While everyone has different definitions of “meaningful work”, I think we could all agree that we all want to have a job that is meaningful. Working a job that feels meaningful, makes going to work 5 days per week more fulfilling and increases employee retention as well as the likelihood of people moving up within their company.
Finding meaningful work can be difficult though as it is hard to gage what working at a certain company will be like and what their values are, prior to getting hired on and seeing for yourself. This is why we highly recommend partnering with a staffing agency to find meaningful work.
Staffing agencies work with hundreds of clients at a time and have likely toured the facilities, spoken with multiple leaders within the company, and gotten feedback from candidates and associates about what it’s like to work there. This allows them to get a good idea of what the experience will be like for employees, so they can offer input on whether or not a specific position or company will be a good fit for you.
Working with a staffing agency can give you access to:
1. Companies that Contribute to the Common Good
Recent studies have shown that regardless of how well employees are being compensated, they still want to work in an organization that gives back. Whether it’s to the local community or somewhere on the other side of the world, companies that give back get more interest from prospects and have higher employee retention rates. As a staffing agency will know their client very well, they can share what the company does to contribute to the common good and you can decided if it is a cause you want to get on board with.
2. Work that Involves Building Essential Products or Helping Others with their Needs
Despite any preconceived notions people may have about warehouse work or any type of light industrial position, many of those jobs are essential for society to function. There are many companies where warehouse employees are building medical devices, transporting essential goods, packaging and shipping important packages, and/or distributing healthy goods. If you want to directly contribute to a better functioning world, warehouses are a great place to do so. If you have something specific in mind, you can ask your recruiter what companies and positions they have that are in those lines of work.
3. Companies that Will Value You
Everyone wants to feel valued whether they are part-time or full-time. It’s truly a given that all companies should go out of their way to make their employees feel appreciated, but sadly many companies don’t. The good news is, all staffing agencies are in regular contact with their associates to check-in and ask for feedback on their new position. They know and want to partner with companies that appreciate the associates they send and can recommend that you apply and interview with the ones that do.
4. Organizations with a Good Company Culture
Today, company culture is more important than ever. Since people spend so much time at their place of employment, they want to be in a place where there are good relationships between colleagues and management, and where they can feel comfortable going in and not like they are walking on eggshells every day. A good company culture starts with leadership and since recruiters are always communicating with their clients, they know the places that have the best company culture. Since they have seen the facilities and can tell you whether or not the environment is clean, what the noise levels are, and how closely you will be working with others, you can use that to make your decision.
5. A Company that Honors what is Important to You
Different things are important to different people. Some people want to work for a company with plenty of overtime opportunities, while others want to work for a company with generous PTO and flexible schedules. Some people want a place where they are offered a 9-5 schedule; others want an overnight shift to accommodate their lifestyle. If you share with your recruiter what is important to you, they can determine which companies match what you’re looking for and the right way to tailor your résumé to get an interview with that company.
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