How to Turn a Bad Hire Into a Good Employee

Don’t fret. Even if you believe that you have made a poor decision in hiring the wrong employee, there are still ways to remedy this issue and avoid a costly mistake.

Find out what makes them tick

You’ve just brought on a new employee and they just aren’t making the natural progression that you expected. They don’t look comfortable in the role or maybe aren’t producing at a rate that’s necessary to succeed at this position. You’ve recognized that things aren’t going well so now you have to find a way to make this employee more valuable to the company. Would they respond better and be more enthusiastic with more responsibilities? Would their performance be better in a different department or on a different shift? Find out how you can make this employee more comfortable and watch them flourish.

Reassign them to a more suitable role

After becoming more familiar with a new employee, you may find that their skills are actually more suited for an entirely different position. It’s not fair to judge an employee’s abilities if they are not in a conducive role that matches their strengths.

Are they a workhorse or a leader?

Having both grunt workers and leaders on your team is crucial to operating a successful business. However, they are both valuable in very different ways. Workhorses are great for getting things done in a timely manner, no matter how repetitive or daunting the task is, they just put their heads down and grind. Leaders, on the other hand, are better at seeing the big picture, creating processes and delegating. Because of these major differences, serious issues can occur when a workhorse employee is put in a leadership role and vice versa. Make sure that this “bad employee” is in the right role.

What are they passionate about?

Understanding what your team is passionate about will help you be able to create processes and initiatives that they can support. Find a way to implement your “bad hire’s” passions into their work, and their productivity should turn around.

Could it be a quick fix?

Small things can add to or take away from the value of an employee. Maybe your employee is having issues at home because they keep missing their daughter’s sporting events and it’s starting to affect their performance at work. It could even be a simple as providing coffee in the break room to keep your employee energized throughout the day. Providing small accommodations for your employees can be the difference between a bad hire and a good employee.

For more staffing advice or to add a great hire to your already stellar office, light industrial factory or technical team, work with The Reserves Network. We have helped industry leaders in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Charlotte, Atlanta and all throughout the U.S. manage their teams and find the best candidates for their needs. Contact TRN today.

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5 Steps to Make a Smooth Transition to Your New Career

So, you’re ready to make a career change, but you’re not sure how to do it. Following these 5 steps will help you be prepared to put your best foot forward!

Have a Focus

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Before making a career change, make sure a change is what you want. Taking the time to truly dissect new options, whether it be with a new company or even a new field of work, is the most important first step.  Knowing exactly what you’re looking for and sticking with it will help you prepare for your transition.

Do Your Research

Once you’ve decided on where you’d like to go with your career, make sure you do your homework. Becoming an expert on your preferred field or company will only help you, and can make the transition process that much easier.

Set S.M.A.R.T Goals

Once you’ve done your research, you need to make sure your plan becomes a reality. Set SMART (S=specific, M=measurable, A=attainable, R=realistic, T=timely) guidelines to properly plan out your transition from your current role to your next.  You want to give yourself ample time to leave your current job and still be able to prepare for your next. If you are transitioning into a new field, giving yourself time to network with new contacts will help you gain insight and leads for a new position.

Tie Up Loose Ends

Once you have decided on a final day for your current job, make sure that you leave with your employer feeling as prepared as possible. Being certain that you leave your employer with the proper tools to get the job done without you will ensure future recommendation. You never know what connections you’ll need, and having contacts you can rely on to put in a good word for you is important.

Start Off Right

Once you start your new job, make an effort to make a great first impression. Know your dress code, and dress appropriately. Get to know your coworkers by eating lunch with them, or inviting them to get coffee sometime. They will be able to provide you with the best insights, and having a friendly relationship with your co-workers helps to increase productivity and happiness at work.

 

Following this model to changing your career will help get you on the best track for your new role. If you’re ready for a new start, check out http://trnstaffing.wpengine.com/find-your-next-job/ for positions near you!

References:

  1. Business Insider
  2. US News
  3. Top Achievement

 

Five Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout

Burnout, as defined by Merriam-Webster.com is the exhaustion of physical or mental strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration. Stress is a serious issue in the U.S. Studies show that 44 percent of Americans feel more stressed than they did five years ago. Much of this stress revolves around work. You have to get proactive in preventing employee burnout.

Listen to your employees

Actually taking the time to listen to your employees goes a long way to ensuring that your workers feel important. If you never take the time to get to know your employees and find out what makes them tick, then your employees are going to assume that you don’t care. This isolation and feeling of insignificance is a sure-fire way to create a frustrating work environment.

Pay attention to your team’s requests and listen to their ideas. This will not only prevent burnout, but it will generate a more conducive and productive workplace.

Provide a work-life balance

Some countries actually require employees to take vacation. When employees are given vacation days, they don’t have to resent work as much and are able to recharge their batteries from time to time. Employees who have a great work-life balance are happier and more productive.

Randomly reward your team

Sometimes a little surprise can go a long way. If your team has a great week, why surprise everyone with a catered lunch or by taking them out to a nice meal? If an employee has really impressed you lately, give them a little bonus for their hard work. Knowing that, at any time, something good could be just around the corner, will always keep spirits up and motivation high.

Promote a helpful and successful culture

Setting a precedence of teamwork and success creates an enjoyable work environment. This eliminates many of the frustrations of poor communication and office tension.

Clarity

When you are honest and transparent with your employees, it increases their trust and eliminates workplace anxiety. Give your employees clear goals and a path for success and they will reward you with a positive morale and a great work ethic. Employees with a clear understanding of what they are expected to do and what they need to do to advance in their career are much less likely to experience employee burnout.

For more management advice for your Columbus marketing firm, Chicago light industrial factory, Milwaukee office or Tampa Bay auto plant, work with The Reserves Network. We are a full-service management and staffing firm that has been helping industry leaders for years. Contact The Reserves Network today.

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The Reserves Network Accepting Harvest for Hunger Donations at Eight Area Locations

HFH LogoThe Reserves Network, a regional staffing service for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets, will be collecting donations for the 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign at each of its eight Northern Ohio locations from March 11-April 11.

Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest food and funds drives in the country. Suggested food donation items include: canned soup and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereal; suggested household product donations include: laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, tooth brushes and toothpaste.

The Reserves Network will be accepting item drop offs weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the next 30 days at the following locations:

Akron – 1704 W. Market Street

Brunswick – 3917 Center Road

Elyria – 541 Midway Blvd.

Fairview Park (Company Headquarters) – 22021 Brookpark Road

Garfield Hts. – 12575 Rockside Road

Geneva – 768 South Broadway

Lakewood – 13609 Detroit Ave.

Mentor – 9409 Mentor Ave.

“The Reserves Network is proud to be a part of this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign,” says Neil Stallard, CEO of The Reserves Network. “This is an extremely important cause that in some way touches each of us within our community. In addition to the donations we will be making as a company, our hope is that our office locations will provide a convenient drop-off point for anyone looking to make contributions.”

Harvest for Hunger provides critical resources to local hunger relief organizations in twenty one counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio. Last year, businesses, supermarkets, schools and individuals across the region came together and contributed enough resources to provide over 15 million meals.

For additional information, you can contact The Reserves Network at 866-TRN-2020 or moreinfo@TRNstaffing.com.

How To Make The First Week At A New Job Less Awkward

Settling into a new position takes time. You may forget where the fax machine is or which Jessica was in charge of the marketing department. Only time will change the fact that you are “the new kid.” However, there are ways to smooth out the onboarding process and make yourself more comfortable in your new role.

Know that it isn’t personal

For your co-workers, your first week is just business as usual. Don’t take it personally if they are too busy stressing about deadlines to give you a warm welcome, it doesn’t mean they dislike you or aren’t willing to be helpful.

Don’t fake it

New employees always want to be able to do it all and hit the ground running. However, knowing when to ask questions is a highly underrated trait of great workers and leaders.

Think About It: If you pretend to know something that you don’t, it will inevitably lead to poor results in performance. That can be damaging to the company. On the other hand, if you ask a few questions, all it costs the company is some time to educate and train a new employee. Which do you think the company would prefer?

Be a sponge

Use your first few days to really listen and adapt to your environment. Ask yourself, “Who is helpful? How are things done around here? Who should I be emulating?”

You don’t want to come on too strong and start off on the wrong foot from the beginning. Even the most outgoing professionals should make an effort to listen and understand first before putting in their two cents.

Get to know your co-workers

The employees that you have met through the interview process may not always be available to answer your questions. Getting to know your co-workers, especially those in your department, but also those in other departments of the company will help you adapt to this new organization. Developing a rapport with your close co-workers will make your day-to-day collaborations much smoother and easier. Establishing relationships with other employees across your new company will help paint the big picture of what goes on at your office every day. Focus on more seasoned employees or the receptionist in your early days, as they will have a better understanding of all of the employees and the company culture.

Challenge yourself to really get some face-to-face time with your team. Ask them out to lunch. This may take you out of your comfort zone but quality face time with your close co-workers is not only a great start to generating a good rapport, but it may give you a better insight into what your day-to-day will look like.

For more professional advice, career guidance or to find your next dream office job in Akron, light industrial opening in Chicago or technical opportunity in Atlanta, contact The Reserves Network today. We are elite recruiters trusted by industry experts across the U.S.

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Avoid These Four Major Recruiting Mistakes By Working With A Pro

Staffing woes are almost unavoidable. Young companies may have only been around the block once just to catch their bearings and don’t know all of the expert tips and tricks when it comes to hiring new employees. As for older, more established companies, hiring is always an immediate need to keep up the pace. The benefits of working with a staffing agency are clear, however the drawbacks may not be so evident.

Problem: Reducing candidates to lists

It’s easy when you are on a deadline to view candidates as their qualifications and accomplishments, instead of who they are as a worker and an individual. When you rate candidates by how they stack up to your list of qualifications, it makes them two dimensional.

Solution: Look below the surface

Hiring candidates who check all the boxes but don’t fit in to the company culture can lead to a lack in productivity and morale. Hire candidates who are passionate about what you do and eager to learn and grow with the company.

Problem: Poor job descriptions

A poorly written job description can attract the wrong candidates and deter the right ones.

Solution: Be realistic

Overly focusing on unrealistic or even unnecessary expectations can dry up your pool of candidates very quickly. Encourage candidates who are slightly underqualified in their experience but overqualified in their capabilities to apply. Also provide a realistic scope of “a day in the life” of this position. A poor or inaccurate job description may cause a new hire to jump ship when they realize the job wasn’t what they had expected. This can be a very costly mistake.

Problem: Negotiable salaries

Yes, candidates can have a wide range of abilities and salary expectations and it is wise to, when possible, compensate for this by leaving some wiggle room in the budget for a given position. However, when you specify this salary range right out of the gate, you are at risk limiting your candidate pool before you even get a chance to “negotiate” anything.

Solution: Don’t list a salary

If you do not have a stringent budget to stick to then don’t list a salary range. Let the candidates come to you based on the job description and the company culture. This gives you the opportunity to negotiate with candidates who may have originally considered themselves out of your price range. It also allows candidates who are confident in their abilities but may consider themselves underqualified solely based on the salary.

The Reserves Network can help guide you along the hiring process. We know how to hire for the big picture, find the right pay scale for your candidates, avoid bulky application processes and use all of our resources to find the perfect office staff, light industrial workers and technical professionals from Cleveland to Atlanta and Charlotte to Orlando. Contact The Reserves Network today for expert staffing advice and more.

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Summit Technical Wins Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing® Client Award

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Summit Technical, a contract and direct placement staffing services for engineering, software and professional designers, has won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their customers.

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. On average, customers of winning agencies are nearly three times as likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

Focused on helping companies in the across the U.S. and Canada find the right people for their job openings, Summit Technical  focuses on a narrow set of technical disciplines relative to the overall market. The company received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 73-percent of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 27 percent. Award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

“To be recognized for this accolade is truly rewarding,” says Jeff Casey, vice president, Summit Technical. “When an award is chosen based on the opinions and feedback of our valued clients it makes the tribute even more meaningful. It also validates our goal to make sure we are providing customer service at the highest level possible.”

Additionally, Summit Technical’s parent company, The Reserves was recognized as Best of Staffing® Client Award winner for a third time in company history.

“Leaders of growing companies are more committed than ever to staying flexible in this stable yet volatile market, making staffing firms the most viable employment partnership,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “Finding the best staffing partner with a proven commitment to service excellence can be really tough. BestofStaffing.com is the place to find the winning agencies that place talent with the skills you need in your city or state. We are very proud of the 2016 award winners.”

Job seekers and businesses can reach Summit Technical at (800) 643-7372 or visit www.summit-technical.com.

TempWise Wins Inavero’s 2016 Best of Staffing® Client Award

Tampa, Fla. – TTEMPWISE-W&B-LOGO-2015empWise, a full service, professional staffing company and a leader in personnel service with
in the Tampa Bay area has won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their customers.

Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients. On average, customers of winning agencies are nearly three times as likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

Focused on helping companies in the Tampa market find the right people for their job openings, TempWise received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 89-percent of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 27 percent. Award winners make up less than two percent of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada who earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.

“To be recognized for this accolade is truly rewarding,” says Lee Rachelson, regional director for TempWise. “When an award is chosen based on the opinions and feedback of our valued clients it makes the tribute even more meaningful. It also validates our goal to make sure we are providing customer service at the highest level possible.”

Additionally, TempWise’s parent company, The Reserves was recognized as Best of Staffing® Client Award winner for a third time in company history.

“Leaders of growing companies are more committed than ever to staying flexible in this stable yet volatile market, making staffing firms the most viable employment partnership,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “Finding the best staffing partner with a proven commitment to service excellence can be really tough. BestofStaffing.com is the place to find the winning agencies that place talent with the skills you need in your city or state. We are very proud of the 2016 award winners.”

Job seekers and businesses can reach TempWise at (813) 258-4101 or visit www.tempwise.com.