How to Be Proactive and Avoid Employee Burnout

February 15th, 2018

Have you noticed that some of your team isn’t performing up to their usual standards? This is especially disturbing if the team members are previously high performers in your company. It could be employee burnout. But once an employee has completely burned out on their job, there may not be a way to repair the damage. Instead, it’s essential that you are proactive about burnout and avoid it or catch it as quickly as possible. So what are the signs of employee burn out? How does it impact your business? And, ultimately, what can you do about it?

What is Employee Burnout?

Employee burnout can be both easy and difficult to spot. It’s pretty obvious when you notice someone is completely checked out from their job. But there are also smaller signs that may go unnoticed. Maybe they’ve been taking a few sick days. Or maybe they’re becoming less organized than usual. Employee burnout is simply the idea that they are no longer engaged in the job they’re doing every day.

How Does it Affect Your Company?

Burn out doesn’t just affect one employee. It may start that way, but it can quickly spread. If someone is unhappy in their job, they may begin to infect others who weren’t in danger of becoming burned out. Their productivity levels may affect your output or their attitude may affect coworkers or customers.

Talk about the problem.

Step one is to recognize the problem. Talk to your affected employees as individuals to try to get to the source of the problem. It could be anything from a dissatisfaction in their day to day duties to some challenges going on at home. If they feel like they’re spinning out of control, the first step is to discuss the problem.

Implement flexibility.

Sometimes the easiest step to fixing the problem is to provide some level of flexibility. Sure, not every office has this option, but if you do it can go a long way to helping someone feel less burned out on the job. Maybe you can give them a different start time to help with duties at home. Or maybe they can have one or two days a week to work remotely.

Encourage vacations.

Workers have a problem with taking their vacation time. We’ve created a culture where people don’t feel like they can afford time off even if they’ve earned it. They may feel like they’re replicable if the company sees it can function without them. But vacation is essential for recharging the physical and mental batteries, so enforce a vacation policy in your office.

Cross train employees.

Another way to get your employees out of a rut is to cross train them. This way, they know other aspects of the job and can easily slip from task to task. They can do a job if someone else is out of the office or they can swap projects for a change of pace. Having people who know multiple aspects of the business can give you a change of perspective as well.

Make it a priority.

Finally, it’s essential that you make this a priority in your office. If you let burned out employees flounder, their dissatisfaction will be impossible to reverse. Their unhappiness with your company can cause a domino effect and create much bigger problems along the line. Take burn out seriously and do something about it before it becomes an unfixable problem.

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Positive Tips for a Positive Workplace

February 2nd, 2018

We all know that positivity can make everything fall into place. Imagine you’re having a bad day. You can slip into negativity allowing everything else that happens to you to annoy you, or you can choose to have a positive outlook and overcome the negative experience. The same is true in your office every day. Some of your employees will be having a bad day and some will be having a good day. The single most important thing to affect their productivity and engagement will be the overall atmosphere of the workplace itself. So how can you have a positive workplace? Here are some tips to get you started.

Show gratitude.

Saying thank you can go a long way, and often employers don’t say it enough. But not only should you say it frequently, but you should create a culture of gratitude in your office. Gratitude is contagious, and as more people say thank you to one another, the more positive the overall atmosphere will be.

Celebrate little wins.

Most companies will celebrate the big stuff like hitting major goals or landing a huge customer. But sometimes, it’s all about the little victories. Take time to acknowledge whenever someone does something worthy of recognition. This can go a long way toward feeling appreciated on the job.

Focus on being positive.

If negative attitudes breed more negativity, then it goes without saying that positive energy will create more positive energy. So even when things go wrong, focus on the positive. How can you solve a problem? How can you stay engaged? How can you encourage your team in tough times?

Be sure to smile.

The physical act of smiling is enough to put many people at ease. We’re not saying that you have to completely change your personality or the state of your resting face, but smile when you engage with others. When you’re listening or speaking, a smile can allow the message to remain positive. You’ll notice more general smiling around the office as well.

Know the mission.

Finally, at all times, make sure you know your company’s mission and live it. Encourage others to live it as well. At Meador Staffing, we subscribe to the highest ethical and professional standards in managing a diversified and profitable human resource firm. We are engaged in providing excellence and quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and recruiting. And our values and vision support our goals.

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Diverse Mindsets Should Be a Major Goal for Your Company

January 18th, 2018

Yes, diversity is a very important part of hiring within your company. You know that cultural diversity is essential and how to determine if your actions are discriminatory. But what if there is one more key aspect you’re not thinking of when making hiring decisions? You can’t just focus on the visible diversity. What happens if everyone if your company thinks the same way? A lack of diversity in mindsets can lead to vanilla planning and stagnant growth. So how can you make hiring for diverse mindsets a priority in 2018? Here are some of the mindsets you should consider when making a hiring decision.

Disciplined

Someone who has a disciplined mind is someone who won’t stop until they reach perfection in their chosen field. These are usually people who are analytical, dedicated to data and tangible results, and able to adjust course along the way to ensure success. The disciplined mind is someone who can help some of the other mindsets stay on track for a given project.

Synthesizer

Another mindset that works well for management is the synthesizer. This person can adapt no matter what is thrown in their path. They can also make sure that others, especially those who have trouble changing their mindset, can adapt to new environments and patterns.

Creative

Every team also needs a creative mind. This is the innovator who is willing to try new things or develop new ideas even if they seem off the wall to everyone else at first. A creative mindset is an essential person to round out a company. If everyone falls into one of the other categories, you may not have what it takes to grow.

Sociable

It may sound like social is not a mindset you want in your workplace, but they are as critical as the others. Why? These are the people who interact best with others. They will be the face of your business to customers, clients, new employees, and the general public. This mindset is also respectful and can read a room and adapt to the audience.

Ethical

You also always want someone who thinks in ethical terms for your company. To this person, there is value in the idea of right and wrong and they can check your actions before your team does something that might lead to regret. The ethical mindset won’t stay quiet just because they feel their own job is at stake, so they can help you avoid costly problems in the future.

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Our Top 5 Tips for Managers from 2017

January 4th, 2018

Every year, it’s our goal to provide quality content for job seekers and managers. In 2017, we offered plenty of advice to make managers, executives, and supervisors excel in their jobs. So what were our top 5 tips for the year? And what can you do to ensure that you’re starting 2018 off on the right foot? Before we start with more tips and ideas for the New Year, let’s take a look back at what we shared already.

1. Reduce your time to fill with better candidates.

In February, we discussed the ways that managers can reduce their overall time to hire by taking a few simple steps. These include staying in contact with a top candidate you didn’t hire, connecting on social media, and streamlining your hiring process. We also suggest that working with a staffing partner can help reduce stress and the time to hire.

2. Why employees quit and what you can do about it.

In July, we talked about the startling statistics about how many employees quit their jobs due to dissatisfaction. But this is a trend that can be altered by employers. We looked at the reasons people quit and what you can do about them. They include reasons such as a lack of personal connection, no challenge, stagnant career growth, and workplace stress.

3. How a local staffing agency can be your best partner.

But we also shared the reasons why working with a local staffing agency can boost your company’s productivity and help you hire the best and the brightest. We suggest that developing a relationship with an agency, working with a smaller specialized company, and partnering with the agency’s top executives can be a great strategy for your hiring goals.

4. The top 3 skills to look for in marketing talent.

If hiring top marketing talent is your top priority, we have you covered there as well. In April we shared some insight on the top skills that marketing professionals should bring to the table. If you focus on their understanding of analytics, their experience with content marketing systems, and their use of video, you will have an advantage in the marketplace.

5. When to stop the onboarding process for new employees.

We also took a look at the onboarding process and what it means to bring someone up to speed before declaring the process complete. We suggest that every employer be ready for their new team member on the very first day. We also encourage employers to create a mentorship program, assess the employee weekly, ask for input from the new employee, and look at the results rather than the processes of their work.

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5 Tips to Make Office Safety a Priority This Year

December 21st, 2017

Many people don’t equate safety programs with a standard office job. They think of it is solely an issue for warehouses or fabrication jobs. But the truth is, every employer is responsible for ensuring a safe environment for their team and every employee deserves this care. So maybe you want to make office safety a priority in 2018. Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Listen to your employees.

If there are any concerns in the office, make sure you listen to your employees about them. Things can be rectified easily as long as you have knowledge of what’s happening, so keep an ear open. If you hear anything about a situation that may be unsafe for your team, do something about it immediately. That could mean anything from a physically unsafe situation to a mentally unsafe situation involving bullying or harassment.

Provide updated training.

Throughout the year, make sure you’re providing regular safety training to your team. Include situations such as fire prevention and escape, slip and fall prevention, and harassment or violence in the workplace prevention. Take everything seriously and allow for your team to learn what they need to know to remain safe in the workplace.

Invest in good office equipment.

Ergonomics is the science of how our bodies interact with our environment. It became very popular in offices a few decades ago, but with good reason. A good desk chair or keyboard set up is essential to keep your employees safe from unnecessary injury on the job. Don’t buy cheap equipment that will break down or be uncomfortable to use after only a short period of time. If you invest in good equipment, everyone can stay safe and comfortable.

Encourage proactive solutions.

One of the keys to office safety is empowerment. Empowering your team to make the right decision when necessary could make all the difference. With this in mind, encourage your team to think proactively about every solution so when a problem does come up, they can think quickly and take the appropriate action which can prevent further unsafe conditions in the workplace.

Continue throughout the year.

One challenge many companies have is that they resolve at the first of the year to implement these safety provisions, but after a few months, the interest wanes. But safety doesn’t work like that, so it’s imperative that you keep these initiatives going throughout the year. Provide continual training, incentives for safe behavior, and make safety a priority in your workplace.

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Become a Great Call Center Manager in 2018

December 7th, 2017

Did you know that managing a call center is very different than other types of management positions? In this case, you need to ensure your staff is up to date with the latest news, policies, and information, as well as manage the caller experience every day. Priorities and details may change weekly or even daily. If you want to establish your places as a top quality call center manager, here are some ways you can stand out in your field.

Manage different personalities.

There is no cookie-cutter option for call center employees. And when you’re working with a high volume of call center representatives, you’re going to be face to face with all different kinds of personality types. It’s your job as their manager to be able to work with all of them effectively and efficiently. Learning how to manage different personality types will help you flourish as a manager.

Determine the right metrics.

Management can be very reactionary, but this shouldn’t be the basis for all evaluation. Instead, make sure you’re using the right metrics to measure employee performance, employee and caller satisfaction, and other aspects of the day to day call center environment. These reports will help you see patterns over time and be able to manage appropriately.

Be solutions oriented.

Due to the nature of the job, there will undoubtedly be problems that occur in the workplace with your representatives. But rather than a kneejerk reaction, as a manager, you should be trying to determine the best solutions. Always approach a problem with the idea that it can be solved. Complaining about solutions won’t be productive for anyone.

Work with a staffing agency.

Call centers have high turnover no matter how good a manager you are. With that in mind, it’s important to establish a good relationship with a source for new valuable candidates. You can work with a staffing partner who specializes in call center placements who can help you find good replacements quickly and not impact your employee productivity.

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Quotes to Show Gratitude Every Day

November 30th, 2017

Now that Thanksgiving has passed us by and we’re starting to get ready for the December Holiday season, we should continue to take the time to be grateful every day. Gratitude shouldn’t be reserved for one Thursday in November, it should be a mindset to help you every day of the year. If you want to be more grateful this year and into 2018, here are some wise words to give you continued inspiration through the season and beyond.

1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward.

Don’t just think it, say it. No matter what, and no matter when. If you are thankful for the actions of others, tell them. If you are thankful for a situation or an outcome, say it out loud. Gratitude is contagious and if you begin to spread it, a culture of gratitude will emerge.

2. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.

Additionally, just saying the words is a great start, but thankfulness is an attitude. It involves more than just statements but actions that demonstrate your gratitude toward others in your family, work, and community.

3. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein.


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e can’t stress enough that the true key to having gratitude in your life is expressing gratitude towards others. Say it loud, say it often, and don’t only say it when expected. Silence is the killer of gratitude and, often, productivity as well.

4. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

One of the reasons for making sure you say thank you when it matters is because you never know when it will be too late to say it at all. On a macro level, this applies to your loved ones. But also applies to situations at your work in your community because you may never get that chance back to tell someone they’ve made a difference.

5. “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou.

Remember, gratitude is something you can feel each and every day regardless of the specific situation. If you’re having a bad day, for example, focus on the positive things rather than what’s going wrong. That can change your entire attitude for the better and turn the tide.

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Effective Ways to Show You’re Thankful for Your Staff Year Round, Not Just at Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017

Thanksgiving is the time that most of us celebrate gratitude, but that doesn’t mean it should only be practiced on the fourth Thursday of November. They say that it isn’t happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. And that can be advice easily applied to our employees and our workplace. How can you thank your team for simply being who they are now and in the future? Use this holiday to kick off a year of showing gratitude so you can see how thankfulness can become contagious in the best ways in your workplace.

Get to know them personally.

Some managers believe they should take a step back from their employee’s personal lives. But this can create a great divide between staff and management. While you don’t need to get involved in their every day, your employees will appreciate when you take a personal interest in their lives. What do they like? What do they do when they’re not at work? How can you nurture those aspects of their lives?

Surprise them with fun events and prizes.

Gratitude can be all about the unexpected. When your team expects it that’s when you get entitlement mentality. However, when you throw in a bit of mystery, that can really help benefit your team and your company overall. Surprise them with events just to show your gratitude. Give prizes when they’re least expected. This will keep everyone excited about the prospect in the future.

Learn what they want to do in the future.

You can show your gratitude in a variety of ways, including through personal professional development. Find out what makes each of your employees tick and do what you can to encourage that. Provide on-the-job training. Give them additional projects. Find the right career paths for them within your organization.

Care for their overall wellbeing.

You should also take time to care about them as a whole person. You’re getting to know their personality and their professional self, but what about their overall health as a person. Give them the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an appropriate work/life balance, and the tools to have a stress-free work environment.

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Custom Employees Reviews Make Everyone Happier

November 2nd, 2017

Employee reviews can feel like a “necessary evil” but they don’t have to be. In fact, many experts believe that a tailored review process can lead to more engagement and happier employees. So how exactly do you go about improving your review process to ensure everyone is heard and the right improvements are being made? Here are just a few things you can do to personalize your review process and improve your employee satisfaction.

Tailor the review to your employees’ personalities.

Your employees aren’t cookie cutter people, so it’s important not to treat their reviews the same way. Everyone will have different needs, require different kinds of feedback, and have different motivations. As a manager, it’s your job to determine how someone will react to a review and adjust your approach accordingly. This will help make everyone happier on the job.

Determine what makes them tick.

You need to find out what makes them tick as a person. What are their motivations? Do they love to learn? Do they like variety? How do they react in a stressful situation? It’s okay to ask them these kinds of questions in their reviews which will help you both create an action plan that fits with their goals and personality.

Emphasize how each employee makes a difference.

All of your employees want to feel as though they are contributing to the company. This may be more pronounced with some personalities, but everyone cares. Makes sure within the context of reviews, you emphasize how their contribution makes a difference in the overall success of the company.

Create an action plan for management as well.

In your employee reviews, you give each worker an action plan to ensure they are making the right improvements and adjustments. Allow your employees to ask you to do the same. Ask them what management could do to make their jobs easier or happier. Take their answers into consideration and create an action plan to make a difference.

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Can You Use Facebook Jobs to Land Job Candidates?

October 19th, 2017

Are you missing out on a large audience for advertising your open positions? If you’re not familiar with Facebook Jobs, you may not be attracting the most qualified and engaged employees in your area. More and more people are engaging with companies through online social media, so if you’re not using Facebook Jobs, your competition probably is, and that could mean you lose out. Here are some of the ways Facebook Jobs can help you in your hiring process.

Free access

Facebook Jobs is free to use both for job seekers and for companies looking for talent. If you’re logged in for your business and you visit Facebook.com/jobs, click on Publish a Job Post. This will bring up the free tool for you to enter your information. Once this post is up on your page, it will be accessible to anyone who has followed your company.

Wide audience

Not only will your followers see it, but you can also elect to share it with others based on certain criteria. On top of that, your content will be shareable, which is one of the many ways that Facebook posts get seen by a wider audience. If one of your followers knows their friends or family are looking for a job, they will share your post to their network, and so on.

Easy to use

The tool couldn’t be easier to use for job seekers. If they follow your page, they’ll see it in their feed. If they visit Facebook.com/jobs they will see all the current jobs available in their area. This will allow for them to submit their application through the “apply now” button or visit your website for more information.

Online reputation

Of course, posting jobs online has a lot more positive implications than negatives ones. Building a good reputation on social media will help draw more people to your page, site, and business. It will show how your company is a good place to work as well as a good company to do business with in your specific area of expertise. As online communication becomes more prevalent, building this reputation will be more important.

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