentor:
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Un-End the Summer with daily prizes from Adecco Staffing USA

Un-end summer imageFor most Americans, the arrival of Labor Day signals the end of pool parties, BBQs and vacation time, and the return to the nine-to-five grind, schoolwork and pasty complexions. This year, Adecco is attempting to change all that. Even though Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, our giveaway contest gives you multiple chances to “un-end” the summer and keep the good times going. Enter our contest on Facebook to win great prizes, including an iPad, a 55” Smart TV, a $1,500 airline gift card and more!

How to Enter:

1. “Like” the Adecco Staffing USA page on Facebook

2. Click on the “Un-End the Summer” contest status update or tab

3. Answer our summer-themed poll every weekday from August 18-29 for the chance to win one of ten awesome prizes

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Are internships worthwhile jobs for students?

interns-on-the-job-looking-at-computerInternships are one way for recent grads to break into the professional world. However, in some industries and professions, internships may be too much hassle and not enough reward. In today’s competitive job market, many employers know that they have the advantage in the hiring process. Therefore, many companies have no problem keeping multiple interns for long periods of time without the intention of hiring them full-time. This causes many recent graduates to drift from one internship to another for multiple years, hoping to land a dream job with no success. This year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed 9,200 college seniors from February through the end of April. They found that the students who worked unpaid internships were only a measly 1.8 percent more likely to receive job offers upon graduation than those who had never interned.

To make a realistic and thoughtful decision when considering an internship, here are a few things to think about:
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Pulling a “LeBron”: How to know if it’s time to return to a former employer

lbj-cavDespite the validation of two championships and an “innovative coach who highlighted him with his system,” LeBron James recently concluded that it was time to “come home” to Cleveland. LeBron’s decision to return to Cleveland was spurred by an internal, sentimental contemplation that is not often seen in big-money decisions in pro sports. As the recent Sports Illustrated article puts it, “…despite all his success, he means more where he was than where he is.” LeBron’s decision to return to Cleveland may be a choice rooted in the world of sports – but the decision is a professional one nonetheless, and serves as a reminder that it is possible, and not uncommon, to return to a former employer. Knowing when to make that choice takes a great deal of consideration, thought, and it is wise to consider the following elements:

Weigh your priorities – not the priorities of others.

For many, career path decisions will continue to become more and more rooted in personal factors. For LeBron, the decision to return to Cleveland was largely personal. For those considering returning to a former employer, it is not unprofessional nor is it unwise to pay attention to your inner negotiator. Often, making the sentimental or “gut” choice can yield positive results; following your intuition typically aligns with your passion, and when following a job for passion, you are likely to excel.
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Stay relevant in today’s job market

OJP0024151For those who have held the same position for a longer period of time or are seeking employment in the middle of their career, here are a few important things to do to keep up with competition while diversifying your skill sets for a rewarding career path.

Brush up on the most widely used applications

Sometimes, staying up to date in the job market is simply a matter of keeping pace with technology. Thomas Kamber, founding executive director of Older Adults Technology Services, says: “The most important skills and technologies for older adults in the workplace are actually the least esoteric. Applications like Microsoft Word, Excel and Gmail are essential for functioning in the modern workplace, and many older adults need to brush up on or develop new skills in these mainstream tools.”
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