Defeating the Skills Gap

April 11th, 2018

Every company faces it – from trades such as construction, oil and gas, and welding to manufacturing and logistics, to healthcare and hospitality, to IT and C-Suite positions, when the economy is up, and unemployment is down, finding and keeping talent is a challenge. Specific plans and decisive steps are needed to maintain a steady workforce.

Review your Human Capital Needs

Meet with your managers and team leaders. Gaining a clear understanding of your weakest areas in need of immediate bolstering, as well as projected growth areas is crucial.

  • Is your current staff overstretched?
  • Do you have expansion plans in theEVP, flexible, culture, respect, appreciation,
  • process?
  • What do you need for immediate relief?
  • What’s your projection for three months, six months, one year?
  • What level of skill is most lacking? Entry-level? Mid-management? C-Suite?

Bolster your Talent Sourcing

Review, improve, and build on your talent sourcing – build a talent pool.

  • Do you have talent sourcing activity continually on-the-go?
  • Are your managers consistently tapping into their networks, seeking talent?
  • Do you maintain an attractive employee referral program?
  • Do you throw your employee fishing net in diverse ponds?
  • Are you connected with a reliable staffing firm?
  • Is your staffing partner specialized in your area of need? For example, do they have a healthcare expert for healthcare recruiting? A construction, security, safety, oil and gas, or IT expert for recruiting in their respective industries?

Assess your Hiring Process

Creating an active, efficient, and consistent hiring process will enhance your ability to attain the right talent when you need it.

  • Do you have clear communication channels in place among the key decision makers?
  • Is there a specific written process for hiring at each level – from single interview entry-level to multiple tier interview C-level?
  • Does everyone know his/her role in the process?
  • Do the right people have the authority to move forward?
  • Do you have accommodations in place for when a key decision maker is on vacation?

Evaluate and Improve your EVP

Your employee value proposition (EVP) is critical in attracting and retaining quality talent.

  • Are you a step ahead of the market salary index for each level and position?
  • Do you offer flexible schedules?
  • Are work-from-home options available for appropriate positions?
  • Do you offer and encourage career growth and advancement for employees?
  • Does your culture support work/life balance and integration?
  • Do you have efficient internal communication?
  • Is your company culture based on respect and appreciation?

Yes, it takes time to review needs, bolster your talent sourcing and assess your hiring process. Yes, it costs money to boost your EVP.  But burnout employees who leave because another company offers more and has a higher respect for their time costs you more in both time and money. Likewise, with bad hires. The only way to win in the war for talent is to develop the best strategy and invest in the best ammunition.

Olympic Staffing is your strategic advisor and ammunition source. Since 1983, Olympic Staffing has been dedicated to your success. We maintain a network of thoroughly vetted, tested, and experienced professionals. We offer a consultive approach, working to identify your needs and find the best solution. Contact us today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Boost Your Career

October 31st, 2017

Everybody says they want to succeed in their job but are you willing to “do the work” Do you know what “the work” is to ensure success? Here are 10 tips that will help you boost your career to a new level.

Stimulate your mind: Learn something new and then learn something new again. In other words, be a perennial learner and do it with a broad brush. Don’t limit yourself to a narrow range of skills.

Be risky: Step out of your comfort zone and take a new challenge.

Stay on top of industry news and trends: Know what’s happening in your arena, and you won’t get hit by a surprise punch.

Follow your passion: If you know what you believe in, what excites you, what gives you more energy than it takes; that’s where you should focus your career.

Stay connected: Connect with people at work – don’t skip the team lunches. Connect with people in the industry. Connect with family and friends. Connections pay off in the immediate – you will be happier and in the long run – they may lead to your dream job.

Accept criticism: Whether it was meant well or was an intended jab, take time to consider the criticism. Even if there’s only a small element of truth, you can always learn something.

Let go of what isn’t yours: So you don’t like what your coworker is doing? If it doesn’t directly affect you, let it go – it’s not yours to worry about or fix. Put your mental and emotional energy on what counts – your career.

Adjust your attitude: Having a positive, appreciative, bend-with-the-wind attitude will add power to your career. Don’t forget the little details that make for a happier person – courtesy, punctuality, professionalism, etc.

Take care of yourself: If you don’t eat right, sleep well, and get exercise, your mental and physical self will lead your career to a very stagnate place – on the couch.

Take a vacation: If you learn the art of relaxing and take time for fun, you will build your energy and zest for life – which makes you a more attractive choice for employers.

Sometimes boosting your career means 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.

5 Ways You Can Brand Your Company Online

October 24th, 2017

Branding your company is extremely important because it tells people who you are and what your goals are. Not only can you brand your company by word-of-mouth, but you can also brand yourself digitally. Here are some “How to” tips to get you started.

Facebook.

Facebook is one of the most preeminent ways to brand yourself. Most businesses use it, both as a way of letting people know who they are and what’s happening. Facebook is also a great platform on which to create events, let people review your business, and to network with other businesses.

Instagram.

Instagram is a great way to present a “behind-the-scenes” brand your company. Take some time to post photos that show what your employees do while they’re not at work and to showcase the different hobbies and interests they have. This is a great way to “humanize” your business.

Twitter.

Twitter is a great way to brand your company as being extremely communicative and quick to respond. A lot of customers will take to Twitter to give complaints or bring up other issues. If you respond quickly with a solution, your company will be known as a caring and responsive.

Website.

Your website is a great place to brand your company as being professional. It’s surprising how many professional businesses don’t have websites, but that’s usually the first place a potential prospect or client will look to make sure that you’re well-qualified to be conducting business in your field.

YouTube.

YouTube is a great place to showcase that you’re savvy with technology and are current with the times. Many companies use YouTube as a place to begin branding their companies as being helpful. You could try releasing a series of tutorial videos, or even doing some Q&A videos.

If you’re looking for a new employee – perhaps one who is social media-savvy, contact Olympic Staffing. We make an art of matching top quality employees with our clients. We find employees who not only are skilled but also fit your culture.

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.


 

Should You Develop a “Side Hustle?”

September 26th, 2017

If you’re currently working a 9-5 job but aren’t earning as much money as you would like, it may be tempting to want to develop a “side hustle.” There are a lot of positive aspects associated with having a side hustle, but there can also be some negative aspects. Here’s what you should take into account when you’re making your decision.

Will It Detract from Your Main Job?

Some “side hustles” are so time-consuming that they could start to affect your progress and position at your main job. Before you jump into any side gig, make an effort to understand the time and commitment that is necessary for you to succeed with it.

Do You Have Skills You Can Monetize?

The denotation of a “side gig” means that it’s something that can bring in extra income and help pay the bills. Before you decide to move forward, carefully evaluate whether or not you have any skills that you could monetize.  If not, is there an area of interest in which you can build your skills?

Will It Make You Happy?

The biggest factor you should take into consideration is whether or not having a side hustle will make you happy. Money is not the whole picture. If adding a side hustle will bring more stress and tension, is it worth it? On the other hand, if your side hustle is something you already do and enjoy without getting paid, then why not turn it into a side hustle so you can make some extra money!

If you’re looking for a new job but are having a hard time finding one, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find a job that is a good fit for your current skills – whether or not you add a side hustle.

 

 

How to Ensure Your Employees Have Work-Life Balance

September 19th, 2017

As an employer, it can be easy to let overload happen – especially when employees are working on a time-sensitive task that needs to be completed quickly. However, it’s your job to make sure that they have good work-life balance so that they are ultimately more rested and can be more present at their job. Here’s how to ensure your employees have work-life balance.

Let Them Go at a Reasonable Hour.

Don’t keep your employees in the office just for the sake of keeping them. If your employees have been working hard all day and have finished their tasks, consider a “surprise” early dismissal. They will likely appreciate the effort and will be that much more likely to work harder for you in a time of need if they remember how considerate you are of their time.

Try to Send E-Mails During Work Hours.

Don’t be the inconsiderate boss who sends e-mails after work hours. If you have something important to say to your employees and you don’t want to forget, try scheduling the send time of your email. (Simply writing a note to yourself can work too). Even if you tell your employees that they don’t need to respond until work hours, sending it on downtime will direct their thoughts to work when they should be relaxing and de-stressing.

Encourage Vacation Days.

Don’t punish your employees for taking vacation days. You should have an open policy about how many vacation days they get, as well as when they get them. If an employee requests a vacation day, make sure to do everything you can to lighten their workload before and after their vacation so they can take that time to relax while they’re gone.

If you’re looking to hire new employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you hire employees who fit seamlessly into your company culture and will be receptive to having a work-life balance.

Why Your Company Should Host Networking Events

September 12th, 2017

If you own a company and don’t ever host networking events, you should probably reconsider or try hiring a freelance event professional to aid you with producing them. There are a lot of different reasons why you might want to host networking events.

Get Your Company Name Out There.

Regardless of if the candidates are seeking a new job, you will be getting your company name out there. Getting your company name out there in a field that is relevant to your business will always be an asset, not only for community relations but also for potential recruit hiring and scouting. In addition, your company will be seen as a company that is known for fostering connections and promoting innovation within your field.

Foster Connections.

As an employer, it’s a good idea always to be seeking out your next talent or recruits whenever possible, even if from a passive manner. By hosting a networking event, you will be fostering connections with applicable potential employees who might want to work for you or will introduce you to someone who could work for you someday.

Give Your Employees Good Opportunities.

It’s always a good idea to give back to your employees, which can be accomplished through the introduction of company networking events in which they can meet mentors and other connections who can help them eventually further their careers. Plus, you’ll be giving them an employer-sponsored excuse to leave work early, which will put them in a good mood.

If you’re looking to hire new employees, contact Olympic Staffing. We will be able to help you hire employees who would like to attend your networking events and will also fit seamlessly into your company culture.

Preparing Now for the Holiday Rush

September 5th, 2017

Yes, it’s already September and less than 90 days until Black Friday and then the holidays. If you want to avoid production delays and extra holiday stress, it’s a good idea to prepare now for staff shortages.

Make a Plan – Create a Calendar

  • How many days – if any – do you close for Thanksgiving and Christmas?
  • Do you experience an increase in orders over the holidays?
  • Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve both fall on Sunday this year. How does that affect your company-wide time off days?
  • Will you set a limit on how many employees can take vacation days between Thanksgiving and the end of the year?

Making your decisions now helps you make the best decisions for your company.

What about Inventory

Do you have sufficient supplies for additional orders? It is never a good idea to wait until the last minute. Be proactive and stock up now – before the holiday shipping delays cause problems.

Consider Temp Staffing

Bringing in extra staff now and training them will make a significant difference, saving you time, money, and stress. When extra orders, holiday vacations, etc. hit, you won’t have to worry about excessive overtime costs or loss of production – your temp support will be firmly in place.

Planning now for the last six weeks of the year will help your company avoid hitting the panic button. Call Olympic Staffing. Our temporary staffing provides you with extra staff when you need it – without increasing your permanent headcount.