Getting and Keeping Your Employees Engaged at Work

keeping employees engaged at workWhen your employees are engaged, they are productive, positive and less likely to quit because they are satisfied with work. As a business leader, it should be your goal to make sure that your employees feel engaged and satisfied while they are at work. So, how do you get (and keep) your employees engaged in the office? Here are some guidelines:

Don’t be afraid

When you manage your company out of the fear of people quitting, they will never be engaged. Push yourself to be a great leader and encourage your team to be the best possible. When your team accomplishes something great, all the push is worth it. A team that isn’t seeing any accomplishments is composed of the wrong people or working from the wrong plan.

Be transparent

Your employees need to know what’s going on at all times if you want to keep them engaged. People are more engaged with leaders who share, sacrifice, communicate and hold themselves accountable for problems. Take ownership and fix this problem.

Start with Yourself

If you aren’t engaged in your business, your employees won’t be either. Set an example for others and engage along with them. Spending time with the people you work with will create a good relationship and encourage them to stay engaged and positive. When you engage with them personally, most people will become engaged professionally.

Get Rid of Poor Attitudes

No matter how talented an employee is, bad attitudes are destructive. A good team becomes a great team when it is only made up of positive people. Spend time with people and learn who the complainers are. Once you cut them, your team will be more effective.

Set short-term goals

Company culture is created from people and their accomplishments. You should set monthly or quarterly goals that employees can easily hit. These goals need to be discussed and appreciated. If everyone is pushing hard to achieve goals, no one will be unmotivated.

Getting and Keeping Your Employees Engaged at Work

Logan Laws
Account Manager | North Salt Lake Staffing Office
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Attracting Great Millennial Talent to Your Company

attracting millennial talent Millennials are going to drive the future of business. The millennial workforce of 53.5 million has surpassed Generation X and now represents the largest share of the American workforce. This group is highly educated, adaptable, tech-savvy and quick learning. Millennials’ skills are essential for businesses that want to innovate and stay relevant in the ever-changing business world. However, managers have learned that it is difficult to find and retain millennial talent.

Here are some ways you can attract (and keep) excellent millennial talent:

Create a dynamic culture

Your company needs to be an industry leader that understands millennial wants, needs and behavioral patterns. The modern workplace is constantly changing, due to new technologies, globalization, automation and a fluctuating economy. A modern company needs to create culture that works with the progressive, millennial mindset. With the right culture, you won’t have to force anyone to do anything.

Encourage innovation

Millennials strive to develop, create, contribute and innovate. Unlike any other generation, it is their goal to make an impact on the world. These millennial qualities will not only fuel your growth and influence, but encouraging innovation contributes to overall happiness. If you want to attract and retain millennial employees, your business should be unique and nurture creativity.

Flexibility

The millennial workforce changes and creates industries. These individuals have the flexible skill sets required to be successful in a technology-driven world full of change, instant responses and infinite workdays. Millennials crave experiences and opportunities above all else. You need to create an environment that allows people to work remotely and even travel. Providing the opportunity to have unique experiences will keep millennial employees engaged. Maximize the talents, creativity and independence of your employees by giving them freedom and flexibility.

Make Your Business Meaningful

Millennials are driven by purpose. They want to be impactful and need more than a large salary to motivate their work. Find a charity or cause that is important to and congruent with your company’s mission. If you can sell products or services and make a difference, everyone will win. Employees will find fulfillment when they’re part of something bigger.

Cheers to Great Business!
Eric Nelson
Marketing Director
Your Employment Solutions

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Make a Positive Impression at Your Next Job Fair

Job Fair Tips for a Positive Impact

In the world of job seekers, there are many avenues to finding work.  Whether you’re unemployed, looking for your first job, or wanting to move forward in your career path, job fairs can be a monumental step in the right direction.  Because I have attended many of these events, I have seen both the good and the bad and have a bit of insight from a recruiter’s perspective on what the hiring company is looking for in a prospective employee.

job fairs handshakeOften employers seek out basic skills that can be determined just in the quick moments at a job fair, including communication skills, social skills, attitude, and motivation.  These job fair tips will help give you an advantage over other job seekers and allow you to make a lasting impression and lead to your next great job opportunity.

Before the Job Fair

  • Clarify your goals and determine exactly what you are looking for This doesn’t mean you have to have it all figured out!  While many people know exactly what they want, right down to the nitty gritty details, some people come to job fairs to learn about new careers or branch out just to “see what’s out there.”  If you fit in this category, you know what you are looking for!  Coming with a perspective in mind can help focus your efforts while at the fair and make the most out of your time and the employers you speak with.
  • Prepare a resume.  This one is a bit of a given, and is something most people assume. But you’d be surprised by how many people neglect this important step. A resume is the perfect way to display your skills and expertise to your potential employers.  Try to focus the resume on your key skills, keep it to about a page, and have someone else proofread it before you deem it employer-ready. Also, be sure to bring multiple copies.
  • Think of questions you would like to ask the prospective employers. This shows both that you are interested in the company, as well as the fact you are actively excited about work.  This engagement helps display your professionalism – just don’t forget that the conversation is a two-way street!  After you ask a question, be sure to pause and listen to the employer’s response.

 

At the Job Fair

  • Be sure to look professional and well put-together.  While not all career paths require you to dress up in a suit and tie, it’s best to use the rule of thumb of dressing “one level up” from where your future job is.  Employers want to see that you can clean up well but that you are adaptable to their environment as well.
  • Greet people with a smile and exhibit your good attitude and eagerness to work.  A smile is warm and welcoming and will grab a recruiter’s attention more than someone who is stone-faced or unfriendly.  Remember not to act as if you are complaining – Employers would like to see someone with a good attitude, as a poor one can imply bad work ethic.
  • Approach employers with confidence.  This is an important one!  Employers love job seekers who step forward, shake their hand, and are able to carry themselves with confidence.  However, be careful not to be cocky!  That can turn employers off quickly to wanting to continue their conversation with you.
  • Show enthusiasm and interest by asking pertinent questions. Going back to your job fair preparation, be sure to use the questions you have thought of to engage employers in conversation.  Whether or not you are interested in the company, be polite and courteous and thank the recruiter for the time they spent speaking with you.

 

Follow Up with Employers

  • Don’t forget to grab a business card! Hopefully, the employer will be contacting you, however you don’t want to be in the dark either.  Always grab a business card and take initiative to follow up with the company in the near future.

 

What do you think?  Have you ever found a job through a career fair or other similar event?  Share your job fair stories (both the good and the bad) in the comments below!

Jessica Kasteler

Jessica Kasteler
Marketing Manager
Your Employment Solutions

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Will be managing and working with client accounts, conducting job interviews, assessing applicant job capabilities, giving employee orientations in an office setting, answering phones, and other office duties not listed. MUST have solid experience using Microsoft products, especially Word and Excel. Previous customer service and/or B2B sales experience a plus. High school degree or equivalent required, some college coursework preferred.

This is a long-term position with a growing company offering an excellent benefits package, an all-star work atmosphere, and the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve. To learn more about what Y.E.S. is all about, watch this introductory video at http://youtu.be/ez4i9gTfnrU and check out our website at www.yes-slc.com.

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E-Verify Offline due to Government Shutdown

The recent shutdown of the federal government has raised red flags and caused issues for many employers in the United States.  One such issue is that E-Verify, the Employment Eligibility Verification program, is currently offline.  E-Verify is the Internet-based program run by the United States government that assures an employee’s legal eligibility to work in the United States.  This is legally required prior to hiring anyone for work for pay.

Though employers are still required to collect federal identification including social security cards, birth certificates, and/or driver’s licenses in order to complete the Form I-9, the E-Verify process is unable to be completed with the shutdown.

According to the USCIS website describing the impact of the government shutdown in conjunction with the E-Verify program, while unavailable, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts and thus will be unable to:

  • Enroll any company in E-Verify
  • Verify employment eligibility
  • View or take action on any case
  • Add, delete or edit any User ID
  • Reset passwords
  • Edit your company information
  • Terminate an account
  • Run reports
  • View ‘Essential Resources.’ Please note that all essential resources may be found by visiting www.dhs.gov/e-verify.
  • Employees will be unable to resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs).
  • Telephone and e-mail support will be unavailable. You may send e-mails, however, we cannot respond until we reopen.
  • E-Verify webinars and training sessions are cancelled
  • E-Verify Self Check will not be available

 

This has had a large impact in many of the day-to-day processes for many employers, specifically staffing agencies who hire new employees on a daily basis and therefore run E-Verifies frequently.  For additional information on the current shutdown and how it will affect you and/or your company regarding the E-Verify program, please visit the USCIS page here.

Job Hopping Damages Employment Prospects

Job Hopping Damages Employment Prospects #Infographic #Job

We came across this infographic on Pinterest and couldn’t help but share it with all of you!  Some people might already understand this concept, but we happen to see a lot of resumes featuring endless job hopping – and it’s a problem.

According to a study released last year by TheLadders a recruiter spends an average of six seconds reviewing most resumes.  This is due to an inbox full of resumes and a recruiter trying to match the exact qualifications necessary for the job they are hiring for.  In addition, recruiters don’t have unlimited time to spend filling the position – because of this, they are typically looking at a few key factors that can tell them a lot of information, and quickly.

One such “checkpoint” is that of job hopping.  When hiring for a long term position, an employer wants to see an employee who has a history of sticking on a job.  This is because when you are hired, the company spends ample time, money, and resources training and it’s typically more reassuring of a potential hire that they have experience staying on a job.  That tells the employer they won’t be wasting their time and resources hiring someone who will be gone in just a month or two!

If you have job hopped in the past, try to make an effort to stop the habit now.  In addition, when creating your resume, you’ll need to list things a little differently than you would with long term positions you held.  A great resource is to take a resume class or even meet with a recruiter to have them help you with your resume – that way, you will be able to create a resume and an appealing record of your job history.