Change Your Company Culture Now! Hello Success.

June 28th, 2013

Stress can be a major problem for working adults. It is important to manage it at a personal level by eating well, exercising, and taking personal time. However, it is equally as imperative that corporations and small businesses recognize the causes of stress and work toward reducing them within the work place. As a manager, how can you affect your team’s stress levels by making changes to your company culture? Here are several ideas you can implement today.

  1. Work/Life balance. When an employee spends 9 hours a day at the office and sometimes more than an hour a day commuting they have very limited time to spend with their families. Work/Life balance can come in many forms. Allow your employees to take additional time off for family obligations or encourage them to work from home. Create a flexible schedule that can work for your entire team.
  2. Bring your dog to work day. Pets do lower our stress levels and help us relax. Implementing a dog friendly workplace policy could help reduce your team’s stress and make the office more inviting. Establish rules to make the process smooth and safe for each employee and their pups. Maybe even consider a way for your cat-loving employees to take advantage of the policy.
  3. Be a business mentor. Your team, especially those from Generation Y, is looking for business leadership. Share your knowledge with your employees by providing mentoring so they understand that working for you isn’t just a job but a career development experience.
  4. Office meditation. It has been proven that sitting quietly and slowing your breath can calm your stress levels. Offer a meditation space in your office where team member can sit, relax, and let the stress of the day melt away before returning to their desks. Yoga classes can also provide this form of relaxation in combination with some healthy exercise.
  5. Recognition. Your employees also want to know that their contribution to the company is valued. Being recognized and rewarded for a job well done will reduce stress levels and boost confidence to encourage the employee to continue to succeed.

Are you looking for more ways you can reduce stress in your office? Contact the professional team at Meador Staffing to find out more.

Social Offline Recruiting

February 8th, 2013

According to all current information the best place to hire the brightest candidates is online. Social networking is certainly very important for the 21st century workplace but there comes a time to take the search offline. What are some of the best ways to recruit employees without the internet? Here are four tips.

  1. It isn’t what you know but who you know. This is advice passed down from generations of working Americans. You need to know all the right people to get all the right places in this world. We haven’t stopped saying it even though we’ve been encouraging job seekers to retreat into the internet rather than get out and meet people. There is one great online network that can create offline connections: MeetUp.com.
  2. Find the right local group. Whether it is through MeetUp or any other social group the next phase is to organize face to face contact. Consider the types of people you want to attract to your business. Look at local social groups and networking groups to see where those people are spending their time. Start going to those events. At the very least you have an engaging social experience but you are likely to meet some candidates that you want to talk to more.
  3. Building your brand is about more than Facebook Likes. When counselors speak with students about to graduate from college they are finding that many are actually a little concerned about the online nature of most job hunts. They crave face to face interaction with local businesses so they can better assess the company and their environment. When a company puts their business out on Facebook they try to be engaging and personal so why not take that back to the real world?
  4. Start the conversation. Regardless of where you are; whether you are at a company sponsored social event or just out enjoying an evening out, never be afraid of engaging the people around you. You never know where that next connection can be made. Always carry your business card and be open to starting a conversation.

Are you looking for ways to expand your recruiting both on and offline? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing to help you develop the right plan of action!

Recruiting: It’s Time to Go Mobile

January 11th, 2013

It is time to reach out to Generation Y, also known as Millennials, for your latest open positions. These young workers are the future of American enterprise so it is important to understand how to connect to them. What makes the newest generation different from GenX or even Baby Boomers? It is the technology they have grown up with that are simply a part of their world view and not fun accessories. This means companies need to embrace mobile recruiting. Here are a few tips to help you understand how to tap into this growing professional network.

  • The Statistics. Many business owners don’t fully understand why mobile applications are that important for GenY. The numbers don’t lie. Recent studies show that 70% of people use tablet devices while watching TV. 47% of commuters use their smart phone in the car, inadvisably. And more and more people are pulling out their smartphones whenever they are waiting; in line or for a friend to arrive. GenY can’t be without the constant stimulation of their smartphones and other devices so why not tap into that by developing a mobile recruiting strategy.
  • Build relationships. Millennials like when they feel they are friends with a company or product. Take, for instance, the extreme popularity of Twitter. Millions of people follow celebrities on the micro-blogging site and they get instant gratification when a celebrity responds to them personally. It makes them feel connected to their favorite stars in a way the public has never had before. Use social media for your brand to develop relationships with loyal customers who may become loyal employees.
  • Quick contact and immediate gratification. Generation Y is a group that has not had to wait for anything. When they do, as we have seen, they do it by keeping busy on their smart phones. They are a generation of instant gratification and that isn’t always such a bad thing. This also tends to mean that they work in a similar way. They look at the most efficient way to get something done and they do it. When you present an opportunity on a mobile application they are not only able to respond immediately but they are looking for an answer back.
  • Video. When a grumpy looking ragdoll cat gets over 5 million views and counting on YouTube it is time to acknowledge the place that video has in our culture. People like video and they like to be able to relate to the information presented. Consider making videos that provide real advice to job seekers such as interviewing skills or how to handle negative situations on the job.

Are you looking for ways to enhance your recruiting strategy in 2013? Contact Meador Staffing to see how we can help you.