Want to Be a Better Leader? Get to Know Your Employees

February 4th, 2016

Management is about so much more than delegating tasks. As a leader in the workplace, it is your role to motivate your staff and encourage growth. In many ways you can lead by example and be a strong role model, but that isn’t all. So what else can you do as a manager to ensure that your team are happy, excited to work, and engaged? There is a really simple way that far too many business leaders overlook. Get to know them! Here’s how.

Show interest.

Getting to know your employees on a personal level is a great way to encourage them professionally. They may care a lot about their jobs, but they also care about their other interests, their hobbies, and their families. When you embrace that your employees are more than machines, you can nurture their human side and encourage them to work hard and succeed.

Be friendly.

To do this, you need to make sure that you are friendly in the office. If you bark orders, are aggressive, or otherwise inaccessible, your employees will back off from you which will make management difficult. You don’t have to be their best friend, but you can treat them with respect and kindness.

Follow up.

When you learn about something exciting in their lives, make sure you follow up with it later. Ask them about their weekend. Ask them how their kids or pets are doing. Be specific with details, which will help them realize that you were listening and that you do have a vested interest in their happiness.

Set boundaries.

Lastly, you want to make sure you set professional boundaries. While it is perfectly okay to go to a happy hour event with your team, make sure that your behavior doesn’t cross a line into inappropriate. If you set boundaries that foster a professional and friendly relationship, this will easily carry over in the rest of the office and even between coworkers.

Hiring can be a very stressful task and take up a lot of your resources. At Meador Staffing, we have the recruiters and great relationships to help you fill any of your job openings. Contact our talented team today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Texas.

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Here’s What NOT to Ask in Your Next Job Interview

January 28th, 2016

You’ve been told that you should have questions for the interviewer when you’re looking for a job. While it’s great to have a lot of questions prepared, did you know that there are some questions you should never ask? While you prepare for your interview, consider these questions to avoid.

  1. Tell me more about the company.

    If you don’t know what the company even does you have no business interviewing with them. This is the most basic information you can acquire for yourself before the interview. This question will be an immediate red flag for the interviewer. They’ll assume that you don’t pay attention to detail or aren’t willing to put the work into learning. Framing this question in a better light “Tell me more about this new initiative” shows you did some research on the company’s website or in the news sources.

  2. Does the company monitor computer usage?

    When you ask if a company does a thing, then it demonstrates that you’re worried about that thing. Companies have the legal right to monitor their computers and other property. By asking about this technique, you’re admitting guilt to misuse of equipment before you even start the job. You will not get hired.

  3. When can I get a promotion?

    Most companies encourage employee career growth, but you won’t qualify right away. If they believe that you view this job as a “foot in the door” or a stepping stone, they will be worried that you’ll abandon ship before you finish your first year. If you really don’t want this job, don’t apply for it.

  4. How much does this job pay?

    A first interview is not the right time to talk about money. Even if they ask, let them know that you want to look at the numbers and talk about it later in the process so you can discuss the options. If you ask about money in the first meeting they will rightfully assume that the pay is all you care about.

  5. Do you run drug screens or background checks?

    By asking if they test for drugs or if they run a background check, then you are admitting that you have concern for the results. It is best to assume that every company will perform these checks, even if they don’t. That being said, the company must also provide you the results of these tests so you are able to review the problems and provide mitigating details of they apply.

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When Is It the Right Move to Hire a Boomerang Worker?

January 21st, 2016

Have you ever heard the term boomerang worker? This is someone who, for whatever reason, decided to leave your organization and, after a period of time, ask to come back to work for you again. There may be dozens of potential reasons that they left in the first place and just as many that led them to back to the table. For employees who were originally the right fit for your company, when do you consider bringing them back into your organizations? Here are five reasons to consider.

1. Easy to reintegrate to company culture.

The biggest benefit of bringing someone back who left the company is that they already understand not only the job but the corporate culture. There will be little training in terms of integrating them into the office environment. They will be able to, for the most part, pick up where they left off and get right down to business in their official role.

2. Incorporate their new skills in your business.

What did they do in the time since they left your company? They may have worked in a job or for a competitor that taught them skills you can now incorporate into your own business. Use their increased experience to your advantage. That could be a main reason they left your company. The employee wanted to learn new skills they wouldn’t easily learn. Now, they want to return to your great culture and use their newly acquired skills.

3. Bring back a sense of excitement.

Bringing back a favorite employee can help boost morale in the office. Not everyone leaves for negative reasons, but their departure can impact the rest of the staff. When someone returns, it is like a homecoming for everyone. Your staff will be delighted to see their former co-worker back in the office. Even new employees can’t help but react to the positivity.

4. Reinforce company loyalty.

Hiring someone back does something else to the team mentality of the business. It will demonstrate that you are still loyal to people who do well for you in the company. You hire someone back because they were a good employee at the time, and you allowed them to pursue other interests. You reinforce that when someone leaves, you don’t just stab them in the back or erase their memory.

5. Save money on the hiring process.

Finally, one of the biggest benefits for hiring a former employee back is to eliminate all of the cost of recruiting. You won’t need to review resumes, conduct interviews, do references or any of the other trappings that come with hiring a new candidate. You will also save time and money on the training process since it will be faster for them to get up to speed in their new role.

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Be Careful with These Areas When Negotiating a Job Offer

January 14th, 2016

Negotiating a new job salary and benefits package can be terrifying. What if you ask for the wrong thing? What if they can’t commit to your needs? What if you screw up your chances at this job? Before you enter in negotiations, it is critical that you are careful with certain aspects of the process. Here are three things you need to be cautious about when speaking with a potential employer about money and benefits.

  1. Don’t let greed take over.

    Of course you want to be paid top dollar for your next position, but it is important to be realistic. Before you allow yourself to make an outrageous demand, do your research. Some good sources are the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Salary.com to look into what the job pays in your area. You can search by job title and location, and it will give you the median income as well as the scale, benefits and other information you will need to put together an appropriate request. Use this information to calculate the minimum you could make that will allow you to pay your bills, live comfortably and set aside savings. This is called your “walk away number.” If, in your negotiations, the employer offers that amount or less, thank them for their time and walk away. Otherwise, there is room for negotiation. You want to get fair value but you don’t want to be greedy.

  2. Don’t take too long to make a decision.

    You certainly don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, but if you’ve received a job offer, the ball is officially in your court. If you wait too long to make a decision, you risk missing out on the opportunity all together. It is okay to ask for a day to discuss the opportunity with your family and do more research, but any more than that and you’re just stringing the employer along. If you really don’t think you will take the job, be honest with them as quickly as possible.

  3. Don’t push non-negotiables.

    Lastly, make sure that you fight the right battles. For example, they may have some wiggle room with the salary itself, but they may not be able to offer a different form of healthcare coverage. There are some things that can be negotiable, but you have to ask and if you are refused, don’t push. For example, if having additional personal time off is important to you, ask about that in lieu of a higher salary. If they can accommodate, they will. If they tell you they are unable to handle your request, you need to politely back off. Being difficult in negotiations only sets a negative tone for your employment with the company. Both sides want to reach the same outcome, so don’t set a bad tone before you sign on the dotted line.

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Land the Best New Hires Before They Graduate

January 7th, 2016

January seems like a strange time to think about hiring new college graduates since they won’t be out of school until the spring. But, now is actually the perfect time! Young professionals are concerned about their job prospects and many would love to have a role locked down before they graduate. Companies can take advantage of this drive by the top students and ensure they are top employees in the future. Here are the best ways companies can find and hire talented college students for upcoming jobs.

Contact the career center.

Colleges, tech schools, and universities have a vested interest in ensuring that their graduates are gainfully employed. If you partner with the career centers of local schools that match your industry, you will have instant access to students who will be graduating each semester. The college can even help match you up with their superstar students and facilitate interviews.

Use Twitter.

Millennials are using Twitter to connect with employers so it is important to be there when they come looking for you. They are even using the microblogging site much more than Facebook, which is more popular for Generation X and older. Create a professional presence on Twitter and create engaging content to attract great candidates. Use relevant hashtags to have your content and job postings be found during searches by potential jobseekers.

Participate in a job fair.

Students are encouraged to participate in local job fairs to get an idea of the job market and practice their elevator speeches and interviewing techniques. This is a great place to see what kind of talent will be available after graduation. You can invite the students that impress you most to further interviewing at your company.

Host an open house.

Another way to attract the best candidates to your office is to host an open house. Partner with the local school to invite students that are part of the program most closely aligned with your business. Cater some snacks (what college student doesn’t want free food), talk to them about what it is you do, and allow them to meet the rest of the staff. You will be able to see which students are really dedicated to finding a great job after they graduate.

Search for blogs.

Lastly, many businesses are utilizing the blogosphere to find talent and industry leaders. While your average student isn’t a thought leader yet, reading their career-related blogs will help you determine who has the most potential. If someone is truly interested in becoming an expert in their field, their content will reflect it and demonstrate how they could fit in with your organization.

Do you want to know more about hiring top talent before they graduate? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help you source from our very own college town today!

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Give More to Get More Out of Networking

December 22nd, 2015

Networking may be the most essential skill you will ever learn as a professional. However, many of the ideas that we have about networking are antiquated. The question, “what’s in it for me?” is no longer the most important question that you can ask yourself. Instead, you might want to start thinking about how you can best serve those you meet. Here is how you can give more to get more out of networking.

Be interested, not interesting.

Many people default to talking about themselves. While you might actually be the most interesting person in the world, the best way to connect with others is not to dominate the conversation. Instead, start asking others about themselves. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say and ask questions that help facilitate further conversation. More importantly, remember these details so you can follow up later, whether it’s that day or in the future.

Be a connector.

One of the best ways to facilitate additional connections is to figure out who you can introduce your new contact with in your current network. They may not be able to help you right away, but they may be able to help someone else. This not only strengthens the new connection but will enhance your other business relationships as well. Making that connection doesn’t have to be right away, but it can be days, weeks or even months down the line.

Ask for contact information.

Far too often people are concerned about passing out their own business cards at networking events. Instead, make it your mission to gather more business cards than you give away. Better yet, rather than asking for a card, pull out your phone and enter their information directly into your contacts. You even can quickly add their name to a note on your phone to contact your new connections in the near future.

Always follow up.

Finally, the day after any event where you’ve met new people, make an effort to follow up with them. Send a short thank-you note for taking the time to talk with you. Offer them opportunities to connect in the future, and remind them of the conversation that you had. All of this will help continue the connection past the initial meeting. Far too many people don’t follow up after networking events.

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What Type Of Office Setting Works

December 18th, 2015

The layout of your office is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. The good news is that this is a flexible decision that can change if you need to any time along the way. So is an open office with no set desks a good decision or a recipe for disaster? Or are cubicles too claustrophobic for your staff? Let’s take a look at the various types of office settings and how to know if they’re right for you.

Traditional Office Environment

This layout is still very popular for many organizations. It usually features smaller, enclosed offices, and a larger meeting space, like you might expect in a law firm. The size will depend on your actual business. If your company has very conservative values then you may want to consider a more traditional office space to showcase your mission statement to your customers.

Individual Cubicles

Cubes gained popularity in the U.S. workplace in the 1960s as a way for businesses to maximize large open spaces for as many employees as possible. Today’s cubes are usually individual workstations with computers, some storage, and a desk chair that will keep individual workers secluded but still in the same general space as their co-workers. Many companies decide on cubes because they are the easiest solution to space management.

Open and Collaborative Spaces

A new trend today is to eliminate both offices and cubicles and promote more collaborative work styles. Millennials are bringing this to the forefront, and many offices are embracing it. No employee has an established work space and all computers are mobile so collaboration can happen organically. This type of office environment is great for the creative company that wants to promote innovation.

Executive Suites

If you’re a very small business, renting an executive suite may be a reasonable solution for any office space concerns. This will give you a private workspace for two or three employees and the professionally amenities of a larger office just with the cost of your rent. They can help create a professional look to show to your clients that will help them perceive you as a larger organization.

Co-working Spaces

If you are looking for something different than an executive suite that embraces the collaborative nature of millennial-driven work places and work-from-home options, co-working may be a great choice for your business. These offices allow members to have both private and open places to work, collaborate or handle other projects. They are popping up all over the country and the trend has been met with a lot of positive energy.

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Making A Career Switch? Show Your Versatility

December 10th, 2015

Lots of professionals are deciding to enter the job market in a different capacity than their experience would indicate. It is okay to make a switch in your career, but it is up to you to sell a hiring manager on your experience, transferable skills, attitude,and the ability to adapt. So how can you show your versatility when you’re making a career switch? Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Focus on your transferable skills.

No single career exists in a bubble. What aspects of your former career can translate positively to the new company? Is there a strong customer service correlation? Perhaps your organizational skills in a previous job would help you break into an administrative position. There is always something that will apply to another field, so look for these commonalities.

Have a positive attitude.

Honestly, your attitude about your future will have just as big of an impact as your prior experience. You never want to appear desperate or entitled. You never want to speak negatively about your former career or employer. A positive, can-do attitude will go a long way toward convincing a new employer to take a chance on you. If you can sell yourself and believe in the switch, that will help with convincing the potential employer.

Demonstrate your adaptable personality.

Not only must you be positive, but you have to show how your personality is accustomed to change and ready to roll with whatever punches the new job will throw at you. There were aspects of your old job which required you to change course or direction at a moment’s notice, so incorporate those stories in your personal and professional narrative.

Showcase your accomplishments.

Another aspect, which is important for anyone looking for a job, is to share what you have accomplished in the past. Discuss how these past achievements could translate to your new industry and how you are expecting to continue on a course of success. Share data as much as possible, but don’t try to quantify everything.

Share how your continued education.

Finally, you want to instill a sense of confidence in your potential new employer. Show them what you’ve learned about the new industry on your own. What classes have you taken? How have you practiced? Have you volunteered? Create a portfolio or a project that you can show them to demonstrate what you already know. You might not be in a new industry yet, but showing that you are taking steps to learn about a new challenge will make a great impression.

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Take Your Introverted Personality and Become a Great Leader

December 4th, 2015

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think about what it means to be a successful leader is an extroverted personality. But do you really have to be that type of a people person to effectively lead others? The truth is that introverts have plenty of skills they can offer, and can easily excel in a leadership position. So how can you make your wallflower personality work for you in your career? Here are some tips to get started.

Good listening skills

This isn’t to say that extroverts are bad listeners, but introverts approach conversations in a different manner. Often, people listen only long enough to formulate their own response. But good leadership revolves around really understanding what it is your employees have to say. Use your instincts to your advantage. Offer to listen to questions, concerns or ideas and then really think about them before circling back to discuss further.

Ability to be prepared

Some extroverts love to live their life by barreling full speed ahead without much thought to the consequences. Introverts, on the other hands, tend to over think things in general. Over thinking isn’t a negative behavior, but it can stifle the ability to move forward. In a leadership role, allow yourself time to over think things and ask for help from your staff to implement them.

A calm, even presence in the office

You are also less likely to have mood swings that affect the team in general. Not to say you don’t have good days or bad days, but you probably are more even-tempered than some of your extroverted counterparts. Everyone knows the bosses that are quick to fly of the handle. The problem is, everyone has had one but no one likes to work for them. Remaining calm is a good first step to smart leadership.

Empathy to better understand

Another aspect where introverts have the market cornered is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of those around you. Introverts are known for their empathy, and this can be crucial in an office where there are a variety of diverse personalities working together. You can take a step back and allow yourself to understand where people are coming from. After taking that assessment, good leaders work out ways to communicate to the staff in a positive way.

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What’s the Best Way to Find a New Job While You Still Have a Job?

November 24th, 2015

Balancing the job search process while you have a job can be a delicate dance. You need to schedule phone and in-person interviews around your current work and keep your confidentiality in check. You also need to keep your focus on your job so things don’t become a bigger issue. How can you navigate the difficult waters of a job search while still employed and get everything that you want? Let’s look at the best tips to get you through this process.

Don’t let your work slide.

The number one job that you have while trying to balance you current job and your job search is to not let any of your duties suffer. You need to remain committed to your current employer while you’re searching or else they may discover that you are looking to leave. Don’t give them a reason to terminate your employment.

Never use company time or tools.

Along those same lines, don’t use your employer’s time or tools to facilitate your job search. Never use the company printer or copier for resumes. Don’t send emails to prospective employers with your business email or even your personal email over the company’s internet. Obviously you will need to take time off but avoid taking excessive time off during your search either.

Ask for confidentiality.

When you are applying with new organizations, go ahead and let them know you’re still employed and don’t want your current boss to know you’re searching. This is a common scenario and any business you want to work for will be happy to keep your discussions confidential – especially if you are a top candidate in their eyes or work for a current competitor.

Choose the right references.

Confidentiality also needs to extend to your references. Obviously you shouldn’t provide the names and phone numbers of your current managers or co-workers (unless they are agreeable to your job search). Instead, go back to former supervisors who would be happy to provide references for the work that you’re doing. Be sure to ask their permission and tell them about your job search ahead of time.

Be cautious of social media.

Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t post something on social media that will give anyone who may have a connection with your employer some insight into your job hunt. You may want to keep you job search of off popular tools like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to prevent your managers from seeing something too soon.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Houston TX, and with locations spread throughout the rest of Texas.

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