Are You Ready for the Upcoming Overtime Rule Changes?

October 20th, 2016

Early this year, President Obama signed a bill intended to increase the salary threshold overtime pay for millions of U.S. workers. When the bill goes into effect, the threshold for overtime pay will increase nearly double. This means any employee with any job title will be eligible to earn overtime if they do not meet the minimum pay required. The current threshold for exempt employees is currently just over $23,000 annually. The new rule will increase this to over $47,000. More employees will qualify for time and a half if they work more than 40 hours per week. Is your company ready for these new rules? Here is how you can prepare for the change coming in December 2016.

Encourage 40-hour work weeks.

The best way to avoid paying overtime for your exempt workers is to enforce 40-hour work weeks. If they do not clock overtime, you don’t need to worry about paying for additional time and a half. Not only will this help you adhere to the new rules, but it will also help improve the work/life balance of your employees.

Increase your staff.

To help reduce the need for overtime, you may want to hire additional employees within the office. Hiring another full-time employee can often be less expensive than paying overtime hours the staff you currently have employed. For example, you can hire an assistant to help senior staff work more efficiently.

Adjust cost of living raises appropriately.

There may be instances where the new overtime pay can become a de-facto raise. Rather than increasing their base salary during their year-end review, continue with their current salary and adjust pay overtime. You can both evaluate how this works over the next several months and adjust as necessary.

Work with a staffing agency.

Your staffing partner can work with you to place individuals within your business as temporary employees. They can increase your production and not your overtime hours since their employer of record is the agency, not your company. The fee you pay to the staffing company will handle the employee pay rate and any administrative costs, which may work out to less than a permanent salary.

If your organization has any staffing needs because of the upcoming overtime legislation or just has employment needs in general, don’t hesitate to contact Meador Staffing today. As a leader in temp services in Houston, we are ready to help your company!


How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

Are you interested in working with a qualified recruiter to help you find your next job? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies, a leading in staffing services in Houston TX.


How Can Your Company Stand Out to the Increasing Number of Independent Workers?

October 6th, 2016

One of the most interesting changes to our economy that happened since the recession and recovery is the increased number of independent workers. Freelancing, short-term projects, and on-demand employment have become a popular choice for many workers who would like control over their own schedules and careers. That means companies need to find a way to engage with these talented employees and attract them to their open positions. So how can you stand out to an independent worker? Here are some ideas to start with.

Promote excitement.

The main thing to know about independent workers is they have a choice to accept your open position or not. If they don’t, they will continue to work other freelance jobs or take another opportunity. Your role in recruiting is to convey a sense of excitement about working for your company. Why should they choose to work with you directly rather than continue their freelance career? What do you have to offer them? What benefits can you provide that they couldn’t get by continuing to work for themselves?

Encourage reviews.

Use your current staff as your liaisons to the freelance and independent contractor community. Encourage happy employees to share their stories on social media. This kind of word of mouth can be better advertising than anything you can spend money on. Your team should be happy to share their positive experiences with their friends or others in the community. Make sure they include why they like being an employee and what you have to offer that they couldn’t get if they worked independently.

Think ahead.

If you bring an independent worker on for a contract assignment and they’re doing a great job, it’s never too early to think about ways to can extend their assignment. What is the next project? How can you entice them to stay on board rather than transition to another project for another client? What can you offer that will encourage them to be a part of your team for as long as you really need them?

Ensure compliance.

Lastly, it is also critical that you do everything you can when it comes to employee classification. Working with an independent contractor can be complicated when it comes to compensation and your requirements as an employer. One way to handle this is to work with a reputable staffing agency that specializes in this kind of employment placement. They will be the employer of record and will be responsible for all of the necessary legal compliance.

Do you want to attract talented independent workers to your company? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing in Texas! 


Be a Team Player but Don’t Get Run Over

September 29th, 2016

You would consider yourself a team player, right? But there is more to this soft skill than just playing nice with others. A team player doesn’t have to be a doormat to gain the respect of coworkers. In fact, it is critical to understand what you should and shouldn’t do as a productive member of the team. Before you make any decisions as the member of a team that can impact your ability to do your job, consider these ways to avoid becoming a pushover.

Fully understand your job and responsibilities.

Before your co-workers can take advantage of you, they must be able to perceive the cracks in your armor. The best way to avoid these cracks is to know your job and responsibilities backward and forwards. This way, you can’t be bullied into handling something that is out of your realm of responsibility. You can prepare for your response if you are ever put in a position to do something you’re not designed for or permitted to handle. Be able to point them in the right direction.

Know when to say yes and when to say no.

There will be times throughout your career when you’ll have to decide the advantages of saying yes as well as saying no. There may be occasions where saying yes to something you wouldn’t typically do could be a strategic move on your part. But there will be other times that saying no will be more beneficial. Learn the difference for your specific career path and be able to make those decisions on the fly.

Don’t back down when you take a stand.

It is important that when you say no, you stick to your convictions. There is a reason you’re not willing to do handle this aspect of the business and if you give in, you’ll only invite more opportunities for coworkers to take advantage of you. This is why it is important to pick your battles right and know when you should be taking a stand and when it make sense to let it go.

Acknowledge when helping others affects you negatively.

What is important to do is understand when helping others will negatively affect your performance, long-term goals, or social interactions at the company. It is okay to help others in your workplace, but it becomes challenging when this help is at your own expense. Let someone know that you would like to help them, but you may not be their best resource and offer to provide them with better options.

Are you looking for a great job where you can contribute as a team member? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, so contact us now!


3 Lies to Ignore When Making a Hiring Decision

September 22nd, 2016

Hiring is hard, there is no doubt about that. It can be an imperfect science since your role as a hiring manager is to evaluate whether or not a person you’ve never met before will be a good long-term fit for your organization. Because of all the uncertainty involved in hiring, there is also a lot of advice provided by anyone who has ever done it before. Some of this so-called perfect advice can be deceiving, so be careful to follow anything that is said to be fool-proof. Here are the top three lies about hiring that you should ignore.

1. You can learn everything you need from a resume.

Many hiring managers assume a resume is a complete picture of a candidate. Yet, candidates are specifically advised not to put every last piece of information on a resume. Consider that most people have enough experience in their lives to fill a book, not just two pages of bullet points. A resume is just an introduction, and hiring managers would do well to use it for that purpose. Use it to determine if someone is generally qualified for your role. Use some of their accomplishments to decide if they might be a fit for your company. Then pick up the phone. Talk to the candidate about what they’ve done and, more importantly, who they are as a person.

2. Hiring a passive candidate is better than an active one.

There is also a bias in HR and staffing that the holy grail of perfect employees is someone still working. That’s a passive candidate. A person who is currently employed and not looking for a new position. Which means they need to be recruited away from their good job to work for you. If they are so easily swayed, will they do the same to you in the future for a better offer? An active candidate is someone who is looking for a new job either due to unemployment or dissatisfaction. They are people willing to be proactive about their careers. If you decide to only hire one or the other, you could be missing out on some great working relationships.

3. There is no such thing as a perfect hire.

Yes, it is possible to find an individual who checks all your boxes. They exist, but they may not take the form you’re expecting. A perfect hire isn’t someone who is a clone of your successful individuals. They aren’t someone who reminds you of you earlier in your career. A perfect candidate can take many forms, the important part is to be open to different kinds of perfection. You can hold out for someone you think is perfect for your open job, but understand that you may be rejecting other perfect candidates along the way and not even know it.

Are you ready to hire a great candidate for your open position? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading temp agency in Austin TX.


Why You Need a Positive Attitude at Work

September 15th, 2016

Experts say that positive people have significant more opportunities in life than their negative counterparts. There is even some evidence that suggests negativity and constant complaining can rewire our brains so we start accepting these hardships as normal, making things difficult to overcome. But if you want to succeed in your career, embracing positivity will be a key to your future. Here are some ways having a positive attitude at work will help you.

You will have less overall stress.

Constantly dwelling on the negative is a surefire way to stress yourself out. Worrying about things over which you have no control, thinking about the most negative outcomes, and complaining do not help you manage your stress. But a positive attitude does. The best way to start reducing your stress at work and being more positive is to start considering how to be more grateful. Start a journal writing all of the positive things that happen to you and be thankful for them.

Your peers will enjoy working with you.

Everyone has a co-worker that they have a hard time relating too. The problem is if you are that co-worker then it can be hard to notice. But the other members of your team don’t always want to tell you that your negativity is bringing them down. They may simply avoid talking to you throughout the day. Being more positive will encourage people to engage and interact with you.

You will increase your job security.

Positive people are also more likely to have better job retention. Why? Because when a company is looking at downsizing their staff, their first thought will be to let the person who seems least happy in their jobs go. By being happy and grateful and engaged with your job, a company will have to think twice about questioning your contributions.

You may be considered for promotions.

This also works for career advancement too. Being positive in an interview will give you a significant edge over your competition. When you’re working for a company that is looking to promote someone, your positive attitude can go a long way to making your case for you. They will see you as a problem solver that is fun to work with.

Do you want to reflect a more positive attitude in your career? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pearland TX, to see how we can help you today!


Why It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Social Media

September 8th, 2016

Okay, you’ve put it off long enough. While the rest of the business world has been diving into social media, you’ve been waiting to see if it is just a fad. It isn’t, but the real power is knowing what aspects of social media will work best for your specific industry and business needs. So, what can you do to catch up and use this tool in your own company? Here are a few ways to stop ignoring social media and get started.

Finding Great Candidates

Where are your competitors finding their great talent? You may be surprised to discover that many companies are utilizing social media for recruiting. Just as online job boards replaced newspaper advertisements, social media is changing the game once again. You can use platforms like Twitter and Facebook to post about openings with your company. You can also connect with individuals on LinkedIn when you’re interested in discussing their background.

Branding Your Company

Social media is also a place where you can build your company’s positive reputation. You’ve spent a lot of time on your company website, so do the same with social media. The most popular are Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Make each page reflect your business and start using each one as a resource for connecting to a wider audience. Provide useful information and interact with readers.

Selecting the Right Media

It is also important that you know you don’t need to be everywhere online. There are dozens of social media sites that you can belong to for your business, but not all of them are created equal. Most experts will suggest that you have a Facebook business page, a Twitter account, and a LinkedIn profile page for your business. You should also have a personal LinkedIn profile. But, if your company doesn’t utilize photos on a daily basis, for instance, you can skip Instagram and Pinterest.

Creating Goals

So, what do you want to get out of social media? Are you trying to connect with a wider audience? Do you want to attract customers? Employees? Enhance your business brand. Simply having these accounts doesn’t do anything to help your business grow, so you should sit down and determine how you want to use these sites and what they can do for you. Talk to an expert to help you better understand how social branding can work for you.

Adjusting Your Processes

Overall, it is important to know that social media is still a young industry and it is always growing and evolving. It is okay to adjust your processes anywhere along the way. If you started using Pinterest because someone told you to, but you find that you don’t use it at all, go ahead and delete that account. Or make it inactive and come back to it later when you learn more about the site.

Are you ready to take the next step in your job search? Connect with Meador today and get started on working with a top staffing agency in Austin TX. 


How to Bounce Back from Career Disappointment

August 25th, 2016

When everything is on track, you feel great about yourself. But what do you do when things get derailed? We’re not always prepared for career disappointment, so it can have a real negative effect when something doesn’t go the way you expected. And it can make everything seem bleaker. But sometimes it happens, and being prepared will be one of the best ways to bounce back quickly. Here are some ways you can recover from career disappointment.

Take a step back.

You can’t see what happened when you’re standing at the center of an explosion. When things go wrong, you need to take a step back. A fresh perspective, a new angle, or some distance between yourself and the incident will be welcomed when you’re trying to bounce back. You need to look at the situation as objectively as possible, and you can’t do it when you’re still holding the dynamite. You need to understand if you’re overestimating or underestimating the problem. Because you are emotionally invested, it feels like a big deal, but maybe it isn’t. You will need this perspective to move forward.

Talk to people you trust.

Next, get someone else’s perspective. While you may be able to take a step back, you’ll never be able to give up enough control to understand the long-term implications of your career disappointment. Talk to a trusted co-worker or a career mentor. Talk to someone who is familiar with your career who can give you advice and support.

Find a support network.

Of course, advice from coworkers, former bosses, and mentors can only go so far. You will also need personal support from trusted friends to help you get through this disappointment and out the other side. These are friends who don’t care about your career success. Friends who just want you to be happy. Go get coffee. Go for a walk in the park. Take some time to care about you and not worry about what you are going to do next.

How do you fight back from a career disappointment? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing Agency, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn how to recover and get back to work today!


You Promoted the Wrong Person. What Do You Do Now?

August 18th, 2016

When you run a department or an entire company, there are often a variety of difficult business decisions that need to be made. Not the least of which is how to handle an internal promotion. When you have an employee who appears capable of moving forward, it only seems natural to make that transition. But what happens when a good employee doesn’t quite fit the bill for their new promotion? If you feel like you’ve promoted the wrong person, how do you wake up from that nightmare? Here are the three directions you can take and their implications.

Hoping for the best.

One possible solution is to just turn a blind eye and hope for the best. Of course, this can come with a lot of potential destruction. If you wait to take action, you may find a lot of irreparable damage in the department from unhappy customers to disgruntled employees. One bad apple can truly spoil the whole bunch, so it may make more sense to start to take corrective action before things become impossible to fix.

Terminating their employment.

Another option is to let them go entirely You may have another member of your staff who should have been promoted instead. You can terminate the current employee and either replace them from an outside source or promote another, more competent employee. This will mean that there is no one working in the position while you backfill it, but that may still be preferable to leaving the inappropriate person in the role.

Moving them back to their old role.

Lastly, you can always make the choice to return them to their former position. This may be most useful for someone who excelled in their other role but who isn’t getting the new position. You don’t want to lose their skill or talents, but you can both acknowledge that this new position isn’t working for either of you. This can be a great solution that can make everyone happy.

Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden on your organization. When you need to fill a job opening, contact Meador Staffing! With several locations for temporary staffing throughout Texas, we can help you with any of your employment needs!


Get the Scoop Before You Interview for Your Next Job

August 11th, 2016

You’ve sent your resume and received the all-important callback, now what? Before you step into that interview, you need to do your homework. You know to search the company and review their website. You know that you should have all of the important information about what their company does. But what else? If you want to take this to the next step, try to get the inside scoop before your meeting. Here are some ways you can do that.

Find and contact a mutual connection

Start by reviewing your network to see if you have a mutual connection. You may have a mutual friend who can put you in contact or there may be someone in your alumni association. Otherwise, the best resource is LinkedIn. You can see who you are connected with and if there is also one degree of separation from the company. Finding a mutual connection can take some work, but the effort can lead to some great results.

Communicate with complete transparency

Once you have identified someone to talk with, send them a message. You can do this directly through their email or through LinkedIn’s messaging system. Be honest about what you’re trying to accomplish. Let them know you’ve applied with the company that they are familiar with and you want to talk to them about their experience.

Offer to meet and discuss the company

Next, set up a meeting time to talk with them. If they are in the same town, offer to meet over coffee. If not, schedule a phone call or even a skype so you can ask them questions about the organization. The important thing is to avoid gossip and focus on the details of the company that will influence your decision or the company’s hiring decision.

Ask them to act as an icebreaker

If the conversation goes well, ask them to become an icebreaker between you and the company. You’ve already submitted your resume, so they could simply put in a good word about you. They may send an email to their contact to let them know that you’re a recent applicant and the company may want to take another look at your resume.

Thank them for your time

Someone took time out of their day, either professionally or personally, to help you take the next step in your career. At the least, send them a thank-you note, and it’s even better if it’s a handwritten note. You may have already taken them out for coffee, but send a gift card to a local restaurant – especially if they helped you get the job!

Are you ready for your next interview? Contact the recruiters at Meador, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to help you learn about your next potential employer today!