Your Employees are Important – Remind Them!

August 26th, 2014

One of the most important things all managers must remember is that their employees are very important to the operational success of the business. PEOPLE are the reason the company succeeds  and they are the reason outsiders want to do business with or work for the company. Companies must remind their employees on a regular basis of how important they are to the success of the company and to its culture.

We will discuss the best methods to use when reminding employees how important they are to a company here.

Everyday Conversations Cannot be Forced

Employees know when they are involved in forced conversations with their superiors. It is very easy to spot and it can be quite uncomfortable for everyone involved. Your everyday conversations with employees must be intentional. They should never be forced. If you have to force the conversation, do not have it until you are absolutely ready to do so.

As you assign work to an employee, make sure you let them know why they are receiving this project. If it calls for a client presentation, tell them how great of a job they did on the team meeting presentation in the office last week. Let them know you have a reason behind why they are receiving specific work.

Employees Want to be Challenged

An employee will know he or she is important when they are challenged by their employer. Employees who are not challenged at work will feel a lack of importance in their job. This can lead to them slacking off or even leaving the company for greener pastures.

Instead of handing out boring, repetitive assignments to the same employee, you could give them a more challenging assignment. This will show them you have confidence in their skills and abilities to get the job done on-time and correctly.

You can show employees how important they are to the company by choosing them to train new hires. This will show them how much trust you have in them because you are relying on them to show the new hire how the company operates and what it takes to be successful.

Have Others Offer Feedback

As nice as it is to receive feedback from a direct supervisor, having this occur often could become routine. Have others from within the organization speak to your employees about how they are important to the company. This can be done by a human resource executive, the head of another department, a higher-up executive or someone from a client’s office or company.

Acknowledge the Individual

As nice as it is to recognize your employees as a team, it is also important to acknowledge the individual in your department. If an employee went above and beyond the call of duty, offer them an extra day-off from work or nominate them to attend an important conference on behalf of the department or the company.

Employees are very important to the success of a company. The more they are reminded of this, the more success the company will experience.

Actively Searching for Work? Mobile Job Search Apps to the Rescue!

August 22nd, 2014

Searching for a new job, or your first one out of college, can be a daunting task. It does not have to rule your life, or cause you high levels of stress either. In fact, if you use the latest and greatest mobile job search apps, you should have quite a bit of success! We will discuss some of the most popular mobile job search apps available today that can help you stay connected to the job market while you are on the go.

LinkedIn Job Search App for iPhone

A brand new app was launched earlier this summer by LinkedIn. It is their Job Search App for iPhone. The app was specifically designed for those who use LinkedIn to find a new job. Some of the features it offers include a customizable search, recommended jobs based on your profile and previous searches, a streamlined experience, the ability to research the company and much more.

JobCompass Brings Local Jobs to You

If you are visiting a city for vacation and are considering moving there, you should probably download JobCompass for your smartphone. This app provides you with all of the job listings for a certain zip code or region. The jobs are pinned onto a map that you can look at like you are viewing directions to a destination. The app allows you to email the job to a friend, to yourself or you can apply online using the app. This app is also good for when you are in your hometown or city and want to know where all of the open positions are located.

Glassdoor

Glassdoor is one of the most popular places for people to look for a new job these days for multiple reasons. The first is that it will tell you what you can expect to make working at the job for which you are applying or what you might make when working in a specific industry near your location. You cannot apply for jobs using Glassdoor, but it certainly can be a major piece of your job search effort due to all of the information it can provide you.

Job Aware

Job Aware is another popular mobile job search app. It allows you the ability to filter jobs by location and then compare companies based on the salary each one offers for the same job. You can also organize your favorite job postings by the level of interest you have in them when using this mobile app.
Searching for jobs using mobile apps has become very popular since a large majority of people have smartphones or tablets these days. Since we are constantly connected to the internet, it is a good idea to download one or more of these mobile job search apps to use to your advantage.

No Falls this Autumn – Ensuring Safety At Work

August 16th, 2014

As the summer comes to a close and autumn approaches, many companies will begin to review their safety policies and procedures. These items are put in place to keep employees as safe as possible when on the job. Workplace accidents cannot be avoided entirely, but they can be limited when companies and employees take the right steps to ensuring safety at work. We have compiled some of the most important workplace safety tips for the autumn season in this post.

Assess Safety Risks at the Company

No matter what type of business your company is involved in, you need to assess the risks present at the office or in the factory. When you do this, you are making a concerted effort to find issues that could crop up as accidents in the future. After you assess all the risks at the company, it is time to write policies and procedures that will protect your employees. You may consider bringing in a third-party safety advisor to conduct a risk assessment.

Train New Employees on Safety Policies Immediately

Prior to any new hires sitting down at their desk to begin work, make sure they are trained on the safety policies at the company. Taking the time to train employees on how to operate safely while at work will help to prevent accidents in the future. The training sessions should include teaching the employees about evacuation procedures and other emergency procedures, especially if your company works with chemicals or other hazards.

Inspect Equipment Regularly

Companies in the manufacturing industry know what it takes to keep employees safe while on the job. Equipment, including machines and vehicles, should be inspected regularly in order to find any issues that could lead to an accident or injury. Daily checks should be conducted on all company vehicles that are used for deliveries, transporting clients, moving equipment or responding to emergencies.

These daily checks should include gas levels, light checks, brake checks and much more. It is important to record what is found during safety checks. Whether this is done by writing up a general report of the checks that were made or by filling out a request for a repair; everything should be documented to keep employees safe.

Monitor the Workplace for Hazards

The workplace should be monitored frequently to make sure that employees are doing their jobs properly and safely. If an incident is observed, or even prevented, it should be brought to the attention of supervisors quickly. Consider holding refresher courses or re-training programs to remind employees of their responsibility to staying safe while on the job.

As the autumn season arrives, companies must ensure the safety at work for their employees each day. This can be done with simple checks, that might last no more than 30 minutes per day, but could possibly save lives.

Candidates: Should You Talk Money in an Interview?

August 8th, 2014

One of the many things job candidates think about prior to a job interview is whether or not they should bring up the topic of money in an interview. In some cases, the discussion can happen in the first or second round of the interview process. In other instances, the subject of money should never come up until the company makes the candidate an offer of employment. In either case, it’s ironic that many fear that the subject of money in a job interview is too taboo.

Let’s discuss whether or not candidates should discuss money during a job interview, with the potential positives and negatives of this subject.

The Employer Will Ask the Candidate

It is inevitable that the employer or interviewer will ask the candidate during the first or second interview about compensation. The employer will want to know how much money you are looking for in this position, but it does not mean that you have to answer the question. Instead of providing a set number, you can answer the question by saying you are open to negotiation. You could also tell the interviewer how much you make at your current or most recent job. This will help move the conversation along without any issues.

Do Not Ask the Question

Job candidates should never ask what the payment will be for the position for which they are interviewing. When this happens, the interviewer gets the impression that all you want out of the job is a paycheck and benefits. There are people out there with that intention, but you do not want to be one of them. Instead, make it a point to avoid the question as long as possible, at least until the offer of employment is made by the company.

The Offer is Not Always the Final Word

You need to remember that the offer extended to you might not always be the final word from the employer. This means that once the offer is extended, you can ask the employer if there is any wiggle room in it. You might not secure a higher paycheck, but you very well could acquire an extra week of paid vacation or a signing bonus. These are very nice benefits that can be negotiated when the time is right.

Never Show Emotions During an Offer

Make it a point to avoid any emotional responses to the receipt of a job offer. If the salary is high, the company might think they are getting ripped off by hiring you because of your excitement. If the salary is low, a negative response will show the company that you cannot handle adversity.

When going into a job interview, be sure to know what your minimum salary is for annual, monthly, or weekly pay. This will help you determine when to walk away from the discussion, knowing that you have no chance of negotiation.

Employer Tips for Managing Workplace Bullies

July 28th, 2014

There is absolutely, 100 percent,  no room for bullies in the workplace today. Yet, cases of workplace bullying that ends in violence seem to make the 5 o’clock news every week somewhere in the nation. Human resource managers do their best to police the office and make sure everyone is happy, but they can only keep their eyes on so many people at once.

When workplace bullies arise, it can be difficult to get rid of them, or tame them. If you follow the tips outlined in this article, you should have no trouble stopping workplace bullies in their tracks.

Keep Records of Bullying Events

When a bully rears its ugly head in the workplace, the first thing that must be done is recording all bullying events. This should happen before and after a human resource manager confronts the bully about his or her behavior at the office. When you keep records, you are preparing a case file for if and when the bully needs to be relieved of their duties by the company. It makes the firing process much easier for all involved.

Examine the Culture of the Office

For all you know, the office culture could be the reason why bullies have developed at your company. You can begin to fix the bullying problem by examining the culture of the office. There really is no one-size-fits-all fix for office bullying. Instead, you can figure out the best course of action when you examine the culture of the company. Bullying behavior includes jokes, sarcasm, physical altercations, sabotaging the work of another and verbal abuse.

Provide a Written Anti-Bullying Policy

One of the best steps to take when it comes to dealing with a bully in the office is to provide a written policy. The policy can be posted in the break room, the cafeteria, in the storage room and any other place you feel it is necessary. When you have a solid, written, anti-bullying policy in place, you are putting yourself ahead of the bullies in the office.

Train Your Employees

Even though you have a written policy in place, you still need to train your employees. They need to know what to look for in a workplace bully and how to behave while in the office. If they are not trained as to what workplace bullying is, they will have trouble avoiding or preventing it.

Complaints Must be Taken Seriously

Any and all complaints filed with management or your human resource department must be taken seriously. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the actual bullying could be a small issue that could have been resolved following an investigation. The second is that an investigation of a complaint can prevent a legal battle.

Management Must be On-Board

As with any policy at the office, management from top to bottom must be on-board and follow the anti-bullying policy. This means that everyone from the CEO on down must behave in-line with the policy at the office.

Juggling Multiple Jobs Can Hurt. Here’s Why One Career is Best for You!

July 22nd, 2014

In today’s difficult economy, many people are forced to work multiple jobs to make a decent living. In many cases, these can be very different types of job and in multiple industries. This can benefit some people and it can really hurt others. For the most part, it is best for you to just work one career at a time. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case and we will discuss all of them in this post.

Projects Begin to Blend

If you are working two careers, projects might start to blend into each other. This means that you could make major mistakes at one of your jobs by including information from a project at another company. When this happens, you could be sacrificing your employment status and the result of the project with the company. If you blend projects, unknowingly, you might not catch the mistake until it is too late. When you work just one job, you will never have trouble remembering which project information you should bring with you to an important meeting.

Attention Can Wander

When juggling more than one job, it is very possible that your attention will wander when at one job or the other. This means that you will find yourself worrying or thinking about tasks from your other place of employment instead of the one where you are working right now. If you do decide to work two jobs, you need to make it clear to yourself which job is your regular 9-5 job and which one is your secondary job.

Violating Company Policies

Not everyone realizes it, but you might be violating company policies by working a second job, especially if it is in close relation to your 9-5 job. When you work a second job that is in the same industry as your 9-5 job, this might cause a violation of a non-compete agreement that you signed with your employer. It is always best to disclose a second job with your employer prior to accepting the offer of employment in the event that it could break a non-compete agreement.

Not Enough Time in the Day

Trying to work two jobs can lead to not having enough time during the day to complete everything on your task list. When this happens, your job(s) could be in jeopardy. If you are working a second job and cannot complete a task, be sure to explain to your employer why this happened. Do not provide any excuses or ridiculous stories to save yourself from being fired.

Sacrifices at Work

Working two jobs will require you to make sacrifices. Sometimes, these sacrifices will affect one or both of your jobs and can be a detriment to your career. It would be wise to quit the job that provides you with less hours or lower compensation to save you time and frustration.

How to Motivate Temporary Employees

July 17th, 2014

Running a company that relies on a large percentage of temporary employees has its benefits. It can also have some risks. One of those risks involves employing temporary workers who are not 100 percent motivated to get the job done right or on-time. Why is this? Because temps know they are working on borrowed time. The other issue is when companies treat temps like “warm bodies” instead of valuable members of the team. These problems can easily be avoided, in order to provide a solid return on investment.

If you follow the tips here, you should have no trouble motivating your temporary employees.

Offer Bonuses

Not many companies do this, but you should consider offering temporary employees bonuses. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, it will motivate your temp workers beyond belief. When they have more than just a paycheck to work for they will find ways to be productive at the office. When you treat them like your regular, full-time employees, they will feel valued and part of the office too. If you do create a bonus system for temp workers, be sure to offer bonuses that can be paid in a timeframe that meets their contract.

Have Full-Time Workers Train Temp Workers

Another excellent way to motivate temporary workers is to have your full-time employees train them for the position they were hired to work. This will show the temp worker that they are a valued member of the organization. It also will help you have an extra set of eyes and ears on the floor. When you have a full-time employee monitoring a part-time worker, you won’t have any trouble missing when they do something extraordinary. This makes it easier to praise them for their work, which will always motivate a temporary worker.

Let Your Employees Have Fun

Consider creating a fun environment for your employees, both full-time and temporary. Some of the most successful companies are known for the parties they throw for their employees. Even when companies struggle during tough economic times, they might slash their prices for customers, but the most successful ones will never touch the budget for employee perks. This keeps employees motivated and focused on doing the best they can each day.

Treat Temp Workers Equally

Make sure you treat all of your temp workers the same way you treat full-time employees. This begins the minute they step foot onto your campus. Give them a tour of the facility, introduce them to people in every department and let them know where they can go to have any questions answered. The more you involve them in daily operations and introduce them to co-workers, the more motivated they will be when at the office. Also, when you introduce them to full-time workers, never introduce them as being temporary employees. Just introduce them by their name, what position they were hired for and in which department they will be working.

Getting What You’re Worth? Salary Guide for Indiana Manufacturing Workers

July 8th, 2014

How do you know what you are worth in the job market today? This can be tricky to figure out, but it can be done, especially for manufacturing workers in Indiana. Indiana is home to many companies that employ workers in the manufacturing field and the salaries are right in line with the national average of $50,000 per year.

What Am I Worth?

Many people wonder what they are worth when working in the manufacturing field in Indiana and other areas of the mid-West. There are various levels of these jobs and thousands of different job titles within the industry today. Some of the most common manufacturing positions include a development program engineer, a manufacturing engineer, a manufacturing associate, a director of manufacturing process systems, a senior manufacturing project engineer and many others.

Depending on the title of your job, your experience, and the level of the position, you could be worth more than you are being paid right now. Take a look at the salary information presented in this post and determine whether or not you are being paid what you are worth at your manufacturing job.

Manufacturing Salaries in Indiana

Some of the highest salaries in the state of Indiana are paid to Manufacturing Engineers. These positions require the person working the job to work on the design and operation of integrated systems. Such systems include computers, machinery, networks, robots and equipment that handles materials. Some manufacturing engineers might be hired to design circuit boards, automate a chemical manufacturing company and much more.

This position is compensated fairly nicely, with an average annual salary of a little more than $67,000. Some of these positions, depending on which company you work at in Indiana, could pay closer to $55,000 per year on average. One of the highest paying manufacturing jobs in the state is that of the principal manufacturing engineer. These employees are responsible for analyzing the current state of the company’s manufacturing process while ensuring safety, costliness, quality and delivery are still met. This position has an average annual salary in Indiana of more than $91,000.

One of the manufacturing jobs in Indiana that pays hourly is that of the manufacturing associate. This position pays a little more than $12 per hour, which is in the middle of the national range of $11-$14 per hour. The position of manufacturing intern pays monthly compensation averaging $3,745 per month. Interns can work anywhere from three to six to 12 months per year depending on the program and the requirements of their school.

If you are in the manufacturing field in the state of Indiana, be sure you check some of the average annual salaries so you can determine if you are being paid what you are worth within the industry. Then get in touch with Davis Staffing, a leading source of well-paying Indiana manufacturing jobs.

Can You Trust Your Candidates? Nonverbal Cues to Watch Out For

June 27th, 2014

Companies that are in the middle of filling open jobs want to complete the process fairly quickly so everyone already on the payroll can continue to perform their required duties. Sometimes, a company will cut corners to fill an open position and miss nonverbal cues of job candidates during a job interview. Not all candidates can be trusted, which is why we will discuss the nonverbal cues to pay attention to during interviews here.

Tone of Voice

One of the first things you need to watch for is the candidate’s tone of voice. This can be a little tricky because you don’t know if the their tone is changing during an interview because they are genuinely nervous or because they are trying to hide something about their past. A candidate’s tone of voice can be a trigger for other nonverbal cues such as their posture, their facial expressions and their gestures.

The Walk Around Test

An excellent way to measure a candidate’s body language or nonverbal cues is to engage him or her in the walk around test through the office. Give the candidate a tour of the facility and watch for some different cues. Take note of how quickly they smiled when meeting someone new, if they asked questions of the people they met, if they made eye contact and much more. You can even gauge the idea of them getting along with their co-workers should they be hired for the open job when doing the walk around test.

Appearance is Important Too

We are all told that appearance should not be important in life, but when it comes to acquiring a job, it is very important. If a candidate shows up to a job interview at your company in ripped pants, a stained shirt and an unshaven face, you likely will not hire that person. You would not want that person representing your company to clients and customers because it sends a bad message. Check the appearance of your candidate. Did he or she wear business attire? Did the candidate shave for the interview? Everyone makes snap judgments based on other people’s appearance. It can be a major factor in a job interview.

Lies, Lies, Lies

It is incredibly easy to spot someone who is telling a lie or a fabricated story when you are talking with them in-person. It is more difficult to accomplish this during a phone interview. Nonverbal cues such as twitching, hands shaking, sweating and fidgeting can tip an interviewer to the fact that the candidate might be telling a fib or hiding something from their past.

Take a long look at nonverbal cues presented by your job candidates during an interview to figure out if he or she is being truthful and trustworthy.

 

How to Dress for Manufacturing Interviews

June 20th, 2014

Whether you believe it or not, the attire you choose for a manufacturing interview could increase your chances at landing the job. When you ask someone what the proper attire is for an interview you will receive the same answer nine times out of ten; dress slacks, button-up shirt, a tie and possibly a suit or sport jacket. But, that tenth time could be much different if you are interviewing for a manufacturing position. We will discuss the attire for such an interview in this post.

Manufacturing Interview Dress Tips

We are going to sound a little harsh here, but we want to get our point across so you dress the proper way for a manufacturing interview. A manufacturing employer does not care if you own a suit because you will not be wearing one to work each day. Instead, it is a good idea to leave the suit in your closet and dress differently for this interview. Manufacturing employers want to envision you working for their company in different roles and none of them will entail you sitting behind a desk or in an office.

Without going too far, you still want to make an impression with your outfit. Make sure you wear long pants, with a nice shirt that is clean. Your clothes should be free of stains and rips even though the job you are interviewing for could send you home dirty each night. An employer still wants to see that you care about your appearance, so also be sure to shave that scruffy beard and trim your long hair back just a little bit.

Another important tip here is that men really should not wear a tie when interviewing for a manufacturing job. Why? Because a tie is way too formal for this type of interview and you should not have any loose clothing on when around machinery. So, if you are offered a tour of the facility, you want to be able to go on the tour without any worries. No one wants to have to remove a piece of clothing prior to taking a tour. It will look like you are unprepared.

When you dress down for a manufacturing interview you are showing the employer that you are dressing for the job that you want. Hiring managers want to meet someone who wants to work and work hard. You can show this by your outfit of choice for the manufacturing interview.

Remember this; how you present yourself and dress for an interview goes a long way in which candidate the company chooses for its open position. If you dress for the job, you will have a higher probability of bringing home the job offer. Be sure to read through the many helpful career articles for job seekers here at Davis Staffing, a leading Chicago IL Temp Agency.

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