How to Deliver Bad News Without Breaking Up Your Team

How to Deliver Bad News Without Breaking Up Your Team

Some conversations you’d give almost anything to avoid. It’s great to celebrate when you meet goals, pass milestones and break records, but some days things go the opposite direction, and you’re the one who has to talk about it with your team. Nothing can completely take away the sting, but if you must be the bearer of bad tidings, careful delivery can minimize the fallout.

Anticipate Questions

Put yourself in your employees’ or teammates’ shoes. When you tell them something went wrong or that things are about to change, their first thought is going to be, “how will this affect me?” Think what questions they might ask and be prepared to answer honestly, tactfully and with respect.

You might have the task of telling employees their raise request was rejected, their evaluation didn’t go well or a project fell through. If you made the decision, be prepared to take responsibility and explain the reasoning behind what you chose. If the bad news comes from someone higher up, try to learn their rationale so you can pass that on.

Talk in Person

If your bad news has an individual impact, talk to each person separately and in private. Don’t communicate electronically through email or text, have a face-to-face meeting if at all possible. When bad news or unwelcome change applies to the whole group, you still might want to have one-on-one conversations if the impact is different on each teammate or a group discussion could lead to conflict.

Be Clear and Direct

This is the hardest part. Don’t ease into the conversation, just deliver the bad news in simple words and plain language. Tell them what’s going on and why. Don’t downplay, sugarcoat or place blame. Don’t try to spin it as a positive, your team needs time to process bad news the way it is.

What happens after you tell them the bad news is as important as your delivery itself. Allow discussion, but don’t get involved in debate. Communicate clear timelines or deadlines for the change. You might have to repeat information as employees or team members mentally break it down. Show them courage and calm, even if that’s not what you’re feeling inside.

Listen

If your employees are going to feel anxiety and stress during the change or because of bad news, acknowledge that. If the bad news means less money or more inconvenience, don’t try to talk people out of being upset.

Realize their negative reaction is normal and give them time to process. You can’t change the news, but you can listen to how they feel about it.

The best leaders show they’re willing to face personal discomfort to do what’s best for their organization. When you deliver bad news with empathy and respect, your team knows they can trust you to be honest even when the truth hurts.

What Not to Wear to Your Next Job Interview

What Not to Wear to Your Next Job Interview

Your resume got you in the door, and you’re already thinking about how landing the job will make your life better. The next step is the interview. The person you’re meeting with will be watching everything you say and do to evaluate whether you’re the right fit for the job. If you wear any of the following, the first impression you make might not be what you hope.

Wild and Flashy Attire

When you select your interview attire, stay away from loud colors and wild prints. No cheetah or tropical print, no neon colors, and no large logos or slogans. It’s better to stick with simple and classic.

That goes for accessories as well. Avoid big earrings and chunky necklaces and bracelets. Nothing you wear should jingle when you move.

Don’t put anything flashy on your head. Big hair bows and beanies are distracting. Also, leave your sunglasses and headphones in the car.

Makeup can be wild and flashy too. It’s better to wear light, neutral colors so your interviewer remembers your intelligence, not your eye shadow.

Strong Scents

Don’t wear heavy perfume or cologne. If you’re not sure how scented you are when you apply your favorite fragrance, ask someone you trust or skip it altogether when you go for your interview.

Tight or Baggy Clothes

How your clothes fit matters. If you have to struggle to get into any part of your outfit, choose something else. You’ll look much more professional if you avoid attire that’s form-fitting. Also, stay away from clothing that shows cleavage, your midriff or tattoos and body piercings.

You can go too far in the other direction as well. Baggy pants and oversized tops can make the wearer look sloppy. The interviewer could infer your work might be sloppy too.

Uncomfortable Shoes

Flip flops are too casual, but they aren’t the only type of shoes you should avoid. Choose something simple, professional and basic. You can’t predict how much walking you’ll do before, during and after your interview, so it’s best to avoid new shoes or tall heels. If your feet hurt, it’s harder to focus on the interview.

Anything Transparent

Don’t wear clothing that has material you can see through, no matter how trendy it is. Undergarments should never be visible when you go for an interview. Also, don’t wear clothing that has holes in it.

The best idea when planning interview attire is to research the company you hope to work for. Check their social media pages to see if they have pictures of employees at work, or drive by the parking lot a few days before your interview. See how current workers dress, then choose attire that’s slightly more formal than what you see.

At Brelsford Personnel, we want candidates to have all the tools they need for success. For more on typically acceptable attire, visit our resources page.

Managing the Workload When You’re Short-Staffed

Managing the Workload When You’re Short-Staffed

Sometimes you just have to make it through a few days or weeks because employees are sick or on vacation. Other times, you’re short team members for a longer time frame, and it causes issues.

Maybe one of your top producers gets put on bed rest, followed by a long maternity leave, or you lost a highly trained employee and you’re unable to find a replacement. There are several steps you can take to manage the workload so you can still provide the same goods and services.

Identify Essentials

When you have more tasks to complete than employees to complete them and you’re looking at a long-term situation, something has to give. Your staff can put in extra hours for a time, but if they’re overworked for months, you’ll have more problems. They’ll burn out and resent you, the quality of what you offer will suffer and you probably still won’t get everything done.

Identify critical tasks and ones you can temporarily put on the back burner. For each employee doing double duty, try and take something off their list so they have less to juggle.

Talk With Your Team

Employees and team members will be more motivated if they know their contribution is meaningful. Have a frank conversation about the fact that you’re short-staffed. Let them know what you’re going to do about the situation and what, specifically you need from them.

Then, ask for each member’s help in sharing the load. Emphasize teamwork and let them know how important each person’s effort is to reaching business goals.

Outsource and Automate

Put technology to work to shorten the list of tasks for which your staff is responsible. Consider using a virtual phone assistant to manage calls and other interactions. Use productivity tools like Trello or Monday to streamline workflows and collaborate on projects.

If there are small projects you can outsource, technology helps there too. Find a freelancer places like Fiverr or Upwork to fill in for that missing staff member one small project at a time. Or, let Brelsford Personnel find the perfect temp candidate to work until your employee returns.

Be Empathetic and Appreciative

When you ask your team to give extra and they do, thank them sincerely. Track successes and celebrate them with public recognition, a hand-written thank you note, a financial bonus or a meaningful gift of some kind.

Employees will get tired, stressed and frustrated if you’re short-staffed for long. Let them know you recognize you’re asking a lot, and that the job is tough.

Keep Crunch Times Brief

Almost every business has times they’re shorthanded and everyone just has to do the best they can. However, that shouldn’t be the norm. Employees will be more motivated if they know the situation is temporary.

Brelsford Personnel offers personnel-direct hire, temp-to-hire, temporary and contract staff to quality Texas companies. We can match your business with highly qualified candidates whether your needs are short or long term. Contact us to find out more today.

Summer Jobs in East Texas

Summer Jobs in East Texas

Some people think summer is just about hot days at the lake, leisure and vacation. Others view the season as an opportunity to make extra income. Teachers have a few months to supplement their salary with seasonal work. High school and college students can take advantage of time away from the books. Retirees may choose to work a few months to pocket additional income.

Sometimes Tyler seasonal employment even provides an opportunity that lasts into fall. These summer jobs are available now in East Texas.

Food Server

Restaurants often experience a traffic surge during summertime. The days are longer, schedules are packed with summer activities and no one wants to heat up the kitchen. Food server jobs provide summer income. They also help workers develop customer service skills, multitasking abilities, situational awareness and active listening.

Back of house food service employees prepare dishes and clean up after. Front of house employees interact with diners. Small restaurants might ask staff to do a little bit of everything. Look for area restaurants with a “Now Hiring” sign in the window, but also think outside the box. Places like Christus Trinity Mother Francis and Tyler Junior College also frequently advertise a need for food service workers in their cafeterias.

Camp Counselor

Summer day camps provide childcare and activities for kids when the school year is no longer in swing. East Texas has several, and they all need camp counselors and childcare workers. A camp counselor job allows workers to mentor kids and spend the summer in a fast-paced, high-energy environment. You’ll hone transferrable skills like communication, leadership and conflict resolution. Here are a few of the summer camps hiring counselors in East Texas:

Retail Store Jobs

Area retailers are always looking for good employees, whether it’s seasonal or otherwise. If you’re looking for a Tyler summer job hiring now, here are a few of the roles you might want to consider.

  • Cashier – Use the store’s point-of-sale system to check customers out. You’ll need a positive attitude, solid math skills and good interpersonal communication abilities.

  • Stock clerk – If you excel at keeping things neat and organized and have strong attention to detail, apply for a summer job as a stock clerk. Your store will rely on you to keep shelves full, put back scattered merchandise and track inventory.

  • Merchandiser – Merchandisers set up product displays strategically to draw attention to featured products and sales. Workers need strong design and organizational skills.

  • Retail associate – These workers answer questions, help customers find what they’re looking for and act as a general store ambassador.

Look for summer retail jobs at places like Dillards, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy and as well as smaller retail stores.

Summer Internships

High school and college students can use the summer break to learn skills that could help them land a more professional role later. Some summer internships are on a volunteer basis, but many of them are paid. If you’re a student, visit your school’s career center to find local opportunities in your chosen field. It also doesn’t hurt to make a dream list and go directly to company websites.

Summer is also a good time for job shadowing, where an individual works alongside professionals to gain knowledge in a particular field. Financial corporations, legal firms, manufacturing facilities, medical institutions and other industries sometimes offer job-shadowing for qualified candidates. Observers or interns get an inside look at what it’s like to work for one particular employer and gather firsthand information on must-have skills.

Positions Available Now

At Brelsford Personnel, we match East Texas job seekers with top area employers. Here are just a few of the positions we’re hiring for now. (They are not summer jobs.)

View other available positions when you visit our job board today.

Should Your Business Care About Workplace Ergonomics?

Should Your Business Care About Workplace Ergonomics?

In our experience, employers are always interested in happier, healthier, more productive staff. Some businesses are focusing on workplace ergonomics to help workers be more efficient and comfortable. An ergonomic workplace might also reduce the risk of job-related injury if your employees perform repetitive tasks.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a process that involves designing environments and tools around the people who use them. In the past, products like office chairs and keyboards had a traditional, cost-effective design. However, sometimes non-ergonomic environments caused workers to hold their bodies in an unnatural position for hours. As they do, muscles and joints fatigue, and over time can become damaged.

When employers prioritize workplace ergonomics, they evaluate how workers move and make adjustments to remove strain. More comfortable employees feel less fatigue and muscles, joints, tendons and nerves are protected.

Ergonomics Benefits

As you can probably imagine, an ergonomic workplace costs money. So what are the advantages?

  • Prevent costly injuries – Musculoskeletal disorders develop over time or all at once because of overload. If it happens because of work-related activity, you’ll need to pay for that employee’s care. While they recover, you’re also out a member of your team. Ergonomics could reduce absenteeism, allow staff to work pain-free and save you from worker’s compensation claims.
  • Boost productivity – People work better when they feel good. Productivity declines when they fatigue. When you design a job to require less exertion and contortion, efficiency improves.
  • Show employees you care – Donuts in the breakroom are nice, but they probably won’t make a difference if employees receive a better offer from your competitor. What does make a difference is when your staff members know you studied how to make their lives better, then you put money into making changes. Workplace ergonomics could improve morale and employee retention.

What Businesses Need Workplace Ergonomics

The workers most likely to develop a repetitive strain injury are those who do the same task over and over, people with jobs that require forceful exertions or jobs where the worker has to repeatedly keep their body in an unnatural position. For example, a dental hygienist spends the day leaning over patients to clean teeth. Construction workers use power tools that require force and transmit vibration. Manufacturing employees perform the same tasks over and over, which places them at risk.

To decide if your business could benefit from workplace ergonomics, watch how your employees move and work. Identify potential problems, then brainstorm solutions. The fix doesn’t always involve buying a product. Sometimes you can simply adjust chairs and table heights or cross-train employees so they rotate instead of repeat.

Brelsford Personnel is all about helping employers and job seekers find the right fit. Search our online job postings or get in touch today.

Small Texas Metros, Big Texas Growth

Small Texas Metros, Big Texas Growth

Texas is huge and extremely diverse in terms of population and industry. Some areas thrive because of location and resources, but there’s more to metropolitan growth than that. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently released a report comparing key metropolitan areas with populations below 800,000. Our Tyler-Longview metro stands out as a driver of the area economy. The Bank’s full 75-page report is available online, but we’ll summarize key findings below.

Smaller Metros Critical to Expansion

You can’t really compare the Tyler-Longview area to cities like Houston or Dallas. It’s more comparable to metropolitan areas like Amarillo, Beaumont-Port Arthur and Lubbock. Smaller metropolitan areas like these are an activity hub for their region.

The Tyler-Longview area is made up of smaller towns or communities like Whitehouse, Kilgore, Jacksonville and Palestine. Residents of those smaller communities travel inward for jobs, shopping, dining and healthcare because Tyler and Longview provide all of the above. Their investment in Tyler and Longview economies drives further growth.

Small Communities, Strong Personalities

Smaller metros develop unique strengths and characteristics. For example, Amarillo is isolated by geography from the rest of the state, so it developed a self-reliant, independent-spirited economy that started with ranching and developed into industry. Now, CNX Pantex is the nation’s largest facility for building and dismantling nuclear weapons, and the Wildorado Wind Ranch generates electricity for more than 50,000 households.

The Tyler-Longview area has a distinctly different flavor. It’s nestled in the Piney Woods, with area growth kickstarted by the discovery of the East Texas Oil Field. The Tyler-Longview metro area still has a strong energy and mining sector and a health services cluster vital to growth. The energy sector provides 8.2 percent of area jobs, and healthcare employs more than 34,000.

Higher Pay for Outlying Communities

Smaller metro areas provide opportunities for the communities that surround them. People who live around Tyler are close to education opportunities at UT Tyler and TJC, and with a degree comes greater earnings capacity. Longview offers LeTourneau University for area residents looking to develop specialized skills.

As graduates find work in the community, those skills make the area stronger. They take proficiencies and earnings back to their small communities, benefitting a wider geographic area.

At Brelsford Personnel, we’re proud to live and work in the heart of East Texas. If you’re an employer searching for highly qualified staff or an East Texan looking for work, we can help. Find out more about our customer-centric approach or search our online job postings today.

Growth Trends in Tyler and Longview

They may seem like a small corner of a large state, but Tyler and Longview are an important part of the state and national economy. Together, both metropolitan areas had a population of 445,208 at the end of 2017. The area is “a manufacturing hub with an energy underpinning,” according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Let’s look at what makes the area a place where healthcare, retail and manufacturing thrive.

A Little East Texas History

Geographically Tyler and Longview are 40 miles apart, but they’re stitched together by the smaller communities in between. They’re also connected by industry overlap.

Both started out as agricultural communities. In 1870, Longview town founder Ossamus Hitch Methvin sold 100 acres for a dollar to the Southern Pacific Railroad so they’d build their line through his part of town. The next year Longview became the first town in Gregg County, and the Railroad brought growth to the entire region.

In Tyler, fruit orchards thrived until 1900, when disease wiped out over a million fruit trees. Tyler farmers started growing roses, and in less than two decades, provided most of the nation’s supply.

Then, in 1930 prospectors discovered a gigantic oil field around Kilgore. The enormous quantities of “black gold” extracted from the East Texas Oil Field were crucial to the Allied effort in World War II and led to what was, at the time, the world’s largest oil field and pipeline.

The region’s oil led to Tyler’s metal and fabricating industry growth. In Longview, the state’s largest chemical complex developed, along with a brewery and other industrial plants.

Top East Texas Employers

The area continues to experience steady growth, but some industries stand out. Health services employs more East Texans than any other industry, with more than 34,000 employees. In Tyler, UT Health Center (formerly ETMC) and Christus Trinity Mother Frances provide jobs for over 6,700. Longview’s Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center employs 2,500.

Brookshire Grocery Company calls Tyler Texas home. Tyler also has a Target Distribution Center. In Longview, there’s a Neiman Marcus service center, and Dollar General is building a regional distribution hub.

Technology improvements made it profitable to extract natural gas through hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling in East Texas counties. Energy and mining is still an active sector, providing area residents with jobs that pay 60 percent above average for the area. Machinery manufacturing and fabricated metal manufacturing also supply a significant portion of area jobs.

East Texas vs. the State

Compared to state averages, the Tyler-Longview area is ahead in some areas and behind in others. Area population is older. Twelve percent of the state’s population is 65 or older, but in East Texas, 15.5 percent of residents have blown out 65 candles.

A smaller portion of East Texas is between 25 and 54 years of age. Retirees are moving in because of mild weather and excellent healthcare, with some younger people drifting to larger cities for a more urban lifestyle.

East Texas opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, construction, retail and energy mean workers don’t have to complete a college degree to find a good job. In the area, 22.4 percent of those over 25 have a four-year degree, compared to 28.9 percent across the state. Fewer residents have a college degree, but the number of high school graduates is higher than state average.

East Texas is rich in opportunity, and employers are looking for workers at all skill levels. Some of those jobs are at Brelsford Personnel. Check out our online postings to find your next job today.

Stressed at Work? Try This Today

Stressed at Work? Try This Today

April is Stress Awareness Month, but you may have been too stressed to notice. The American Institute of Stress says the top cause of stress in the United States is job pressure. Co-worker tension, difficult bosses and work overload all contribute.

Stress doesn’t just leave you feeling frazzled. People cited physical symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle tension. It churns up powerful emotions. A fourth of workers, 25 percent of Americans surveyed said they have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress.

If you’re one of the 80 percent of Americans feeling workplace stress, you don’t need more statistics. You need stress relief. Here are six suggestions you can implement today.

Start With a Healthy Meal

You can’t fix your boss. If you could work harder and faster you would be doing it already. What you can change is the way your body feels. Instead of bolting down coffee and a doughnut on your way to work, put good fuel in your body. Try yogurt and almonds or a few scrambled eggs. It’s tempting to reach for sugar throughout the day for the quick burst of energy, but that leads to an energy crash. Seek healthier options instead.

Exercise

Mayo Clinic recommends exercise as an integral part of stress management. Working out releases endorphins so you feel better. It boosts your mood and helps you sleep better later.

People who are stressed report feeling fatigued and like they already have more to do than they can handle. Just the idea of exercise can seem overwhelming. Channel that feeling into physical activity. Use that negative energy and anxiety to fuel movement. Actually visualize your muscle cells burning your stress like tiny incinerators. It will absolutely make you feel better today.

Avoid Office Drama

Almost every workplace has people who like to stir things up. As much as it’s up to you, stay away from gossip and office politics. Getting involved creates stress you don’t need. Instead, work on building or strengthening relationships with people who are positive and encouraging.

Make Breaks Count

When you pause for a break, instead of mindless scrolling on your cell phone, spend time intentionally lowering your feelings of stress. Take a few deep breaths and when you exhale, imagine tension flowing out of your muscles as the breath leaves your lungs. A few times a day, look for opportunities to practice gratitude for a more positive outlook.

At lunchtime, set work aside and concentrate on actually tasting and enjoying your food. When you take a coffee break, pause to appreciate the aroma and flavor of the coffee.

Go to Bed Early

Sleep deprivation increases your risk of chronic health conditions, and it makes you feel sluggish and unmotivated. You get less done, which creates stress. Then you lose sleep worrying about what you didn’t accomplish. It becomes a cycle where eventually you’re not sure if you’re stressed because of lost sleep or losing sleep because you’re stressed.

This afternoon, resist the urge to reach for coffee. In the evening, put away electronics for at least two hours before you intend to sleep. The blue screen light suppresses melatonin, a hormone your body produces to make you feel sleepy. Put work away well before bedtime and just sleep. The next day you’ll be more refreshed less likely to let small stressors get to you.

Apply for a Job You’ll Love

If work stress feels like it’s ruining your life, it may be time for a job change. Take a step in the right direction by browsing our online job postings. If you see one that looks like a good fit, you can apply right there on the job posting page.

Employee Stress – Costs, Causes and Solutions

Employee Stress – Costs, Causes and Solutions

Do members of your staff call in, miss deadlines or seem to struggle to keep up with their workload? The struggle could be tied to their emotional wellbeing. There’s a very good chance some of your employees are stressed, and it’s costing you money.

A Colonial Life Study surveyed 1,506 full-time employees and found their stress level was costing their company billions every week. Yes, you read that right. Every week.

The High Cost of Employee Stress

The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics says the United States has around 128.5 million adults working full-time at an average of $21/hour. With that many employees, minutes and hours of reduced productivity add up quickly. Here are a few highlights from the study.

  • Over 70 percent of employees report they spend time on the clock worrying.
  • Of those, 28 percent spend less than an hour of paid time worrying about stressors.
  • Half of them – a full 50 percent spend between one and five paid hours thinking about stressors.
  • 16 percent spend between five and 10 hours.
  • Six percent spend more than 10 hours at work stressed.

When they’re stressed, 41 percent say they’re less productive. Thirty-three percent are less engaged. Fourteen percent of workers say they’re absent more frequently and 15 percent say stress makes them start looking for a new job. When employees experience stress, they’re more likely to have health problems, depression, trouble concentrating and decreased motivation.

Employee Stress Causes

You can’t do much about stress from personal relationships or other outside factors, but it’s possible to reduce workplace stressors. Employees feel stressed by situations that are unpredictable, uncontrollable or unfamiliar. They also report stress when performance expectations are ambiguous or feel unattainable. Key factors include:

  • The need for long hours or work overload
  • Personal life struggles caused by work overload
  • Feeling excluded from decision-making processes
  • Struggles with administrators stemming from unclear expectations, different communication styles or poor management
  • Physical discomfort caused by the workplace environment

What Employers Can Do

The first step is becoming aware of problems and making emotional health a priority. Look for signs of employee stress like frequent sick days, moodiness or declining productivity. Then, ask employees for feedback.

Acknowledge the reality of stress and its impact on daily living. Then, seek out ways to relieve some of the pressure.

For employees that are stressed over earnings, employers might provide help understand benefits or resources for financial planning. If work causes physical discomfort, invest in improving office ergonomics. Help employees better handle stress with contests around healthy habits or opportunities for daily physical activity.

For most employees, just feeling supported by their companies will be a huge stress relief. When they have resources and support, they are better equipped to deal with stress to stay productive and engaged.

Find Your Zen at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

Find Your Zen at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

This April 30, the Tyler Executive Women’s Network hosts “Lean In to Your Zen,” their third annual Lean In event. Working women in East Texas have the opportunity to develop relationships, connect with a mentor and receive fresh insight on how to manage all the things on their plates.

Why Lean In to Your Zen?

The American Psychological Association finds women still experience more stress than men. While both genders feel pressure in daily living, women are more likely to say their stress is on the rise. Twenty-three percent of women say their stress level is extreme, ranking it at eight or higher on a 10-point scale.

Why do women feel more stress? Much of the time, women have more domestic responsibilities. Many of us have been socialized to feel we should say yes to anything we’re asked to take on.

Plus, as Lean In recently released, there’s still a gender pay gap. On average, women in the United States receive 20 percent lower pay than men. The gap is even greater for minorities. The disparity creates financial stress.

The stress isn’t going to go away. The goal of Tyler Executive Women’s Network (TEWN) is to unite professional business women and entrepreneurs for professional, educational and emotional support. You don’t have to be a member to attend April 30. If you’re a woman who works or has worked in the past, this event is for you.

How This Event Can Help Find Your Zen

Carmen Carpenter, President of Trent Technologies Inc. is chairing the event along with Anna Malone, Vice President and Financial Advisor at Regions Investment Solutions. Carmen says the event is geared toward empowering women — to help them balance work, life, career and relationships.

The evening will involve candid interviews with women of different ages and career stages. Here’s what you can expect:

  • The Millennial Entrepreneur – Allie Martin Wilson is owner of Allie Martin Weddings & Events as well as Pour Me Bars. She has been operating her planning business since 2006, which she started at the mere age of 20. Allie has executed over 600 events in her 13 years in business, from weddings and fundraisers to corporate conferences for the Governor’s Office of Louisiana. Pour Me is a turn-key bar service serving all of East Texas at hundreds of events each year. Allie lives in Whitehouse with her husband, Shawn, and their four fur-babies. She’ll share what it’s like to start a new business and how integral technology and social media can be to the process.
  • The Seasoned Professional – As Executive Vice President of Retail at Texas Bank and Trust, Danielle Webb has had firsthand experience with intense stress in the workplace. This Generation Xer is living proof of the benefits of healthy living. Danielle offers insight on fitness and finance specifically aimed at working women.
  • The Mother-Daughter Duo – KLTV 7 News Anchor Jennifer Hines is a familiar face for East Texans. She’s an award-winning journalist, wife and mother of three daughters. She sits down with her mother, Carol Calkins, a retired senior partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). While at PWC, Ms Calkins held national positions in the Tax group, was co- chair of WorkLifeQuality and officed in both Dallas and NYC. She is the mother of two, stepmother to one and grandmother to five. She currently serves on the National Foundation Board of LSU. The two will contrast the struggles professional women today face compared to what women experienced in the past.

There will be something for everyone in these discussions with women from our community across generations. Along the way, event attendees have the chance to win stress-busting door prizes like aromatherapy candles, facials and more.

When and Where to Lean In to Your Zen

The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Tyler Conference Center at 5701 South Broadway in Tyler. Check out the Tyler Executive Women’s Network Facebook page for event details. Tickets are $30 and will be available through Eventbrite soon.