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.

Hiring Great Recruiters

January 31st, 2017

Whether you have on-staff recruiters in your HR department, contract recruiters on an as-needed basis, or have an ongoing connection with a reputable staffing agency, working with top notch recruiters is one of the smartest steps to improve your level of talent among employees. Maintaining a solid foundation of individuals who know how to recruit top talent will not only help your day-to-day business; this will also help your reputation within the business world. Here’s what to look for in a recruiter.

Look for People Who Are Confident.

One of the most notable qualities of a successful recruiter is that s/he is confident. Recruiting potential candidates is a tough job, and it’s important for your recruiter to have the confidence to think s/he can obtain the top talent. When you’re looking to see if someone is confident, look at how they carry themselves, how they speak, and how they speak about themselves. All three options are great clues as to whether or not someone is confident.

Look for People Who Are Resourceful.

Being a recruiter means that you need to be resourceful to obtain the top talent. To attract a resourceful individual, ask them about their thought and action process regarding how they find, reach out to, and close on top talent. You will have a lot of insight into their resourcefulness depending on how they answer.

Look for People Who Have Sales Experience.

Top-level recruiters also have sales experience. After all, they are “selling” your company to individuals with the talent you need.

Whether you’re looking for an on-staff recruiter or seeking to connect with a strong staffing agency, Olympic Staffing is a great choice. We will be able to work with you to hire the top talent you need to build your company. Contact Olympic Staffing today and build your bottom-line.

 

 

Why Your Company Needs a Social Media Presence

January 24th, 2017

If your company does not yet have a social media presence, your lack may cost you more than you realize Here’s why.

Give Last Minute Updates.

Social media is a great way to give last minute updates. For example, if your company is having a flash sale or needs to announce a change regarding closing or opening hours etc., social media is a great way to do so. You can always issue a press release, send an e-mail, or make a phone call, but social media is the quickest and most easily accessible way to reach a large audience at once.

Connect with Your Community.

It’s important to connect with your community, whether that’s in a physical location sense or a digital sense. By having a social media presence, you can post content that is relevant to the exact audience you’re trying to reach. Not only is this good for brand awareness; it’s also great for sales and forging relationships.

Be Responsive and Reachable.

Social media is the easiest way to get a hold of someone nowadays. If someone has a complaint or feedback, they’re likely to head to Twitter in hopes of eliciting a quick response. By having a social media presence, you’ll appear more “reachable” to your customers, which means that they’re likely to head to you instead of your competitors.

If you want to get started with a social media presence but don’t know how, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help find and source an experienced social media consultant to come in and help you build your presence.

 

Prevailing in the Face of Job-Seeking Rejection

January 17th, 2017

If you’ve been applying for jobs without success, it’s easy to get discouraged and want to give up. Looking for jobs is hard both from a financial perspective and an emotional perspective. However, it’s important to stay positive and keep the following tips in mind to ensure that you end your search with the job of your choice.

Learn from Each Interview.

No matter how bad it may seem, each interview is a learning opportunity. For example, you may have cut the interviewer off in one interview and not realized it until after you had already finished. The way in which you can learn from each interview is to immediately take notes so you can reflect upon them at a later time.

Adjust Your Approach.

If you’re going to many interviews or sending out many e-mails but nothing is sticking, you need to adjust your approach. This could mean editing your resume, cover letter, or interview attire. If you need help figuring out what to adjust, ask a trusted friend who can look over all your job-seeking materials.

Don’t Settle.

When you finally do receive an interview or a job offer, don’t settle just because that’s the first one you’ve received in a while. Make sure you still take the necessary steps of assessing whether or not that job is a good fit for you, your skill-sets, and your educational background.

Add to the value of the steps mentioned above by contacting Olympic Staffing. We will be able to use our connections with various employers around your area to help you succeed in the interview and land the job you want.


 

Start 2017 With a Bang

January 10th, 2017

It’s important to begin each year with both reflections of the previous year and planning and organization of your new year.  If you don’t do this, you may find that problems from the past roll into the future, affecting your company’s growth and progress. These steps will help you start 2017 on the right foot.

Make Sure Your Financials are in Order

It’s so important to have your financials in order when you’re starting out the new year. If your company doesn’t  have an accountant, you may need to get one. If you need to make any changes with bookkeeping or invoicing, now is the time to do so. Whatever you do, make sure everyone in your company is on the same page about being organized.

Boost Staff Morale

It can be a little bit depressing to return to work after the holidays, so you need to do whatever you can to boost staff morale. This can be done by organizing a fun company trip, providing incentives for hard work, or simply changing up the daily flow a little. If you keep your employees in mind, they will thank you in the new year with hard work and dedication to your company.

Have Clearly Defined Priorities

Don’t let another year slip by in which your priorities aren’t clearly defined. Take time to clearly define your company’s priorities. These priorities could be financial, personal, or goal-related. Whatever you do, make sure your employees are kept in-the-know and are aware of the goals for which they should be striving.

If you are in need of new staff in which to kick off the new year, contact Olympic Staffing. We will match you up with employees who are a good fit for your company both from a skills standpoint and a company culture standpoint.

Should You Get an MBA?

January 3rd, 2017

You may be at the point in your life where you’re considering going back to school to receive your MBA. This is a great decision for many reasons, such as networking, learning new skills, and being able to expand your knowledge base. But, the question begs itself: should you get an MBA? Here are some questions that will help you find the answer.

Will It Help Your Career?

If receiving an MBA will help your career in the sense that you would then qualify for a promotion or salary increase, it may be a good idea to pursue one. If you wish to pursue an MBA for personal reasons that aren’t necessarily related to your career, you will need to dig deeper.

Are You Financially Able to Do So?

MBAs are extremely expensive. You will likely have to take out loans or additional financing to be able to afford it. Depending on your current salary and/or if your employer is willing to make any contributions to your education, you may or may not be able to afford business school.

How Will It Affect Your Life?

If you’re looking into an MBA, there are more factors involved besides you. For example, how long will the commute be each day? Do you have a family? If so, what time sacrifices will you need to take from them to go to school and work every day? Do you need to juggle school and work, or can your partner help you financially while you’re in school? These are all questions that need to be discussed before you make your final decision.

If you’ve decided you want to get your MBA; you may need to chat with your current employer about adjusting your schedule. Olympic Staffing recognizes the time and expense that goes into an MBA. If you’re looking for a position that accommodates your journey to your degree or, once you’ve earned it, a position that values it, contact Olympic Staffing. We help people find best-match positions every day.