Does Your Company’s Benefit Package Entice the Best?

April 22nd, 2014

Think about the benefit package you currently offer to your employees. Does it set you apart from other companies or make your company a desirable place to work? Do your employees value the benefits you currently offer them? If your benefit package is not competitive, you aren’t making an effort to attract top talent to your workplace.

Remember, most “competitive” benefit packages touted by businesses already include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, and a matching 401k. Unfortunately, those benefits are now comparable to other plans instead of being competitive. One great example of how to make your benefit package more competitive is to consider what benefits you give surrounding health care. Most businesses offer basic health care, but fringe benefits such as wellness care, retirement plans, or supplemental insurance are often forgotten.

In terms of other benefits, employees were surveyed to see what benefits are most desirable in the workplace. The answers pointed towards flexible work hours, a relaxed work environment and organized company activities. Also, consider what qualities would you like in an ideal employee. Say you want someone who is driven, personable, self-motivated and a team player. To attract this ideal employee, your benefits package needs to be in line with these qualities. For example, to attract an employee who is driven, consider adding tuition reimbursement to your benefits package. Here are some ideas you can use to enhance your benefits package and successfully compete for your ideal employee:

  • Offer flexible time for your employees. 

Offering flexible time is a great way to attract employees who are multi-taskers and hard workers. Flexible time can include telecommuting; choosing what hours are worked, or being able to take days off, if more hours are worked on other days. Your employees will appreciate the fact that you are acknowledging their personal schedule. If you choose to have flexible time as a benefit, make sure that it’s explained clearly to ensure that employees feel comfortable using the benefit on a regular basis.

  • Provide wellness incentives. 

Throw wellness-related benefits into the overall package to attract self-motivated employees. You will also attract employees who prioritize self-care and stress regulation, which may help decrease your employee turnover rate. By assuming the cost of wellness incentives such as a gym membership or fitness consulting, you’ll also be helping your employees stretch their paychecks further – another valuable benefit.

  • Include your employees’ families and pets. 

If your benefits package somehow includes your employee’s family and/or pets, you’ll be sure to attract personable workers who wish to achieve a perfect work/life balance. Family and pets are a part of most people’s lives. When you include them in your benefits package, you are sending your employee the message that you care about their personal life, not just their work life. You could offer to pay for spousal accompaniment on domestic business trips or have a “bring your dog to work day.” Whatever benefit you choose, if you acknowledge both the personal and work lives of your employees, gratitude will compute into productivity and long-term satisfaction.

  • Carve out team building time in the benefit package. 

If you want to attract an employee who is a team player, throw in some company team building activities as part of the benefits package. For example, you could host a paid company volunteer event once a month or venture on a paid company camping trip twice a year. If those two particular suggestions are out of your budget, you could always schedule an in-office day once a month dedicated completely to team building and fun.

Set aside the cost for an enhanced benefit package.

Many companies are afraid to enhance their standard benefits package out of fear that it will be cost prohibitive. When doing a cost-benefit analysis, the cost can range anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars per month, but the benefit is attracting motivated, productive and happy employees. In the end, the company benefits despite the cost increase. Employees who are motivated and happier are more likely to contribute to company growth and sales. Employee retention is another positive factor that is often associated with an enhanced benefits package.

Publicize your company’s benefit package.

If you aren’t publicizing your benefits package, you are not effectively using it to attract the top talent. Make your company’s benefits information available on your website, in the employee handbook and during job interviews. Your employees should fully understand what they are entitled to, and you are responsible to provide that information to them in a straightforward manner.

Once you’ve assessed your company’s benefit package, contact Olympic Staffing to help you hire the best candidates for your company.

 

Olympic Staffing Partners with City of Hope

April 16th, 2014

Olympic Staffing Services is a proud partner in supporting City of Hope. We recently supported their Pediatric Easter Basket Campaign and received the following from City of Hope:

Our 2nd Annual Service Activity – Pediatric Easter Basket Campaign was a tremendous success. We have seen many e-mails over the past two weeks of our accomplishments and we were highlighted in the April 1st edition of “Inside Hope”. The baskets have been distributed over the past weeks to our kids with two final deliveries scheduled for later this week. As a result of our success, we will be donating “spreading hope” Easter baskets to two local community organizations – Foothill Unity Center (http://foothillunitycenter.org/) and the AIDS Service Center (www.aidsservicecenter.org). Foothill Unity Center is the main source of food, temporary shelter, case management, transportation, referrals, and a variety of health services for low-income and homeless people in eleven San Gabriel Valley communities in Los Angeles County, California. As the Community Action Agency for the Foothill Area, they are the voice for poverty/low-income people. The Center will be distributing the baskets this Friday in conjunction with their food distribution event. AIDS Service Center (ASC) has been serving the HIV/AIDS community in Los Angeles County for the past twenty-six (26) years. ASC will be donating the baskets to children impacted by HIV. Lastly, although this was a group activity, please join me in recognizing and thanking the individuals and community partners for their commitment, personal time and leadership to making this a successful event.

 

Key Skills that Will Make You More Marketable

April 16th, 2014

Finding the job you want requires honing the key skills that will be attractive to most recruiters. Update your skills and showcase them on your resume so you make a positive impression before you utter your first hello.

So, what are the key skills you will need for any job?

The Highest-in-Demand Skill: Be a Team Player

Take a hard look at your resume. Are you a team player? Why is this the most valuable skill? Essentially, when you join any firm, you are joining a team to realize the vision of the company. Being able to operate within the team dynamic, and not be a loner, is instantly valuable and anticipated.

Believing you are a team player and demonstrating it on your resume are two separate things. Use powerful, quantitate information to define yourself as well as your experience. Terms such as collaboration, idea exchange, and team building support examples. If you are a recent college graduate with no job experience, substitute volunteer experience.

Additional Key Skills

However, team skills are not the only skills that make you marketable. Illustrate your work history with the resume builders below.

Analytical Skills

  • Critical Thinking: How did you analyze information and use it to solve problems?
  • Financial Management: Did you manage a budget, and maximize your employer’s ROI?

Leadership Skills

  • Delegation: When leading a team, how did you delegate tasks to complete a project?
  • Motivation: How did you inspire others to collaborate or achieve a goal or deadline?

Effective Communication Skills

  • Cover Letter and Resume: Your first expression of communication competency is a well-edited cover letter and resume (with no grammatical or typographical errors). Yes, first impressions do count and landing an interview—especially when the number of applicants far outweigh the number of openings—demands the priority given the resume.
  • The Interview:  Solidify your competency with polished communication: personal presentation (posture and body language, attire), thoughtful and well-enunciated responses, active listening, warmth, professionalism, and courtesy. Allow confidence to shine through to a prospective employer. 

Contact Olympic Staffing Services. We will help you take those key skills and market yourself into a winning candidate for our best match position.