Changes to Your Office in the New Year

The start of a New Year is prime time for making positive changes – both individually, as well as for companies. Although plans to better the workplace may be attractive, big improvements can seem daunting. Fortunately, big changes aren’t always necessary; small improvements are often the ones that have the greatest company-wide impact.

Steering your workplace towards becoming a more employee-friendly environment could be one of the best resolutions your company could make for the New Year. A better workplace means happier employees, which in turn leads to increased productivity, idea generation, and sometimes, even a boost revenue.  Perhaps the best part, though, is changes such as these won’t cost you anything. Consider implementing the following into your plans for 2013:

  • Flexibility.  While it may not be feasible to allow your employees the luxury of working remotely many employees wish for increased flexibility.  Consider taking a look at your employee’s work schedule and building or expanding a flextime program.  Having the time to take care of events like: school meetings, home or car repairs even social obligations without the pressure of missing work will be appreciated.   This small gesture will show your employees that you respect their work-life balance and trust they level of responsibility to get the job done.
  • Social media.  Social media is all about building relationships and what better time to start investing time in building those contacts than the start of the New Year?   Every employee has something to gain by sprucing up their media page; maybe it’s new customers or clients, but social media is also a great way to meet new peers, gather new insights into being more productive and even mentoring.
  • Health. For many individuals, the beginning of the New Year is an unspoken kick-off for practicing better wellness habits. Take this opportunity to influence a focus on health within your workplace. Lead by example, and make a resolution to create a healthier atmosphere for your employees. Additionally, small wellness competitions, such as tracking steps or a healthy lunch pot-luck Friday, are excellent ways to boost company morale and workplace camaraderie on top of promoting a more energized environment with a decreased need for sick days.

Regardless of the number of goals on your company’s list of resolutions for 2013, improving your workplace should be at the top. It’s of utmost importance to show your employees you appreciate them, and even the smallest resolutions can have a huge impact on the way work environment is viewed. If you are searching for additional resources on employee management, contact the experts at B Loehr Staffing today.

Why Should They Hire You?

Many interviews conclude with the fateful final question: “Why should we hire you?” As simple as it sounds, this question can catch many candidates off guard. You want to be honest, yet memorable at the same time. The key is to avoid cliché responses, while showing the interviewer you really are the right person for the job – but how?

A common problem job seekers often fall victim to is focusing too much on the “you” part of the question and not enough on the “we”; “we” being the company. Of course it’s necessary to show the interviewer what you bring to the table, but it is equally as important to align your skillset to the employer’s needs. When it comes down to it, a job interview is very similar to a sales process. Consult the following sales steps to ultimately sell yourself to the company’s needs during your next big job interview.

  • Close the deal. View the “Why should we hire you?” question as your golden opportunity to specifically answer how you will provide a solution to the company’s needs. The combination of the job description and the preliminary interview questions should paint an accurate picture of what the position entails and the employer needs. Use your response to connect yourself to the position in a personal and meaningful way.
  • Link yourself to the job. This is your chance to show the employer your enthusiasm for the job and the company. Focus your response to convey to the interviewer that you have been listening, have a solid understanding of the current issues and concerns, and how you will be the solution to these issues and concerns.
  • Be specific. Avoid clichés by preparing to back up your skills or characteristics with relevant examples and specific stories. Don’t just say you are detail oriented or work well with others; describe how these skills you possess have saved the day. Show the interviewer that they don’t just need someone to fill the position; they need you.

Focusing on the interviewer’s needs will do more than just help you sell yourself to the company. It will also help take your mind off your nervousness, showing the employer a confident and insightful candidate. If you are looking to improve your interview skills to make your next career move, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

The Importance of Company Culture in a Clerical Setting

More than ever, company culture is rising in importance. Building an effective company culture fosters creative problem solving, employee retention, and greater productivity. However, achieving these desired results take work and do not happen over night.  In order to be effective, employers need to recognize and evaluate several key points within their companies:

  • Recognition. Humans are naturally driven by emotion, and respond positively to recognition, praise, and expressions of gratitude. Everyone wants to know their hard work is appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret. Not only will your appreciation deliver happier, more productive employees, it will also result in better business. Actions as simple as reserving a parking space or mentioning a specific employee’s excellent work during a team meeting won’t cost you anything but will go a long way.
  • Saying “thank you”. The simple act of thanking your employees for a job well done can lead to an increase in productivity and employee engagement. Praise in the workforce is invaluable in its service as a positive motivator and driver for action. Thanking an employee for their work acknowledges that they are good at what they do. It makes them feel happy, fulfilled, and excited to work with you.
  • Take time to relax. Deadlines are important and time crunches can’t always be avoided – but this shouldn’t be the normal day-to-day atmosphere. Keeping employees’ noses to the grindstone will achieve consistent efforts, but it will also burn them out quickly.  When it boils down to it, you need more from employees than just their time; they need to enjoy what they are doing in order to leverage their creativity, skills, and knowledge. A few days of fun during a holiday, sports season, or coming down from a big project may take away from productivity for the brief time allotted, but right after, employees will be back to work, fresh and ready to go.
  • Explain your reasons. It is critical for employees to know why they’re working on something in order for them to feel empowered to hone in on their creativity, problem solve, and step up at a higher level. Employees are driven to be part of something bigger, and employers who are able to successfully articulate their visions for the company are better able to create a culture where employees effectively contribute.

A business’s success largely depends on its employees, so it is imperative to show employees appreciation. People who feel appreciated are more inclined to contribute as much as they can because they know their hard work is being recognized. If you are looking for more information on staffing solutions in the St. Louis area, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Watch What You Put Online

By now, it is almost common knowledge that people should be careful with what they put online, especially on social media sites. Employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and even branches of the U.S. military have all begun using Facebook as a means to gain a first impression of someone. For many social media users, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites have become part of day-to-day life, making it easy to post casual observations and comments without a second thought.  Because of this ease in use, consider the following tips for keeping clean social media profiles:

  • Set your privacy settings to high. Edit the settings on all of your social media accounts to make sure the settings are as high as possible. This will prevent people who aren’t connections from seeing an excess of information including wall posts, personal information, and comments.
  • Establish separate personal and professional accounts. This is a choice many professionals make, and it can be a smart one.  Many colleagues will want to connect or “friend” you on social media sites, and while this is great for networking, it can blur the lines between professional and personal life when they are commenting in the same place as your friends or relatives. Establishing separate accounts can help you avoid these situations. Consider using a pseudonym or nickname on your personal accounts that only your friends or relatives know. However, still be mindful with what you post, even if it isn’t under your full, professional name.
  • Take a moment to reflect before you post or update. Social media sites provide so many opportunities to communicate and make it extremely easy to post quickly without giving much thought. Train yourself to take a brief moment before posting anything, no matter how mundane. If you aren’t 100% certain you would be comfortable with your boss reading it, don’t post it. Think of something else to update, or don’t update at all.

In today’s digital age, a person’s online presence has become a form of self-advertising. An excellent rule of thumb is to never post anything online that you wouldn’t want your boss to read. If you are looking for more information on preparing your online presence for a job search, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today! For more jobs in St Louis, visit our site.

Managing Through a Growing Economy

Although the economy is growing slowly but surely, the unemployment rate remains high. With GDP growth climbing gradually, our economic future is bright but to some seems off in the distance. For managers, keeping company morale high during our economy’s transition can be a challenge. Consider the following key points:

  • Hone in on your strengths.  Continue to proactively seek out your company’s strengths, and look for occasions to productively apply these strengths. Always be on the lookout for growth opportunities, and use your company’s strong points to your advantage.
  • Expect the unexpected. Markets don’t always adhere to conventional wisdom. This is especially true during transition periods. When coming out of past recessions, consumer buying has been noted to do the opposite of what one would expect, including a rise in dining out, traveling, and real estate investments.
  • Know when to let go. If something isn’t working, fix it, close it, or sell it. Ask yourself difficult questions, and force yourself to answer honestly. Unfortunately, letting go of traditions and sentiments can be necessary to promote growth.
  • Look before you leap. When the economy begins to brighten after a period of darkness, many businesses make premature decisions and grow too quickly. Before falling into this trap, consider turning things around by rethinking yourself. Identify your company’s activities that are productive and should be strengthened, promoted, and expanded.
  • Be extra mindful of your investments. Investments can be great opportunities, but make sure to think over every possible outcome. These questions, though always imperative, are more important than ever during a transitioning economy.

Our economy is on the upswing, and as a manager, it’s your job to lead effectively during this promising, yet sometimes confusing time. Following the above tips are great guidelines to keep your business thriving during this transitional period. If you are looking for additional resources on managing your business through the economical change, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today!

Improving Job Hunt Communication

Communication is the key in many aspects of the job hunt; this especially rings true when creating lasting impressions. Although it sounds simple, many job seekers find it very difficult to talk about them. Whether lack of experience, being humble, or feeling nervous is the culprit, job seekers often have trouble conveying what they mean to say during an interview. Whether it’s a networking event, an interview, or even writing your resume, these three fixes will be sure to help in any self-discussion.

  • Networking. Many job seekers become nervous when they first begin attending networking events. Try focusing your introductions on why you’re great at what you do and what makes you unique and memorable. Highlight your specific skills in detail or provide examples of problems you have solved. Keep your answer to what you do short and snappy, but effectively communicate the message you’re trying to get across: you are great at what you do.
  • Interviews. Interview mishaps happen. When these situations occur, don’t be afraid to clarify to the potential employer exactly what  you meant to say. Your interest in the job comes across through your voice in its tone and in the words you use, so be as enthusiastic and convincing as possible. The interviewer wants the job to go to someone who is excited and truly wants the job; so don’t be afraid to show that.
  • Resumes. Where your resume is concerned, you need to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants. While it is true that you should use keywords from the job posting, you need to select the right keywords to land the interview. Start with job skills and technologies keywords then move on to specific benefits and outcomes of your work. This will help you incorporate the employer’s interests as well as your own, resulting in a unique resume that is both sincere and truthful.

You may know yourself better than anyone else, but that doesn’t necessarily mean discussing yourself is a piece of cake. Even if you are your own best topic, communicating what makes you a valued asset can be difficult when put on the spot. Following the above guidelines can help make the three most valuable discussion scenarios a little more manageable. If you need help getting a foot in the door and are looking for St Louis jobs, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!