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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Houston Is the No. 1 Big City for New Grads

February 8th, 2018

The website Online Degrees evaluated several large U.S. cities to determine which would be the best for new college graduates. And their number one choice was our city of Houston. So if you’ve just graduated and you’re looking for a new job, or willing to relocate for one, there are plenty of reasons why Houston and the surrounding areas would be a good choice for you. Before you make your final decision, it’s helpful to do some research for yourself to see how Houston can fit your lifestyle and career. Let’s take a closer look.

Diverse culture.

The diversity of the Houston area is something to be celebrated. You know that when you find a new job in one of our area businesses, you won’t be in a homogeneous zone with others who look or think just like you. Different mindsets and cultures help challenge ourselves out of our own comfort zone, and that’s a good thing.

Big companies.

Several Fortune 500 companies call Houston their home. Energy companies, technology companies, accounting companies, and more all have their headquarters in the Houston area. The job market is open and there are plenty of opportunities for support positions as well.

Quality of life.

There is a lot to be said about the quality of life in the Houston area. There is art and culture, music, entertainment, sports, and so much more. The weather is comfortable. Yes, there was an impact from the hurricane in 2017, but Houston is a resilient city and the quality of life was never once diminished.

Affordable living.

If you do want to move to Houston for a new job just out of college, it’s also important to consider the affordability. The median rent in the area is still under $1000 per month. There are also a variety of areas and neighborhoods where you can find just what you’re looking for, whether your preferences are urban or suburban.

Are you thinking about the Houston area for a new job after you graduate? If so, contact the staffing experts at Meador, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX and the surrounding areas.

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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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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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Effective Ways to Show You’re Thankful for Your Staff Year Round, Not Just at Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017

Thanksgiving is the time that most of us celebrate gratitude, but that doesn’t mean it should only be practiced on the fourth Thursday of November. They say that it isn’t happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are happy. And that can be advice easily applied to our employees and our workplace. How can you thank your team for simply being who they are now and in the future? Use this holiday to kick off a year of showing gratitude so you can see how thankfulness can become contagious in the best ways in your workplace.

Get to know them personally.

Some managers believe they should take a step back from their employee’s personal lives. But this can create a great divide between staff and management. While you don’t need to get involved in their every day, your employees will appreciate when you take a personal interest in their lives. What do they like? What do they do when they’re not at work? How can you nurture those aspects of their lives?

Surprise them with fun events and prizes.

Gratitude can be all about the unexpected. When your team expects it that’s when you get entitlement mentality. However, when you throw in a bit of mystery, that can really help benefit your team and your company overall. Surprise them with events just to show your gratitude. Give prizes when they’re least expected. This will keep everyone excited about the prospect in the future.

Learn what they want to do in the future.

You can show your gratitude in a variety of ways, including through personal professional development. Find out what makes each of your employees tick and do what you can to encourage that. Provide on-the-job training. Give them additional projects. Find the right career paths for them within your organization.

Care for their overall wellbeing.

You should also take time to care about them as a whole person. You’re getting to know their personality and their professional self, but what about their overall health as a person. Give them the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle, an appropriate work/life balance, and the tools to have a stress-free work environment.

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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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The Latest Technology to Help in Recruiting

February 16th, 2017

Hiring may be one of the most difficult, and important, aspects of your job as a business leader. Hiring the wrong person can result in missed opportunities and damage control. But hiring the right person will aid in your company’s growth and success. But the old fashioned recruiting methods might not be your best bet in our new, modern world. Using technology to help you find and hire the right candidates for your business can not only save you time and money but also help you put the right people in the right positions. Here is some information on the latest technology that can help you out.

Use marketing automation

Many businesses will start the hiring process over again when a need comes up, but that means they are missing out on stellar candidates who have applied in the past. There are potentially dozens of talented individuals who have already responded to your open positions, so don’t forget about them. One way to make sure you stay in touch with former candidates is to use targeted marketing to stay top of mind with them as they continue their job search. You may not have something right now, but make your company a desirable place to work when you do.

Use an applicant tracking system

An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is technology that helps you keep potential candidates in a database that you can search when a need arises. They are often used by staffing agencies and large corporations that receive hundreds of applications at any given time. An ATS can allow you to search for specific keywords so you can find former applicants who fit current job openings and reach out to them.

Use video interviewing

Another popular technology trend in hiring today is the video interview. Using programs like Skype or Google Hangouts, you can take the phone interview to the next level. This gives you a chance to talk to individuals who are willing to relocate for your job. Or, it allows you to be face-to-face with a candidate before bringing them in for your in-person interview process. It gives you access to their communications skills and body language and allows them to see yours as well.

Use mobile application processes

Online applications are also key in today’s connected economy. Successful companies are using mobile apps to help job seekers apply to their open positions faster and easier. Current research shows that if a job seeker needs to jump through multiple hoops to apply for a job, they aren’t likely to finish the process. This is true for people of all skill levels, so you may be missing out in very talented performers who would be an asset to your company. Make the application process easier for candidates rather than harder.

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3 Questions Your Competition Isn’t Asking in the Job Interview

February 9th, 2017

Do you want to stand out from the competition in your next interview? The best way to do that is to ask the questions that no one else is asking. Experts always suggest that, as a job seeker, you always ask questions in the interview to demonstrate your interest and show what you want to learn about the business. Here are three questions to add to your list to impress a potential employer.

1. How will you view me as a success in 6 months?

What this question says to an interviewer is that you’re dedicated to making the onboarding process work. That you have as much buy-in for making your hire as successful as the company does. But you also want to know what the company expects out of your in the first 6 months. Is it a trial by fire or do they have a dedicated training and onboarding program in place? By what metrics do they measure performance for new employees? How much will they expect you to know and retain? How do they train you in the important aspects of their business?

2. What would you improve about the company?

You’re not looking for dirt. Instead, you’re looking to get deeper into the mind of your interviewer. Everyone has ideas that will make a company a better place. So what makes this person tick? As their potential employee, you could be solving a problem and by getting some insight on what the interviewer thinks is a problem, you could put yourself in a better position to be the solution.

3. Why wouldn’t you hire me?

This is another way of asking for the job directly, but it also gives them a chance to suggest improvements. If you are willing to make these improvements, would this be the job for you? If any of their reasons are deal breakers, then maybe you should consider a different opportunity. But to get this feedback early in the interview process will help both of you narrow down what is necessary for you to get this job.

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The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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When Does Onboarding Stop?

January 5th, 2017

If you’re an employer, you have probably heard, and read, about the need for a good onboarding program. This opportunity to provide a company orientation to your new staff members is imperative for informing their experience overall. And to maintain good retention, it is the best investment you can make into your organization. But what is the time frame for onboarding? How do you know when their orientation ends? If you want to make the right impact for your new team members, consider everything you can offer within the first 90 days and beyond.

Be ready

Your new employee will make their impression of your company on the very first day of work. If you’re not ready for them, they’ll notice that and act accordingly. You need to ensure that the desk space is prepared. Have the computer already set up for them with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. Give them a tour of your entire facility and introduce them to key people around the office. Letting a new employee stumble through the first day is a recipe for disaster, so don’t let that happen.

Assign a mentor

A great way to provide added value to a new hire is to allow them to shadow a veteran employee. Create a mentorship program within your office where seasoned workers will help train new employees. This also keeps your current staff engaged so they don’t feel like the addition of a new employee is a threat to their position.

Assess weekly

Far too many companies wait until the first 90 days are up to do a formal review. And while this review can be helpful, much of the feedback you provide can be too little too late. If you’re not communicating with your new employee on a daily basis, at least recap with them each week. Let them know how they can improve, but also provide information about ways they’ve already contributed. Positive feedback is essential.

Ask for input

It is also important that feedback goes both ways. Ask the new employee for their input on their onboarding process, what they need or want in order to be more successful, and allow them to come to you when they have questions, concerns, or problems. Establishing positive communication patterns right from the start will be necessary or a healthy working relationship.

Focus on results

Lastly, you want to focus on the results of the onboarding process rather than the process itself. Why? Because each new employee will have a different learning curve and style and that needs to be respected. If they are shoehorned into a situation that won’t work for them, they will become disgruntled rather than engaged. Don’t focus on how they go somewhere, but whether or not the end result is what you wanted. Details can be tweaked over time.

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