StrengthsFinder Series: Belief – Defined Core Values

December 6th, 2018

Meador Staffing Belief StrengthsFinder

Belief – People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Belief Theme in Business

Belief is a powerful tool. If you believe in your company, then you will stand beside every decision made and head into battle to reach the end goal. If you believe in your team, you will knock down doors and go through walls to ensure your teammates have the support they need, and that you are pulling your load to get the job done. If you believe in yourself, you will never be stuck in the perpetual seeking of motivation that others get tangled in throughout their professional careers and personal lives.

Emerging in Leadership

Unchanging is an incredibly powerful word. People that have Belief in their Top 5 Strength Themes will tell you that they have an unwavering sense of what is right and what is wrong. This strength manifests itself as an Executing Theme, meaning it doesn’t just sit around and wait for others to act. Belief takes action when others won’t or can’t. Belief is the driving force of a supervisor to take hold of the yoke alongside her team and push the load up and over the hill. Belief resides in the heart of the young business owner who had no clue what he was doing when he opened his doors in the Winter of 1968, but that Belief is what carried Mr. Meador and Meador Staffing Services into 50 years of business and a legacy in the city of Pasadena that will never be forgotten. It should be no surprise that 10 of our team members have the Belief theme in their top 5 strengths, with 5 of our employees having Belief as their top strength; most in a leadership role. This is the consistency and inspirational force that echoes throughout the organization.

Belief in Action

During this holiday season, belief is in the hearts of many. It is what the holidays should be about. If we stay within the realm of Clifton’s Strengthsfinder, and put on our goggles that highlight this theme, we’d see a man sitting in a chair, volunteering his time to supply joy to children as they sit on his lap and tell him their desires for Christmas morning. We would see a mother pick up multiple shifts to ensure her children get the Christmas that she knows they deserve. We would see strangers come together to provide meals for those that are not as fortunate as themselves, and thus creating a ripple of belief within those that they’ve just touched.

Our strengths are solid. They may shift a few spots with major life situations, but those that have a foundation that can’t be rocked will find Belief near the top no matter the circumstances. As we get closer to Christmas Day, and seek the joys of the holiday season with those around us; be reminded of the ultimate story of Belief. The belief that love is greater than anything. That giving is at the heart of love. “That God so loved the world that he gave…” We know the rest of the story, but it didn’t say God so loved the world that he took. So, I implore you this holiday season to put on your StrengthsFinder goggles, and be on the lookout for belief in action. Because what I believe you will find is love and kindness permeating throughout our cities. And if you look up and don’t see anything, then I encourage you to believe in something greater than only yourself, and reach out to a stranger and show them the love that you believe will change their lives for the better.

~Ryan Meador, Director of Development. Learn more about how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method in ways that will enrich the culture of your teams. Contact Ryan at rmeador@meador.com. Seminars and webinars coming soon!

StrengthsFinder Series – Empathy – A Closer Look at Empathy as a business skill

November 21st, 2018

empathy in business

Empathy is something we associate more often with social interactions. It’s what some of you may feel when you see a sad movie, hear inspiring stories, or listen to someone talk about an experience they’ve had and it moves you or you can feel what they feel. It could relate to your own experiences or maybe you are just naturally more of an empathetic person. It’s not something that you think you should put on your resume or LinkedIn profile, so, how does empathy fit into the business equation? Let’s start with what it is…

em·pa·thy
/ˈempəTHē
Noun
The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Definition: People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feeling by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

What better way to start a post about Empathy, than to read a line by a poet on the matter? Poetry enables us to feel a story rather than just read words strung together. This line, by Alexander Pope, happens to work for us on multiple levels; not only does it pull at our heartstrings a bit through his rhyme and language choice, but by the wisdom he shares on empathy, itself. Essentially, he is saying that we can learn a lot from putting ourselves in others’ shoes and seeing their situation for what it is rather than focusing on their faults, while also hoping others give us that same mercy.

How we use empathy in daily business

Empathy is a great characteristic to have in many types of businesses, especially where you an make a direct and important impact on someone. It can also be a good practice to have when you interact with your coworkers or employees. It’s easy to get caught up in where the bottom line is at and sticking to processes, but seeing your peers and coworkers for who they are what they feel can actually help in how you interact with them. It can even improve upon the less emotional things, like how much you sold last month or how many new customers you gained.

Video – Community leaders and business owners on Meador Staffing history and culture

We have a knack for hiring internal employees who listen well and understand our candidates’ and clients’ needs. Not just when filling a position or find a job, but in a way where we connect with them to understand what is important and what drives them in their own missions in life and careers. To some candidates or clients, it can be about success or reaching goals, to others it is about taking care of their family or something greater. Our team is exceptional at applying it with candidates, though. There are times where we have to let an applicant know that they didn’t get a position. Even in uncomfortable situations, they are treated no differently, and politely coached on how to avoid the issue in the future. It’s essential in our offices to treat everyone the same…as if we were in their shoes. We even try to match candidates according to the culture at client companies. This has to be a good match to bring to success to all involved. Listening to and knowing our clients pain points helps us create the best matches. This is our way of applying empathy.

 

focused empathy in business

Sharing employee strengths

We actually have about twelve internal employees with this theme, many in our corporate office and others in direct contact with our applicants. It really makes an impact on their experience with us. We do use the Clifton StrengthsFinder method mentioned earlier (if you haven’t heard about it, you should definitely take the time to read about it) as a way to learn more about what drives our employees and applicants. We focus on the top 5 strengths to see how they might fit in with the team and culture and what skills may complement those who already work with us. As a part of our hiring process, we can better understand them through this evaluation. Once they are hired, we display those five strengths on everyone’s desks. This helps each of us choose the best ways to interact, speak, engage, debate, discuss, email, and how to build a positive peer relationship in general. We can understand who they are.

You see, Empathy the definition and Empathy the Strength are two different things all together. Anyone can empathize with someone, but not everyone has the ability to sense emotion of those around them. Those with Empathy in their Top 5 can feel what others are feeling as if the emotions were their own. They intuitively see the world through others’ eyes and share their perspectives. They perceive people’s pain or joy – sometimes before it is even expressed. Their instinctive ability to understand is powerful. They can hear unvoiced questions and anticipate needs. Where others grapple for words, they seem to find the right things to say and strike the right tone. As a result, they help people express their feelings – to themselves as well as to others. They help people give voice to their emotional lives. (Gallup)

How leaders can use empathy

As a leader, you have plenty of chances to use empathy in your decision-making. An employee might be going through something and you need to counsel them or maybe you’ve found out that they need advice on how to handle a client or peer situation. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but if you understand that they have these feelings and maybe why they have them, you can more effectively communicate and advise them. Let’s dig deeper into it-

It’s easy for us to discard Empathy as a strength because we are often taught that emotion is a weakness. What does Empathy look like in the arsenal of a leader? Wouldn’t it be beneficial for your manager to be able to instinctively understand the unvoiced questions of your team? To anticipate the need? To have the right tone and say the right things when your team is under stress?

These are just a few of Empathy’s “Power” and “Edge” traits in the Clifton method. It’s not about feeling pity for the person’s predicament. That would be sympathy. It is to simply understand them. Along with the leader’s other talents in their Top 5, Empathy can be an incredible buffer for some of the more “unemotional” strength themes like Command, Analytical, or Focus.

Applying empathy in the real world

Empathy with Command sounds like this, “I can sense emotions that others may not notice. When I express a strong emotion, it is clear to everyone and delivered with everyone else’s in mind.” Empathy with Analytical says, “My approach to life involves both rational intelligence of my mind and the emotional intelligence of my heart.” Empathy and Focus sounds like, “My intentional concentration on achieving a specific goal never keeps me from being emotionally sensitive or expressive.”

As you can see, Empathy is an incredibly powerful strength theme in the Clifton StrengthFinder’s list of 34 themes. In a season where being thankful is at the forefront of our minds, lean on those with Empathy talents to help you define what thankfulness means. Through their talents, they will be able to help you put into perspective the things that are truly important, and that is the people around you.

To schedule a seminar with your employees at a Meador Staffing training room or in your own to learn how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method, contact rmeador@meador.com.

To learn more about hiring employees recruited through our talented teams, click here.

Ryan Meador-Director of Development, Meador Staffing Services

Heather Wright-Director of Marketing, Meador Staffing Services

 

Meador Staffing is featured in the Pasadena Business Journal

November 13th, 2018

Take a look at our own Darla Haygood and members of our great community talking about our 50 years in business:

The Pasadena Business Journal is a television show all about business in Pasadena, Texas.  They showcase local businesses, interview business owners, discuss business strategies and plans and look at what the current business trends are in Pasadena. View more episodes here.

 

An open letter from Ben Meador and Melinda Torrison on our 50th Anniversary

October 8th, 2018

An open letter from our CEO/Chairman, Ben Meador and President/COO, Melinda Torrison on week two of our 50th Anniversary celebration:

To our dearest friends and family,

50 years is a long time for any business. We are honored to be one of those who have made it through so many impactful events that have caused shifts in the economy, society, and the industries that we work in.

Can you believe that since we were founded in 1968, we have experienced:

  • 11 Presidents
  • 2 Oil Booms
  • 8 Major storm flooding events
  • 2 Economic Recessions
  • 3 Major Wars

Click image to read the full letter:

Ben Meador and Melinda Torrison Letter

 

Go Pink Day Story – MD Anderson and the Importance of Exams

October 6th, 2018

One of our Core Values at Meador Staffing is Having a heart for the community and its people. This is something that is seen every day internally in how our employees treat each other, as well as when we are working to engage and help our own communities. This is a part of who we are and have been for 50 years.

Go Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

We wanted to share two touching stories from our team on GO PINK DAY started by the Susan G Komen Organization to raise awareness for those who are furthering the efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and those who are affected by breast cancer and these organizations. The second is about MD Anderson in Houston.

From Linda Fields, our VP of Executive Search: MD Anderson Cancer Center and the importance of exams

“I am going to share my daughters story that she posted on her Facebook for awareness to others. It was posted in October 2017. She is my only daughter and my best friend. She was an employee of Meador for 19 years. Yesterday,(10/4/18) was her 1 year anniversary from breast cancer surgery.

She is such a trooper she went through 6 weeks of radiation. She left her house at 5:45am to make it to MDA by 7am and made it back to work by 8:15am. She never missed one day of work, never complained, never whined! She is just the Bomb!!!

We love, love, love MD Anderson.  We are so lucky to live in this city with such a great hospital.

Here is her story. I hope it helps others:

Tomorrow I start day one of radiation. I couldn’t decide how to begin this post. This year was a milestone birthday, the big 40. A lot of people overlook medical checkup milestones, I did…but, my mom didn’t. She made us mother-daughter mammograms, lol. I didn’t feel the need to go, you know, I had turned 40 a hot minute ago, didn’t feel any significant lumps and I have no breast cancer in my family, my gyno never felt anything odd and I go yearly, etc. I didn’t see the urgency, but I knew it was important to my mom, so I went. And there it was, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma aka Breast Cancer in my right breast, stage 1, size of a pea/peanut. After MANY tests, I underwent surgery early October, a lumpectomy and removed 6 lymph nodes. Pathology revealed they got all the cancer and that it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. Another test revealed its not genetic cancer, which will not be passed down, thank God, however, my girls will have to undergo early mammograms. My cancer wasn’t aggressive enough for Chemo, another blessing. However, I will have 6 weeks of radiation and 5 years at minimum of hormone blocker therapy, due to my cancer feeding off estrogen and progesterone.

I am in a good place now, been up and down, but we’re sitting good now. My family, James and all my doctors/nurses/techs at MD Anderson have been amazing. I have been tight lipped about my cancer, it was my personal decision, very few people knew. Now, I tell you my story to bring awareness to those who have the same mindset as I did, if you or anyone you know or love is 40 or over, please urge them to seek a mammogram, it can truly save a life. I’m not one to put my business on Facebook, however, I need you to know how important mammograms are for ALL women at that milestone age. I didn’t get it because I smoke, or wore the wrong bra or genetics, I JUST got cancer, no cause that they can nail down, it can happen to anyone, seriously.  Moral of the story…listen to your mom and check those boobs!!”

Learn more about Susan G Komen here

Learn more about MD Anderson here

Go Pink Day Story – The Rose

October 6th, 2018

One of our Core Values at Meador Staffing is Having a heart for the community and its people. This is something that is seen every day internally in how our employees treat each other, as well as when we are working to engage and help our own communities. This is a part of who we are and have been for 50 years.

Go pink day Meador Staffing breast cancer awareness

We wanted to share two touching stories from our team on GO PINK DAY to raise awareness for those who are furthering the efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and those who are affected by breast cancer and these organizations. The first is about  The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization right here in Houston.

From Darla Haygood, our VP of Community Relations: The Rose

“I met Ms. Gibbons that started the Rose through Ben’s friend John Moon at Rotary years ago. She is quite an impressive lady & if you haven’t read her book you need to.

I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Dixie Mellilo years ago which is the doctor that supports & works with Ms. Gibbons at the Rose. She has treated my good friend Nell for years & is a huge animal lover supporting our six women group that formed SECHAA to bring SNAP – Spay & Neuter Assistance Program to Pasadena. They are located on the North side of Pasadena on 225.

My grandmother & my mother were both breast cancer survivors so mammograms have been part of my life for years. Last year I had a scare & Dr. Dixie was by my side at the Rose performing all types of mammograms & leading me in the right direction. The good news is that all is well.

However, in 2015 my daughter had a scare & once again we found ourselves in Dr. Dixie’s office. That is when she sat me down & discussed the importance of diet. With her guidance that started a lifestyle change & the loss of over 40 pounds. I credit her for helping me find my health again & also for helping so many in need.

The Rose takes insurance & every year that I go for my mammogram, I always make a donation because every $25 donated will give someone without insurance a mammogram.

I have a deep respect & love for The Rose & those that work behind the scenes to help others.”

You can easily donate regularly to The Rose by connecting your Kroger Rewards card here.

Learn more about The Rose here

Thank you Pasadena ISD!

October 5th, 2018

One of our dearest friends and partners is Pasadena ISD. We are so grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to share and participate in their own journey of growth, and are humbled by their very kind message and gesture at this Pasadena ISD football game!

We couldn’t be more thankful for our 50 year friendship!

Pasadena ISD Football

New Branch Managers for Meador Staffing

July 15th, 2015

Meador Staffing is planning for the future, for the next 50 years of service to the communities where they are rooted. Leadership within the company is busting at the seams and the company has taken action to recognize that in the promotion of new branch managers in Austin, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Pasadena, Pearland, and The Woodlands, Texas.

Our Austin branch is now overseen by Robin Melitz, a bona fide Austinite with a strong background in relationship management within the staffing industry. As branch manager, she also fulfills duties of account manager, calling on companies in the Austin territory. Robin came to Meador with 15 years of experience that ranges from branch management to regional account direction. Developing and growing business is a thriving force in Robin.

Clear Lake is now under the management of Caryn Martinez. Caryn was promoted from a staffing consultant to branch management, supported by her 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. Her professional drive, dedication, and extensive background in human resources, training, quality assurance, and recruiting make Caryn a valuable team member as well as a huge contributor to the success of the Clear Lake office.

Shirley Feeback, branch manager of Deer Park, joined the Meador team in 2005 as a member of our staff support team. She has climbed the ranks within the company, growing in her strengths in every role. In the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, Shirley received Team of the Year award. Her passion is helping others and assisting her colleagues and clients. She is a loyal and dedicated team player, who thrives on being thorough, precise, and hard working.

The Pasadena Temp team operates out of the corporate office. Ricki Langford has been promoted to branch manager of this team, having served the past few years as senior staffing consultant. She specializes in building solid partnerships with her clients by matching candidates to company culture and creatively solving issues that arise throughout the hiring and temporary employment period.

Keri Campbell now serves as branch manager for our Pearland office. She began working at Meador as a staffing consultant in our Clear Lake office in 2011. In September of 2014, she was promoted to senior staffing consultant and joined the Pearland team. Keri has over 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. She enjoys building relationships with clients and providing excellent customer service.

In 2014, our Woodlands office gained a valuable employee in, now, Branch Manager Mae Vela. She started at Meador in the role of a staffing consultant. Mae’s staffing background is in accounting, administrative, and industrial arenas. She is motivated to provide exceptional customer service and support by carrying out her work with integrity.

Meador Staffing is excited for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and our employees are encouraged about the changes made internally, the direction the company is headed. Our company subscribes to the highest ethical and professional standards in managing a diversified and profitable human resource firm. We are engaged in providing excellence and quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and recruiting. We have stood by our mission since 1968 and it inspires our corporate vision. For more information, contact Morgan Sheen, Vice President of Brand Management, at msheen@meador.com.

Meador Staffing Services is a Company to Watch: Major Growth Ahead

August 19th, 2014

Meador Adds New Positions to Company Roster to Meet Demand

In order for Meador Staffing to continue to grow and meet the demands of the job market in Houston, Austin, and surrounding areas, President Melinda Torrison has made several major role changes effective this week in the operations of the 46-year-old company.

Valerie Smith, former Pearland Branch Manager, has moved in to the full-time position of Training Director for the entire company. She has been training employees this summer on a part-time basis and it is evident that Meador needs her in this role full time. She will be training with employees throughout the entire company along with handling all operations manuals and policies, coordinating all client seminars, and auditing. Valerie will work out of the corporate office in Pasadena.

Michelle Martinez, former Clear Lake Branch Manager, has been promoted to Regional Manager and will oversee the Austin, Clear Lake, and Pearland offices’ operations. Meador Staffing will not have a branch manager in Clear Lake or Pearland at this time with Michelle overseeing operations as Regional Manager. The company is currently focused on recruiting and hiring a senior staffing consultant for the Pearland office as well as an account manager for the Austin location.

Tamara Stucky, previous Deer Park Branch Manager, has also been promoted to Regional Manager for Meador Staffing, overseeing the operations for Deer Park, The Woodlands, and Pasadena’s temporary division.  Meador Staffing will not have a branch manager in Deer Park or Pasadena at this time with Tamara overseeing operations as Regional Manager. The company is currently focused on recruiting and hiring an office coordinator for the Deer Park location.

Ashley Wright will assume the role of Sales Manager, transitioning from her role as Pasadena Branch Manager. She will work out of the corporate office in Pasadena. Ashley’s role as Sales Manager will consist of the administrative duties affiliated with overseeing Meador’s sales team, as well as lead generation for the company. She will work closely with Vice President Linda Fields and President Melinda Torrison in Meador’s sales efforts and support the company’s strong account manager team.

“Meador Staffing is in transition for growth and excited for the season that lies ahead,” said President Melinda Torrison as she made the changes on August 6th. “Congratulations to our growing team. We are positioning ourselves for great things and believe these changes will allow us to grow.”

 

About Meador Staffing Services: Since 1968, the team at Meador Staffing has been matching quality candidates with top employers across the United States in direct hire, contract, temporary, and temporary-to-hire arenas. When you partner with Meador, you are joining a family-oriented business, one that has built a legacy and reputation based on quality and service. Our experienced staffing and recruiting professionals are truly dedicated to finding the best solution for your staffing or career goals.

Meador Staffing Services Has First New President Since 1968

August 18th, 2014

Melinda Torrison Promoted to President & Chief Operations Officer

Congratulations are in order for Meador Staffing Services’ former Executive Vice President Melinda Torrison, who has been promoted to President & Chief Operations Officer for the company. Ben Meador, former President, will still remain active in the company as Chairman & CEO.

Melinda joined Meador Staffing full time in 1987 when it was still named Meador-Brady. Prior to coming on board in 1987, she had worked for the company during the summers in several roles, gaining experience in the staffing industry, as well as served in temporary roles for client companies in clerical positions. When she joined Meador-Brady, Melinda started her journey in the role of receptionist, then staffing assistant for the temporary group. Over the past twenty-seven years, she has served in many positions, the most recent being Executive Vice President.

Melinda has served the staffing industry and her community in various leadership roles, including President of the Texas Association of Personnel Consultants (TAPC); President of the Houston Area Association of Personnel Consultants (HAAPC); and Vice President of Inter-City Temporary Associates, a national company with 115 affiliate members. Melinda is also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation. She received her certification as a Certified Temporary Specialist by the National Association of Personnel Services in 1997.

Based on her activity, networking, and long-time entrenchment in the staffing industry, Melinda has been presented several awards over the years: CTS of the Year in 1992; HAAPC Community Service Award in 1995; Norval Locke Award in 2004.

Melinda is well-prepared to serve as President & Chief Operations Officer.  “I am dedicated to the well-being and best interest of this company and my family, who has created the legacy of serving our communities for the past 46 years,” Melinda shared. She has earned a reputation as a responsible, dependable, and an able leader, and has the respect of her peers and those she leads.  Meador Staffing has the utmost confidence she will be very successful and will have the full support of all of our employees.

 

About Meador Staffing Services: Since 1968, the team at Meador Staffing has been matching quality candidates with top employers across the United States in direct hire, contract, temporary, and temporary-to-hire arenas. When you partner with Meador, you are joining a family-oriented business, one that has built a legacy and reputation based on quality and service. Our experienced staffing and recruiting professionals are truly dedicated to finding the best solution for your staffing or career goals.