How to Forge A Better Relationship with Your Boss

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One of the greatest factors contributing to happiness and success at work is how good, or how bad, your relationship with your boss is.  A bad relationship with your boss can stagnate your career and prevent upward mobility with your employer.

To create and maintain a healthy, productive, and successful working relationship with your boss, here are a few things of which to be mindful.

 

  1. Perspective

If some of your manager’s demands seem unreasonable, take a moment and view the situation from their perspective. Empathize with their position and evaluate the circumstances for their requests.

 

  1. Ask for Feedback

Check in regularly with your boss to see if there is anything you can improve upon. If you are planning to apply for a promotion, your supervisor’s evaluation of your work is invaluable.

 

  1. Offer to Help

Volunteering to assist with additional tasks demonstrates leadership skills and can help prove that you are capable of advancement within the organization. Additionally, offering to help shows you are a good team player.

 

  1. Respect Your Boss

Treating your superior with respect is a workplace expectation. Failure to do so could seriously curtail your ability to advance in your career.

 

  1. Communication

Establish an open line of communication with your boss. Discuss important issues in person and address time-sensitive matters immediately. Do not solely rely on email – make the effort to interact with your boss face-to-face as much as possible.

 

  1. Try to Connect

Bosses are humans too. Take time to get to know your boss and converse about topics outside work. Find similar interests to forge a connection that is more personal.

 

  1. Accountability

If you make a mistake, own up to it. Keep your promises. If you find yourself unable to meet a deadline, inform your boss without delay. Do not make excuses, blame others, or attempt to avoid responsibility for your actions and decisions.

 

  1. Avoid Gossip

Do not participate in office gossip or controversial discussions. Avoid conflict at work and side step office drama.

A strong relationship with your boss positively contributes to fulfillment and happiness with your job. Since the average time spent at one job is almost 4 ½ years, ensuring a strong relationship with your boss important. If you want to learn more about ways to work on, strengthen, and improve your relationship with your existing boss or potentially a new one, contact the The Reserves Network today.

 

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The Reserves Network Takes Part in 2018 Harvest for Hunger Campaign

The Reserves Network’s Northeast Ohio branch offices and its Corporate Headquarters in Fairview Park, Ohio had the opportunity to take part in the 2018 Harvest for Hunger Food Drive Campaign. Together, 480 pounds of food and household products were collected and donated.

The items were collected throughout the month of May at TRN’s area locations.  The amount of food and household products raised translated into roughly 400 nutritious meals for hungry families throughout the region.

Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation. It provides critical resources to local hunger relief organizations in 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio.

Donations for TRN’s campaign were made by staff and customers. The company’s Mentor, Ohio office was named TRN’s “Outstanding Food Drive Collection Branch.” This teamed up with local customers to donate several boxes to the cause and have made plans to collaborate again for similar food drives throughout the year.

“Thanks to the support of organizations like The Reserves Network, the 2018 Harvest for Hunger campaign is able to provide more than 22 million meals to the community this year,” says Alyssa Giannirakis, Manager of Corporate Relations at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “We are grateful for their support as we work towards ensuring that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.”

 

About The Reserves Network
Since 1984, The Reserves Network has been providing staffing services to office, industrial, professional and technical markets. The family and veteran-owned company places nearly 20,000 employees at its 40+ operating locations in the Midwest, Southeast and Northeast—this includes temporary, temporary-to-hire and direct-hire placements. For more information, visit www.TRNstaffing.com.

Preparing for a Future Without Baby Boomers in the Workplace

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What’s often called the Greatest Generation is preparing to retire. Baby Boomers make up nearly 27% of the entire manufacturing workforce, and 10,000 are retiring each day. While this may bode well for creating more job openings, younger generations lack the skills and experience to pick up the slack in certain industries.

Thankfully, there are steps employers can take to create a record of tribal knowledge before it’s completely lost.

 

  1. Appreciate the Importance of Tribal Knowledge

Experience must be appreciated, and tribal knowledge needs to be recorded and passed down to both current and future employees. Equally important to understand is that information and knowledge are two very different terms. Information can be learned through books, online, and other types of teaching aides, like videos. Knowledge is more rooted in experience, and is sometimes never written down, making it harder to replicate.

 

  1. Ask Questions

Employees may not be forthcoming with their knowledge of their field initially, so be sure to ask plenty of questions to try and get them to open up. Start with your most senior workers, and take time to formulate effective questions based on the answers that they provide you.

 

  1. Document Everything

Write down, document, and digitize the information you compile. Make sure you properly store it so it’s easily accessible for future training purposes.

 

  1. Consider Professional Assistance

Several companies offer services and software to help employers create a digital inventory of tribal knowledge. This increases productivity while simultaneously cutting costs.

 

  1. Continue to Invest in Older Workers

Investing heavily in younger workers can create isolation within a workforce and result in age-based separation amongst employees. If older workers feel stigmatized, ignored, or underappreciated, they will be less likely to share the knowledge they’ve acquired during their careers.

If your business is facing a potential workforce shift due to Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, it’s time to start implementing strategies to ensure their knowledge is passed down to your company, and subsequently, your future workers. Contact The Reserves Network for assistance in developing a plan that will help preserve tribal knowledge within your organization today while ensuring your workforce is properly trained and ready for tomorrow.

 

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The Ultimate 5-Minute Resume Grammar Guide

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A resume is more than a piece of paper that summarizes your experience – a great one will demonstrate why you are the best candidate for the position that you are applying to.

“Employers, staffing agencies, and recruiters typically spend less than six seconds reviewing candidates’ resumes,” said Brandon Thimke, director of communications at The Reserves Network. “Simple grammatical errors can – and often do – result in a rejection. A simple misspelled word or an improperly formatted sentence could mean the difference between landing your dream job and a prolonged job search.”

Ensure that your resume is free of the most common mistakes people make.

  1. Keep It Simple

Employers frown upon unnecessarily long resumes. Resumes should not include an explanation about why you are great choice for the job. A resume should also not include an objective (unless you are applying for a particularly unique job), or a personal statement. The best place to address those topics is in a cover letter. 

  1. Stay Away from Personal Pronouns

Although enticing, do not use personal pronouns such as “I,” “he,” or “she.” Employers and recruiters already understand that the resume is about you, your qualifications, and why you are a great candidate for the job. Instead of saying “I helped manage employee payrolls,” state “Helped manage employee payrolls.” 

  1. Use the Proper Tense

Always refer to former jobs in the past tense, never present tense. Likewise, if you are currently still employed, make sure you use present tense to reflect that the position is still viable.

  1. Double and Triple Check Spelling

Spell check is a wonderful, time saving tool, but it can still make mistakes. Always manually review spelling. Some of the most common spelling mistakes that evade spell check include mistaking “complement” with “compliment.” Even if the word used in your resume is spelled correctly, it may not be the word you want to use. 

  1. Common Misuse of Words

Some common errors include not using the proper “to/too/two”, using fewer instead of less (and vice versa), using the wrong form of a word (for example, using “they’re” instead of “their”), and improper use of “whose” and “who’s.” 

  1. Punctuation

Make sure all commas, apostrophes, and semi colons are correctly placed. Confirm that your resume does not have awkward sentence construction or run-on sentences. 

  1. Overly Formal Words

Keep word selection simple, clear, and succinct. Word choice that is too formal prevents readers from becoming engaged and makes it appear that you are trying too hard to impress the reader. Also, formal words sometimes are considered an attempt to add “fluff” to your resume. 

  1. Consider Getting Professional Assistance

It’s a good idea to have a professional resume writing service or recruiter review your resume and offer suggestions. Having a second set of eyes offer advice and feedback is better than wondering why you aren’t receiving interview requests.

Resumes are the quintessential component to any successful job search. With a competitive job market and the number of applicants always exceeding the number of open positions, take time to make sure your resume is working for you.

Your resume is your greatest ally in landing the perfect new position. Consider discussing how to make your resume your greatest asset by contacting The Reserves Network today.

 

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Safety First: Making Your Workplace Safer in Celebration of National Safety Month

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Businesses are under intense pressure to produce high-quality products and services in an increasingly competitive economy. While the backbone to a successful business may be in offering great products or top-notch services, businesses must also devote time and resources to ensure their work environment is safe for their employees.

Following industry safety standards does more than ensure your business is compliant with current regulatory standards: it also protects the future of your business by avoiding preventable injuries and decreasing expenses.

“Work-related injuries and illnesses come at an exorbitant cost, “said Kim Horwedel, director of risk at The Reserves Network. “The average workplace injury could cost a business thousands of dollars – that’s just one of the reasons safety is so important.”

Workplace injuries often increase premiums for workers compensation and liability insurance, which can leave a heavy dent in your company’s revenues and profits. Thankfully, there are several ways that your business can decrease the risk of injuries in the workplace. 

  1. Evaluate Workplace Hazards

Take an inventory of potential hazards in the workplace. Understand potential risks associated with your industry, and consider what dangers are common in your field. Make sure all machinery and equipment is working properly and is regularly serviced. Faulty machinery and equipment is one of the leading causes of injuries in industrial workplaces. 

  1. Keep the Workplace Clean and Clutter Free

Ensure that the work environment is kept orderly. Spills should be cleaned up immediately, pallets should not hold more than the recommended weight, workspaces should be free of clutter, and workers should clean up throughout the day. Sanitation issues should be addressed on an ongoing basis to avoid a potential health hazard. Keeping common areas clean also prevents the spread of illnesses. Emergency exits should be free of any impediments in case an emergency occurs. 

  1. Use Extension Cords Properly

Never use multiple extension cords or surge protectors for equipment, machinery, or tools – only use extension cords in accordance with the manufacturers specifications. Never use electrical tape to patch or cover rips or tears in an extension cord. Also, don’t allow extension cords to remain on the floor for prolonged periods of time. Not only can extension cords become tripping hazards, but heavy traffic can cause damage to the insulation and potential electrical hazards. 

  1. Emphasize Training

Initiate an employee safety training program to educate all workers on proper workplace protocols and introduce them to the company’s safety policies. Post signs related to equipment safety in visible places to serve as reminders. Develop plans in case an emergency occurs  and be sure to train staff and employees to follow those procedures. Create an environment that positively rewards workers for maintaining a safe, clean, and healthy workplace. 

  1. Use Proper Safety Equipment

If your industry requires workers and employees to use protective gear, make sure these regulations are followed. Whether it be hard hats, gloves, or eyewear, such equipment is necessary to prevent the risk of injuries.

Although work-related accidents are declining, costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses are increasing. Businesses that wish to remain successful and profitable must implement and enforce safety measures in the workplace. With many businesses turning to temporary employees and staffing agencies to fill vacant positions, companies must go the extra mile to convey the importance of workplace safety standards to their workers.

Contact The Reserves Network today to discuss how you can protect your employees, and build a healthier, stronger workforce.

 

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