How to Hire a Reputable Staffing Firm

May 31st, 2016

When you need to hire employees, hiring a staffing firm to do the work for you is a wise option. Choosing, the right staffing firm, however, can be a challenge. Where should you start? There are hundreds of staffing agencies out there, and of course, you want to make the best decision for your company to ensure quality hires. Here’s how to hire a reputable staffing firm.

Do Your Research

With the Internet, it’s pretty easy to find out anything you need to know in a matter of seconds. Not only can you use the Internet to find out about staffing firms in your area, but you can also find out what their reputation is. Read online review sites to see if people have had a positive or negative experience. You can also get some insight into how they conduct business and what industries and types of hire are their specialties.

Call Up Previous Clients

It’s very important to talk to previous clients of the staffing agency you are trying to hire. It’s one thing to sound and look impressive on paper and in person, but you need to verify that they deliver on their “promises.” The best way to do this is to have client testimonials, case studies, or even in-person meetings with the staffing companies present and past clients to discuss their overall experience with that particular staffing agency from start to finish.

Ask to Be Treated Like a Client for a Week.

If a staffing firm wants to work with you, they will go the distance to prove that they want your business. One way to ensure that a staffing firm is reputable is to request being a client for one week. Essentially, this means that you would get a test run of what it would be like to work together. During this time, you could see their process and be able to assess whether or not it’s one that is a good fit for you and your business.

Taking these steps will provide a pretty good idea of whether or not the staffing agency is a reputable one you can trust. If you need somewhere to start, hire Olympic Staffing. We are a reputable staffing firm who has had experience with clients across various industries and has been able to place high-quality hires in each respective field.

Training Temp Employees Helps Prevent Accidents

May 24th, 2016

Hiring temporary employees brings many plusses to the table, but sometimes it also brings the challenge of specific experience. Taking the time to correctly training your temp employees will ensure a smooth and safe transition. Here are some ways you can facilitate this training:

Cover company policies

 Safety policies are in place for a reason –  they help prevent accidents. Explain the company’s safety guidelines, time regulations, and skill set requirements. Clearly state rules, and then actively enforce compliance. When temp employees adhere to the policies, it lessens the accident risk for everyone.

Place priority on “training the team”

When you treat your temp employees as a vital part of the team and train them accordingly, they are more likely to display care, precision, and accuracy in their work.  Training temps and then giving them sufficient responsibilities is a great way to ensure they feel like part of the team.

Show and tell

Before your temp employees start working, conduct a walk-through of the work environment. During the “tour,” point out examples of safety hazards. This enables new temp employees to have a visual of what to look out for and be aware of as they perform their daily responsibilities.

You can reduce accidents in the workplace with proper training. Of course, it can be trickier to enforce the same safety policies with temp employees, but you can meet the challenge through education and risk avoidance. Contact Olympic Staffing today – we provide high-quality temp employees who are ready to adhere to safety standards.

 

Prioritizing Emotional Intelligence

May 17th, 2016

When you’re hiring new employees, there are a lot of factors you need to take into account: experience, education, skills, et cetera. Don’t forget to throw emotional intelligence into that mix? That is, the intelligence that isn’t derived from book smarts; rather, it’s derived from reading other people’s emotions and adjusting accordingly. Here’s why you should prioritize emotional intelligence in your next set of new hires.

It Increases Company Sales.

Making a sale is all about making a connection. If your salesperson can connect with the person on the other end of the phone, that sale is golden. When you prioritize hiring someone who has emotional intelligence, s/he can adjust the tone and direction of the phone call based on the other person’s emotions to achieve the result that you want, which is the sale.

It Helps Your Company Thrives Internally.

Emotionally intelligent people are in tune with the needs of others. Therefore, if you start hiring emotionally intelligent people, it would make sense that your employees would prioritize the emotions and feelings of their colleagues and would adjust their actions accordingly. If everyone is looking out for everyone else’s feelings and emotions, that will make your workplace thrive internally on a level that has never yet been matched.

It Reduces Workplace Tension.

Emotionally intelligent people are less likely to get into rifts or have arguments. Emotionally intelligent employees know when to let something go to better the greater good of the company. By hiring these emotionally intelligent people, you’re essentially reducing workplace tension.

If you want help finding and hiring emotionally intelligent recruits, contact Olympic Staffing. We are well-versed in identifying those traits that make a personal emotionally intelligent and will be able to help you successfully add these individuals to your team.

 

How to Turn Your Temp Position into a Full-Time Hire

May 10th, 2016

If you’ve recently taken a temp position that you enjoy, you’ve likely considered working for the company full-time. If working for your current contract position and full-time is something you’re interested in, you should definitely try to pursue it. It can be tricky to know where to start, though. Here’s how you can turn your temp position into a full-time hire:

Go Above and Beyond.

If you really want to turn your temp position into a full-time position, you need to treat it like a de facto job interview. This means going above and beyond what you’re asked to do as part of your regular duties to showcase that you have personal drive, and can take initiative without needing to be told what to do. Show them that you’re indispensable. Supervisors will definitely notice this and keep you in mind during the hiring process.

Express Your Interest Early.

Don’t let your supervisors assume that you don’t want a full-time position or give it to someone else because you didn’t say something in time. If you know you’re interested, let your supervisors know as soon as possible so you can be in the running and on the forefront of their minds when it’s time for them to make the hiring decisions.

Befriend Your Co-Workers.

The more connections you establish with your co-workers, the better chance you have at having them vouch for you when the hiring process comes back around. Don’t force any friendships for the sake of having good connections, but make it a point to be friendly, cordial, and supportive. You would be surprised how much goodness could result from doing that.

Follow Up.

Following up is everything. If your contract already ended or is about to end, you need to follow up and remind your supervisors that you’re still interested. It may be that the supervisors were interested in you but simply forgot to reach out, so it’s to your benefit to reach out and follow up whenever possible.

If it didn’t work out with your current contract but you’re still interested in becoming a full-time hire at a similar company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find that job that fits the exact need you’re trying to fill in the current company. We can also make recommendations based on your current interests for any new jobs that we think might also be a good fit.

Verbal Communication Skills that Inspire Success

May 3rd, 2016

Verbal communication is everything in the workplace. It dictates how you understand people, relate to people, and ultimately connect with people. If you’re able to master verbal communication, you will find that workplace success inevitably follows. Here are the five most important verbal communication skills you need to succeed:

Acknowledgement.

It’s always important to acknowledge when someone is speaking to you or has something important to say. You can do this by referencing the fact that you want to make time to hear what they have to say or by simply asking them what they think about a particular topic. When people feel acknowledged, they will be that much more likely to open up to you.

Affirmation.

People like to feel affirmed in what they’re saying, regardless of how you feel about that particular subject or topic. Responding with respect affirms that you value what they have to say.

Understanding.

Understanding what another person says to you shows that you are able to see something from their perspective and get a sense for what they’re saying, regardless of how you personally feel about it. This also means saving questions and responses until after they’re done talking. Then give them an opportunity to clarify.

Listening.

When someone talks, are you really listening? It’s easy to have someone talk to you for a few minutes only to have you walk away later and have no recollection of what they said. If you struggle with listening, try to focus the conversation on what they have to say as opposed to what you have to say. This will ensure that you’re being a better listener than talker.

Engaging.

People don’t like to feel like they’re talking to a brick wall. If you really want to have excellent verbal communication skills, you need to engage with them. One of the easiest ways in which you can do this is to ask them questions or prompt them to elaborate on a point you find particularly interesting.

If you feel as though you’ve successfully mastered these five verbal communication skills and are in need of a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to place you with a company who values and prioritizes those verbal communication skills and recognizes that you have them and are able to use them in your day-to-day operations.