January 30th, 2015
Work/life balance has become an important topic in today’s workplace. How exactly do you balance your career with your personal life? Failing to do so can lead to overwhelming stress both at home and at work as well as to health problems. Here are some ways you can reduce stress, perform better, enjoy your life, and truly have it all.
Give Yourself a Break
When you’re at the office be sure to take plenty of breaks throughout the day. Just five minutes away from your desk can be enough to recharge your batteries and get back to work. If you can, go outside and walk around the building or the block. Never feel like you need to be chained to your desk the entire nine hours of your work day.
Know When to Say No
So many people have trouble saying no to others. This can be your coworkers, managers, customers, friends, children, or spouse. Unfortunately, there are times when saying no is the smartest thing you can do. Learn when it is appropriate, when to ask for help when you need it, and how to say no to certain activities or projects without upsetting anyone.
Be Efficient about Time Management
It is important that you stay focused during the day. Many people fall in to the trap of multi-tasking. The truth is that the human brain is not designed to multi-task and it can quickly backfire and actually cause more work when something isn’t completed properly. Instead, you should focus on setting priorities. Each day determine your most important projects and complete them first.
Turn off Your Cell Phone
When you’re at home at night with your family or out with friends the most important thing you can do is turn off your cell phone. There are very few careers where your actual attention is needed past closing time so don’t become a slave to your device. Be in the present, enjoy the company of those your with, and take time to relax. Your mind and body will thank you for it later.
Are you looking for a new job that will give you a better work/life balance? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin, Texas so call us today!
January 23rd, 2015
Safety is one of the highest priorities for anyone who owns or manages a business with high-risk departments such as manufacturing. But every business needs to keep safety in mind when developing its plan of action for emergencies and day-to-day operations. How can you make your workplace safer for your employees? Here are a few simple changes you can make today.
Have a Safety Manager
It may be a good first step to have a safety manager on staff to help encourage safe behaviors in the workplace. If you can’t hire someone for this job specifically, assign the role to someone within your company who is interested and willing to take this on.
Provide First-Aid Kit
Regardless of your business focus make sure you have a first aid kit in an easily accessible area. Always review the contents to make sure that it isn’t missing a valuable tool in case of future emergencies.
Train Your Staff in Safety Procedures
Every single person who works for your company, regardless of their job function, must be familiar with your organization’s safety procedures. Everyone needs to know what to do in case of emergency. Have regular drills and train all new employees immediately.
Implement Fire Safety Protocol
Fire is a risk for any environment and some may have a higher potential. Create a method to get everyone to safety. Make sure you have working and regularly inspected fire extinguishers available that everyone is trained to use.
Work with Health and Safety in Your Community
There are a number of resources in your community that can help you have a safer workplace for your employees. Partner with these groups. Work with state regulation boards and federal requirements to ensure you are operating up to code.
Are you interested in creating a safety plan for your workplace? Find out how Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin, Texas can help today!
January 16th, 2015
Many job seekers make the mistake of ignoring the cover letter. Hiring managers are often lucky if the email they receive has any more than just the attached resume. However, there are multiple reasons you should be including a cover letter and not having one could be the only thing standing in your way. Here are the reasons it is important to include a cover letter with your resume.
- It provides an incentive to read the resume. An attachment in an email could be a resume or it could be a red flag or virus. You need to let the recruiter know what it is they are opening. They are not likely to open an attachment on a blank email from an unknown address. You can also provide a short introduction of yourself to encourage them to learn more.
- You can customize your message to the employer. Your resume may be somewhat customized to the client, but a resume is still fairly generic. You want to tailor your cover letter to the company’s specific needs. Use information from the job posting, the company’s own language, and position your experience as a solution to a problem they have.
- Remind them of your contact information. Your resume will, of course, have your contact information but it never hurts to remind the reader. In your final paragraph of the cover letter be sure to let them know the best ways to contact you and share your phone number or email address again. If it is in the body of the message they are very likely to pick up the phone or respond immediately.
- Offer to follow up. You may also want to mention in the cover letter that you will follow up with them by the end of the week if you haven’t heard. However, this is a technique that you want to be very careful with. You don’t want to cross the line from persistent to aggressive. However, a quick email to remind them and see where they are in the process can job their memory and convince them to call you.
Are you looking for a job in 2015? Meador Staffing is offering jobs in Pasadena, TX so call us today!
January 9th, 2015
The manufacturing industry isn’t exactly known for being competitive. In fact, most employees are happy to get their hands dirty, do their work, and go home to spend time with their families while not thinking about work again until the next day. In many other industries, such as finance or technology, the method for promoting individuals comes from their contribution and drive. But how do you apply this to machine operators or other industrial workers? Here are a few ways to tell if someone is ready for a promotion.
- Their production numbers are high. In a production based environment the most important metric is output. What is the production value at their station compared to others in the warehouse?
- They put in a little extra effort. You want to look for someone who is willing to go above and beyond. Maybe cleaning the workstation isn’t their job but they do it anyway. Maybe they take a little extra time to ensure things are not just complete but perfect.
- They create solutions rather than file complaints. Complaints are common in a production environment. However, you want to look for the person in the facility who takes a proactive approach and solves problems on their own.
- They share their experience with others. Some people are natural born leaders and trainers. Is there someone in the warehouse who is willing to take some time to show others how to do the job more efficiently even if they aren’t expected to train?
- They continuously want to learn new things. You also want to watch for someone who is always willing to learn new things. Did anyone volunteer when a new project was introduced? Does someone ask you about safety training or other career advancement tools?
- They want a promotion. Finally, you want to promote the person in your department who is most interested in being promoted. Some people are perfectly content in their current roles and will be unhappy with added responsibility. You want to promote the ones who thrive in that environment.
Are you ready to make a personnel change in your shop? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!
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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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!
December 19th, 2014
Today’s business climate is highly competitive. Companies need to work hard at retaining their star employees and keeping them happy and engaged. As the job market opens up, job seekers will have more choices and be less inclined to stay in jobs they dislike. Employers must take ownership of initiatives that provide career growth and training. Here are a few ideas to you can implement this year to keep your employees engaged in 2015 and beyond.
- Improve your onboarding procedures. Did you know that a certain percentage of employees quit before 90 days on the job? These disgruntled employees indicate that poor training trouble with the company culture are their primary reasons for leaving. Create an excellent onboarding program to encourage new employees to feel more comfortable with the company as well as their specific job. Train them on their new job duties as well as your corporate culture, values, and mission. Offer a mentorship program where your seasoned employees help new hires become more acclimated to your environment.
- Provide regular feedback. Because dissatisfied employees often leave before the end of their first 90 days, waiting until a 3 month review before providing feedback is ineffective. Provide detailed feedback to them as they learn the job. If there are issues in need of correction, inform the employee and gently encourage them in the right direction. Of course, feedback shouldn’t be reserved for negative situations. Always provide positive reinforcement to encourage them to want to continue to do a good job. Employees don’t like to feel as though the only time their boss communicates with them is when something goes wrong.
- Offer incentives and rewards for good work. Recognition of a job well done is probably the most powerful motivator in the office. But these aren’t the only ways to encourage your staff. Offer gym memberships, flexible schedules, and additional personal days. Employees consider these some of the best incentives for being satisfied with a company. Implement programs to improve employee retention as well as enhance your business over all and continue to attract superstar employees when you need them.
Do you want more ideas for good employee retention programs? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!
December 12th, 2014
This time of year can make it difficult to stay focused. All of the distractions of the holiday season can make it harder to stay productive at work. However, the work still needs to get done so what can you do to increase your productivity. Here are some tips that can help you during the holiday but also build good habits that will stick with throughout the New Year.
- Eliminate distractions and set a timer. When you need to focus, just focus. Don’t allow yourself to have distractions. Turn off the ringer on your phone and let callers leave messages that you can return later. Avoid interruptions from coworkers. Set a timer to encourage you to complete a task in a timely manner. Focus only on that one task until the timer goes off, then evaluate where you are in the project.
- Start with the hardest tasks. So many people fall into the trap of tackling the easiest tasks first to give them a sense of accomplishment. Almost every professional is guilty of this. Instead, turn the tables on yourself. You may be most productive in the morning before the afternoon lull so start with the most difficult tasks to get them off your plate. That way the easiest or most fun projects are left for the afternoon.
- Only check email twice a day. Your email inbox is not a to-do list. This is the most important piece of corporate advice you can ever take. Responding immediately to every possible request will get you stranded in email quicksand very quickly. Instead, set aside two times each day to check and respond to emails. You’ll find you’re more productive if you’re not constantly waiting for that new message alert.
- Keep your workspace organized. A messy desk will absolutely lead to non-productivity. You could lose essential parts of the project and spend far too much time looking for things that should be at your fingertips. File things immediately, pass on finished tasks when they are completed, and always put things in their proper place.
- Take a break. Finally, one of the best things you can do to boost your energy and encourage productivity is to take a break. Get away from your desk, go for a walk, or take a breather in the break room. Constantly pushing yourself to a breaking point isn’t any more effective than procrastinating. Give yourself a chance to breathe and then get back to the task with renewed energy.
Do you want more ways to stay productive during the holidays and into the New Year? Meador is hiring for jobs in Houston TX and can help you today!
November 21st, 2014
If you’re in the market for a new job you may not have thought about contacting a local recruiter. All too often recruiters and staffing agencies have received an unfair negative reputation but staffing services also help thousands of people every year find jobs. There is no obligation and a recruiter is simply another potential resource for finding a new position. Here are four benefits of working with a Texas recruiter.
- They work with local companies who do not advertise. Many companies take their open jobs directly to staffing agencies before they advertise in the local market. This means that people who work with recruiters will have a first shot at a new job.
- They can match you to an opportunity that fits your skills and personality. Recruiters are trained to pre-screen employees to determine the perfect match between an employer and a candidate. Success with a new job is about more than just skills, it is also important that you fit in with the current employees and office environment. The recruiter will take the time to get to know both aspects before submitting your information.
- They can offer short term work while you’re looking. Most people, when they have the option, are willing to work short term jobs to make some extra money while they wait for the right full time position to become available. Working on a temporary basis also gives you a chance to prove your reliability and skills to the recruiter who will then be more likely to recommend you to their clients.
- They can help sell your resume to their clients. In most traditional situations companies advertise their jobs and candidates send resumes. This means that sometimes clients have hundreds or resumes to review and don’t have the time to do it. Most resumes will go ignored. A staffing company will be able to submit only the top candidates and tell the client why these individuals were hand-selected.
Are you looking for a new job in Texas? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Houston TX today!
November 14th, 2014
Your company culture is just as important as your salary and benefits packages. Especially with the influx of Generation Y candidates your company will need to stay ahead of the competition to bring on the most talented new employees. Millennials are requiring a better work/life balance in a way that their Baby Boomer counter parts never did. Here are some small changes you can make today to improve your company culture and attract the top candidates.
- Flexible hours and work from home options. Organizations are learning that their team wants more freedom. Employees are proving that they are responsible enough to handle it. Several flexible options are available for your company. Allow your team to choose their own start and end times which can help them beat rush hour traffic or be able to pick their kids up from school. Many companies are offering remote working arrangements. This could be 100% work from home or just few days to always have someone to cover the office. Some companies implement a “results oriented” workplace model. This means that the hours spent are not nearly as important as the successful completion of the work.
- Community presence and volunteering. Social responsibility is a hot button issue for many young professionals entering the workforce. Millennials want to work for organizations who care about their community, the environment, and other social issues. Find a local cause to support by hosting fundraisers or organizing volunteer programs. Encourage employees to bring ideas to the office and develop social responsibility programs. Offer matches for charitable donations made by employees or replace your annual holiday gifts with a donation instead.
- Collaborative environment and work space. Innovation is driven by collaboration. Generation Y have been raised in environments that encourage teamwork and they are bringing these skills to the office. Harness this energy to create a company culture that embraces shared ideas. Design your office to take advantage of communal spaces and start using collaborative tools, many of which are available for free such as Google Docs. Salesforce is also popular for collaborative workplaces.
Are you ready to hire top candidates? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!
November 7th, 2014
Internal decisions can be just as confusing for an open job as the interviewing process. Sometimes, even after an interview, a job seeker can find out that a job is on hold. It may be due to budget concerns or a hiring freeze established by a corporate office after the job was advertised. In any case a job on hold can be as frustrated for the hiring manager as it can be for the job seeker. If you’ve been told a job is on hold there are some things you can do to follow up the right way.
- Email. While some people prefer to talk on the phone the best way to connect with the hiring your interviewer is by email. This way you aren’t perceived as pestering. The hiring manager isn’t happy about this decision as well but they also have their job to do. Send a professional email asking about why it was put on hold and if there is an expectation that it will reopen. And don’t expect an answer right away; they may simply not have one. Use the “read receipt” function in your email client to ensure that the message was received.
- Reiterate. When you do email let them know that you’re checking in on the job and offer additional information that will get their attention. You may share something that didn’t come up in the interview that demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in this opportunity. You want them to remember you when they get the go ahead to hire for this job again.
- Keep going. Even if this job was perfect for you don’t stop your search and lose momentum. Keep looking for other jobs. You never know what can happen and it is possible that this job will never return even if the manager wants it to. Continue your search as you wait and give this job a time frame to stop following up.
Are you looking for a new job? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX today!