Staying Organized in the Workplace

Organization is Key to a Successful Workplace

organization in the workplaceHere are some reasons as to why it is important to stay organized.

Organization Saves You Time

When you are organized, you know exactly where everything is and everything has a home. So, you now have the ability to better manage your time. An organized professional will spend less time correcting mistakes, searching for information, and fixing any clutter. More time saved means more time for doing productive things.

Organization Reduces Stress

The more organized you are, the less stressed you are. A well-organized office creates a more relaxed working environment, as opposed to a disorganized office where you are constantly searching for items. When you’re organized, the burden of all that incomplete work, messy working space and long unfinished to do list lessens. You feel positive and productive.

Organization Improves Customer Service

When a customer comes into a disorganized office it makes them feel uneasy and not confident in the service they are receiving. When you are having to search through papers or have a cluttered desk it makes them perceive you as unprofessional. When you are organized, it shows your professionalism and reflects well on the company.

Here are some tips on staying organized:

ORGANIZE YOUR BRAIN

  • Get enough sleep: the average adult needs 8 to 10 hours of sleep
  • Make an effort to prioritize your tasks
  • Take breaks

organized at workORGANIZE YOUR TIME

  • Start with goals
  • Outline your priorities
  • Time block your day

ORGANIZE YOUR WORKSPACE

  • Have everything you need within reach
  • Get rid of clutter
  • Put paperwork in its place
  • Organize your desktop

ORGANIZE YOUR PROJECTS

  • Prioritize
  • Don’t stray from current tasks
    • Make yourself a note if something arises
  • Write out your goals

Organization is key to a successful work place. If you remember to organize your brain, time, workspace, and projects you will become a more productive employee. Organization is not only a tool you can use in the work place, but in everyday life.

Haylee Sorenson
Account Manager | Ogden, Utah Staffing Office
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What I Look for in Candidates When Making a Staffing Hire

What You Need to Get Hired at a Staffing Agency

get hired today!No single position is like every position and no individual candidate is like any other candidate. Therefore, it becomes important to understand that the evaluation of an employee is just as important as knowing what type of positions you have to fill. The staffing industry does not exist without good workers that are willing to do a job and do a job well. The trick that is given to each staffing agency is finding that match between qualified candidate and quality position for each individual and company.

This is my guide to find out one side of that equation. What do I look for in a candidate when looking to make a hire?

First Impression

First impression is always the first thing that all humans observe. We believe that we learn all we need to know about a person within the first 7 seconds of meeting them. Therefore, it is important to put on a good attire and present yourself in the manner you want to be view. Also is this appearance match the type of position/pay you are looking for. As recruiters we feel you must manifest in your presentation where you would like to end up.

Communication, Confidence, and More

After presentation we continue on an observation and self-awareness standpoint. How an individual communicates is vital to matching them to the job that will be ideal for their situation and the client’s specific needs. It then becomes necessary for the candidate to be able to sell his/her skills to me. Each individual must be as sold on themselves as an employee as they would want an employer to feel. Don’t mistake confidence and a surety in one’s abilities for cockiness or a boastful attitude. This can also be interpreted as a go-getter attitude. Employers will always be more excited about a candidate that is interested, involved, and shows a dedicated personality.

Staffers and Employers always notice the little things; Does this person drag their feet? Do they pay attention? Do they make eye contact? Do they ask questions? These are things can force an employer to choose one candidate over another.

The Most Important Skill

dependability skillFinally, there is one quality that I look at almost more than any other quality when making a staffing hire, dependability. Dependability is the quality of being able to be counted on or relied upon. This is when you do things that you say you are going to do and you keep promises.

When I look at a resume that shows an individual jumping from job to job within a short amount of time without clear explanation, I immediately assume that there is a reason for that, and they can’t be depended on to stay at a job for any length of time. When a person has a history of being late or absent, that will be how I view them in the future. But if someone is dependable above all else, I will feel much more inclined to make sure that they are matched with a good company. Each employee is an extension of our company and therefore is a representation of Your Employment Solution’s product and employees. Skills can be learned and developed, but dependability is an intangible that people either have or don’t have. I consider that to be the #1 most important quality for every possible new hire to have and display.

People are imperfect and so it becomes difficult to have a perfect equation on how to match each individual with the perfect job. However, these are the things I feel will allow me to do so with a much higher probability of success and accuracy. It is my hope that each candidate will value these qualities in order to show their personal value as an employee.

Logan Laws
Branch Manager | North Salt Lake Staffing Office
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Stuck in a Job That You Don’t Like?

Tips To Help If You’re Stuck in a Job That You Don’t Like

stuck in a job you don't likeI have been working since I turned 16. There was just something about having my own money to buy what I wanted but mostly it was so I could help my single mom who had always taught me the value of a dollar. I witnessed her struggle on many occasions and wanted to do whatever I could to take away some of that burden.

I remember my first job was working as a bagger at Smith’s. I was so proud of myself and wanted to be the best worker ever, until they told me I had to work on Thanksgiving. “What? You want me to work on Thanksgiving? Aren’t we supposed to be closed and home with our families?!” This would be the first of my many realities of growing up and working in the real world and deciding there were a lot more disappointments being an adult than fun times.

I have not had a ton of jobs because I’ve always tried to stick it out as long as possible but believe me there were many times that I would say why am I still here and then realize, that’s right you have a car payment and adult responsibilities.

Job Advice: Stay or Go?

I definitely would say if you are stuck in a job that you do not like, you need to sit back and evaluate the situation. Figure out why it is that you are unhappy with your current situation before you do something irrational like just walking out that door. Is it really the job or is it you? Do you have a positive mind set, are you trying your hardest, being pro-active, efficient and productive? Sometimes changing your mindset can ultimately be the game changer.

Then there are those times that you have sat back and evaluated and the environment is just not for you or the job you are doing is just not for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Although, again I will say, don’t be irrational and just walk out the door. Part of being an adult is being a responsible adult. That means you find something different before you just up and quit. Then do your research, to figure out which job it is that is going to make you happy, so you can stick around and grow. You want to find something where you can plant your feet and ultimately grow into a better you. I tell my employees all the time, I know that you probably won’t stay forever but if you can leave here better than when you came, I have done my job.

Don’t Burn Bridges!

evaluate the situationAnd never ever burn bridges. Make sure you give your current employer notice so that they have adequate time to find a replacement. Although they may not be happy that you’re leaving, it’s a lot more understandable when you leave on good terms. Plus, it’s always nice to have great references.

Lastly, don’t ever stay somewhere that makes you totally miserable because you don’t like change. This does not help you physically or mentally. It can take years off of your life, and then ten years later when you’ve finally decided to move on but didn’t because you were scared, you suddenly realize all that you could’ve accomplished. Holding yourself back because you are scared is neither healthy nor productive. You only have one life to live so make it count by being responsible but smart, and most of all HAPPY!

Andrea Posell
Ogden Staffing Branch Manager
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Fostering Teamwork at the Workplace

staffing teamworkHow to Create Teamwork Naturally in the Workplace

Turning a staff of individuals into a team is one of the best ways to create a positive and profitable work environment. Successful teamwork helps employees use each other as resources, work with confidence and truly enjoy their workplace. A staff that works as a team creates more opportunities for an effective business. Here are some ways to change individual employees into a winning team.

Keep the work place clean, comfortable and safe

This is the first step in creating a successful work place, no matter the occupation. If employees don’t feel safe and comfortable at work, much of their focus will go to simply trying to make it through the day. The easiest way to create a positive atmosphere is to make sure that it is one where every employee can feel cared for and valued.

Encourage interaction across all departments

Businesses attract all sorts of people that may not cross paths otherwise. A great way to foster positive relationships between employees is to boost communication. Set an example by interacting with someone in a different department. Encourage employees to eat lunch and take breaks together. If people are given the chance to get know each other better, any work they partner on will benefit.

Create collaboration opportunities

Help employees to meet and interact with different people than they usually do. Facilitate this by creating small groups for projects. Introverted or shy employees may feel more comfortable speaking up and contributing when group sizes are limited. This may also help workplace leaders listen to other perspectives.

Sponsor gatherings outside of work

Do your employees love baseball? Trivia? Book readings? Listen to office chatter to find out what the staff likes, and create a fun opportunity for employees to meet up outside of work. Staff can get to know each other better and create memories that will organically create team bonding.

Encourage trust

Trust may be the most important factor in any successful team. In order to work together, the individuals that make up a team have to be able to rely on each other. Trust is created by allowing positive work relationships to form, and by quickly addressing a situation that could create a breach of trust. When employees support one another, their potential is unlimited.

Brigham Yates
Director of Client Relations
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Holiday Focus Factor

holiday-work-tipsStaying Focused at Work Amidst the Chaos of the Holidays

As the seasons change here in Utah, the anticipation for the holiday season makes itself very prominent all around us. As we walk into stores we see the displays changing to Thanksgiving and Christmas sometimes BEFORE Halloween has even arrived. As we walk the streets we see city workers hanging lights and garland. Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! For many of us, these are welcomed sights reminding us of many traditions past and family gatherings where memories will soon be made. For others, it can be the start of an anxiety attack that makes it hard for them to get out of bed every day and get to work.

Whether you’re eager to welcome the holiday season with open arms or considering moving to a deserted island until the holidays are over, here are a few helpful tips to help you stay focused while at work.

Holiday Work Tip #1: Time Management

With all the cooking, shopping, cleaning to prepare for guests, commuting to and from work and dealing with added traffic from travelers, driveways and walks to shovel and parties to attend, it’s important to plan accordingly. Don’t wait to do all your Thanksgiving grocery shopping until the day before! Don’t wait until the weekend before Christmas to go check off all the gifts on your list. Doing so will add stress to your life and life-stress spills into work and causes additional anxiety. Also, try taking a day or two off a couple weeks before the holiday to beat the rush in the stores and enjoy some time off before the hordes of people hit the streets and stores.

holiday focus work tipsHoliday Work Tip #2: Take a Lesson From The Scrooge

We’ve all seen or heard the story of Ebenezer Scrooge from Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. If Scrooge can ultimately find happiness during the holidays, why can’t we? It just takes a little reflection and maybe even a little spin-selling to turn those negative thoughts into positive ones.

  • I, for one, do not like the snow during the holidays BUT my kids LOVE it and I enjoy watching them play in the snow. Therefore, taking them sledding brings happiness to my kids’ lives which in turn makes me happy. When I’m happy in my personal life it spills over into my work life. See how that works?
  • I’m not a huge fan of traffic and long lines at the stores BUT I do enjoy shopping online for cyber-deals and taking advantage of many retailers offering free shipping during the holidays which saves me from waiting in lines. Finding deals and saving on shipping takes away some of the financial stress during the holidays which doesn’t make me feel like I need to work extra hours to earn extra cash. Can I call this a win-win? Close enough.
  • Like most people, I’m always trying to watch my weight but the influx of food and treats around the holidays make it tough to stay in shape and not indulge in all our foodie desires BUT during the holidays there are plenty of football games on TV. (I know what you’re thinking, how is TV gonna help us watch our weight?) Well, I struggle staying entertained at the gym but you throw on some great football games and I could ride a bike for hours in front of that TV! As a bonus, hitting the gym increases my energy which helps me focus at work. Sneaky, right?!

To sum it up, it’s up to us to take control of our stress levels. Let’s work on our time management, be prepared, take a lesson from Scrooge and find ways to just sit back and enjoy the moment in hopes we don’t get overwhelmed and cause our work to suffer. Cheer up and make the most of the holidays!

Jarum Stone
Operations & Safety Manager
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Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

A Healthy Work-Life Balance or the Best of Both Worlds

balancing work-lifeWork-Life Balance is a concept that implies there’s a particular balance between your work life and your personal life that can optimize your happiness. Achieving a healthy work-life balance can help you have the best of both worlds.

We’ve all met the so-called “workaholic.” What are some words that come to mind when you hear that word: Busy? Stressed? Overwhelmed?

How about the individual at the opposite end of the spectrum without a job or not happy with their job: Bored? Disengaged? Inactive? Stressed?

Is Your Work-Life Balance Out of Whack?

Regardless of the particular words used, living on either of the spectrum could make many of us feel out of whack. We might be the workaholic wishing we had more time with our friends and family. We could also be the unemployed individual stressing about working in order to feed themselves and their family. Getting/having a job is the first part of the equation, but what about having a life?

I hesitate to suggest finding the “middle ground” between the two, though. I simply suggest finding what works best for you and makes you the happiest.

Work-Life Priorities

It’s important to understand what your personal priorities are and how much time and attention should be given to each aspect of your life: career and ambition, health, pleasure, leisure, family, spiritual development, etc. There is a myriad of different aspects to your life, I’m sure, and each of us is different than the next. Take some time to consider what’s most important to you and what deserves your utmost attention.

If family is what’s most important to you, make sure you are setting time aside throughout the week to spend time with them. Personally, we have family night every Wednesday. We make it a point to pick up the kids after work and head out for a night of dinner and sometimes a movie. It’s also a priority of mine to make sure the kids get the attention they need after school to complete their homework and any other school projects.

There are times where I’ve had to cancel other plans or miss out on something fun so that I can attend to those needs. At the end of the day, I’m still happy regardless of missing out on the other plans, because I’m sticking with the priority I’ve determined for myself and believe the outcome will be far greater in the long run than what I missed out on.

work-life-balanceA Balancing Act

It’s definitely a daily balancing act. I say the best way to achieve a healthy work-life balance is to be honest with yourself about your needs versus your wants. Make sure you are providing for you and your family’s needs, but don’t forget to splurge now and again to knock a few items off your wish list!

Constantly focusing on needs and viewing the wants as unnecessary can be just as stressful as constantly doing what you want and not attending to some of yours or your family’s needs. I believe that finding a work-life balance that includes all of your highest priorities is the key to keeping you sane and happy.

So go ahead and make a list of your wants and needs and see how you can fit a few from each list into your workweek. I believe the best way to determine the right balance for you is through trial and error, but don’t forget to be patient and understanding if things don’t work out as planned. If it makes you more stressed, then try something else.

You can do this! I believe in you!

Good luck!

Alison Evans
Human Resources Manager
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