Measuring Your Workplace

Is Your Company Committed to You?

Employment can be a funny thing. On one hand, a job is a job. You’re being paid to perform a certain task. It’s expected that you perform it to a level of quality that is acceptable and in exchange for your work and for the quality of your work, you receive some level of compensation. Sometimes the compensation is strictly financial. Sometimes there are additional benefits, stock options, and fringe benefits based on performance. But the scenario is pretty straightforward. Performance provides payment.

How can you tell if the company you work for is committed to you? 

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Why You Should Work for a Company that Trains Its People

The story goes something like this:

Members of a leadership team are talking to each other about the issue of training within the company. The senior member of the team asks a poignant question. “What if we spend all of this time and money on our employees to train them, and then they leave?” It’s a good question. It’s one that’s often asked and takes into consideration the challenges of a workforce. But the response the senior leader receives is hard-hitting and impactful. “What if we don’t spend time and money to train them, and they stay?”

The challenge is clear. An untrained workforce is a liability.

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A Great Job to Start. A Great Job to Stay With.

At Viking Client Services, we’re building out a team of Account Representatives who will partner with our customers and clients to produce results and work collaboratively as a team to solve problems. Our Account Representatives do the front line work of Viking Client Services.

Giving You Experience That Takes You Places

Those who start their careers at Viking build strong resumés for careers in finance, customer service, management and leadership, sales, and other fields.

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Measuring Success at Work

Every job rewards performance in one way or another. For some, it’s the “Employee of the Month” banner or a picture on the wall. For some, it’s commissions or bonuses. Some rewards are more anecdotal…like getting more opportunities for your voice to be heard by management or being considered a more likely candidate for promotion.

However your company measures success, there are some things we’ve learned in our 50 years in business about how to measure success, what matters the most, and what really makes the difference in building a workplace that keeps good people doing good work for a long time.

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Viking Client Services - Choosing a Job or Choosing a Life

The Work Gap: Between Where You Are and Where You'll End Up

Standing in between where you are now in your career and where you envision yourself being in the future is something called the work gap. The work gap is basically the distance between the person you are at the beginning of your career and the person you are at the end of it. It’s the space between your first job out of high school and the job you retire from some day. The work gap is made up of experience, wisdom, opportunities, risks, failures, successes, questions, and answers. You don’t have the luxury of being on the other side of it right now. You just have the path in front of you.

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Your Professional Life: A Journey or a Destination?

The Work Gap

Standing in between where you are now in your career and where you envision yourself being in the future is something called the work gap. The work gap is basically the distance between the person you are at the beginning of your career and the person you are at the end of it. It’s the space between your first job out of high school and the job you retire from some day. The work gap is made up of experience, wisdom, opportunities, risks, failures, successes, questions, and answers. You don’t have the luxury of being on the other side of it right now. You just have the path in front of you.

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3 Things to Help You Know if You're Succeeding

Measuring Success at Work

Every job rewards performance in one way or another. For some, it’s the “Employee of the Month” banner or a picture on the wall. For some, it’s commissions or bonuses. Some rewards are more anecdotal…like getting more opportunities for your voice to be heard by management or being considered a more likely candidate for promotion.

However your company measures success, there are some things we’ve learned in our 50 years in business about how to measure success, what matters the most, and what really makes the difference in building a workplace that keeps good people doing good work for a long time.

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The Post Graduation Question: A Good Job or Any Job?

Finding the Right Job When You've Finished Your Degree

So you’re starting your career? How do you know where to look? What expectations should you have for your first “real” job after graduation? Before the ink on your diploma has even had time to dry, there’s already pressure to answer the question, “So...What’s next?”

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Your Job and Your Boss: Changing Your Perspective

Making Your Boss - And Your Workday - More Successful

Sometimes we need something drastic to wake us up from a mundane routine. Sometimes we just need something subtle. Consider these exercises to make your work day more enjoyable and your job more challenging.

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Committed to Good

What We Mean by Committed to Good 

Whether it’s the interactive and professionally enriching culture that we’re building alongside our employees or the thoughtful, strategic approach we take with every customer interaction, Viking Client Services is committed to good. 

Here's how Viking Client Services is committed to good:

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3 Questions to Figure Out What's Next for Your Career

3 Questions to Figure Out What's Next for Your Career

When people are in job-search mode, it can be a very frustrating time. Whether they’re looking for a job out of necessity (because they’re currently without one) or for a change of scenery (because they’re not satisfied where they’re at), the process can be frustrating, and even grueling.

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A Better Job Search - Interview Tip #3:

Learn to Wait

So when the interview is over and you’ve done the hard work—you’ve answered their questions the best you knew how; you’ve asked the kinds of questions that show you’re a self-starter and engaged; you’ve done your research and tried to impress—that’s when the next step of interview tactics comes into play. It’s called, “The Wait.”

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A Better Job Search - Interview Tip #2:

Do Your Homework

As interviewers, we often ask a potential employee a very standard interview question. It's probably a question you've been asked in an interview and you've undoubtedly given a response similar to what we've heard. We, like every other human resources department, have gotten a variety of responses. 


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A Better Job Search - Interview Tip #1:

Think Beyond the Interview

When going in for an interview, it’s easy to think in the short-term: I need a job. I need a second interview. I need to not talk too much. I need to impress. 

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The Search for the Right Job: A Good Place to Start. A Good Place to Stay.

Just about everyone, at some point in their professional career, has taken a job out of necessity. The obligation to “make ends meet” superseded the need for job satisfaction (at least in part). For some, that job lasted for a few days or weeks. For others, it lasted for years…even for an entire career. What we’ve discovered at Viking Client Services is that the reason a person starts a job is different from the reasons they stay at it.

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What Work Isn’t.

Developing Healthy Expectations for Your Boss, Your Job, and Your Colleagues

Expectations.

They can really mess up your perspective on just about anything in life…especially work. Over the 50 years that we have been in business, we’ve employed a lot of people. Some of them have stuck around for quite a while. They’ve helped us build what we are today, a thriving, growing company with a strong presence in our community. Some of our employees have simply been “passing through” on their way to other opportunities.

Through the course of these 50 years, we’ve learned a few things about work, about employees, about what motivates them and about what makes a work environment healthy.

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