What Can You Make “Mandatory” in a Wellness Program?

June 3rd, 2016

Many companies are looking into the implementation of wellness programs for their staff. But there are a lot of questions about how to encourage participation. You can create a weight loss challenge or host yoga in the break room. But what if you want to make something mandatory? Mandatory is a concept that often turns people off of a program, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you’re aware of what you can’t make mandatory, it is possible to design a wellness program that everyone can participate in. Here are some things to know.

Seminars and speakers.

Educational experiences can be a great place to start. Bring in speakers to talk about wellness issues, like stress management or healthy eating, for your employees to attend. In many cases, a break from their daily work will be welcomed. And the right speaker can easily motivate someone into taking action in their own lives. You can make attendance a requirement, but you’ll have to stop short and forcing them to implement these changes unless they want to. Taking it a step further, don’t limit your seminars and speakers to just physical wellness. Mental and emotional wellness are two great areas that a lot of people will relate to as well.

Annual physicals and other screenings.

You can make it mandatory that your staff engage in annual physicals or other screenings throughout the year. What you can’t do is then utilize this information to make employment-related decisions. But, if it keeps your employees informed about their own health, it will be a great benefit for them and the company overall. Insurance companies may require annual physicals to qualify for certain benefits.

Third-party medical questionnaires.

You can require that your staff complete medical questionnaires that are supplied by a third-party company that retains confidentiality. You cannot give out medical questionnaires yourself, as this would be a violation of HIPAA laws regarding individual medical privacy.

Additional voluntary programs.

Finally, there is no reason to avoid voluntary wellness programs. It may seem like mandatory processes will make your team healthier overall, but forcing someone to do something they don’t want to, even for their own good, rarely work and can add to stress and frustration. Allow them to pick and choose the programs that they want to participate in and you’ll see a higher success rate overall. You may think your employees want to do one thing, but you can’t predict their interest. See what they are interested in and build programs around that. When your employees create the programs, it’s much easier to get buy-in from your team.

At Meador, we will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. Contact our great team to get started on work with one of the top temporary staffing agencies in San Antonio!

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Get Ready to Network Throughout the Summer

May 26th, 2016

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are an explosion of color all around. The summer is a great time to feel invigorated about your work and your life in general. Use this new found energy to take a bigger stab at networking. Here are some things you can do this summer to increase your chances of finding you next professional opportunity.

Network Everywhere

Are you at a summer baseball game? Maybe you are relaxing on the beach. Or you might be heading to an outdoor festival in your town. Never underestimate the ability to meet new people wherever you are. Introduce yourself to other patrons standing in the refreshment line or next to you in the stands.

Enjoy the Weather

Get outside. The summer weather does wonders for everyone, and once you’re outside and engaged, it is easier to meet people. Go to outdoor events that are happening in your city and challenge yourself to meet at least three new people.

Learn about Current Events

If you’re not sure whether or not you can talk to strangers in the park, be prepared with knowledge of current events. Stay away from the sticky topics of politics and religion, and you’ll be just fine. You can always talk about situations happening in your community that everyone can relate to.

Don’t Be Pushy

You don’t have to lead with the fact that you’re looking for a job. In fact, it may never come up in the conversation. Simply let them know what you do and how you do it. Talk to them about what they do as well. You may be surprised by shared connections. You can also benefit from being a person who makes connections to others in your network.

Provide contact information.

And finally, make sure you always have your contact information available to give to them. You can have a personal business card that provides information about you or a website. You can include your phone number and email address or access to a LinkedIn profile. And always try to ask for a card in return.

When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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Does Your Cover Letter Follow the New Format?

May 12th, 2016

Have you considered your cover letter lately? It could be the reason your job search has stalled. This correspondence can set the tone for your entire job search, so it needs to be on point. The modern cover letter follows a specific format that allows employers to obtain the information they need to make a decision about their next move. You want to draw them into your story and entice someone to contact you based on what you can bring to the table. Here are three ways you can format your cover letter to be ahead of your competition.

1. Get to the point.

Your job is not to extensively describe all of the many reasons they want to hire you. What you want to do is wet their appetite. You can save details of your accomplishments for the interview. Instead, start with a strong opening paragraph that will get their attention and make them want to learn more. To do this, the best strategy is to get right to the point. Let them know what you want, why you want it and what you can do to get it. Let them know how you can fit into their environment and what you can do for them. And do this all in two or three sentences.

2. Provide a notes area.

When recruiters or hiring managers are reading resumes, they like to keep all of their information in one place. Most will jot down notes right on your resume or cover letter while they’re talking with you on the phone, during an interview or as they are comparing information about the candidates. Invite them to do this on your cover letter by giving them space in the margins to easily write their thoughts down. Bring them in a little bit, but not too much as to make it obvious.

3. Sell yourself.

Finally, it is your one job to make the hiring manager know that you are the very best person to contact for this position. Use your cover letter as a way to pitch yourself. Ask questions. Provide information that will make them pick up the phone because you have shown the value you will bring to their company. And then, to seal the deal, include your contact information in the conclusion paragraph of the letter itself. This means they don’t have to look up anything to give you a call right away.

When you partner with Meador Staffing, you are gaining a career advisor. We will help you conduct an effective job search that matches your skill set and schedule. Contact our great team today to work with a leader in staffing in Clear Lake and throughout Texas.

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