Here’s How to Become a Better Leader by Delegating

June 10th, 2016

temp-staffing-chicago-ilDo you often feel as if your to-do list might implode at any moment? Are you constantly dragged into every meeting for every project in your company, only to realize you are wasting precious time? Sounds like you may be stretched too thin to do any real good as a leader. It could be the right time to change the way you deal with things to become a better leader by delegating some things. After all, your team has other capable people who you’ve hired to take some of the pressure off your shoulders.

Try these tips to stop controlling and start delegating.

Understand where other people can help you – play to their strengths and overcome your weaknesses. The best part of being a leader is that you have the honor of hiring some of the best people in the industry, and then you get to help them develop their skills to become even better. Take the time to evaluate their skills, decide who knows what, and play to the strengths of your team to overcome your own shortcomings. Set them up for success!

Don’t give everything up right now. Start with minor changes.

As a leader, you don’t have to unload the entire farm to your team yet. Take your time to determine who is the best fit for each task, who has room on their schedule, and who is looking for added responsibility. It can be difficult to relinquish certain duties, but if you make a few minor changes now, you will be thanking yourself later on. For example, train another employee how to run certain reports you need on a regular basis, or have an employee sit in for you at some of those meetings you are tired of attending.

Accept that you can’t control everything and that you have a good staff.

No matter how much you think you are in control of things at work, you cannot be in control 100 percent of the time. But, you can control who you hire for your team and the value they bring to your company. Take credit for having a great team of talented employees, keep developing their skills, and you will achieve more than if you keep trying to manage on your own.

Bring in temporary employees who have skills you don’t have.

A strategic leader understands the value of thinking ahead and developing the skills of the team so the company can be competitive. During peak seasons or for special projects, bring in temporary employees who have the missing skills that are needed to get the job done. This takes pressure off you to try to take these extras onto your already full plate.

We hope these leadership tips help you to be a better leader and mentor to your team. Allocation of tasks is a critical aspect of being successful in this role, so don’t be afraid to use this often.

When you need to find the right employees to become members of your team, contact Davis Staffing. We have candidates for your company who you can trust and become valuable members of your organization. Work with a top temporary staffing agency in Chicago to get started!

Why Don’t Your Employees Trust You?

May 26th, 2016

chicago-il-staffing-agenciesAccording to the Edelman Trust Barometer, only about one in three people have trust for their employer. In fact, the 33,000 employees polled believed they could trust a peer more (67 percent) than the company CEO (49 percent). Why should you care if your employees trust you or not? There are several reasons.

• Employees who believe they can trust their company leadership tend to be more loyal to the cause.
• A lack of trust from employees can signal other trouble spots in the company that can bring it down.
• Poor employee trust and engagement equates to lower productivity and retention rates.

So, now that you have a better idea of why trust matters, what can you do about it? How can you foster more trust and respect and loyalty from your team? Here are a few suggested things to avoid doing as a manager.

Please don’t – Tell them to do something for no reason

When you do this, it sends a message that you think employees aren’t capable of reasoning things out and coming up with solutions for a reason. Employees don’t respond well to receiving barking orders from the boss. Respect employees enough to explain things well, including how what they are doing contributes to the company success. You don’t have to give out all of the company secrets, but explaining the rationale behind your decisions will be appreciated.

Please avoid – Don’t explain company-wide policies or changes

Keeping employees in the dark about things that matter to them is a no-no. This will get you nowhere except a whole lot of suspicions and rumors. Be clear and upfront when there are changes happening. Answer employee questions to the best of your abilities. Explain how these changes may affect employees and why the company made those decisions.

Please watch out – Don’t back employees in public

What many employees are looking for in a manager is someone who can support them in their career growth. If you are dealing with a difficult client, for example, always err on the side of your employees. If there is conflict with an employee, deal with it privately and not in front of peers.

Please just stop – Employee micromanagement

You are not a babysitter, nor are you in a position of leadership so you can be in control over everything. Micromanagement does not work, and it just sets the stage for negative attitudes. Instead, look for the potential in everyone to self-manage. Hold people accountable, but don’t nag them. Be available, but not hovering.

When you are in need of employees for your job openings, work with a top staffing agency in Chicago. Contact the great recruiters at Davis Staffing today!

4 Ways to Avoid Procrastination in Your Job Search

October 8th, 2015

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Let’s face it – a job search is a long and often frustrating process. Some people start out strong, but then over time they start to lose motivation to even continue applying for jobs. Others stick in there until they get a job, any job.

Where are you in your job search currently? Are you starting to put things off, avoiding your email your email, or even becoming a little depressed about things?

It’s natural to procrastinate a little. But now is not the time. You need a job, a good job, and the only way that’s going to happen is if you treat your job search like it’s a job itself.

#1 – Start each day early, get dressed, and get going.

If you want to get a head start on other job seekers, you need to treat each day like it’s your best. Set your alarm, get up by 8 a.m., shower, get dressed, and be ready to hit the ground running. Grab your coffee and start combing through the online job boards first. Then send emails with your resume and fill out those applications.

#2 – Get your task list completed.

Many people find it helpful to put together a job search task list to stay motivated and focused. It can be easy to get distracted by other things, but you must keep your eyes on the prize – a new job! Create a task list that starts with editing your resume, adding it to online job boards, sending it to recruiters on social networks, applying for jobs on temporary agency websites, and writing cover letters. Then follow up with employers you have interviewed with, or those that seem to be interested in you.

#3 – Find your job search tribe.

A job search can be a lonely experience. Each week, take time to check in with your friends who are also seeking employment. Get out of the house and head for business mixers where you are bound to run into business owners looking for good people. Connect with job search networks online. Find support with your staffing agency by checking in frequently to let them know you are available.

#4 – Understand what motivates you.

Sometimes, the very thought of looking for a job or dealing with another disappointing round of interviews is enough to make people quit. This is a defeatist attitude you can avoid. Learn what motivates you, such as money, nice dinners, short trips or something else. Reward yourself with the things that motivate you when you have accomplished the things you need to do for your job search.

If you follow the above tips, and really stay dedicated and focused in your job search, you’ll find yourself with a brand new job offer. Some people will find success earlier than others, but staying focused to the search will lead to a positive result.

At Davis Staffing, we continually recruit talented, hardworking professionals. If you are looking for the next step in your job search to find a career in Chicago, contact us today and we will get started!

6 Ways to Inspire Creativity at Work

August 27th, 2015

Six Ways to Inspire Creativity at Work

Occasionally, employees need a little extra push when it comes to being creative. There are some workers who can put together a creative project each and every time they are asked while there are some workers who have very little creativity. But, everyone needs some inspiration in order for creativity to flow freely.

No matter the situation in your office, a time will come when you need to inspire creativity at work. Here are six ways to make this happen.

Keep it Anonymous

Every workplace has employees who are outspoken and not shy when it comes to talking with management about their ideas. On the other side of the spectrum, that same workplace will have creative employees who are too shy to share what they create. To fix this issue, you can keep suggestions anonymous by providing a suggestion box. Do not make this the only way to share new ideas but presenting it as an option will provide an outlet for quieter employees.

Offer Rewards for Creativity

The next time you walk into a meeting and announce that a new product needs to be created, offer rewards for those who come up with the best ideas. This tactic helps weed out the poor suggestions and the ones made by employees who just make suggestions to show they are participating in the project.

Create Innovation Teams

Brainstorming is an excellent way to improve creativity in the office. You can take it one step further by creating innovation teams. Each team can be assigned various projects to complete by specific deadlines. Some employees might view this as deliberate, and not spontaneous, but they can be successful if handled properly.

Diversify Your Office

An excellent way to inspire creativity in the office is by diversifying it. When you have a group of like-minded people from similar backgrounds, you will continue to receive the same ideas. The more diverse your office is, the more likely that creativity will flow throughout all your employees.

Be Receptive to Ideas

Your company must support creativity in order for it to be inspired. Managers must be receptive to ideas brought forth by employees. Shooting down ideas on a regular basis will kill creativity. Do not let your employees be afraid to make mistakes. It is part of the process when being creative.

Create a Positive Environment

In some cases when the office setting is very serious, creativity can be hindered. If this environment exists in your company, it is time to create a more positive environment for your employees. Employees who feel relaxed will develop more creative ideas, which helps the company on a long-term scale.

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Change It Up To Light a Spark

July 10th, 2015

Change It Up to Light a Spark
Do you often approach the work day with apathy because it’s become dull? Is your work environment so ugly that you cannot bear to face another day there? Maybe it’s time to change it up! Whether you think so or not, your attitude about your job matters the most.

A job that becomes boring or a work environment that leaves you wanting something more can be signs that you need to take steps to make it better. While you cannot change everything you dislike about your job, there are some things that you can change to make it more appealing. Here are some ways to take your job by the horns and improve your outlook.

Change the environment

Whether you work in a cubicle, on the road, or have a simple workstation, there are ways to make your work environment more appealing. Start with removing clutter from your work area as much as possible by putting things into drawers, folders, or obtaining a low-cost organizing system. Next, improve the lighting of your work area with a small lamp that gives off soft lighting, or ask your safety manager to install overhead lights that are less glaring on computer screens. Then add some personal touches, like some pictures of people and things that inspire you, a few houseplants, and even a pillow for your chair.

Ask for new duties

Oftentimes, management may know about opportunities to work in new assignments or on new projects. Unless you speak up and ask for a new assignment or project, you may not know about it. Let your boss know you enjoy working for the company and want to expand your horizons, then come up with a plan to take on new things that will once again get your juices flowing.

Establish an improved personal brand

A big part of developing a solid reputation at work and bringing that spark back is to create a personal brand. This is what you are best known for. Let people know about your special talents, hobbies, and interests. Participate in activities at work that bring these things out. Brand your social media accounts, your office space, and your computer desktop. Be an expert at something, and you will soon gain the respect and admiration of your peers.

Learn something new

Add to your work experience by choosing an area of your job that you really enjoy. Grow this passion by taking some low-cost online classes or by attending some community education at a local college. Let your boss know you are taking steps to enhance your learning in a particular area of the business or industry, then ask for new projects or responsibilities in this area once you have built your confidence.

Try a new assignment

You could also change things up a little by taking some time off from your present job and taking on some paid temporary assignments. If you are considering switching jobs, this can be a great way to try a new job without the full on commitment. How can you do this? You can ask your boss for more flexible hours so you can take on a side job, or you can ask for a brief leave for a few months to try your hand at a new job.

These are just a few ways to make your work life better and change things up so you can shake the boredom of your present job. Be creative and be proactive, focused on being a better person and a better employee for the ultimate results.

As one of the top staffing agencies in Chicago, Davis Staffing presents a number of opportunities for anyone looking for a change in their employment. Contact our great team of recruiters today to get started!

What You Need to Know about Predictable Scheduling

June 12th, 2015

What You Need to Know about Predictable SchedulingWhat kind of schedule does your workplace require? If you have been considering the idea of moving from a flexible schedule to a regular schedule that’s based on production needs, then you must learn something about predictable scheduling. Here is a rundown of what predictable scheduling is and advice on if this is a good option for your business.

Explaining predictable scheduling

First, the term predictable refers to a schedule that is explained or known in advance so there are no surprises for employees or for the management team. A predictable schedule, therefore, means that employees know week to week what hours they are expected to work and, in some cases, their project assignments. The other side of predictable scheduling is that the company makes an effort to minimize any potential changes to the schedules so that employees do not miss assigned work times or have their regular weekly hours altered.

Advantages of predictive scheduling

There are some key benefits to using predictable scheduling in the workplace, for both employers and the people who work for them, which include:

  • Better management and utilization of human capital resources because staffing planning takes place well in advance of actual project and seasonal peaks.
  • Employees are better able to manage their personal schedules and other responsibilities such as childcare and school age children’s schedules, transportation, attending school and working secondary jobs.
  • Improved employee morale, productivity and engagement because employees know what’s expected of them and what they need to accomplish during each shift.
  • Coverage is determined by the scope of work and the skills needed to complete tasks, to limit the number of overtime hours worked and productivity losses due to bored employees.
  • Reductions in employee tardiness and absenteeism as a general rule because they know in advance when to report to work and when to go home.

Choosing predictive scheduling or not?

While these are just a few of the many ways that predictive scheduling benefits all concerned,  how can you know this is right for your particular company or industry?

Predictive scheduling works best for companies who use hourly workers vs. salaried employees. Hourly workers are more apt to deal with fluctuating schedules in some industries that are dictated by seasonal peaks or production needs, so there needs to be some area for flexibility. The challenge is understanding if the organization regularly deals with large fluctuations in projects or market driven needs. Consider any potential safety needs as well.

It’s simple to set up a predictive schedule in any workplace. Talk with the employment and staffing specialists at Davis Staffing for more information and resources to help you make the most use of your people.

How To Be More Productive At Work

January 6th, 2015


Finding new ways to be more productive at work can be difficult if you have struggled in the past with getting work done on-time. But, finding new ways is important to your career success and standing with the company. If one of your resolutions for the New Year is to be more productive at work, consider implementing one or more of the methods outlined below.

Create Routines

One of the first things you must do when trying to be more productive at work is to create routines. When you create routines, you will be able to follow a pattern that sees you complete more work than you have in the past. You can create routines that involve how often you read and answer emails, how you delegate work and how you file physical documents. The more routines you have at work, the more productive you will be on the job.

Complete Similar Tasks Together

If you find yourself making a ton of phone calls throughout the day, consider making all of them together. Set aside an hour of your day to make your phone calls related to work. When you get them all done at once, you will be able to focus on other tasks on your to-do list. This can also be done with returning emails. Bunch similar tasks together so you are not wasting five minutes here or ten minutes there throughout the day.

Take Breaks

Depending on how complex your work is, you will need to take multiple breaks throughout the day. We do not mean you should stop working for 15 minutes at a time every half-hour, but definitely walk away from your desk every so often. Go talk to a co-worker or take a brief walk to the cafeteria. When you return to your desk, you will be energized and better prepared to handle the work on your desk.

Avoid Multi-Tasking

In order to be as productive as possible at work, you need to avoid multi-tasking. The brain is not very good at this task because nothing you do will get your full attention. This can lead to problems with the work performed or mistakes made while talking to clients on the phone.

Write Down Thoughts and Ideas

If your brain is scrambling on a daily basis due to tons of ideas and to-do items, you need to write all of this down to relieve your stress. Put all of these thoughts on paper and connect the dots at a later time.

Use Procrastination to be Productive

Our final tip today is to use procrastination as a way to be productive. You might be wondering how this is possible. Well, try to figure out why you are procrastinating. This can be due to your idea not being fully formed, the project has not been aligned properly or it is not worth completing. When you figure this out, you should be able to increase productivity.

Having trouble being productive at work? If so, use one or more of the methods outlined in this post to make your workday more productive.

Steps To Creating A Healthier Work Environment

September 15th, 2014

Finding new and innovative ways to create a healthier work environment can be difficult, especially when employees are stuck in bad habits for a long time. Getting your employees to buy into a healthier work environment can be tricky, but it definitely can be done effectively without causing too much of a culture shock for employees.

Here, we will discuss the most effective ways to create a healthier work environmentin just a few simple steps.

Step #1 – Fostering an Attitude of Cooperation is a Must

One of the first things you must absolutely do when creating a healthier work environment is to create an attitude of cooperation. This means that give and take must be present in the office each day of the week. Part of the cooperation discussion is offering employees ways to balance their work life and their personal life so they are not overwhelmed when they come to work each morning. This includes offering childcare, flexible work schedules, telecommuting, sabbaticals and compassionate leave.

Step #2 – Create Rewards for Employees

Employees love to be recognized or rewarded for a job well done more than once in their career. This means that you need to create some type of recognition program for your employees. This will make it easier to reward them when they complete a project ahead of the deadline, go above and beyond when dealing with a client and much more. These rewards can be gift cards to local restaurants or businesses, extra paid time off from work, a personalized plaque and much more.

Step #3 – Develop an Atmosphere of Trust

Employees also want to have a feeling of trust when they are at the office. They want to be trusted by their superiors, their co-workers and everyone else they come in contact with in the office. Trust goes both ways, which means since your employees want to be trusted, you must provide them with reasons why they can trust you. When you make this a two-way street, the environment at the workplace will be much healthier.

Step #4 – Offer Stress Busting Activities

Work is stressful, no matter how fun the workplace environment might be, which is why you need to relieve the stress of your employees as much as possible. This can be done using various activities at the office such as picnics, casual outfit days, flexible scheduling during the spring and summer months and much more.

Step #5 – Update Corporate Safety Policies

When companies look to make their workplace environment a healthier one, it can be done by updating safety policies. Safety policies will vary from company to company, but most of them are the same. If you feel that your employees are not safe in what they do at the office, you can hold safety seminars and update the policies and make sure everyone is complying when necessary.

Creating a healthier work environment does not have to a complicated process and it should be done immediately in an effort to ensure that your employees are happy and safe. Davis Staffing, a Hammond Staffing Agency can help reduce stress on your current workforce by giving you access to temp employees to take care of routine tasks, augment for larger projects, or work during peak seasons.

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.

3 Books to Read to Improve Your Management Skills | Manager Jobs Chicago

January 24th, 2014

People who hold management positions come in two forms; those who are satisfied with how they run their team and those who are never satisfied with how they run their team. For those of you in the second group, there are plenty of management books on the market today that can provide you with advice, tips, and information about becoming a better manager in Chicago IL. We have chosen three of those books and discuss them in this post for managers of all levels.

“Empower Your Inner Manager: Essential Skills, Self-Assessment, and Effective Planning That Secure Successful Careers”

This book was written by Ian R. Mackintosh and was published on May 31, 2012 by iUniverse. In this book, which is 173 pages and a very easy read, Mackintosh explains how you can analyze your management style and what you can do to improve it. The book describes a process that includes targeting the skills you need to improve, analyzing the skills you need to become a candidate for a management position, revisit your needs for growth in the future as they improve and developing a plan needed to improve your skills.

“TKO Management!: Ten Knockout Strategies for Becoming the Manager Your People Deserve”

This book was written by Dave Anderson and published on May 23, 2013 by John Wiley & Sons. In today’s competitive business world, it is vitally important to work as hard as possible in order to succeed in management positions. You will want to be able to perform the basics of the business world well because it can mean the difference between being successful and losing within the industry. In this book, Anderson provides readers with the practical strategies needed to defeat your competition from start to finish. The book outlines such tips as how to create a workplace environment that wins, how to hold employees accountable for their work, how to balance leadership and management skills and how to deal with underperformers.

“The Clarity Principle: How Great Leaders Make the Most Important Decision and Business (and What Happens When They Don’t)”

This book, published on May 6, 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, was written by Chatham Sullivan. Working in a management position is not easy, especially when you have to deal with various issues that arise at work each day. Some of those issues include low employee morale, battles over who is permitted to work on which project, misguided strategies and bad politics. Managers at companies whose purpose of business becomes confused are responsible for clarifying the issues at hand. This book discusses issues faced by real-world managers who saw their companies deal with identity crises and then rebound from them successfully.

We hope that you take the time to check out these books either at your local library or by purchasing one for your career library. Reading these and other books about management can help you to become better at your job in management and leading people.

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