Should You Provide a Counter Offer?

June 30th, 2015

As an employer, you will inevitably be handed a notice of resignation from a respected employee. While this can be a shock, you can often get them to think twice about leaving by providing a counter offer. However, this isn’t always the right move depending on your situation. Here’s how you can assess whether or not to provide a counter offer.

Can You Afford To?

One of the biggest factors to consider is whether or not you can afford to provide a counter offer. Often, you will need to offer the departing employee a significant amount more than what you were previously paying him or her. If you can afford it, great. If you can’t, you might need to look into hiring a new employee who is comfortable working with the established salary.

Assess Whether or Not the Employee Provides Value.

Even if the employee is a hard worker and gets along great with the other employees, you need to assess whether he or she provides value to the company. Have you thought about a rebrand that his or her role no longer fits? This would be the time to take a good look at the value of his/her position in conjunction with the company’s future and make that decision.

See if the Current Role is a Good Fit.

If the employee is no longer happy with his or her duties, you could assess whether or not the current role is a good fit before extending a counter-offer. It may turn out that you need to extend a counter-offer for a higher position or a position in a different department rather than just a compensation increase.

Would The Team Benefit?

You also need to assess whether or not the company would benefit from keeping the employee onboard. It may be that you need an employee with fresh ideas or greater speed that the current employee is no longer providing you. If this is the case, it’s probably best not to extend the counter-offer.

If you’ve gone ahead and made the decision that you shouldn’t provide a counter offer but need to fill the position, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a suitable replacement in a reasonable amount of time to prevent loss of productivity.
 

 


 

Encouraging Employees to Have Work-Life Balance

 

It’s easy to be wrapped up in work, especially when there are multiple hard-pressed deadlines or clients have a demanding set of needs. If you’re managing employees, it’s important to remind them to have a work-life balance. While many employees might resist and say that it doesn’t feel natural, you need to encourage them. Here’s why:

 

They Will Be Happier.

 

The more interests your employees have outside of work, the happier they will be in the end. Happy employees are good employees because they’re much more pleasant to be around and can keep the mood in the office light and fun.

 

They Will Be More Productive.

 

When employees have a work-life balance, they are often more productive. This can be attributed to the fact that employees will work when they are at work instead of wasting time on other activities. They will be able to concentrate for shorter periods of time when they know they’re allowed to have a life after work.

 

They Will Be More Motivated to Return to Work.

 

If your employees are regularly vacationing, spending time with family, and working on their passion projects, they will be more motivated to return to work when it’s time to be in the office. They will be able to compartmentalize the different areas of their lives and give focus to each individual area as they see fit.

 

They Will Be Less Likely To Leave Your Company.

 

High employee retention should always be a goal of yours as a business owner and a manager of employees. When your employees have high work-life balance, they are more likely to remain in their present position.

 

If you feel like your employees have achieved a good work-life balance and you’re ready to bring on more team members, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find employees who have a predisposition for keeping the balance while still maintaining a high quality of work.

 


 

How to Find Your Niche

 

If you have a niche, you are that much more competitive in the job market –especially when a position requires specific skills. But, how do you find your niche? Consider these tips.

 

Narrow Down Skills.

Before you can truly find your niche, you need to narrow down what skills you have. These could be skills you picked up from your education, or from previous job experiences. Usually, these are the skills you would list on your resume, or talk about in a job interview.

 

Narrow Down Fields of Interest.

After you’ve determined your skills, you need to assess where your fields of interest are. Do you like content marketing? Do you prefer data analysis? Make a list of what interests you without taking any skills or strengths into account. After you’ve done that, you will have a solid foundation upon which you can start to make some comparisons.

 

Determine Your Strengths.

You now have two lists: your skills and your fields of interest. Now, it’s time to determine what your strengths are. By comparing and making different combinations of both your skills and fields of interest, you should be able to make some conclusions about your strengths and come up with some possible combinations that would both interest you and use your skills.

 

Determine What Makes You Marketable.

Ultimately, before you decide on a niche, you need to make sure you’re marketable. After you’ve decided on a few strength areas that combine your skills and fields of interest, you need to assess whether or not there’s a need for your specific niche. It’s good to do some research both online and through networking to see if people would find your niche useful. If the answer is yes, you’re good to go.

 

If you feel as though you’ve found your niche and you would like to find a job utilizing that niche, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help you find jobs that would put your niche to good use and would appreciate the unique value of what you brought to the team.

 


 

How to Become Indispensable in Your Company

 

Who doesn’t want to be indispensable in the workplace? Not only do you provide significant value and insight into helping your company grow, you can earn higher compensation and benefits. Consider these tips.

 

Take Initiative.

One of the quickest ways you can become indispensable in your company is to take initiative. When you do this, you are letting your employers know that you can be counted on in any situation to get the job done. Taking initiative inevitably sets you ahead of the pack.

 

Provide Value to Multiple Departments.

If you can provide value to multiple departments, your superiors are going to recognize that and will want to keep you around. The reason for this is that you are talented in multiple departments, so you will be able to jump around and fill in as necessary should a need or an emergency arise.

 

Honor Commitments.

If you honor your commitments, you will be viewed as being reliable. Many employees are quick to disengage from their commitments if a better opportunity comes up or if they are too stressed out with their existing duties. By honoring your commitments, you are reinforcing the fact that you can consistently be trusted with important tasks and duties.

 

Have a Positive Attitude.

It’s a proven fact that people want to be around other people with a positive attitude. Not only will your attitude be infectious, but also it will help your co-workers get through their day more easily. If you’re an employee who comes into work every day with a smile on your face, you are that much more likely to be considered indispensable.

 

If you feel like you could develop these skills to become an indispensable employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find jobs that are looking for reliable, consistent employees with whom they entrust a fair amount of responsibility. Successfully developing these skills ensures a faster job-search.

 

Why Write Case Studies 

June 23rd, 2015

If you are a business owner, you may have heard the term “case study” thrown around from time to time. A case study is a tangible example of a company performing a service or selling a product to or on behalf of another company and the subsequent listing of the results. If your company provides services, you should consider writing case studies – here’s why.

Makes New Client Acquisition Easy

When you are trying to attract a new client, one of the first questions they will ask is whether you have any references or examples of your work. If you hand a potential client an organized case study, it will not only be impressive, it will also showcase the quality of your work and how seriously you pride yourself on making lasting first impressions.

Gives Company Talking Points

When people ask about your company or the work that you can do, it can sometimes be overwhelming to summarize your scope of services in an “elevator pitch.” However, if you have a case study or series of case studies nearby, you can reference some of your past examples as talking points. Because you have the data neatly compiled, it will be much easier for you to reference and speak about freely.

Rebuilds Company Confidence

As you are putting together your case studies, you will be reminded of successful projects. Because you will be putting your best work on the page, this can easily serve as a company confidence booster as you recognize of the high-quality work you performed. This may be just the inspiration you need the next time you are feeling stuck on a new project or client.

Serves as a Frame of Reference

Case studies are great tools because they serve as a frame of reference on multiple fronts. First, they serve as a frame of reference that you can do the type of work that you are claiming to be able to do. Second, they serve as a frame of reference for your internal company growth and direction. Third, they serve as a frame of reference for your potential clients if they have any questions for your previous or reoccurring clients.

If you have written one or more case studies of your business’s successes and need help finding employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We can take those case studies and use them to strategically connect you with candidates who meet your needs and requirements.

 

 

5 Best Productivity Apps

June 16th, 2015

Over the last few years, many companies and websites have emerged with the sole purpose of increasing productivity. Though some of these websites and companies have a steep learning curve and aren’t altogether helpful, others have proven to be beneficial. Here are the 5 of the best productivity apps you can use to improve your workflow and/or personal productivity.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great way to keep files accessible for you and for other colleagues or clients with whom you might need to share them. Dropbox is a cloud-based software that can be installed directly on the desktop and allows you to access, edit, and view files from most locations.

Trello

Trello is a web-based application that is great for collaborating with other team members about products or projects that need to be completed. Team members can create various visual bulletin boards and assign color-coded markers to each task to annotate varying levels of importance. Changes to the tasks can be seen in real time. You can also assign checklists, due dates, directly mention other colleagues and chat within the app, as well as share files.

Evernote

Evernote is a great way to manage your personal notes and/or tasks. Though Evernote does have a social collaboration function, it’s much more effective when you can utilize it as an individual. You can create different notebooks and notes within these notebooks to categorize your thoughts and/or work processes. You can also integrate Evernote with your phone and browsers so that you can directly copy bits of information or pictures into your notebook.

Mint

Mint is a great way to keep track of your finances, whether you’re an employee or a business owner. You won’t have to spend as much time preparing expense reports or taking pictures of receipts, because Mint can do a lot of that cataloguing and organizing for you. Mint is also accessible via your smart phone, which means that you can work on your finances in between meetings should the need arise.

Yelp

So many employees spend the day thinking about where they are going to eat for lunch or what dinner plans they should schedule after work. Cut your decision process time in half by using the Yelp app and sorting choices by different categories such as food type, location, delivery features, and menu. The contact information for restaurants and grocery stores is listed in the app, so you can call directly from your phone and not have to waste time doing a search.

Contact Olympic Staffing today. We help productive people find their dream position.

Tips on Increasing Traffic to Your Company Website

June 9th, 2015

Most companies have websites, but many fail to utilize them effectively. The purpose of having a website is not only to provide information for your existing customers; it also should serve as a platform on which you attract new customers and convert leads. In order to do this, you should know some of our best tips on how to increase traffic to your company’s website.

Write a Blog

Blogs are great tools to increase your company website traffic . Two of the top reasons are attraction and reputation. Attraction: you will start ranking in search engines, such as Google, for the topics on which you are regularly blogging. This will draw people to your website and the discovery of your services. Reputation: a great blog generates interest. People will consider your blog and company as a valuable resource in your industry and not only read it themselves, but “like it” to others.

Link to Your Website on Social Media

Social media channels are a great way to reach potential clients and customers that are currently outside of your scope and/or reach. If you link to your website on your social media channels and push it out to a wider audience using hashtags, you are effectively receiving free advertising. Whenever possible, link to your website on social media channels so that people can always click on it if they want more information.

Encourage Others to Link to Your Website

Another way that search engines like Google decide to rank your company website higher is through the use of inbound links. This refers to the number of other websites who link to your website on a consistent basis. The ranking of the other websites is important, but the more that other websites link to your website, the more that search engines will consider your content to be “valuable” and therefore, be more apt to promote you.

Publicize on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to network, make business connections, and potentially attract new clients. Whenever you comment on a business discussion or make a change to your profile, make sure people on LinkedIn can click through to your website in just one click. Make everything as easy as possible online, and you will find people clicking through to your website more often than not.

Increased traffic to your company website, often results in a need of more employees to manage client accounts. Contact Olympic Staffing today. We match candidates and clients every day.

 


 

How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

June 2nd, 2015

Working professionals often face the challenge of juggling several projects and clients in their quest to reach their career goals while staying on top of the current workload. There is a fine line, of course, between working out of necessity and working out of obligation. Managing the two strategies effectively will help you free up your time. It’s time to work smarter instead of harder – here’s how . . .

Delegate Whenever Possible

Whenever possible, delegate to someone else the applicable tasks. You do not have to personally do every task that falls under your authority. Consider hiring a personal assistant or college intern to help with task management. The saved time each week, peace of mind, and increased productivity may be well worth the extra cost.

Set Designated E-Mail Hours

One of the quickest changes you can make in an effort to work smarter and not harder is to set designated e-mail hours. Avoid the distraction of reading and responding to a sea of e-mails throughout the day. This can be a dangerous line, because you are not actually getting the work accomplished that you need complete; instead, you are merely maintaining the status If you set designated e-mail hours in which you only view and respond to e-mails during those times, you will be freeing up the rest of your day to focus on the tasks that actually matter.

Take Breaks throughout the Day

In the end, working all day is only going to tire you out and reduce your effectiveness. You can only accomplish so much in a given day; it’s better to focus your efforts extensively for a short period of time instead of taking a longer amount of time to do the same work. If you take breaks throughout the day, you are giving yourself mini deadlines to meet. In addition, you are giving your brain a break, ensuring that it will be more prepared to accomplish your next task.

Define One Key Task for the Day

Some people work more than they have to because they are trying to accomplish a lot of different tasks at once. This isn’t effective, because you end up not assigning the required importance to each task. Instead, if you define one key task for the day and you accomplish that, you can rest easy knowing that you completed your work and either take time off or move on to the next project.

Implementing these tips will free time to work on projects of your choice or take some personal time to pursue other interests.

Contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in matching candidates who work smarter, not harder with companies who value your creative problem-solving and productivity abilities.

 


 

Tips on Increasing Traffic to Your Company Website

 

Most companies have websites, but many fail to utilize them effectively. The purpose of having a website is not only to provide information for your existing customers; it also should serve as a platform on which you attract new customers and convert leads. In order to do this, you should know some of our best tips on how to increase traffic to your company’s website.

 

Write a Blog

 

Blogs are great tools to increase your company website traffic . Two of the top reasons are attraction and reputation. Attraction: you will start ranking in search engines, such as Google, for the topics on which you are regularly blogging. This will draw people to your website and the discovery of your services. Reputation: a great blog generates interest. People will consider your blog and company as a valuable resource in your industry and not only read it themselves, but “like it” to others.

 

Link to Your Website on Social Media

 

Social media channels are a great way to reach potential clients and customers that are currently outside of your scope and/or reach. If you link to your website on your social media channels and push it out to a wider audience using hashtags, you are effectively receiving free advertising. Whenever possible, link to your website on social media channels so that people can always click on it if they want more information.

 

Encourage Others to Link to Your Website

 

Another way that search engines like Google decide to rank your company website higher is through the use of inbound links. This refers to the number of other websites who link to your website on a consistent basis. The ranking of the other websites is important, but the more that other websites link to your website, the more that search engines will consider your content to be “valuable” and therefore, be more apt to promote you.

 

Publicize on LinkedIn

 

LinkedIn is a great way to network, make business connections, and potentially attract new clients. Whenever you comment on a business discussion or make a change to your profile, make sure people on LinkedIn can click through to your website in just one click. Make everything as easy as possible online, and you will find people clicking through to your website more often than not.

 

Increased traffic to your company website, often results in a need of more employees to manage client accounts. Contact Olympic Staffing today. We match candidates and clients every day.

 


 

5 Best Productivity Apps

 

Over the last few years, many companies and websites have emerged with the sole purpose of increasing productivity. Though some of these websites and companies have a steep learning curve and aren’t altogether helpful, others have proven to be beneficial. Here are the 5 of the best productivity apps you can use to improve your workflow and/or personal productivity.

 

Dropbox

Dropbox is a great way to keep files accessible for you and for other colleagues or clients with whom you might need to share them. Dropbox is a cloud-based software that can be installed directly on the desktop and allows you to access, edit, and view files from most locations.

 

Trello

Trello is a web-based application that is great for collaborating with other team members about products or projects that need to be completed. Team members can create various visual bulletin boards and assign color-coded markers to each task to annotate varying levels of importance. Changes to the tasks can be seen in real time. You can also assign checklists, due dates, directly mention other colleagues and chat within the app, as well as share files.

 

Evernote

Evernote is a great way to manage your personal notes and/or tasks. Though Evernote does have a social collaboration function, it’s much more effective when you can utilize it as an individual. You can create different notebooks and notes within these notebooks to categorize your thoughts and/or work processes. You can also integrate Evernote with your phone and browsers so that you can directly copy bits of information or pictures into your notebook.

 

Mint

Mint is a great way to keep track of your finances, whether you’re an employee or a business owner. You won’t have to spend as much time preparing expense reports or taking pictures of receipts, because Mint can do a lot of that cataloguing and organizing for you. Mint is also accessible via your smart phone, which means that you can work on your finances in between meetings should the need arise.

 

Yelp

So many employees spend the day thinking about where they are going to eat for lunch or what dinner plans they should schedule after work. Cut your decision process time in half by using the Yelp app and sorting choices by different categories such as food type, location, delivery features, and menu. The contact information for restaurants and grocery stores is listed in the app, so you can call directly from your phone and not have to waste time doing a search.

 

Contact Olympic Staffing today. We help productive people find their dream position.

 


 

Why Write Case Studies 

 

If you are a business owner, you may have heard the term “case study” thrown around from time to time. A case study is a tangible example of a company performing a service or selling a product to or on behalf of another company and the subsequent listing of the results. If your company provides services, you should consider writing case studies – here’s why.

 

Makes New Client Acquisition Easy

 

When you are trying to attract a new client, one of the first questions they will ask is whether you have any references or examples of your work. If you hand a potential client an organized case study, it will not only be impressive, it will also showcase the quality of your work and how seriously you pride yourself on making lasting first impressions.

 

Gives Company Talking Points

 

When people ask about your company or the work that you can do, it can sometimes be overwhelming to summarize your scope of services in an “elevator pitch.” However, if you have a case study or series of case studies nearby, you can reference some of your past examples as talking points. Because you have the data neatly compiled, it will be much easier for you to reference and speak about freely.

 

Rebuilds Company Confidence

 

As you are putting together your case studies, you will be reminded of successful projects. Because you will be putting your best work on the page, this can easily serve as a company confidence booster as you recognize of the high-quality work you performed. This may be just the inspiration you need the next time you are feeling stuck on a new project or client.

 

Serves as a Frame of Reference

 

Case studies are great tools because they serve as a frame of reference on multiple fronts. First, they serve as a frame of reference that you can do the type of work that you are claiming to be able to do. Second, they serve as a frame of reference for your internal company growth and direction. Third, they serve as a frame of reference for your potential clients if they have any questions for your previous or reoccurring clients.

 

If you have written one or more case studies of your business’s successes and need help finding employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We can take those case studies and use them to strategically connect you with candidates who meet your needs and requirements.