Improving Employee-Employer Communication

As an employer, it’s your job to make sure that there’s positive employee-employer communication happening. This is crucial not only for your business but also for the well-being of your employees. Here are some ways that you can improve employee-employer communication.

Have Weekly Meetings.

One of the best ways to communicate well is to do it regularly. For some of your employees, this may involve weekly meetings. We recommend hosting your meetings on Monday mornings or Friday afternoons, so everything from the past week is fresh and ready to be discussed in preparation for the upcoming week.

Keep an Open Dialogue.

Don’t have your work be an environment in which employees think they can’t talk to you. This usually ends up being counter-productive in that they will sit with issues and not communicate until one day when they let everything out at once. Make sure to remind employees that you regularly welcome feedback, suggestions, and even complaints to help the entire office run smoothly.

Have a System to Communicate Notes.

It can be tricky to remember different notes or comments in between meetings, so make sure you implement a system in which you can remember your notes throughout the week. This could be through the use of a new technology program such as Slack, or through the use of good old-fashioned sticky notes. Whatever you do, make sure you do it well, and your communication will follow.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find an employee who is perfect for your company culture and who will be a good fit for your fellow employees. It’s our specialty.

Update Your Resume – Monthly

 

You know that you should have a resume, but did you know that you should update it monthly? Consider these benefits of consistent updating.

Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

It’s always a good idea to know off the top of your head what your most recent endeavors and career steps are. You never know when you’ll meet someone who could help you. When you can share your skills succinctly – both verbally and in a quickly produced, up-to-date resume, you can take advantage of these unexpected opportunities.

Have it Ready Whenever Needed

Obviously, one of the perks of updating your resume monthly is that you’re ready to go in case should you need to look for a new job. The job-seeking process is all about moving quickly, so you could end up increasing your chances of receiving a particular job just because you were able to apply for it that much quicker.

Keep The Bigger Goals in Mind

It’s great to look at your resume regularly because it’ll help you keep your bigger goals in mind. This means that by looking at where you’ve been in the past with your employment history, you can determine a course of action on where you’re going in the future.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. We make connections for job seekers every day.

Be Flexible in the Workplace

In today’s market, you need be flexible and adaptable. Why? Technology is ever-changing creating a constantly evolving workplace. Being versatile and flexible will help you succeed in more than one way.

You Could Get Promoted

Employers greatly appreciate employees who are flexible in the workplace, because it makes their jobs so much easier. You might find that your flexibility and ease of adapting means that your employer ends up promoting you so that you can take on and shoulder more responsibility amongst your peers who maybe aren’t as flexible.

You Will Be Appreciated by Your Superiors

You will remove a lot of stress on behalf of your employers by being flexible. When you are cooperative and flexible, adapting to the decisions of those above you, it removes some of their stress load and results in an increased appreciation of you as an employee.

You Will Help Boost Your Company Morale

It’s great to be flexible because that means that you can direct your energy to where it is most needed. This ends up translating into you supporting your colleagues whenever one of them is assigned to a particularly grueling project or task. Overall, this will help boost your company morale, which is an excellent aspect of being more flexible!

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. We make connections for job seekers every day.

 


 

Choose Your Hiring Partner Carefully

Your hiring partner is a key figure in your company’s success. He/she must be trustworthy, accountable, and in agreement with the company mission and values – all in addition to having the discernment to hire right.

Ensure They Understand Your Company Culture.

If your hiring partner doesn’t understand your company culture, they are not necessarily going to be able to hire an employee who is the right fit. Before you let your hiring manager take over the interview process, make sure they understand exactly the type of culture you’re seeking regarding work hours, workplace friendships, policies on vacation time and outside gigs, etc.

Don’t Rush into It.

Don’t rush into the hiring process by placing someone an inexperienced candidate into the ring. You could end up causing more harm than good by doing this. If you are short on time and need someone to hire your next candidate, consider hiring a staffing agency as they have all the experience necessary.

Inform Them of Your Values.

Whether you choose to hire a staffing agency or an internal hiring manager, make sure you have a conversation with them about the company’s values, ethics, and definition of professionalism. It’ll be much easier for them to tangibly take that into account when seeking a candidate that is a good fit.

If you’re looking to hire new staff, consider Award Staffing. We will be able to ascertain your company culture, values, and other parameters to help you find the staff you need. We can both find the best-fit hiring manager and play a role as your HR extension. Contact us today.

 

Get Ready for Your First Job

If you’ve recently graduated from high school or college, now may be the time for you to get your first job. If you’ve never had a job before, there are quite a few things you need to do in preparation. Not only do you need to make yourself employable, but you also need to take several steps to make sure that you’re ready.

Get Your Resume Ready.

Before you apply to jobs, you will need to get your resume ready. This means that you will need to take the time to format it and update everything regarding your past work experiences and education. If you need help, make sure you have someone look over the resume to spot any mistakes or errors.

Secure Your References.

Before you start applying for jobs, you need to secure professional references. The easiest way to do this is to ask people you trust, such as former coaches, teachers, or other professionals. Let them know that they should be expecting a call from any future employers so that they aren’t caught off guard and can speak professionally to your character.

Clear Your Schedule.

Make sure you clear your schedule! You’re going to need enough time to apply for jobs, attend interviews, and start working! If you’re not used to working full-time (or even part-time), this part of the job-seeking process will likely be an adjustment for you.

Award Staffing is here to help you.  We will be able to guide you through the job seeking process and recommend you for several different jobs for which you are a good fit. Contact us today.

How to Explain Gaps On Your Resume

 

If you’ve ever had a gap in your resume, the chances are that you might feel self-conscious about it or even stray away from applying for jobs because you think your chances might be hurt. Don’t fret, however, because you often can explain gaps on your resume. Consider these explainable situations.

Working Vacation.

Some people have gaps on their resume because they are taking a break to develop their career skills while not officially working for an employer. This is known as a “working vacation” and is pretty common for people who have just graduated from college or high school. Make sure to tell your employer that you were working

Change of Career.

Some people take time off because they’re looking to change careers. Whether this means they’re going back to school, taking some certification courses, or simply just taking a break before they jump into the next part of their lives, this is often considered an acceptable reason to explain to employers why you weren’t working.

Health/Personal Reasons.

Sometimes, there are unavoidable health or personal reasons that you encounter. For this reason, you may need to take time off from work. Employers are usually very amenable to these circumstances if you explain it to them.

If you’re looking for a new job but are having a hard time finding one, contact Award Staffing. We can help you explain the gaps on your resume and will be able to recommend you for several different jobs for which you are a good fit.

 


 

The Benefits of Employee PTO

Every company understands that paid time off and personal days aren’t an important essential in compensation packages.  Companies may not understand, however, that giving time off to employees has real benefits to the company as well as the individuals that work there.

Engaged Employees Bring Value

According to Shawn Cable, “when the brain can think positively, productivity improves by 31%, sales increase by 37%, and creativity and revenues can triple.” Giving employees time away from the daily grind to refresh themselves and reset their mental outlook increases productivity. It also creates a happier work environment for everyone.

Time Off Lowers Stress

Stress leads to burnout, and burnout leads to turnover with all its associated costs and added workload. PTO enables employees to cut their stress levels and return to work ready to tackle the next project.

Note: Time off needs to be real time off. When employees take the office with them, they lose the benefits time off brings them. Make sure they understand that when they are on vacation replying to emails and answering phone calls is NOT expected.

Time Off Policies Reflect Your Company Values

Nathan Christensen says, “one of our company’s values is “care to the core.” We now couch our vacation policy within this value, so our team understands why we have it, how to navigate it, and the role it plays in nurturing our company culture.”

Promoting positive company values helps keep your workforce positive. It also gives them more reasons to show up to work for than a paycheck and builds stronger employee retention.

Award Staffing makes an art of helping our clients see recognize what policies will benefit their company.  Contact us today. We will help you build a productive workforce.

 

What You Need to Look for in an HR Leader & Partner

An HR Leader carries out some of the most critical functions in your company. They are entrusted with a lot of personal information and expected to navigate the company and its employees through difficult choices about benefits. Their ability to source new talent will define your company’s future. Knowing what to look for in an HR Leader is the first step towards hiring someone who can manage your programs and help you manage your next stage of growth.

A Great HR Leader is a Great Negotiator.

When you need new talent, HR has to deliver. Merely finding new talent isn’t enough; HR has to sign them and get them in the door. A great HR Leader can pitch your company and convince new hires to sign the dotted line.

Strong negotiation skills are also a key component of successful mediation when managing sensitive conflict resolution issues.

A Great HR Leader is a Great Coach.

Your HR Leader finds the new hires and signs them up, but it doesn’t stop there. They make sure they are integrated into the company so they can hit the ground running.

Joel Trammell recommends HR Leaders manage the full onboarding process. “Quality onboarding includes making the new hire aware of company history and general industry knowledge and having him, or her attend meetings with key executives, in addition to the obvious job-specific training.”

A Great HR Leader is a Great Teacher.

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman write that “most employees in organizations are unaware of labor laws, hiring rules, benefits and compensation issues.” HR has to educate your staff and help them navigate the choices in front of them – from health insurance packages to retirement choices and more.

Great teaching ability can illuminate the issues and smooth out a lot of potential pitfalls.

A Great HR Leader is a Great Learner.

Change is the only real constant. Labor laws and regulations are constantly updated, health insurance plans get more complex each year, and new approaches to benefits, training, and hiring are always being touted by outside consultants.

Protecting Your Company When You Hire a New Employee

When you hire a new employee you don’t just take on a new person, you take on the new risks that come with them. Preparing yourself for these issues before they come up can be the difference between failure and success. Here are some things you should do to protect your company when hiring:

Smaller Businesses That Are Expanding Need To Prepare 

If you have not hired before you have some real work to do to prepare yourself. Make sure you have a Federal Employer Identification Number. Set yourself up for payroll taxes, workman’s comp insurance, Unemployment and disability insurance, and EEOE protections before you interview. Businesses also have reporting and record keeping obligations. Make sure you have your tax withholding and records system in place, you are ready to verify work eligibility and citizenship or immigration status, and you know how to file reporting on new hires with state agencies.

Get Real About Pre-Employment Screening

Run background checks: drug screens, criminal background checks, credit checks, employment and education verification. Drug screens don’t just keep out drug users; they keep out all the baggage they bring with them, things like higher accident rates, higher missed time rates, higher medical problem rates, and risks from their associates.

You will occasionally hear the news about high-profile hires with fake resumes. Call schools and former employers to be sure of what you are getting. Also, as Martin E. Davis points out in Entrepreneur, “some of the biggest names in the industry (and in our federal government) have been embezzlers, involved in bankruptcies, accused of sexual misconduct and harassment, felons, and convicted of lesser crimes.” Always check; always verify.

Know The Law Before You Interview and Make an Offer

You need to know which questions you can and cannot ask during an interview and make sure every member of your staff who participates in the interview process is aware of these restrictions.

Topics like religion, sexual preference, age, disabilities, race, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status, children and prior arrests cannot be raised in interviews.

Find out whether an employee has signed a do not compete or other restrictive contract and how this can be enforced in your state before making an offer. Jason Tremblay of Inside Counsel advises that “the company should prepare, and the new employee should sign, an agreement representing that he or she is not a party to any agreements or other obligations restricting his or her ability to work with the company. “

Reasons to Get to Work Early

A lot of people are more focused on how many times they can get away with hitting the snooze button than how they can show up to work a little earlier to start the new day. There are real benefits from hitting the ground early that can make your day better and improve your overall performance. Consider these benefits of arriving early.

Showing Up Early Saves Time

This may sound counterintuitive but getting a head start can save you time. You miss the worst of the morning rush hour traffic for one thing. You are first in line for everything; no waiting for coffee, or to put your lunch in the break room refrigerator, or to get needed supplies from storage.

First In – First Served

Bosses normally show up a little early and making it in before the crowd means you have a chance for a little face time with them. This is a chance to build a relationship with a person who has a tremendous impact on your chances for a promotion, and it also gives you a chance to get a jump on new projects.

Impressing the boss isn’t the only chance you’ll have to get ahead by being early. New client calls are all yours, and you can get early e-mails to people before their inbox gets clogged with the day’s usual stampede. Peter G McDermott says, “when you get an early start on follow-ups and general inquiry e-mails, you are putting yourself ahead of messages that will come later throughout the day.”

You Have a Chance to Improve Your Workflow

The morning can be the most productive time of the day. You have a chance to get in and get set while others are still trying to make their first cup of coffee. You can make a plan that gives you a roadmap for being productive all day. And you can work without distractions. As Hilary White of Popsugar points out, “coming to work when the office is empty is a great way to buckle down, focus, and get a good chunk of work completed without anything to distract you.”

If you’re in a position that doesn’t currently reward your drive to get started early, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to help you find a new position that lets you benefit from your work ethic and productivity.