Moved for Work? How to Cope with Loneliness

It’s not uncommon for professionals to invest in their careers by moving cities, states, or even countries. Sometimes that means moving away from friends and family. Coping with the loneliness of moving to a new place and having to rebuild your social network is hard, but there are things you can do to make it easier. Here are several tips on how to cope and thrive in a new environment.

Stay Connected with Folks Back Home

Making time to connect with friends and family makes a difference. People need people, and moving to a new place can be very hard to navigate emotionally. The people who provided you emotional and social support in your old community can help you fight off loneliness while you are getting settled in a new location. Plan a reoccurring phone call or try out some of the newly popular video calling platforms to stay connected with your old social support structure.

Make Some Work Friends

Having good co-worker relationships and a good work-life balance can do wonders to relieve feelings of loneliness. Many people in all industries, no matter their home situation, struggle with feelings of loneliness in their daily lives. Surveys have found that those who were new on a job were much more lonely than those who had been at the job for many years, likely reflecting relationships the employee had built over time. Loneliness can not only be detrimental to personal well-being but harmful to a worker’s productivity. Those who overlook the importance of work friendships or look down on those willing to invest the time or effort in building those relationships inevitably suffer from their lack. Work friendships are wonderful sources of fun and connectivity at the place where we spend a large portion of our time.

Get Out In Your Community

Professional organizations and volunteering are great ways to establish yourself socially and emotionally within a new place. Community organizations can be a great resource for making connections. We really can each benefit from meeting and engaging with people from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. Consider joining a civic group, such as Kiwanis or Lions, or a volunteer-driven organization like Habitat for Humanity or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. You should focus on sharing your expertise to build your network and make new friends.

Take a Class

Interested in learning a new skill? Sign up for a class. Whether you are interested in taking on a new hobby or taking your career in a different direction, the classroom is a natural place to connect with other people with shared interests. You could find yourself rubbing elbows with any number of people in a very natural and conversational venue. Plus, taking a class gives you the obvious benefit of learning something new at the same time that you’re able to socialize.

Refresh an Old Hobby

Combat loneliness by leveraging old interests and skills. Join a club or team to stay active socially but limit the pressure of having to pick up a new skill or ability. Recreational sports are a great way to stay active and keep yourself social. If you’ve put aside an old hobby due to lack of time, now is the perfect time to be intentional and make it a part of your daily life again. Find ways to connect with new people in a low-pressure and still fun, activity-based social setting by leveraging the things you are already interested in doing. Just do it with other people to help fight off loneliness.

For tips to help you get settled into a new role, connect with the team at Bergman Brothers today

Five Tips to Motivate Your Team

Do you have a team that’s in need of a little motivation? There’s a lot you can do as a manager to help them reframe their mentality. Here are five tips to help you help your team!

1.) Adapt your Communication Style

Being flexible in how you approach managing your employees can make a huge difference in your overall team’s success. Different people thrive under different management styles. The way you communicate with each team member can be the difference between a successful relationship and unmet expectations. You as a manager need to understand the needs of the situation and flex to meet those needs. Find the right fit, and you will be able to inspire and motivate each team member in new and more effective ways.

2.) Be Responsive to a Changing Industry

The ability to adapt and pivot to meet changing situations are skills required of teams but also businesses as a whole to succeed in the digital age. This past year has taught us this lesson time and time again. Technology is rapidly changing the way business is done, and the demands of a project can completely change with little headway. The ability to think on your feet and maintain a calm and professional demeanor as a manager is critical. Your team is looking directly to you to understand how they should respond to these situations. Responding strategically and always keeping the big picture in mind when you are asked to change directions is a key skill of the true leaders in the industry.

3.) Give Back Their Time

There are several creative ways to offer flexibility to your entire team without sacrificing productivity or accountability. Vacation time, paid sick leave, the occasional unexpected day off, these are all great ways to inspire and motivate a weathered team.

4.) Be Understanding of Current Challenges

Employers who don’t get what their employees are dealing with in terms of challenging work-life balance, or misaligned pay rates, and general cost of living, can deal a real blow to morale. Offering solutions designed to support employees in their situations shows that their employer understands and cares about them, not just about their bottom line.

5.) Be Flexible

The opportunity to perform work remotely can help appeal to new hires who may have a difficult commute or perhaps do some of their best work in a coffee shop or at the park. Allowing for remote work has the added benefit of reduced overhead costs of employees, particularly if they are 100% remote. Time-agnostic work and job sharing are two additional forms of flexibility that many employers can really get behind. So long as the work gets done and done well, the shared benefit for both the employee and employer are well worth the effort.

 

For more tips on inspiring and motivating your team this coming year, connect with the recruiting experts at Bergman Brothers. We’ll help you grow your business and find the people you need to succeed.

 

Is It Better To Be a W2 Employee or a 1099 Employee?

What’s the difference between being a contract worker or a full-time salaried employee? Is one better than the other? What’s the real difference between a W2 and a 1099 form? Are there clear benefits to either? As you might suspect, the answer is that it depends on you and your needs as an employee. Today’s blog will review some of the differences between living the W2 and the 1099 lifestyle. But only you will know what’s right for you.

Full-Time Employment

All kidding aside, the real difference between 1099s and W2s are that they are the two separate tax forms for two different types of worker tracked by the IRS. If you’re an independent contractor, you get a 1099 form. If you’re an employee, you receive a W2. As a W2 employee, payroll taxes are automatically deducted from your paycheck and then paid to the government through your employer.

As a full-time employee, you likely will have limited control over your schedule and your work, but you would likely have more stability and employer-sponsored benefits, such as health care and sick leave. You will have assigned hours or a set schedule. Your employer will likely provide training and any tools and materials necessary to finish your work. But they will also expect you to complete any and all work assigned to you by a manager.

Contract Work

In comparison, as an independent contractor, you would be filing a 1099 form instead of a W2 come tax season. You would also be required to calculate your own payroll taxes and submit the sum to the government on a quarterly basis. Independent contractors can often set their own schedules. They can use their own personal method for finishing assignments. So long as the work gets done, the client is happy. Contractors often have more than one client, especially if assignments are not full-time commitments. Contractors can also accept tasks on a case-by-case basis and can turn down offers as well. That said, they have to supply their own tools and rarely benefit from employer-sponsored benefits such as health care and so on.

Contractors who work in partnership with a staffing agency are often the beneficiaries of the best of both worlds. Many staffing agencies act as a kind of employer but still offer more flexibility in terms of the work and the schedules. They are also very helpful in finding and placing workers in roles when they are between jobs. They build their business on placing workers in roles with clients who are also looking for something a little more flexible than hiring a full-time employee, whether due to changes in workload throughout the year, a steep increase in project work, or simply to meet seasonal demands.

If you are between jobs yourself, take the time to talk to a recruiter about the benefits of contract work. We can help you find what you are looking for quickly and easily.