5 Tips For a Superior Work Environment from a “Best and Brightest” Winner

2313 Inc Winner Poster Best and Brightest CompetitionAt 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI) our team comes first. We firmly believe that when our people are thriving, our clients thrive, and our company thrives as a result. Ever-focused on improvement and growth, we strive to create a great workplace for our staff in which they can learn, advance — and have fun while doing it.

Excitingly, 2313 Inc. was recognized yet again as a “Best and Brightest” company to work for, both locally in Detroit and nationally. The Best and Brightest annual competition honors companies for their outstanding human resources practices and exceptional commitment to their employees. This is the fourth consecutive year that our firm received this accolade.

2313 Inc.’s metrics were benchmarked against the average score of businesses in the region. Take a look at these 5 areas where 2313 Inc. excelled.

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1. Recruitment, Selection, and Orientation

Great employees are the bread and butter of any successful business and recruitment must be top-notch. Here at 2313 Inc., when it comes to recruiting, we are more interested in a person’s work ethic and attitude than their prior experience, per se. We strategically hire professionals who are up for a challenge and who love tackling audacious goals. We look for people who genuinely enjoy building relationships and interacting with new people. We recruit people who are internally competitive but team-oriented. And finally, 2313 Inc. hires people with great energy.

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Joining a new company can be an overwhelming experience for even the most seasoned professional, so we make it our duty to ensure that our new team members are supported and prepared from the very beginning. All new hires are assigned a dedicated mentor to guide them through the orientation and training process.

Check out how 2313 Inc. scored in these areas:

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2. Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention

2313 Inc. is proud to share that we also scored highly in employee enrichment, engagement, and retention!

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Our number one tip in this area is to facilitate one-on-one collaboration between employees. Individualized coaching and relationship-building is one of the best ways to focus on the personal goals and development of each team member. At 2313 Inc., newer team members meet with accomplished leaders all the time. This not only drives retention, but it fosters a meaningful connection between our people and the work that they do.

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3. Employee Education and Development

Pardon the humble brag, but this is one area where we had no doubt that we’d have every other company beat! At 2313 Inc., we teach leadership skills early and often to prepare our employees for their next steps. We ensure that each member of the team is actively developing both personally and professionally by providing coaching and training on a daily basis.

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Even the finest and most expensive cars need oil changes and tuneups to stay zooming down the road and your company is no different. Devoting time and resources to career development is absolutely necessary to ensure that your team members are moving forward.

4. Employee Achievement and Recognition

Our team members at 2313 Inc. are directly responsible for our firm’s success… and they know it! We adamantly believe in recognizing and rewarding outstanding performance and we make sure that effort does not go unnoticed.

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In the category of employee achievement and recognition, we placed above average because we gladly give credit where credit is due and reward our people for their accomplishments. Thanks to a merit-based advancement and bonus structure, 2313 Inc. is a place where hard work always pays off.

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5. Communication and Shared Vision

Effective communication is vital in families, relationships, and especially business. A team, in any capacity, works best when everybody is on the same page. Business isn’t a solo act—it takes an advanced level of cooperation, understanding, and transparency amongst a variety of people in a variety of roles to run smoothly.

At 2313 Inc., our executive team discusses company goals with all members of the team — not just those at a more ‘senior’ level. We consider it essential for our people to understand where we’re going as a company — and perhaps even more importantly, we want everyone to have input in those goals.

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Check out how 2313 Inc. performed in this area:

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4 Reasons Great Teams Fail [A List to Avoid At All Costs]

2313-inc-best-brightest2313 Inc. is proud to be an award winning team. (If you haven’t heard our exciting news, we were recently named as a ‘Best and Brightest’ company to work for — for the 4th year in a row!). We’re made up of motivated, hardworking, talented individuals who have proven over and over again that they have what it takes to excel in our industry.

27067197_1340738062699256_5989851697761794129_nBut even the greatest of teams can fail when bad habits start to creep in. Winning requires a daily effort to keep your edges sharp. It also means actively avoiding some of the behaviors and characteristics of losing teams.

The 2313 Inc. team put our heads together and we came up with 4 mentalities to avoid — whether you’re a leader or member of a team.

1) Losing teams don’t take responsibility.

When a strong team loses, they know to learn from the experience so that they will do better in the future. When a weak team loses, they are quick to blame others and make excuses for their failure, never giving themselves the opportunity to assess the damage and figure out how to succeed the next time.

2) Losing teams don’t communicate effectively.

One of the biggest problems that losing teams seem to have in common is poor communication. Whether you’re a sports team or a sales team, constant and thorough communication is absolutely vital if you want to win. If the players on a team don’t know the plan, they’re more likely to trip over each other and make mistakes, which ultimately slows down progress and keeps them from scoring.

3) Losing teams aren’t willing to learn.

If you want to grow as a leader or professional, you have to always be willing to learn. The same goes for teams. When a team thinks that they know everything is when they are most likely to fail. In order to keep up with the competition, a team has to be committed to always becoming more knowledgeable.

4) Losing teams are selfish.

If your team wants people to support and help them, you have to be willing to support and help others first. Losing teams are so focused on their own success that they will often seek it to the detriment of others.

For more advice from 2313 Inc. on leadership, check out the other posts on our blog.

3 Habits That Strong Leaders Swear By

If you know anything about 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI), you know that our team is full of remarkable leaders. But as any of them will tell you, being a great leader is no easy task. It’s a skill that takes constant hard work and a whole lot of good habits. They will also tell you that they didn’t become the leaders that they are today without learning a few of those practices from other phenomenal leaders. We gathered a list of 3 of the most valuable habits that our own exceptional leaders swear by to help you become the best leader that you can be.

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Three exemplary leaders whom we’re proud to work with!

1) Always be early

Making a habit of being early for presentations, meetings, and especially work gives you a little extra time to prepare. What questions do you want to ask after a presentation? What ideas do you want to contribute during a meeting? What are the most important tasks that you need to accomplish for that day? If you’re leading the meeting or presentation, what items do you want to spend a little extra time discussing? Having a few more minutes to think over and answer these kinds of questions will ensure that you’re ready for anything. When you’re in a position of authority, it’s crucial to be prepared and to set a good example for your team. As the team leaders of 2313 Inc. will attest to, if you start putting in the extra effort to arrive early, they probably will too!

2) Consistently produce quality work

Actions really do speak louder than words. At 2313 Inc. we believe that it’s unfair and unrealistic to expect your team to always work hard and deliver excellent work if you’re a lazy leader. The single most effective way to motivate your team to do their very best is to make sure that you are doing yours. As with all of these habits, your team will behave in the same manner that you do, so lead by example!

3) Facilitate communication

Healthy communication is at the core of every successful relationship. Being a great leader is no different. Make sure that every member of your team knows that they can come talk to you about anything and that you will be completely transparent with them in return. Invest your time in building strong relationships with the people you lead, because your team is more likely to follow you if they respect you.

Don’t wait until tomorrow to start practicing these positive habits. Becoming a good leader takes time, so start as soon as possible!

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5 Reasons Why A Sense of Humor Will Take You Far in Your Career

We love humor here at 2313 Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI)! Mark Twain once said, “humor is mankind’s greatest blessing” and we think that’s perfectly accurate. Smiling is one thing, but there’s really nothing like laughing. Even if it is only for a few seconds, you forget about your problems, whether they are big or small, and feel nothing except for simple joy.

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Laughter is an anatomical cheat-code that can ease tough situations or brighten up the dullest of mornings. We’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows in the business world, which is why humor is necessary. Having a good sense of humor, in addition to a rigorous work ethic, can make a massive difference on your path to success. 2313 Inc. is here to give you 5 reasons why humor will take you far in your career!

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(Admit it, those babies made you crack a smile, didn’t they?)

1. Communication

You know who people want to listen to? Those who make them laugh! It’s a natural response. If somebody, whether consciously or subconsciously, knows that you are going to make them laugh then they will be more compelled to listen to what you’re saying.

This can be very useful when dealing with difficult clients or stubborn coworkers. If you are able to display a fun sense of humor — even if you only get them to crack an involuntary smile — you have won their attention.

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2. Easing Conflict

You know those tough meetings or phone calls where the tension could be cut with a butter knife? There is nothing that eases the pressure like a good joke or funny observation!

It can be difficult to do this when the atmosphere is already in the depths of discomfort, but if you can sense a social stalemate or dip in tone, making people laugh will surely lighten the mood.

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3. Closing Deals

Starting a conversation with a client by using humor and squeezing out some chuckles will steer the discussion into a cheery place. Think of a hilarious icebreaker (be tactful!) to build rapport. 2313 Inc. wants our clients to be excited to talk with us!

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4. Leadership

As a leader, you have a responsibility to motivate others to be successful. Appropriately inserting jokes and getting your people to laugh will make them happy to be at work. More importantly, they will be happy to be working for you!

A team that is laughing is a team that is comfortable. A team that is comfortable is a team that is happy. When your people are happy at work they are likely to perform better. Just ask anyone who works at 2313 Inc.!

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5. Trust

When you are able to crack a successful joke at work, it is a way of showing your true self. In business, there are always personal traits that you have to leave at home when you put on your business pants! Appropriate humor should not have to be one of those traits.

People will see a real, authentic display of you. By briefly drawing the professional curtain, it will humanize you in a way that will make coworkers and clients more inclined to trust you.

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We don’t know about you, but all of these laughing gifs have our 2313 Inc. team in a great mood! Comment below which gif is your favorite!

Do you live near Detroit? Are you looking for a new career? There are new job openings at 2313 Inc. in Farmington Hills! Check out our new CareerBuilder profile to learn more!

Easy and Effective Ways to Improve Team Communication

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A team that communicates well eliminates many workplace issues.

At 2313 Inc., we value individuals that know how to communicate well. Learn more about the values and mission of 2313 Inc. here: http://www.2313inc.com/2313incstory/2313inc-values-and-mission/

Good communication is the lifeblood of every successful business. Not only is it important to communicate well with your customers, it’s just as important to communicate well with your team members. If your team isn’t communicating well, they’re not working well together, and that can lead to problems with customer acquisition and retention.

Here are some easy ways to improve communication with your team:

Build Rapport

A great way to lay the foundation for successful communication is to build rapport in your team. Try taking everyone out for lunch, and tell them there’s just one rule: no discussion of anything related to work. A casual meal in which you’re talking about things you do outside the office is a great icebreaker and helps to open the lines of communication within and between teams.

Ask Questions

Every employee has their own way of perceiving and internalizing information. Knowing how your employees like to receive information—through email, a messenger service, an internal e-newsletter, or face to face—can help you create a better plan for regular communication. Your staff will also appreciate that you’re making the effort to maximize their productivity and understanding.

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Reach Out to Shy Employees

Not everyone is gregarious and extroverted, and that’s not a bad thing. Take the time to reach out to your quieter team members and show a genuine interest in them and their work. Be ready for your outreach to take a while before it achieves results; people don’t become shy overnight, so their shyness isn’t going to disappear overnight, either.

Make People’s Roles Clear from the Start

Communication can break down pretty quickly if team members don’t understand what their role is. Keep workflows transparent, make sure each team member understands how they contribute to the success of the project or the company, and be sure they know what channels the project has to go through for approval and completion.

Have One-on-Ones with Your Team Members

A weekly 10-minute check-in with your direct reports can make a world of difference. The check-in will give and your team members a chance to discuss issues and ask questions that may be better addressed outside a group setting. It can also provide a way to bring up performance or attendance concerns before they reach a crisis point.

Explain the Reason for the Ask

It may seem silly, but it’s quite possible that a team member may not know why you’re asking them to do something. Instead of assigning a task with no context, help your team member to understand the value and significance of the task you’ve asked them to do. Not only will it help the person to feel like that they’re doing something important, it will go a long way to helping them understand their role in the company.

Offer Constructive Feedback

Focus on the behavior rather than the person’s character. For example, if you see that a team member is frustrated or struggling, give them some tips on how they can meet their goals and ask what you can do to help. And, of course, allow your team member to share their thoughts and be a part of the solution to any problems you may be facing.

Effective communication lays a foundation for success, both for your company and for individual team members. It can be time-consuming to establish or improve communication, but it’s worth the effort. If you put in the work, you’re bound to reap the rewards.

If you’re interested in learning more about 2313 Inc. you can visit us on LinkedIn!

How Social Responsibility Encourages Employees and Improves Public Relations

At 2313 Inc. we encourage our employees to be actively involved in the local Farmington Hills community. We also strive to make regular philanthropy a way of life.

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Social Responsibility inspires employees to do their best on the job and contribute to the wellbeing of the community.

Improving society is a core value of many companies doing business today. CEOs and employees have learned that a work culture committed to philanthropy also improves their bottom line. It’s true—social responsibility is good for business. Here’s how:

  • It improves public perception of the company, resulting in heightened company trust
  • It allows employees to gain a wider perspective of the world and understand how the skills they have gained can translate across many areas of their lives
  • It personifies the company into a force for change and good, not simply a for-profit endeavor
  • It gives the company a competitive edge in the market
  • It cultivates greater employee satisfaction and loyalty

Employees today have a greater opportunity to make a difference in their communities by finding volunteering opportunities at work. For example, 2313 Inc.’s support of Operation Smile allows the team to contribute to philanthropic causes and make a difference on a global scale. Our work with Operation Smile provides a positive example of social responsibility to our clients, employees, and business professionals.

Every employee has valuable skills to offer nonprofit organizations, from the ability to take photos at events, to making children laugh during medical missions, to organizing fundraisers. By offering their particular strengths and resources, employees can make a meaningful contribution to those in need.

A company’s public image can be swayed with of its social responsibility programs and how aware the public is about those programs. Anyone will usually say they feel more comfortable supporting a company that does its part to help with the community and support humanitarian work. It’s worth letting the public know about the great projects and charities you support. Companies can even improve their public image by supporting nonprofits through fundraisers, volunteering, and strong partnerships. By promoting these efforts and letting the public know about their support, companies increase their chances of becoming favorable in the eyes of consumers.

Anyone in the company can make a difference and contribute in his or her own way. If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of people in need, start your search at work. You may find a program that will be happy to have your support.

Do you live in the Greater Detroit Area? Learn how you can join the team at 2313 Inc. today! Visit 2313 Inc. on ZipRecruiter

Meaningful Ways to Handle Rejection

Rejection is a part of life — and is most certainly a part of business.
At 2313 Inc. we help prepare our team members to take rejection in stride and never let it keep them from hitting their goals.

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Everyone gets rejected, but will you let rejection stop your career in its tracks, or will you turn it into an opportunity to grow

Rejection hurts. There is no way to avoid it. Your first step is to acknowledge the rejection–but don’t dwell on it. Convert that rejection into motivation. Here are some of 2313 Inc.’s favorite strategies that will keep you moving forward.

1. Don’t Expect Rejection

Anticipating rejection can lead to procrastination. Reaching out to a customer can be scary. But then again…what if you’re just what that customer needs when they need it? Don’t let the fear keep you from putting your best foot forward!

2. Establish Clear Goals

Have you created a clear set of goals? Get specific about all of your goals. Establish daily, weekly, and monthly goals. If you need help setting goals, consult your team members or supervisor. 

3. Create A Work Routine

Create a work routine. Make customer contacts at the same time every day. As you improve your skills, you’ll reach more people. The more people you reach each day, the greater your chances of getting to “yes.”

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4. It’s Not About You

Don’t take the easy way out by making rejection personal. Learn to see each rejection as an opportunity to understand something about yourself.

5. No Doesn’t Mean Never

Once you hear a “no,” acknowledge it and continue talking. If you don’t have what your customer needs, you may know someone who does. Be a useful resource. You’re establishing and maintaining a long-term relationship.

6. Start With a Smile

Start your day by visualizing success. Picture your customers saying “yes.” Sometimes a positive attitude is all you really need to get that sale squared away.

7. Toughen Up

You can’t take a break every time you get a rejection. You need to toughen up and build up your endurance. Rejection is a great teacher if you learn to see it as motivation.

8. Ask for Feedback

Always ask for feedback when you’ve been rejected. If you don’t understand why it happened, you won’t know how to prevent it from happening the next time.

9. Keep Moving

Working with purpose prevents rejection from moving in and taking over. Choose to get things done. Organize your workspace. Finish up tasks you were putting off. Taking constructive action will improve your attitude.

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