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Why You Should Let Your Employees Work From Home When They Ask to Do So

January 30th, 2018

In today’s tech-savvy world, many jobs can be completed from anywhere. In fact, 43% of employees work remotely at least sometimes, according to a 2016 Gallup survey, and this number is likely on the rise.

Due to the prominence of the trend, at least a few of your own employees have probably asked to work from home on occasion. Chances are, you want them in the office most of the time, but there’s no need to keep them chained to their desk.

As one of the leading Seattle staffing agencies, Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing believes you should give employees the freedom to work remotely, at least some of the time. This is becoming a very popular perk among employers, so if you don’t allow it, you may find it hard to attract and retain talent in the future.

Reasons to Approve Work From Home Requests

If you’ve never allowed your staff to work from home, loosening the reigns can be tough, but it must be done. Of course, you should closely monitor employee output to make sure they’re actually working, but in most cases, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

Heighten Productivity

Offices are filled with distractions. From the sheer level of volume in the shared space to constant disruptions from colleagues, it’s hard for many people to focus. Consequently, many employees are much more productive at home, because they’re able to put their head down and concentrate on the task at-hand.

Increase Job Satisfaction

Working from home at least sometimes allows people to strike a healthy work-life balance. Whether they need to stay home with a sick kid or run out to a dentist appointment on their lunchbreak, your flexibility means a lot. Employees are much happier when they’re not held to a rigid schedule. When you give them leeway, they return the favor by doing their very best work.

Boost Loyalty

Every company doesn’t offer the ability to work from home. People really value this arrangement, and as a result, they stick with companies that offer it. You’ll enjoy lower turnover rates, because people know they have a good thing going.

Need to hire new accounting and finance talent? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We have you covered, whether you need to fill temporary/contract, contract-to-hire, or direct-hire positions.

 

Five Books All Managers Should Read to Kickstart the New Year

January 9th, 2018

A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start, but it’s hard to know what actions to take without a little guidance. Thankfully, there are plenty of books on the market that can be hugely beneficial to managers. As one of the top staffing agencies in Seattle, Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing recommends adding the following five titles to your early-2018 reading list.

5 Books All Managers Should Read to Kickstart the New Year

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity Kim Scott

Written by former Google and Apple executive Kim Scott, “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” explains how to be a kind-yet-challenging manager. Her framework for success will help you become a more effective leader and a better colleague. If your managerial role often leaves you stressed, this book will give you a new prospective.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Simon Sinek

Chances are, you’ve probably watched leadership expert Simon Sinek’s TED Talk “Start With Why,” so now it’s time to read the book. “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” focuses on the reasons some companies and leaders realize greater success than others. Sinek explains that the world’s greatest leaders actually think, behave, and communicate the same way, which will definitely give you something to ponder.

The One Minute Manager Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

If you haven’t read this classic management book, it’s time to change that. “The One Minute Manager,” offers techniques to help improve your productivity, job satisfaction, and personal success. Written on the premise that one-minute goals, praises, and reprimands are the most effective approach, you’ll learn the science behind this theory and how to apply these practices to your own life.

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World Tim Ferriss

In 2017, Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” came back with “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World.” More of a life-enhancement read than a traditional business book, Ferriss interviewed world-class performers to learn their secrets to success. A playbook of sorts, you’ll learn everything from strategies to create an optimal morning routine to how to assess your priorities.

The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Thing Done Peter F. Drucker

Another management classic, “The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Thing Done,” focuses on accomplishing what others overlook. Drucker shares five practices he considers essential to business success that you can put to work at your own job. Be prepared to get results after reading this book and taking his words of wisdom to heart.

Don’t take a gamble on your 2018 hiring decisions. Team up with Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing to find the right person for every accounting and finance opening on your team. Contact us today to learn what you have to gain from a partnership!

Why Should You Outsource Your Job Search Initiative

May 30th, 2014

Looking for a new job but finding the search process a bit overwhelming? Consider partnering with an employment firm. Working with a staffing agency can speed up your job search and better position you to find your ideal new job. Recruiters help candidates with their job search every day, so they know exactly how to help you find the position you’ve been searching for ─ and fast!

5 Benefits of Partnering with an Employment Firm

If you’re still deciding whether working with an employment firm is the right career move for you, learn five benefits of this partnership:

  1. Expand Your Network: Staffing firms work with a number of different companies to fill their open positions. Consequently, they’re always the first to know when new jobs are posted and often have an inside connection with the hiring manager. Many companies even post positions exclusively through staffing agencies, so without their help you many never even find out about the posting.

  2. Become More Competitive: There’s a good chance you’ve never had a professional review your resume or provide you with interview tips. However, when working with a staffing firm you’re able to receive one-on-one attention from your recruiter, who will help you polish both your resume and your interview skills.

  3. Save Time: Looking for a new job can be almost a full-time job on its own. After combing all major job boards and company websites, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and following up with potential employers, you may find you have very little time in your day for much of anything else. When you partner with a staffing firm, your dedicated recruiter does your job hunting for you, allowing you to gain valuable time back in your day.

  4. Build Your Resume: Gain experience in a variety of positions by working with a staffing firm to find temporary and contract assignments that can expand your skillset. Instead of being tied down to one specific position, you’re able to move around and learn a range of skills that can increase your marketability.

  5. Negotiate Terms of Employment: When accepting a position many people don’t realize they may be able to negotiate a higher salary, more vacation days, benefits, and other terms of employment. A staffing firm serves as the middleman between candidates and companies. If you aren’t satisfied with the terms of your employment, your recruiter may be able to negotiate an agreement that works better for you.

Looking for a staffing firm who can help you find the position you’re looking for? Contact Accountingpros Recruiting + Staffing. We offer a full suite of recruiting and staffing services, including temporary/contract, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire candidates.