5 Top Trends Employers Should Be Noticing

March 27th, 2018

Never Forget It’s a Gig Economy

There are some advantages – You can hire according to project rather than fulltime, access talent across the nation and globally, and often bypass the insurance/benefits/taxes package, but there are also challenges.

  • There is increased ambiguity in the workplace and maintaining a consistent culture identity is difficult.
  • Creating a teamwork atmosphere with a blend of permanent staff and contract staff can be rocky.
  • Remote employees – means a high level of communication technology.
  • On-the-job training is tricky.

Catering to Candidates Matters

From tweaking a candidate’s attention to engaging dialogue to signing the dotted line on a contract, talent is in control. If you want to attract and retain, it’s time to:

  • Communicate clearly and in all formats – especially mobile
  • Build your company brand
  • Adjust hiring criteria – focus more on behavior, skills, and experience; and less on specific degree requirements.

Offer Flexibility to Enhance Work-Life Balance

One thing Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Z have in common is a desire for flexibility in the workplace. If you want to build a pipeline of talent, it’s time to bend. According to a recent post on The Balance,

“Flexible managers treat employees as individuals and make an effort to accommodate personal styles and needs. They provide workers with greater latitude about the way they accomplish goals. They assess the needs of employees and provide feedback, guidance, and recognition individually to optimize performance.”

Create a Health and Wellness Work Culture.

Wellness programs in the workplace are high in demand – in small and medium-sized companies as well as large corporations. It’s no longer a “perk” but rather an essential part of the company benefits program. They provide employees with incentives, tools, support, and strategies for making healthy lifestyle choices.

The truth is – wellness programs benefit the employer as much as the employee.  Successful wellness programs not only improve employee health behaviors, they also reduce healthcare costs, improve productivity while decreasing absenteeism and sustain company morale. It’s a win/win.

Focus On Closing the Gender Gap – Especially in IT.

Of course, creating an environment that encourages diversity in multiple ways is critical, but a primary focus for 2018 is closing the gender gap. Employers who implement hiring policies and benefits packages that remove the typical obstacles women face will increase their talent pool

American women earn just 75-80 cents for every dollar that men earn and fill less than 15% of Fortune 500 boardroom seats. To address this gender imbalance, it is imperative that organizations create environments that encourage diversity at all levels. Focus on building a business attracts both genders by:

  • Implementing non-discriminatory hiring policies and benefits packages.
  • Removing obstacles that women face on the job.
  • Fostering a culture of care and confidence in which women can excel
  • Creating a flat structure where ideas from men and women alike are accepted and valued.

Olympic Staffing has your back. As your strategic partner, we do more than fill positions – we craft solutions designed to increase your productivity and profitability. Olympic Staffing Services maintains an extensive network of vetted, tested, and trained professionals. We work to identify your needs and then find the individual best suited to fit those needs. Contact us today.

 

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.

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.

Staying Motivated When Co-Workers Vacation

August 29th, 2017

If most of your colleagues are out of the office for vacation, it can be hard to stay motivated. Even though it’s easy to dream about your next time off, you actually can use this time to be productive. Here’s how to stay motivated when your coworkers are vacationing.

Use The Time to Get Ahead.

Even though it can be a bummer when your co-workers are out of town, you can use the time to get ahead, so you’re prepared when it’s your turn to vacation.  It’s also a great time to get organized; to catch up on that continual to-do list that waits on the back burner.

Plan Your Vacation.

Planning Your future vacation –  after work hours, of course, is a great motivator. Use the promise of a future break to get down and get busy. Knowing that you have been productive – delivering 100% on the job every day, not only increases your personal satisfaction, but it also enhances your enjoyment when you do take off.

Showcase Your Leadership Abilities.

You could always use your coworkers being on vacation as a way to showcase your leadership abilities. Step up and fill in the gap. Make an effort to be more available and take more initiative during this time – it won’t go unnoticed. Management may consider your leadership skills – even when your colleagues are back from their vacation.

Vacation not an option due to heavy workload? Maybe it’s time to consider a new position. Olympic Staffing is here to help you in your career. Contact us today.  We can help you connect with a job that fits your lifestyle and values, as well as your skills and experience.


 

Reducing Employee Burnout

August 15th, 2017

Burnout saps efficiency, damages your workplace culture, and leads to expensive and time-consuming employee turnover. According to studies quoted by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) “between 26-41% of employees feel their job is stressful or extremely stressful or that they are often or very often burned out by work.

Learning to recognize the signs of burnout and managing the problem can lower employee turnover and increase workplace productivity. Here are some major signs your workplace is adding to employee stress and strategies for making improvements:

Work-Life Balance is Off.

Everyone needs to maintain a balance between work and life to stay on an even keel. When your employees don’t have enough time away from work this balance can suffer.

Habits like working too many hours a day or too many days a week without taking time off can wear your employees down over time. Sometimes time off isn’t time off, employees who take work home or are expected to be available for phone calls and e-mails at all hours can get stressed as well.

Monitor the hours per week and days per week your employees are working. Make sure they are getting time off even if you have to encourage them. Limit after-hours communication, and if you have to have people on call after normal work hours make sure you are sharing the load and giving everyone free nights where they aren’t expected to pick up a phone.

Employees Need the Right Tool for The Job.

How often do you replace your workplace tools and equipment? Are your employees being asked to use clunky old electronics that run slow, are inefficient, or worse have started developing habitual screen freeze?

According to Amy Blackburn, “not only does the equipment’s performance reflect poorly on the employee’s production, but the failure of management to recognize the need to upgrade can also create an air of helplessness. Frustration with equipment can be one of the first symptoms of burnout, and solving this problem can alleviate work-related stressors tremendously.”

Making sure your employees’ equipment is up to date and effectively working solves two problems. It eliminates the stress from dealing with faulty equipment, and showing you are paying attention lets your staff know you are invested in them.

Don’t Ask Too Much – Or Too Little

When employees feel overwhelmed by a never ending mountain of work they start to suffer from burnout. Make sure you communicate about workload often. If your employees are complaining about never ending tasks, or saying they are afraid to take a day off because they know the pile of jobs waiting for them will be impossible to deal with they need help.

Likewise, an employee can be bored at work by performing tasks that are too easy for their skill level. An engineer who is catching customer service calls is going to be interested in new opportunities elsewhere.

An employee who is devoting all their time to low-level tasks can start feeling underappreciated and out of the loop. Making sure everyone is involved, and the workload is shared evenly can lower stress. Assign your employees tasks that will push their existing skill-set. Rotate tedious work so everyone can try something new.

If you’ve your current workplace is too stressful, and you need to make a change, contact Olympic Staffing. We can help you find employees with the current skills, abilities, and education level to take on the mountain of work you have built up.