How to Be Proactive and Avoid Employee Burnout

February 15th, 2018

Have you noticed that some of your team isn’t performing up to their usual standards? This is especially disturbing if the team members are previously high performers in your company. It could be employee burnout. But once an employee has completely burned out on their job, there may not be a way to repair the damage. Instead, it’s essential that you are proactive about burnout and avoid it or catch it as quickly as possible. So what are the signs of employee burn out? How does it impact your business? And, ultimately, what can you do about it?

What is Employee Burnout?

Employee burnout can be both easy and difficult to spot. It’s pretty obvious when you notice someone is completely checked out from their job. But there are also smaller signs that may go unnoticed. Maybe they’ve been taking a few sick days. Or maybe they’re becoming less organized than usual. Employee burnout is simply the idea that they are no longer engaged in the job they’re doing every day.

How Does it Affect Your Company?

Burn out doesn’t just affect one employee. It may start that way, but it can quickly spread. If someone is unhappy in their job, they may begin to infect others who weren’t in danger of becoming burned out. Their productivity levels may affect your output or their attitude may affect coworkers or customers.

Talk about the problem.

Step one is to recognize the problem. Talk to your affected employees as individuals to try to get to the source of the problem. It could be anything from a dissatisfaction in their day to day duties to some challenges going on at home. If they feel like they’re spinning out of control, the first step is to discuss the problem.

Implement flexibility.

Sometimes the easiest step to fixing the problem is to provide some level of flexibility. Sure, not every office has this option, but if you do it can go a long way to helping someone feel less burned out on the job. Maybe you can give them a different start time to help with duties at home. Or maybe they can have one or two days a week to work remotely.

Encourage vacations.

Workers have a problem with taking their vacation time. We’ve created a culture where people don’t feel like they can afford time off even if they’ve earned it. They may feel like they’re replicable if the company sees it can function without them. But vacation is essential for recharging the physical and mental batteries, so enforce a vacation policy in your office.

Cross train employees.

Another way to get your employees out of a rut is to cross train them. This way, they know other aspects of the job and can easily slip from task to task. They can do a job if someone else is out of the office or they can swap projects for a change of pace. Having people who know multiple aspects of the business can give you a change of perspective as well.

Make it a priority.

Finally, it’s essential that you make this a priority in your office. If you let burned out employees flounder, their dissatisfaction will be impossible to reverse. Their unhappiness with your company can cause a domino effect and create much bigger problems along the line. Take burn out seriously and do something about it before it becomes an unfixable problem.

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Our 5 Best Job Search Tips from 2017

January 11th, 2018

Every year, our goal is to provide the best possible information for job seekers in Texas. Whether you’re unhappy in your current role or you’re unemployed looking for a new position, we want to be a resource for advice to help you in your job search. So what were our top tips from 2017? Before we begin with new content in 2018, let’s take a look back at the top 5 posts last year.

Red flags in your job search.

There may be ample opportunity to determine a company isn’t a good fit for you before you even start. Look for these warning signs may help you make the right decision. We suggest looking at their overall communication, attitude, and reputation. Also look for any personality conflicts, a lack of clarity in the job description, and inconsistent policies.

The real truth about job searching.

We also wanted to give job seekers a sort of behind the scenes look at the truth about looking for a job. What are some of the biggest misconceptions and myths? We wanted to share why you shouldn’t apply to everything, how job hopping really affects your chances, how to find hidden opportunities, and how to follow up after applying.

How to include temp work on your resume.

If you’ve done temporary work between full-time jobs, how do you effectively put that on your resume? Since the situation is so common, we wanted to provide some insider information on the process. You can show the consistency in your work experience, new skills you learned, your overall determination, and even use the agency as a reference for your continued search.

Questions for employers that set you apart.

If you really want to make a good impression in the interviewing process, there are some questions that would set you apart from your competition. They demonstrate your interest in the job and your thoughtfulness for making a decision. Ask questions about their process for determining success, how they think the company can be improved, and why they might not choose to hire you. We’ve also offered insight as to why these questions and how to position them.

How to apply when you’re not qualified.

Of course, there may be times when you see a job ad that looks great but you’re missing some of the experience they’re looking for. What do you do? We believe there are ways to position yourself as the right candidate even if you don’t check all the boxes. In this post, we talk about how to read the job description to understand the top requirements, how to sell the skills you do have, and avoid focusing on the things you don’t bring to the table.

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Become a Great Call Center Manager in 2018

December 7th, 2017

Did you know that managing a call center is very different than other types of management positions? In this case, you need to ensure your staff is up to date with the latest news, policies, and information, as well as manage the caller experience every day. Priorities and details may change weekly or even daily. If you want to establish your places as a top quality call center manager, here are some ways you can stand out in your field.

Manage different personalities.

There is no cookie-cutter option for call center employees. And when you’re working with a high volume of call center representatives, you’re going to be face to face with all different kinds of personality types. It’s your job as their manager to be able to work with all of them effectively and efficiently. Learning how to manage different personality types will help you flourish as a manager.

Determine the right metrics.

Management can be very reactionary, but this shouldn’t be the basis for all evaluation. Instead, make sure you’re using the right metrics to measure employee performance, employee and caller satisfaction, and other aspects of the day to day call center environment. These reports will help you see patterns over time and be able to manage appropriately.

Be solutions oriented.

Due to the nature of the job, there will undoubtedly be problems that occur in the workplace with your representatives. But rather than a kneejerk reaction, as a manager, you should be trying to determine the best solutions. Always approach a problem with the idea that it can be solved. Complaining about solutions won’t be productive for anyone.

Work with a staffing agency.

Call centers have high turnover no matter how good a manager you are. With that in mind, it’s important to establish a good relationship with a source for new valuable candidates. You can work with a staffing partner who specializes in call center placements who can help you find good replacements quickly and not impact your employee productivity.

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Quotes to Show Gratitude Every Day

November 30th, 2017

Now that Thanksgiving has passed us by and we’re starting to get ready for the December Holiday season, we should continue to take the time to be grateful every day. Gratitude shouldn’t be reserved for one Thursday in November, it should be a mindset to help you every day of the year. If you want to be more grateful this year and into 2018, here are some wise words to give you continued inspiration through the season and beyond.

1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward.

Don’t just think it, say it. No matter what, and no matter when. If you are thankful for the actions of others, tell them. If you are thankful for a situation or an outcome, say it out loud. Gratitude is contagious and if you begin to spread it, a culture of gratitude will emerge.

2. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.

Additionally, just saying the words is a great start, but thankfulness is an attitude. It involves more than just statements but actions that demonstrate your gratitude toward others in your family, work, and community.

3. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein.


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e can’t stress enough that the true key to having gratitude in your life is expressing gratitude towards others. Say it loud, say it often, and don’t only say it when expected. Silence is the killer of gratitude and, often, productivity as well.

4. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

One of the reasons for making sure you say thank you when it matters is because you never know when it will be too late to say it at all. On a macro level, this applies to your loved ones. But also applies to situations at your work in your community because you may never get that chance back to tell someone they’ve made a difference.

5. “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou.

Remember, gratitude is something you can feel each and every day regardless of the specific situation. If you’re having a bad day, for example, focus on the positive things rather than what’s going wrong. That can change your entire attitude for the better and turn the tide.

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Job Candidates Should Apply Even When They Don’t Meet Every Requirement

November 9th, 2017

There are two kinds of job seekers in the world. The ones who feel like they have to live up to every possible aspect of a job description before sending in their resume and the ones who decide to just go for it. But should be you the person who just goes for it? What if you don’t meet every requirement? Should you still apply? There may be cases where applying anyway can get you the job when you employ the right strategy. Here’s how to do it.

Know the job description is a dream candidate.

Always keep in mind that the job description includes every possible requirement that the company would like to see in an ideal candidate. That doesn’t mean they will automatically get applicants that check all the boxes. If you feel that you check most of them, it still may be worth it to throw your hat in the ring.

Demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job.

Once you do apply, it is your job to prove to the hiring manager that you are the person they want to talk to about this job. Incorporate the specifics of the job with your past experience to help them see how you can be a problem solver for them. Express your interest in their company specifically, not just any job.

Showcase the skills you have and value you bring.

When sharing with them your experience, be sure to highlight the things that you bring to the table that can improve their business and fit their role. Spend time on the top qualities that they’re looking for that you also possess. Maintain a positive attitude and a cool confidence.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t do.

Finally, make sure that you’re not focusing on the parts of the job you’re not able to do. You may need to address these items in the interview process but remain optimistic that your experience learning new skills can get you up to speed quickly for the right employer. Make this a benefit for the company to not have to break old habits as you learn to work with them.

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Custom Employees Reviews Make Everyone Happier

November 2nd, 2017

Employee reviews can feel like a “necessary evil” but they don’t have to be. In fact, many experts believe that a tailored review process can lead to more engagement and happier employees. So how exactly do you go about improving your review process to ensure everyone is heard and the right improvements are being made? Here are just a few things you can do to personalize your review process and improve your employee satisfaction.

Tailor the review to your employees’ personalities.

Your employees aren’t cookie cutter people, so it’s important not to treat their reviews the same way. Everyone will have different needs, require different kinds of feedback, and have different motivations. As a manager, it’s your job to determine how someone will react to a review and adjust your approach accordingly. This will help make everyone happier on the job.

Determine what makes them tick.

You need to find out what makes them tick as a person. What are their motivations? Do they love to learn? Do they like variety? How do they react in a stressful situation? It’s okay to ask them these kinds of questions in their reviews which will help you both create an action plan that fits with their goals and personality.

Emphasize how each employee makes a difference.

All of your employees want to feel as though they are contributing to the company. This may be more pronounced with some personalities, but everyone cares. Makes sure within the context of reviews, you emphasize how their contribution makes a difference in the overall success of the company.

Create an action plan for management as well.

In your employee reviews, you give each worker an action plan to ensure they are making the right improvements and adjustments. Allow your employees to ask you to do the same. Ask them what management could do to make their jobs easier or happier. Take their answers into consideration and create an action plan to make a difference.

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Can You Use Facebook Jobs to Land Job Candidates?

October 19th, 2017

Are you missing out on a large audience for advertising your open positions? If you’re not familiar with Facebook Jobs, you may not be attracting the most qualified and engaged employees in your area. More and more people are engaging with companies through online social media, so if you’re not using Facebook Jobs, your competition probably is, and that could mean you lose out. Here are some of the ways Facebook Jobs can help you in your hiring process.

Free access

Facebook Jobs is free to use both for job seekers and for companies looking for talent. If you’re logged in for your business and you visit Facebook.com/jobs, click on Publish a Job Post. This will bring up the free tool for you to enter your information. Once this post is up on your page, it will be accessible to anyone who has followed your company.

Wide audience

Not only will your followers see it, but you can also elect to share it with others based on certain criteria. On top of that, your content will be shareable, which is one of the many ways that Facebook posts get seen by a wider audience. If one of your followers knows their friends or family are looking for a job, they will share your post to their network, and so on.

Easy to use

The tool couldn’t be easier to use for job seekers. If they follow your page, they’ll see it in their feed. If they visit Facebook.com/jobs they will see all the current jobs available in their area. This will allow for them to submit their application through the “apply now” button or visit your website for more information.

Online reputation

Of course, posting jobs online has a lot more positive implications than negatives ones. Building a good reputation on social media will help draw more people to your page, site, and business. It will show how your company is a good place to work as well as a good company to do business with in your specific area of expertise. As online communication becomes more prevalent, building this reputation will be more important.

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How to Craft an Employee Retention Plan

September 21st, 2017

Your employees are your company’s most valuable asset. So when you’re experiencing high turnover, it can be a sign that things are broken in your processes. To create an effective employee retention plan is a way that you can demonstrate your commitment to keeping your employees engaged and happy on the job. So how do you do that? Here are just a few suggestions to get you started with a retention strategy in your company.

Create a positive company culture.

Your company culture has more at stake than just where the coffee is in your breakroom. The overall values and mission of your organization create the culture, and you should be hiring individuals who fit that culture and work well within its framework. Creating a company culture that breeds loyalty is a great way to ensure retention of your employees.

Develop a streamlined hiring process.

Your hiring process may also be to blame for high turnover. Many managers hire based on gut feeling, but this can go wrong quickly. Instead, create an interview and evaluation process to compare the same criteria for each and every candidate who walks in for a job with your company.

Maintain an onboarding program.

Like company culture, onboarding needs to go further than a tour of the office. Onboarding is how you train your new team to accept and work within your company culture. Not only do you need to train them on the job they’re doing, but also on how your company does things. Make this interactive and positive.

Recognize contributions of your team.

When your staff goes above and beyond, how do you recognize their hard work? Programs that allow for you to reward your team for a variety of reasons will let them know you value them and want them in your organization. Sure, holiday bonuses can go a long way but have spontaneous rewards as well.

Conduct exit interviews to learn more.

When someone does leave, make sure you know why and track that information. Conduct exit interviews with employees who give their notice. There are many reasons an employee leaves, and sometimes it isn’t about the job at all. But when it is, it’s imperative that you do what you can to make sure problems are resolved before others are affected.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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Don’t Despair! How to Rock a Panel Job Interview

August 10th, 2017

You’re never quite expecting a panel interview, much in the way no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Even with advanced notice, you may find yourself wondering how exactly you can pull off a conversation with three, four, five, or more people at a time. But you don’t have to panic. You can rock the panel job interview even if you’re nervous and anxious. Here are our tips for acing this interview and standing out among the crowd.

Acknowledge everyone on the panel.

When a one-on-one interview, you probably make sure you pay some attention to your eye contact. It’s equally as important that you do so with a panel of people. Be sure to acknowledge everyone on the panel throughout your conversation. Make it natural, though, not systematic. If you look at each person for a few seconds before starting the rotation over again, it will start to become noticeable.

Be prepared to repeat yourself.

Everyone you’re speaking with will have a different attention level, and that means some may listen attentively to every word you say while others will be thinking about their next question. For this reason, you may be asked similar questions more than once. Don’t act frustrated because you’ve already answered. Be gracious and give them the information they’re looking for.

Figure out who needs more convincing.

You will quickly start to notice the people on the panel who are on your side and those who are not. You don’t need to convince your biggest fan, your real job is to convince the people who are on the fence. Spend time addressing their concerns, react to their body language positively, and showcase why you’re a good fit.

Prepare for an off-the-wall question.

Especially in a panel interview, there is always someone who wants to see how you react when you’re flustered. Prepare for a question that might seem off the wall. Answer it to the best of your ability. Just don’t react in a way that will give them the satisfaction that they “gotcha” with the question. If the question is inappropriate, let them know that but give them relevant related information.

Thank everyone on the panel.

Of course, after you leave the interview your job isn’t over. Make sure you get cards for everyone you met with. Then, send an individual thank you note to each one. It doesn’t matter if you decide to do emails or send a handwritten note through the mail, just make sure you are thanking each person individually.

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