Generations in the Workplace

For the first time in American history, four different generations are sharing the workplace. While this is a unique and exciting time, it is important to understand that with four generations come four different sets of ideas, behaviors, attitudes, expectations, and motivators. As an employer, it is crucial to both understand and acknowledge these differences to avoid misunderstandings, and help your team work together effectively. While each individual employee may not portray all of their generation’s characteristics, understanding the generalizations of each can help you gain a competitive edge on recruiting, team building, managing, and ultimately, increasing productivity.

  • Traditionalists. The Traditionalists, also commonly known as the Veterans, Matures, the Silent Generation, and the Greatest Generation refers to employees born before 1945. These workers generally believe in building a lifetime career with a single employer and expect their employer to take care of them. Traditionalists typically respect authority, follow rules, and are hard workers. Most employees in this generation prefer a commanding and structured leadership style and do not require ongoing praise. Traditionalists tend to prefer one-on-one communication.
  • Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers are employees born between the years of 1946 and 1964. Maintaining a strong career and achieving professional accomplishments is extremely important to Baby Boomers. They tend to be workaholics who thrive on competition, personal fulfillment, quality, and involvement. Due to growing up during a time of reform, Baby Boomers often question authority and are not afraid of confrontation; however, they are team players. Like the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers also prefer one-on-one communication in the form of meetings and prefer feedback in the form of money or recognition.
  • Generation X. Generation X is the name given to people born between the years of 1965 and 1980. Although Gen Xers are hard workers, they also tend to seek more of a work/life balance than the Baby Boomers. These employees believe in acquiring skills they can use throughout different organizations as they tend to be more cautious when it comes to investing in relationships with employers. Generation Xers are known for being independent, entrepreneurial, enjoying freedom in the workplace, and constantly reevaluating their career paths. This generation prefers immediate feedback and email as opposed to in-person meetings.
  • Millennials. Also known as Generation Y, the Internet Generation, and the Echo Boomers. Millennials are the youngest employees in today’s workforce. Like Generation X, Millennials crave a work/life balance and lack workplace loyalty. Although they tend to be entrepreneurial and goal oriented, work is a means to an end. Many Millennials grew up multitasking so their attention spans tend to be short. Millennials are known for being social, confident, and extremely comfortable with technology as a preferred method of communication. They live for the moment, often speak their minds, and have high expectations of their workplaces. Millennials prefer instant feedback and recognition.

Multi-generational views truly enrich today’s workplace. As an employer, understanding the generational differences between your employees is the first step to determining what motivates them and how to best accommodate them. If you are looking for additional resources for today’s multi-generational workforce, contact the staffing experts at B. Loehr Staffing today!

Boosting Workplace Performance and Morale

Every employer’s goal is to have their organization run efficiently and produce great results. An excellent starting point for achieving this goal is to ensure that all team members are actively engaged and happy with their roles within the workplace. Creating an environment that encourages employees to work harder while maintaining a great sense of morale is key when it comes to improving workplace performance. To improve performance in your own company, take a look at the following strategies:

  • Flexibility. Incorporating flexibility into your workplace is highly beneficial to your business. Greater access to technology has made telecommuting or working from home a great option for some employees. Consider allowing your employees to work from home if their child is sick or leave a few hours early on Friday afternoon if they put in extra hours at the beginning of the week. If at all possible, try to be flexible with your employees’ start and end times. Finding ways to achieve a healthy work/life balance while maintaining productivity is now easier than ever.
  • Transparency. Transparency is vital to any organization aiming to be successful. Empower your supervisors to communicate frequently with their teams regarding their progress and areas for growth. Be open when it comes to answering questions that hit home to employees such as finances or improving benefits and be sure to offer both constructive as well as positive feedback.
  • Opportunities. Employees work harder when they have a goal to work towards. Keep your employees engaged by offering a chance for a promotion, a raise, or working on a special project. Let your employees know what opportunities are available to them and help them determine the right path to achieve the results they want.
  • Rewards. The success of your business often hinges on the satisfaction of your employees. A simple, yet highly effective way to improve employee satisfaction is to recognize the contributions they’ve made that have positively impacted the company.  Consider rewarding these employees with lunch on the company, a pay increase, a bonus, or an extra day off.

Improving your workplace is an ongoing effort, but following the above points will provide you with an excellent set of guidelines to reference at any time. B. Loehr Staffing is one of the top St. Louis staffing companies and thrives on helping businesses perform to their top potential. If you are looking to improve your workplace, contact B. Loehr Staffing today or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Having a Proactive Job Search in Missouri

Although the Internet may seem like a gold mine for job seekers, it can quickly turn into extremely frustrating territory. A common misconception among job seekers today is the feeling that they are not being active in their search unless they are submitting a large number of resumes; this simply is not true. While online tools provide great value, the more time you spend in front of your computer is less time you spend interacting with colleagues and key individuals who can be useful in helping you find your next job opportunity. Consider taking the following proactive approach and get your job search headed in the right direction.

  • Develop your targets. The very first step you should take in any job search is deciding what types of opportunities you want to focus on. Start thinking about the big picture, like industry and location, then work your way smaller to determine job title or function.  Next, consider your tactics. Will you attend career fairs or local networking events? Finally, compile your short list of target companies that regularly hire employees with your qualifications and skills. Following these steps will help you gain a better understanding of the level of experience required to secure interviews.
  • Present yourself. The perfect time to rework your resume is after you’ve compiled your list of target companies. This will help you create a focused resume geared towards the specific skills, experience, qualifications, and education that these companies frequently seek in potential employees, in turn, giving you an edge over the competition. This is also a great time to enhance your professional network. Former coworkers, friends, classmates, and pretty much anyone you know can be considered your professional network. Connect with as many people as you can to get word out about your job search.
  • Enhance your online visibility. There’s no way around it: potential employers and recruiters will Google you before you are contacted for an interview. If you aren’t already, get on board with LinkedIn, Twitter, or even create your own online portfolio by purchasing a URL in your name.

It is not far-fetched to say that job seeking is like a full-time job in itself.  By making sure you are using your time proactively, you can greatly increase your likelihood of finding your next job opportunity as smoothly and efficiently as possible. B. Loehr Staffing is one of the top St. Louis, Missouri hiring firms and prides itself in helping job seekers find their best job fit in a timely manner. If you are looking for help getting your job search underway, connect with B. Loehr Staffing today on Facebook, Twitter, or contact us directly!

Why Asking Questions is So Important

Having excellent answers to questions during an interview is of course important, but it isn’t everything. Asking your own set of questions during an interview can greatly increase your likelihood of being called back for a second interview or even receiving a job offer. Asking great questions shows the interviewer that you’ve done your homework: you care about this position, are interested in the company, and you’ve conducted your own research. Being prepared with your own questions during an interview will help you make the following impressions on your potential new employer:

  • You’re knowledgeable. Employers want to know that you’ve researched their company. Your questions should be thoughtful and intelligent, while showing that you’re already knowledgeable about the company, its competition, and its place in the industry.
  • You’re creative. Employers want to hire a candidate who will bring great ideas to the table. Show that you can and will do this by bringing some great ideas to the interview. Ask about the company’s goals and challenges. This provides a great opportunity for you` to give input on what you have to offer that would help solve those challenges or meet those goals to play your part in getting the company where it would like to be.
  • You’re excited. Your Interviewer will want to see that you’re excited about the possibility of being hired for the position. Demonstrate your enthusiasm by asking forward-thinking questions to show you’re looking at the big picture. This will show you are eager to excel and ready to hit the ground running if offered the position.
  • You care. Bad hires are costly for companies; this is why employers are looking for more than just the right skill set. They want to know they are hiring the candidate who truly wants to work for them. Consider asking questions about the company’s culture, day to day workflow, direction, and goals will show that you care about finding the company that is the right for you, not just a job to pay the bills.

It is important to keep in mind that an interview is a two-way street. Answering and asking your own set of questions will keep the conversation flowing with your interviewer and help you make a great impression – not to mention, possibly help you land the job! B. Loehr Staffing is the oldest staffing company in St. Louis, Missouri and prides itself on helping employers and candidates alike find their best fit for their needs. If you are looking for assistance to find your next job in St. Louis, Missouri, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today!

Hiring Challenges for the Changing Environment

Each new year comes with its own unique set of opportunities as well as challenges in the business world. While it’s safe to say most of us cannot predict the future, it is important to be proactive in your company’s recruiting efforts. Understanding potential challenges your company may face in recruiting is one of the best ways to gain an edge on the competition and hire the best candidates. Since we can’t be fortune tellers, one of the best steps you can take is to look at some of the most common hiring challenges companies face today:

  • Mobile recruiting. Thanks to the birth of smartphones and tablets, 25% of Internet users are now solely accessing the web through mobile devices and the majority of U.S. citizens keep their mobile devices within reach at all times. It should come as no surprise, then, that mobile recruiting is an excellent resource to tap. The challenge here is determining how to best optimize your mobile recruiting strategy to attract top candidates. The experience of surfing career pages and applying for open positions from a desktop computer is vastly different than that of a mobile device. Whether on a phone or a tablet, mobile screens are typically smaller and require more time for typing; keep these facts in mind when optimizing your mobile site. How can you make the experience easier and more intuitive for these users? Keep this in mind to make it easier for candidates to apply to your company from anywhere.
  • Skills gaps. Bridging the skills gap to fill open positions is a big challenge for companies everywhere. Focus on hiring the right candidates by making sure your own internal job descriptions present an accurate portrayal of the needed responsibilities and qualifications. Look for candidates who speak very specifically about their skills. Remember, clarity is key! You’ll also want to make it a point to set aside time to conduct reference checks for your final candidates. Speaking with former employees or colleagues about your potential new hire will give you the reassurance you are hiring the right employee for the job.

Anticipating, and even looking forward to challenges throughout the year can help you hire the employees your company needs to succeed. B. Loehr Staffing is committed to providing top of the line human resources management and helping companies maintain optimal staffing efficiency. If you are currently facing recruiting challenges and are looking for an honest and flexible Missouri staffing solution, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!