3 Ways to Reduce Stress for Your Employees During the Holiday Season

November 27th, 2015

The holiday season has officially begun! The happiest time of the year is also the busiest for many companies, as customer demand increases coincide with employee time-off requests. As the boss, you want your employees to be happy, but you also need to make sure all the work gets done. Accomplishing both can be tricky, but it is definitely possible with careful planning.

3 Tips to Lower Stress Levels at Your Company During the Holidays

Not quite sure how to appease both your employees and your customers? Use these three tips to devise a plan that works for everyone:

  1. Create a Coverage Schedule: It’s inevitable that most — if not all — of your employees will want to take time off during the holidays. Before the season even begins, ask everyone to submit their vacation requests, so you can create a coverage schedule ensuring someone will always be available to handle any pertinent tasks. If everyone works together, no one will have to interrupt their holiday to check work messages.
  2. Open the Lines of Communication: Whether your holiday season is the busiest of the year or more on the slow side, it’s important for your team to be on the same page. Meet regularly to provide updates on shared projects that impact everyone, to keep things moving forward. This is especially important when people are taking a lot of vacation days, as you don’t want to be at a standstill because someone is out of the office and necessary details weren’t passed along.
  3. Hire Temporary Workers: Take on temporary staff during the holidays to keep up with production, so your team doesn’t have to spend their entire season confined to the office. You can hire as many temporary workers as necessary, without any obligation to keep them on staff when they’re no longer needed. Staffing firms take care of all the training, ensuring these professionals arrive on their first day ready to get to work!

 

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Should You Ever Ask a Hiring Manager if You Got the Job?

November 20th, 2015

It’s always exciting to get an interview for a job you would really like to have. After spending hours preparing for the meeting and rearranging your schedule to make it there on time, you at least expect to find out whether or not you were chosen, but unfortunately it doesn’t always go that way.

An overwhelming 73 percent of candidates who interview with companies don’t receive an explanation for why they didn’t get the job, according to a 2015 CareerBuilder survey. If you dutifully wrote your post-interview thank you note and waited patiently for the given hiring timeline to pass, it is perfectly acceptable to check back to see where you stand.

Coming right out and asking if you got the job is an awkward question, so simply inquire on the current status of the hiring process. The interviewer will understand why you’re asking and will — hopefully — update you accordingly.

Always Follow-Up When You Haven’t Heard Back From an Interview

You may be hesitant to touch base with the hiring manager, because you don’t want to seem like a pest, but you won’t. Wait at least seven to 10 days, then politely call or email to check the status of the job. Taking the initiative will allow you to enjoy at least one of these four benefits:

  1. Get Another Opportunity to Sell Yourself: If a hiring decision hasn’t been made yet, you’ll have one more chance to explain why you’re the perfect fit for the job. Plus, your enthusiasm can make the difference between you and another candidate.
  2. See the Company’s True Colors: It’s possible that the hiring manager has already cast you off and won’t return your messages. This is always discouraging, but consider yourself lucky for not getting hired, as you wouldn’t want to work for someone so rude.
  3. Move the Hiring Process Along: Some hiring managers are swamped with a million things to do at once, so filling the position may have taken a temporary backseat. Hearing from you may serve as a much-needed reminder to get them back on track.
  4. Enjoy Peace of Mind: The not knowing part of the job interview process is the worst. No matter what the outcome, it’s always best to find out exactly where you stand, so you can move forward.

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5 Ways to Show Your Employees You’re Thankful for Them

November 13th, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning there’s no better time of year to show appreciation to your team. Your skilled employees could find work anywhere, but they’ve chosen to commit themselves to your company. It’s important to let them know how thankful you are to have them on board, so they want to remain part of your organization for years to come.

5 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Team

Use one of these ideas to express your appreciation this Thanksgiving season:

  1. Write a Personalized Note: If you have a small team, sit down at your desk and write a thank you note to each person. It’s up to you whether you use a pen and paper or opt for email. List some of the specific accomplishments they’ve achieved this year and how their efforts have helped the team thrive. This gesture doesn’t cost a thing and your employees will definitely treasure it for years to come.
  2. Surprise Them With a Bonus: Monetary gifts are always appreciated — especially during the holiday season — so if you have room in the budget, give your team a bonus. They will be thrilled to have a little extra money to spend any way they please! You can be certain they’ll be even more motivated to succeed in the new year after receiving such a generous gift.
  3. Close the Office a Day Early: Let your team get a jumpstart on their Thanksgiving by closing the office a day early. If that doesn’t work, shut your doors on Black Friday instead. Most people want to spend as much time as possible relaxing with their family and friends during the holiday, so they will be very grateful for the extra paid time off.
  4. Buy Them Breakfast: Give your team a morning treat by bringing breakfast into the office for them. Chains like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts sell large to-go containers of coffee containing enough caffeine for your entire team. Plus, everyone loves bagels and donuts. This is great if you’re on a limited budget, as it’s cheaper than lunch, but will certainly brighten everyone’s mornings.
  5. Hold an Off-Site Team Party: Treat your team to an afternoon of fun and bonding, by heading out of the office. Gather everyone together for bowling, happy hour, miniature golf, a movie or anything else the group would enjoy doing together. Most people probably don’t get to spend time with their peers out of the office, so this is a great way for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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How to Speak Body Language in an Interview

November 6th, 2015

When preparing for a job interview, you probably practice responses to common interview questions, shine your best dress shoes and go on a test drive to the office to make sure you don’t get lost on the big day — but there’s a good chance you don’t give your body language a second thought. What you may not realize is your nonverbal cues often convey the strongest message, so you need to be very cognizant of the way you carry yourself.

Send the Right Message with Body Language

Need a little help adjusting your body language before an upcoming job interview? Get it right by following these five tips:

  1. Maintain Eye Contact: If you’re looking all over the room, the interviewer will think you’re not interested in the job — and you’re likely to get distracted and miss key information. Don’t stare at the person, as that will definitely be perceived as creepy, but maintain the same level of eye contact that you would when talking to a friend.
  2. Avoid Slouching: Sit straight up on your chair to express confidence, without appearing rigid. If you slouch, you’ll seem too relaxed, which may give the impression that you’re lazy and not too enthused about the job. Combat this by not sitting all the way back in your chair, so you’ll be forced to appear more attentive.
  3. Offer a Firm Handshake: For interviewers, there are few things worse than being greeted with a limp handshake. A strong — but not overpowering —handshake displays confidence and a passion for the work, while a “wet noodle” may suggest that you’re weak and unsure of yourself.
  4. Don’t Fold Your Arms: It can be difficult to find the right arm position when you’re nervous, so keep them at your sides or cross your hands on your lap. Folding your arms across your chest makes you seem defensive and closed off, like you have something to hide.
  5. Smile Often: Job interviews make many people anxious, causing them to forget to smile. However, no one wants to hire a downer. Make a point to smile often throughout the interview, to give the hiring manager a glimpse of your warm disposition and excitement at the possibility of joining their team.

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