Being Nice – Why It Helps Companies Land and Keep Top Talent

February 14th, 2019

The focus on kindness is sweeping the nation. There are national campaigns to encourage everyone to simply be nicer to the people around them. And kindness is never a bad thing. Can you be nicer in your company to attract and retain top-quality employees? There is ample evidence that shows kindness in the workplace breeds employee loyalty. Here are a few ways kindness can positivity impact your hiring process and employee retention.

Show Kindness in Your Company Values

Right from the start, candidates will be looking at your website to determine if they want to work with your company. Your company values and mission statement should include information about kindness. There are a variety of ways you can communicate this within your web copy and with the overall corporate culture, you’re wanting to project. For example, some people are sure to include their charitable works within the community to draw the attention of those who want to give back.

Treat Them Well in the Process

Once they apply with your company, treat them well at every step along the way. Keep them updated with the process of the position. Treat them kindly over email and over the phone. Never act like they are a burden on your time or seem like you’re distracted by something else that you might consider more important.

Enforce a Policy of Kindness Through the Interview

Being nice should continue throughout the interview process as well. Be welcoming, kind, and show your candidates what your company stands for. Share with them some insight on what it’s like to work with your organization, how you put a priority on being nice to employees which, in turn, creates benefits for your end customers.

Continue to Be Nice after They’ve Been Hired

Once you make a selection and bring on an employee who fits what you’re looking for and has all the skills, don’t stop being nice. Start with your onboarding program. Pair them with a mentor who can help them learn the ropes not just of their job but also the environment and culture. Continue with recognition programs throughout the year to show appreciation for everyone who works with you.

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New Technology in 2019 – Can That Help You Find Better Talent?

February 7th, 2019

Technology is rapidly changing, and that evolution affects every industry. There are plenty of new things to consider when it comes to staffing for your business. But how is technology impacting the way you find talent for your open positions? Before you begin your next candidate search, consider how new technology is changing the very landscape of how job seekers find their new positions. Here are just a few examples.

Analytics for Job Postings

When you write a job posting, you probably make a list of the things the individual is expected to know and what they will do day to day. But data is showing us a different picture when it comes to what really works and what doesn’t to attract top candidates.

For example, a job posting that doesn’t include any description about your company culture may not provide any insight for a job seeker to decide if they want to work with you. You can use data to review what has worked in the past and apply it to new jobs.

Chatbots

You’ve probably interacted with them yourself. Maybe you’ve opened a chat on your cell phone carrier to ask a question. Or maybe you’ve used the chatbots on Amazon when a package didn’t arrive on time. Chatbots are a new way for people to interact with businesses for a variety of customer service needs.

It may not occur to you right away, but there are applications for chatbots with your hiring process. Job seekers may have questions about the process, the job, or the next steps. You may miss out on great candidates because they are initiated to call your office to get clarification. A chatbot can give them the answers they need in real time.

Skills Assessments

How do you really know that your new employee has the skills they say they have? Sure, you will check their references, but that doesn’t necessarily prove they have proficiency. But there are other ways to determine the skill levels of your candidates.

Staffing agencies have been using skills assessments for a long time to verify the skills of their candidates. You can tap into that by working with a staffing service to help you source top talent so you know that the skills they have are what you’re expecting.

Communication Channels

So, chatbots aren’t the only way we’ve changed our behavior when it comes to communication. Email, texting, and social media have already become a huge aspect of our culture. And many companies are leveraging these things when it comes to hiring.

Start with your social media. Are you posting jobs on your sites like Facebook and Twitter when you have an opening? Are you engaging with your audience? Everyone who follows your page can be a potential candidates if you reach out the right way.

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Houston Employment Growth As Good As It’s Ever Been!

January 17th, 2019

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New jobs are being created at a breakneck pace in the Houston area. And this is a great thing for the city’s economic growth. There is great talent out there, so it’s just a matter of finding the top candidates to fill your open positions. According to economic reports from the third quarter, the region added close to 130,000 jobs over 2018. Houston has emerged as an employment leader in Texas and across the country with growth at 4.3 percent. In the state of Texas as a whole, the number was 3.3 percent. So how to Houston companies find top talent in a job-seeker driven market? Here are some ideas to help.

Make Faster Decisions

In a candidate-driven market, it’s important to make quick decisions. This doesn’t mean to make snap decisions without enough information, but you can’t take weeks or even months to choose a candidate. You risk losing your top candidates to other opportunities willing to make offers in a shorter time frame. At the very least, be sure to communicate where you are in the process frequently.

Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Another place you should focus your energy when it comes to hiring is an improved candidate experience. Candidates talk, and their recommendation about how your company treated them through the interviewing process will quickly become the narrative. Make sure that’s positive. Create standard procedures to make it positive and engaging.

Do Market Research for Salaries

One of the biggest complaints candidates have about their job search is the approach to salary. Some feel positions don’t pay what they should and others become frustrated that the salary is dependent on past jobs. Instead, research the market and determine what these roles are paying in your area and make your salary competitive to attract top talent.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Another great way to find top talent and ensure they have a positive experience is to partner with a local Houston staffing agency. Recruiters can help you source hard to find candidates with the specific skills you need for future success. They can also handle all of the interviewing and hiring processes so you can concentrate on what you do best by running your business.

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Our Top Five Tips for Employers from 2018

January 3rd, 2019

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What did 2018 look like for you as a business in the Dallas area? Did you accomplish your goals? Did you grow throughout the year? And what are you establishing as your goals for 2019? Before we kick off the new year completely, we thought we would take a closer look at our top posts from 2018. What were people reading about or asking about throughout the year that we could help with? Here are the top five tips we provided to employers last year.

1. How to avoid employee burnout.

Employee burnout can be a huge issue and affect not only the individual employees but your entire team. How can you spot it before it becomes a major issue in the workplace? In this post, we take a closer look at the issue and the steps you can take to address it. We include information about how it affects your company and how making it a priority will go a long way to solving the problem.

2. Addressing employee retention.

In June, we asked the question whether or not the biggest problem affecting companies is hiring or retention. We took a closer look at how retention plays a vital role in the health of a company and what happens when it isn’t addressed. We also encourage our clients to work with an agency to help maintain good hiring practices that turn into good retention

3. Asking what their last boss would say.

Interviews are always a challenge, and how do you know if the person you’re talking to would be a good fit for your company? In this post, we take a look at the question, “would your last boss hire you again.” It will give them an opportunity to talk about their success and accomplishments. It may also allow for you to see any potential red flags before making a hiring decision

4. Why do employees look for a new job?

If your employees are leaving your company, it’s important to look at what is causing their exodus. Why do employees leave? In November, we examined 5 possible reasons that your employees are dissatisfied and may begin looking for a new position, including low pay, underappreciation, and lack of advancement

5. Big growth in Texas.

Throughout the year, we took a closer look at the employment trends affecting businesses in Texas as a whole, and especially the Dallas area. In this popular post in October, we broke down some of the reasons the area is booming. Low unemployment rates and multiple growing industries help keep Dallas at the top of the nation’s list of thriving economies.

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Google for Jobs – Why Your Candidates Are Here

December 20th, 2018

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Google for Jobs is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool created by the popular search engine that uses their already established algorithms to help connect job seekers to employers. Google for Jobs pulls jobs from a number of different sources to allow for candidates to search for jobs right from the Google home page and even apply directly online. So how can hiring managers ensure that their job will be seen by the right audience and attract top talent? Here are some suggestions.

Why do candidates use Google for Jobs?

The beauty of Google for Jobs is that candidates often don’t realize they’re accessing it directly. They’ll simply type their job search into the Google search engine and they’ll seamlessly see a list of available jobs in the area. It makes the process easy to use, which means more job seekers will use it.

How did Google for Jobs get Started?

As with many of the technology concepts rolled out by Google, it’s designed to make searching easier. They wanted to see if they could use machine learning to match job titles and descriptions to the jobs people are searching for online.

How can you get your job listed?

As of right now, you can’t directly post a job to Google for Jobs. It is picked up by posting them on other specific job search sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, and all the others. Your technical team can set up the right schema and markup language to have Google recognize your jobs. But to make sure they are indexed by Google for Jobs, it’s important to have a clear job description and include information like the location and salary levels.

How do candidates apply?

From the applicant’s viewpoint, not much has changed. They will see the jobs pop up in their regular Google search, but as they click on the ones that interest them, they’ll be taken directly to the job site where the post was originally published. The job seeker then completes the online application process as normal.

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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.

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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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