JNR Holiday Boutique

We all strive to find that perfect work/life balance, the yin and the yang that keeps us sane.  Too often that state of equilibrium is tossed aside as we approach the holiday season where we are met with seemingly endless commitments, deadlines, budget balancing, gift giving, family meals, celebrations and anything else we can cram into the remaining six weeks of the year.  A major perk of working for an Incentive Company is that our people get the value of incentives.  Our executives know the importance of happy employees and our HR team is phenomenal in keeping us all engaged; always working hard to make sure JNR employees like being JNR employees and will continue to be JNR employees.  To make our lives a little easier, last Friday our HR team including Heather, Kristy, Kelsey and Kalyn pulled together our annual Holiday Boutique.   After weeks of planning and organizing, our hallways, conference rooms and any open space we could find were filled with vendors selling their wares and giving us all a little head start on the holiday shopping.  It’s little things like this that can really make a difference in employee satisfaction.  Giving busy employees a chance to take a break, shop for one-of-a-kind to high end, locally made items in preparation for upcoming Holidays was a welcomed treat. Thank you also to our incredible vendors, if anyone would like to shop local you can visit their websites below.

 

Girly Laundry – Women’s Clothing and Accessories
http://www.girlylaundry.com/

doTERRA – Essential Oils
http://www.doterra.com/en

OC Culture Shop – Handcrafted Soaps
http://occultureshop.com/
Gold Canyon Candles – Scented Candles
http://occultureshop.com/

Rodan + Fields – Specialized Skin Care
http://occultureshop.com/

NativeCreationsCo – Handcrafted Jewelry Inspired by nature
https://www.etsy.com/shop/NativeCreationsCo

Stella & Dot – Jewelry
http://www.stelladot.com/

 

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Enhancing Workplace Rapport

For the average working American, the largest component of the day is made up of time working or doing work related activities. When you add in the 7.7 hours for sleep, this takes up 16.4 hours of their 24-hour day and does not leave much time for social interaction.  It seems intuitive that workers would use the extended time spent with coworkers to forge deeper relationships, but a recent article by Fast Company found that Americans are less likely to have friends at work than in past years.

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Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report states that work friendships increase employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend in the office are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work. Study after study shows that fostering friendships in the workplace helps with the bottom line as employees gain a common sense of purpose and a mentality of ‘we are all in-it together’.

The Atlantic states that “Those we see daily have the potential to increase our happiness as much as earning $100,000 more per year.” Closeness makes coworkers more collaborative, productive and accountable and discussing success with coworkers increases motivation of the whole team.

Reasons for the decline:

  • Shortened Job Tenures

The length that employees are staying at companies is now on average 4.6 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics which creates a mentality of not needing to become friends with coworkers as either you or them will move on in the next few years.

  • The Rise of Social Media

High school and college friends are just a click away. Feeling connected to those that you have already established a close relationship to reduces the need to forge new friendships.

  • Increasing blur between work and personal life and the need to keep personal time

With work taking up such a large amount of time, employees strive to disconnect and recharge when they have the chance.

 

How to Foster Workplace Friendships and Increase Your Employee Satisfaction and Retention Numbers:

  • Provide a Break Room

Providing a break room and encouraging employees to take breaks throughout the day not only increase the chances for friendships to form but also increases efficiency and reduces burnout.

  • Host Office Parties

Hosting an office party during office hours gives employees a chance to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Organize an Activity for Employees

Organizing an out-of-office activity, such as a company trip to a sporting event, is a great way to encourage friendships and allow your employees to unwind.

  • Stop the “Library-Like” Atmosphere

An article by US News  highlights the negative effect that a silent workplace has on employees and efficiency.  Silence in an office kills open communication, it kills creativity and it kills the feeling of being part of ‘a team’. An office setting that is too quiet can also make employees self-conscious and less willing to share ideas.

 

Do you have a workplace that fosters friendships? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: Incentive Wellness Programs

When implemented correctly, a Wellness Program can be a huge asset to a company with benefits spanning from a great Human Resources tool to happy, more productive employees.  These programs are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle while in the workplace and beyond the office doors.

A properly designed wellness program can build a sense of companionship between co-workers fostering social support, a significant component to weight loss and fitness. Healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive meaning that executing a wellness program not only will increases employees’ health, but also the company’s success. Invest in the health of your employees and the return is exponential. Here are some activities that you can put into practice in the workplace to help improve health and overall productivity in the company:

  • “Walk and Talk” meetings
  • Inter-department competitions
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Onsite fitness classes
  • Company picnic with a “field day” component
  • Daily or weekly wellness tips
  • Offering healthy food options in vending machines
  • Allowing employees time to exercise
  • Free meals awarded to workers who make healthy food choices
  • Walking clubs

A new study led by an associate professor at the University of Rochester found that conducting healthy programs in the workplace managed to reduce employees considered “overweight” by 9%. In addition, a meta-review of 42 published studies of worksite health promotions shows:

  • 28% reduction in sick leave absences
  • 26% reduction in health costs
  • 30% reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs
  • Average $5.93 to $1 savings-to-cost ratio

So now you are convinced that you need to offer a wellness program, but how do you get your people to participate?  JNR can create a custom Incentive Program for your employees encouraging them to stay well while you are retaining valuable staff and minimizing the cost of paying for sick days, higher insurance premiums and disability leaves.

Start today and create an active workforce that benefits everyone. For more statistics and details regarding an incentive wellness program, reference the following blog. http://blog.jnrcorp.com/wellness-incentive-programs/

Be sure to sign up for updates on future JNR Spotlight blogs.  We are happy to set up a time to talk about creating an Incentive Program that fits your organization’s needs and desires while encouraging fitness and health in your workplace.


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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: Sleeping While Traveling

Whether you are traveling for business purposes or going on a lavishing vacation to another country, one thing we can all agree on is that sleeping in an economy seat on an airplane can be quite a mission. The small space and the upright seats can make it hard to get comfortable enough to take a relaxing nap. Here are a few tips to keep in mind through air travel that will help you doze off peacefully.

Expectations

Do not board a plane with the expectation that you will easily fall asleep. This is often unrealistic, causing a traveller to get frustrated when they can not slip quickly into slumber. Putting too much pressure on yourself will almost always ensure you get no sleep. Keep in mind that for the most part, people are so excited to get to their destination.  The anticipation does not always make it easy to relax and sleep.

Seat Selection

With airline seat availability becoming more and more limited for economy travellers, flyers do not always get the seat they want- “the window seat!” This spot is the easiest seat to fall asleep in as you have something to lean on. If the window indent is an inch or two in front of the seat you have the perfect place for your head to lie against. That however cuts out two thirds of the rest of the plane leaving travellers in the center or aisle with less than optimal sleeping arrangements.

Travel Gear

When traveling by air it is important to wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes. Think about it; are you able to fall asleep in your bed while wearing jeans? If you can’t fall asleep in your own bed then how will you fall asleep in a small upright chair? In addition, due to pressurization our bodies swell so you want to ensure that your clothing doesn’t fit too tight leaving you uncomfortable.

Now that you are wearing the right gear you want to be sure to bring the correct sleep goods to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Three important must have products are a travel pillow, an eye mask and earplugs/headphones. A neck pillow will help your head from falling side to side while the eye mask is a gateway way to escape from your surroundings. The earplugs/headphones are the icing on the cake zoning out any unwanted noises or allowing you to listen to soothing music, calming and relaxing your body.

Eating and Drinking

People don’t usually think about how eating can affect their sleep, but this is an important component that should not be overlooked. Before and during your flight you want to avoid eating anything salty.  Salty foods paired with cabin pressure can lead to uncomfortable bloating. Stash chamomile tea bags and ask the attendant for hot water as the drink cart makes the rounds.  A nice cup of tea can help you reach dreamland mid-flight.

Some flyers order a nice cocktail to help them nod off quicker, but don’t be fooled into thinking you will get a better rest. Studies have confirmed that falling asleep after consuming alcohol will leave you dehydrated, making you groggy when you awake. In addition, it can amplify jetlag and disrupt your sleeping pattern all together.

Add these few tips to your routine when traveling by air next time and arrive at your destination rested and refreshed.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

 

JNR Spotlight: Caught in the Act

Do your employees seem to get stuck in a routine day after day and lack the enthusiasm to perform at their best? It is extremely important to implement small incentives internally to keep the excitement and company-wide engagement at high levels for overall company success.

Here at JNR, “Caught in the Act” is a small incentive where we encourage employees to acknowledge their peers that go above and beyond without being asked to do so. Giving a rewarding compliment to a co-worker is a small act that goes a long way. A company should aim to build their brand through external and internal efforts. It is a significant advantage for a workplace to transpire a warm, welcoming environment where employees feel comfortable and are driven to excel in their work. Some additional small activities you can put into practice include:

• Acknowledging birthdays with a signed card from everyone in the office.
• Throwing office parties for special occasions like work anniversaries.
• Embellishing the office during festive holidays like Halloween.
• Recognizing and celebrating employee achievements publicly.
• Encouraging employees to be active on the company’s social media sites.
• Introduce a Wellness Program where positives actions towards a healthier life are rewarded

Engaged employees create positive business results for employers and these small acts are just a couple ways of doing so. A study by Workplace Research Foundation reveals that increasing employee engagement investments by 10% can increase profits by $2,400 per employee, per year. In addition, highly engaged employees are 38% more likely to have above average productivity. These minor internal activities come at a fairly low cost, but very high return.

Remember, the simplest of gestures can provide a feeling of worth for employees and will create a positive impact on the company in general. Engaged employees work harder and go the extra mile because they know they are valued in their organization. At JNR, employee engagement is not overlooked and has become an important element that creates close-knit friendships and an enjoyable environment for everyone that steps foot in the office.





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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.