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Best Business Podcasts

An easy way to learn new skills and grow professionally is to listen to podcasts. Whether you listen to them on your commute to work, while doing dishes and cooking, or while exercising, it’s a great way to multitask.  There is a plethora of podcasts available on a variety of topics but for the interest of today’s blog we are going to focus on some of the top business podcasts to further your growth at work.

HBR Ideacast
Harvard Business Review is a great online resource however if you find yourself short on time and unable to read the articles on their website, listening to their podcast is a great alternative. There are new episodes put out weekly and the hosts interview some of the top business and management leaders.

Tony Robbins Podcast
Tony Robbins has long been known for being an author and motivational speaker but also hosts one of the most popular podcast. In the podcast he provides strategies for success so you can accomplish your goals.

The Tim Ferris Show
Like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris is known for being a bestselling author and has the #1 business podcast on Apple Podcasts. From their site they explain that “Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.”


This podcast features topics on leadership and business by interviewing some of the top leaders in this space who offer their words of advice and lessons they have learned. Some of the past interviews have been with Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Jim Collins and Simon Sinek.


School of Greatness
Hosted by Lewis Howes, whose own story is incredibly inspiring, he interviews other influencers and offers tips for motivation and success. The goal of the podcast is “to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet to help you find out what makes great people great.”

If you are new to the podcast world, these are a few great ones to start with, but let us know what you think. Do you have a favorite podcast that leaves you motivated and inspired?

Best Business Podcasts

Does asking for help come across as a negative at work?

Asking your manager or others for help at work may seem like a decision that could make you look less competent, but like most things in life, it comes down to balance. While you don’t want to be constantly asking for help, you also don’t want to struggle to meet deadlines or waste valuable time trying to figure something more advanced/complex out that your manager already has the answer to. In today’s blog we look at the right approach to asking for help at work - not only when you should but also how to go about it. We also look at the importance of setting proper expectations right off the bat so you and your boss are on the same page about what your job entails and what skills you are bringing and what you will need development with.

Some people associate asking for help at work with being a failure. While it’s important to try and resolve issues by yourself and to show you can work thru problem solving, learning to identify when and how to ask for help is important. Once you’ve reached your wits’ end trying to figure something out and decide that the next best step is to go to your manager for help, it’s important to have your notes and thoughts gathered. Explain to your manager what you’ve tried to do in solving the issue to show that you aren’t coming to them at the first sign of being challenged. Managers appreciate employees who bring possible solutions to problems if they ultimately decide an alternative solution is best. They’ll appreciate that you put the forethought into the conversation and your ideas may help spark other ideas for them so you can both resolve the issue quickly and efficiently.

Another factor is the importance of setting proper expectations right off the bat to make sure you and your manager on the same page about what the job entails. The best way to do that is by asking questions during the job interview process. Some questions may include:

  1. Ask other employees in the interview process what the management style is.  Do they prefer collaboration in tackling complex issues or does everyone tend to keep to themselves in solving their own problems/challenges.

  2. What type of training and onboarding do they provide for new hires

  3. Are there ongoing training/development programs in place

Be honest with yourself. If you are new to the industry you may require more direction and support at first while you learn the ropes.  If that’s the case, you will want to communicate that with the hiring manager to make sure they have the structure in place to provide you with the best support. While it’s important to sell yourself during the job interview it’s equally as important to not over promise and then under deliver. Be forthcoming about how much you know so you don’t set yourself up for failure later on.

We hope these tips and suggestions were helpful. We are all human and especially as you’re learning a new role it’s normal to have questions. The key is to try and figure things out yourself before running to you manager for help but if you’ve exhausted a few routes and still need help then hopefully you are aware of your manager’s willingness to help you learn and grow.

Does asking for help come across as a negative at work?

Insights From Our 2020 Salary Guide!

If you’ve worked with SNI Companies over the years you are probably already familiar with our yearly salary guide. It’s an annual report which looks at salary projects for the coming year and offers insight on hiring trends and the hottest jobs and skills. We offer this free of charge to our clients and candidates and it has proven to be one of our most valued services. One thing that makes ours different is that while most staffing firms provide a baseline national salary for each title and have readers do the work to calculate a regional variance, we drill down to show you salaries in our markets because we feel that this extra step allows for more accurate data at the local level. Want a sneak peak of what you will find in our salary guide? Below we look at some key findings:

Some of the most in-demand roles in the coming years are:
Data Mining
Business Analysis
AI and Machine Learning Specialists
Big Data Specialists
Robotics Engineers
Blockchain Specialists
Computer Technology and Engineering
Healthcare and Personal Care
Renewable Energy
E-commerce and Social Media Specialists

The most in-demand skills will be:
Creativity and Originality
Critical Thinking and Problem-solving
Persuasion and Negotiation
Technology and Computational Thinking
Systems Analysis and Evaluation
Analytical Thinking and Innovation
Technology Design and Programming
Emotional Intelligence
Leadership and Social Influence

If you’d like to access all of this valuable information then reach out to your local SNI branch today to find out more. By working with SNI we can use the data from the salary guide to help determine salary rates for your company so you can make a competitive offer to prospective candidates.

Insights From Our 2020 Salary Guide!