Key Signs You Should Promote An Employee

September 7th, 2017

Not all of your employees will be contented to stay in their position for the duration of their career with your company. That means, from time to time, you should have a plan in place to promote star performers. But what are the signs that indicate you should be considering a promotion for your employee? Here are the things that can give you a hint that promotion should be on the table.

Their data supports it.

Though it isn’t the only measurement, numbers are an important way to determine whether or not someone is qualified for a promotion. How does this employee impact the bottom line? What is their productivity level? How much money do they save or spend for the company? Starting with the hard data will help you determine who should be in the running.

They put in extra effort.

Staying late or coming in early doesn’t automatically mean that a person is motivated or accomplishing the right goals. What you want to look for is someone who puts in the extra effort. This doesn’t have to be time, specifically. It could be innovation to determine a new and better way to approach a common problem.

They’re solutions oriented.

Of course, solutions is also a big part of the process. There will be people who constantly complain about their situation, their tools, or their coworkers. These are not the people who will succeed if promoted. What you want to watch for is someone who is willing to immediately determine a solution whenever they run up against a challenge.

They enjoy sharing their skills.

A person who should be considered for a promotion may also be someone who enjoys passing on their knowledge. Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher, but there are people who really thrive on sharing what they know with others. Who jumps in to help when someone needs additional training?

They ask for more responsibility.

If an employee is eager to do more and they ask for it, this is a personal trait that should be encouraged and rewarded. An employee looking to add to their current duties is someone that may be ready for a completely new promotion to make way for new talent in their current role.

Of course, there may be a time when an employee doesn’t quite tick all the right boxes. In these cases, you may want to consider investing in career development training. And, if all else fails, you can consider hiring someone from an outside source such as a staffing agency specializing in your industry.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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5 Signs You Need Outside Staffing Help

August 3rd, 2017

You know you need to focus your time and talent on running your business. So if you find yourself spending a lot of time searching for and interviewing new employees, there may be a much more efficient way to handle that process. Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Consider these 5 signs and how they may point in the direction of working with a firm to help you with your hiring and onboarding processes.

1. High turnover rates.

Is your company struggling to keep good workers on the job? Do people sometimes leave within their first 90 days? Have you been tracking their reason for leaving and been noticing specific patterns? A staffing partner can help you determine the cause and effect, such as an onboarding experience that isn’t matching the expectations of the job. Or the hiring process not drilling deep enough into employee skill levels.

2. Slow hiring process.

You have a lot on your mind. And even with the importance of hiring, sometimes it gets put on the back burner. That leads to a very slow hiring time, which can impact your business even if you don’t realize it. The time it takes to hire someone for an important position is costing your company money. Other employees are taking up the slack. You can’t afford to wait too long to fill a necessary role.

3. Low-quality candidates.

You may have several tried and true resources for hiring employees, but what happens when the well starts to run dry? You don’t have the time to try to access every avenue to hire your next great employee, so you may start to notice that the quality of candidates you’re bringing in isn’t the caliber that you’re looking for. A staffing partner can solve this problem.

4. Inability to test skills.

And how do you prove that a candidate is who they say they are? Not necessarily on an identity fraud basis, but on the basis of what they say they can do. If you bring in someone who claims to be an Excel wizard only to learn they can barely skate by, how does that affect the job at hand and the entire office? A staffing partner can test for skills before presenting candidates.

5. Too many resumes.

Another problem you’ve probably faced is simply too many resumes to effectively narrow your choices down for any given job. When you post online for a position, you probably get hundreds of resumes. That is too many to review and most of them won’t meet the qualifications. But a recruiter is dedicated to this process which can free up your time so you can focus on what you do best.

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How to Manage Through Sensitive Situations

July 20th, 2017

A tragedy or other sensitive situation can strike an office at any time. An entire company is affected when an employee passes away or become ill. But through everything, management needs to manage to ensure that everyone is provided with the tools they need to cope and continue. What actions should you take to support your team through this situation while still maintaining productivity? Here are some thoughts to get you started in the event you ever have to deal with this kind of situation.

Be aware of your staff’s emotions.

In the case of the death of a coworker or even a serious illness, don’t assume that your entire time will be emotionally able to carry on without a pause or some help. Know that everyone grieves and deals with emotions differently, so simply being aware of how your staff reacts will be important to the healing process. Give them space and support they might need.

Consider how this might affect productivity.

By doing so, you do need to consider how your productivity will be impacted. Will there be people who can pick up the slack? Are you prepared for an emergency in your company? Simply looking ahead at what needs to get done over the next several months will give you an idea of ways you can compensate to ensure everyone’s needs are met.

Organize a gift for the employee or their loved ones.

Often the reason people feel so helpless in situations like this is they can’t do anything about the situation. By asking your team or organize a care package for their coworker who is ill, or finding the appropriate memorial gift for the loved ones of the deceased co-worker they can feel like they have a hand in the grieving process.

Provide professional resources for your staff.

But no matter how much time you give to your team or what kind of gift they organize, there will be individuals who aren’t able to process the information on their own and move on. This is why you need to ensure they have access to a professional who can help them along the way. Partner with a counselor or provide access to group therapy so they can build the personal tools they need to cope.

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4 Reasons Employees Quit (and What to Do About It)

July 6th, 2017

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, American workers are not saying in their current jobs until retirement. While the average length of employment varies based on the job duties and title. There are multiple reasons that employees quit. More than ever before, employee satisfaction is becoming an important topic for managers and business owners. And it is as important to know why your employees are choosing to leave as it is to determine retention programs to keep them. Here are some of the most common reasons employees leave their jobs and what you can do to overcome it.

1. A lack of connection.

Employee loyalty doesn’t have to be a relic of the 1950s. There are plenty of things you can do to ensure your team feels a connection to your corporate culture. Learn what makes your employees tick as individuals. Get to know them. Then help them understand how their unique skills fit with your overall company culture. Once they have a sense of belonging, they are bound to be loyal to your brand.

2. No challenge or motivation.

While you’ve hired each employee to be a very specific cog in a very complex machine, no one is happy doing the same tasks over and over again. They need to feel challenged. And you can provide that for them. Create milestones for achievement. Allow them to have creative control over aspects of their job. Find out what motivates them and reward accordingly. Some companies also cross train so everyone can feel a sense of variety in their work.

3. No clear career path.

Of course, one of the most common reasons a person leaves a job is to advance their careers. They may not see any upward mobility in their current job. While you may not be able to promote everyone in your organization to an executive level position, there are ways to provide advanced career opportunities throughout the business. Demonstrate the long-term career viability on your team.

4. They’re stressed or bored.

Happiness is essential to personal satisfaction. And there is ample evidence that stress in the workplace is the cause of multiple medical conditions, like heart disease. If someone feels that stress is far too overwhelming, they may look for a less stressful environment. The opposite is also true. If someone is bored and not having fun on the job, they will be less likely to remain loyal and look for a place that puts more emphasis on enjoyment.

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How to Maintain Employee Productivity This Summer

June 22nd, 2017

Summertime can hit your employees hard. They want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. They might have kids who are out of school, or they might be feeling the stress from long work days and trying to keep up at home. There may be vacations coming up, which should be fun but can add to the tension in the workplace. So how do you help your team maintain the right productivity levels throughout the hot summer? Here are a couple of things you can do starting right now.

Start a summer schedule.

Can you create a summer schedule for your team? Some offices will allow their team to work 4 10-hour days to have one day off. Others will shut the office down early on Fridays. If you can offer this extra time off without sacrificing productivity, it may actually help enhance your team’s motivation.

Throw a party.

Many companies have a summer party to help their staff blow off steam in a social way. Host a family picnic or an overnight retreat depending on the size of your office. This will give everyone a chance to socialize outside of the office and to relax. You can plan a team building activity, but don’t over plan to avoid causing stress. You want to ensure that everyone has fun.

Keep them guessing.

Don’t let your summertime motivation strategies become predictable. Instead, occasionally offer unexpected and fun surprises to help keep your team active and engaged. Give awards for performance, but also throw in some fun awards that no one will see coming. Like best parking job or packing their lunches.

Start a volunteering initiative.

Millennial employees are taking the lead on the need to work with companies that focus on giving back to the community. They want to work with companies that have a social initiative. The summer is a great time to kick off these volunteering programs to allow your team to work together to support the common good. You can raise money for a cause or organize a volunteering day.

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Are You Overlooking The Secret to Smarter Recruiting in Austin?

June 9th, 2017

Everything in Texas is bigger. And that idea extends to our networks and our job opportunities. But that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are lurking around every corner. Finding the right person for your open position takes time and effort, and as a business owner or manager, you have very little time or effort to spare. So could you be overlooking the secret to smarter recruiting right here in Austin? Here are some things to consider when searching for your next superstar.

Agencies have extensive networks.

You’ve probably built up large networks around your own business, but they are specific. The same is true for the staffing agencies in the area, and their networks are specifically tapped into the employment market. A recruiter works tirelessly to talk to individuals who are actively part of the job search community. If they receive an open position from your company, they put their network to work finding just the right fit for your opportunity.

Recruiters are trained to find talent.

You’re very good at what you do. Whatever your business is, you’ve found success. Just like you’re an expert in your field, recruiters are experts in theirs. They have been trained to find talent in a variety of places, from plain site to hidden gems. Instead of spending your valuable time trying to hunt down talent, you can focus on your business and let the recruiters do their job.

The hidden places in Austin.

For most people, it seems like the best way to find new talent in the Austin area is to put out advertisements within the community. But a staffing firm has deeper roots than that. They can find candidates in the hidden places, including candidates who don’t know they want to be found yet. These are nooks and crannies that you’re not able to access when it comes to hiring, so relying on the expertise of a staffing agency will be the best way to find hidden talent.

How to pick the best staffing firm.

With the prevalence of staffing agencies in the Austin area, how do you know if you’re selecting the right company to work with you and your hiring needs? There are a few ways to determine if your local firm is the best fit for you. You can determine their specialization, their resources, and their expertise. Learn about how they source candidates and how they contribute to the community. Read more about how to find the right agency here.

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Best Practices for Bilingual Testing During Hiring

May 18th, 2017

Do you have an open position for a bilingual professional? There are many cases, especially in customer service or other client-facing positons, where skills with another language will be imperative. But what considerations do you need to make when hiring someone who is bilingual? Before you make a hiring decision, think through some of the ways to ensure you’re using the best hiring practices to make the best choice for your company

The best way to use testing.

The first step is to find a testing product that works best for you and your company’s hiring process. But keep in mind that it is important to review the quality of the tests and use a product considered validated to help avoid hiring bias in your final choices. Testing should always be reviewed objectively to avoid making unnecessary connections with incorrect information. If you use online testing, talk with the testing provider about ways they avoid testing fraud.

Utilize a staffing partner.

One possible solution for testing is to work with a staffing agency to provide the pre-employment screening necessary to determine if a candidate is qualified for your open position. They can provide the testing needed to determine the level of language proficiency for each candidate. They can also give you the results in a way to allow you to make an unbiased selection while knowing the most important information.

Consider the pay rates.

When you make the hiring decision, there are some other aspects that are worth considering. For instance, have you thought about a premium pay rate for individuals who bring bilingual skills to the table? There may be a reason to pay slightly more for these candidates as you can make use of their extensive skills for success in the position. Review resources like Salary.com to determine the best pay rate for bilingual employees in that position.

Implement strong onboarding.

It is also important that you utilize appropriate onboarding and training techniques to ensure all expectations are being met. Does your new hire need more training to avoid preventable workplace conflict over incorrect translations? Do you need to make sure they are comfortable in their position and understand all the necessary information when it comes to discussing information with employees and customers in two different languages?

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Is the Local Staffing Agency the Best Fit for Your Employment Needs?

May 4th, 2017

Have you considered working with a staffing agency to help you with your placement needs? If so, what information is important for you to know about working with them to achieve success and satisfaction? Your local staffing agency is equipped to help you find the right candidates for your open positions who are local and reliable. They have policies in place to prevent or replace unsatisfactory employees. And they can work with you to determine the best overall solution for your workforce needs. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can work with your local staffing agency.

Develop a Long-Term Relationship

Many companies take a more immediate approach to filling essential positions within their company. If they do contact an agency, it might be the last one that dropped off a card. But building a relationship with an agency can help you increase the chances of success. They get to know you and your business inside out. They can determine your company culture and, when they see a candidate who would be a perfect fit, can contact you directly before that candidate is considered for other opportunities. This long term relationship with your staffing agency can result in better hires and more success.

The Advantages of Working With a Smaller Firm

You also have an option to work with small, independent agencies in your area or large national firms. So what makes the big difference? You might think that working with a big name national staffing agency will be better, but in some cases it makes more sense to approach your local agency. Why? They understand the region. They own a business in your community as well and deal with the very same issues you do on a day to day basis. They pull talent from the local area and really know what you need.

Work With a Higher-Level Executive

So who is the best person in the agency to form this relationship with? When you can, build the relationship with the person at the highest level of the organization. Why? Because they don’t have the same kind of day to day administrative or sales tasks as their recruiters or account managers. They can spend time building a relationship with you and entire company. They also understand where you’re coming from as a manager or business owner in a way their staff can’t.

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3 Skills Your Marketing Hire MUST Have

April 20th, 2017

It’s a brave new world for marketing today, which means that your new hire should possess skills that may have been unheard of in years past. With the proliferation of social media and the way people communicate and access information, your new marketing hire has to be knowledgeable about a number of new trends. But even if you don’t have a background in the latest marketing trends, you can still source candidates who do. What are the top 3 things you should be looking for in new marketing candidates for your open positions?

Understanding of analytics.

Marketing today is almost entirely handled through online social media processes. That isn’t to say that print advertising is dead or that word of mouth isn’t important, but it is imperative that you have someone on your staff who completely understands the world of online marketing. And the most important information can be discovered through thoroughly understanding Google analytics. Analytics about your website and how people are interacting with it will inform everything you need to know about how to boost marketing, promotions, or sales.

Content marketing systems experience.

Of course, to do this, your new marketing employee should have a pretty good handle on the way to produce content marketing. The most common way today is through blogging and social media management. You should look for someone who has experience with WordPress. Not just how to create a blog post, but how to use plug-ins to help manage other aspects of the marketing processes. For example, you can have a plug-in that allows direct shares of the content to social media, which will increase the dissemination of your company’s marketing information.

The use of video.

Another aspect that is becoming increasingly more important is video. Your customers want to see and interact with the products before they buy it. Today, before making large purchasing decisions, many consumers will search YouTube to see demonstrates of real individuals using products they’re most interested in. This can be done directly by your marketing department so you are in control of the messaging. Don’t just use YouTube, but create original content for your website or take advantage of the Facebook Live options.

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