Hiring Responsible Night Shift Employees

If your company has a need for night shifts, you know how important it is to hire reputable employees. Often, night shift employees are one or some of the only employees at the location while everyone else is at home sleeping. This means that the employee will need to handle issues of safety, customer service, financial matters, and more. Here’s how to hire responsible night shift employees:

Have Recommendations

The easiest way to hire responsible night shift employees is to have a reputable staffing agency or people you trust recommend potential new hires. These recommendations can come from friends, family members, or other colleagues. Trusted recommendations increase your chances are that the potential employee is responsible and a good choice.

Ask Hypothetical Questions 

Those who are working the night shift often carry greater responsibility. In order to make sure you are hiring the individual or individuals who can successfully handle these tasks effectively, ask them hypothetical questions. This will allow you to assess the potential recruit’s ability to think on his or her feet and see whether you agree with their responses.

Check References

If a potential recruit has worked a night shift position before, always check their references. Their previous employers will be able to tell you how long they worked together, if there were ever any potential issues that arose, and why they left. The information you receive from these phone calls could easily steer you in one direction versus another in terms of making a hire.

Do a Supervised Test Run

Because there is so much at stake with putting all your trust in night shift employees, you should do a supervised probation period. This could be as simple as asking a current employee to spend the first few night shifts with the new employee. This not only allows you to see what it will be like with your new employee, but also to provide peace of mind for both of you in terms of duties and task completion before you make the actual hire.

If you are in need of hiring one or more night shift employees, contact Award Staffing. We can walk through the entire process with you to ensure that you make the most responsible hire possible for your business and other employees. It’s our job to make sure you feel safe and comfortable with your new employee; we will work with you until we achieve that goal together.

Finding the Perfect Summer Job

Summer is a great time to find a new job. Many people are out of school and the weather is nice, which means more people are out spending money and being active. This often leads to employers needing additional seasonal help, which increases your chances of being hired. Here are some tips for finding the perfect summer job for you.

Ask For Recommendations

Chances are that someone you know or are already connected to has connections to help you find a summer job. Try letting your friend, family, and business connections know that you’re looking for a summer job in a particular field. You may be surprised at the opportunities that arise.

Make a List of Skills You Wish To Improve

A summer job is a great opportunity to further a skill you wish to improve upon for personal growth or other career endeavors. Before you set out on your job search, take some time and make a list of skills you wish to improve. Once you have identified a solid list of like skills, use that to help guide your search of the perfect summer job.

Be Proactive

If you don’t want the leftovers, because all of the interesting jobs are already taken, you need to be proactive when finding a summer job. This means going out and applying for jobs, making it known that you are looking for a job, and actively networking.

Use a Staffing Agency

Utilizing a staffing agency is a great way to find the perfect summer job. Many staffing agencies have connections with companies and know about temp or seasonal work that is not advertised to the public. Additionally, staffing agencies are looking out for both the employer and the employee, so they will take your goals and skill set into mind when you set out on the job search.

When you are ready for a staffing agency, contact Award Staffing. We are well equipped to help our clients find seasonal or temp work for short periods of time and would love to help you do so for the summer season. We will work with you to ensure that you are happy with your new summer job and that you are a good fit for your new employer.

Understanding Background Check Requirements and Complying with EEOC as an Employer

If you’re hiring a new employee, and require a background check, there are a few key components you need to know.

Ban the Box.

As an employer in the State of Minnesota, Ban the Box simply requires an employer to wait until later in the hiring process — at the interview stage or a when a conditional job offer has been extended — before asking the applicant about their criminal record or conducting a criminal background check.  The Ban the Box legislation passed by the State Legislature required all employers in Minnesota to remove the box asking about criminal convictions from all applications.

No Blanket Policies.

You cannot have a policy that make blanket statements like “No Felony.”  Every employee must have their criminal history examined carefully against the criteria for the job.  This doesn’t mean you have to hire felons.  It simply requires that in order to exclude a candidate based on their criminal history, it must be relevant to the job.  For example, a driving offense is relative to a driving position, not a receptionist position.

Do not ask about Medical History.

As an employer, it’s only human that you want to know as much as you can about your future employee. After all, the more information you have, the better hiring decision you can make, right? Wrong. There are certain pieces of information that you’re not allowed to ask about until you’ve offered the potential employee a job, and medical history is one of those pieces of information.

Be Careful You are not Discriminating.

If you make a judgement based on someone’s race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age, for example, you could be liable for a lawsuit on behalf of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. When you’re asking questions about your potential employee’s background, make sure that you aren’t making any decisions about hiring or not hiring that candidate based on personal information such as the above-mentioned factors.

Obtain Written Permission.

Before you actually initiate the background check, your potential new hire must sign and give written permission that the results could influence your decision regarding whether or not to hire her/him. This will save you legal grief if your check does affect your hiring and the candidate objects. It also lets the potential new hire know that you are serious about hiring the best candidates possible for your position.

Follow Proper Protocol after Receiving a Negative Report.

If you do find something negative in your potential hire’s background check, you need to provide them with a copy of the background check and a “Summary of Rights.” If the candidate feels like a mistake has been made, the summary will include instructions for him/her to follow. Be prepared to write a letter of justification if the negative check results in a “no hire.”

Interested in learning more about the EEOC? Visit the EEOC website.

How to Find the Perfect Career for You

Whether you are new in the employment field or wanting to make a career change, choosing the best career path for you can often be a challenge. There are many factors to take into account before you decide. Following these tips will help ensure that your choice not only results in rewarding work, but also brings overall career well-being and happiness.

Determine Your Skillset.

Every person has a unique set of skills, with some skills stronger than other skills. In other words, “What are you good at?” In order to assess this, think about specific tasks or skills that come easily to you. What types of activities do your friends and family ask for your help? Though this might be hard to conceptualize at first, the more you think about it, the more you will be able to formulate some thoughts behind this.

Analyze Your Interests.

Often, what you’re good at and what you’re interested in are two very different things. You might be good at math and science, but you’re passionate about fashion and music. When you’re figuring out what your interests are, think about how you spend your time when you aren’t making money and when you don’t have anything else to do. Often, these reflect your true interests.

Brainstorm Ways Your Skillsets and Interests Intersect.

The perfect career for you lies at the intersection of your skillsets and your interests. It’s a good idea to make a side-by-side list of your skillsets and interests so you can start to compare and contrast them. When you see both of these next to each other, you will start generating more ideas of how they can be combined to help you transition into your perfect career option.

Make an Action Plan.

If you are truly serious about finding the perfect career for you, it’s time to make an action plan. This can be as simple as writing down a list of ideas or goals that you would like to accomplish or as complicated as signing up for an educational program. Whatever you decide to, make sure that you neatly organize your goals, and then stick to them in order to achieve the best possible results.

If you want to make the switch to find your next opportunity, contact Award Staffing. We can help you assess your unique skillset and interests in order to help you figure out the career path of your choice. Once you decide on that career path, we will be able to match you up with relevant employers who can help you fulfill those goals.

Award Cares: Avionte Hope Foundation & Nepal

Award Staffing: Award Cares

On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal and left a devastating trail. We soon found out that the earthquake had hit close to home impacting our partner, Avionte Staffing Software, whom have nearly 40 team members in the area of Kathmandu.

As soon as we heard the news, we knew we needed to do something to help our partner and those in Nepal.

Over three days, the Award Staffing team came together and raised money for the Avionte Hope Foundation (AHF) and their efforts in Nepal.

On May 5th, we were very excited to present a check for $4000 to Avionte & their team!  The funds we raised will be used for relief efforts that will directly assist in meeting the basic needs of food, water, clothing, shelter and medical care for those that are suffering in Nepal.

If you would like to hear more about the Avionte Hope Foundation and their efforts in Nepal, please visit their INDIEGOGO site.

Nepal, our thoughts are with you!

– The Award Staffing Team

How to Resolve Anger and Conflict in the Workplace

If you work in a place of employment with other people, conflict will arise at some point or another. While the severity of the conflict will range from situation to situation, the principles behind resolving anger and conflict in the workplace remain the same. If you can successfully avert anger and conflict in the workplace, you will be much better equipped for whatever your career endeavors throw at you. Here’s how to resolve anger and conflict in the workplace:

Figure Out The Root Issue.

There is always a root issue behind every form of conflict, including in the workplace. Whatever the root issue is, for example – jealously or frustration, knowing and understanding it is very important in finding a resolution. This knowledge allows you to empathize with and understand the person with whom you are in conflict. Often, this is the first step in reaching a peaceful solution.

Utilize Assertive Communication.

In a conflict, it’s important to communicate your needs assertively. With passivity and aggression being the two extremes, assertion generally tends to be the best form of communication to problem-solve and understand simultaneously. You must be willing to assert your needs and expectations clearly, while also listening to your colleague do the same, if you want to resolve your differences.

Brainstorm Possible Solutions.

If you want to find a solution, brainstorm possible ideas together! Doing this will put you and your colleague on an equal playing field as you work together to fix the workplace tension.

Get Superiors Involved if Necessary.

Sometimes, conflicts can be so complicated that neither party wants to compromise or budge on a certain issue. If this is the case and the conflict is impeding your ability to work, you will have to get superiors involved. Though this could be embarrassing, it’s sometimes necessary to have an objective third party involved in the conflict to help a fair solution be reached.