A Service Process to Calm Your Nerves about a New Employee

December 6th, 2018

 

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Hiring a new employee can be a difficult thing. You never know if someone is going to be the right fit or if they’ll be qualified for the opportunity, no matter what you do to vet them ahead of time. There is some comforting news. If you partner with a staffing agency to bring on your new team member, you will have the satisfaction of their service process to help ease the experience. Here are the things you can expect from our team when you hire a new employee though Meador Staffing.

Provide details to each qualified candidate.

Know that prior to starting their assignment, your new employee will be provided with all of the most important details regarding your company and the specific position. We want to ensure that your new team member, whether short or long term, is prepared to make an immediate and positive impact on your organization.

Follow up with candidate ahead of start time.

We also provide a quick follow up at least one hour before their scheduled start time to make sure they are prepared. We can verify any directions to ensure an on-time arrival and answer any questions that will help them before they show up on their first day. This process is intended to provide peace of mind for our clients as well as our employees.

Check in with the client regarding candidate arrival.

You will also receive a follow up after the start time to ensure that your new team member arrived safety to your workplace. If you have a large group project scheduled to start, we can send a team member to check each employee in on-site so your company does not need to accommodate the influx on your own.

Consistent monitoring through the duration of the assignment.

For every employee assigned to your company, our team will follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting your requirements and expectations. This way we can address performance issues in a timely manner and make any adjustments along the way.

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StrengthsFinder Series – Empathy – A Closer Look at Empathy as a business skill

November 21st, 2018

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Empathy is something we associate more often with social interactions. It’s what some of you may feel when you see a sad movie, hear inspiring stories, or listen to someone talk about an experience they’ve had and it moves you or you can feel what they feel. It could relate to your own experiences or maybe you are just naturally more of an empathetic person. It’s not something that you think you should put on your resume or LinkedIn profile, so, how does empathy fit into the business equation? Let’s start with what it is…

em·pa·thy
/ˈempəTHē
Noun
The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Definition: People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feeling by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

What better way to start a post about Empathy, than to read a line by a poet on the matter? Poetry enables us to feel a story rather than just read words strung together. This line, by Alexander Pope, happens to work for us on multiple levels; not only does it pull at our heartstrings a bit through his rhyme and language choice, but by the wisdom he shares on empathy, itself. Essentially, he is saying that we can learn a lot from putting ourselves in others’ shoes and seeing their situation for what it is rather than focusing on their faults, while also hoping others give us that same mercy.

How we use empathy in daily business

Empathy is a great characteristic to have in many types of businesses, especially where you an make a direct and important impact on someone. It can also be a good practice to have when you interact with your coworkers or employees. It’s easy to get caught up in where the bottom line is at and sticking to processes, but seeing your peers and coworkers for who they are what they feel can actually help in how you interact with them. It can even improve upon the less emotional things, like how much you sold last month or how many new customers you gained.

Video – Community leaders and business owners on Meador Staffing history and culture

We have a knack for hiring internal employees who listen well and understand our candidates’ and clients’ needs. Not just when filling a position or find a job, but in a way where we connect with them to understand what is important and what drives them in their own missions in life and careers. To some candidates or clients, it can be about success or reaching goals, to others it is about taking care of their family or something greater. Our team is exceptional at applying it with candidates, though. There are times where we have to let an applicant know that they didn’t get a position. Even in uncomfortable situations, they are treated no differently, and politely coached on how to avoid the issue in the future. It’s essential in our offices to treat everyone the same…as if we were in their shoes. We even try to match candidates according to the culture at client companies. This has to be a good match to bring to success to all involved. Listening to and knowing our clients pain points helps us create the best matches. This is our way of applying empathy.

 

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Sharing employee strengths

We actually have about twelve internal employees with this theme, many in our corporate office and others in direct contact with our applicants. It really makes an impact on their experience with us. We do use the Clifton StrengthsFinder method mentioned earlier (if you haven’t heard about it, you should definitely take the time to read about it) as a way to learn more about what drives our employees and applicants. We focus on the top 5 strengths to see how they might fit in with the team and culture and what skills may complement those who already work with us. As a part of our hiring process, we can better understand them through this evaluation. Once they are hired, we display those five strengths on everyone’s desks. This helps each of us choose the best ways to interact, speak, engage, debate, discuss, email, and how to build a positive peer relationship in general. We can understand who they are.

You see, Empathy the definition and Empathy the Strength are two different things all together. Anyone can empathize with someone, but not everyone has the ability to sense emotion of those around them. Those with Empathy in their Top 5 can feel what others are feeling as if the emotions were their own. They intuitively see the world through others’ eyes and share their perspectives. They perceive people’s pain or joy – sometimes before it is even expressed. Their instinctive ability to understand is powerful. They can hear unvoiced questions and anticipate needs. Where others grapple for words, they seem to find the right things to say and strike the right tone. As a result, they help people express their feelings – to themselves as well as to others. They help people give voice to their emotional lives. (Gallup)

How leaders can use empathy

As a leader, you have plenty of chances to use empathy in your decision-making. An employee might be going through something and you need to counsel them or maybe you’ve found out that they need advice on how to handle a client or peer situation. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but if you understand that they have these feelings and maybe why they have them, you can more effectively communicate and advise them. Let’s dig deeper into it-

It’s easy for us to discard Empathy as a strength because we are often taught that emotion is a weakness. What does Empathy look like in the arsenal of a leader? Wouldn’t it be beneficial for your manager to be able to instinctively understand the unvoiced questions of your team? To anticipate the need? To have the right tone and say the right things when your team is under stress?

These are just a few of Empathy’s “Power” and “Edge” traits in the Clifton method. It’s not about feeling pity for the person’s predicament. That would be sympathy. It is to simply understand them. Along with the leader’s other talents in their Top 5, Empathy can be an incredible buffer for some of the more “unemotional” strength themes like Command, Analytical, or Focus.

Applying empathy in the real world

Empathy with Command sounds like this, “I can sense emotions that others may not notice. When I express a strong emotion, it is clear to everyone and delivered with everyone else’s in mind.” Empathy with Analytical says, “My approach to life involves both rational intelligence of my mind and the emotional intelligence of my heart.” Empathy and Focus sounds like, “My intentional concentration on achieving a specific goal never keeps me from being emotionally sensitive or expressive.”

As you can see, Empathy is an incredibly powerful strength theme in the Clifton StrengthFinder’s list of 34 themes. In a season where being thankful is at the forefront of our minds, lean on those with Empathy talents to help you define what thankfulness means. Through their talents, they will be able to help you put into perspective the things that are truly important, and that is the people around you.

To schedule a seminar with your employees at a Meador Staffing training room or in your own to learn how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method, contact rmeador@meador.com.

To learn more about hiring employees recruited through our talented teams, click here.

Ryan Meador-Director of Development, Meador Staffing Services

Heather Wright-Director of Marketing, Meador Staffing Services

 

Why Do Employees Look for a New Job? Examine These 5 Reasons

November 15th, 2018

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Are you star performers happy on the job? Would you know if they weren’t? Many managers seem surprised when their employees give their two-week notice before leaving a position where they perform well. But there are a lot of reasons employees look for a new job. If you want to reduce turnover in your company, it’s a good idea to examine these give reasons and make changes to keep your team more satisfied

1. They feel underappreciated.

Many managers have the mindset that someone should do what they’re in the office to do every day, no questions asked and without any thanks. But employees want to be noticed for their contribution. If you’re not taking time to appreciate your team, they may be starting to look for other opportunities outside of your company.

2. They don’t get along with their manager.

Of course, there may be instances when personality conflicts inform an employee’s need to consider different employment. If this manager is you, what can you do to change the dynamic? If it is someone else in your company, and the issue is repeated, what can you do to solve that problem?

3. Their pay is poor.

Experts encourage job seekers to look at more than just the salary when making an employment decision, but we have to be honest. Money does impact our decision-making skills, and if they discover they can earn more for a similar role elsewhere, they are likely to reach out and see if they can make a transition. Are your salaries competitive within the industry?

4. The equipment is outdated or unsafe.

Whether the role is in the office or the warehouse, many employees will become frustrated with outdated equipment. For your office worker, it may be slow computers, obsolete software, or clunk printers or copiers that require more babysitting, keeping them away from the work that matters. For your warehouse, outdated equipment can pose a safety concern or worse.

5. They have no chance at advancement.

Finally, you want to look at what kind of advancement your employees have within your company. If they feel like they’ve reached the top of the jobs your company can offer, they may become restless and start looking at other options to help with their career advancement. Companies that invest in their employees’ futures are likely to keep them engaged and satisfied.

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Meador Staffing is featured in the Pasadena Business Journal

November 13th, 2018

Take a look at our own Darla Haygood and members of our great community talking about our 50 years in business:

The Pasadena Business Journal is a television show all about business in Pasadena, Texas.  They showcase local businesses, interview business owners, discuss business strategies and plans and look at what the current business trends are in Pasadena. View more episodes here.

 

How Can You Prepare Candidates for the Interview?

November 1st, 2018

 

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What is a company’s responsibility for educating potential candidates about their open positions and company culture? Experts tell job seekers that they need to do their research and be prepared for interviews, but do all job seekers know how to find this kind of information? What if a company could help the process by providing more information ahead of time? Would it be worth it for your company to better prepare candidates for your interviews? Let’s take a closer look.

Write a thorough job description.

You can help candidates be better prepared before they ever even apply to your job. How many times have you placed a job posting only to get too many resumes with not enough of the right experience? By creating a more thorough job description, you can bring in more qualified candidates who have a better understanding of the job right from the start.

Share rich media about your company.

Rich media is a term used in marketing to describe advertising that includes visual or video components. For example, you may create an infographic that describes your company culture and share it on your website and social platforms. Or put out a series of videos for the open positions. People are more likely to click on these posts and retain the information.

Share videos on with your networks.

Creating rich media is important, but it’s also essential that you share video content to make the information easily discoverable and accessible for potential candidates. When you create video content about your company culture or the jobs you hire for, share it on your social media sites. This is the way that candidates will search your company to learn more, so make it easy to find.

Create a job seeker FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions pages have been a staple on the web since the invention of the internet. It can really help candidates better understand your company, your application process, and the specific job. What do you with people would know before interviewing with your company? Use that as a start for beginning an FAQ.

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Inspiring our communities with Ben Meador

October 30th, 2018

At our 50th Anniversary event, there were many inspiring moments. We wanted to share this one, where our CEO, Ben Meador, talks about leaders inspiring the communities they are in by disrupting the status quo. Follow our YouTube channel and don’t forget to share this great video!

Building the 2019 Budget: Account for Overtime or a Staffing Agency

October 18th, 2018

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As we wind down 2018, you’re probably starting to look at your year-end budget to determine the best spend for 2019. One of the top concerns companies have is whether or not to engage in overtime or bring on temporary employees to help offset increased production or workloads. There are pros and cons to both options. So how do you know which budget to create for the coming year? Take a look at these comparisons to decide for yourself.

Talk to current staff about overtime.

Have you taken your current employee’s work/life balance into consideration when deciding how to budget for increased workload next year? A more flexible schedule is becoming increasingly important for businesses to keep in mind. Don’t try to guess. Talk to your team about what they want to accomplish the next year.

Review the financial impact.

Depending on your decision, it will impact your overall business processes. If you need to increase hours, how will this affect productivity? If you decide to bring in temporary employees, what is the increased cost? No matter what you need to do in the future, try to imagine how this will impact your budget moving forward.

What if you need help fast?

In some cases, you may need additional help quickly. How do you make sure that you balance your employees’ overtime with the increased need? Having a plan in place well before you have this immediate need will only help you spring into action when additional employees are necessary.

How to have a relationship with a recruiter.

To solve any concerns you have about overtime or temporary help, start building a relationship with a local staffing agency now. Sure, you can contact a company when you have the need, but the experience may not be seamless. When you develop a relationship with a recruiter, they will better understand your company and needs so they can help fast and accurately.

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An Online Degree – How Do You Evaluate the Job Candidate?

September 20th, 2018

There was a time when seeing a degree on someone’s resume was incredibly important for hiring managers. But the world is changing, and the employment arena needed to adjust with the times. Today, more and more professionals are opting to get their degrees online, sometimes from start to finish, and sometimes as a degree completion program if they left undergrad before they finished. So how do employers evaluate a job candidate who brings an online degree to the table? Here are some practical tips.

Define the role.

Before you even begin looking at candidates for your open position, be sure that you’re properly defining it. What are the requirements and why do they exist. If you need a degree, why do you need that? Could someone also apply if they don’t have a degree but have several years related experience? How would an online degree play into their qualifications, if at all?

Create standardized criteria.

Once you define the role, create a standardized system of criteria. This way, you are able to compare apples to apples rather than trying to fit square pegs into round holes. When you create a list of all the possible criteria required for a position, do make sure you’re allowing for some variation or you’re only going to see the same candidates over and over again.

Understand the different online programs.

Of course, it is also on you to make sure you better understand online degree programs and what they mean. For example, is there a difference between a degree completion program and online courses? Does the program provide certification or a degree? Is the university accredited?

Be clear about expectations.

When you do interview, be clear about the expectations of the job. Just because someone has an online degree doesn’t mean they’re incapable to accomplish the tasks at hand. When you’re clear about the expectations, the online degree program doesn’t matter as much as the potential employee’s ability to do the work necessary for success.

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Do Your Employees Fear You? Is That What You Want? How to Determine the Right Leadership Style

September 6th, 2018

It’s a tale as old as time: The angry boss barking orders at resigned employees wishing they were anywhere else but at their jobs. But is ruling with the iron fist really the best way to get good work out of your team? If your employees fear you, it may be time for some deep introspection to determine if that is, in fact, the way you want to be a leader. Here are some things to consider to determine a more productive leadership style.

Ask, don’t demand.

There is a big difference between asking and demanding. Demanding that a task is completed comes across as aggressive while asking your employee to complete a project shows that you respect their time. Asking also creates a culture of gratitude, which is contagious around an office and helps everyone stay motivated.

Let go when necessary.

There is a lot of dialogue lately around the concept of winning. But the truth is, life and business aren’t a competition. It’s important to let go of the idea that your way is the only right way and allow your team to use their own skills and abilities to complete tasks their way. If you let go of your control, you’ll also find that you’re able to concentrate on more strategic matters that come with leadership.

Really listen.

Humans tend to only listen for as long as it takes to formulate a response. That means you’re already ready to reply before you’ve heard an entire story. You may want to take a step back and hear what your employees are really saying when they’re talking with you. And your new listening skills will build more trust over time.

Leave anger behind.

If you have a short temper and use it to rule your department with an iron fist, you may find that you’re experiencing more personnel problems than you’re solving. The truth is, if you are having trouble with turnover or people following your directions, the problem might not lie with your team. You may want to figure out how to alter your own behavior to create a better system.

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The Main Three Reasons Your Company Needs a Staffing Agency

August 16th, 2018

Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Even if you’ve thought about it, you’ve probably wondered if the benefits are truly in your favor as a business. But what if we told you that there are three very specific reasons that working with a staffing agency is in your best interest? Here are the top three reasons and how building a relationship with an agency can help your business.

1. Completing a specific project.

Maybe you have a special mailing that needs to be out the door in a matter of days. Maybe you have a special project to organize your office in preparation for tax season. Whatever the project is, even if you have all hands on deck, you can accomplish more with more hands to help out. A staffing partner can provide the additional labor, skilled or otherwise, to increase your efficiency and get your project out on time every time. This is true whether you need specific skills or if you just need additional people to help out in any capacity.

2. Filling in for someone on leave.

Do you have anyone in your office that you can’t do without? Now imagine if that individual needs to be out of the office for an extended period of time, perhaps on medical or family leave. What do you plan to do? Partnering with a staffing agency, you can find someone who can train for the role and help fill in while your star employee is off taking care of important things away from the office.

3. Handling a sudden influx of business.

It’s always a good thing when your business explodes. But as hard as we try, we can’t always be completely prepared for every possible scenario. So, when your business gets more work than you were expecting, how can you keep up with it and maintain productivity to keep your customers happy? Working with a staffing agency can help you stay on track and have enough people help push you through the busy times. You may even discover your next top talent.

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