March 12, 2020

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Welcome, Omega One!

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Spectrum Brands is excited to announce the acquisition of Omega Sea as the newest addition to their Global Pet Care (GPC) business. Omega Sea is a global aquatics nutrition business that manufactures and markets various forms of fish food and care products, primarily under the Omega One brand.

March 4, 2020

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A Global Partnership: EUKANUBA France + La Grand Odyssée

Our innovative sales and marketing teams are establishing high-profile relationships and sponsorships around the globe! The latest was a partnership between the EUKANUBA France team and La Grande Odyssée. (Spectrum Brands owns the Eukanuba brand in Europe.)

La Grande Odyssée is THE annual event of the dog sled race in Europe and the most demanding stage race in the world in a unique alpine setting. This year, 40 mushers and their 300 dogs came from all over Europe to the stunning landscapes of Savoie Mont Blanc for a 12-day sled race. The event is famous for professionals and more than 50,000 spectators who come to assist to a unique experience, in 20 ski resorts in the Alps.

For the very first time, EUKANUBA partnered with La Grande Odyssée to create a special event during the event: The 1st EUKANUBA TROPHY! A 2-dayrace within the long race dedicated to young mushers who want to test their capacities as well as their dogs under real conditions. The EUKANUBA TROPHY was won by Antoine Sement, who took part in La Grande Odyssée for the first time ever: a future champion is born!

Watch the fantastic media coverage by the most famous TV news report in France here. Move the curser to the 30 minute mark to see some gorgeous footage of the event…in French!

January 21, 2020

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How Micro-Habits Can Help You Achieve Great Things

Start small. Really small. That’s the advice that productivity experts are giving. But why? It’s because we often set big goals for ourselves, but we don’t focus on how we are going to get there. In other words, what is one tiny micro-habit I can change or newly incorporate into my day that will get me one step closer to my goal? Here are some examples:

Goal: Work out in the morning.
Micro-habit: Wake up and put on my work out clothes.

Goal: Read more at night.
Micro-habit: Pick up my book (not my phone) when I lay down in bed.

Goal: Go to bed earlier.
Micro-habit: Walk to my bedroom at 9 PM every night.

Goal: Drink more water.
Micro-habit: Pour myself a glass of water first thing in the morning.

These tiny rituals might seem negligible, but they can pave the way to huge changes. Instead of focusing on the big end goal, put more emphasis on the small steps that come before it. Read more about micro-habits at the Harvard Business Review’s article, To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits. Or pick up a copy of James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits.

January 10, 2020

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Save the Date: St. Louis Job Fair on January 14, 2020!

 

Save the date! On, Tuesday, January 14th, we’ll be hosting a job fair in the St. Louis suburbs! We’re looking for forklift operators, production line workers, and more. Spread the word! We’d love to see you there.

November 25, 2019

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What We’re Thankful For in 2019

Spectrum Brands loves giving back! Our employees have been amazing in donating their time to help others across the country. Here are just a *few* highlights from 2019. Thank you to all of our employees for being so generous and giving back to their communities. Every little bit helps and you’ve all made a huge difference in others’ lives!

Helping lay the flooring for a special house for a special family in St. Louis with Habitat for Humanity.

Spectrum Brands Leadership Team serving families at Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City.

Volunteering time to help at the Partners Against Crime (PAC) Community Garden along with Gateway Greening.

Gathering more than 1,805 food/personal care items and money for 4,935 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Leaders from Kwikset, Baldwin and Pfister loved giving back to the Orange County community with Habitat for Humanity.

250 volunteers and 1,000 hours of community service at our nationwide 2019 Day of Service was a huge success!

Lake Forest came together to donate $1,583 and purchase 176 craft bags for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

August 29, 2019

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Are You Running in Place?

You’re trying to lose weight and you have 30 minutes to work out. You could hop on a treadmill and burn 100 calories. Or you can do 30 minutes of a high intensity interval training and burn 300 calories. Which do you choose? When it comes to exercise, the answer is obvious. After all, it would take three times as long to burn the same amount of calories on the treadmill. But when it comes to work, we often choose the treadmill approach instead of the more efficient HIIT strategy. Why is that?

We often confuse being “busy” with being “productive.” We think working “hard” is the same as working “smart.” But just because our butt is in the chair, it doesn’t mean we are getting stuff done. Right? In fact, it’s often like that treadmill–we’re moving but not getting anywhere. There are a lot of variables that come into play here.

Firstly, you need to feel energized. That means plenty of sleep and good work-life balance. Next, you need to be productive, which means being organized and learning how to delegate. Lastly, you need to stay focused. Get rid of the distractions and get your priorities straight. Setting a timer for a “work sprint” (that’s 35 minutes of uninterrupted work time followed by a 5 minute break) can help you reach your ultimate goal: to work smart instead of hard and be productive instead of just busy.

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August 27, 2019

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Think Two Steps Ahead

In a recent post on Ivy Exec called The 6 Habits That Make You Look Like a High Achiever to Your Manager, According to a CEO, one point stood out in particular: “think two levels ahead in your career.” We all know the phrase “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” but this piece of advice takes it a step further. Don’t take on projects or commitments unless they put you on the path to that two-steps-ahead-position. Genius!

So what is that two-steps-ahead position that you’re yearning for? What skills will you need to land that job title? What do you need in order to reach that level? Set strict boundaries and goals that fall within those parameters. Be confident in your abilities and don’t be sorry when you turn down an opportunity that won’t get you where you want to go.

When it comes to your career, your success really does lie in your hands. You just have to be clear about what you want and what you need to do to get there. If you’re looking for more guidance, a mentor can help. And sometimes a new job is exactly what the doctor ordered.

How do you stay on track when it comes to your career goals?

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August 22, 2019

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15 Quotes to Read When You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be

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Life is unpredictable. So why would our careers be so predictable? For whatever reason, we tie career milestones to specific ages, and if we haven’t hit those milestones by those ages, we think we’ve failed. We think it’s “too late” or our “time has passed.” But that’s so not the case. Hopefully these quotes can remind you that you’re right where you’re supposed to beand that you have the power to make a change.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber

“Failure can either traumatize and immobilize us, or it can be seen as brave, daring and full of juicy nuggets that make us so much more interesting.” – Sara Blakely 

“The people who receive the most approval in life are the ones who care the least about it.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

“You have done enough. You are enough. You were born enough.” – Elaine Welteroth

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.” – Marilyn Monroe

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

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August 20, 2019

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Do You Have to Get Along with Everyone at Work?

When the late film director Garry Marshall (of Happy Days and Pretty Woman fame) was asked what the best career advice he’d ever received was, he said this: “Learn to work with people you wouldn’t go to lunch with.” Ouch. Right? But boy is there truth in his statement! One of the most difficult transitions for new college graduates can be learning how to work alongside people who are nothing like them–in age, geography, experience, and interests–just to name a few differences.

But learning how to work with everyone–even the people you “wouldn’t go to lunch with”–is an incredible life skill that’s imperative in the work place. People have very different communication styles, and the sooner you can recognize this and be respectful and aware of these differences, the more you can excel in your career. Take a personality quiz like Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, which helps you identify your tendencies in categories like “Intuition vs. Sensing” and “Judging vs. Perceiving.” Keep these results in mind as you meet and work with new people, and see if you can identify how they may have scored on such a test.

Practice striking up a conversation with strangers. Small talk can help strengthen a relationship with a new coworker fairly quickly and painlessly–even with someone whom you seemingly have nothing in common. In fact, after a brief conversation you may find that, hey, they are someone you’d like to go to go to lunch with. It all comes down to respect. Show interest in other people–their opinions, their stories, their thoughts, and their feelings–and a healthy work relationship will follow.

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August 15, 2019

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Are You Really Thinking About the Big Picture?

We’ve touted the benefits of a career mentor and career planning, but it’s come to our attention that we might all be doing this wrong. When you think about your overall career growth, goals, and potential, hopefully your work-life balance is taken into consideration. But what about going beyond that? Really thinking about your life outside of work–your parenting goals? Personal happiness? Friendships? Relationships?

The Harvard Business Review recently wrote an article called Great Mentors Focus on the Whole Person, Not Just Their Career. It comes to the conclusion that we can’t give or take career advice without considering the person as a whole. A question such as, “What are 5 things you’d want friends or family to say about you on your 80th birthday?” can really boil down what’s truly important in someone’s life. Consider your five answers to that question and how they interplay with your career path and goals.

When we start thinking about the big picture of our life, it may put our careers into better perspective. The work-life balance conundrum may become more clear. Our priorities might more easily rise to the top. Our self-criticism may dampen and we may give ourselves permission to choose happiness. Our career path may take a different direction. How else do you consider the big picture when mapping out your career growth?

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