Should We Hang Out Together? It’s Good For Business

People often wonder if hanging out with co-workers outside of work is a good idea.  While some may argue that it blurs lines or is a bad idea, Benevolus would disagree.  At Benevolus the culture is one of teamwork and collaboration. It has been developed through co-workers having strong bonds and sharing fond memories.  When asked why they encourage employees to get together outside of the office, Benevolus had 3 great reasons as to why outside of the office interactions benefit the company culture.

 1.  A Team EnvironmentIMG_4297

Employees that know each other outside of work generally work harder.  The bond they share brings them together as a community focused on group success.  When we shift from an “I” to a “We” mentality, we tend to hit goals together at a faster pace.  In turn, staff members hit personal goals together as well.

2.  Having Friends at Work Makes People Happy

A main contributor to happiness of employees is having a best friend at work.  A close-knit group is important when it comes to creating a great company culture.  Who wants to come to a place daily where they don’t like the people?

3.  A Culture of Connectivity

Culture isn’t only built within the four walls of the company.  Enjoying spending time with co-workers makes work more enjoyable, which leads to more effort.  If we know about someone’s personal life, we are able to help them in their professional ones.

If you aren’t getting to know your co-workers you are missing out on a great resource to improve your job satisfaction.  Grab drinks at a happy hour, go to a yoga class, watch Sunday night football together (Go Eagles!).  Whatever you prefer..start getting to know the people you are working with!

To learn more about the culture at Benevolus, see our team page on Pinterest.

Meet Our Newest Assistant Manager

A promotion is always exciting, but at the same time, one can find themselves nervous for the new role.  Recently, Shane was promoted to Assistant Management at Benevolus.  Nervous is one thing he is not.  Shane has been successfully doing the duties of his role even before officially stepping into his new position.

shane-benevolusStarting in November of 2013, Shane was a recent graduate of Shippensburg University and had just completed an internship for an Architecture and Engineering firm.  He was initially attracted to Benevolus because of the people.  During his interview, he saw the energy and quickly realized the endless growth potential.

Growing up, Shane was always inspired by his family.  His father, working for the same company for over thirty-five years, moved his way up the corporate ladder, while his mother worked as a Speech Therapist for individuals with brain damage.  He admired both for getting up every day, staying positive, and helping those around them.  Helping others is a value that was instilled in Shane at a very early age and he found he was able to do that at Benevolus in more ways than one.  He is able to help develop others, personally and professionally, and help them achieve their goals.

What does this promotion mean to Shane?  He says, “I’m just getting started.  This promotion is like being the 6th man on the basketball team.  I get playing time, but I’m not on the starting five yet.  I want to continue breaking records and this promotion is just a stepping stone for that.  For my team, continue to work hard, maintain our integrity, and we will all hit our goals together.”

A book that he recommends is Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek.  It taught me the power of empathy and how important it was to put others before myself.shane-dave-benevolus

When asked to give advice to the team, Shane suggested to “be the best student and ask quality questions.  Attack your goals and never wait for anyone.  If you want something in this world, you need to take it. T here are no overnight successes.  Get around the right people that you aspire to be.”

“A warrior carries helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line”.

To learn more about Shane, visit our website.

 

 

 

Rules a Leader Should Live By

Want to be a great leader?  Take a look at these rules that every great leader should live by.

  • Never place blame elsewhere, take responsibility.
  • Be a strong communicator.
  • Listen to listen, not to answer.
  • Don’t make excuses, apologize when necessary.
  • Be courageous.
  • Your team is your number one asset.
  • Give your team the tools and resources to be extraordinary.
  • Whatever you do, do with excellence.
  • Know when to stop working. Being sleep deprived does not mean you are doing your best work.
  • Be open and honest.
  • Have a positive attitude. If you don’t believe you’ll be great…you won’t!
  • Keep your social media clean.
  • Fear is normal, letting it control you is not.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses, but use them to your advantage. Build on your strengths.
  • Trust your employees. If you can’t, then you probably hired the wrong person.
  • Always give back.
  • Never forget the healing power of laughter.
  • Keep an open heart and an open mind.
  • Be present.

Benevolus lives by these rules and teaches them as part of our leadership development for our team.  Our coaches and mentors are consistently instilling these great rules into our team.  To learn more about our team, visit us online.

The Benefits of a Small Team

Benevolus is a firm that thrives on the development of our team, professionally and personally.
Here, our CEO discusses the benefits of working in small teams and its effects on productivity.

1. Accountability & Visibility – In a small team, everything you do is visible. It is not hard to see how much preparation you put in, how hard you are working, or how on-point you are in general. Thus, it forces you to be accountable for all of your actions, behaviors and thus, results. When you’re forced to be on your game constantly it becomes a habit, and suddenly your game is elevated.  We are also able to see and recognize the employees making strides and the ones not setting the pace and adjust our actions accordingly.

2. Clarity for growth – Any message you deliver does not have to travel very far to reach every member of the team. Whether you are vocalizing goals, values, or your mission, everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the team’s vision, and the message becomes consistent. As the team grows, that message is passed down with ideal clarity.

3. Access to knowledge and coaching – In small teams, there is more time to go around.  Time is a managers most valuable asset.  With a smaller team, he/she is able to network more, offer coaching, and deliver messages in one on one settings.  Resources, whether in the form of responsibility or coaching and knowledge, are not always found in limitless quantity. In a smaller team, the opportunity to sieze these resources is available to anyone that who seeks it out. The only limitation on one’s ability to learn or do more is their own student mentality and ambition.

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4. Support – In a tight knit group, everyone knows the value and important of the person next to them. Success is a team effort, not an individual one. When you’re a core part of a small team, you know you will have the support and help of the rest of the group. They know, just as you should, that helping one person helps the entire group. So, in a small team you win together; the only way to fail is alone.

5. Energy – Your energy matters. All great business people, entrepreneurs, and successful people in general know that if you want to do well, you need to be able to control your energy and turn it “on” whenever it’s needed. In a small team, your energy represents a sizable portion of the overall energy of the group. If you want to be a valuable contributor, you’ll need to be on your A-game every day. This practice will train you to always dictate the energy of the room you’re in and not allow it to be the other way around.

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4 Tips to Keep Moving Forward

Benevolus understands that advancing in a career can sometimes be tough.  We get discouraged, tired, and maybe even stressed.  However, in order to get to the next level, one must have an entrepreneurship mentality.  Here are five tips to keep you moving forward.

1. Set Goals – Goal setting is imperative to moving forward.  If you have a course of action, you are more likely to hit your targets.  Both large and small, goals are the root of your actions.

2. Don’t Fear Failure – So often we are scared to fail.  However, failure is a learning experience.  As long as you fail fast, learn, and fail forward, you will continue to move towards your goal.  Very rarely will we get anything right the first time around so be sure to keep at it, learning from your mistakes.

3. Take Risks – Take the old saying, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”  We need to be willing to take risks.  If you are not sure how to do it, there are always resources to help us along the way.  Don’t miss an opportunity because you are not ready.  Take the opportunity and figure it out as you go.

To learn about the opportunity at Benevolus, view us on Linkedin. 

4. Have a Mentor – Don’t know what to do next?  That is why you must seek out a mentor.  You are the sum of the five people you spend your time with.  Choose wisely!  The best way to achieve the success you are looking for is to work with someone that has traveled the path already.  A mentor can help navigate you through pitfalls and improve your odds of success.

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Leadership Development Conference

Benevolus had an amazing and educational experience while in Baltimore, MD for a leadership development conference.  Each year, the team travels and attends a spring and fall conference to Benevolus PAsharpen the saw.  The team is able to meet and network with top professionals in the industry.

During the trip to Baltimore, the team learned skills in:
– Business development
– Financials
– Scheduling and planning
– Team development
– Advanced sales and marketing techniques and more!

Not only did the staff at Benevolus bring back new skills to the office, the team is more prepared to finish the year and accomplish big goals for 2015.  The office plans to expand into new markets in 2015 all across the nation.  “We are fortunate to work with such hard working individuals on a daily basis,” says CEO David.  “With a team that is this bright, creative, and innovative, we are sure to succeed.”

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