Why Your Company Should Be on Social Media

June 6th, 2017

Social media isn’t just about “being social.” Yes, it connects you with clients and customers, but it also helps your business growth and success.

Improved Traffic.

Social media activity converts to traffic. It helps draw people into your website and makes them more likely to call, visit or e-mail you when they need the goods and services you provide.

Stay Relevant.

People share and discuss news through social media. Social media sites are the national water cooler where everyone hangs out and chats. Whether it’s news about people in your field, new developments or happenings with your competitors, social media experts always know first.

Manage Your Brand.

If people are talking about you on social media, you need to know about it. If it’s positive, you can be polite and show gratitude. If it’s negative, you can fix the problem promptly before it gets out of hand.

Be in the Conversation.

Savvy social media users know how to track conversations that are relevant to their business and respond to them. By subtly adding your brand name to the conversation you remind people who they need to go to when it’s time to make a purchase.

Get Customer Feedback.

People are very chatty on social media. You can spend thousands on surveys and market research only to miss a key insight because you didn’t ask the right questions. Researching social media sites is a great way to find out what your customers think.

Does your company need help with social media? Olympic Staffing can connect you with a social media manager, as well as filling any other openings. Contact us today – and keep your business running smoothly.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Discovering Your Leadership Style

December 6th, 2016

Whether you supervise a few employees, manage a department, or own the company, effective leadership is essential to ensuring everything runs smoothly. First-time leaders, however, often make the mistake of emulating a leadership style that doesn’t fit their personality, which leads to stress for both the leader and the employees. Here’s how you can find your leadership style:

Assess How You Communicate.

How you communicate says a lot about your leadership style. Or, do you like to communicate directly and in-person? Do you prefer indirect communication via e-mail and other social media/mobile options?

Assess How You Problem Solve.

Are you a proactive leader, who prefers to stay ahead of problems? Or, are you a reactive leader, preferring to wait until problems arise, so you don’t spend time or energy dwelling on hypothetical situations?

Assess How You Reward Employees.

Do you like to give your employees merit for each little good achievement they have? Or, do you prefer to reward your employees at milestones or “big moments.”

These and other questions will help you determine your leadership style. Many leaders have a mixture of styles. Taking the time to understand your dominant and secondary styles, and then building on your strengths will pay off in your career.  Knowing your natural leadership style will help you excel in your leadership roles.

If you’ve determined your leadership style and would like to lead in your job but your current position doesn’t include it, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you find a job that puts your personal leadership style to good use and lets you thrive as a leader.

Recruiting a Great IT Team

November 29th, 2016

Regardless of whether or not you are an IT company, your staff uses technology every day as part of your operations. For this reason, it’s important to have an IT team that can not only help you in times of need but can also proactively fix problems. Here’s how you can recruit a great IT team.

Attend College Job Fairs.

One great way to recruit an outstanding IT team is to attend college job fairs. You can make an effort to talk to Computer Science or IT Management graduates to maximize your time there. These new graduates will be hungry for experience as they transition to the next phase of their lives and will be willing to work hard.

Reach Out to Coding Bootcamps.

A lot of people are making an effort to learn how to code because they know how important it is. What most people don’t know, however, is how needed basic IT skills are in a company. You can always reach out to coding boot camps to see if any of their graduates are looking for a job that has components both of web development and IT tech support.

Implement a Test in the Hiring Process.

Your technology is only as good as your IT team, and that’s why you need to make sure that your new recruits can respond to challenges on the fly. As part of the hiring process, you should implement a series of challenges that could potentially come up in the role of an IT manager. Then, you should see how long it takes your recruits to fix the problem and make decisions based on that.

If you have decided that you need to expand your IT team, contact Olympic Staffing. We have the experience to be able to match you up with a reputable IT candidate who can help meet your company’s ever-growing, ever-expanding IT needs.

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2016

Thanksgiving – that wonderful holiday filled with Family. Friends. Food. Football. The kickoff for gaining that weight you resolve to lose come New Year’s Day.

The truth is, as much as we love the holiday, the giving of thanks is an attitude that serves us well all year long.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”   Oprah Winfrey

In fact, while we don’t fully understand the link between an attitude of gratitude and our health, research indicates that it does make a difference. Giving of thanks on a daily basis results in:

  • Better sleep
  • Reduced cardiac risk
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved kidney function
  • Reduced stress-hormone levels

Of course, improved health isn’t the only reward for a grateful heart.

“Gratitude can transform common days in thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  William Arthur Ward

Here at Olympic Staffing, we give thanks every day for you – our employees and our clients. May your Thanksgiving holiday be extra special this year and may it spark a year of daily gratefulness among us all.

While you’re rooting for your favorite team with family and friends, enjoy this easy dip recipe for crackers or bread.

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

16 oz. jar of sauerkraut, drained

8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened

2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

2 cups shredded cook corned beef – or chipped beef

¼ cup thousand island salad dressing

Mix ingredients together in crockpot and heat on low (or high if in a hurry) until cheese is melted. Serve – and discover you are the hero of the hour.

 

Effective Employee Communication Tools  

November 15th, 2016

Employee-employer communication is crucial if you want to have an effective business. There are a lot of different ways in which you can stay connected to your employees; we’ve highlighted some of our favorite tools below:

Use a Project Management Tool.

Digital project management tools like Trello, Asana, or Basecamp are a great way to communicate effectively with your employees. These tools allow you to let your employees know when key deliverables are due, so there’s no confusion. Your employees can also assign tasks to each other, so there’s double coverage on all the tasks at hand.

Use a Chat Tool.

People don’t always read e-mails because they can be cumbersome and take too long to read. This is why using a Chat tool like Skype, HipChat, or Slack is a great idea. You can communicate quickly with any of your employees to give them the pertinent information you would have otherwise forgotten.

Do In-Person Meetings Once a Week.

Even though technology is great for communicating quickly and effectively, you still want to make sure you’re meeting with your employees at least once a week so you can give them a chance to ask you questions. You will find that when one person asks you a question in-person, your other employees will learn from them as well.

If you feel like you are a good communicator and would like to add more members to your team, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to pre-vet candidates for you so that you are only interviewing the best of the best when it concerns your workforce.

Freelancing vs. Temp Gigs

November 8th, 2016

If you’ve ever been a freelancer or worked a temp job, you know how different the two are from each other or full-time work. However, for those who don’t like working a full-time 9-to-5 job, freelancing or temping may be the only option. Here are some of the biggest differences and considerations you need to be made aware of when you’re deciding between the two options:

Freedom vs. Stability.

Freelancing gives you more freedom, whereas a temp gig will give you more stability. When you freelance, you can choose what assignments you take, how many assignments you take, and when you take them. When you sign up for a temp gig, you don’t necessarily get to choose when and how you work, but you do have a stable income you can count on for the future.

Long-Term Future vs. Short-Term Gains.

Speaking of the future, freelancing and temping are different in reference to your future. Freelancing seems to have more of a long-term future (as you build up a steady client base) while temping has more short-term gains regarding building up experience and learning about different jobs.

Solo vs. Team.

If you like working independently, freelancing is definitely for you. If you like working with a team, a temp job might be the perfect fit for you. This is something you might have to figure out for yourself after trying out the other one to help you decide which one is most conducive your working style and production.

If you’ve decided that you would like to look for a temp gig, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to place you with a job that is a good fit for your skill set and is the appropriate duration. If you would like to have a temp gig that could eventually grow into a full-time job, please let us know as we can help you with that as well.