StrengthsFinder Series: Belief – Defined Core Values

December 6th, 2018

Meador Staffing Belief StrengthsFinder

Belief – People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Belief Theme in Business

Belief is a powerful tool. If you believe in your company, then you will stand beside every decision made and head into battle to reach the end goal. If you believe in your team, you will knock down doors and go through walls to ensure your teammates have the support they need, and that you are pulling your load to get the job done. If you believe in yourself, you will never be stuck in the perpetual seeking of motivation that others get tangled in throughout their professional careers and personal lives.

Emerging in Leadership

Unchanging is an incredibly powerful word. People that have Belief in their Top 5 Strength Themes will tell you that they have an unwavering sense of what is right and what is wrong. This strength manifests itself as an Executing Theme, meaning it doesn’t just sit around and wait for others to act. Belief takes action when others won’t or can’t. Belief is the driving force of a supervisor to take hold of the yoke alongside her team and push the load up and over the hill. Belief resides in the heart of the young business owner who had no clue what he was doing when he opened his doors in the Winter of 1968, but that Belief is what carried Mr. Meador and Meador Staffing Services into 50 years of business and a legacy in the city of Pasadena that will never be forgotten. It should be no surprise that 10 of our team members have the Belief theme in their top 5 strengths, with 5 of our employees having Belief as their top strength; most in a leadership role. This is the consistency and inspirational force that echoes throughout the organization.

Belief in Action

During this holiday season, belief is in the hearts of many. It is what the holidays should be about. If we stay within the realm of Clifton’s Strengthsfinder, and put on our goggles that highlight this theme, we’d see a man sitting in a chair, volunteering his time to supply joy to children as they sit on his lap and tell him their desires for Christmas morning. We would see a mother pick up multiple shifts to ensure her children get the Christmas that she knows they deserve. We would see strangers come together to provide meals for those that are not as fortunate as themselves, and thus creating a ripple of belief within those that they’ve just touched.

Our strengths are solid. They may shift a few spots with major life situations, but those that have a foundation that can’t be rocked will find Belief near the top no matter the circumstances. As we get closer to Christmas Day, and seek the joys of the holiday season with those around us; be reminded of the ultimate story of Belief. The belief that love is greater than anything. That giving is at the heart of love. “That God so loved the world that he gave…” We know the rest of the story, but it didn’t say God so loved the world that he took. So, I implore you this holiday season to put on your StrengthsFinder goggles, and be on the lookout for belief in action. Because what I believe you will find is love and kindness permeating throughout our cities. And if you look up and don’t see anything, then I encourage you to believe in something greater than only yourself, and reach out to a stranger and show them the love that you believe will change their lives for the better.

~Ryan Meador, Director of Development. Learn more about how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method in ways that will enrich the culture of your teams. Contact Ryan at rmeador@meador.com. Seminars and webinars coming soon!

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

November 21st, 2018

empathy in business

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.

 

focused empathy in business

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

 

CASE STUDY: Staffing Projects with 3rd Party Hiring Restrictions

November 8th, 2018

 

Staffing Projects with 3rd Party Hiring Restrictions

Summary

One of the largest energy companies in the world is in need of an equipment rental company for a large project. This required the equipment rental company to hire additional employees due to the size of the project.

Challenge
When the equipment rental proposal was presented, including the staff count, the equipment rental company was informed by the energy company that they could not use 3rd party employees for the project. They must be employed directly with the equipment rental company. If the company were to lose the opportunity, it would stand to lose a significant amount of money, as well as future chances to partner on the energy company’s projects.

Solution
When the issue was presented to Meador Staffing Services, it was clear that there were no other options for the rental company. They needed to add additional staff to accommodate the volume of work needed for the project and to win the contract.

Meador Staffing offers many staffing options, including contract and temporary. In order for the proposal to be accepted…DOWNLOAD  THE FULL CASE STUDY HERE

Appreciating your hard work on Labor Day

September 3rd, 2018

Meador Staffing Labor Day

We have to admit, some of us miiiight have slept in a little on Labor Day. Despite the dreary weather, some of you are still out there working, though. To you, to our own teams who dedicate themselves to our clients and candidates, to all of you who work so hard to build your own version of the American Dream each day, we thank you!

Enjoy your day, relax a little if you can, and be safe in the rain!

Be Kind to Humankind Week – Remembering Hurricane Harvey by Erika Torres

August 28th, 2018

Be Kind to Humankind Week - Hurricane Harvey

The Meador Staffing team can often be seen out and about living out the values of the company in their everyday life. This was even more apparent during Hurricane Harvey.

As we approached the anniversary of the storm, we wanted to revisit and share some of our stories of strength, faith, and community seen throughout the aftermath from our team.

Meador Staffing Hurricane Harvey Story #1:

“My home and family were personally affected by this event, we live in Brookside Village and on Sunday, August 27th I woke up around 5am and once I stepped off the bed I realized we were surrounded in about an inch of flood water. I immediately panicked and woke up my husband and two young daughter and we evacuated as soon as we could, never looking back or realizing it would be uninhabitable for the next 5 1/2 months. We found shelter at my sister’s house that day and spent the next few days witnessing on TV how the storm savagely ripped through our city. By then our personal belongings were pretty much nonexistent all we had managed to flee with was a toiletries caddy, important documents briefcase and a hamper full of basics for our family nothing else. At one point during the storm my husband and I went borrowed a friend’s small fishing boat to go into our property unfortunately our two goats had drowned in their barn so we disposed of them properly in black bags. Next was entering inside our home through the kitchen window to try and salvage perhaps any hanging clothes and coats, we left almost empty handed. I remember feeling completely stripped away of my earthly comforts yet there was an inexplicable peace to know that it was OK because God was fulfilling our true needs as he promises he always will. Once the storm passed and the first rays of sunshine appeared in what seemed like forever then everyone began to venture out to assess the damage in their homes and community. For us it meant me staying away with our young girls while my husband and a few family members returned home to begin opening windows and the arduous work of emptying the muddy contents which included precious pictures and keepsakes, subtle reminders of all that once was. All the while the realization that life must go on and asking ourselves “now what? Who can help us demo or where will we live while rebuilding?” We didn’t think real answers would come to us so soon.

“Why are you fearful? O ye of little faith?”

By Friday, Sept 1st we had a family friends offer us their fully equipped guest apartment in a nearby neighborhood that was spared flooding. The next day I received a call from Melinda asking how we were doing and unknowing to her she was answering our other biggest concern – Rick was organizing a large crew to help demo our home the very next day! When I gave my husband the great news he was in shock and speechless and I reminded him how we could not let our faith slip away no matter what was to come. I will never be able to thank Mr. Meador’s family and the entire Meador co. enough for meeting my family in our greatest time of need by lifting us up in prayer with service and fellowship. As the first year anniversary approaches it not only becomes a time of reflection and lessons learned but also of deep gratitude. Because no matter the size of the storm and its destruction it can never destroy our heart’s desire to love unconditionally and show compassion towards each other just as our heavenly father teaches us and shows us every single day.

Never did I ask Why me? Why us? I know many have been through this before us and many went through it after us with hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively and GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. ”

-Submitted by Erika Torres, Office Coordinator

 

4 Tips to Create the Perfect Reference List

March 16th, 2017

Any company worth working for will do its due diligence and check your references before making an offer. That means you should be putting together a reference list that will help you land the job and start off on a positive note. So who should you include and how do you create the perfect reference list? Here are four tips to putting together the best references you can.

1. Make contact ahead of time.

The first step to finding the perfect reference list is to contact your preferred references ahead of time. A surprise call from a stranger may not go as well as you hope. Your references will want to be prepared regarding what to talk about and when they might be contacted. Call your former managers and co-workers and let them know you’re applying for open positions and you may need their help with references.

2. Give them heads up.

That isn’t the only time you should be contacting your references. When you advance through the pre-hiring process with a company, they should let you know when they plan on contacting your references. When this happens, send your list a quick email to let them know they may be contacted shortly. You can also give them some tips that can help them formulate what they will say to the employer.

3. Know who to leave off.

You should never provide names of managers or co-workers you haven’t spoken to in years. This is a good reason to use online networking tools, such as LinkedIn, so you can maintain contact with good references for the future. If you had a manager who loved you but you haven’t spoken to them since 2003, it is best to not include them in your reference list.

4. Avoid negative personalities.

The other type of reference to avoid is anyone who would focus on the negatives. For example, if you were fired from your last job you don’t have to give their contact information to the potential employer. Instead, focus on individuals who will provide positive professional feedback to a potential hiring manager.

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Do you have your references ready? Are you ready for your job search? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston.

 

New Branch Managers for Meador Staffing

July 15th, 2015

Meador Staffing is planning for the future, for the next 50 years of service to the communities where they are rooted. Leadership within the company is busting at the seams and the company has taken action to recognize that in the promotion of new branch managers in Austin, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Pasadena, Pearland, and The Woodlands, Texas.

Our Austin branch is now overseen by Robin Melitz, a bona fide Austinite with a strong background in relationship management within the staffing industry. As branch manager, she also fulfills duties of account manager, calling on companies in the Austin territory. Robin came to Meador with 15 years of experience that ranges from branch management to regional account direction. Developing and growing business is a thriving force in Robin.

Clear Lake is now under the management of Caryn Martinez. Caryn was promoted from a staffing consultant to branch management, supported by her 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. Her professional drive, dedication, and extensive background in human resources, training, quality assurance, and recruiting make Caryn a valuable team member as well as a huge contributor to the success of the Clear Lake office.

Shirley Feeback, branch manager of Deer Park, joined the Meador team in 2005 as a member of our staff support team. She has climbed the ranks within the company, growing in her strengths in every role. In the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, Shirley received Team of the Year award. Her passion is helping others and assisting her colleagues and clients. She is a loyal and dedicated team player, who thrives on being thorough, precise, and hard working.

The Pasadena Temp team operates out of the corporate office. Ricki Langford has been promoted to branch manager of this team, having served the past few years as senior staffing consultant. She specializes in building solid partnerships with her clients by matching candidates to company culture and creatively solving issues that arise throughout the hiring and temporary employment period.

Keri Campbell now serves as branch manager for our Pearland office. She began working at Meador as a staffing consultant in our Clear Lake office in 2011. In September of 2014, she was promoted to senior staffing consultant and joined the Pearland team. Keri has over 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. She enjoys building relationships with clients and providing excellent customer service.

In 2014, our Woodlands office gained a valuable employee in, now, Branch Manager Mae Vela. She started at Meador in the role of a staffing consultant. Mae’s staffing background is in accounting, administrative, and industrial arenas. She is motivated to provide exceptional customer service and support by carrying out her work with integrity.

Meador Staffing is excited for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and our employees are encouraged about the changes made internally, the direction the company is headed. Our company subscribes 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. We have stood by our mission since 1968 and it inspires our corporate vision. For more information, contact Morgan Sheen, Vice President of Brand Management, at msheen@meador.com.

How Partnering With A Staffing Agency In Austin Texas Can Save You Money

February 6th, 2015

Did you know that your business can save money in the long term by partnering with a staffing agency to help you with your hiring needs? The process of hiring a new employee is one of the most expensive prospects in today’s business climate and by working with a service that specializes in placements, you can concentrate on what you do best – running your business to be successful. Here are some of the ways a staffing agency can help you save money.

You Have Access to Their Network

Over time a staffing firms will develop a pool of candidates. They will have access to professionals who want to work on a temporary basis as well as others seeking a permanent position. The recruiter you’re working with has been trained to select the best match for your company’s specific needs. They will pull from their existing network as well as recruit additional candidates based on your requirements. This will take significant time and resources, which will be folded into the cost of the service.

You Have Access to Their Pre-Screening Tools

Your company may have several requirements regarding the prescreening of candidates. The resources to conduct background checks, drug screens, and references are expensive. When you’re only using them occasionally, you find yourself paying more throughout the year. A staffing agency has access to these processes and can offer them to you as part of the recruiting contract or with a small fee.

Their Terms and Conditions Help You

A staffing company is a vendor just like any other company you work with as a business. They need to make money, but the cost of recruiting versus the lost time and expense of hiring someone yourself really balances out in the end. You need to work with your customer representative to determine a package that benefits both of you. These terms can include temp to hire agreements and more.

They Can Guarantee Their Placements

Not every employee is going to work out, but you mitigate your risk when you work with a staffing company. If the individual that they send to you does not work out within the first 90 days, you may have an opportunity to find a replacement at no additional cost. You may also be able to hire a candidate before their first 90 days are complete if you’re pleased with their performance.

Do you want to partner with a local staffing agency? Meador Staffing Agency in Austin TX can work with you today!

Questions To Ask Employers In An Interview

December 26th, 2014

A candidate who has done their homework will have a clear advantage in the interviewing process. Companies like to see that you already know about their business and are genuinely interested. In order to make a good first impression you may also want to consider some questions of your own to engage the interviewer in conversation. Here are four questions you may want to consider for your next interview.

  1. “What can I expect to accomplish in my first month?” This demonstrates that you are ready to get to work. While you know you have to be trained in specifics you also want to express that you want to hit the ground running. This shows that you are a self-starter and that you may even learn best by doing.
  2. “What makes your employees successful?” You want to know what it takes to fit in with the team. It is important for the success of your new job, and the continued success of the organization. You may also learn more about the people you will be working with which can give you some insight on the company overall.
  3. “How will the company make money?” You are an investment to the business so it is important that you know how the company generates a profit. You want to let them know that you’re interested in making a financial contribution to the company regardless of your specific role. You can show that you are interested in the bottom line and the more money the company makes the more successful you will be as well.
  4. “What are the long term plans for the company?” Employers want to see that their hires are dedicated and interested in long term careers. They are interested in you growing with the company. You may want to know about the future of the organization and how your role can grow within it. Ask them about the long term goals and how you can play a role.

Do you want to know more ways to stand out in an interview? Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Houston TX, can help today!

Employer FAQ | Why Should I Use Your Services When I Need to Fill an Opening?

June 27th, 2014

Choosing the right staffing partner for your company is an important decision. There are many small points to take into account. If you need to fill an open position or you want to start a relationship with a staffing service, here are a few things to consider before you decide:

  • The cost. The cost to your business will vary depending on factors such as account volume, and worker’s compensation insurance. We are committed to providing quality employees to your company at a competitive price.
  • The process. Our recruiters will begin a search immediately after we are engaged in your hiring process. We start by discussing the details of the position with you and your expectations so we fully understand your needs. This enables us to submit only the most qualified candidates for your consideration and ensures that we are able to meet your deadlines.
  • The turnaround time. There are a lot of factors that influence the time frame from recruitment to hire. It can be based on our current applicant pool and the specific requirements for your position. We are committed to sending only the most qualified applicants and will not sacrifice quality. You may also choose to conduct interviews or we can fill the job based on the information you’ve provided.
  • Prescreening. Each candidate who walks through our doors is thoroughly screened for their ability to conduct the available job. They will undergo skills testing and reference checks. For an additional fee we can also perform various background screenings as required by your business or industry. We want to work with you to customize the process.
  • Handling dissatisfaction. While we are pleased to say this does not happen very often, we do realize that not every job is a fit for every person. Sometimes this is not clear until the person begins the assignment. Our temp-to-hire program provides an opportunity for you to see an employee in the work setting and determine if they are a good fit for your company. If you are not satisfied with an employee, we can provide a replacement.
  • Scope of jobs. We staff for positions in all areas of clerical, professional, industrial, engineering, information technology, Web and graphic design, accounting and finance, human resources, and more.  By having a broad base of applicants, as well as various recruiting resources, we can meet your needs in most areas of your business.

Are you ready to work with a committed recruiting resource? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX to learn more!