Tips for a Smooth Transition into a New Job

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Starting a new job is always a challenge. It may be exciting, it may be exactly what you are looking for, it may be one of the best experiences of your life — but that doesn’t change that it will present challenges. There is a lot to learn with any new position, and sometimes the interpersonal stress of adjusting to a new work environment, coworkers, and boss can seem overwhelming.
The most important thing to remember when starting a new job is that you want to put your best foot forward. First impressions are lasting, and your first day is going to give your new workplace just as much insight into who you are as much as it will tell you about who you will be working with. Those first few days on the job can make your transition easier or make it more difficult.
Plan ahead and follow these strategies to help make your transition to your new job as positive as possible:

  • Find your routine as quickly as possible. Pay attention to the clock and jump into your responsibilities as quickly as appropriate. Make it clear that you can handle the day-to-day of your new workplace.
  • Immerse yourself in company culture. If there are any small, defining characteristics, like a company mascot or theme, jump on in. Show your willingness to be part of the team.
  • Take notes when co-workers talk to you. If someone is explaining something, make it clear that you are paying close attention. Ask questions to show that you are interested in learning more from their experience.
  • Seek out a mentor from day one. If you aren’t sure where to look, ask your hiring manager who you should look to for advice. Finding a mentor, someone who you can ask questions to regularly and can trust to give you good advice will make your transition to your new position much easier.

The most important thing that you can do to make the most of your first few days on the job is to stay positive. Whether you consider this the job of your dreams or not, treat it like it is. Stay positive, show smiles and be happy. Demonstrating that you are excited to be part of the team will make your transition much more positive for all involved.
Georgia WebMBA and Georgia College can help you garner skills to apply to your career. Learn more about the benefits of an MBA here.

Surprising Benefits of Having an MBA

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Everyone knows that getting an MBA is a boost to your career. It shows current and potential employers that you are able to take on managerial positions and that you have a firm grasp of management and the skills it requires. However, there are other benefits that you may not see until after you have earned this achievement.
Employers Want to Retain You
When you have an advanced degree, you will find that employers will do their best to retain you. They will often work to keep you by increasing your salary, offering other benefits, and working with you to advance your position within the company. An employee with an MBA stands out from the crowd, and you may find that other employers will want to recruit you for your skills and educational background.
The Sense of Accomplishment
For many employees, feeling a lack of confidence is often what keeps their careers from advancing. They are hesitant to ask for raises and promotions because they feel they may be dispensable. When you have an MBA, you have an educational feather in your cap. It can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment that gives you more confidence in the workplace. You’ll know that you have an education that puts you in a better position than most employees, and that means more confidence.
Becoming Your Own Boss
If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, an MBA can prepare you to not only manage someone else’s company, but to manage your own. With an MBA, you will have many of the skills needed to lead a company of your own. If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business, getting an MBA is an excellent place to start.
You’ll Have a Wider Range of Skills
Anytime you increase your education level, you increase your number of skills. With an MBA, you gain a wide range of important skills that can help you in every aspect of your career – and even in your personal life. Learning to stick to the MBA program and to complete the challenging requirements can help you develop the self-discipline needed to accomplish just about anything you set your mind to. With such a broad range of skills, you may find that you can change industries, move up the corporate ladder and take on more responsibility than you ever thought possible.
Make your next move to advance in the workforce by getting your online MBA with Georgia College today. For more information on the Georgia WebMBA, visit here.

Manage Time Carefully With Online Classes!

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Online education offers many benefits. However, for most people who opt to pursue their education online, the biggest perk is the option to work toward a degree on their own watch. With online classes, you won’t have strict class start times. You don’t need to be anywhere at 8 a.m. or at 6 p.m. You won’t need to sit in a classroom for 90 minutes, two times a week with a collection of strangers. Instead, you get to work toward your degree when it makes sense for you — and where it makes sense for you.
This sort of freedom in your schedule may be one of the biggest attractions for online education, but as many online students find out soon enough, it is also one of its greatest potential pitfalls.
Setting your own schedule, working on your own timeline, and not having anyone else tell you when or where you need to be to get something done — all provide a lot of freedom, but with that freedom comes a great deal of responsibility. It is far too easy to let such freedom get in the way of your goals, making it far too easy to miss deadlines and to forget about your obligations altogether for weeks on end.
For those who work full-time, have families, or don’t have reliable transportation to guarantee they can get to campus for classes on a regular basis, online classes are the answer. You just need to make sure that you are taking steps to ensure that you aren’t falling behind on your education goals by enforcing your own strict schedule.
Here are a few strategies that will help you stay on top of the clock as you work toward earning your degree online:

  • Keep a planner and write down everything! It is very easy to forget deadlines — especially smaller ones. When you start your course, put every deadline from your syllabus in your planner. Day by day, write other obligations in the same place, so you can see everything you have going on in one spot.
  • Schedule school as if you have class time. You don’t have to be on campus every night at 6 p.m., but if you treat your online classes as if you do, then you won’t have to do long work sessions on weekends. Pick a time of day that is good for you and your family and schedule time so that you can work on your education a little bit at a time.
  • Treat deadlines seriously. Online classes are structured around a strict weekly schedule. When your professor sets a deadline, know it and take it seriously. Extensions don’t typically happen, and you could find that a missed assignment is the difference between a passing and failing grade in your class.

Online classes are a great tool to help you earn your degree on your own watch, but be careful to keep up with the schedule imposed by your instructor. Follow these tips and keep track of what you have coming due. Due diligence and proper time management can help you be successful in your online class. Learn which types of Masters degrees you can earn from home and online with Georgia College here.

Dr. Karl Manrodt offers his expert insight in several articles for the SupplyChainBrain 2017 Digital Resource Guide

Dr. Karl B. Manrodt, a Logistics and Supply Chain Management Professor at Georgia College and State University, contributes his expert insight to SupplyChainBrain on several topics such as the state of today’s supply-chain industry, warehouse logistics, supply-chain transportation services, and warehouse quality and metrics. SupplyChainBrain is the world’s most comprehensive supply chain management information resource, providing complete coverage of all fundamental supply chain principles.
In Dr. Manrodt’s first article, co-written with Georgia College and State University Assistant Professor of Logistics and SCM Dr. Donnie Williams, he challenges current thinking of supply chains in order to “stay current with the skills needed to operate in this dynamic environment.” Learn more about what they have to say on what the younger generation should do to foster a successful supply-chain industry.
The pair also tackles the topic of warehouse logistics in a separate article. They noted that many distribution centers (DC) are disconnected from the strategic goals of the firm, which results in less efficient operating. Dr. Manrodt and Williams identified three areas that companies should investigate in order to improve warehouse logistics. Click here to learn more.
Alongside University of Tennessee SCM Professor Dr. Mary Collins Holcomb, Dr. Manrodt gives his insight on supply-chain transportation services in the next article. Though a dynamic business environment may not be surprising for professionals, the growing options in regards to technology and transportation may require more attention. Read more about how supply-chain professionals should consider different options for transportation, technology, and organizational structure to generate long-term value.
In another article co-written with three experts in the field, Dr. Manrodt dives into how Best-in-Class warehousing and distribution facilities are able to achieve high quality results while continuously improving their companies. Learn more about the four-step process they came up with to improve warehouse quality and metrics.
Dr. Manrodt continues to be a thought-leader in the logistics and supply chain management industry. Thanks to his love for sharing his insight to resources such as SupplyChainBrain, others can share in the knowledge of what it takes to be a successful supply chain professional.