A Smile is Just The Beginning

July 2nd, 2018

Behind that smile put a positive attitude, a great work ethic, intelligence and a kind spirit and you have the Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the month for July 2018 Keisha D.

Conference Registration, Session Scanner/Monitor, Materials Distribution, CME Station Clerk, Keisha has done it all and more. She has a knack for absorbing information and being able to answer event specific questions before our clients have shared everything. And most importantly, Keisha never seems to get flustered or overwhelmed by the crowd’s at large events. 

Maybe that’s because Keisha (and her Twin brother Kevin) were literfam 300x201 - A Smile is Just The Beginningally raised at Special Events. Their Mother, Terrie is the Assistant Director at The AIDS Fund and her children have been helping her at events for years. They are so dedicated that it is still challenging to get them to work for us on a day when Gay Bingo is scheduled. (We don’t even ask when its AIDS Walk weekend.)

Thank You Keisha for keeping it Up Beat, keeping it Professional and keeping it Fun. You’re such a positive force that it was challenge to find a photo where one of your coworkers was NOT smiling because of you.

We can not wait to see what the future holds for you.


Let’s get to know Keisha a little better:

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Keisha D. (KD) I have lived if Philadelphia all my life.   

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

KD: Prior to Philly Temps I wasn’t working. I was a high school student advancing to a college student. 

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? KD: I heard about Philly Temps from my Mom’s boss. (PT: Thanks to your Mom we have a photo from the day you were hired.)

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PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

KD: I find that all the conventions I did were memorable depending on the people who were working with me. 

PT: What arIMAG1678 300x195 - A Smile is Just The Beginninge your long-term career goals?

KD: My long-term career goal is to be a Graphic Designer or an Artist in general. I mean I can’t be an Art Major for nothing 

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

KD: Well I am an art major so I tend to draw a lot when I’m in the mood. Got to get in the habit to draw more to be honest.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

KD: Please have the best attitude when doing your work. Also, smile as much as you can, until your face hurts. If you don’t feel like smiling, too bad. Keep that massive grin on your face until your shift is over. Oh and clients like afro puffs


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There’s an Art to being the Employee of the Month

June 1st, 2018

Say yes to meeting Ryan F., The Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for June 2018.

Ryan started his career with Philly Temps Fresh out of college and weather he is helping at Conventions or taking Administrative assignments, he has always been a real stand out.IMG 5266 169x300 - There's an Art to being the Employee of the Month

Always the professional but never giving up his artistic expression, Ryan has proven time and again that a good attitude is a great way to start each task.

Thank you Ryan, and Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Ryan F (RF): I’ve lived in Philadelphia on-and-off since moving here for graduate studies at the Tyler School of Art in 2010, with stints in New York City and Massachusetts in between. I recently moved back in March. 

 PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

RF: Prior to working for Philly Temps, I worked in art museums, most recently in NYC. I also participated in an artist residency at MASS MoCA this past winter. In my younger years, I worked a variety of jobs from UPS to Chipotle. All have taught me valuable lessons in interesting ways, especially how to make really good guacamole:

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

RF: I first discovered Philly Temps through a Google search shortly after graduating from Tyler. Upon moving back to the Philadelphia area recently, I reached out again and was fortunate to have some good opportunities open for me. 

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

RF: As a life-long NBA fan, I’d have to say working Dr. J Night at the Wells Fargo Center was the most memorable so far. There was a large group of us who laid down commemorative t-shirts on every seat in the arena from the nosebleeds to the luxury boxes down to courtside. We took a lot of steps and had a lot of fun! (Hey Ryan, We have a photo of that team)

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PT: What are your long-term career goals?

RF: At the end of the day, I’m an artist, so, making a living off of selling my art work would be amazing. That being said, we all know the tale of the starving artist. I come from humble beginnings so have always had traditional jobs and have enjoyed the sociability and camaraderie that they bring, opposed to being alone in the studio. I am really enjoying working through Philly Temps, in a space where I can use my creative thinking to hopefully better the work environments I am in. My current role involves editing, data entry, image scanning, and a lot of attention-to-detail; very left and right brain, which feels great!

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

RF: As mentioned, I am an NBA enthusiast and an artist. I like to work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, clothing, and music. 



PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

RF: Say yes to every opportunity you can and do all the little things right. As simple as it sounds; be on time, follow the dress code, be friendly, and be open to learning new things. I’ve learned a lot and met so many interesting people through Philly Temps; not only fellow temps and supervisors, but clients, and guests at events. See yourself as an ambassador to Philadelphia. Embrace being part of a great team and trust the process!


No Experience Needed to Impress

May 1st, 2018

The Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for May 2018 is Justin S. and we can not wait to see the things this young man will accomplish.

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We first met Justin during a recruiting for a very specific project where we get to meet young people just starting out. He not only fulfilled his duties on that project, but showed a professionalism, dignity and eagerness to do a good job that made us realize what an asset he would be to our Convention Services Team.

We were right. Justin has worked as a greeter, registration clerk, bag stuffer, session monitor and event guard and each time he makes an impression on his coworkers, our clients and each attendee he comes into contact with.

Wherever his choices take him, we know Justin’s destination is success.

Justin also took the time to answer a few questions to help us get to know him better.


Justin S. (JS): First I’d like to thank God, my mother, my co-workers, and a special thanks to Philly Temps for bestowing this honor upon me. Now I’ll answer a few questions.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

JS: I have lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 22 years now. It’s a very lively city that I call my home.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

JS: Before I started working for Philly Temps I worked in a few warehouses between the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area where my main responsibilities were to operate machinery and organize paperwork. 

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps? 

JS: In today’s day and age technology is so advanced. I did a simple Google search to find Philly Temps and within a few weeks I had work again.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

JS: My most memorable experience while working for Philly Temps has to be the Penn and Drexel university’s move in. I’ll always remember the similes and tears of parents dropping off their children to their next stage or their lives. Also I can’t forget the bonds I made not just with my co-workers but my team leaders and supervisors as well. They all were friendly and hardworking.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

JS: I aspire to be a computer technician or an accountant one day. I haven’t fully committed to either yet I’m still chasing my passion of music. If I’m lucky it could turn into a career but if not I’ll keep it as a hobby.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

JS: Outside of work I enjoy playing chess, sports, watching tv , food , and as I stated before music.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps? 


JS: My best advice would be just to be yourself, work your hardest, and to bring John coffee. That last part was a joke but do keep in contact with Philly Temps and future co-workers when need be.

Announcing the Employee of the Month for April 2018

April 2nd, 2018

Congratulation to Corey B., our Employee of the Month for April 2018.

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We usually use this space to say a few words about our Employee of the Month, but Corey’s answers to our Spotlight Questionnaire were so well worded, we decided to get right to it.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?

Corey B (CB): Originally from North Carolina, work and a relationship brought me to Philadelphia in the summer of 2015.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

CB: My career has mostly been centered in nonprofit work before coming to Philly Temps.  I performed 2 years of service in AmeriCorps NCCC, worked for a short time with Planned Parenthood, and most recently spent two and a half years working in the administrative office of a West Philly charter school network.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

CB: I have a number of friends who found success working with temp. and staffing agencies, so when I was laid off from my last job, it seemed like a great way to make new connections and find new opportunities.  Philly Temps was the most professional and most responsive agency I found in the city.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

CB: I remember meeting Katie Ely for an interview on a Monday morning, and by Wednesday I was in front of an employer (for whom I’m still working)!  She and Christine were very supportive through the process, contacting me weekly and allowing me a confidential platform to be open about any concerns, questions, or goals I had.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

CB: In the future, I hope to return to the non-profit sector with the skills and experience to serve as an organization’s Executive Director.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

CB: After a long day’s work, you will usually see me knitting, weaving, or whatever other craft du jour has caught my fancy.  You can also find me bopping around Union Transfer or with my nose buried in Roxanne Gay’s latest modern classic.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

CB: Philly Temps is not giving you a job, but rather an opportunity.  They can make such valuable connections, but it is ultimately up to you to craft your career.  Be honest about what you need, be professional and courteous at all times, and never let a dry spell or a rough patch hamper your ambition.  You’re a boss—so be a boss.

Thank you so much for the recognition.  I appreciate it as I appreciate all the work Philly Temps has done for me these past few months.  Please find a photo attached, and my questionnaire below.




We Are Grateful for Employees Like This

February 1st, 2018


The Philly Temps & Perm Employee of the Month for February 2018 is Zachary A.

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Zachary came to Philly Temps not too long after receiving his B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Swarthmore College. He managed to work a variety of jobs while in school creating a resume that made us want to know more.

We knew from his first assignment, assisting with the Freshman registration and check in at a local University, that Zachary was not going to be ‘on the market for long’. Shortly after that he was chosen by one of our long term clients for a special project and within weeks that client offered Zachary a full time position.

We met with Zachary to find out more about this exemplary young man. (We also love his advice to potential candidates. Words to live by)


Philly Temps (PT):  How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area?

Zachary A. (ZA): I’ve lived in West Philadelphia since I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2017.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

ZA: Before Philly Temps I had a bunch of jobs at my alma mater, where I worked in the Admissions Office, Student Affairs, and (briefly) the library.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

ZA: I come from a long line of temps (my mother was a temp, and my grandmother before her), so they recommended me contact an agency nearby. Philly Temps has an incredibly Google-able name.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

ZA:  In the not-so-far future I’d like to start graduate school in Anthropology or American Studies, and hopefully find a university position somewhere in the Philadelphia area. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll always have temping to fall back on!

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

ZA: Outside of work I love to cook, read, and play guitar. I’m working on my 2018 reading list, which currently features a lot of Lorrie Moore, Colson Whitehead, and as many ghost stories as I can get my hands on.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

ZA: My biggest piece of advice for prospective temps is to approach every assignment as if it’s your new permanent position. It’s never bad to put your best foot forward and be proactive by looking for work around the office in your down time and learning as much as you can about whatever industry you find yourself in.

How to Create a Productive Workspace on a Limited Budget

November 28th, 2017

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We at Philly Temps & Perm™ know how important it is to have productive employees – every moment of the work day counts. Productive companies have healthy and energized employees and they are always the basis of a successful organization. Getting ahead means that a company needs to maintain a productive team.

The workplace contributes a lot to employees’ productivity. Projects and tasks usually need focus and a clear head, but if the workspace does not give employees just that, they might have trouble getting down to work. Whether it is a cubicle or an open desk, it is important that it should be the best for employees’ health, work pace, and concentration. It may come into mind that making changes in the workspace can come a hefty price, but it doesn’t have to be. There is no need for a big overhaul when a productive workspace can be made without costing a fortune.

Here are some recommended changes from Philly Temps to get that productive workspace for a modest price:

  • Color Theory

Colors can actually affect behaviors and emotions. For example, red is associated with attentiveness and energy, while blue is attributed to peace and tranquility. Knowing how to apply the helpful effects of colors helps in supporting the necessary behavior for work. If painting the workspace is not an option or the workspace are cubicles, using furnishings while applying the right color can help the workspace encourage concentration and productivity.

  • Windows and Natural Light

Sunlight can naturally invigorate people. Opening up windows instead of letting the blinds or curtains down can surprisingly provide changes in concentration. Working under fluorescent lights for long can actually make employees feel sluggish. Even though what’s outside the office is not a large green pasture filled with flowers, having sunlight to illuminate the workspace can help everyone be more energetic and alert.

  • Organize

A cluttered work area can be annoying to look at, not to mention it can consume time just looking for something in that area. Having a messy desk or area can induce frustration and people can actually become ill-tempered just by looking at a disorganized space. Clutter doesn’t mean being productive; it does not look professional as well. Being organized helps employees enjoy a clean space to work on.

  • Comfortable Office Chair

When working for long periods, employees should have something that provides them comfort in order to help them focus more on their work. If they would be sitting on a chair that causes back or shoulder pains or any other discomfort, it would add delays to their work. Not to mention it would induce health problems. A comfortable office chair does not need to be stylish; it just needs to have a good and practical use.

  •  Good Ventilation

It would be difficult to concentrate working in a sweltering hot room. Same goes for a freezing one. Working in a hot room is also bad for computers and other gadgets. Bad ventilation can also induce a number of health problems such as asthma, colds, and rashes and so on. When employees get sick, they tend be absent more often.

  •  Inspiring Furnishings

Furnishings inside the office does not have to be elegant. Simple and minimalistic furnishings can already do a great deal to boost productivity. A place where employees can take a breather or draw inspiration can already help in maintaining a productive attitude. It is unavoidable that employees can feel frustrated inside the office. A simple vase of a blooming flower, a picture frame with a single motivational word, or a billboard of the quote of the day can already provide a sigh of relief or a stroke of inspiration.

If you are looking for productive employees to add to your team, contact Philly Temps & Perm™ at 215-731-1010 | info@phillytemps.com | 1518 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

6 Characteristics of a Strong Corporate Culture

November 14th, 2017

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All corporate organizations, big or small, has a culture. It is defined by it. Corporate culture gives identity to every organization. To be more precise: it is what gives a company its personality.

Like an individual, a culture defines the way how your corporation interacts within itself and to the outside world, such as your trade partners, your suppliers, and especially, your clients. Culture also serves as an inspiration and a motivation for your employees; it serves as their guide in their actions within the bounds of being a part of your company.  Corporate culture actually covers a vast field such as when your corporation has a healthy, happy, and productive work environment, it attracts employees. How your employees describe their workplace, how well they comprehend the business, and how they view themselves who plays a role of your organization, is also a part of it.

Establishing strong company culture is important to moving your company towards success. A strong corporate culture means that your workplace is a nurturing and fun environment, resilient to challenges, clarity of purpose, and committed to excellence.

  1. A Clear Vision and Mission

A strong corporate culture starts off with a clear vision and mission. You know what you want and how to get it. Usually vision and mission are a phrase that gives your company and employee purpose. But it is not simply enough that this purpose is stated; for an organization to have a clear vision and mission, they must understand it. Each employee understands what is their purpose, the role that they play, and what responsibility do they shoulder. Employees who know what is their purpose and adapt their decisions to that purpose. Having a clear vision and mission can also boost understanding between supplies, business partners, and customers. Vision and mission are the basic, but most essential element of identity in corporate culture.

  1. Code of Conduct

Apart from purpose, a code of conduct is a set of guidelines that are needed to realize their goals. The code of conduct establishes the spirit of commitment and trust within the organization. This guideline is communicated all over the company to build the proper behavior and mindsets that are needed to correspond to coworkers, handle clients, interact with partners, and promote professional conduct.

  1. Teamwork

The corporate world is highly competitive; employees have to gain advantage over their peers to retain their positions or be promoted to a higher one. An organization may have competitors, but it should not be. Strong corporate culture involves learning to work with each other in teams. Every employee in the organization and their team is moving towards the same goal and they are at the same side. Unity is encouraged and should be appreciated.

  1. Adapting to Change and Facing Challenges

When organizations face changes, employees tend to be distracted. It is usually fear of the unknown and what change that would bring. This fear of uncertainty incapacitates development and ability to be flexible makes employees distracted from their vision and mission. Upholding a strong culture motivates to face these challenges that seem to be difficult to win over; the resolve to realize the organization’s vision is stronger than the fear of the uncertain. Managers and team leaders should give proper support to keep their employees in track despite the difficulties.

  1. Communication

Through communication, employees get a clear understanding on how what their organization is trying to achieve. It is a simple way for the organization to reach out and listen to their employees’ voice regarding management, departments, and colleagues. Feedback that are received clearly, productively, and with sensitivity to variety of personalities, temperaments, and cultures. This promotes a culture of sharing sentiments and knowledge; the organization also promotes a culture that shows genuine care for their employees.

  1. Thriving Workplace

A healthy working environment demonstrates corporate responsibility of their employees. Not only should you have high standards on results, you should also have a high standard on your employees’ wellbeing. Not only through a physical and mental aspect, a strong corporate culture should also consider the thriving working environment that enhances employees’ skills and talents. A healthy working environment motivates employees to work, be absent less often, and are more motivated which is a win for everyone.

How to Handle Difficult Conversations in the Workplace about Poor Performance

November 7th, 2017

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We at Philly Temps & Perm™ know that dealing with a poorly performing employee can be frustrating. It can be complex and time consuming to make sure you get the right result – an improvement in their performance, or failing that, them being managed out of the organization in a fair and legal way.

It is likely you will meet with a poorly performing employee at least twice; the first time to tell them how their performance is ineffective and set targets for improvement, and the second to review their progress and make a decision about their future. In practice, you may have several other steps to follow, but the conversations will follow the same pattern, and if you master that pattern, you will find it easier to deal with any conversation about performance effectively.

And what is the pattern? You prepare. You talk. You listen. You consider. You decide. You communicate your decision. In basic terms, it is as simple as that.


Preparation involves making sure you know company policy and what authority you have to make decisions; you know where the employee’s performance falls short (and you have specific examples), you’ve planned how you want the meeting to go, you’ve given the employee appropriate notice and information in accordance with company policy, and you’ve identified a suitable time and venue.


Next, you talk. You may have a predetermined structure to follow or perhaps an agenda you have drawn up, in either case, you need to explain the reason for the meeting and what you want to achieve – to discuss the performance issues and what needs to be done about them. Then you give them the evidence of their performance shortfalls.


Now you give the employee the opportunity to talk and you need to listen. The quickest way to make sure someone doesn’t engage with you is to make them think you’re ignoring what they say. And the only way you are going to get an improvement in performance is if they are working harder, better, or differently. You need their participation. That said, if they refuse to make the effort, then you can still take action. It’s not about handing over control. It’s about managing the situation.

It may be that there are some issues that you’re not aware of. They may not have been trained to carry out that particular task. They may have to rely on a third party which is causing the problems. They may have a health problem that impacts on their ability. There can be as many reasons as there are staff.

They may also get emotional. You might face anger or distress. You can never tell how someone will react until you’re in that situation. Don’t let this side-track you. If they become too emotional to carry on, take a break, but always make sure you get back to the matter at hand. As a general rule, having evidence of performance issues makes it easier to deal with any emotional reactions since it is harder to ignore facts. It also helps you deal with those who might use an emotional reaction as a tactic to delay the discussion.


This leads neatly on to considering the information you now have. No effective manager would make a business decision without having the relevant facts or without weighing the options. Performance management is as much a business decision as any other issue you will face. Staff pay is often the biggest budgetary outgoing, where even the lowest paid member of staff can cost tens of thousands over the course of two or three years. Dealing with performance issues is a key opportunity to ensure you get the best return on that investment.


Now you have the decision to make. You’ll know from your preparation which options are open to you: it may be a verbal or written warning, it may be dismissal. Whatever it is, ensuring that you have been fair and followed policy will mean your decision is more likely to stand if the employee decides to challenge it. It would be unfortunate to end up fighting a legal battle and losing, just for the sake of following the process properly.


Once you have made your decision, you need to communicate it to the employee. This needs to be done in the most appropriate way. Face-to-face is usually best, with written confirmation including an action plan. This should be given to them as quickly as possible to both capitalise on the momentum from your discussion and to reinforce its importance. There should also be clear demarcation between responsibilities, especially since the employee is the only one who can improve their performance.

And how do you know if you get it right? The employee goes away knowing what they have to do, how they have to do it, when they need to do it by, they have no illusions about the part they have to play, they know the support they can expect from you and the organisation, and they understand the consequences of not meeting their targets.

And finally, it can be uncomfortable for any manager having to have these discussions with an employee, but if you do it in a fair, reasonable and supportive way, you can be their biggest ally, even if, in the end, it doesn’t work out.

Contact Philly Temps & Perm™ today for any of your company’s temporary or permanent staffing needs.

Christine@phillytemps.com | 215.731.1010 | 1518 Walnut Street, Philadelphia http://www.phillytemps.com

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Productivity at Work

October 4th, 2017

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At Philly Temps & Perm we know that you spend only a certain amount of time in the office. It would be a bad idea if your concentration is spiraling, not being able to focus on one task. You would end up missing deadlines or rushing to meet them.

Are there times when you find yourself mindlessly clicking away on your office computer browser? Alright, so you start every day with a To-Do list, but you soon find yourself becoming distracted on tasks that are the least of your priorities, or just, simply, procrastinating. Keep in mind that you are only in the office for a certain period of time during the day, so it is important to make the most out of it.

Being productive at work isn’t exactly hard; you just need to know how to increase your output. That is, you either work hard and redouble your efforts or you work smart. The latter is preferable especially in time constraints and that means, it is required that you learn how to manage your timetable.

So how do you get your focus on and get some work done? Here is the list of five easy ways to improve your productivity at work:

1. Set Your Schedules

You might say ‘Isn’t this the same as a To-Do List? You know those things don’t work for me.’ Do not assume that setting your schedules and your to-do list are the same. While the to-do list enumerates what you have to do for the day, it does not always mean that you can effectively manage your time.

Think of it as a time table on what are the tasks you should be doing by the hour. The problem with To-Do Lists is that they can be counterproductive: these lists enumerate what you have to do, but not give you the appropriate time. You cannot focus one task at hand, but instead your focus would shift to the rest of the projects you have to finish.

The human brain is a muscle and it can only really focus for 25 minutes. You may notice as time progresses, your attention and focus shifts elsewhere, like for example, the rest of the projects and what can you to finish them within the day. A time table keeps track of what you should achieve or what you are able to finish within a designated time. Finished or not, proceed to the next task. This will help you increase your productivity level and get the results that you need.

Also make sure to establish a contingency plan. There are factors such as your personal life can get in the way of your schedules.

2. Have A Routine

After you have established a schedule, it is time to establish a routine. For example, what time will you answer all your emails? What time would you be doing these sheets? What time should you take a break?

Routines may sound bland, but they can actually make you more productive. You have set your concentration and your focus on a designated field or topic. Even checking your emails, which category do you check first, sets your brain to kick start the concentration it needs. Routines actually help you condition for your day.

3.  Stretch and Take a Break

Think you can get more work done by sitting on that chair until the end of your shift? Think again.

According to Dr. James Levine, sitting for a prolonged period of time can actually increase cholesterol levels and excess waistline fat, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and also the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Simply put: sitting for long periods of time is harmful. Spending a few hours in the gym during the weekend is not enough to deter these health risks. In a study conducted by Stockholm University doing exercise at work helps increase in productivity levels. Learn how to manage your energy and stress levels. Try taking a break after every hour to get up and stretch. One of such workplace exercise is, instead of sitting down during meetings, walk laps with your colleagues. It helps circulation and improve stamina after a long day sitting down.

4. Do Not Procrastinate

You have set a schedule and a routine for each of your task, but that does not mean that you will have that “I’ll do it tomorrow instead’ attitude. That is no longer time management; that is called procrastinating.

You only stay in the workplace for a certain period of time so learn how much work you can do it that shift. Making time and learning how to manage your tasks, helps you increase your productivity levels, and helps you minimize your distractions. Discipline yourself to not put off tasks to the next day. Learn to do them now efficiently.

5. Do Not Stop Learning and Improving

Being productive is a learning process. It is not just about making time tables or routines, but it builds your character on how to discipline yourself to overcome any obstacle. Improving your productivity and your schedules may not remain the same; it is about overcoming challenges and hardships, avoiding bad habits, and finding ways to achieve your goals efficiently. Always keep your mind open, accept challenges, appreciate your success and even your failures.

Improving your productivity at work is not at all hard to learn. Always remember to work hard and to work smart.

If you are looking for a position where you can be productive and use these helpful tips or have us place a quality candidate for your next role, please contact Christine Faville at christine@phillytemps.com.



A Job well done, several jobs actually

August 1st, 2017

Our employee of the month for August has a constant smile, a willingness to get the job done and she exudes a positive energy that uplifts the people around her. She also happens to be a dedicated, professional and talented person who performs the tasks of each assignment we give her without hesitation. We have not found the task yet that Anna could not perform with verve and excellence.

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Anna happens to be on vacation this week in Monsagro, Salamanca (population 149), but she took the time to answer a few questions for us.

Philly Temps (PT): How long have you lived in the Philadelphia, PA area? 

Anna R (AR): I was born in Philadelphia, but lived eleven years in San Francisco and a couple years in Spain. We have been back in Philly for the last seventeen years.

PT: What was your work experience prior to working with Philly Temps?

AR:  My main profession has been dancer and dance teacher. I focus on Flamenco from Spain but have also been involved in Ballet and Modern dance my whole life. I taught Spanish Dance at University of the Arts (two blocks from Philly Temps & Perm Office) for fourteen years, but have supplemented my Arts income with office and restaurant jobs, also designing and sewing costumes for dancers. I also ran my own Spanish Dance company.

PT: How did you hear about Philly Temps?

AR: I heard about Philly Temps from a Facebook friend. It had been such a long time since I did office work that I was not sure it would work out-but the Philly Temps folks helped me figure out what skills I had that could be applied to the jobs they staff.

PT: Please share your most memorable experience working for Philly Temps.

AR:  I think the most memorable job I did for Philly Temps was the promotion for a Scottish Whiskey company at Dilworth Plaza.ANNA golf 159x300 - A Job well done, several jobs actually I was helping the public take practice golf putts and enjoying my coworkers dressed in kilts and masks. I think every Center City character showed up that day-even Philly Jesus.

PT: What are your long-term career goals?

AR: My long-term goals are not to have long term goals! I will continue teaching dance-especially to our Philly public school kids-and continue trying new things until my path becomes clear.

PT: What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?

AR: I dance, teach dance, support dance! And I love to cook and eat. And I have an eighteen-month-old granddaughter I adore.

PT: What advice can you give to prospective candidates that want to work with Philly Temps?

AR:  My advice for prospective employees of Philly Temps is: try whatever opportunities are presented to you, you never know what hidden skills you may have, and get to know your fellow Philly Temps workers-everyone has an interesting story you can learn from. And one more thing: be on time, like I tell my dance students-showing up is the most important path to success!

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