Can You Trust Your Employee?

October 17th, 2017

Trust is key when deciding whether or not to keep an employee on board. You need to have a basic level of trust with all your employees. As the saying goes, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Don’t let one untrustworthy employee ruin it for the rest.   Here’s how you can determine if you can trust your employees.

Assign an Important Role.

One great way to determine whether or not you can trust an employee is to assign them an important role. This could be limited to a particular project, or it could mean assigning them more responsibility overall. The key is that you are looking to see if they can handle that particular project or task. If they can’t step up or display traits that aren’t great, you may have your answer.

Give More Freedom.

Though this might seem counterintuitive, giving employees more freedom instead of less is a good way to see if they can be trusted. A lot of employees will stay within the bounds of your trust and will behave appropriately; watch out for employees who will take your trust too far and make it hard for you to trust them again.

Listen to Colleagues.

If you want to know whether or not you can trust a particular employee, listen to their colleagues. You can get a lot of intel by learning what someone’s coworkers think about them, especially in a setting where they have had to trust that particular coworker.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find trustworthy employees who fit your company culture and will inspire your current team.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Sales Team

October 10th, 2017

It’s no secret that sales successes are entirely dependent on how excited your sales team is to go out and make those sales. Day in and day out, it can get tiring just making calls all day – especially if none of the sales prospects are delivering. Here are 5 great ways to motivate your sales team.

Provide a Threshold.

Thresholds are great in sales because they give your salespeople a tangible goal. When you sell and don’t have goals, it can get a little aimless because you know your goal is just to always sell “more” as opposed to striving toward something attainable.

Raise Their Commission.

The more money your sales team can make, the more they will be motivated to sell. A great way for you to facilitate this is to raise the commission they make, even by 5%, so they feel like their efforts are going further.

Create “Extra” Perks.

Instead of just incentivizing them with money, you could create a series of “extra” perks such as trips that can be earned on top of money. If salespeople see that their peers are also going on these trips, it will motivate them that much harder.

Have Networking as Part of Their Sales Strategy.

Let your sales people get out on the town so they can meet potential sales partners. It’s not good to only have people cooped up inside making sales calls, and they will appreciate the change of pace.

Let Them Suggest Their Leads.

Giving your sales staff the opportunity to create their leads is a great motivator. In fact, anytime you give increased responsibility – with the corresponding authority, it can make a notable difference.

If you’re looking for a new employee, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find an employee in sales or any department, who is perfect for your company culture and who will be a good fit for your fellow employees.

How to Talk Yourself Up – but Still Be Humble

October 3rd, 2017

If you’re at the point in your career where you want a promotion or would like to have more of an impact, you may need to talk yourself up a little bit so that you can earn recognition for the work you’re doing. However, you still need to stay humble, which can be a little bit of a delicate balance. Here’s how to talk yourself up but still be humble.

Start with a Tangible Work Example.

If you want to give yourself a little bit of credit or attention without feeling like you’re bragging, try bringing up a tangible work example in which you had an instrumental part. Bring up the work issue that was presented, how it was solved, and what role you played in it. This will help plant the seed of you being a resourceful and productive employee.

Give Colleague References.

If you’re looking for more ways to bring attention to yourself in a humble manner, you could always give colleagues specific references in which you’ve done so. This is similar to giving a tangible work example, but in this instance, you are prompting colleagues to respond to actual instances in which you may have affected their particular result or outcome at work. When you do this, it is likely that your colleagues will step up to bat for you when surrounded by your superiors, which will end up giving you more credibility while remaining humble.

End with Constructive Feedback or Suggestions.

One of the best ways to showcase your knowledge or skill with your job is to give out constructive feedback. When people see that you know what you’re talking about, they will be more likely to consider you an expert in your field and will readily listen to you.

If you’re looking for a new job, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a new job that is a good fit for your skills, education level, and current job goals. Our network is deep and wide – let us help you.


 

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.