At first, I threw out every excuse in the book: The team doesn’t have time. Not everyone is a writer. They straight up hate writing. I knew convincing my colleagues to create content would be like pulling teeth, but back in 2015, when our founder and CEO, Bob, insisted we start publishing two (and at one point three) articles a day, I had to get them on board if I was going to get it done -- and keep my head above water. Today, almost three years later, our website traffic is 10x what it was, subscriber numbers are up 130%, and I love having so many voices on our blog. But how did I do it?
This is a busy time of year no matter what industry you are in. Maybe you’re trying to get those end-of-the-year reports in, close some last-minute sales, or if you’re in content strategy and creation like me, typing feverishly to publish some traffic and lead gold before the clock strikes 12:00 on New Year’s Eve. But, while this is a crucial time of year for professionals, personally, it is also a very festive one when lifelong memories are often made. Are you working through this holiday weekend? Here are 14 scientific reasons to unplug this weekend -- and any weekend you can.
Confidence is one of the sexiest things a person can have and while you wouldn’t usually equate “sexy” to “work” - or at least, you probably shouldn't - confidence is going to take you far. Confidence shines through when you have a good handle on your day-to-day responsibilities and the tasks you’re expected to complete. When you know what you’re doing, you stand a little taller, smile a little brighter, and (if you’re me) you may even do some finger guns while winking at coworkers or clients. Put simply, you feel good -- But that’s only one part of being a confident, kickass employee.
Whether you’re just starting out, changing companies, or making a career shift, getting a job in marketing can be pretty tough. I remember this very clearly from when I was first trying to get a job in the industry.
The decision to join the IMPACT team was, at first glance, just a change in the company on my business cards. Ha. 8 months later and I’m more convinced than ever this decision is and was more strategic, deep, and meaningful than I could have ever known at the time or even fully understand today.
Working at IMPACT hasn't always been fun and rewarding. Three years ago, it was the exact opposite actually. Not only were we losing employees left and right, but several clients as well. At the end of all that, there was an estimated financial loss of over $2 million. Fortunately, that was IMPACT's turning point. In 2015, the biggest lesson we learned was that people need to see their future at IMPACT, and sadly that wasn’t happening.
When I think back to how simplistic our hiring process used to be, it doesn’t surprise me that we had such severe turnover. After a quick review of their resume, we’d bring people into the IMPACT office for a brief in-person interview. Then, for the most part, we’d ask a few questions regarding their experience, their taste in music, and then the most important question - when can you start? Woah, slow down! At least take a candidate to lunch first, am I right?
I’m sure most of you have heard the saying, the best teacher is your last mistake. Failing is a great way to learn and improve, but most managers dread giving negative feedback and a majority of employees hate hearing it. As hard as it may be, the only way your employees will be able to learn and grow within the company is if they know what areas need improvement.