Work-Life Balance | How to Become an Employer of Choice

July 25th, 2014

As a company, when you’re looking to attract talent, you need to stand out from the competition. Do your employees enjoy their jobs? Do you have issues with attendance or performance? Becoming an employer of choice in the area may make all the difference when you’re trying to hire the right people. Here are a few ways you can focus on work-life balance to be a company people want to work with for their careers.

  • Flexible schedules. It is stunning when we realize that the majority of professional adults spend more time at their jobs than they do with their families. As an employer you can change that dynamic without hurting the profitability of your company. Offer flexible start or end times. Allow some employees to work from home. Offer time off when someone needs it for an emergency at home or an event with their kids. If you manage this correctly you will find that most employees will use this flexibility responsibly and it will improve the overall atmosphere of your company.
  • Health and wellness programs. Work stress and obesity are also causing problems for companies across the US. Bring a health and wellness program into your business. Replace vending machines with healthy options like fruit baskets and water. Bring a yoga instructor in once a month. Start a walking club for lunch hour. You may even be able to offer discounted gym memberships, weight loss programs, or smoking cessation assistance.
  • Open door policy. Your employees want to know that their concerns are being heard. Allow your team to approach you with new ideas, problems, or general feedback. Before dismissing an issue, determine how you can use it to solve a problem within your office. If you have a reputation as a manager who is willing to listen you’ll find that your employees are loyal and new candidates are interested in your opportunities.
  • Social engagement. Occasionally, provide a way for your employees to let off a little steam. Have an ice cream social on Friday afternoon. Host a holiday party every year. You may even choose to schedule a summer weekend getaway. These kinds of social outlets offer everyone on your team to get together casually even if they’re in different departments. It can strengthen interoffice relationships during work hours.
  • Recognitions and rewards. Most of all, you need to ensure that your staff feel appreciated for their accomplishments on the job. Many employees who leave their jobs site dissatisfaction with their managers. Of course, corrections are often necessary but also make sure to focus on the positive things. Provide rewards or some form of recognition for when an employee does a good job.

Do you want to be an employer of choice in Texas? Meador Staffing Agencies, Austin TX, can help you today!

How to Land a Job Out of School

July 18th, 2014

There has been a lot of attention paid to the demographic of individuals unable to find work as they graduate from college. It doesn’t have to be like that. If you’re are graduating soon or in the job market after finishing college this year there are a few things you can do to help accelerate your job search. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Develop your LinkedIn profile. The way we find jobs has been fundamentally changed with social media. LinkedIn is no longer a luxury of the technological elite but a resource that needs to be tapped into by anyone in a professional capacity. The site is relatively user friendly and easy to navigate. Pay special attention to your headline, photo, and keywords.
  • Start a blog. Companies are looking for subject matter experts and thought leaders. The best way to position yourself this way in the market is to start a blog. Use it to share your ideas for new ways of doing things and showcase your expertise. This is also a great way to cultivate your voice and create an online brand.
  • Land an internship. So many college students skip the internship in favor of earning money in part time summer jobs. While the internship may not pay it does so much more in terms of benefits to your career. This will be the kick start to your resume experience. If an internship isn’t available, see about volunteering your services in the community.
  • Find a mentor. You should also start reaching out to professionals in your industry. These individuals can become a sounding board for new ideas and help you navigate the path to employment. They can help with stories about how they made it to where they are today.
  • Join a professional organization. Networking is essential to finding a job in your field. The best way to do that is to join up with a local professional organization. They will have seminars, meetings, and social events that help get you involved and allow you to meet up with others who work in your industry.

Are you looking for your first professional job out of college? Contact Meador Staffing, currently hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to see how we can help!

Senior Accountant Jobs in Texas | Salary Breakdown

July 11th, 2014

Are you in the market for a Senior Accountant position in Texas? It is important to know the current trends and salary breakdown for the greater Austin area so you can understand if jobs and offers are competitive. Negotiations will be easier with more information at hand. To ensure these discussions are fair to you, here are some basics to keep in mind about senior accounting salaries in our corner of Texas.

  • Consider the size of the organization. Larger firms have more flexibility to pay a higher salary – even to an entry-level candidate. Smaller companies may not but could offer some additional benefits as an incentive instead. The median salary in Austin for senior-level accounting roles is around $67,000, which is similar to the national average. However, the final salary will depend not only on the size of the company but also the specific requirements for the job.
  • Do you know the growth rate for accounting? If you are looking into salaries for senior accountant jobs in the area, it is also essential to know the path to get there. There are some typical stepping-stone roles that lead to this level in accounting. Your background may be in staff accounting or you may have a CPA. Managers may make more money than a senior accountant depending on the job duties. Review websites such as Salary.com to see where you are in your career path.
  • What to know when negotiating a salary. The exact location of the company will play a big role in the amount of money they can offer candidates. Companies located in the heart of Austin will be able to offer more than the surrounding areas. Career growth will also often happen quicker in the metro area. A government job will pay less than one in the private sector. Be as prepared as you can be when approaching the negotiations and determine a fair “walk away” number. This is a salary that you would not accept. Your rejection will allow them to counter with more or give you an opportunity to move on in your search.

Are you looking for a job as a senior accountant? Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pearland TX and beyond, can help today!

How to Earn Respect from Your Temporary Employees

July 4th, 2014

When you need to add staff to your business for a short term project – whether it is a seasonal production increase or someone filling in – it is important that you maintain a good working relationship with them. Sometimes temporary employees feel disconnected from the business. Here are a few ways you can earn respect for your temporary employees while they’re on the assignment:

  • Treat them with respect. No one can expect that someone will respect them if they don’t reciprocate. Start off on the right foot by having every tool ready and their workspace set up as soon as the temp arrives on the first day. Treat them like adults and trust them with the work you’ve brought them in to complete.
  • Communicate effectively. Many managers feel that they don’t need to discuss performance with the temporary employee and instead follow up only with the staffing provider. While it is important that your account manager know the status of the work, it is also a good idea to discuss the performance directly with the employee.
  • Praise their good work. Don’t hold back on letting someone know when they’ve done a good job. While this is also great advice for your permanent staff, it can go a long way with someone who already feels disposable. Let them know that you appreciate them and that you’re glad they’re working with you.
  • Ask for feedback. It may be a good idea to hear from them how they are doing on the job or how you are doing as a manager. Ask them questions that force them to respond with real information and not just “yes” or “no.” See what they think of the project and how you can help them.
  • Provide additional benefits. It can be tough for a temp employee to see the permanent staff gets treated to lunches, company picnics, or receive bonuses. If you have any flexibility to include temps in office activities, do it. You may also be able to work with your staffing provider to pay a bonus to the temp if they’ve done particularly well.

Do you need to hire temporary staff for a project in your office? Contact Meador, one of the leading Austin Temp Agencies, to see how we can help!