Should You Hire Someone Smarter Than You?

May 9th, 2017

When you’re doing a round of interviews for your company, you’re likely going to come across a whole different bunch of candidates. Some will be incredibly intelligent; others will not be. When you’re hiring, though, there’s always one central question: should you hire someone smarter than you? Thoughts to consider.

Would Your Business be at Risk?

One of the biggest risks of hiring someone smarter than you is the fact that your business could be at risk. Will the potential employee be able to use valuable company data or Intel to bring to a competitor or to launch their competing company? (Of course, this has more to do with character than intelligence) Make sure you assess how readily accessible this data is before you make the decision to hire a candidate with the skills to access it.

What Would the Net Gains Be for Your Business?

Hiring an intelligent individual for your business could yield very positive results. For example, that person may be able to devise new ways of thinking or achieve actionable results that would have otherwise been impossible. These new processes could directly lead to increased revenue and more business relationships.

Can That Person Be a Team Player?

Intelligence is a plus, but you also need a recruit who connects with coworkers. If you can find an intelligent recruit who is also a people person and will work well with a team, you have hit the jackpot.

Need to hire? Contact Olympic Staffing. We regularly work and interface with highly intelligent individuals who are seeking out a new job or career path. We will be able to present you with several options so you can choose the candidate who fits best.

Find a Career Mentor

May 2nd, 2017

Whether you’re just starting off in your career or are further down the road, everyone can benefit from a career mentor. A career mentor is someone who can give you guidance, advice, and teach you valuable skills that are directly related to your career of choice. If you’re looking for a career mentor, here’s how you can find one:

Attend Networking Events

Attending networking events in your given field is one of the best ways to find a career mentor. First of all, you’ll be associating with people who are on the same career path as you but who are in different steps of the journey. Try to make an effort to speak to those who have more experience so you can determine whether or not that person would make a good mentor.

Ask a Former Boss

If you have a boss for whom you particularly enjoyed working, consider asking him or her to be your career mentor. The chances are that your boss remembers being in your shoes several years back and would be happy to pass on tips and tricks to help you in your career endeavors. Plus, you already know that the two of you work well together.

Get Recommendations from Family and Friends

If you want a career mentor but don’t know where else to turn, you can always get recommendations from family and friends. There is a good possibility that at least one person you know will have a friend or family member in your chosen profession who would be open to mentoring you. All you would have to do is ask for an introductory call or e-mail to solidify the working relationship.

If you have a career mentor and s/he has hinted that you should find a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We excel in meeting candidates who are currently transitioning from one role to another or even one field to another. We would love to help you figure out your niche and assist you in obtaining the best position possible in your field.

 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 Deal with a Performance Review

April 11th, 2017

Some jobs issue performance reviews on a regular basis as a way of keeping track and informing their employees how they’re doing in their roles. Anytime you receive a performance review, whether it’s good or bad, you should always take the time to reflect on the information that you’re being given. Here’s how to deal with a performance review:

Pause Before Responding

Before you react positively or negatively, pause and let yourself simmer down (or celebrate) in response to your performance review. This will help you take your performance review in perspective and view it objectively so that you can listen to what your employer is saying.

Look for Constructive Feedback.

Now, take another look at your performance review. However, this time, you need to check for constructive feedback. Constructive feedback can come in the form of suggestions, comments, or notes. It’s important not to get defensive and realize that feedback is usually constructive and voiced with the intent of helping you get better.

Give Yourself Actionable Steps.

Once you’ve taken the feedback into account, you need to give yourself actionable steps to remedy or fix that specific feedback. This can be done mentally or through a list, but we recommend writing these steps down so that you’re more accountable for them and don’t forget the actionable steps.

Be Proud of Yourself!

Most importantly, be proud of yourself after a performance review! No matter the outcome, receiving a performance review means that you have held a job for an extended amount of time and are likely learning the necessary skills and requirements to excel in that particular job. If you received commendations in your performance review for a specific task that you’ve completed, take pride in and build on those traits/skills.

Ready to move on? Contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you take the feedback you received in performance reviews and apply it to helping you find the best job possible for you.

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

What Kind of Boss Brings Out the Best in You?

December 27th, 2016

All bosses are not created equal. Therefore, there are some bosses that you are going to mix and mesh with much better than you would others. As an employee, it’s imperative that you find out what kind of boss brings out the best in you so that you can continue to succeed and grow in work. Here’s how you can find out what kind of boss brings out the best in you:

The Supportive Boss.

The supportive boss is a great boss for employees who need reassurance and guidance throughout the day. This type of boss will make suggestions as opposed to assertions and typically, will be receptive to any feedback and suggestions you give about the company. However, the downside to this type of boss is that you don’t necessarily know when they are genuine versus not as they are constantly flooding you with reassurance and support.

The Assertive Boss.

The assertive boss is a great boss for anyone who needs to be kept in line and appreciates constructive criticism. This type of boss will make assertions as opposed to suggestions, but will not be receptive to any feedback and suggestions that you give about the company. For Type-A personalities, there could be a little bit of a personality clash. One positive aspect of this type of boss is that you will learn a lot in a very short amount of time due to their bluntness and assertions.

The Combination Boss.

The combination boss is a good fit for most people because s/he takes elements from both the supportive boss and the assertive boss to formulate an effective leadership style. The combination boss works well for individuals who like to be independent, but ultimately have a small semblance of guidance at the end of the workday (or project).

If you’ve determined that you’re working for a boss who doesn’t bring out the best in you, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to assess your unique strengths, goals, and skills to help you assess and find the right positional fit for you.

 

How You Can Tell You’re Doing a Good Job

December 20th, 2016

When you’ve worked at the same place or in the same position for a while, it can be hard to measure whether or not you’re doing a good job. You may find yourself feeling stalled or stuck in work; in reality, you could be doing an excellent job and not even giving yourself credit. Here’s how you can tell if you’re doing a good job:

Your Colleagues Respect You.

If you come into work and your colleagues immediately start asking for your opinion, there’s a good chance that they respect you. If they respect you, that means that you’re likely doing a good job with your everyday duties. Other ways in which colleagues can show respect is by requesting your presence in certain meetings or asking you to go to work-related happy hours or social events.

Your Boss Counts on You.

Does your boss assign you important tasks before she assigns them to anyone else? Does she tell you over and over again that she appreciates your help? Does he value your opinion if you speak up in a meeting? If so, your boss counts on you, which also means that you’re doing a good job. If you weren’t doing a good job, your boss wouldn’t rely on you so heavily.

Your Work Has Had a Direct Impact on Your Workplace.

One of the most important ways in which you can determine whether or not you’re doing a good job is by figuring out whether or not your work has had a direct impact on your workplace. Have you invented a new method of inter-office communication that is now being used by everyone? Did you implement a new productivity policy that has been widely adopted? If so, you are likely doing a good job as these types of innovations show you take pride in your work.

If you’ve determined that you’re doing a good job with your current occupation and would like to try either a new career or get a new position with a different company, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help place you in a job in which your skills and experience are put to good use.

The Influencer Marketing Advantage

December 13th, 2016

If you haven’t heard of or used influencer marketing, you need to drop everything and do so immediately. Influencer marketing refers to using social media influencers to advertise your product and service in exchange for compensation, free product, or other various benefits. Here’s why you should use influencer marketing to drive more business to your company:

Reach New Customers.

Influencers in your niche have already done the work for you. They’ve built up a following of people who are interested in a particular topic or category that your product/service just so happens to match. By marketing with an influencer, you will be reaching new customers whom you would have never been able to reach in any other medium.

Establish New Relationships.

Putting your product or service before social media influencers will help you establish new relationships. If an influencer believes in your product/service, they will not hesitate to introduce you to other influencers or industry leaders whom can help you.

Have a Higher Engagement Rate.

Because you’re advertising to people in a particular niche and not just to the entire Internet, you are bound to have a higher engagement rate. This could mean more clicks to your website, more social media follows, or even more direct sales. When you start seeing how high the engagement rate is, you will wonder why you even bothered with Facebook or Google Ads in the first place.

If you’ve determined that you’d like to implement influencer marketing, you will need someone who is going to run the program and help you identify the specific influencers in your niche. Contact Olympic Staffing, and we can help you find that individual who will help you manage your influencer marketing program.