Help Your Overwhelmed Team with These Leadership Tips

September 18th, 2015

Even if your staff is made up of superstars, there will come a time in their career where things become overwhelming. While the first reaction might be to suggest they get it together, there may be a better way to approach the situation as a manager. Can you help your team become less overwhelmed simply by becoming a better leader? You can, and here’s how.

Redirect their focus and priorities.

The biggest reason for job burnout is taking on too much too fast and feeling pressure to do everything. If your employees can’t see the forest through the trees then it is your job to steer them on a better path. Determine the overall priorities and redirect their focus on what really matters.

Make changes to their workload.

Some employees have a hard time saying no. While they should have take ownership of this, it is also part of your job as their manager to assess when things are getting out of hand. If you notice that deadlines are being missed and your team is overwhelmed, make changes to their workload. Hiring a temporary employee to help out is one great solution.

Give them uninterrupted work time.

Another big challenge for employees is time management. Not that they can’t appropriately manage their own time but interruptions are expected and often a big problem. Allow them to let their calls go to voice mail and not check email except during certain times of the day. Follow-ups can happen between specified hours.

Change your approach to meetings.

Speaking of distractions, meetings can be the biggest time waster in the workday. Often meetings go longer than expected and become a forum for everyone to state everything they want to say. This can be counterproductive during the work day. Change your approach to have fewer, shorter meetings. Keep things on track.

Lead by example.

Lastly, you can’t expect your team to feel less stress in the workplace if you’re consistently overwhelmed as a manager. They will see how you handle yourself and will begin to reflect that behavior in their day-to-day work. Learn to manage your own tasks and calendar and demonstrate how it works to be confident about doing your job.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact Meador Staffing to help find jobs in Austin TX or at any of our other six locations.

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When It’s Okay To Say “No” To A Job Offer

March 27th, 2015

Some job seekers feel like they have no choice but to accept a job offer especially if they’ve been on the job market for a while. However, this is not the case. There may be times in your career when saying no is the best possible choice you can make. So how do you know when it is okay to refuse a job? Before you walk away, look at these reasons for saying no and how they impact your long-term career strategy.

  • When it doesn’t suit your long-term goals. Taking just any job could pose a challenge for your long-term career goals. If the job offer is not in line with the goals that you have in mind for your career, then you will be better to continue the job search until something more appropriate comes along. While you could be frustrated with your job, taking too many steps back could really hinder your career path.
  • When it doesn’t service your reputation. If taking the job could actually damage your reputation and impact the ability to find jobs later in your career, you should turn it down. If you have concerns about the how this job will be perceived on your resume in the future, it may be best to walk away. Remember, don’t focus too much on the short term.
  • When you can’t imagine doing it every day. It is important that you find yourself not only employed but doing something that helps further your life’s purpose. What do you really love to do? What are you really good at? What does the world need? If you find it difficult to imagine yourself doing this work every day, then it may not be for you.
  • When you have concerns about the ethics. Do you have some concerns about the work the company does and whether or not it is completely ethical? If there is any question about this at all it is much more important to maintain your own personal ethics and not take the job. While the compensation and benefits could be enticing, if you don’t agree with the beliefs of the company then it’s hard to be completely dedicated.
  • When the money isn’t right. There is a reason this is last on the list. Money really shouldn’t be the deal breaker for most situations. If everything else lines up, you will enjoy the work, you feel good about the company, and you see a future in this career you can probably make the money work. However, if the offered salary is in no way aligned with your expectations and the standards in your area you should let them know and decline the offer (or make a counteroffer).

Are you ready to accept the right job offer? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

Questions To Ask Employers In An Interview

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.

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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.
  4. “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!

Increasing Workplace Productivity: How Do You Do It?

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

4 Benefits to Working with a Texas Recruiter

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Turning Your Duties Into Resume Accomplishments

February 14th, 2014

Have you ever struggled with your resume? Are you looking for ways to make it more memorable and to stand out from the crowd? There are so many articles that provide resume advice it is difficult to know where to start. The current trend for resumes is to avoid a laundry list of duties and instead showcase your career accomplishments. But how exactly do you do this? Here are some simple tips for turning your duties into accomplishments on your resume.

  • Start by understanding the difference. In the most basic way a duty is what you did and an accomplishment is how you did it. For a resume you want to avoid statements like, “Produced excel spreadsheets for the department.” Instead, replace it with a statement that emphasis how this was particularly helpful or effective for your company. “Developed a spreadsheet report that tracked the department spending and saved over $20,000 for the company in 2012.”
  • Create a list of what sets you apart. Now is the time to ask yourself the questions that will drill down to your accomplishments. How did you go above and beyond? How did you stand out from your coworkers? What kind of recognition or awards did you receive? Were you responsible for any new processes? Did you save the company money? What problems were you able to solve?
  • Quantify the information as much as possible. Now, take this list and add in as many data and numbers as possible. You want to show exactly how much money you saved or how many awards you received. Add percentages to show how much time you dedicated to a specific problem and how it was solved. Be as specific as possible. It is okay to estimate as long as you can justify your numbers in an interview.
  • Now describe the benefit of your efforts. Things that set you apart and the numbers that quantify them are very important but there is a third step. Now you need to show a new employer why your accomplishments are a benefit. Add not only how much money you saved but how those savings benefited your former employer and how, by hiring you, the same can happen for them.

Do you have more questions about preparing a winning resume? If you are looking for jobs in Houston Texas, Meador Staffing can help you today! 

Hot Jobs at Meador: Accountant and Construction Project Superintendent

November 22nd, 2013

Accountant

Our client, based in Houston, is currently seeking a qualified accountant to join their team for a direct hire position. This staff accountant must have good communication, an eye for detail, and likes tackling projects.

The position is responsible for cash management, daily bank transfers and daily bank reconciliations. Will also handle monthly inventory movements, weekly inventory reports, and monthly general ledger reconciliation. The accountant will also handle job cost and billing review as needed. Daily sales and use tax returns, and monthly license renewals along with any additional projects as needed.

A qualified candidate will have a BBA or BS in accounting along with at least 2 to 3 years’ experience in accounting. Must be comfortable with problem analysis and problem solving skills. Our client is looking for a candidate who is a self-starter and who can hit the ground running.

Salary range is $55,000 to $60,000 based on previous experience. According to Salary.com this is the average salary for intermediate level staff accountants in the Houston area.

Contact Meador today to learn more! 

 

Construction Project Superintendent

We are currently working with a client in Denver, Colorado, seeking a construction project superintendent for a direct hire position.

The superintendent directs activities of workers concerned with construction of buildings, apartment complexes, commercial facilities, restaurants or other construction projects by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

The following are minimum pre-requisites for the position of Superintendent:  you must have an associate’s degree and over 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience as well as the ability to carry out supervisory responsibilities including training, directing work, rewarding and disciplining employees and addressing/resolving problems that may arise. You must have excellent problem-solving, analytical, organizational and time management skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Our client also requires experience in multi-family construction.

The essential job functions of the Superintendent include but are not limited to the following:

  • Schedule the projects in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines.
  • Confer with Project Manager, owners, and contractors to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints and construction problems.
  • Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to workers and clients.
  • Plan, organize, and direct on-site activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities and systems.
  • Take actions to deal with the result of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction site.
  • Inspect and review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations.
  • Study job specifications to determine appropriate construction methods.
  • Oversee subcontractors who complete specific pieces of the project, such as painting or plumbing.
  • Investigate damage, accidents or delays on construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.
  • Processes supplies and materials to complete construction projects.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Contact Meador Staffing to learn more about this opportunity and the salary range.

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