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Want to Get Ahead? Work on This

September 28th, 2016

Looking for ways to stand out at work? Trying to impress your boss? It might not be as complicated as you think. Many companies are looking for their employees to possess basic office and people skills. We’ll bring you back to the basics and as you master them, you’ll find yourself excelling in the office.

Get Ahead by Mastering these Skills

  • Listen & Respond. Truly listening and giving relevant responses is the first major way to impress your coworkers and superiors. So often, it’s easy to get distracted in conversations and meetings. It’s also common to only think about your response before the person talking has even finished their piece. Truly listening in meetings and conversations is very important and something your coworkers will appreciate. Email communication is quite possibly the most common way to discuss ideas in the office. Read each email with full attention (same as listening) and when it comes time for you to respond, be thorough and timely.
  • Be accountable. It’s impossible to get ahead in the office if your coworkers can’t rely on you. Be accountable and reliable. Confess if you’ve made a mistake (we all make them!) and always put forth your best effort in the work you are meant to complete. Your honesty and accountability will help gain your coworkers’ trust and favorability.
  • Be a team player. Working in a company, you are automatically working on a team, no matter the size of the department you work in. Being on a team means you are open to collaboration and flexibility. Be supportive, open to new ideas, and be ready to help if needed. To get ahead and maybe take on a role in leadership, you first need to prove that you can play well and do good work on a team.
  • Continue to learn. The journey to “get ahead” is never-ending. Have the mindset that there is always more for you to learn, always room to improve. Continuing to better yourself will set you apart from other employees and your superiors will take notice. They’ll want to give more responsibility (reward) to the thirsty, thoughtful and trustful team player.

The Get-Ahead Track

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Happy at Work: Best 5 Incentive Ideas for Short-term Employees

September 22nd, 2016


Employee incentive programs are designed to motivate and inspire employees in workplaces everywhere. Therefore, it only makes perfect sense to provide incentives for both permanent employees as well as temp workers. There are several ways to give deserving workers thoughtful incentives without taking on a time consuming program or spending a fortune.

If you want more productive and happier employees, here are the top 5 short-term employee incentives you can start using now.

Printed Certificates – A super easy (and cheap) way to provide short-term incentives is to print out recognition certificates for your employees. You can design and print free certificates of achievement online, and customize them for each employee. Then be sure to present them, along with a balloon or a coupon for a free lunch to your temps who have demonstrated work beyond their duties.

Gift and Prepaid Cards– One of the easiest ways to provide incentives for short-term employees is to purchase gift cards in bulk from local vendors. Choose retail, restaurant and entertainment cards so that employees can enjoy some quality family time outside of work. For more substantial rewards, purchase prepaid Visa gift cards and present them at the conclusion of staff contests or large projects.

Discount Programs – A great way to add value to your work benefits and a nice incentive for short-term employees is to include them in a corporate sponsored discount program. This can include relationships with local vendors, such as restaurants and retail establishments, fitness centers, daycares, and even housing management companies – who can all offer a substantial discount to your workers.

Paid Time Off – Because short-term employees are not generally able to benefit from paid time off incentives of their full time counterparts, using a PTO incentive program for temp workers can be very helpful. Offer a half hour of time off for every 8 hour shift completed, and allow temps to take much needed time off with pay for important appointments and personal days.

Contract Bonuses – Oftentimes, it can be difficult to keep good workers, particularly those who are temps. Provide an incentive to short-term employees who complete their full contract with an attractive cash bonus at the end. You’ll be amazed at the number of temps who work hard to  ensure they receive this bonus, increasing your productivity and practically paying for this incentive.

Want quality temporary staff to fill key roles at your company? Partner with the career experts at Concorde Personnel today!




3 Ways to Improve Retention in Finance and Accounting

September 14th, 2016

You’ve found fantastic, hard-working, and talented employees. Now, you want to be sure to keep them with your company. It’s not as easy as it seems in the finance and accounting job market, where employees aren’t expected to grind it out at a job that isn’t fulfilling to them. The good news is that there are some benefits you can provide your employees to keep them happily contributing to your company and content to stay for whatever the future holds.

Continued Education and Training Programs

A great way to keep employees excited and excelling at your company is to provide them with continued training or educational programs. Hold seminars, workshops, and even courses to allow your employees to stay ahead of the trends in the finance or accounting world. Whether you bring speakers or workshops to the office, pay for webinars, or obtain group rates for conferences, this workplace perk will not only make your employees realize their value with your company, but it also helps bolster their knowledge and experience base to better perform at your company.

Flexible Schedules

Flexible work schedules have grown in popularity over the last several years, and it can be especially relevant for the financial and accounting industries that have periods of down time. Allow your employees to work flexible hours, or even in flexible locations (from home or remote). This little bit of freedom is extremely rewarding and valued by your employees and there are plenty of ways to monitor productivity.  You can also look at rewarding performance with extra PTO or vacation days.

Fair Compensation

Chances are, you already pay your employees a competitive salary or wage. Now, be sure that you are giving them opportunities for yearly reviews and opportunities for increases in their compensation. While monetary rewards are not the only way to reward employees doing great work, (look at the other ways above), it is a significant factor in retaining your talented and goal-oriented employees. Set up a performance-based bonus or raise structure, and make the criteria clear. Every little incentive works in improving morale and performance, so small raises or compensation bonuses will be exciting to your employees.

Improve Retention Today!

If you’re looking for the top talent that is ready to make a lasting impact on your organization, contact Concorde Personnel today. With our great team of recruiters, we are a top staffing agency in White Plains and can find the talent that will help you now!

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