Can you imagine working for a brand like Nike that's represented all over the world? Sport is a huge part of people's lives, and Nike is expanding its office locations so people from across the globe can bring the brand to life. Nike hires people specializing in a wide array of backgrounds to support its offices in 49 different countries.
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We work to live, not live to work, right? So, shouldn't that be something that is ingrained in the DNA at every company? People have lives outside of work, and it's important that companies recognize and value that.
1. It allows them to recharge so they can be more productive at work.<p>Working for a company that encourages employees to have a healthy work-life balance not only has a positive impact on its employees, but it also benefits the company too. </p><p>Working a 9 to 5 job every day with no break can create a lot of burnout and employee turnover. However, creating an environment where employees know they can take time to recharge and focus on things outside of work, allows them to be more productive when they're at the office.<br></p><p>Having time to relax and take a break from work will only motivate your employees to work harder while on the job. Cisco understands the importance of creating a work hard, play hard atmosphere. Employees are able to take time away from work to get back in the right head space so they can return to the office and deliver the best possible results. </p>
2. It allows them to pursue their passions.<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="eec0f6eeb3cb632d6de487c067e6b92f"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_LE-HzPtec0?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Caroline Olson - Systems Engineer & Cisco Sales Associate Program Graduate</em></p><p>The flexibility that employees are given at Cisco allows them to give back to the company even more. Caroline Olson, Systems Engineer, values the work-life balance that is encouraged at Cisco. </p><p>By having a great work-life balance, Caroline's able to pursue her passions when she's not in the office. She can teach yoga, go hiking, and hang out with friends. She's able to maintain her life outside of work and pursue what she loves in addition to adding value to her team when she's at work.</p>
3. It encourages them to stay and grow with the company.<p>When an employee feels appreciated by their employer, they'll be more likely to stay and continue to build on their career. By investing in your employees and their well-being, you're going to build rapport with them. One in which that employee is going to feel supported and will consequently want to grow at your company.</p><p>It's a two way street. Companies that are dedicated to their employees are going to build long term relationships with them. The people of Cisco have built bonds with the company because of the fact that it supports them in their personal and professional life. </p>
Be you, with us. #WeAreCisco<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e51c738ccc9cb9109500844879f2976f"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kkhF1GAjJP8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>At Cisco, they don't want you to blend in. They want you to stand out! What sort of things make you different from other people? Those are the things that make you unique and they want you to continue doing them because at Cisco their motto is "be you, with us." </p><p>Ready to bring your unique perspective to the table at Cisco? <a href="https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/careers.html?CAMPAIGN=talent&COUNTRY_SITE=us&POSITION=3rd+party+link&REFERRING_SITE=video&CREATIVE=jto&tags=talentbrandvid%7Cjto" target="_blank">Check out their open positions</a>! </p>
The average American will spend 90,000 hours at work throughout their life. However, even as a dedicated employee, you have a life outside of work and you want your employer to acknowledge that. Additionally, finding balance at work is important.
1. You get the opportunity to spend time with top athletes<p> Nike employees collaborate with some of the most gifted athletes in the world. These brand ambassadors inspire and motivate athletes to reach their best potential. <br> </p><p> Nike has aggressive goals to help change the future of sport. While employees at Nike work hard to achieve these goals, they make time to play too. <br> </p><p> "Nike is a company with a team mentality that celebrates each other's successes and continues to push everyone to be the best athlete* they can be," said Bryan Hamilton, Recruiter for Air Manufacturing Innovation Team at Nike. "Where else can you win the opportunity to play kickball with LeBron James, shoot hoops with Kevin Durant, or throw a football with DeShaun Watson? I love working for Nike! My friends can't believe some of the day-at-work stories I tell them!" <br> </p> Nike rewards its employees with a chance to meet the athletes they admire. It's opportunities like this that spark creativity and inspiration amongst employees and get them excited to come to work every day.
2. You get a zen space to practice meditation<p>Meditation has become a mainstream way for people to reduce stress and promote a positive mental state. According to a <a href="https://hbr.org/2015/12/the-busier-you-are-the-more-you-need-mindfulness" target="_blank">study conducted by Aetna</a> that tested the effectiveness of a mindfulness training program, participants reported a 28% reduction in their stress levels.<br> <br> Practicing meditation while at the office allows employees to focus on their personal wellness and mentally regroup before returning to work. <br> <br> "It can be easy to focus so much on physical activity for the body that sometimes we forget to exercise the mind. Nike is committed to our total wellness. I started meditating almost two years ago (thanks to my wife)," said Bjorn Anderson, Recruiting Manager at Nike. "Meditation has transformed my life both personally and professionally, in only three minutes or less per day. The Mindset Conference that Nike held on campus with Headspace last year was a powerful event. Nike pays for a yearly subscription to the Headspace app for full time employees, helping us create micro-moments of awareness throughout the day!" <br> <br> Meditation rooms on the Nike campus invite employees to reduce stress, relax and regroup.</p>
3. You're given Summer Fridays<p>When summer arrives, all we want to do is hang out at the beach and spend time with family and friends, right? Well, for a lot of employees, they're in the office continuing to work until the weekend begins. Some companies, however, offer Summer Fridays to help kickstart the weekend early for their employees.<br> <br> Kathleen Nering, Senior Talent Sourcer at Nike, said she always loved summers as a kid. For her, growing up, they were synonymous with fun, freedom, and family. As a working adult, she longed for what summers used to be. <br> <br> That all changed when she joined Nike. At Nike, Summer Fridays last from Memorial Day to Labor Day, where the company shuts down at noon on Fridays. <br> </p><p>"I spent my summers as a kid swimming at the local pool, fishing with my grandma, picking watercress in the creek near her farm. Summers were a chance to put the books down and change it up for three full months. I've spent 25 years in the workforce, and each year those same three summer months have come and gone, and with them a feeling of nostalgia for what summer used to be," said Nering. "Once I started working at Nike, the spirit of summer swept back in for me, a feeling of joy. Now I'm getting more out of summer again, more free time open to possibility." <br> </p><p> She said she enjoys taking her son to the pool on Fridays, and concocting road trip plans with her husband. These activities are made possible with the extra time she has thanks to Nike. <br> </p><p> "It's a chance to enjoy long weekends every weekend," she said. "This extra free time has an amazing domino effect on our lives that we can't quite quantify; it does so much good!" <br> </p><p> Summer Fridays help increase productivity and boost employee morale. In fact, according to a <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/elenabajic/2017/07/17/summer-fridays-good-for-business/#188934361ffe" target="_blank">study by Opinion Research Corporation</a>, 66% of those surveyed felt more productive as a result of the summer hours policy at their companies. <br> </p> Not everyone has the luxury of leaving the office early to enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer months. Fortunately for Nike employees, this is something ingrained in the company's business model. Nike leadership acknowledges the intrinsic and business value of balance.
4. You're surrounded by people who care<p>Nike leaders see employees as whole people. They know there are critical things people need to take care of outside work, such as taking a child to a doctor's appointment or attending an afterschool activity.<strong></strong><br> <br> Jennifer Favors, Talent Acquisition Manager at Nike, dealt with a life-changing moment and shares how Nike supported her through it."I have six kids, so I'm always juggling work with the rest of my life," said Favors. "At Nike, nobody flinches when they hear a kid in the background during a conference call." <br> <br> Last year, her son was in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the school shooting tragedy. It was 2 p.m. and Favors was leading a conference call from her car only one mile away. She got phone calls and text messages from her son and her husband while she was on the call and figured she would get to them after the call. Then, she noticed police cars flying by. She quickly ended the call. That's when tragedy struck. Her son was in the third classroom that was shot up, he was hunkered down, but he was safe. <br> <br> "That shooting was uncharted territory," she said. "My phone flooded with people from Nike who reached out to check on me, many were company leaders and people I'd never even met. The support was tremendous that day and during the following weeks. Life is about relationships. Nike is about family. I've worked for other well-recognized brands and I can tell you, I will not leave Nike for anywhere else." <br> <br> For some companies, work is about coming in, doing a job, and leaving. Nike offers so much more than the average employer. It has created a family-like atmosphere where employees feel supported and cared about.</p>
5. You're encouraged to support the causes that are meaningful to you<p>Today, employees want to work for companies that support causes they care about.<br> <br> <strong></strong>Denise Novosel, Recruiting Senior Director at Nike, lost her mom to Alzheimer's at the age of 71. At her mom's funeral service, Denise made a commitment to honor her mom's legacy and share her story. "Alzheimer's didn't define my mom's life, but her journey taught me about patience, empathy, and courage. It has also inspired me to help fight for others who are impacted by this terminal disease," said Novosel.<br> <br> Nike recently supported Denise when she wanted to donate to an Alzheimer's Association charity event where experiences were placed for auction. <br> <br> Because of Nike's generous contribution, Denise donated an experience for a group of people to enjoy dedicated time at the NIKEiD studio in downtown Portland. Each person got to customize a pair of sneakers and make their own color choices on the base of the shoe, laces, swoosh, pull tab, even in some cases put their name or other text on their shoes. <br> </p><p>According to Novosel, her commitment to supporting other families affected by Alzheimer's remains unwavering and it's one of the reasons why she loves working for Nike so much. </p><p> "The best part is that I made a new friend at the auction," said Novosel. "Jon, who won the NIKEiD studio experience, has since lost his father to Alzheimer's. We've created a lifelong friendship, one that I wouldn't have without Nike." <br> </p> We all know actions speak louder than words. It's actions like this that show Nike leaders truly care about making a difference in employees' lives.
6. You have access to its new military program<p style="text-align: left;">Veterans are used to wearing many hats and at Nike it's no different. Many veteran employees at Nike balance their continued service while pursuing careers in support of Nike's mission – to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. </p><p style="text-align: left;">As a recruiter for Nike, Yuri Kim leads recruiting projects to find talent aligned to logistics, planning, supply chain and distribution. When the time comes for her US Army Reserve duty, Yuri leverages Nike's Military Leave Benefit, providing up to 12 weeks of paid time off every year.</p><p style="text-align: left;">"The new Nike military leave benefit has really helped me and my family," Kim said. "I'm able to attend my military duties with a peace of mind that I can take care of my family financially and still come back to a job I love."</p><p style="text-align: left;">*If you have a body, you are an athlete.</p>
7. You have the support to achieve your dreams<p>After six years of trying to conceive, and the loss of her first child, DeAndra Brown, Athlete Talent Attraction Coach at Nike, and her husband received even more heartbreaking news, and it was during her first week of working at Nike. DeAndra's doctor told her she would be unable to conceive a child naturally. Devastated, she went to work, and her manager noticed something was wrong. <br> <br> "My manager pulled me into the office," Brown said. "Through tears, I told her the painful news. She listened and then explained that Nike's benefits would help me have the surgery I needed to make my crazy dream come true." <br> </p><p>DeAndra immediately followed up with HR. After months of shots, surgeries, and a lot of prayers, support, and faith, she now has a healthy one-year-old daughter named Myla Bella. Her name means "Merciful Beauty." </p>
When you work at Nike, you and your work-life balance matter<p style="text-align: left;"> Chances are, if you don't work for Nike, you probably didn't know how full in Nike is on balance. But it makes sense, right? Sport <em>is</em> balance. It goes back to what Phil Knight envisioned for his company, that employees would work as though at play. </p><p style="text-align: left;">Learn more about the Nike Employee Networks <a href="https://jobs.nike.com/inclusion" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a>. And how the company invests in its employees <a href="https://jobs.nike.com/benefits" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a>.<br> </p><p style="text-align: left;"> Interested in joining a company that understands, prioritizes and cultivates work-life balance? Take a look at <a href="http://bit.ly/nike-jobs" target="_blank">Nike's open positions</a>! </p>
Winning teams recruit players who push each other forward. If professionals want to kick their career into high gear, they need to find the right team. That's why it's more important than ever for candidates to find the right culture fit, so they thrive and keep pushing their companies ahead of the game.
1. Do your research before the interview.<p style="text-align: left;">Within the first few minutes of an interview, a recruiter can tell if you've done your research or not. Do you know what the company does? Have you read about its leaders and why the company was started? Based on its culture, is it an environment you think you can thrive in and why?</p><p style="text-align: left;">Recruiters expect candidates to prepare for an interview. This is the time to explain how you are going to take your skills and make a difference at the company. Demonstrate your value. Prove to them why they need you.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Do your homework. How is it pushing the envelope to stay ahead of other athletic brands? In what ways does technology drive the business forward? What are some mantras or values that Nike lives by every day? What is Nike doing to impact the community?</p>
Photo taken by Craig Mitchelldyer, Mitchelldyer Photography<p style="text-align: left;">Whether you're reading about opportunities on their careers site, searching for employee reviews on Glassdoor, or looking at their social media accounts, there are plenty of places you can go to learn more about a company and what it's looking for in candidates.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Talent Sourcer, Kathleen Nering, advises, "Just as I review a candidate's resume before speaking with them, prepared candidates study the job description in advance of our call. It's how we both demonstrate real interest and curiosity in what the other offers. Even if I can't best answer a particular question about a role, the question indicates the person is clearly interested."</p>
2. Explain what you'll bring to the position.<p style="text-align: left;">When it comes to an interview, every recruiter wants to know how you are going to add value to the company. This is your opportunity to show how you are going to take your skills and past experience, and translate that into the new role. What do you bring to help drive the business forward?</p>
3. Demonstrate your innovative and creative abilities.<p style="text-align: left;">Innovation and creativity are in Nike's DNA. Both propel the company forward and allow it to uphold its reputation as the industry leader.</p><p style="text-align: left;">As a candidate, it's important to acknowledge all the ways Nike has successfully incorporated innovation and creativity in its projects. However, it's also important to bring new ideas to the table. Think about specific ways you can harness your creativity to deliver new ideas to that role to help Nike stay ahead of the competition.</p><p style="text-align: left;">"Hiring managers in technology at Nike, specifically in areas such as Data & Analytics, are seeking candidates who can bring disruptive, innovative and creative capabilities to their teams and organizations. I advise candidates to be prepared to discuss experiences where they've helped drive innovation, whether it be around process, adoption of or implementation of new or existing technology," said Luke Younggren, Lead Recruiter, Core Engineering. "Candidates will impress us by demonstrating how they've extracted value from failing forward. Understanding that we can learn equally from both success and failure is the key to innovating."</p>
4. Show the areas that you want to grow and develop.<p style="text-align: left;">Recruiters aren't interested in candidates who are going to just come to the office, complete their tasks, and leave. They're looking for employees who are going to grow and develop in their role at the company.</p><p style="text-align: left;">If you want to ace your tech interview, speak to how you can take the job to the next level. During the interview process, articulate how you plan to add value in that role and to the team.</p>
5. Demonstrate how you excel in a team environment.<p style="text-align: left;">The key is to be yourself, tell your own story, share ways you can contribute and disclose areas you would like to develop. What skills and value did you bring to your last project or team? How have you grown technically? How did you take initiative? What areas of work appeal to you?</p>
Photo taken by Craig Mitchelldyer, Mitchelldyer Photography<p style="text-align: left;">Answering these questions while being able to articulate who you are, your capabilities, your true areas of interest and how they all translate into a particular role at Nike makes you more memorable and relatable.</p><p style="text-align: left;">"We are looking for not only the most technically proficient candidates, but ones who combine that excellence to promote positive culture, creativity, diversity, and new concepts," said Kevin Hannan, Senior Analytics Recruiter. "Providing examples of how you have excelled in this type of environment and exemplified these characteristics will get you one step closer to developing your own career at Nike."</p><p style="text-align: left;">If you're ready to play a bigger game, join the team that makes Nike possible. <a href="http://bit.ly/nike-tech-jobs" target="_blank">Check out open Technology positions</a>. We are currently looking for Lead Data Engineers to join our Enterprise Data & Analytics team, Principal Engineers to revolutionize Nike technology platforms, and Expert Solution Architects who make the world's largest sports brand run faster, smarter and more securely.</p>
We all have our bucket list of companies we'd love to work for. The only problem is, what if that company is located across the country, in another country, or even on the other side of the world?
Hopping in your car or jumping on a plane and moving for a job is a life changing decision and you need to make sure it's the right fit. There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding to relocate for work.
Do you want to be on the East Coast or West Coast? Would you rather live in a big city or a small town? What kind of attractions do you want to be near? The possibilities are endless.
Thinking about moving to pursue a career opportunity? Here are a few reasons why you should relocate to Portland, Oregon.
It's easy to get around.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTMxMTU5NS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzU3Nzk3MH0.NQH_oKObc60o7Wtrwv5RN6fDBw-7rO04LxTcDmbGLRc/img.png?width=980" id="da56a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a0cddc62cd326531a7f6f1f63bf516d3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p style="text-align: left;">Do you normally take public transportation to get to work? Well, you won't have to leave that behind if you move to Portland. Its premier light rail system, bus service, and streetcars will get you to work quickly with just enough time to grab a cup of coffee before heading to the office. </p><p style="text-align: left;">If you're someone who likes getting your exercise in before work or enjoys the fresh air, there are endless biking and walking paths that can easily get you to and from the city.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Although Portland makes it convenient for people to get around without a car, if you enjoy driving yourself to work, you'll have access to major freeways that will easily take you from downtown to smaller towns outside the city. </p><p style="text-align: left;">No matter how you prefer to travel during the work week and on the weekends, Portland has many options available to accommodate all residents.</p>
Its community is inclusive and welcoming.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTMxMTYxNS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyODYzNzc2NH0.xZ4sGXFsaO23xsh2VvwHc-W8i14WsK-ynwXmi-UT1sM/img.png?width=980" id="32133" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6c767977bf27c3368e95fcb50f44782b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p style="text-align: left;">It is always intimidating being the new face at work. You want to feel welcome by your new coworkers, but you also want to feel welcome by your new city and its residents. Portland's inclusive community and friendly residents will have you going from feeling like an outsider to part of the family in no time.</p><p style="text-align: left;">"I love that Portland is a fun and optimistic place with a unique personality," said Vanessa Garcia-Brito, Sr. Director, Communications & Partnerships – Global Community Impact at Nike who relocated from Santa Monica, CA. "It's familiar and yet not quite like anywhere else. And there's an awesome community vibe. What's not to love?"</p>
It gives you access to a variety of activities.<p style="text-align: left;">Work is a big part of our life, but it doesn't have to be our whole life. When you're not at work, it's important to pursue other passions, explore the area, and have fun doing new things. </p><p style="text-align: left;">Portland's perfect location offers something for everyone. If you're an avid hiker and love seeking adventure on the weekends, there are tons of different mountains to explore in the area. Maybe you're an outdoor enthusiast that enjoys exploring nature. Portland has tons of waterfalls in its backyard that you can explore during your free time. </p><p style="text-align: left;">For all of you beach bums looking to move somewhere where you can soak in the sun, the Pacific Ocean is just a short drive away from the city. </p><p style="text-align: left;">If you're looking to relocate for work, it's important to consider a place that offers activities to do when you're not at work. Needless to say, Portland has a lot to offer so you'll never run out of things to do.</p>
It's a great area to raise a family.<p style="text-align: left;">Whether you're just starting your career or are an experienced professional, chances are, you've thought about what you're looking for in your future. One of those things you may have thought about is starting a family. </p><p style="text-align: left;">When you choose to relocate for work, you want to make sure you find a good area to raise your children. Fortunately, Portland is a very family-friendly area, with activities for people of all ages. </p><p style="text-align: left;">"As a husband, and father of two elementary-age kids, finding a place that was family friendly was the most important thing for me," said Manny Espinoza, Director, Global Strategy & External Partnerships, Diversity & Inclusion at Nike who relocated from San Antonio, TX. "My kids love that one day we can be snow tubing in the mountains and the next day we can be playing on the sand at the coast. They have made great friends and are thriving in school. People are friendly, welcoming, and laid back. Portland is going to be a great place for them to grow up!"<br></p>
It's got lots of attractions.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTMxMTYzMS9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODE5Njk3Nn0.yjDRteuZc9lP5NfuN_AiV2o3JMi0oESIFlJlCicZrLU/img.png?width=980" id="77bfc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e6e251aaed538468e8d33fca4250d27e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p style="text-align: left;">You may have found your dream company and are ready to relocate, but before you do, make sure you've done your research about the area. Is your new home going to stimulate your brain, pique your curiosity, or tap into your creative side? </p><p style="text-align: left;">You don't want to move to pursue a career opportunity and be bored with the area after a month. Portland's attractions will keep you entertained, educate you about the area, and allow you to explore your interests. </p><p style="text-align: left;">If you're an animal lover, the Portland Zoo is located only a few minutes from downtown. Who doesn't love visiting our furry friends, reptiles, and underwater sea creatures? </p><p style="text-align: left;">When you move to a new city, you want to learn about its history and what's going on in the area. Portland's large selection of museums will update you on how far the city has come and where it plans to go in the future.</p><p style="text-align: left;">We can't forget about all of you outdoor enthusiasts! Portland is known for its nature loving residents. If you want to get some fresh air while taking in nature, you can choose from a plethora of parks and gardens located in the area.</p>
It's got some great career opportunities.<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTMxMTYzNi9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzY5MzA1NX0.5LOvENA2roywCkXsCRuR7ewulefT4dSpGT4YJpQYk8I/img.png?width=980" id="1b615" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b06422a0dfe74dd065946e17d5e67d45" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p style="text-align: left;">One of the main reasons people choose to relocate to Portland is because it's home to the headquarters of many companies. In fact, Beaverton, Oregon, right outside of Portland, is home to one of the most well-known athletic companies in the world, <a href="https://jobs.nike.com/" target="_blank">Nike</a>. </p><p style="text-align: left;">"My love for the Nike brand and the career opportunity afforded to me is my why," said Nike's Sr. Director, Governance, Risk, Compliance, Engagement & Secure Code, Mona-Lisa Pinkney who relocated from Washington, DC.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Nike's incredible campus, benefits package, belief in diversity and inclusion, philanthropic endeavors, and so on are some of the main reasons so many people choose to relocate to the area to pursue a career. </p><p style="text-align: left;">If you're thinking of relocating for work, take a minute to consider Portland, Oregon as your future home. If you're interested in pursuing a career at Nike, be sure to <a href="https://jobs.nike.com/" target="_blank">check out their open positions</a>. </p><p style="text-align: left;">Related: <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/just-do-it-passion-innovation-nike/" target="_self">Just Do It - How To Turn Your Passion Into Innovation At Nike</a>.</p>
When a company cares about its employees, it listens to them. It helps them thrive. It gives them the boost they need when they're in a rut. This is the kind of company you want to work for as an employee.
This type of company is more than a beautiful office with a smoothie bar. It's a hub of amazing, talented, people who have the opportunity to make an impact. And it will do whatever it takes to see them excel.
A company like this isn't hard to spot. You can see it in its employees faces, hear it in their voices, and read it in their words. But if you want to be absolutely sure you're pursuing a company that cares about its employees, look out for these three signs:
1. It encourages collaboration so every employee can be successful.<p style="text-align: left;">Every employee wants to be successful in his or her career, right? Well, if you want to be sure that your company cares about you as an employee, make sure it's giving you the support you need to succeed. </p><p style="text-align: left;">If you work for a company with one of the best reputations in the industry, then you are continuously working to produce the highest quality products. The best way to do that is to collaborate with those around you by sharing ideas and providing feedback to ensure that you're creating products that your consumers will love. </p><p style="text-align: left;">At Nike, one of the world's largest athletic companies, employees constantly support one another to ensure everyone is doing their job to the best of their ability and producing the highest quality product.</p>
2. It Invests in its employees.<p style="text-align: left;">It's easy to come into work every day, go through the motions, and then go home. However, if you really want to feel fulfilled in your career, you need to find a company that will invest in you and your success. </p><p style="text-align: left;">When a company invests in its employees, those employees will feel excited and appreciative to walk through the door every day. As a result, they are going to be increasingly valuable to the organization. </p><p style="text-align: left;">At Nike, it is this investment in employees that brings energy to the brand and helps drive the business forward in order to stay at the forefront of the athletic industry. </p><p style="text-align: left;">"We know that diverse teams fuel innovation. So we work to ensure that we have diverse teams," said Nike's Director, Diversity & Inclusion, <a href="https://www.themuse.com/profiles/nikeinc#anthony-herrington" target="_blank">Anthony Herrington</a>. "How we get after this work is educating our managers, hiring more inclusively, investing in our talent, and looking beyond Nike to make change in the world."</p>
3. It creates a positive work environment for its team.<p style="text-align: left;">It's like they say, "two heads are better than one." An employee may be able to perform well when he or she is working alone, but when he or she is sharing feedback and collaborating with a team, that's when the best ideas will come out. </p><p style="text-align: left;">An ideal work environment is one where everyone's ideas are welcome. When a company encourages collaboration by inviting everyone to share his or her perspective, that's when the team will deliver the best possible product and/or service. </p><p style="text-align: left;">"One of the things I love about working at Nike is how diverse it is here in how we look and what we believe," said Nike's TA Director, Nike Direct, <a href="https://www.themuse.com/profiles/nikeinc#jenn-longbine" target="_blank">Jenn Longbine</a>. "Walking around campus is a really cool thing. You'll hear different languages, you'll hear healthy debate. It's a place that fosters inclusion in a way I've never seen."</p>
Have you ever worked with someone who is a constant buzzkill? He/she is the most depressing person and consistently brings down the mood whenever they are in the room. We like to call that a person a “Debbie Downer.” When everyone on the team is in great spirits, they are the one person who has something negative to say. No matter how hard you try, a Debbie Downer just can’t be pleased. If you’re having a great day... they are probably the one person you want to avoid because in a matter of seconds, they could ruin your high.
Have you ever worked for someone who has made you want to pull your hair out piece by piece? We like to call them a diva(o) boss. You know, the boss who thinks your job is to wait on them hand and foot and drop everything you are doing when they walk into the room. Why don’t they understand that you have better things to do than to get their Mocha Caramel Frappuccino and hang up their coat? And then when you are unable to meet a deadline, they are so confused as to why you couldn’t follow their directions. Like HELLO... I was too busy picking your kids up at school and getting your dry cleaning to get anything done! Okay, I admit these may be extreme examples of a diva(o) boss, but I’m sure we have all come face-to-face with a superior that thinks they dictate our every move. Are you sick of your boss thinking they run the world? In a new segment for Vine, viewers submit stories about their boss’s most diva(o) moment, and our team will recreate these in a funny Vine clip! We want to help make light of these situations and show you that you are NOT alone! Share your stories and be sure to check out our Vine to see if we recreated your boss’s diva(o) moment! Scared your boss will find out that you ratted them out? No worries! Your stories are completely anonymous (CAREEREALISM knows how to keep a secret!). [vfb id=33] Images/GIFs courtesy of Giphy.com.