How Long Should I Be at My Job?

October 27th, 2015

If you’ve been at your job for a while, you may be wondering if you should look for a new job or take a brief sabbatical. The real answer is that there’s no standard answer; it depends on where you are in your life and career. Here are some of the considerations you should take into account when determining how long you should remain at your job.

Assess Your Stimulation Level.

Are you still being challenged at work? Do you feel like the skills you have are being utilized to their full potential every day? If the answer is no, it may be time to move on to a new job. If you are comfortable staying at your current company, you might want to consider speaking to your supervisor about leaving in hopes that they will give you more responsibilities or a promotion.

Don’t Burn Bridges.

Pick a time to leave your job when you won’t burn your bridges. Though your supervisor might not be happy with you leaving, you want to make sure that you leave at a time that will preserve your existing relationships. In the business world, your connections are what will get you ahead in life, so you need to make sure you guard them at all costs. Once you feel like you have a solid handle on not burning your bridges, you should be fine to leave your current job.

Finish Your Overarching Tasks.

Timing is very important. If you are leaving at a time in which your company is historically busy, you will be hindering your fellow colleagues from getting their job done. If you are thinking you might leave sometime soon, talk to your supervisors and colleagues about the best timing for them. Though they will likely prefer if you don’t leave, they will be able to give you a window in which your departure would be the best fit.

Assess the Job Market.

The job market fluctuates on a variety of different factors that aren’t in your control, but you do need to take it into account. Depending on your financial situation, you may or may not be able to afford taking time off in between jobs. If you can’t, you will want to wait to leave your job until the job market is abundant and presents many opportunities for you – even waiting until you have secured a new position.

If you’ve done this assessment and have come to the conclusion that it’s time to leave your job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to line up a new job for you that fits in with your experience and career goals. We will be able to help you find a job so that you don’t have to have a gap in between work – unless, of course, you want one.

Must-have Features for your Company Website

October 20th, 2015

We’re in the digital age of society in which people find out most of their information or details online. If your company has a website, there are certain features that will make it more useful than not. Here are the features your company website absolutely must have:

Contact Form.

The contact form is the most important part of your page, because it’s how you close leads and convert them into sales or customers. Too many companies put a simple e-mail address down, but this isn’t enough or proper etiquette. By hosting a contact form on the site, you’re taking the legwork out of e-mailing you and making it so that your potential clients have no barrier to taking that initial step.

About Us.

If potential clients don’t know who you are, they’re not likely to want to do business with you. Create a designated “About Us” page on which you talk about the company’s philosophies, executive team, and services or products you offer. All of these little tidbits will help humanize your company, which makes you seem easier to work with and more real.

Testimonials.

If you can’t prove that you’ve delivered excellent work in the past, you aren’t giving potential clients a reason to want to work with you. Depending on the type of service or product you deliver, you should have a section or page dedicated exclusively to client testimonials. Not only will this help you remember what you’ve done in your career and with whom, but it will help potential clients in establishing that crucial step of trusting your company over any others.

Social Media Links.

Our world is becoming increasingly more social. It’s important that your company has a social media presence that is updated regularly. This will give your clients a reason to trust you as well as a way for you to convey important information to them in a timely manner. You should link to your social media profiles on your website so it’s easy for your potential clients to find them.

When you have all of these features, you will be more likely to have clients and colleagues view you as an industry leader. If you would like to hire a web developer who can help you with these features and changes, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to recommend a web developer on either a short-term or a long-term basis, depending on your company’s needs.

How to Handle Your New Managerial Position

October 13th, 2015

You’ve just been promoted, and you’re feeling pretty good. All of your efforts putting in long hours and going the extra mile have really paid off, and now you are exactly where you want to be. So what’s next? Here’s how you tips for handling your new managerial position:

Don’t Get Power Hungry.
Now that you’re in charge, it would be easy to abuse your powers and start making big decisions or bossing people around. This isn’t the best strategy to adopt, however; especially if you want to maintain the relationships you have developed with your colleagues. Ease into your new position and responsibilities by making small changes gradually. If you make too many big changes too quickly, you may alarm your colleagues and make them feel as if they made a bad decision.

Start Slow with Colleagues.
Your colleagues you previously worked with in a more egalitarian capacity might feel strange about you in your new managerial capacity. If it turns out that you are in charge of them or are assigning their duties, start slow with how much you are asking them to do. You want to establish the rapport and trust as you would if you were their equal, so you need to spend the time doing that. Once they see that you’re the same person with an elevated level of responsibility, they will be more likely to respect you in your new role.

Delegate Whenever Possible.
It will take you a little while to get used to the increase in responsibility and duties. However, you will still need to do a good job from the second you are promoted so your superiors and colleagues can trust in you and your abilities. The best way in which you can handle your increased load of responsibility is to delegate whenever appropriate. This will help you get the job done faster and ensure that you are getting everything done that needs to get done.

Check in With Superiors.
Unless you’ve been promoted to the top of the top, you likely will have superiors that you report to. When you are promoted to your new position, it’s a good idea for you to sit down with them and discuss your role so that you aren’t stepping on their toes. This will also show them that you are being proactive about any potential issues and are taking your job very seriously.

If you want to work for a company that prioritizes employee promotion and internal growth, contact Olympic Staffing. We are well-informed about company cultures and policies and will be able to match you up with a company that will promote you to a managerial position with hard work.

 

Prioritizing Employee Relations

October 6th, 2015

Your employees are the backbone of your entire business. If they don’t work well together, you can rest assured that your company will encounter a lot of turbulence on a regular task or project that should have normally been easy. As the employer, it’s your job to make sure that your employees are relating well with one another and working in harmony. Here’s how to prioritize employee relations:

Schedule Company Outings.

If your employees are only interacting with one another in a work environment, it will be hard for them to develop that camaraderie that is needed in order to bring the business relationship to the next level. As a company owner, you want your employees to ultimately trust each other. The best way to develop this sense of trust is to take your employees out of the work environment to have some fun. If you schedule company outings regularly to aid these efforts, you will soon find that your employees have the confidence to trust and rely on each other much quicker than if they were simply working together.

Encourage Team Collaboration.

If you want to prioritize employee relations, you will need to create an environment that fosters collaboration as opposed to competition. Though a little competition can be healthy in terms of your business’s output, too much of it can be bad and deconstructive to your company’s growth. The best way you can do this is to assign your employees tasks that can’t be done without the help of another co-worker. This will encourage them to seek the outside help with the commonality of a shared goal that can unite them.

Allow Open Lunch Breaks.

Some employers require that their employees take lunch breaks at certain times or in certain places. If you want to foster an environment in which your employees are happy and relating well with one another, this is not a good strategy. By allowing your employees to choose when and where they have their lunch breaks – within reason, of course -you are giving them yet another opportunity to take them together and further that professional relationship.

If you are seeking employees who will have an easy time relating with one another, contact Olympic Staffing. We know what to look for in terms of finding employees who are easy-going, motivated, and helpful. We will be able to help you build the team of employees you have envisioned from the beginning of your business’s conceptualization.