March 30th, 2017
If you’re noticing that your team seems dissatisfied and unmotivated on the job, maybe you’re looking for the cause of this in the wrong places. Is it possible that bad employee engagement can be your fault as the manager? Take a look at how you interact with your team and motivate them to perform. There may be some changes you can make that will help improve the overall quality of work and everyone’s satisfaction. Here are four questions to ask yourself.
1. Are you asking employees to contribute?
Why should you ask your team to do their job every day? This seems counterintuitive. Your employees should be able to arrive to work each day and complete their duties without being asked, but is goes deeper than that. Your team wants to feel appreciated for their contributions. So, even for the job they are required to do every day, they want to know you notice. Ask your employees to contribute their own ideas every day.
2. Do you dictate job duties to them?
On the same note, how do you ask your team to handle a new project or task? Do you dictate it to them without asking them to see how they feel? Yes, they have responsibilities, but sometimes it is in the way you ask that will make them eager to complete a project or procrastinate on it out of spite. Don’t dictate, ask.
3. Do they have buy-in with the mission statement?
What is the ultimate goal of your company? Not just earning money, but what is your company mission statement? Does your team feel connected to the cause of your company? When employees feel ownership over the outcome of their work, they are more likely to be dedicated to the work and eager to do a good job for the greater whole.
4. How are they willing to commit?
If you change your management tactics toward asking rather than commanding, you will begin to notice better natural commitment to the job at hand. Your team will begin to respond favorably to the things they need to do and even seek out additional challenges to feel more ownership over their contribution to the company. This will improve overall engagement, team loyalty, and productivity.
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February 16th, 2017
Introverts and shy workers often face multiple obstacles on the job. They can be frequently outshined or run over by their extroverted counterparts, which makes career satisfaction and growth nearly impossible. But it doesn’t have to be that way. What can you do to allow your quiet personality to shine on the job and make people respect you and take notice of the work you’re doing? Here are some things to consider for your career.
Don’t let being quiet be a handicap.
Being quiet doesn’t have to be an obstacle in the office. You can be quiet and still make the right impressions at the right time. In fact, if you are known for being quiet, when you do speak up, everyone in your office will know that you mean serious business. You don’t have to be someone you’re not just to excel in your office environment.
Play to your personal strengths.
You may be quiet, but you have other strengths that can be beneficial to your company, coworkers, and managers. Maybe you’re extremely reliable and punctual. While these may not get as much outward respect as your more gregarious coworkers, they are important aspects of running a business and they are valued.
Be thoughtful and private about responses.
One trap many shy people fall into is taking criticism personally. It is understandable to be upset when someone confronts you directly. That isn’t the way of the introvert, shy people prefer less confrontational communication. But you don’t have to respond right away. Take some time to think about your answer and approach your manager or coworker privately to have a discussion.
Don’t listen to the stereotypes.
It isn’t just stereotypes about introverts that you need to worry about. If you always think that the extrovert will get the important opportunities, you’re perpetuating these ideas for yourself. Instead, recognize that each person in your office is an individual and, while they might fall into one of several categories, it isn’t the only factor that will make them successful.
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February 2nd, 2017
Have you been feeling restless lately? Is your job not fulfilling to you? Do you wonder whether or not the grass really is greener on the other side? You might be ready to complete shift focus in your career. If you aren’t sure whether or not you should start looking for a new job in a new industry, consider these warning signs that will help you decide and give ideas for putting your career search into high gear.
Are you unhappy with your job and industry?
People often ignore their inner dialog. They think they are over reacting or they should get over it and move on. But if you’re are feeling unhappy in your job, it is worth evaluating to discover the reasons. Is it just a temporary fix or is it a sense of restlessness or dissatisfaction that you can’t define or shake? If your unhappiness is deeply rooted in your job, it is time to consider another possibility.
Do you have issues with the direction of the company?
Have you found yourself calling into question some of the decisions or policies your company has made since you’ve worked there? It may have started out just fine, but you begin to notice things that don’t jive with your personal value system. They may have always been there and you’re just beginning to notice or they may have evolved over time. Or you have.
Have you had personal changes in your life?
Sometimes the reason for considering a new job will have more to do with other factors than the job itself. If you’ve had personal changes in your life that can influence the way you work, it may be time to consider another opportunity that fits in better with your new lifestyle. For example, it could be a commute. Or it could be a lack of flexibility in the hours. A different industry may be better suited.
Do you have skills that could be valuable to someone else?
Transferable skills are defined as those talents you have that can be utilized in another way for another industry. For example, you may have worked in administration but you assisted the accounting department and these transferable skills could lead you to a new career in finance. What added value can you bring to the table for a new employer?
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January 26th, 2017
Managing is about more than just being the boss. Your employees want a leader that inspires them and supports them. If you’re currently in a management position or looking to progress into one throughout your career, there are some personal traits or soft skills, you should consider cultivating. Be the leader your team wants. Here are several things to consider adding to your experience and skill set.
Positivity is the cornerstone of good management. Your employees will not want to work for someone who only complains or is negative all the time. When you project your emotions, you are asking for your team to emulate your behavior. That is why it is imperative that you act in a positive way to encourage positive work.
Adaptable to Change
The best-laid plans never go the way they’re intended. That is true for life and for individual small projects. If you want to ensure that your team is able to roll with the punches, you have to demonstrate your ability to adapt and change along the way. This means everything from embracing new ideas to utilizing new technology.
Down to Earth
Your team will also want someone who they consider down to earth. What is the opposite of down to earth? Often those people are described as “flighty” or “spacey.” You don’t want to be seen that way. Your staff deserves someone who is even tempered and has control over their emotions. Don’t allow yourself to fly off the handle.
Ethics and Integrity
Your team also wants you to be ethical and demonstrate integrity in the office. They want you to be fair to everyone rather than picking favorites and treating others poorly. Make sure that you adhere to your own values and support the overall values of the company.
Willingness to Pitch in
Finally, your staff wants to see that you don’t just manage the department, that you know what you’re talking about. They want to see you able to take action. If things get tough, don’t’ be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help out. Get your hands dirty to show that you still have what it takes to be a part of the team yourself.
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January 5th, 2017
Every year. It’s the same idea. The New Year is the perfect time to try something new and different. We make resolutions, set goals, and plan events that can help us grow. So why not try something new in 2017 and consider a temporary to hire position? What is temp-to-hire? You will work with a staffing agency who can help you find a position suitable to your background, experience, and interest. Then, you will work for the agency at their client site for an established period of time. At the end of that time, the client is able to hire you on to their company directly. It’s a great way to learn more about a job and a business before making a full-time commitment. What else do you need to know about temp-to-hire? Let’s take a closer look.
Try before you buy
Businesses take big risks deciding who to hire for their open positions. But working with an agency gives them an opportunity to try out an employee before committing to a full-time hire. But the benefits go both ways. You also get to try out a company before you accept a full-time position to learn if the corporate culture, the other employees, and the job itself are worth committing to.
Learn new things
You don’t only have to accept a position that was the same as your last job or the job before that. Working with a recruiter, you can determine how your skills can benefit any number of organizations. You can look at your transferable skills to see what other positions can be a fit for your interests and experience. Once you start that job, you will have a chance to learn how they run their organization, volunteer to take on new tasks and ask if you can learn new things along the way. The more adaptable you are, the more valuable you are as an employee.
Have flexibility in your career.
A temp-to-hire job is different than short term temporary assignments and accepting a full-time, permanent position with a company you’ve never worked with before. It gives you the power to control the direction in which you steer your career. You will be able to determine if the job is right for you and if it is not, talk to your recruiter to move on to another position.
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December 29th, 2016
Current standards indicate that most serious job seekers should have a basic LinkedIn profile. But what does that mean for employers? When you’re looking for a new candidate for your open position, and you turn to LinkedIn, what are you really looking for? You can use LinkedIn to get real information that can help inform your hiring decision. Here is what to look for and how to use the information when you’re setting up interviews and making offers.
Look for sincere recommendations.
The recommendation section of a LinkedIn profile shouldn’t replace good, old-fashioned references, but they can be helpful. It is easy to tell the difference between a sincere recommendation and one that just goes through the motions. Look for details, mentions of specific scenarios, and how closely the individuals worked together. Then see how many sincere recommendations a person has.
Review mutual connections.
LinkedIn is built on first, second, and third-tier connections. For every person you add to your network, you also add an exponential network. Review the individuals that you have in common with your candidate. Can you reach out to anyone to discuss the individual candidly? What can you learn from these connections about your candidate that can help inform your choice?
See how active they are.
It can also say something about a job applicant when you see how active they are. Not only that they are active, but how they interact with their networks and groups. Do they provide information that is positive and helpful? Do they only use the site to promote themselves or do they share other useful information? Are they positioning themselves as an expert or a thought leader?
Read their blog posts.
Speaking of thought leaders, does this candidate use the LinkedIn blogging platform to share important information about their experience? LinkedIn blogs make it easy for professionals to demonstrate their expertise in their field. Even if they don’t post often, check for the quality of blog posts they’ve made in the past. Are these posts items that can help your company grow or share how knowledgeable your candidate is?
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December 22nd, 2016
Turning over the calendar to the next year can be a welcome change for a lot of people. It’s a natural opportunity to start fresh and set new goals. But that doesn’t mean you can coast through 2017 without major changes. If you’re thinking about career advancement or just making your year more successful overall, there is something you might not be considering. Positivity comes in many forms, and it can make or break your career experience. Here are some of the reasons you should be more positive in 2017.
Negative attitudes are not good to work with.
No one likes to work with someone who has a negative attitude all the time. The challenge sometimes is noticing this behavior in ourselves. If you find yourself thinking negatively more often than not, the people around you will observe it as well. Try to improve your outlook this coming year to project a more positive personality to those around you.
Positive people get more promotions.
If you want concrete reasons why then consider individuals with positive attitudes get promoted more frequently than their negative counterparts. Management teams look for people who offer a positive spin on the company, product, or service. These employees will be considered quickly for movement up the ladder.
Remove toxic people from your life.
Negativity is contagious. Even if you don’t consciously think of yourself in negative terms, spending time with others who are negative can affect the way you interact with everyone around you. Avoiding negative people can help you maintain a positive attitude at work and in your whole life.
Appreciate kindness and helpfulness.
One great way to put positivity into practice is to express your gratitude for others. When someone is kind or helpful, thank them openly and honestly. Use this positive energy to pay it forward and do kind things for others. Just like negativity, positivity also breeds more positivity, and spreading it around will be welcomed.
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October 13th, 2016
Are you considering a workforce management solution for your business? If so, what should you be looking for in both a service and their software solution? Before you make a decision on the workforce management partner for your organization, it is important to ask the following questions to better understand what you and your employees need. Here are three things that you should consider before working with an agency to manage your workforce.
1. Online Services
So much is changing in the staffing industry right now. Today, companies that don’t offer online services are quickly falling behind in the marketplace. Businesses and individuals are doing almost everything on line today, so having the option to place work orders and find reports online is critical. It also makes the back office process easier by allowing employees the ability to submit time cards online and the ability for companies to get their invoices electronically. While face-to-face or over the phone contact still exists, the convenience of online communications is essential in today’s business climate.
2. Employee Access
Your employees will also want more information to be available to them. Not only should they be able to submit their time cards online, they also want details. They should be able to access their own online profile which should include start dates, pay history, and performance indicators that will help them improve their skills for future employment. This information will also help potential employers when trying to understand how to manage and motivate their team.
3. Onsite Manager
In many cases, especially if a company needs a large workforce, an onsite manager will be essential. This representative from the staffing agency will be there to help you manage the workforce needs and be a liaison between your company and the staffing agency. Sometimes performance and management issues can come up when the recruiters aren’t available to be onsite to see how individuals interact on the job. This recruiter and employee relationship can be critical for long-term success.
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September 29th, 2016
Hiring is hard, so it is important that you don’t make snap judgments or hire someone on the spot when you have a gut feeling about how they’re perfect. There are several things that should be taken into consideration, including some red flags that can let you know when a candidate isn’t the right fit for you. Before you make a job offer, consider if any of your applicants are guilty of these items of concern. If so, it may be time to walk away and consider an alternative.
Someone with All the Answers and a Habit of Interrupting
It can be frustrating to try to have a conversation when the other person won’t even let you finish a thought without responding. When a candidate does that, it can be a sign of a lot of negative behaviors. First, they may not think through a problem enough before tackling it, resulting in incorrect assumptions. Second, they don’t have respect for other’s thoughts and ideas and aren’t willing to collaborate. And finally, it may actually be a sign that they are truly unprepared and talking over someone is the only way they can exert their will in the conversation.
Someone Who Can’t Explain Why They Have a Gap in Their Resume
Resume gaps are not the actual problem when it comes to hiring someone who has experienced times of unemployment. The real issue is when a candidate can’t explain what happened, why they were out of work, and what they were doing during that time. If they avoid the question or distract you from finding out details, this may be a red flag. If they can’t tell you they were doing something productive during their down time, such as volunteering or caring for a family member, there may be some concerns. Also, if use this as a chance to complain about their former employer, it is time to move on to the next candidate.
Someone Who Demonstrates Core Values that Don’t Fit Your Mission
Core values are highly personal. Your company has them inherent in your mission statement and strives to meet them every day. It is part of your customer service plan, your HR strategy, and your daily interactions. So hiring for a match in values is extremely important. If the candidate demonstrates core values, for better or worse, that are vastly different from your own or your company’s, it will not be a good long-term fit. Even if their skills are perfect and you like them as a person, that innate personality trait will make it difficult for them to integrate into your corporation.
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April 17th, 2015
When was the last time you got your resume out and dusted it off for a job search? It is very common for working adults to ignore their resume while they’re gainfully employed, which can lead to absolute panic when they need it again. The spring is a popular time for cleaning and sprucing up your home or your life, so why not take this time to review your resume and make some important adjustments that can help you in your next job search?
- Do you have an objective statement? There is a lot of debate among recruiting professionals whether or not an objective is even important on a resume. Those who believe it shouldn’t be there are concerned that they are often too generic or could send the wrong message for the job. Develop a strong statement or consider leaving it off all together.
- Do you list skills or accomplishments? At one time, resumes were simply a catalog of all the skills that a candidate possessed. However, in today’s competitive market those standby resumes aren’t enough to land the best jobs. Employers are looking for accomplishments. These accomplishments tell them whether or not you can be an asset to them, not just someone in a seat.
- Is the resume too generic? It is also common today to customize your resume for each job. When you’re applying, take some time to review the company job description and edit your resume to be a better match for the company’s language. Generic resumes are quickly passed over in favor of those that reflect what the company really wants.
- Do you have irrelevant information on it? Some job seekers include information about their hobbies or jobs they’ve held that aren’t applicable to their job search. You don’t need this information. Take off anything of a personal nature and never provide your date of birth or social security number. Only include hobbies if they directly affect the job for which you’re applying.
- What is your ultimate goal? The most important thing you can do when reviewing your resume and sprucing it up this season is to know what you really want. What do you hope to accomplish by submitting this resume to companies? What job are you targeting? An unfocused job search can lead to an unfocused career. Recruiters or hiring managers will be impressed by a job candidate who can articulate their plan.
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