Have you Considered using Temporary Workers This Upcoming First Quarter?

December 28th, 2015

The holiday season is officially in full swing, meaning it’s just about time to welcome 2016. Now is the time to start planning for the new year, to ensure it’s the best your company has had yet. Hiring temporary workers can help you get off to a strong start, as you need to be fully staffed to reach your potential. You might be surprised at the amazing success your organization can achieve when all the right people are in all the right places.

3 Reasons to Hire Temporary Workers During the First Quarter

Learn three advantages you’ll enjoy by starting the year with temporary staffers:

Set the Stage for Successful Year

The first few months of 2016 will set the pace for the entire year. Get your company off to a great start by taking on temporary workers to help achieve those lofty goals you set. It’s beyond discouraging for your hardworking staff to realize by February that their best efforts will never be enough to get the company to the next level. Starting the year strong will build momentum and get everyone inspired to work their hardest.

Take Your Time with Hiring Decisions

January and February are traditionally two very popular hiring months, but rushing into such important decisions can be detrimental to your company. Hire temporary workers to fill positions in the interim, so you can take your time finding the best possible candidates. This is also a great way to test out any new positions you were thinking of adding, to ensure there is enough of a need to hire someone on a permanent, full-time basis.

Ease the Tax Season Rush

If your company is highly impacted by tax season, you’re well aware that it kicks into high gear at the end of January. Help reduce the stress of the busiest time of year by hiring temporary employees to take on some of the workload. This will allow your company to assist more clients and provide better service, while your staff enjoys a better work/life balance. Your office environment will be much more pleasant when everyone isn’t exhausted from putting in seriously long hours.

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To pay or Not to Pay? Is Paying Interns Worth It?

December 17th, 2015

Implementing an internship program at your company can be an excellent idea. This is a great way to discover new talent, help your employees develop their leadership skills and get a little extra help around the office.

Interns also benefit by earning a few college credits and gaining valuable experience to put on their resume that can help jumpstart their career upon graduation. Many companies consider these advantages enough, but the best employers know the value of their interns and pay them for their contributions.

4 Reasons to Pay Your Interns

Trying to decide if you should compensate your interns? Learn four reasons why you should make room in your budget to give these young workers a paycheck:

Attract Higher Quality Candidates

Top companies like LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft, BlackRock and Facebook pay their interns a premium, because they want the best. The highest quality candidates aren’t going to apply for an unpaid internship at your company when your competitor is offering the same thing with a paycheck. You can get mediocre interns for free, but top talent knows their work is worth more than a few college credits.

Increased Motivation to Succeed

Would you be motivated to get up in the morning and come to work if you weren’t being paid?   Many interns are probably not going to care as much about showing up on time and giving your company their best efforts if they’re not getting a paycheck. You can’t expect anyone to adhere to company standards when they’re working for free.

Make Them Feel Like Part of the Team

You want to make your interns feel welcome and fully immerse them in your company culture, which likely includes team lunches and after work happy hours. However, most college students are broke, so if you’re not paying them, they’ll either be forced to rush off to their evening (paying) job right after work or decline invitations due to a lack of funding.

It’s the Right Thing to Do

Interns work just as hard as permanent staffers, so not paying them is simply unfair. These talented future professionals shouldn’t be treated as a way to get free labor, when they’re making real contributions to your company. Plus, when you treat your interns well, there’s a better chance they’ll be willing to accept an offer for full-time employment if you choose to extend one.

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How to Boost Your Productivity During the Winter

December 10th, 2015

Winter has officially arrived, so it’s time to bundle up and hide indoors until spring. Staying productive during the coldest season of the year can be quite tricky, when all you really want to do is relax by the fire in a big, cozy sweater. However, work still needs to be done when temperatures are frigid, so it’s important to find ways to motivate yourself to stay productive.

5 Ways to Boost Your Wintertime Productivity

Feeling a bit lethargic now that it gets dark while you’re still at work? Follow these five tips to maintain high levels of productivity throughout the season:

Stay Healthy

The flu virus peaks during the winter months and it takes just one person to spread it around your entire office. Thankfully, there are plenty of precautionary measures you can take to lower your chances of getting it, including frequently washing your hands with soap and water and disinfecting your keyboard and desk area on a regular basis. It’s much easier to stay productive when you’re healthy all season.

Get Outside

Getting outside is likely the last thing you want to do when temperatures are near the freezing mark, but it can do you a world of good. Take a walk at lunchtime or head out for a cup of coffee in the afternoon to clear your head and get re-energized. Of course, remember to dress warmly so you don’t catch a cold.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise stimulates the mind, body and soul. Many people put their exercise regimen on hiatus during the winter months, but doing so isn’t good for your health or productivity. Breaking a sweat at least a few days a week will increase your energy levels, make you feel more alert and strengthen your immune system.

Take a Vacation

There’s no better way to beat a winter slump than heading out of town. It’s only natural to be more productive when you’re happy and have something really exciting to look forward to. You’ll come back from your sunny beach paradise or wherever you choose to visit feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to tackle every project on your desk!

Closely Follow the Weather Reports

Going anywhere during the winter season without checking the weather is a bad idea. Productivity can easily go out the window when you’re constantly late because you weren’t prepared for inclement work conditions or didn’t bring your laptop home on days you can’t get into the office. Make a point to check weather reports on a daily basis, so you don’t lose valuable time in your workday.

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Should You Ever Ask a Hiring Manager if You Got the Job?

November 20th, 2015

It’s always exciting to get an interview for a job you would really like to have. After spending hours preparing for the meeting and rearranging your schedule to make it there on time, you at least expect to find out whether or not you were chosen, but unfortunately it doesn’t always go that way.

An overwhelming 73 percent of candidates who interview with companies don’t receive an explanation for why they didn’t get the job, according to a 2015 CareerBuilder survey. If you dutifully wrote your post-interview thank you note and waited patiently for the given hiring timeline to pass, it is perfectly acceptable to check back to see where you stand.

Coming right out and asking if you got the job is an awkward question, so simply inquire on the current status of the hiring process. The interviewer will understand why you’re asking and will — hopefully — update you accordingly.

Always Follow-Up When You Haven’t Heard Back From an Interview

You may be hesitant to touch base with the hiring manager, because you don’t want to seem like a pest, but you won’t. Wait at least seven to 10 days, then politely call or email to check the status of the job. Taking the initiative will allow you to enjoy at least one of these four benefits:

  1. Get Another Opportunity to Sell Yourself: If a hiring decision hasn’t been made yet, you’ll have one more chance to explain why you’re the perfect fit for the job. Plus, your enthusiasm can make the difference between you and another candidate.
  2. See the Company’s True Colors: It’s possible that the hiring manager has already cast you off and won’t return your messages. This is always discouraging, but consider yourself lucky for not getting hired, as you wouldn’t want to work for someone so rude.
  3. Move the Hiring Process Along: Some hiring managers are swamped with a million things to do at once, so filling the position may have taken a temporary backseat. Hearing from you may serve as a much-needed reminder to get them back on track.
  4. Enjoy Peace of Mind: The not knowing part of the job interview process is the worst. No matter what the outcome, it’s always best to find out exactly where you stand, so you can move forward.

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Building Workplace Relationships When Employed as a Temporary Employee

May 16th, 2014

Feeling like a bit of an outsider at the office? As a temporary employee, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own in the office ─ especially when surrounded by permanent employees.

Building relationships at a new company can be a challenge for anyone. However, as a temporary employee this process is often more difficult as people know you’re probably only going to be in the office for a short period of time. It doesn’t have to stay this way though ─ with a little extra effort you can use this time to make a lasting impression and greatly expand your network.

4 to Build Workplace Relationships

Whether you’re hoping to impress your employer into offering you a full-time position, make connections that could help you down the road, or simply want to feel like part of the team, you should always strive to build relationships with your colleagues. Get started by following these four tips:

  1. Be Friendly: Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your co-workers and learn what everyone’s role is on the team. If co-workers invite you out to lunch or to happy hours after work, be sure to take them up on the offer. Spending a little time with your colleagues outside the office is a great way to get to know them.
  2. Blend into the Culture: While you want to find a way to stand out, failing to conform to the company culture isn’t the impression you want to make. Observe the behaviors of your co-workers and do your best to mimic them ─ including everything from how they dress to their work ethic.

  3. Act like a Team Player: Earn respect by making yourself a part of the team. Attend staff meetings, contribute valuable ideas to group discussions, and volunteer to help out if someone needs assistance with a heavy workload. Before long your colleagues may even forget you’re not a permanent member of the team.

  4. Exceed Expectations: People want to be around those who inspire them, so work hard to exceed expectations each day. A strong work ethic is always appreciated, so you’re sure to catch the attention of many people in the company if you continuously submit excellent work.

 

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4 Tips on Making a Great First Impression

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! After going through rounds of interviews, the company has decided you’re the best person for the job. Starting a brand new position is exciting, but can also be very nerve-wracking, as you want to fit in with your new peers. It’s important to work hard to display your very best self from the start, to ensure you make a great first impression.

Feeling a little nervous about your first day at your new job? Follow these four tips to make it a success:

  1. Dress to Impress: Whether you like it or not, people make judgments about you according to how you present yourself. Try to remember how most people were dressed when you came in the office to interview for the job ─ then step it up a notch. Plan your outfit the night before, so you’re not left to frantically scramble for something clean and ironed on the big morning.
  2. Arrive Early: You never want to be late for your first day of work, so allow plenty of time to get there. For example, if you think your commute should take 30 minutes, allow yourself an hour. Having a little extra time allows you to relax and focus on the events of the day, instead of becoming stressed if you incur unexpected delays.

  3. Ask Questions: On your first day of work, no one expects you to sit down and know exactly what you’re doing. The more questions you ask, the more engaged and excited you appear to be part of the team. In the beginning, no question is too small or too inane, so ask away now and avoid enduring future confusion because you didn’t question something you were unsure about in the beginning.

  4. Take Notes: The first few weeks on the job are always a lot to take in. When you’re learning so much valuable new information, it’s only natural that you’re going to forget a great deal of it. Taking notes during training allows you to have something to refer to, so you don’t always have to ask your co-workers for reminders.

 

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