Make Your Company Meetings More Productive

April 18th, 2017

Company meetings are meant to be productive, but often become frustrating and possibly damaging to your employee culture. As management personnel, it’s your job to make sure company meetings are as productive as possible. Consider the following tips.

 Set an Agenda.

 The first and easiest way to have your company meetings be more productive, is to set an agenda – and send it to those attending.  This also allows your employees to know what to expect. It will also help you stay on topic and fulfill the purpose of the meeting.

 Have Them at the Same Time Every Week.

 If you have regular meetings, holding them at the same time/place every week/month, etc., will increase productiveness.  There are several reasons for this. First, your employees will know to expect this, and therefore, be prepared with questions and feedback in preparation for this meeting. Second, your employees won’t be caught “off-guard,” so they will be more receptive to items discussed in the meeting.

Allow Your Employees to Submit Feedback.

 The last and best way to have your company meetings to be more productive is by allowing employees to submit feedback. A meeting isn’t effective if you’re just talking at your employees the whole time; you should be talking with them.  Allow your employees to submit feedback before the meeting, so you can address their concerns, and seek more feedback during the meeting.

If you’re looking to hire employees who can contribute to or lead meaningful company meetings, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find employees who are invested enough in your company that they care about the process and outcome of the company meetings.

How to Ask for a Reference

April 4th, 2017

If you’re looking for a job, you should have one to three references ready in case your future employer asks for them. If you don’t currently have any references, don’t fret – they’re easy to obtain if you know the right steps. Here’s how to ask for a reference:

Determine Your Past Professional Relationships.

When you ask people for a reference, you need to make sure the people you’re asking are professional references as opposed to personal references. It doesn’t look good if you only list personal references, as your new employer might assume that you have burned bridges with all your past employers. When you’re looking for who to pick, think a manager or superior who was directly impressed by your work.

Put Together as Much Information as Possible.

When you ask a professional connection to be your reference, you need to provide them with as much information as possible, so they’re not caught off guard when your potential employer calls them on the phone. It could be a good gesture to compile information in an e-mail or on paper in regards to what the job is, which of your accomplishments should be highlighted, and what else you want them to address.

Just Ask!

Don’t get hung up on asking other people for a reference because you “don’t want to inconvenience them.” Yes, respect and appreciate their time, but remember that everyone has had to or will have to ask someone else for a reference at some point.  Just do it so you can advance your career as soon as possible.

If you’re happy with your references and are looking for a job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that is a good fit for your current career goals while still taking your past experiences, education, and other factors into account.

Online Reviews – the Negative (Part II)

March 28th, 2017

Last week we discussed the power of positive online reviews and how to generate them. But, there is always the other side of the coin – negative reviews. It happens to every business sometime. In today’s blog we’ll share helpful tips for deflating even the nastiest comment.

One of the best ways to combat negative reviews is to have a good defense…without getting all defensive.

  1. Don’t take it personally. Stay calm, professional, and polite. Reviewers will respect you for that, even if they still disagree.
  2. Designate a person high up in the company to manage reviews. Reviewers want to know that an executive cares about them.
  3. Respond quickly to every Inc.com says, “Businesses that respond to reviews have an 86% higher rating compared to those that ignore them.”
  4. Listen to the reviewer, and examine the problem. If the problem doesn’t exist, provide evidence, and ask the reviewer to remove their review. If the problem is real, thank the reviewer for their feedback and let them know what steps you’re taking to correct the issue.
  5. If this could become a long conversation, ask to move it off the public site. Request that the reviewer email or call you, so you can solve the problem together and in private.

When you show how much you care for reviewers and give personal responses, unhappy reviewers may amend their review after talking with you. Potential talent, as well as your current employees and your customers, are watching to see how you treat people and how you solve problems. Look at negative reviews as an opportunity to demonstrate your professionalism and caring toward other people.

Building a team of caring staff who appreciate the value of great customer service is a positive step toward combatting negative reviews. That’s where Olympic Staffing steps in. Contact us today. We’ll connect you with staff who bring out the best in your company.

Online Reviews – the Positive (Part I)

March 21st, 2017

Online reviews are important to your business. In fact, studies say they can sway more than 85% of people. And when it comes to jobs, nearly 50% of seekers check out Glassdoor or other options like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Amazon.

Since negative reviews tend to carry more weight with readers than positive reviews do, collecting positive ones is crucial. So let’s dig into the actions you can take.

To collect positive reviews: Have a good offense

  1. The number one rule: Be a good company. Provide quality products/services.
  2. Treat your employees like your most valuable asset – they are.
  3. Treat your customers with respect – they deserve it. Show them you care.
  4. Get active online. Make sure you have profiles on the most common review sites.
  5. Customize your profile, upload professional photos, and update your contact information.
  6. Use Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. to create positive interactions with employees and customers.
  7. Request good reviews. Let the rest of the company know about the online profiles, so current employees can tell why they love working there.
  8. Stick a reminder on your website, your Facebook page, and your brochures so that customers can leave reviews.
  9. Ask people in person to write a review.

Positive reviews tend to generate positive reviews. The more you collect, the more people sit up and take notice.

Being a great company and providing top notch products/services begins with having top-notch staff. Olympic Staffing will connect your company with the right people – employees who help your company consistently collect positive reviews. Contact us today.

Return to our blog next week for Online Reviews – Part II – Dealing with the Negative

Increase Your Productivity Through These Work Hacks

March 14th, 2017

It can be hard to be productive, but if you power through your workday using a series of work hacks, you can end up accomplishing more than if you didn’t do them. The more productive you are, the bigger chance you have of performing during the work day. Here’s how you increase your productivity through work hacks:

Check Your E-Mails Twice a Day. 

E-mails are the ultimate distraction. If you want to make your day more productive, try disabling notifications and sending out an auto-responder to your clients. This auto-responder should let clients know that you only check your e-mail at two certain times during the day (usually morning and afternoon) and you will respond to their e-mail then. You’ll find that you’re able to fill up your day with much more productive tasks as opposed to just reactively responding to e-mails.

The Five Minute Rule.

This is a great productivity hack because it will force you to accomplish things. The rule is this: if a task takes five minutes or less to complete, just do it now. You’ll be amazed at what tasks take less than two minutes, and you’ll find yourself with much more free time as you stop procrastinating and start completing tasks right away.

Make Bad Habits Difficult.

We all have bad habits at work, but the ones that are particularly bad are the ones that decrease our productivity. So, if you have a bad habit that does that, you need to make it difficult for yourself to engage in that bad habit. For example, if you have a bad habit of scouring TMZ during work, turn off your Wi-Fi so you can get work done. Or, if you have a bad habit of texting your friends during the work day, keep your phone in your car so you can focus on the job you were paid to complete.

If you’re in need of a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We will help place you in a job that is a good fit for your skillset, education, and career goals. We can also help place you in a job that lets you utilize your new work hacks to the best of your ability.

 

 

How to Foster an Entrepreneurial Culture

March 7th, 2017

You may have employees who work for you, but there’s no reason, as an employer, why you can’t foster an entrepreneurial culture. If you can hire entrepreneurial-minded individuals, you will be reaping the benefits of ingenuity, self-starting, and hard work. Here’s how you can foster an entrepreneurial culture:

Give Your Employees Freedom in Their Positions.

If you want to foster this type of culture, you’re going to need to give your employees freedom in their positions. Whether this means allowing them to start new divisions, head up new initiatives, or even make suggestions, you need to be open to it. It also helps if you let your employees know that they have this freedom from day one, so they know exactly what to expect.

Allow for an Open Environment of Communication.

Another great way to foster this type of culture is to allow for an open environment of communication. Part of what entrepreneurs love is refining their businesses to make sure that they’re running smoothly. You can have your employees emulate this feeling by making suggestions and making actionable plans in which you can see their individual strengths and work prowess.

Don’t Micro-Manage Your Employees.

Most entrepreneurs love not having a boss, so if you want to foster an entrepreneurial environment for your employees, you’re going to have to refrain from micro-managing them as much as possible. This can initially be a struggle for bosses who love having the last word and the ultimate say; however, you’ll likely find that there’s a sort of freedom in relinquishing control and letting your employees take over at some point.

If you would like to hire entrepreneurially-minded individuals, contact Olympic Staffing. We have a database of quality individuals who would like to apply their entrepreneurial mindset and work ethic to working with a reputable employer who can put those skills to good use.

 

Books You Should Read to Be a Better Employee

February 28th, 2017

One of the best ways to learn is by reading, but when you’re no longer in school, it can be hard to do that on a regular basis. If you want to be a better employee, there are a few books you should read to learn principles of time management, goal setting, and being responsible. Here are five books you should read to be a better employee.

Lean In.

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, is a great book about leaning into your strengths, fears, and passions to achieve extraordinary results. This book is inspiring if you have just transitioned to a new career path or have made any changes in your career at all; it serves as a jumping-off point for your new bravery.

The Four Hour Work Week.

The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss, is a great book that gives insight into automation, hacking productivity, and figuring out how to stop working for the sake of being busy. This book informs employees that it’s okay (and preferred) to be productive as opposed to being busy; the results speak for themselves when you start doing this.

Zero to One.

Zero to One, by Peter Thiel, is a great book that flaunts the act of starting a business. While you may not be an entrepreneur, you can certainly apply the key takeaways to starting a new division, initiative, or conversation at work.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey, is a quick read that details the habits of individuals who are effective. While this can be applied to your personal life, it’s also a great framework from which to view your career. This book is highly recommended for anyone who feels like they’re “stuck” at work and is having a hard time advancing.

If you’ve read all these books and are in need of a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help match you up with a company that values the fact that you’re constantly in search of self-improvement as it pertains to your career.

Ensuring Your Employees Are Intellectually Stimulated

February 21st, 2017

As an employer, you have a lot of things to worry about on a daily basis, such as how much money your business is making, how productive your employees are being, and how much of an impact you’re making in your local community. Something you may have not considered is whether or not your employees are intellectually stimulated, but this is still your responsibility. Here are some tips to get you started.

Ask Your Employees if They Feel Intellectually Stimulated.

The most basic and simple way to ensure intellectual stimulation among your employees are is to ask them simply. While this may be an awkward conversation to have, it’s necessary and straight to the point. If you find that your employee is not giving you a straight answer, there are a few more methods you can approach.

Increase Your Employee’s Responsibilities.

A more passive way to ensure intellectual stimulation for your employees is to increase their responsibilities. This doesn’t mean giving them more “busy” work; conversely, this means giving them intentional work that you know will be intellectually stimulating. It’s always a good idea to seek the employee’s input on their work/career goals. When an employee is doing work they enjoy, it is more stimulating.

Change Your Employee’s Workload.

Another option is changing your employee’s workload. This can be done by either switching your employee to a new role entirely or by simply changing up a few simple tasks at hand. Either way, you will be stimulating a different part of your employee’s brain, which will aid with them feeling intellectually stimulated.

If you want to hire new employees who are smart and want to be intellectually stimulated, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with employees who express a desire to be improving and growing at work constantly.

The Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Job Hop

February 14th, 2017

Job hopping has become all too common these days; it’s common practice for millennials and those who are unsure what they want to do with their career.  While a certain amount of job-hopping can boost your career, too much is too much. Consider these reasons to “stay” before you “hop.”

Shows You Aren’t Reliable.

Too much job-hopping – even for great reasons- can make you come across as unreliable. When you hop from job to job, potential employers can see this on your resume; this doesn’t look good regarding commitment to one job and staying with it. Potential employers will be worried that you will leave them in a matter of months or a year to hop to the next job.

Hurts Your Chance of Being Promoted.

When you job hop, you hurt your chance of being promoted. The reason for this is because instead of working your way vertically, you are working your way horizontally. While it is important to have experience, nothing compares to dedication and hard work in your field.

You Won’t Have Stability.

When you job hop, you don’t necessarily have stability. Your commute, salary, benefits package, and vacation days are all up in the air and can change at any time. While this may be appealing to a young, single employee, this all changes when you have a family for whom you need to provide. Before you switch jobs, make the assessment regarding whether or not you and your family can handle the change in stability.

If you are looking for a job in which you can grow vertically, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help place you in a job that views your horizontal movement as a positive; we will also be able to help ensure your new company that you are here to stay and work hard.

Building Quality Relationships with Your Colleagues

February 7th, 2017

When you work for the same company for a while, it’s important to build relationships with your colleagues. This is important to do so that you can network with them and improve your overall day-to-day work satisfaction. Here are some helpful tips to ensure successful relationship building.

Offer to Help Them.

One of the easiest ways to build relationships with your colleagues is to offer to help them. If you see them struggling with a particular task, feel free to offer your feedback, guidance, or advice. Be careful not to make this sound like you know more than them; rather, you want them to know that they can count on your help if needed.

Schedule Experiences Outside of Work.

Sometimes, it can be hard to build relationships in the workplace. This can be because you and your colleagues either are too busy working or feel awkward joking and socializing in the company of your boss. Regardless, you should try to schedule some professional experiences outside of work. This could include happy hour, dinner, or coffee.

Support Them.

If you see a colleague struggling during a meeting with a supervisor or a boss, back them up and support what they’re saying. This will send the message to both your boss and colleague that you’re presenting a unified front, which means that they can count on you. Whatever you do, make sure that your colleague knows that you support them in their endeavors!

If you’re looking for a new job in which you can have positive relationships with your colleagues, contact Olympic Staffing. We can set you up with interviews for companies that have a strong company culture, so there’s an increased chance of having a good relationship with your colleagues.