Where Does Company Safety Start? Not Where You Think

December 22nd, 2016

Some people only assume that safety is a concern for warehouse or production environments. And even then, there are some misconceptions about how to provide a safe workplace for employees. Regardless of your work environment, safety is imperative, but you may not know where to begin. Company safety doesn’t begin and end with the employees you have on staff. Here are the real areas you should be considering if you want to improve your company safety policy.

Start at the top.

Safety isn’t a bottom-up concern. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Your safety program should start with the executives of your company. They are the ones to establish policy, but also the ones who will be able to lead by example by working within the safety policies of the company. This will be an important aspect to the success of your safety program.

Communication to staff.

Your leadership should also be responsible for communicating the safety policy to everyone on staff. Safety training programs, continued education, and other aspects of a safety program should all come from the top down. Good communication skills regarding the policies and the

Policy enforcement.

By the same token, the safety policy enforcement should also come from the top. Not only should it be communicated to the staff at all levels, but the top leadership positions should be responsible for enforcing the policies for themselves and down through the management structure. This will be the best way to lead by example in the business.

Rewards for safe behavior.

To ensure that everyone is adhering to the company safety standards, a rewards program for positive behavior should be put in place. When an employee performs their duties within the safety protocol, they should be given recognition for their positive contribution. This will encourage others to also perform their jobs in a safe and effective manner.

Emphasis on importance.

Finally, it cannot be overstated that the top management should always place the emphasis on the importance of safety in the workplace. It is when organizations become complacent that accidents happen. And even in the instance where something does happen, maintaining control and following procedure will be imperative.

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How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

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4 Tips to Posting Job Listings on Social Media

October 22nd, 2015

Are you using the best resources to find the candidates that you need for your open jobs? Specifically, are you posting on social media? By using social media you can target your audience where they already are and attract the right candidates to your company. But before you get started, it is important that you have an understanding of how social media works. Here are four tips you can use today.

Know the right target.

Social media, whether you love it or hate it, isn’t going anywhere. It will evolve over time, but there are no signs of it being a fad. This means you need to make sure that you get your message out where your target audience is. For professionals, LinkedIn is a great medium. For general employment, Facebook might be a better target. You also don’t have to use every platform available. Instagram might not be a fit for your organization, but Twitter might be helpful.

Grow your network.

If you create a LinkedIn business page, or a page on Facebook, your number one goal is to grow the network. You need followers. Ask your employees to follow your page. Ask them to ask their network to follow your page. Advertise. Put links in your e-mail signature. Get the word out there that you want to make connections with the right community.

Engage with followers.

Once you have a network, don’t just let it sit there. Engage with your followers. Between job postings, share interesting articles or information about your office or staff. This will encourage people to engage. Respond to their posts and responses. Answer their questions. Any of this personal interaction will make your company seem human and not just a company looking to increase revenue. This engagement will keep them reading for when you do post a job opening.

Encourage sharing.

When you post information, whether it is a job opening or an interesting article, encourage your network to share it. When they share it, more people will see it. This is particularly helpful on Twitter. The more people who retweet information you’ve posted will give you more eyes on your final message. There is a reason the term “viral” is used frequently in relation to content on the internet.

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Stop Being Late – Get Better at Allocating Time

October 16th, 2015

Have you ever been accused of being late to you own funeral? Have you lost jobs or missed out on important events because your employers or friends don’t consider you reliable. Being late to work regularly is one of the worst things that can happen in your career, so you have to learn to make it stop. Before you run out the door five minutes after you need to be at work, consider these tips to stop you from being late.

You’ve got to start earlier.

It sounds simple, and people who are early will always tell you this piece of advice, but it really does work. Stop thinking that you have all the time in the world. Set an alarm, create a schedule, and stick to it. Don’t expect that if you have a 20-minute commute that you can leave exactly 20 minutes before your arrival time. Being 1 minute late is still late. On time is already late in most cases. If you need to get up 15 minutes earlier, you don’t have to lose that sleep. Just go to bed 15 minutes earlier and use DVR!

Determine the steps.

Think backwards. When do you have to be to work or the meeting? How long will it take you to drive there? How long will it take you to get ready? Determine each of these steps and calculate the time you need to start in the morning. Then, make sure to add padding. Nothing is perfect and if you only give yourself just enough time, you can’t solve emergencies that come up like misplaced backpacks or construction.

Block out the sandwich.

People who are early use this technique. They block out time before and after important meetings to ensure that they have time to prepare. For example, if you have a 10 a.m. interview, don’t plan to walk in the door at the top of the hour. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to observe the office before the interview. If the interview is expected to go an hour, don’t schedule something else for 11 a.m. If you do schedule back-to-back meetings, you will be in scramble mode if the original meeting goes longer than scheduled.

Acknowledge your attitude.

When people are chronically late, there are some common characteristics. Do you ever feel resentful that you have to be in traffic for an hour to get somewhere? If you are, this could be a reason that you leave only a half an hour to get somewhere when it should take you an hour. This is self-defeating behavior. It doesn’t matter if you want to do something, being late won’t help it go any smoother.

Learn to say no.

Of course, there is another way to handle the late problem. This may not be a good solution for work commitments, but it can help take the pressure off in other areas of your life to help free up time to keep you from being late to the events and meetings that really matter. Determine your priorities and say no to invitations that don’t fit into your schedule.

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Make Interviewing Simple – Strengths, Motivation, Fit

October 9th, 2015

How can you guarantee that the person you hire will be the best for the job? Of course, nothing in life can be guaranteed to that degree but there is a simple way to refocus your interviewing strategy to ensure the employee checks all the right boxes for your company. How can you make interviewing both simpler and more effective? Let’s take a closer look at three things that can help you determine the best candidates to hire.

What are their strengths?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses is a staple of the interviewing process. But why do you ask this? What you want to know is what they excel at, how accomplished they are with their expertise, and what aspects need improvement. Weaknesses aren’t a deal breaker, everyone has them. What you need to know is what they are doing about them. Motivated job prospects want to improve, so they recognize weaknesses and have a plan to improve. Incorporate these topics in behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of from your previous position.”

How are they motivated?

You also want to know what makes them excited about what they do. Some people are money driven while others are looking for personal fulfillment. How they interact with their own job and how they are naturally motivated will help you determine the way they will work in your office. Ask them questions such as, “What kind of manager do you like to work for?” Or, “How do you like to be recognized for your work?” The keys to effective leadership is learning what drives your employees. Since everyone is different, there is no one method to getting the best out of each member of your team.

How do they fit with your existing team?

Lastly, besides whether or not they can do the job, you need to know if the new employee will be a good fit with your existing team. Why? Because your employees need to be a well-oiled machine and if one cog in that wheel doesn’t work well with the rest, the entire system can quickly break down. One of the best ways to determine this potential fit is to include your employees in the interviewing process. Have them meet with each candidate and then compare notes after the interview. If you like the candidate, don’t totally dismiss their input and feedback. That can have you lose respect since your employees will think they sat in the interview and had no input on the decision.

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Staying Positive Will Help Your Optimistic Outlook

September 24th, 2015

Did you know that a successful job search is as much about your attitude as it is about your skills? Having a positive attitude throughout your pre-employment connections will make a huge impression on potential employers as well as potential mentors and professionals in your industry. Positivity is the best tool you can have throughout your career as well. So how can staying positive help you with your optimistic outlook? Here are a few ways.

Positivity translates as confidence.

If you’re keeping a positive outlook on your job search then you are going to project confidence. Interviewers and employers like to work with confident employees. However, remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance and don’t cross it. People prefer not to be associated with attitudes that come across as “I’m better than you.” They want people who believe in their abilities and are humble enough to know there’s room for improvement.

You’ll have better productivity levels.

When you’re negative about the way a project is going, it can be difficult to convince yourself to finish it. Rather than thinking about all the ways that a project won’t work, start to think about creative ways you can make it work. Stay positive and engaged and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Changing that outlook from why won’t this work to how can we get this to work will make a big difference.

It helps you set goals for your future.

If you’re positive about your career goals in general, it will be easier to set them and to work toward attaining them. Look not only at what is practical but also at what it is that you truly want to do. The more positive you are, the more doors will open for you along the way allowing you to reach each goal and beyond.

Positive thinking reduces stress.

It should not be surprising to learn that stress and negativity are closely related. If you are negative about your job, the people you work with, or your manager you are far more likely to feel the effects of stress. This can be devastating to you and your health long term. When you are feeling stressed – and everyone feels stress – remember that the difference comes in how you handle it. Using that confidence and trust in yourself will overcome that stress and lead to success.

You’ll attract positive people to you.

Lastly, being positive during your job search and at work will help you attract and network with other positive people. Working with positive people will only enhance your career path. Don’t let negative people become a staple in your life. Make the tough decisions to only engage with positive people as much as possible.

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Hiring Candidates with Disabilities Pays Off

September 3rd, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act strictly prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Provided the candidate has all of the right skills to perform the job in question or can accomplish it with the help of reasonable accommodations, the person should be considered for the job. Could you be missing out by not hiring these candidates? What do you need to know about the ADA and how it affects your business?

What are reasonable accommodations?

According to the ADA, companies are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. This could be wheelchair ramps or screens for computers that help the visually impaired. The employee must still be able to perform the job duties as initially described.

Candidates with developmental disabilities

There is an invisible group when it comes to working with disabled employees. Adults with developmental disabilities often are not considered for traditional employment settings. In fact, 85 percent of developmentally disabled adults don’t work paid jobs at all. But could companies be missing out on great employees by not even considering this group?

Dependability, engagement, and motivation

Employers who hire and work with the developmentally disabled often say that these individuals are among the most dependable workers they have on staff. They are genuinely excited to work and motivated to do a good job. This can be critical to many companies as any employees with energy and in a good mood help the overall culture of the workplace.

Demonstrate social responsibilities

Professionals often cite a company’s civic involvement as a reason for continued engagement. Working with the community by helping developmentally disabled adults find meaningful, paying work can be a great way to demonstrate the social responsibility of your company.

How to effectively utilize these employees

In compliance with the ADA, a company is not required to employee anyone who is unable to perform the job duties of the position for which they are hired. For developmentally disabled employees, it is best to determine what each candidate has to offer and develop a program that benefits both you and them in the workplace.

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The Basics of Writing a Thank You Note

July 31st, 2015

If you take no other action throughout your job search experience you should always send a thank you note after an interview. The thank you note offers an opportunity to restate your interest in the job while also showing the interviewer that you care about the process. What was once a critical part of the job search is now overlooked by so many applicants that it is seen as a luxury rather than a requirement. If you want to stand out from your competition, a thank you note could be all that is standing in your way. Here are the basics that you need to know about writing a thank you note.

Email or snail mail

What should you do with your thank you note? Some people prefer the personalization of hand writing and mailing a thank you note or card right after the interview. But, due to the function of the U.S. post office, this can take a few days to arrive. If you want something more instant, send a thank you note by email as soon as you are home from the interview. And, there isn’t a rule that you can’t do both. The email can be more formal while the letter can simply be a nice touch to thank the company for their time.

A strong opening paragraph

In the first paragraph, remind them about your conversation. Talk a little about the job, why you want it, and why they should hire you. This should be information that you discussed when you talked in the interview, but you want to ensure that the memory is fresh in their minds. It also gives them documentation to go back to when they’re deliberating over candidates.

Saying the things you forgot

An e-mailed thank you note also gives you a chance to say things you forgot about during the interview. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably played the conversation back in your head over and over again on your way home. If you suddenly think of the perfect way to describe something it isn’t too late. This is a perfect use for the thank you note. This will help the employer know that you do have critical thinking skills and are willing to revisit ideas until they are right.

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Endorse a Wellness Plan to Get Better Results

July 10th, 2015

The costs of healthcare and employee stress are not unrelated. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your staff is safe and free from unnecessary tension while on the job. One of the most popular ways that companies are embracing this mindset is to establish wellness plans in the workplace. They don’t have to be overly expensive and often the smallest gesture can go a long way to helping your team get on track with their health. Here are some ideas to start with.

Flu Shot Clinics

While flu season won’t start for a few more months you can plan now by making arrangements to offer flu vaccinations in your office. Contact a local clinic to find out the best way to provide them to your employees. The flu can cause your team to lose days of productivity. It will also spread like wildfire among your staff. If you can’t host a clinic or your insurance doesn’t cover it, offer to reimburse your team for the cost. You also can work with local drug stores who offer free flu shots through insurance plans. Make it easy for your employees and eliminate as many excuses as possible.

Education on Healthy Subjects

Another popular event for some offices is to bring in wellness instructors during lunches or for company-wide meetings. Consider teachers who specialize in healthy eating, yoga, or stress management. While the programs shouldn’t be mandatory, they can be rewarded with incentives (free, healthy lunch) for attending. You will be surprised at how receptive your employees are to learning new things about health and wellness.

Rewards and Incentives

You have probably been encouraged to provide incentives for productivity but have you thought about initiating a reward program for meeting healthy goals? Many companies find it worth their investment to reward healthy behavior in the workplace. Smoking cessation programs and weight loss programs are some examples. It’s not about a competition but about becoming more healthy and feeling better about yourself.

Stress and Mental Health

Many adults are under a lot of stress that can be impacted by their work environment. Stress is also the leading cause of conditions like heart disease and hypertension. Stressed individuals have a hard time sleeping and engage in other unhealthy habits. Don’t leave mental wellness out of the equation when designing your wellness program. Encourage your employees to meet with management to talk about workplace situations that are causing stress.

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Consider These 6 Things Before A Job Relocation

June 26th, 2015

Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
  2. How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
  3. What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
  4. What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
  5. Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
  6. Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.

Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more today about any of your employment questions. We are glad to help and our great team will be a valuable asset to your job search!

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