April 18, 2019


Shout Out to Our H&G Team!

Our Home and Garden retail team/business is dedicated… forty years in, or two days new, they are all-in all the time! Their faithful store presence and drive continues to separate Spectrum Brands from the competition. These folks have a lasting impression and love what they do!

Here are some of our employees showing their support.

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April 16, 2019


3 Signs You Are Burned Out at Work

Feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and overtired? There’s a difference between being really busy and being burnt out. But what are those differences? There are a few tell-tale signs that you may be suffering from burnout.

  1. Your self-care has taken a back seat. Not drinking enough water? Skipping the last few weeks of gym time? Not sleeping well? These unhealthy habits may lead to other issues like muscle strain, headaches, or back pain. You may feel exhausted physically but also emotionally.
  2. You’re completely unmotivated. If you can’t get excited about the things at work that used to excite you, it could be a sign of burnout. You may feel unsatisfied or depleted instead of the thrill that usually follows a big accomplishment.
  3. You’re not performing up to your usual standard. If you’re missing deadlines, skipping meetings, or prone to errors as of late, it could be because you’re lack of motivation is negatively impacting your quality of work.

The signs of burnout will be different from everyone. The important thing is that you recognize your burnout and give yourself a much-needed break. Your productivity and your attitude will suffer if you don’t. Take a much needed vacation–even a day off mid-week can help–or set up a meeting with your boss to discuss your workload. Also, don’t be afraid to delegate or ask for help.


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April 11, 2019


Are You a Workplace Bully?

Bullying isn’t just for the halls of your former high school. Adults suffer from it too, and even in the workplace. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, 61% of Americans are aware of abusive conduct in the workplace and that abusive conduct affects 60.4 million of them.

Workplace bullying is defined as “repeated mistreatment of an employee by one or more employees.” The abusive conduct could include: “threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, work sabotage, or verbal abuse.” This conduct creates a power imbalance which can negatively affect a person’s mental and physical well-being as well as their work productivity and career success.

Who’s doing this bullying? Sixty percent are bosses while more than 30 percent are coworkers. The rest are people who may have a more entry-level position but bully those who work in positions above them on the corporate ladder. So, sadly, bullying can happen at any stage of your career.

Here is some behaviors that could be considered bullying at work:

  • yelling
  • aggressive body language
  • rudeness
  • talking about someone negatively behind their back
  • sarcasm
  • constant criticism
  • intimidating behaviors
  • teasing or name calling
  • threatening
  • publicly reprimanding someone when it’s not needed
  • leaving someone off a meeting invite or email on purpose

Read more about workplace bullying in Psychology Today.

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April 9, 2019


The Have-to-dos, the Should dos, and the Want-to-dos

If you’re feeling overwhelmed it all comes down to one thing: what are you prioritizing? Your to-do list is probably never-ending. So how do you cut through it and tackle it in a way that makes the most sense? Start by assessing what you have to do, what you should do, and want you want to do.

  1. The Have To Dos: These are the things that you know must get done–no ifs, ands, or buts. The important things that have a pending deadline, the items that will really make an important difference in your week (like grocery shopping–hey, you need to eat!), things that other people are depending on you for, and the goals that are most important to you. That could be working out or spending more time with your family.
  2. The Want to Dos: These are the things you do when you go into auto pilot. The habits you have that have become part of your routine. But really assess what you are doing with your time. You may find yourself saying often, “I don’t have enough time.” And yet you never miss an episode of The Bachelor. It’s something you want to do but is it something you should do? Watching television (or scrolling through your phone on social media) is the perfect example of something you can cut back on in your life to make room for more long-term goals. Screen time is a precious block of time that could be spent cooking a healthy meal, spending quality time with your family, working out, or whatever other goal you’re trying to attain.  
  3. The Should Dos: Exercise. Healthy eating. Family and friend time. Waking up earlier. Those are just a few examples of some of the things you know you should do but maybe choose to push to the side anyway. Identify the most important “should dos” and make them a “have-to-do.” Then you’ll spend less brain power trying to prioritize your life. Just make it a non-negotiable and schedule it into your day.

How else do you deal with overwhelm? Comment below!

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April 4, 2019


Putting Your Life on “Auto Pilot”

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Do you ever dream about not making a single decision for an entire day? Even an hour would be nice! One way to tame the overwhelm is to put a few parts of your day on auto pilot, cruise control, or whatever you want to call it. By automating your day or making certain things become a habit, you’ll use less mental energy and may even become more productive.

To do this, you’ll need to set a few rules. But first, pinpoint the few things that really interrupt your workflow and really stress you out. Then assess your true feelings on the subject. For example, I want to work out every day but I feel like I have too much work to do so I usually skip the workout. And then  feel guilty. Your true thoughts on working out may be, I need to work out at least three days a week to be happy and healthy. Now set a rule: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, no matter what, I will workout for 30 minutes over my lunch break.

Here are some other daily decisions that you can turn on auto-pilot:

  • when should you check email and when emails justify a response from you?
  • when should you stop working and head home?
  • what should you have for lunch?
  • when you should turn down a project or say no?
  • which meetings should you attend?

The next time this decision-making process cuts into your workday, you’ll be able to turn to your new rule and take a step forward instead of stalling. Before long, it will become habit and–there you go–autopilot. One less decision to make in your day. How else do you go on “autopilot?” Comment below!

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April 2, 2019


Do You Have a “Sponsor” at Work?

We’ve touted the benefits of mentors over and over again. They provide excellent advice and guidance as you navigate your career path and find your way. So what’s a sponsor? In a recent Forbes article titled, Get a Sponsor, Not a Mentor: 3 Ways to Skyrocket Your Career, writer Avery Blank breaks down what this means and why you need it.

A sponsor is an advocate. Someone who will spread the word about what a great employee you are. About how reliable you are and what great work you do. It’s the kind of person who will recommend you, write a LinkedIn endorsement for you, and sing your praises in front of other people. Sounds pretty nice, right?

But how do you get such a glowing review from your peers? Well, do great work! Be a reliable person. Go above and beyond. Be consistent. Be optimistic. Meet deadlines. Also, don’t be quiet–sing your own praises and the praises of others. Your peers need to know about your achievements. They’ll be more likely to pat you on the back if you’ve done the same for them.

Read the full article over on Forbes.

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March 28, 2019


What’s an Executive Coach?

You’ve likely heard of a career coach: someone who can assist you in the job search, building your resume, changing your career, finding your path, and identifying your strengths. Career coaches may be for those who are looking to find their way toward a dream job or onto a balanced path that makes them happy at home and at work. So what is an executive coach for?

For those who have already hit their stride and have found success in their position, an executive coach may seem redundant. What else can they possibly help you with? Well, a lot! Like a career coach does for job seekers, an executive coach can help you identify your strengths and how that makes you unique in the workplace–and how to best utilize those strengths to keep rising to the top.

Beyond having a better vision of yourself, an executive coach can also help you see others around you more clearly. They can guide how you in how to better manage, listen, inspire, and work well with others–both those who you manage, those who you report to, and those you work alongside. It’s no secret that building these relationships can make a huge positive difference in your career success.

Any kind of coaching is a great investment in your career. It’s worth considering for those who really want to take their success to the next level. Read more about executive coaches at Forbes.

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March 26, 2019


Make-it-Happen Mondays

What’s your Monday style? If you’re like many people who get the Sunday Scaries and dread getting back to the grind, you may start your workweek off slow. Perhaps you ease into your morning, examine your to-do list with a hot cup of coffee, and begrudgingly plan how you’re going to tackle the next few days. But what if you hit the ground running every Monday over and over and over again?

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but super-productive Mondays can make a huge difference in your work week. You won’t have to spend the end of the week playing catch up. You’ll get a step ahead on your deadlines, perhaps even meeting them early. You may even boost your mood and confidence in a way that flows into Tuesday and beyond.

You’ll also get into the good habit of dedicating the last hour on Friday (or Sunday night) to scheduling your following week in the most productive way. If you’re looking for more motivation as to why this needs to happen, think of it this way: if your Monday is already mapped out, you won’t even have to think that hard. You’ll just see a to-do list in front of you and start tackling it, no planning, debating, or prioritizing required. In a way, it takes less brain power!

How do you start your workweek?

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March 25, 2019


We’re Hiring Equipment Operators in Edgerton, KS!


Our Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division–a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors–is searching for Equipment Operators in Edgerton, Kansas!

As an equipment operator you will cycle count, receive, putaway, replenish and pick Spectrum Brands product. As a Spectrum Brands employee, you must ensure compliance with all safety policies, housekeeping rules, OSHA standards/regulations and Spectrum Brands, HHI policies and procedures. You will be a vital part of the Inbound/Outbound/Replenishment/Inventory team so attendance is extremely important as well as collaborating between departments especially Inventory.

Interested in applying now? Learn more about the position at spectrumbrands.com/careers.

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March 19, 2019


Congrats, Mildred Bass, for being an HRO Today Superstar!

We were so excited to see Mildred Bass, Director of HR for the Pet, Home, and Garden Division of Spectrum Brands, recognized as an HRO Today Superstar in December of 2018. Digital transformation and globalization are completely changing the way we conduct business and find and hire new talent, and according to HRO Today, “human resources is at the forefront.”

“This year’s HRO Today Superstars have a proven track record of innovating, challenging the status quo, and redefining the new normal for HR. All the leaders featured on these pages have worked to deliver technologies, solutions, and strategies to uplift each employee while supporting organizational goals.”

HRO Today highlighted the many accomplishments Bass has achieved over the last decade in her role in St. Louis:

“She paves the way for Spectrum Brands’ success through her passion for everything she does. She is a driving force, focusing not only on the human resources aspect, but on operations as a whole. Her business etiquette is clearly represented as she sets clear groundworks for business needs, conditions, and responsibilities. She has been able to not only increase profitability but strengthen the brand name and the capabilities of Spectrum Brands’ St. Louis facility. She inspires colleagues through her enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication, and truly encourages the partnership created and sustained over the past 10 years.”

Read the full feature here.



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