How to Use Your Cell Phone Appropriately at Work

Cell phones are incredibly convenient because they simultaneously allow for more communication and greater mobility. However, cell phones don’t always have their place in a work environment and can often be seen as a pesky distraction. Here’s how to use your cell phone appropriately at work:

Turn it to Vibrate.

Cell phones should not make noise while you’re at work. Not only is this disruptive; it could also be dangerous depending on the circumstance. The easiest way to prevent noise coming from your cell phone while you’re at work is to turn it on vibrate for the duration of your shift.

Text or Talk Only on Breaks.

Don’t accept phone calls or send texts when you’re at work. This could be dangerous and could easily get you fired if your boss sees that you’re not putting one hundred percent of your time and energy into your job. You are given a lunch break and/or several other fifteen minute breaks; use this time to catch up on any texts or calls you may have missed throughout the day.

Don’t Talk Loudly on the Phone.

If you absolutely must accept a call when you’re at work, don’t talk loudly on the phone. This is obnoxious and could distract your co-workers from doing the job they need to do. Plus, you wouldn’t want everyone to hear your personal business, would you?

Don’t Check Your Phone with Customers.

As an employee, you are a representative of your company. If you check your phone in front of customers, they will not only think you are rude, but it’s likely that they will have a negative perception of your company. This could result in bad reviews, complaints to your boss/manager, or even legal action depending on the severity of the distraction and ensuing consequences.

One of the hallmark signals of being a good employee is whether or not you’re respectful. If you are able to adhere to these phone guidelines, you’re probably in a good position to be hired. Contact Award Staffing if you need any help finding a job that makes the most of your talents and skills.

4 Reasons to Hire Someone On-the-Spot

When you have a hiring authority position in a company, you’re often in charge of interviewing potential hires. Though your company may prefer to employ different wait periods between and after interviews, there may be some exceptional candidates you cannot risk losing. Here are four reasons why you should hire someone on the spot:

They Offer Competitive Insight.

If the potential recruit you’re interviewing somehow offers competitive insight into your company, competitors, or industry, you should hire them on the spot. Proprietary knowledge is one the most valuable assets in business, and if you don’t take advantage of that person’s skills, your competitors might.

They Profess Their Dedication.

If a recruit expresses a dedication to your specific company, you could think about hiring them on the spot. In today’s world, there are so many options when it comes to employment that dedication should be taken seriously.

They Provide Unique Value.

If a recruit provides unique value that cannot be found anywhere else, you should hire them on the spot. Quality and talent can be hard to come by, especially in the interviewing process, so if you have it, you should definitely take advantage of it.

They Have a Time Limit.

Some interviewees might have a time limit put in place for when they are able to be hired. For example, if they are considering a time-sensitive offer with another company. If this is the case, you should hire them on the spot so they know that your company is a serious contender in the hiring process.

If you are in need of recruits to interview, contact Award Staffing. We will chat with you about the types of people you should be talking to and interviewing in order to achieve the professional results your company needs. We will also be able to provide you with these individuals so you can spend your time working instead of searching.

How to Leverage Your Professional Connections

In order to get ahead in the business world, you often need to be able to pull on and utilize different resources. One of the easiest ways to do so is by recognizing and taking advantage of various professional connections. Here’s how to leverage your professional connections:

Follow Up with Them Regularly

Persistence is key when there is a goal you want to achieve. Follow up with your professional connections regularly to keep them updated about what you’re doing. Not only will they appreciate the regular updates; this will also cause them to think about you much more than if you were not following up regularly.

Ask How You Can Help Them.

In general, people are pretty good about returning favors that have been done for them. Whenever you’re in touch with a professional connection, ask how you can help them or if you can connect them in any way. Even if there’s no possibility for you to do so, they will still appreciate the effort and will think of you when the time comes for you to ask for a favor.

Be Proactive About Helping Them.

You can also take the helping tidbit one step further by proactively helping them. If you are able to anticipate the needs of your professional connections, you will appear both helpful and resourceful. You can pull from your other professional connections to help in this situation.

Attend Events That are of Interest to Them

If you simply need to be put in touch with a previous professional connection of yours, you can always attend events that are of interest to them. This works well because you can bond over a shared interest while also reminding them of your existence. Plus, it’s less awkward to “bump into” someone than to shoot them a point-blank e-mail asking for a favor.

If you have been trying to leverage your professional connections but are still in need of a job, contact Award Staffing. We will take your past work experience and current work goals into account and help you find the job that’s the right fit for you.

Promoting Safety with New Employees

When you’re running a company, safety should be of utmost importance in order to reduce injury and stay on top of risk. Many unsafe situations can be attributed to new employees not knowing policies or not knowing what these unsafe situations are. Here’s how you can promote safety with new employees:

Be Proactive.

Don’t wait for an incident to occur to tell a new employee that they’re in the wrong or not following directions closely enough. Sometimes, consequences of doing so can be so disastrous that the post-incident instructions might not even be effective. Make sure to train your new employee as you’re going about your day in order to increase the likelihood that you can proactively cover different issues.

Reward Good Behavior.

Good behavior often goes hand-in-hand with safety, so it’s a great idea to reward good behavior. You can do this however your company decides, but it is important to publicly recognize new employees for good behavior. When you do so, you are cementing the importance of safety for your entire company and setting the precedent for any new employees to come.

Review the Policies Regularly.

Your company has safety policies that help keep everyone in line, appropriate, and ultimately safe. It’s your job to see that your new employee knows the policies and adheres to them whenever possible. If you do this, you will avoid a lot of unsafe situations as the new employee will be more aware of their possibilities.

Ask if There Are Questions.

A lot of unsafe situations are created simply by new employees being confused. Make sure you check in with your new employee regularly to see if s/he has any questions. If they don’t understand a rule or policy, keep explaining it to them in different ways until they do. Different employees have different learning styles, so as long as you cater to them, you should be on the right path.

If you have reviewed these suggestions and think it’s time to hire a new employee, contact Award Staffing. We will help you find an employee who is well-suited for your company and also is a rule follower. Much of the confusion surrounding safety can be avoided at the hiring stage; we’d like to help you do that.