How To Build A Strong Company Culture

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6/18/2017 4:06 PM

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Creating a positive company culture and employee experience aren't always easy to figure out. Problems will arise, and that is why it is so important to be proactive in a into paying employees needs, and create a culture that encourages growth, self-esteem, and trust amongst everyone. 

Employee needs are met. Designing a great workplace is about creating a space for your employees. If an employee doesn't feel safe at their work, they are less likely to be focused on learning new skills and building relationships. There are different areas you can focus on that will help employees do their best work and feel valued. 

Physical needs. Making sure your employees have good physical health is one of the easiest ways to take care of them. Workers who eat healthy meals and exercise daily are more likely to have better job performance and less sick days. 

Safety. It is essential for employees to feel safe both physically and psychologically in the workplace. In order to build a company where employees feel safe, there must be trust in management and inclusive policies. 

Belonging. Your company should support relationships inside and outside of work in order to create a sense of love and belonging in the workplace. Communication is key in making this happen. Make sure your employees have the tools they need to communicate with each other. You can also plan company events that everyone can attend and socialize outside of work.

Recognition. You want to make sure your employees feel recognized, respected, valued and celebrated in order to have them do their best work. Peers, not money, have a bigger influence on coworkers. Create a space where employees help build each other and support promotions in the workplace. 

 

What exactly are interviews for?

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6/13/2017 8:19 PM

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Interviews are only one part in the process of knowing if a candidate is going to be a good fit or not. Interviews increase the chances of predicting candidate success. So what exactly are interviews for? Assuming you’ve already assessed the candidate’s skills and abilities, the purpose of the interview is to find out “who” this person is. How will they react to showing up on time or being late? Did they call ahead or give notice? All of these things will be able to tell you a lot about a candidate and the kind of person they are.

In an interview, you are looking for three D’s:

Discipline. What kinds of things do they do to improve themselves? How do they improve their work and do better? In what ways do they discipline themselves so they can do their best work and stay motivated? 

Desire. What is their desire to do the job, and go above and beyond in the workplace? How will they help grow the organization? What is their desire to help team members? 

Distractions. How do they avoid distractions at work? How do they focus on important tasks that need to be done? How do they deal with distractions and buckle down to get their work done?

Make sure you are asking the right questions. Remove the questions that support “self-marketing” and ask things about the job, how they’ll fit in with coworkers, and how they will help grow the organization. Also, be sure to ask behavioral interview questions. This shows how they have handled situations that deal with desire, discipline, and distractions. 

Interviews are your chance to get to know the person, and to ask them questions about how they will handle situations in the workplace and to make sure they are a good fit for your company. 

Naturally Skilled Recruiters Have These Traits

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6/13/2017 3:22 PM

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When it comes to recruiting, it either comes naturally to you, or it doesn’t. Even those who aren’t recruiting professionals may find themselves in situations where they need to be good recruiters and interviewers. Recruiting can be competitive and that is why it is so important to have the right traits to attract good candidates. 

They have empathy. As a recruiter, you should be able to put yourself in others’ shoes and show empathy. You have to get to know your candidates beyond what is on their resume in order to understand what motivates them. You should also understand the amount of change the candidate will be facing with a new job.

They enjoy people. This one is a no brainer. But if you generally don’t like people, or aren’t much of a people person, you won’t be a very good recruiter. Relationships are one of the most important parts of recruiting. You have to enjoy talking to people, getting to know them, and remember things that are important to them. 

They do their research. One thing that will make you stand out as a recruiter is doing your research. When you find out information ahead of time you won’t look foolish when you meet the candidate. Most recruiters today already use social media as part of their recruiting process. 

Don’t work harder, work smarter. When you focus on making an impact on your business, you will start working smarter instead of harder. Plan your time and stay organized. A good recruiter knows how to balance productivity and impact to the business.

 

Do These Things Before You Send Off Your Resume

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6/8/2017 9:35 PM

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You have one chance to make a first impression, so you want to make sure it counts! Take a minute to make sure your resume is completely polished. Here’s a few things to double check before you send it off.

Proofread. This one is a no brainer already, but be sure there aren’t any typos or grammatical errors. This can cause a hiring manager to move on to the next resume i the pile. Have a second or third set of eyes double check and make sure there aren’t any mistakes!

Use correct verb tenses. This one is pretty simple: If you did something as part of a prior job, you should use the past tense. If it’s related to your current job position, make sure you use present tense. Little details like this can make a big difference!

Make sure it’s readable. It is key that your resume is easy to read and navigate through. One idea to help with this is to share it with some friends or family members to get their opinion. Make sure your font choice, margins, and layout make your resume readable and easy to scan through!

Make sure you have a cover letter. If you get the chance to send a cover letter along with your resume, it can go a long way with making your resume stand out to recruiters. Make sure your cover letter is proofed, and well-formatted as well.

Once you’ve crossed these things off your checklist, and double checked your resume, you are good to send it off! 

How To Engage Employees In The Summer

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6/6/2017 7:05 PM

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Summer is arriving, and that means feelings of sunshine, vacation, and relaxation. Employees who work indoors can start feeling cooped up when they’re working inside all day and this can cause some stress. One way to help your employees and boost morale is to take advantage of the nice weather and make the summer experience at your workplace more enjoyable and engaging.

Break area outside. Put some effort into creating a nice outdoor area where employees can take a break, eat lunch, chat, etc. Being outside in the sun and soaking up that vitamin D helps invigorate our immune systems. Outdoor breaks add to physical and mental well-being of employees. 

Have a company cookout. The best way to peoples’ hearts is sometimes through their stomachs, especially in the summer. Everyone loves a good old fashioned cookout! This is a great way to boost company morale and blow off some steam. You can even include activities and games to create a fun and relaxed environment.

Bring greenery indoors. If you can’t be outside, bring some of the outdoors into the workplace. Just seeing more greenery everyday has a therapeutic effect. Add more plants and greenery to your indoor office space, and see employees productivity and satisfaction increase.

Go for a walk. Take a quick walk around the block after your lunch break! Enjoying the last few hours of sunlight with coworkers and take a walk. This is a great relationship-building activity and can help inspire productivity.

You don't want your employees to feel like they are stuck inside while everyone else gets to have fun and play! Get creative on ways you can use the nice weather and summer energy to your advantage in the workplace. 

Why Emotional Intelligence Is The Key To Progressing In Your Career

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6/1/2017 8:48 AM

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Employers today are becoming more aware of the importance of emotional intelligence in the work place, especially when it comes to promoting their employees. Steve Jobs said, “We don’t hire smart people to tell them what to do, we hire them to tell us what to do.” Here are a few reasons why emotional intelligence is the key to career advancement. 

Able to manage emotions under stressful situations. When responsibilities increase, the pressure and demands upon people also increase. It is important to stay calm and control your emotions when stressful situation arrive. Being able to keep calm during stressful situations will help others stay calm as well. 

Ability to listen to others. Most problems in the workplace happen as a result of miscommunication or people feeling like they aren’t being heard or understood. It is crucial for employee’s to feel like they are being listened to. 

Show empathy to coworkers. Everyone at work has stressful situations and challenges outside of work that effect their performance in the work place. Showing sensitivity and empathy during hard times can make all the

Open to feedback. Emotionally intelligent people are always open to learning and improving themselves. They are able to take any negative feedback, and find ways to do better. They are able to see that the people giving them feedback only have the best intentions in helping them improve, as opposed to intentionally belittling them. 

Ability to work through conflict. Getting promoted means having to deal with conflict that will come from those reporting to them, as well as work around the disagreements and conflict with those above them. This means you need to have someone who has the ability to not become emotionally involved, and instead can look for common ground and see the bigger picture and work through any conflicts that may arise. 

Earn respect from coworkers and are a positive influence. People that can keep their emotions under control can listen to others better and treat them fairly and are able to earn respect of those they work with. Coworkers that report to them look up to them and see them as a positive role model. When employees see these kinds of positive qualities in their leaders, they feel a greater attachment to their workplace and are more likely to work harder and feel more loyalty to the company.

Why Emotional Intelligence Is The Key To Progressing In Your Career

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6/1/2017 8:48 AM

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Employers today are becoming more aware of the importance of emotional intelligence in the work place, especially when it comes to promoting their employees. Steve Jobs said, “We don’t hire smart people to tell them what to do, we hire them to tell us what to do.” Here are a few reasons why emotional intelligence is the key to career advancement. 

Able to manage emotions under stressful situations. When responsibilities increase, the pressure and demands upon people also increase. It is important to stay calm and control your emotions when stressful situation arrive. Being able to keep calm during stressful situations will help others stay calm as well. 

Ability to listen to others. Most problems in the workplace happen as a result of miscommunication or people feeling like they aren’t being heard or understood. It is crucial for employee’s to feel like they are being listened to. 

Show empathy to coworkers. Everyone at work has stressful situations and challenges outside of work that effect their performance in the work place. Showing sensitivity and empathy during hard times can make all the

Open to feedback. Emotionally intelligent people are always open to learning and improving themselves. They are able to take any negative feedback, and find ways to do better. They are able to see that the people giving them feedback only have the best intentions in helping them improve, as opposed to intentionally belittling them. 

Ability to work through conflict. Getting promoted means having to deal with conflict that will come from those reporting to them, as well as work around the disagreements and conflict with those above them. This means you need to have someone who has the ability to not become emotionally involved, and instead can look for common ground and see the bigger picture and work through any conflicts that may arise. 

Earn respect from coworkers and are a positive influence. People that can keep their emotions under control can listen to others better and treat them fairly and are able to earn respect of those they work with. Coworkers that report to them look up to them and see them as a positive role model. When employees see these kinds of positive qualities in their leaders, they feel a greater attachment to their workplace and are more likely to work harder and feel more loyalty to the company.

Why Working Remotely Is A Growing Trend

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5/30/2017 10:20 AM

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Working remotely is a growing trend that won’t be slowing down anytime soon! This trend can be attributed to the flexibility in when and where they work. When organizations are willing to offer these types of positions, it can have a huge impact on employee morale. Here are a few reasons why you should consider implementing or expanding your virtual work options.

More productivity. A typical work environment has so many distractions, it is easy to get off track while work. Working remotely gives employees the freedom toast up their workspace so that they can be as productive as possible. 

Happier employees. Research has shown that virtual employees were generally happier with their jobs and felt more valued compared to those who worked in a traditional office environment. Working remotely eliminates the daily stress of commuting to work in traffic, or distractions in the workplace such as politics and gossip. When you have happier employees, you have greater retention and overall better team morale. 

Lower overhead costs. By allowing employees to work remotely, you drastically reduce overhead and operation expenses. In a traditional office space, you are having to pay for desks, and computers, and maintenance and utilities.

Time Management Tips For The Workplace

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5/25/2017 6:21 PM

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Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” An average workday is about 8 hours, or 480 minutes, or 28,800 seconds; yet we always complain that there isn’t enough time in the day. We rush to complete our tasks so we can leave on time, but then there are always things we aren’t able to finish and we leave it for the next day. Then the vicious cycle continues the next day! Here are some time management tips to help with organization and productivity. 

 

Evaluate your priorities. You can easily get caught up in mundane daily tasks, so it is important to ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time?” or “Are there more important things I should be doing?”. Evaluate yourself and your priorities and assess the importance of your tasks.

Plug in and get down to business. Many work environments are going to have lots of distractions. You will be surrounded by coworkers, and it is easy to get off topic. Sometimes isolating yourself, plugging in some headphones an getting down to business is the best approach when you want to be productive. 

Cut back on technology. We are all guilty of checking our phones multiple times a day, and going on social media or checking our emails to see what we’ve missed. Set aside a time to check and respond to emails, but don’t let that take up your entire day. Browsing social media can take up a large chunk of the day as well. When you cut back on that, you will be surprised how much more time you’ll have to actually get work stuff done!

Declutter your workspace. A clear desk is reflective of a clear mind. When you have a messy desk, it creates unnecessary stress for you and others around you. Try and keep your space organized and clean, and it will help you be more productive and think more clearly.

Put it on paper. One way to organize your thoughts and things that need to get done is to write it down. Always have a notebook on hand because you never know when you’ll need to write something down, or remember an important piece of information!

Put it on the schedule. Many people make to-do lists, but they never get around to actually completing them. If you find this to be a challenge for you, set a specific time that you are going to get it done. Set a date and time that you are going to accomplish it. 

All of these tips are going to ultimately influence better time management in the workplace. If nothing else, hopefully this tips gave you something to think about and will make you more aware of the time you are spending completing tasks, and will help you have the best management of yourself. 

The Impact Social Media Has On The Human Resources Industry

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5/23/2017 4:47 PM

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Social media has skyrocketed significantly over the last five years. Companies are using different avenues to post job openings, interact with clients and employees, and make major announcements. So the question is, how has social media affected the human resource industry?

Makes recruiting easier and more successful. One of the main advantages of using social media on the job is that it makes the recruiting process so much easier and overall more successful for the company. HR managers can post job openings on the company’s social media sites, or links to listings on the website. Companies are seeing huge success by using social media to recruit new employees, since they can browse their social media sites and see if they would be a good fit for the company. 

Supports company branding. Social media is coming the go-to place for marketing teams and HR departments. If any issues ever arise, they are able to use social media to reinforce the brand of the company and make sure things don’t become a viral frenzy. 

Monitor employee’s time and activities. For some employees, this might not be a positive thing, but social media allows HR managers to monitor the activities of their employees. If employees are posting to their personal social media accounts and it isn't work related, the company can enforce a social media policy. Many companies allow employees to use their social media to make work related posts. 

Improved communication with employees.  Another positive impact of social media, is that companies are starting to communicate with their employees via social media. Companies will talk to their employees on Twitter to discuss company events so the public will hear about it. Other popular messaging apps include Google Hangout, so employees can be in contact in one location even if they are living in different parts of the world.