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A Look at 5 Important Company Culture Offerings

April 23rd, 2020

If you’re looking to grow your company and keep your current employees happy, you must have important offerings within your company culture. A great job that builds skills isn’t enough in such a competitive environment anymore, so companies who want to decrease employee turnover and attract the best talent must consider employee happiness overall. This is where company culture plays a major role.

5 Company Culture Offerings to Stand Out

Consider these important company culture offerings to keep your current employees happy and attract top talent.

Clear Company Mission

Employees want to feel like they are contributing to the company’s success. Completing daily tasks can be mundane, but employees are more driven in all their work when they understand how it fits within the company’s mission or goals. Be sure to communicate the clear mission during the onboarding (even interview) process and naturally integrate it into daily operations. 

Whenever you need the company united to achieve an overarching goal, or even a smaller one, communicate it to your staff so everyone understands their value and role.

Accessible Leadership

Happy and positive workers feel that they can approach their boss or supervisors no matter what. Whether they want to discuss a question, a problem they’re having, or growth opportunities, it’s important that your employees can reach their leaders and feel comfortable doing so. Without this element in company culture, employees can feel intimidated, which can lead to overall job dissatisfaction.

Financial Wellbeing

Companies must try their best to pay their employees competitive wages and offer comprehensive benefits whenever possible. This will not only contribute to the overall wellbeing of workers but will also help employees feel compelled to stick around for the long-term. 

Many companies decide to add fun incentives for exceeding goals or finishing projects. This is another cost-effective way to motivate your employees and contribute to their financial wellbeing.

Healthy Lifestyle

In many ways, employee wellness is a cornerstone offering for company culture. When employees are healthier, they are able to contribute better work, more consistently. Offering incentives for being active, longer lunch breaks to accommodate a workout, or even partnering with fitness facilities to offer discounts for your employees are all ideas to promote a healthy lifestyle at the workplace.

Another option to promote healthy living is to stock your kitchen or break room with healthy snacks and beverages that can give your employees an energy boost without weighing them down and making them feel sluggish.

Mental Health

A complete healthy lifestyle also includes your mental health. It’s essential to consider the mental health of your employees by being aware of when things may be too stressful or overwhelming at work. Touch base with your employees, formally or informally, to monitor signs of burnout or stress. You should also be sure that your health benefits include mental health, so your employees feel like they can seek professional help if it’s ever needed.

Top talent is hard to find. Attract the most qualified candidates, and keep your current employees happy and excited for growth, by including essential offerings in your company culture.

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The Art of Delegating and How to Be Better at It

March 26th, 2020

Every strong manager must learn to delegate because even the most proficient leader can’t do everything alone. Delegating work is essential to creating a healthy and productive office culture. 

Unfortunately, many managers feel more in control when they try to shoulder as much work as possible. Not only can that backfire and lead to burnout, but it can show your employees that you don’t have confidence in their abilities. This can negatively impact the office environment and lead to low morale. Plus, all of this can even lead to employee turnover. 

Become a Better Delegator and Boss

To build a strong office that is confident, works as a team, and is productive, it’s essential to delegate regularly and confidently.

Plan How You Delegate

When you sit down to plan a project or strategize, one thing you must include in your preparation is how you will delegate tasks. This way, you can consider who can handle different functions of a big project without getting too far along and missing opportunities to delegate. 

Give Employees a Chance to Work on Their Skills

As you decide how and when to delegate to your employees, consider giving them tasks that can help them become a stronger professional. While many times you will delegate work that fits within an employee’s strengths, there will also be times when you can give an employee a chance to improve their skills.

Feel More Trusted & More Engaged

Over time, as you continue to delegate to your team, you will build trust with your employees. They’ll be more motivated to perform to their highest potential as they see that you are confident in their abilities. All of these positive outcomes help foster a healthy and engaged work environment.

Delegating isn’t always easy, but understanding some of the benefits of this essential leadership skill can help lead your team to greater morale, productivity, and success.

Grow a Team with Top Talent

Maybe you’re realizing that your team could use a few extra players who you can confidently delegate some of your work to. Work with the professionals at Concorde Personnel to help you find top talent and help grow your team with temporary or permanent employees.

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Minimizing the Influence of Unconscious Bias

February 20th, 2020

One of the biggest reasons for employee turnover is that they just don’t fit within the company culture. Needless to say, it’s important then that hiring managers consider not only the qualifications for new hires but also their ability to fit within the already-established company culture.

Unfortunately, too much focus on company culture can lead to unintentional bias when hiring, and that also has ramifications, including missing out on fantastic talent for your company.

So how can you navigate the balance of being inclusive for qualified candidates while still being mindful of company culture?

Minimize Unconcious Bias for Your Hiring 

Life experiences, background, and upbringing can all play a role in the fostering of unconscious bias. This makes it especially hard, even for good-natured people, to eliminate its influence during the interview and hiring process. Thankfully, there are a few things that companies can do to minimize the impact of unconscious bias. Following this advice can help you make qualified hires that fit within your company culture, as well as staying inclusive.

Provide Staff Training

The best way to tackle unconscious bias is to make your staff aware of it in the first place. Raising awareness of it and its impact on everything from recruitment to workplace culture, to business success, will help people begin to combat it. There are both online and in-person workshops to help people identify and work through any unconscious bias they may have. They will also learn more about legal implications and strategies to create a more inclusive workplace.

Use Inclusive Job Descriptions

It makes perfect sense that another place to minimize unconscious bias in the hiring process is in the job description itself. Excessive, industry-specific jargon can deter highly skilled and qualified workers who are outside of the industry. This could mean that you miss out on star talent for no reason except word choices. You should also separate essential and required skills from desired or special skills. This can widen your pool of candidates who are still qualified but less likely to apply unless they meet every criteria. 

Bring In Outside Hiring Perspectives

To have a more balanced and inclusive hiring process, consider bringing in outside hiring professionals to help with recruiting and interviews. They can create a shortlist of candidates as well as sitting in on the interviews for a more diverse perspective.

Find Qualified Workers for Your Company

Concorde Personnel is the Tri-State area’s most trusted staffing agency.  Contact us today to find qualified employees to help your company succeed.

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Help Your Employees Boost Productivity

January 24th, 2020

With all of the technological developments of how to tell time and track how we spend our time, we still have only 24 hours in a day. It comes as no surprise, then, that productivity is a prized attribute in the business world. As a manager, one of your biggest concerns is how to boost productivity because, at the end of the day, time is money and money is time. 

Unfortunately, some of the ways that workers try to boost productivity are misguided. These mistakes in productivity practices could be bad habits or misconceptions, but it’s time to make 2020 a year of higher productivity and better job performance.

Productivity Tips to Help Your Employees

These tips are proven to improve performance in the workplace.

Encourage Better Breaks

Sometimes when employees face a fast-approaching deadline, they decide to “power through” by skipping lunch breaks, coffee breaks, or even cutting time with family in the evenings. Unfortunately, while this may seem to be the best way to meet a deadline, it’s counterproductive and damaging to the quality of their work. 

Instead, encourage power breaks. These breaks can include a walk outside to recharge. Stepping away from their work will allow your employees to get a natural burst of energy. Coming back to work, your employees can approach their work with a fresh perspective.

Fight Back Against Procrastination

Procrastination can be a temptation for many. Some workers are perfectionists, so instead of doing good work on time or early, they get stuck trying to be perfect and risk not finishing at all. Others are intimidated by something challenging and may delay their work out of fear. Still, others may procrastinate out of not being challenged enough, and they become unmotivated. Whatever the reason, procrastination is the opposite of productivity.

To fight back the urge to procrastinate on a particular project, teach your employees how to schedule their days effectively. Difficult and challenging work should be done first thing in the morning. Getting this work right away will make them feel even more productive, which can boost their productivity all day long.

Foster Collaboration

A lot of professionals feel like they can do it all on their own. But actually, some of the best work is done in duos or teams. This dynamic tends to make work more enjoyable and therefore turns up productivity. Collaboration also allows for more creative thinking and problem-solving, which can be very useful when tackling something new.

Manage a Team Filled with Star Talent

To boost talent on your team, find the best workers with help from Concorde Personnel.

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Best Strategies for Recruiting Passive Talent

December 20th, 2019

If you’re having a hard time filling your open positions, it’s easy to get frustrated. After all, most often the perfect job candidates are already employed. This doesn’t mean all of these candidates are perfectly happy at their current job and wouldn’t switch for the right opportunity. 

To find passive talent to fill your open positions, you need to create a separate hiring strategy. While this may seem like a lot of work upfront, it’s worth it to find the right candidate. 

4 Strategic Ways to Recruit Passive Talent

Here are four proven ways to attract passive talent to your company and any open positions that you may have.

Be Proactive on Social Media

It’s important to be visible when it comes to social media. LinkedIn and Facebook are both great options, but these days, it will take more than just creating a profile. Create groups, educational videos, or virtual hangouts to connect with both your own employees and passive talent in your industry. You can also reach out to specific passive candidates who you think would be a good fit for your company. Whether you discuss job opportunities or invite them to these social media events, making connections is essential.

Get Involved with the Professional Community

Your community has professional networking groups and events, and it’s essential that you are there as well. Creating a presence in your community can help passive talent know more about the company and will make you stay top-of-mind if and when they are looking for a new job opportunity. 

Encourage Employee Referrals

Some of your best resources to find new employees are your current employees. A current employee may have a friend who is looking for a job that will be a perfect fit for your company. A current worker will also be sure to make a quality referral because it’s a reflection on them as well. Some companies decide to create referral incentive programs but to test drive this strategy, you can simply encourage it!

Maintain a Database

As you begin to implement these strategies for recruiting passive talent, it’s important that these efforts don’t go to waste. Maintain a database of passive, yet potential talent, who you can contact when the right job opportunity becomes available.

Find the Right Talent for Your Open Positions

If you want professional help finding the best talent for your open positions or are looking to implement other recruiting and hiring strategies, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Minimize Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

November 20th, 2019

The holiday season is just around the corner! While many people are excited about the celebrations, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for some people. As a leader of your team, you need to pay attention to employee performance as well as employee well-being. During the holiday season, you should do your best to reduce your employees’ stress levels. This can lead to greater productivity and also lead to an increase in employee satisfaction.

3 Ways to Reduce Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

Here are three easy tips to minimize your employees’ stress during this busy time of year. 

Encourage Casual Dress for Holiday Functions

Most companies will have at least one holiday event. While this is a great time to celebrate, for some of your employees, it may add some stress to their life. Encourage your employees to be a bit more casual for the holiday functions, regardless of how fancy the food may be. Being able to dress casually can also help your employees feel more at ease throughout the entire workday and can lead to an increase in employee happiness and productivity. 

Schedule Holiday Events During Normal Hours

Employees will want to attend the holiday events, but it’s an extremely busy time of year. Do your absolute best to schedule any and all holiday events or activities during normal business hours so your employees can celebrate without being stressed about losing time to tend to other responsibilities. Remember, attendance at these events can boost employee morale, so you want your employees to be excited to attend.

Limit Mandatory Overtime

During such a busy time of year, it’s important that work is completed before PTO is used. Encourage your employees to get their work done, but limit mandatory overtime to reduce stress.

Keep Your Office Running Smoothly Throughout The Year

If you need help staffing your office to remain productive and running smoothly, contact Concorde Personnel.

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How Does Your ATS Help You Hire the Best Candidates

August 26th, 2019

Hiring the best candidate is a tough task, to say the least. Thankfully both large and small companies alike can benefit from ATS, or applicant tracking systems.

What is an ATS?

An applicant tracking system is a software program or tool that automates, streamlines, and improves the hiring process. From receiving applications to hiring employees, these systems can be as comprehensive as needed, allowing you to save time during the hiring process while improving the quality of candidates you consider.

3 Ways to Use Your ATS to Hire the Best Candidates

Even professionals who use ATS to hire candidates might not use them as effectively as possible. To utilize your ATS to hire the best candidates possible, consider these three helpful tips.

Leverage Database of Past Candidates

As new positions open up at your company, you will continue to receive more first-time applicants. But what about past candidates who weren’t right for the job then, but are now? There is no efficient way to find these past candidates using another system. Your ATS, however, will keep profiles of all candidates, making it easier for you to consider them for any new position.

Take Action on Data

In today’s world, sophisticated systems can collect a wide variety of data. Utilize these important stats to effortlessly sort and compare candidates, merge duplicate contacts, and review passive candidates. You can also use your ATS for help with background checks, reference checks, personality assessments, and other information that is valuable when making your hiring decision.

Communicate Regularly

Applicant tracking systems make it easy to communicate with applicants regularly and professionally. This helps you save time and also build relationships, which will attract the right candidate, especially when a job offer is on the table.

Compare Qualified Candidates to Find the Right Fit

If you are looking for more candidates to fill your open jobs in this challenging recruitment market, contact Concorde Personnel for expert advice and assistance to recruit the best talent for your open positions. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in Westchester is ready to help!

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Are You a New Boss? Properly Build Strong Workforce Relationships

June 25th, 2019

Becoming a new boss is an exciting and important step in your career! This step of growth will bring about new challenges that will eventually propel you even further, but it can be intimidating in the beginning.

One of the most important things you must do as a new boss or manager is to build strong and professional workforce relationships. These relationships will help make you and your entire team more successful.

Two Ways to Properly Build Strong Relationships with Your Workforce

As you settle into your new role as a manager, one of your first tasks should be to build cohesive and strong relationships with your team. Follow these two suggestions to help make this possible.

Establish Boundaries

As a new boss, your relationships in the office need to adjust. It’s crucial to do this as soon as possible. If you’re unsure how to start, first take some time to think about your own superiors and how they interacted with you. These boundaries can help you establish your own. You can also ask a mentor some questions:

  • How often do you check in on employees throughout the day?
  • How do you treat co-workers who are now under your leadership?
  • How do you welcome new employees?

Reach Out to Your New Peers & Build Connections

Now that you are a manager, you should get to know the other managers in your company. They will face similar challenges that you will face, like managing employees, meeting deadlines, keeping schedules and budgets, etc. Ask them questions, seek advice, and build relationships so you have strong connections with your new peers at the workplace.

Need to Staff Your Team?

As you begin to build your team, contact Concorde Personnel for expert advice and assistance to recruit the best talent for your open positions. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in Westchester is ready to help!

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Which Candidate Do You Want: One Who Knows a Little of Everything or a Lot about One Thing?

April 9th, 2019

There are many different kinds of candidates that you will interview as a hiring manager. Two who are on opposite sides of the spectrum are the “jack of all trades” and “the master of one.” So which one is the better choice?

Who is the Better Hire?

While this will ultimately depend on the industry and job position, let’s break it down.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Little About Everything

  • Diverse Skill Set

A candidate who knows a little bit about a lot of topics possesses a diverse skill set that allows them to remain competitive in this fast-paced world. They are versatile, confident and proficient in their abilities to add value with the skills they’ve acquired, and if those skills match your company’s needs, they can be a great hire.

  • Adaptable & Flexible

Since this candidate is used to learning new skills, they are comfortable if they have to learn new skills or information on the fly. Whether it’s a new software system, a new client, or a change in processes, this candidate is able to adapt.

  • Long-Term Learner

A candidate who knows a bit of everything is used to learning new things of varying complexities. This is a great strength in a candidate because you can rely on their ability and willingness to learn new things when the need arises.

  • Great for Leadership Roles

A leader is someone who knows almost every aspect of a business rather than just one area or department. This is a great opportunity to hire this particular candidate if you’re looking for an employee who can grow into leadership roles.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Lot About One Thing

  • Expertise is Valuable

It’s rare to find a candidate who is so knowledgeable in a particular area to be considered an expert. This can be a huge benefit for your company if you want this employee to help with training other employees or need someone who can propel your company to success within a specific discipline.

  • Quality in Productivity

While productivity is crucial to a company’s success, quality work is of even greater importance. For a company to be productive and still produce quality work is becoming a challenge but a candidate who is so knowledgeable in one discipline can help turn that around. This can help the company save time and money as well.

  • Save Time in Training

If you choose to hire a candidate who is an expert in their particular field or discipline, you can rest assured that you will save time in training them during the onboarding process. Aside from company-specific policies, they will be ready to hit the ground running which can help your team be successful faster.

  • Can Learn More When Required

An employee who is an expert in their specific discipline clearly demonstrates their ability to learn and excel. This means that if you need them to add on to their skill set, they will be able to do so – and become completely competent in that area as well. This is a very promising quality when looking to add to your team.

Grow Your Pool of Qualified Candidates

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The Job Market is Tight. What Does the Passive Talent Want the Switch Jobs (Then Stay There!)

February 7th, 2019

The job market is incredibly tight, which can make finding qualified and driven workers tough. If you’re not finding recruiting success with the methods you’ve been doing, then it’s time to take a new approach.

3 Ways to Catch the Attention of Passive Talent

If you’re having a hard time finding workers in the tight job market or keeping new hires, consider these three suggestions.

Create an Online Persona that is Exciting

Recruiting talent is not just about a job posting. Take time to enhance your online presence and create a persona that is exciting for active or passive talent. First and foremost, invest in your own website. It’s important that your website is inviting as well as informative. Your employee bios should be friendly and professional.

You also need to do your best to carry out that image or persona to your social media pages as well. Everything from Facebook to LinkedIn should be considered a place to attract prospective or passive talent.

Personalize the Recruiting, Interview, and Onboarding Processes

Stand out from other hiring companies and personalize your processes. Everything from early recruitment emails to onboarding your new hire should be personalized. This is often overlooked, especially in the recruiting process, but can make a major difference when trying to attract new talent and also make your new hires feel confident and comfortable.

Simple gestures like using the candidate’s name in emails or during the interview are very effective. During the onboarding process, be sure to tailor the experience to what will be most valuable to your new hire. Also, feel free to engage in harmless chatting during lunch in their first week. Getting to know your new hire, even if it’s just what sports they like to watch, will help ease some nerves and make them feel welcome and excited to be at your company.

Provide Continuous Feedback – Even for Small Milestones

Be available to answer any questions for your new hire. Let them know right away that they can always come to you for clarification. You should also provide continuous feedback so that your new hire can be successful early on. It’s also important that you recognize small achievements, especially in the beginning.

These strategies can be attractive reasons for passive talent to switch their jobs – and stay for the long haul.

Attract Strong Talent for Your Company

To attract the right talent to help your company succeed, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top staffing agency in Westchester.

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