Consider These 6 Things Before A Job Relocation

June 26th, 2015

Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
  2. How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
  3. What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
  4. What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
  5. Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
  6. Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.

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Set Expectations with Your Employees to Ensure Clarity

June 19th, 2015

When something is miscommunicated in the office, it can be the small snowball that causes the avalanche. As a manager it is up to you to ensure that your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Part of this process is managing your employees’ expectations so they know not only what they are supposed to do but also what is expected from them. Here are some ways you can set your expectations for employees to ensure clarity in the office.

Create structure.

The structure may be different depending on your corporate culture, but you do need some sort of framework. If you goal is innovation, design a structure around that. If it is productivity, it will look very different. Look into other businesses similar to your own and see what kind of structure they put in place to help set their employees’ expectations.

Be clear about results.

You also want your team to know what kind of results you’re expecting so you can manage your own expectations. Never be vague when assigning projects when you know what result you’re expecting. Otherwise, if the end result is more fluid then indicate those to the team when you give them the task. Encourage communication from your employees if there is any discrepancy.

Set goals.

They should have production goals that they need to hit along the way. This will not only give you a sense of what is being accomplished but it can also provide motivation to the team as they see their work pay off. Benchmarks throughout projects also provide a guide on timeline and the possibility of future deadlines being met. Reward them for good work including finishing ahead of schedule or exceeding expectations.

Provide feedback.

Finally, you need to provide feedback along the way to continue to manage your expectations and theirs. Don’t only talk about the mistakes or problems, but be sure to praise your team for their accomplishments as well. Avoid slipping into micromanagement during the process and allow your team to complete their work as they see fit as long it is completed correctly.

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What You Need to Ask before Accepting a Job Offer

June 12th, 2015

Congratulations! You have had a successful interview, and the company is interested in making you an offer. All that’s left is to say is “yes,” right? Well, maybe. There are lots things you should consider before accepting a job offer, and the only way to find out what you really need to know is to ask the right questions. Here are some of the things you should be asking potential employers before you accept their offer.

How soon do you need an answer?

There are very few circumstances where you will want to say yes to a job offer immediately upon receiving it. You may have other companies you want to follow up with or you may need to give notice to your current employer. But you need to strike a balance. You can’t leave an employer hanging too long or they will move on to their next candidate. Find out the answer to this question before moving on to the next steps.

What is the complete compensation package?

You’ve probably discussed the salary so that should already be agreed upon, but what about the other aspects of compensation? What is the bonus structure and do you qualify? What are the benefits available to you and how do you take advantage of them completely? How long does it take to qualify for medical benefits or retirement matching? You should be armed with all the details before you start working.

What is the company’s vacation policy?

Another aspect of compensation is personal time off. There are many ways a company can handle this. You may be given a lump sum of PTO days that can use throughout the year based on your own discretion. Others offer packages where you earn time off as you continue to work. Or, they may have separate vacation, personal days, and sick days that are counted differently. The way they organize their time off may influence your decision.

What is the view on work/life balance?

In regards to time off, it is also important to know how much value the company places on your work/life balance. Is this a job that expects more than 40 hours a week? Do they work with other employees who have families to provide allowances for childcare or family emergencies? Look at how they treat their current employees for a better idea.

Who will I be working with directly?

And speaking of other employees, you may want to have a chance to speak with the other members of your team before you start if you haven’t already. You want to know whether or not you can see yourself working with these people every day. In many cases, employees see their co-workers more often than they see their families, so it is imperative that you can get along.

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Encourage Your Staff To Be Team Players

June 5th, 2015

“Team Player” is a big buzzword in business and a lot of candidates will refer to themselves this way when interviewing for jobs. But what does being a team player really mean? Your employees often spend more time together than they do with their families, so encouraging them to get along may be essential to your productivity. Here are some great ways to encourage your staff to be great team players.

Start with the hiring process.

If you start out with a great team then there won’t be problems to solve in the future. Know the types of personalities that work best in your office. When you’re hiring, look for people who will fit in well with your current team. Have others in the department meet and interview the candidates as well, including their potential co-workers. Everyone needs to see themselves working with the new person before it can be a good experience for everyone.

Play to their strengths.

Another great way to ensure that your staff members are good at working as a team is to encourage people with complementary strengths to work together. Someone who is good with numbers should work with people who don’t have that as a strength so nothing falls through the cracks. Pair creative people with others who like to implement ideas so they both feel like they’re contributing to a project.

Encourage them to know each other better.

People work better when they genuinely like their co-workers. Encourage them to share their non-work interests with one another. Host employee social activities to enjoy each other’s company. The simple difference of gathering outside of the office walls changes the dynamic and can really strength relationships. Of course, it is important that these relationships stay professional and within the context of the work they are doing.

Provide incentives for working together.

Lastly, you may want to encourage your team to work well together by providing rewards for team projects. These are similar to any performance recognition, but they are specific for groups that have worked well together to solve a problem or develop an innovative new idea. This will encourage people to pool their resources. When you don’t just talk about working together but actually provide perks, it’s more likely to be successful.

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