Business News, Life Tips, Professional Advice

Keeping Time on Your Side: Tips for Time Management

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Theresa

With the arrival of Daylight Savings Time, we are reminded of just how precious our time is. With the right approach, you can work efficiently, productively, and relatively stress-free. To minimize the frustration of not having enough time in the day, here are six tips to improve your time management:

1. Use a to-do list

This may seem obvious, but writing out your list of daily to-do’s helps you to reiterate your goals and stay focused. Try categorizing your list by writing the most important and urgent tasks at the top that must be addressed today.  This will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and can motivate you to tackle less essential items.


2. Use an online calendar.

Calendars have long been a fundamental tool for time management. However, online calendars have taken this to the next level, because you can access it from multiple devices, easily schedule meetings and appointments, set up reminders, create time blocks, and schedule recurring events.




3. Just say “No.”

Most people have a hard time saying no, but you can only handle so much. If you already have a full plate then decline that dinner invitation or helping your colleagues on a project until you have the spare time.


4. Find inspiration.

Using inspirational sources like a TED Talk or even getting up from your desk and getting some fresh air is a simple way to reignite that fire to get yourself motivated and back-on-track.


5. Expect the unexpected.

It’s inevitable: things don’t always go as planned. People who manage their time effectively do so by staying proactive; they block off time every day to manage those unexpected obstacles.


6. Take care of yourself.

Include necessary breaks and a sensible quitting time in your schedule. Most importantly, be sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise; an alert mind is an effective mind!


Business News

New Overtime Rules on the Horizon

It’s possible that millions of people will be eligible for overtime pay with the forthcoming federal overtime regulation, which might mean a steep hike in costs for employers.

The US Department of Labor has proposed an increase in the salary-level threshold for white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year from $23,660 for employees who are counted as exempt, or unable to earn overtime pay. Raising the salary threshold could vastly increase the number of salaried workers who are eligible for overtime pay to include some employees classified as:

  • Executives—like project managers and VPs.
  • Administrative employees—like accountants, marketers, and PR reps.
  • Professionals—like lawyers, dentists, and writers.

So if you employ a secretary, a copywriter, a dental assistant, or another employee who was previously exempt, if they earn less than the salary threshold issued next year, that may no longer be the case.


Currently, salaried employees who are managers and those with certain “specialized skills”—like a professional degree or training in a specific field, such as medicine—are exempt from being able to earn overtime pay if they make:

  • More than $455 per week; or
  • Over $23,660 a year

The Labor Department called for public comment on its proposed overtime threshold, as well as whether it should be periodically increased to reflect inflation. More information about the proposed rule is available at


Updated March 11, 2019

City Personnel, Inc.


Life Tips, Professional Advice

Dressing for Success in the Workplace

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

— Edith Head

The days of wearing formal suits to the office are a thing of the past, as most employers are giving employees the option of ditching the suit and tie. More than 60% of organizations allow workers to dress somewhat casually by wearing khakis and polo shirts or sweaters, while 13% let employees dress even more casual by wearing jeans and T-shirts. “Business casual” is the new formal, but what does that mean exactly? While most employees appreciate not having to dress up every day, having a relaxed dress code is causing workers some difficulty trying to figure out what’s appropriate to wear.


Take a cue from those in charge.

When figuring out how to dress at work, take inspiration from your company’s leadership. Consider how your boss, and even their boss dresses. It never hurts to dress for the job you want.


Be neat.

Even if you can dress as casual as you want, make sure the clothes you choose are clean and wrinkle-free. Consider carrying a travel-sized wrinkle releaser spray (like this one from Amazon) for an on-the-go option.


Focus on the details.

A dress code doesn’t just encompass the clothes you wear. Be sure to pay attention to the accessories you choose and your grooming. Accessories can be worn tastefully, and hair, facial hair, and nails should be neat to maintain a well-kept appearance.


Think about your schedule.

If you are meeting with clients or have an important meeting, you may want to dress a little more formal, even if your company has a casual dress code. In addition, you may want to keep a blazer in your office just in case your day unexpectedly changes.


Be consistent.

If you wear professional or conservative clothes from Mondays to Thursdays, don’t appear completely different during Fridays. Even if the company has “dress-down Fridays” or “casual Fridays”, you still have to look presentable enough. Regardless of the type of company you are working for, always be consistent because it builds your credibility as an employee.


A professional look demonstrates a high regard for oneself and your employer. How you carry yourself, your behavior and your wardrobe style should all point to one goal: you want to succeed.

Now go raid your closet and sort through your wardrobe!

Business News, Professional Advice

Megan’s Success Story

“Temp” doesn’t always mean temporary.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

Although Megan was looking for a full-time permanent job, she took a chance and accepted a part-time temp position with a client through City Personnel. A connection she had made at a previous job advocated that she was a great employee and convinced HR to make an offer, and within a week she was brought on full time with a higher pay rate than she expected! She took a leap of faith and has landed her dream job, full time, permanent and with benefits. “Making a leap of faith for your career is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your chances of success.” –Maxie McCoy

Life Tips

Be Hungry for Opportunities: Advice for Recent Graduates

Imagine you are a starving baby hippo, and job opportunities are delicious, bite-sized marbles rolling all around you. You want to eat as many as you can so you can grow with experience.


When looking for jobs, employers want to see what you already know how to do. They do not want to bring someone onto their payroll who they do not think will be capable or qualified to fill a position at their company. More often than not, they want someone who will need minimum training, as training takes up valuable company time and money. This is something that not a lot of graduates realize when they’re fresh out the college gates.

So how do you defeat the old “Catch 22”, where you can’t get a job because you lack experience, but you need a job to gain experience? You do this by being smart and starting small. Start at a modest company or office who’s looking for someone to fill minor roles. Maybe it’s an administrative or reception position, or even a call center. Though these jobs are by no means glamorous, they give you excellent necessary basic skills (also known as “soft skills”)  that employers will look for later on down the road.

Your dream job is not going to be waiting right outside for you as soon as you graduate. In fact, your dream job has been thrown onto the roof of a building, and your only hope to retrieving it is to fashion a ladder made out of the basic skills you’ve acquired through various positions. You will need to work your way up from the bottom. As disheartening as this sounds, it’s not something to be ashamed or scared of.

Instead, view everything as a learning experience. Where you start out will not always be where you end up. View every opportunity as another step on your dream career ladder. Every job you take will have something valuable to take away, whether it’s learning how to file documents properly, or how to appropriately deal with a disgruntled customer.

Be hungry for the opportunities. Meet new people and create new connections. You will never succeed if you don’t try, and you will never grow your career if you refuse to plant and water it. With the pressure many young adults feel to be successful right away, remember that anything worth having won’t be easy, and it will take a lot of time. But that is ok, because even the world’s largest names had to start somewhere.

Life Tips

Heart Smart: Heart Health at Work

It goes without saying how vital the heart is, but did you know that February is National Heart Health Month? To raise awareness, we have a helpful list inspired by the American Heart Association (AHA) to help stay heart-smart, even while at work.

Stress Control


Feeling overwhelmed can take a toll on the heart. Exposure to stress for extended periods of time can raise blood pressure, cholesterol, and cause the body to release hormones that force the heart into overdrive, causing the body’s fight or flight responses to kick in (which can lead to panic attacks or palpitations).

If your stress is work-related, try to identify the main cause (or causes) and come up with a plan to eliminate them. Whether it’s by dealing with the problem head-on or putting your phone on airplane mode as soon as you leave for the day. Try to create boundaries so work stress doesn’t follow you home.

Stay Active


Your heart is a muscle, which means it needs to be worked out, too. Inactivity can put stress on the heart and lead to high cholesterol, clogged arteries, and can increase the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.

If you have a job where you’re sedentary for most of the day, it can be difficult to find time to squeeze in extra activity. During breaks, try to take a 15-minute walk, either around the building or outside. If you’re not able to leave your desk for that long, you can try doing a few stretches recommended by the AHA to help keep your heart happy.

Drink Water


Many Americans trying to be health-conscious will turn to diet drinks to maintain their well-being. However, the AHA advises if you want to be healthy, it’s best to skip diet drinks and go straight to water. Low-calorie drinks have been linked to cardiovascular diseases, as well as heart attacks and strokes. Water is the best option for the body. As well as having zero calories, it fights against dehydration, which can lead to heart failure, as well as a host of other heart-related issues.

Try to keep a water bottle with you throughout the workday, taking sips periodically and refilling often. Ideally, the human body needs at least 3.7 liters a day, which is about 15 eight-ounce glasses. If you have trouble drinking more water, you can stay hydrated by supplementing water-enriched snacks, like celery, cucumbers, or watermelon.

If you want to learn more about heart health, visit the American Heart Association’s home page. There you can read articles about the heart, information for how to identify heart issues, and donate to the organization’s efforts to study and prevent heart disease.

Professional Advice

Office Etiquette: A Short Guide to Creating A Sympathetic Workplace

You spend a lot of time at work, and that means all your co-workers do, too. While some days it may feel like you live there, you, in fact, do not. Which is why you need to be considerate of your surroundings and the people around you. It may seem trivial to reiterate the rules of common courtesy, but you may be surprised by how many people forget to do something as simple as flushing.


The Bathroom 


Please leave it the way you would like to find it.



Never operate on the thought “Someone else will do it”. Imagine that every single person has this thought- that would eventually mean no one will get it done. Replace any paper products that run out (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc.), change the ink in the printer, refill the Keurig. Be thoughtful of whoever will use the item next.



Don’t take what isn’t yours, even if there’s no name written on the item. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than reaching for your lunch only to find it’s been eaten by someone else. Always clean surfaces after you use them (microwaves, fridges, counters), and be mindful of smelly meals or any food allergies in the office.



When you’re sick, contrary to popular belief, absolutely NO ONE wants you to power through it and come to work anyway. Take a sick day or try to work from home. It’s nice to share with others, but not when it comes to a virus.

Pick It Up


Even if you have an office that gets serviced by cleaning staff, don’t be a slob. Throw away dirty napkins and tissues, and make sure your food is thrown into proper receptacles. Imagine if someone purposefully tried to make your job harder than it already is.

A sympathetic work environment is what all companies should strive for: A setting where everyone is considerate of their own area and everyone else who shares the same space. When everyone in the office takes a moment to think of others, it can dramatically improve mood and productivity. Are you a considerate coworker? Can you think of any careless coworkers? Share this article to spread the word about creating and ensuring sympathetic work environments with these simple office etiquette tips.