The Benefits of Employee Teams

August 30th, 2016

While some jobs are best completed by individuals, utilize employee teams whenever possible. Some of the benefits associated with having your employees work in groups instead of by themselves include:

Building Cooperation

By organizing your employees into teams, you’re putting them into a controlled environment that will teach them how to cooperate constructively with their colleagues. Because they will be working together, they will be forced to compromise or negotiate depending on their desired outcome. All of the skills learned during this process can also be applied back to the work environment.

Produce Better Results.

Brainstorming and creative ideation can often be much more effective when the people can bounce ideas off each other. By putting your employees in groups, you’re enabling them to work with the creativity of other people, which can often lead to their personal development and creativity. Also, if you pool your brightest and most creative of talent together, the possibilities of what they could conceptualize are virtually endless.

Create a Positive Environment

Humans are social creatures by nature. We thrive with on human contact. By allowing your employees to work in groups, you are letting them tap into the natural proclivity of humans to bond and forge friendships. If your employees are happier, you will find your workplace improving on the daily – what employer doesn’t want that?

If you are looking to hire more employees who would be a good fit for your company, contact Olympic Staffing. We have extensive experience with finding and hiring candidates who will blend well with or company’s culture and skill requirements.

Spruce Up Your Interview Attire

August 23rd, 2016

If you’re interviewing for jobs, you know how important it is to present yourself well – both as a means of respect and as a way to show you take it seriously. If it has been a while since you’ve been on an interview, there are a few quick-fix updates for your wardrobe and accessories to spruce up your interview attire.

Wear a Watch

People underestimate the value of wearing a watch. Not only will a watch tell you what time it is so you can be early for your interview, but it also conveys a very important message to your interviewer. Wearing a watch tells your interviewer that you prioritize being on time for your commitments to the point that you want to have a visual reminder every day. And since your phone should NOT go with you into the interview, you need the watch. Wearing a watch also gives you the opportunity to have it match your personality so your interviewer can get a little more insight into who you are as a person.

Accessorize Your Notebook or Folder.

Many individuals forget that everything they bring into an interview is a way for the interviewer to judge them and make a perception about them. While this can be nerve-wracking for some, it’s also a great opportunity to stand out where other candidates may have failed to do so themselves. One great way to update your interview attire is to accessorize your notebook or folder. Instead of bringing in a plain paper notebook or plastic school folder, try bringing in a nice leather padfolio or clipboard.

Shine Your Shoes. 

This is a bigger deal than you might think. While your interviewer might not notice that your shoes are shiny, they will definitely notice if they aren’t. Some HR tips even suggest that managers can assess the quality of the potential candidate by the quality of their shoe care.

Ready to start interviewing? Contact Olympic Staffing. We specialize in matching your skills and job experience with the job that’s the best fit for you.

The Effective Job Change

August 16th, 2016

Sometimes, you’re just altogether unhappy with your job, but your choices are limited, and you have to wait it out until a better opportunity comes along. On the other hand, sometimes the best thing to do is to take action – as quickly as possible to ensure you can leave that job. If you’re serious about changing to another job, here are our tips on how to switch jobs and find a great fit.

Start Looking for Other Opportunities Now

The second you identify you want to change jobs, you need to start looking for new opportunities as soon as possible. The reason for this is that by the time you interview, follow-up, interview again, and get all the paperwork signed, you could easily be looking at a month timeline. Plus, you will want to prepare yourself mentally to leave your current situation.

Schedule Interviews and Follow-Up

As soon as you identify a job that might interest you, start scheduling interviews and make it easy on yourself to follow-up. This could mean that you draft a boilerplate e-mail that you would send as a follow-up or set reminders in your calendar to follow up before you even have the interview.

Allow for Two Weeks’ Notice

When the right opportunity develops, don’t delay giving your two weeks notice. This will give you enough time to get all your ducks in a row at work and still be able to transition successfully into another job. Besides, your present employer/coworkers deserve that respect.

Partner with a Staffing Firm

Staffing Agencies devote their time to understanding both clients and candidates. They consider present needs, future goals, culture, personality, skills/experience, and company requirements. It’s actually the first step in a job change – rather than the last.

Seeking a new job? Contact Olympic Staffing. Our recruiters are committed to finding best-fit matches for qualified applicants. We specialize in matching people with positions every day.

Formulate Your Five-Year Plan

August 9th, 2016

If you don’t already have a five-year plan, that’s something you should put at the top of your to-do list. Having a five-year plan is imperative because it can keep you on track both professionally and personally. Need some help? If you’ve never made a five-year plan before, here’s how you can go about formulating one:

Consult with Involved Parties.

Before you start working on your five-year plan, you need to consult with any other involved parties to see if what you’re about to commit to will have any effect on them. This could include (but not limited to): spouses, children, parents, siblings, or friends.

Quantify Individual Goals regarding Effort.

While coming up with a five-year plan may seem overwhelming, the easiest way to combat this is to quantify individual goals regarding effort. If a certain goal is going to take longer than another, you may want to start working on that sooner rather than later so you make sure you can accomplish it. You should also determine what goals would build upon each other and make sure you lay the foundations first before you get going on a goal that needs them.

Allow for Slight Deviations.

Try to refrain from having your five-year plan be so strict that it doesn’t allow for any deviations. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t try to follow it when you can, but don’t make it so tight that any unforeseen circumstance such as illness, accident, job loss, childbirth, or any exciting opportunity gets in the way of it.

Have a Start Goal and an End Goal.

Putting together a five-year plan is less overwhelming when you have both a start goal and an end goal. This will allow you to “fill in” your five-year plan taking into account both where you are starting and where you want to go. When you have both of these in mind, you are much more likely to make achievable and tangible goals as opposed to lofty ones you wouldn’t be able to accomplish.

Having a five-year plan will change your life because there will be that much more structure to it. Having a five-year plan will also serve as a blueprint for making various decisions, so you never stray too far from your original set of goals. Is finding a new job part of your plan? Contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job you love, and that fits in well with your other goals and timelines.

Rewarding Your Employees

August 2nd, 2016

Work can be a grind, which can lead to employees becoming burnt out. If you have hard-working employees, make it a point to reward them accordingly. It will keep them motivated and ready to get back in the workforce. Here are some suggestions we have for rewarding your employees:

Give Them a Cash Bonus.

It’s no secret that people are motivated by cold, hard cash. This is one of the most traditional ways to reward employees, but there’s nothing wrong with that because it works for a reason. The nice part about being an employer or manager is that you can decide how you want to incentivize them with the cash bonus. It may be they get the bonus if they do a certain amount of work, or it could be a complete surprise, but it’s totally up to you.

Give Them More PTO.

PTO is often the reward that means the most to your employees because they can choose how and when to spend it. You could choose to implement this in the form of occasional bonus PTO or  give them a year-end bonus of adding to the following year’s vacation days if that works better for you and how you run your business.

Give Them More Responsibility.

While this doesn’t sound like a reward, it can be. More responsibility could mean that you’re giving your employees the chance to do something they’ve always wanted to do; the confidence-building that comes with increased responsibilities can be its own reward. They’ve successfully proved themselves to you and earned a promotion – which, by the way, usually includes a raise.

Turn Certain Goals into a Game.

Another way you can reward your employees is by turning certain goals into a game. For example, if you’re in charge of managing sales people, you could incentivize them with any of the rewards mentioned above for each goal marker they hit.

As soon as you put some of these reward policies into place, you will see a direct correlation with how happy and productive your employees are. You will also find that any financial costs associated with rewarding your hard-working employees will be paid back to you, ten times over in the form of productivity.

Needing new staff to add to your reward plan? Contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find employees who will be motivated by rewards as an effort to work harder for you and your company.