Want to Be a Better Leader? Get to Know Your Employees

February 4th, 2016

Management is about so much more than delegating tasks. As a leader in the workplace, it is your role to motivate your staff and encourage growth. In many ways you can lead by example and be a strong role model, but that isn’t all. So what else can you do as a manager to ensure that your team are happy, excited to work, and engaged? There is a really simple way that far too many business leaders overlook. Get to know them! Here’s how.

Show interest.

Getting to know your employees on a personal level is a great way to encourage them professionally. They may care a lot about their jobs, but they also care about their other interests, their hobbies, and their families. When you embrace that your employees are more than machines, you can nurture their human side and encourage them to work hard and succeed.

Be friendly.

To do this, you need to make sure that you are friendly in the office. If you bark orders, are aggressive, or otherwise inaccessible, your employees will back off from you which will make management difficult. You don’t have to be their best friend, but you can treat them with respect and kindness.

Follow up.

When you learn about something exciting in their lives, make sure you follow up with it later. Ask them about their weekend. Ask them how their kids or pets are doing. Be specific with details, which will help them realize that you were listening and that you do have a vested interest in their happiness.

Set boundaries.

Lastly, you want to make sure you set professional boundaries. While it is perfectly okay to go to a happy hour event with your team, make sure that your behavior doesn’t cross a line into inappropriate. If you set boundaries that foster a professional and friendly relationship, this will easily carry over in the rest of the office and even between coworkers.

Hiring can be a very stressful task and take up a lot of your resources. At Meador Staffing, we have the recruiters and great relationships to help you fill any of your job openings. Contact our talented team today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Texas.

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Give More to Get More Out of Networking

December 22nd, 2015

Networking may be the most essential skill you will ever learn as a professional. However, many of the ideas that we have about networking are antiquated. The question, “what’s in it for me?” is no longer the most important question that you can ask yourself. Instead, you might want to start thinking about how you can best serve those you meet. Here is how you can give more to get more out of networking.

Be interested, not interesting.

Many people default to talking about themselves. While you might actually be the most interesting person in the world, the best way to connect with others is not to dominate the conversation. Instead, start asking others about themselves. Be genuinely interested in what they have to say and ask questions that help facilitate further conversation. More importantly, remember these details so you can follow up later, whether it’s that day or in the future.

Be a connector.

One of the best ways to facilitate additional connections is to figure out who you can introduce your new contact with in your current network. They may not be able to help you right away, but they may be able to help someone else. This not only strengthens the new connection but will enhance your other business relationships as well. Making that connection doesn’t have to be right away, but it can be days, weeks or even months down the line.

Ask for contact information.

Far too often people are concerned about passing out their own business cards at networking events. Instead, make it your mission to gather more business cards than you give away. Better yet, rather than asking for a card, pull out your phone and enter their information directly into your contacts. You even can quickly add their name to a note on your phone to contact your new connections in the near future.

Always follow up.

Finally, the day after any event where you’ve met new people, make an effort to follow up with them. Send a short thank-you note for taking the time to talk with you. Offer them opportunities to connect in the future, and remind them of the conversation that you had. All of this will help continue the connection past the initial meeting. Far too many people don’t follow up after networking events.

We will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Texas.

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Where To Find Talented Passive Job Seekers

May 8th, 2015

There are two primary types of candidates in the job market – active and passive. Active candidates send their resumes to open jobs and apply with companies and staffing agencies to help them find a job. On the other hand, a passive job seeker is, by the very definition, someone who is not currently engaged with a job search. Passive job seekers are often more valuable in the marketplace because of their up-to-date experience. But, if they’re not looking how do you find them? Here are some of the best places to source talented passive job seekers.

  • On LinkedIn. The single best resource for finding both passive and active candidates today is LinkedIn. While there are plenty of people looking for jobs on the site, other professionals simply like to keep their profiles up to date. Use this site to search for people with the right skills or other advance search criteria.
  • With a competitor. Whether through LinkedIn or directly calling a candidate, recruiting people from your competitors has been a tried-and-true method of hiring passive job seekers. Reach out to people and find out if they’re happy in their jobs. Always make sure you offer them something their current employer can’t.
  • Networking events. Get out into the community for face-to-face interactions. Networking events for your specific field of business is a great way to meet others in the industry, and those contacts could consider a move to a different company if the opportunity was right. Be a public face in your community and develop relationships, which are the key to successful networking.
  • Other social media. Beyond LinkedIn, other social media sites are a great place to target passive candidates. This is because they aren’t necessarily using these forums to find a job. Follow people on Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest to see if they might be a good fit for your company and initiate a conversation.
  • Blogs and websites. Lastly, another great resource for passive candidates is the web. Many people have created websites and blogs to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in a field. These showpieces are ways for them to extend their knowledge and help others. You may be able to source a great candidate through their blog even if they’re not actively looking.

Are you looking for passive job seekers to enhance your current team? Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston can help today!

Everything You Need to Know About Presenting Yourself at the Interview

December 28th, 2012

You’ve already made a great first impression. By the time a company calls you for an interview they have already reviewed your qualifications and they feel you might be a fit for their organization. The face to face meeting is to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and determine if you are right for their team. Here is the place where you need to shine. Consider these 5 tips to be the best candidate you can be at the interview.

  1. Research. Before you ever set foot through the door be sure to research everything you can about the company, their industry, and even some of the key players in the organization. All of this information is readily available on the internet and will help you sound prepared and knowledgeable.
  2. Show them how you meet their needs. Now that you know what they do, apply that information to your skills and experience. You want to provide specific examples that relate to their industry. Refer to the job description and explain how your skills can help them take this position, and their company, to the next level.
  3. Practice. Before the interview, take some time to practice your pitch. Have your friends or family members help you. Also, speak in front of mirror so you can get a feeling for your own body language and curb anything that may be inappropriate for the final interview. The more comfortable you are speaking in front of the interviewer the more confident you will sound.
  4. Common interview questions. You’re certainly aware of the common interview questions such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or simply, “Tell me about yourself.” You need to be prepared with answers to these questions. You want to answer simply and truthfully but you also want to sound creative and inventive.
  5. Ask your own questions. Interviews shouldn’t be an interrogation; they should be a conversation. You should prepare some questions of your own, based on your research of the company, to ask the interviewer.

Are you looking for advice to help you prepare for your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you.

Save Money! While Keeping Your Employees Safe

December 7th, 2012

It is a common misconception that working in an office is one of the safest environments when it comes to workplace injuries. We ask ourselves “how dangerous could it possibly be?”  In 2011, Liberty Mutual released the statistic that almost all workplace injuries happen in the office. While manufacturing companies have systems in place to deal with injuries or to prevent them in the first place, many office based businesses don’t think about it much. Ultimately, having plans to handle situations that may cause injury will save your company money when it comes to workers compensation claims. Here are some of the things to consider when putting together a safety plan.

  1. Heavy or improper lifting. We all do it. We know that we are supposed to bend at the knees and use that leverage to lift a heavy box off the floor but we don’t always pay attention. However, if an employee does this on your property they can make an injury claim. Encourage your office employees to wear a belt if they will be lifting heavy things or to ask for help from another team member.
  2. Preventable falls. Some falls are going to happen, but there are some tumbles that are 100% preventable. If there is debris, water, or other hazards on the floor, most commonly in the break room, deal with it immediately upon discovery. Encourage your employees to clean up after themselves if they spill something creating a hazard for others. The parking lot is also another zone of potential injury. Watch for cracks or loose gravel and establish a way to mark these areas and fix the problem.
  3. The staircases. Falling in the break room or hallway is a different sort of injury than falling down the stairs. Often these types of injuries occur when an employee is carrying something up or down with them. This can obscure their vision or cause them to be unable to hold onto the railing for support. Prevent this kind of behavior by having processes in place to move large items between floors in your office.
  4. Repetitive motion. Another common office workplace injury is caused by repetitive motion. This can cause syndromes such as carpel tunnel. Allow your employees to take breaks from repetitive tasks or create environments where these projects are split up among several employees.

Are you looking for more management best practices to implement in your business environment? Contact Meador Staffing today to see how we can assist you!