How Leaders Can Inspire Their Office

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Did you know that the success of a workplace is largely dependent on the leader’s ability to inspire their employees? When becoming a leader of a workplace, it is important to understand their role in inspiring their employees to be the best that they can be. For many who are first beginning a leadership role, the concept of inspiration can be difficult to implement. With this is mind, let’s examine some strategies for inspiring your workplace as a leader.

Show Care For Your Employees
From the beginning, leaders should show genuine care for their employees, and there are a few ways to do this. To begin, when first hiring new employees, leaders should sit down and discuss the employee’s professional goals and ambitions, and determine what they would like to get more experience in through their new role. Showing a genuine interest in helping employees gain the professional experience they want can get the employee started on the right foot.

Help Your Employees Achieve Their Professional Goals
After determining your employee’s professional goals, look for opportunities for them to attain relevant experience. For example, if a new employee discloses that they want to learn more about managing the company’s social media presence, find a project that directly relates to social media. This will not only provide them with the professional experience they want but will establish additional trust with them moving forward.

Maintain Consistent Communication With Every Employee
There will be times when leaders do not have consistent opportunities to interact with all of their employees. For cases like this, maintaining some sort of communication will become more important. Whether a leader offers a monthly meeting or office hours to check-in with employees, having the option can help make employees feel heard. Additionally, this can help maintain a sense of trust with employees that other companies may not have with their employees.

While these are only some ways that leaders could inspire employees, they can also establish a stronger relationship with everyone in the office. This is important for a few reasons. First, it can inspire employees to work hard each day in the office, since employees will feel like they are working towards their professional goals. Second, it can create a collaborative, welcoming office environment. This can not only increase productivity but can help maintain a stronger team of employees. When a leader works to actively engage with and help their employees, the workplace can be a pleasant, successful place to be.

Originally posted on ArisleydaUrena.com.

What Is An Orphanage, And How Does It Help Children?

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Have you ever wondered what happens to children that are no longer under their parents’ care? When children can no longer be taken care of by their parents, there are a couple options that they have. In instances like this, orphanages and group homes may come to mind, but many people may not know that these two programs differ in various ways. With that in mind, we will explore what an orphanage is, and how it compares to a group home.

What Is An Orphanage?
While orphanages are not as common as they used to be, particularly in the United states, they still are prominent in areas around the world. In general, an orphanage is a group home that typically takes children that have been abandoned, or left at the home by the parents, with the intent of not coming back for the child. For example, if a child’s parents passed away, the child would like be taken to an orphanage.

In other instances, the child’s safety may have been compromised at their home. For example, their parents may have been struggling with drug abuse, resulting in the baby receiving exposure to harmful chemicals. By intervening early in the process, the state ensures that those children are taken to a safe place, and in many cases, an orphanage. Children remain at the orphanage, in order to have a safe place to stay and grow.

What Is a group Home?
After learning more about orphanages, and what they are around the world, it is important to touch on group homes. While group homes have a similar foundation as orphanages, there are a few key differences.

To begin, unlike orphanages, group homes are filled with individuals who are unfit to take care of the child. Children may be taken out of their homes for a variety reasons, including domestic violence or unsanitary living conditions.

Children who end up in group homes oftentimes end up in a foster home, with foster parents. In this scenario, the children remain in a home. While this would always seem like the best case, it can be difficult to find the right home for a child.

For many of these young children, they are still at a very impressionable age, and living in an unstable home can adversely affect them. When a child is introduced to something like violence in the home, it can have a long, negative effect on them. By providing them the option for an orphanage or group home can help provide the safety and environment they need to prosper later in life.

Originally posted on ArisleydaUrena.com.

Reasons to Approach Success with Self Reflection

Lifelong LearnerDue to the rapid transition into the technological age, it is essential to self-reflect on your skillset and how you can better yourself to position yourself more prominently in your field. To maintain a stable economy and bolster employment, building soft and hard skills needs to continue throughout a person’s life for them to appropriately respond to changes and keep a competitive edge in their field.

Matt Mayberry at Entrepreneur says that “success is derived from highly motivated individuals” and “prioritize the creation of time…each day to educate themselves on new concepts and ideas.” After all, knowledge is now at the tip of our fingers with podcasts and news briefing apps like the Skimm. While it may seem like small attempts – it still signals a step in the right direction.

Learning goes beyond college or career preparedness and instead bolsters your library. Think of it as the routine maintenance you might need around the house. Knowledge also provides a sense of confidence that can encourage you to tackle the next hill or go for the next promotion. If you feel like you have the background to be successful, you are more likely to strive for those long-term goals.

Continued self-development also encourages engagement. By sharing your ideas and engaging with others about their beliefs, you grow as a communicator. The best conversationalists are well versed on a variety of topics making it easy to keep a conversation flowing. The point is that to be engaging you also have to be engaged and stay informed.

Each person is going to approach their professional development a bit differently.  Setting attainable goals, engaging with a community that supports your aims, and using technology to promote your initiatives makes the process more manageable.


While Arisleyda Urena seeks out her own purpose, she also draws inspiration from people throughout history who have found theirs. She is fascinated by music history and art history, and the way that people have expressed themselves and depicted the worlds around them via many different outlets. As someone who has always advocated for the power of self-help — and believes that every single person needs (and deserves) the chance to learn and grow — Arisleyda Urena encourages others to find their passion. For more from Aris visit ArisleydaUrena.net or find her on twitter at Arisleyda_U.

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Giving as a Gift-Giving Alternative

As we headed into the holiday season, my family and I had a revelation; there wasn’t a present any of us needed, but there were a lot of people who needed a lot of things. As a collective, we decided to make a change in our usual gift-giving routine. Instead of going out and purchasing gifts for each other this time of year, we set up a designated donation box that we are putting all of the money we would otherwise be spending. Also, we may slip a few dollars from a coffee we went without etcetera. Then at the end of this month, we are totaling the funds and deciding how best to donate it for a lasting impact.

Our first step was choosing a charity that was representative of our goals. Back in 2013, John F. Wasik of The New York Times foreshadowed the difficulties of making a competent donation. He said, “with charities increasingly involved in awareness campaigns, complex networks of cause marketing and often exorbitant overhead, donating to the most effective charity has never been more challenging.” Given the dark cloud that overshadows a lot of nonprofit work, I was more skeptical when deciding on the right organization to contribute to for our holiday gift alternative. I wanted to ensure it was impactful and also emulates our values and passions as a family.

Eventually, we settled on World Vision. Rooted in the same Christian values we have as a family and offering a variety of ways to donate; it seemed like a perfect fit. World Vision makes it possible for you hand select your gift from eleven different specialized categories such as agriculture or education. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, partners, “with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.”

The crucial last component was financial accountability. I wanted to ensure that the majority of our hard earned donation was going to the people we wanted to help. Nowadays, some nonprofits treat the sector like the last frontier with unrestricted exemptions and lavish marketing ploys. As a result, I made it my mission to ensure that the organization we selected offered transparency about their fundraising efforts and where it all went. 85% of World Vision donations go directly toward the cause with the other 15% supplementing fundraising and management costs. Charity Navigator even gives it a 100% transparency rating. These factors only bolstered my confidence in our decision to move to giving as a gift-giving alternative this year.

While we have yet to add up our total donation, we know we want to purchase animals for a family to provide a more sustainable source of food and income. We want to support feminine health and hygiene initiatives from World Vision, and of course, we want to promote education through their organization.

If you and your family are trying a similar gift-giving alternative – I would love to hear from you. Are you working with a different nonprofit? How did you come across their mission? Last but not least, the holidays are a great time to give and not just receive, and it’s important to remember that every bit counts


 

While Arisleyda Urena seeks out her own purpose, she also draws inspiration from people throughout history who have found theirs. She is fascinated by music history and art history, and the way that people have expressed themselves and depicted the worlds around them via many different outlets. As someone who has always advocated for the power of self-help — and believes that every single person needs (and deserves) the chance to learn and grow — Arisleyda Urena encourages others to find their passion. For more from Aris visit ArisleydaUrena.net or find her on twitter at Arisleyda_U.

This post was originally published on ArisleydaUrena.net