DEER PARK AREA RESOURCES – ITC NEWS – LINKS TO KNOW

March 22nd, 2019

To our beloved communities in and around the Deer Park, TX area:

We want to be sure that our clients, employees, and communities feel well-informed during the ongoing situation at the ITC Plant in Deer Park. We have created a page on our website where you can access links and resources for questions, concerns, updates, and alerts. We have also posted the information on social media. Please follow this link and feel free to share it with anyone who may need it or feel comforted by having additional information and resources.

We will continue to pray for those involved in and affected by these events.

Sincerely,

Your Meador Staffing Family


Resources for Deer Park, LaPorte, Pasadena and surrounding areas

ITC Updates, Shelter-in-place announcements, News Alerts, ETC.

We will do our best to keep you updated on our main Meador Staffing Facebook page 


ITC NEWS

ITC

Latest news and press releases from ITC

Twitter – @CaresITC
e-mail inquiries: ITCCares@iterm.com
Claims inquiries: incident31719@itcclaims.com // claims hot line 346-263-9766
PIO/JIC Inquiry Number – 832-780-6739


HARRIS COUNTY RESOURCES

Ready Harris

Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM)

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Ready Harris – ITC Updates

(Direct link)

Sign up for Alerts


HEALTH RESOURCES

Harris County Public Health

Public health emergency information

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Non-emergency Health Questions
Harris Health ‘Ask My Nurse’ Hotline
(713) 634-1110

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National Distress Hotline – Harris County Public Health 

Harris County Public Health wants to remind individuals that the situation may lead to strong feelings of stress or anxiety.

If this is the case, talk to you someone you trust or contact the National Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990

or text TalkWithUs to 66746, which offers 24/7 emotional support.


STATE RESOURCES

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

TCEQ – Current Conditions for Houston Metropolitan Area


HOUSTON TRANSTAR ROAD CLOSURES

https://traffic.houstontranstar.org/roadclosures/


DEER PARK RESOURCES

Sign up for Deer Park mobile alerts:

The City of Deer Park uses the CodeRED® system

to deliver critical and time-sensitive communications such as severe weather warnings, evacuation notices, shelter-in-place notices, and missing child alerts, in addition to community announcements.

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City of Deer Park

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City of Deer Park ITC Updates

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Deer Park Office of Emergency Management

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Deer Park ISD


 

LAPORTE RESOURCES

SWIFT 911 EMERGENCY ALERTS

Swift911 in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency, or for sharing important information. All the calls you receive will come from a City of La Porte Caller ID.

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City of LaPorte News

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LaPorte ISD


PASADENA RESOURCES

City of Pasadena Civic Alerts Page

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Pasadena ISD


HOUSTON AREA NEWS STATIONS

https://www.stationindex.com/tv/markets/houston

What’s Leading to Employee Burnout? One Surprising Factor

March 21st, 2019

Employee burnout can be a devastating thing. When a member of your team no longer sees the value in what they’re doing, they may begin to slack off or do poor quality work even without realizing it themselves. Other team members may start to notice and this can breed discontent throughout the organization. There are a lot of things that can contribute to burnout, including dissatisfaction with the job or with people in the office, but one often overlooked factor is starting to come to light. Unfair treatment is one of the causes of employee burnout. But how can that manifest? Let’s take a closer look.

Bias and Favoritism

If your employees feel that they are being overlooked for favorites or that management harbors a bias against them, they will under-perform. Often, the problem for management is that these things can be subjective and difficult to determine. The best way to find out if your employee is feeling this way is to talk to them and allow them to talk with you.

Mistreatment by Co-workers or Managers

Another big challenge for a lot of employees is the feeling of mistreatment. This can be simple discourteousness that the other party doesn’t even realize is happening. In its most toxic form, this becomes bullying. If your employees are experiencing abusive behavior from others, it’s important to address it right away.

Unfair Corporate Policies

There also may be some concerns about unfair corporate policies. For example, the ACLU often challenges workplace rules that unfairly single out employees with different cultural backgrounds. It’s important to note whether or not your rule is legitimate or intended to make others feel inadequate or unimportant.

Unequal Compensation

Another major issue in the American workplace is unfair compensation. The most common example is the wage gap between men and women doing the same job. As a manager, it’s important that you assess your salary packages and make sure that decisions aren’t based on arbitrary or unfair factors.

Lack of Trust

Lastly, burnout can be caused by an overall lack of trust in the workplace, management, or co-workers. If your employees can’t trust one another or the systems in place, they aren’t likely to give the job their undivided attention. This can easily lead to burnout. Make sure you’re revisiting this issue regularly.

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One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward – This Could Be Your Career Path

March 14th, 2019

Changing your career path is a scary prospect, but it’s not impossible. In fact, taking a step back in order to move forward could be the best thing you do for your career. If you’re interested in changing your career and moving into another area, consider the best ways to make that happen. As you’re looking into ways to make your career move, consider these things.

Take a Step Back

It’s really okay to take a step back if it will help you move forward in something that is more fulfilling for you. The idea that you have to stay in your own lane just because those are the skills you have can be counterproductive to your overall professional wellbeing.

Professionally, it makes more sense to take a step back to gain a new perspective and be able to alter your career path to better suit your interests.

Focus on Transferable Skills

To do this, focus on your transferable skills. You may not have every single piece of knowledge required for the industry where you want to transition, but chances are much of your background can be applied. Look at the things that are universal and demonstrate the impact of your performance.

For instance, if you want to transition from administrative work to accounting, look at the things you’ve done to organize systems or even manage an executive’s expense account.

Understand it Takes Time

Of course, a career transition won’t happen overnight. You can’t necessarily quit one job and start working with another industry without a couple of steps back. But keep in mind that the work you put in advancing your current career means you don’t need to take as much time to advance the new one.

All of the basic skills of being a professional already exist in your wheelhouse. Now you just need to apply them in a new way. It’ll take time, and be patient, but it won’t take nearly as much time.

Be Open to New Ideas

You also have to understand when you’re starting in a new industry that you don’t know everything. Be willing to learn new things that can help you advance your career along this new path. Be willing to accept constructive criticism. Allow yourself to learn new things.

You also want to shed any bad habits that you’ve picked up along the way. It’s okay to admit that there is a better way to do something.

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What to Test in Job Descriptions This Year

March 7th, 2019

Do you reevaluate what you include in job descriptions from time to time? Experts suggest that taking the time to test out new things to see what results you might get is important to developing successful job postings that attract top candidates. If you want to improve the quality of candidates you’re getting, here are a few things you can add to your job description and application process to bring in the best.

Desktop vs. Mobile Experience

Have you taken a look at your website on both desktop and mobile platforms? The mobile experience is essential as many adults only access the internet through their phones or tablets. Your application process should be easy enough to handle through these hand-held devices or you may miss out on top candidates who feel that the process isn’t worth their time.

Review what you currently offer and talk with your website designer to understand user experience, also referred to as UX. This can improve the process for applicants.

Change the Titles

Sometimes what you think is a perfect title for your position isn’t in line with what job seekers are looking for. This means fewer of them will see your job opening. Begin by searching LinkedIn for individuals who do what you need and see how they describe themselves in their current position.

You can change the title of your job to better reflect the keywords that top talent is searching to find jobs like yours.

Add information on Salary, Benefits, and Location

You also have to know what top candidates are looking for in a new job and an employer when they’re searching for new jobs. Think of it as a selling tool for your company and position.

Include information in the salary range, the benefits your company offers, and the location of the job. If there are benefits that don’t conform to the traditional model, include those to attract more views. If you offer remote working options, include that.

Vary Your Application Length

You also want to take a look at how long your application process is. Does it have pages and pages of information to get to the end of the process? Do you notice if people abandon the process midway through? If so, adjust your options.

You can play around with lengths of applications and offer options for both mobile and desktop sites to encourage more top-quality candidates to apply.

We are the people, who know the people, that you need to know!

Do you want to improve your application process? Talk to the team at Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston TX today.

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Moving to a New Job, Industry or City Takes Courage – 4 Tips to Help!

February 28th, 2019

Moving can mean a lot of things. You can move from your childhood home to college and then into your first place as an adult. You can move from your home town to another city, maybe close by or maybe across the county. You can also move into a new job or even a new industry entirely. Any of these moves can be terrifying and they take a lot of courage, but they’re far from impossible. Here are four tips to help you make any transition more smoothly.

Recognize That You Need Help

Moving, whether it’s to a new city or a new job, doesn’t have to be solitary. You can lean on others in your circle and community to help you through the process.

For example, the internet and social media have significantly opened the borders of our spheres of influence. You can reach out to people you know in the city where you’re going on Facebook. Or you can connect with others who work at your new job on LinkedIn before you even start.

Your close friends and family can also provide support and encouragement. Don’t be afraid to let them help you.

Try Something New

When getting ready for a big leap, it’s helpful to try small leaps to test the waters. If you want to try something new, start with something small. It can build your confidence to be willing to let go and allow yourself to experience the nuance of each new situation.

For example, if skydiving sounds a little too scary, start out by going to a climbing gym. Work with the professionals there to help you learn how to do it safely and conquer your fear of trying. Then, when it comes to something bigger, you have already built your confidence and are willing to give it a shot.

Stay Positive

A positive attitude will go a long way in any situation. A new employer will welcome someone who brings a sense of joy, positivity, and willingness to be there to the table. Negative thoughts can sabotage even the best of intentions.

Work on your attitude whenever you want to try something new. Don’t think about what you can’t do, consider how you can do it. Don’t think that you don’t have enough time, reconsider your priorities. It’s not that you don’t have time to do a thing but that you don’t prioritize it. It can make all the difference to shift your thoughts.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Being comfortable is the biggest enemy for change. It’s easy to want to stay wrapped in your cocoon of personal comfort, but that doesn’t allow you to grow as a person. Allow yourself to find ways to escape your comfort zone and be willing to explore new opportunities.

Personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. You don’t just reach a milestone and stop evolving. You need to keep yourself engaged in order to continue to learn new things, challenge yourself, and grow.

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Better Presentations Come from These Changes to Your Meetings

February 21st, 2019

Meetings have a long and sordid history in the workplace. They can be a motivating factor to encourage your team to go out and give it 110 percent. Or they can be a drag and universally hated among your workforce. But there are ways to improve meetings and presentations to achieve more engagement. Before you prepare for your next meeting, consider these changes you can make to improve the process.

What Is Your Message?

To make a more effective meeting you need to make sure you’re staying on message. And that your message is clear. So often meetings are called when the topic is still just a concept. Instead, prepare ahead of your meeting to make sure your message is concise and communicated effectively. Be sure to consider your meaning with every slide.

Prepare an Outline

To stay on task and message, prepare ahead of time with an outline so you know what you need to talk about and how long you should spend on each subtopic. An outline is the most effective way to stay on track in your next presentation. Winging it leads to meandering and can quickly derail an actually effective meeting.

Get Their Attention

For your meeting to be effective, you need to make sure you get their attention right away. Start out by being enthusiastic. If you’re bored by what you’re saying, everyone else will be as well. Use humor. For example, add a slide into your presentation discussing the game of whirly-ball. Then move on to the rest of your presentation as if nothing had happened.

Use Multimedia

We live in an era of short attention spans and constant access to information. You can actually tap into this for your meetings in a positive way. Use multimedia tools in your presentation to encourage everyone to participate. For example, don’t force your group to turn off their cell phones. Instead, create polls so people can interact and see the results in real time.

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

February 14th, 2019

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

Show Kindness in Your Company Values

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

Treat Them Well in the Process

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

Enforce a Policy of Kindness Through the Interview

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

Continue to Be Nice after They’ve Been Hired

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

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

February 7th, 2019

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

Analytics for Job Postings

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

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

Chatbots

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

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

Skills Assessments

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

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

Communication Channels

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

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

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Forgiveness – Can It Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2019?

January 24th, 2019

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There are a lot of concepts that help us in our careers. You know that gratitude can help you with your interpersonal interactions on the job. You also know that a positive attitude is far greater than letting negativity rule your thoughts. But have you thought about another concept and how it can help you achieve your goals? Forgiveness isn’t often considered in the workplace, but should it be? Forgiveness comes in a lot of forms. You can forgive others who have caused you both intentional or unintentional harm. You can forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made along the way. Here are a few ways forgiveness can help you achieve your goals this year.

Process Your Feelings

It’s important to understand why you feel the way you do. When someone does something that makes you feel bad or upset, why are you feeling that way? Those feelings are valid, and they’re also important. But rather than dwelling on them, the lesson of forgiveness allows you to face your feelings and then let them go so they don’t negatively affect your future interactions.

Understanding the Difference

What is important is to recognize the difference between revenge and forgiveness. Revenge sometimes feels really great in the moment, but the long-term effects can be detrimental. But to forgive, let go, and move on will give you the peace of mind you need.

Focus on Lessons Learned

Instead, take time out to think about the lessons your experience taught you. Not every experience is good and there are very bad situations that can affect you personally and professionally, but what happens when you step back and look at It objectively. Is there anything you can learn from it?

Move Forward with Positive Action

Once you are able to forgive the people who have created these negative situations for your professional life, you can move on. You don’t have to hold on to that anger or frustration. Consider what positive actions you can do to be able to move forward and accomplish your goals.

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

January 17th, 2019

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

Make Faster Decisions

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

Create a Positive Candidate Experience

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

Do Market Research for Salaries

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

Partner with a Staffing Agency

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

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston

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