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How to Create a Strong Employee Recognition Program

April 18th, 2017

Are you giving your workers enough employee recognition? The startling lack of employee engagement in today’s business world not only puts a damper on overall productivity in the workplace, but it also can create hostility and stress for both employers and their team members. What most people don’t see is that the simple, cost-effective solution for increasing employee engagement is to show your workers you appreciate them.

Encourage employee engagement by recognizing your team members!

However, this doesn’t mean that buying boxes of donuts, offering more paid time off (PTO) and giving out monetary bonuses will solve all of your problems. According to the Towers Watson Global Recognition Study, “In order for recognition to be effective, managers must clearly define performance expectations and, with equal clarity, convey to employees what shape the rewards for performance will take.” What does an employee recognition program look like? Here are three steps to take when creating one. Read the rest of this entry »

International Day of Happiness: 4 Tips to Improve Happiness at Work

March 14th, 2017

Did you know March 20, 2017 is known as the International Day of Happiness? Introduced to the world by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this holiday has been recognized since 2012; its purpose is to remind people that happiness has a wide variety of benefits, both to human life and to our greater community. This year, why not celebrate the International Day of Happiness by taking some steps toward improving employee morale in your workplace? Here are four ideas to do so.

Keep your team happy with this advice.

4 Ways to Improve Workplace Happiness

  1. Help Solve a Workplace Problem

Helping someone else can give you a feeling of joy and improve overall team morale. Identifying a workplace concern and creating a plan to solve that problem will show your team members you care and listen to their feedback. Not sure what areas could be improved? Hold a brainstorming session, leave a suggestion box or offer a workplace survey to get an idea of problems that can be solved. Read the rest of this entry »

What Drives Employee Engagement? Important Factors to Consider

February 14th, 2017

How engaged and invested are your team members in their jobs? While there isn’t a secret sauce for workplace employee engagement, there are several tried and true tactics. Read on for a look at what factors drive positive employee engagement, and several ways your office’s engagement could improve.

How engaged are your employees?

Stellar Employee Engagement: 5 Key Driving Factors

  1. An Opportunity for Team Building

Try to include some fun in your workplace in the form of creating scenarios where your workers can bond with one another. How can you make sure your team building efforts are successful? All well-planned, motivating team building activities have a few things in common:

  1. A Well-Defined Goal:Team building events should have a purpose. Are you training your workers for a new project or promotion? Are you trying to increase group morale? Determine what your goal
  2. An Organized Activity:The event should be planned well in advance and have a designated leader, whether it is a manager, HR rep or company CEO. Activities can last for an hour, a day or even a weekend.
  3. Measureable Results:The activity should have a measureable impact on your company; this ties into the goal of the event. A good way to gauge the responses of your workers is to hold an employee engagement survey each year, or have them answer reflection questions after the team building activity.

    2. One-On-One Time with Managers

Are you accessible to your team members? Instead of just telling them to “do this” or “do that,” treat them as a partner. Listen to their ideas and feedback, give them the freedom to decide how they’ll do their job, and treat each and every one of them as an important member of the team.

  1. Time for Feedback

Regular feedback in the form of employee reviews is helpful for encouraging your workers to succeed, but how often do you ask for their opinions on the workplace? An employee engagement survey can help! The following questions are great for assessing the needs of your team, determining their employee satisfaction and coming up with great new ideas to keep them engaged:

  • Do you have the tools to do your job effectively? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel like there are more days you want to come to work than the days you don’t want to?
  • Choose a couple of words that you feel describe your state of mind when you come to work.
  • Do you feel inspired by your manager?
  1. Showing Gratitude to Team Members

Showing a little appreciation goes a long way in encouraging your employees to be invested in their jobs. Letting your workers know they’re valuable is a great way to increase employee engagement! Whenever you notice them doing something well, sincerely thank them in front of your whole team or write a quick email letting them know you noticed and appreciate their contributions.

  1. Offer Unique Incentives

Not all incentives are monetary; sometimes something as simple as offering healthy snacks at work can change your team members’ attitudes toward being in the office. A study conducted by Staples found at least half of all office workers left to purchase snacks at least once per workday, while some people ventured out to find food almost five times per day. All of this adds up to lost productivity and interrupts your attempts to form a cohesive team. By offering free office snacks, workers who otherwise would have left instead opt to stay at work. This can make them more productive and engaged in the office.

Once you’ve taken strides toward improving engagement, the next step is to measure it; see this article for advice. How do you encourage positive employee engagement in your workplace? Please share your strategies in the comments below! In the meantime, if you’re an employee looking for a new position, please see our open job listings below.

JPS’ Open Job Listings for February

At Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we’re always seeking new talent and candidates that may be a fit for our open job listings. Here are our current open positions:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Material Handler – Warehouse
  • Mechanical Assembler
  • Administrative Assistant
  • MSR

How to Apply: Are you interested in any of these open job listings? We’re always seeking qualified candidates to fill our open positions. We use an extensive recruitment process to screen all employment applicants. Job seekers should submit a completed resume and complete an online application. Once we receive your online application, a Staffing Manager will contact you for a phone interview.

What to Bring to an Interview: To attend an in-person meeting at our offices, we request you bring these three items to your job interview upon invitation:

  • Updated resume
  • Documents to establish your identity and employment eligibility
  • 3 professional business references

To apply to our open job listings, fill out your online application here and contact us if you have questions.

Now Hiring! Open Job Listings for November

November 22nd, 2016

Are you on the job hunt? You won’t want to miss our open job listings for November. Our talented staff works hard to place top talent with a wide variety of businesses in the fields of Administrative, Clerical, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Medical, IT, Technical, Light Industrial and Manufacturing. See below for a look into the diverse employment opportunities we have available this November, ranging from certified nursing assistants to administrative analysts.

Read on for our open employment opportunities this November.

Read on for our open employment opportunities this November.

November’s Open Job Listings

  • Healthcare Division – Certified Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses
  • Customer Service
  • Intermediate Clerk
  • Senior Clerk
  • Senior Secretary
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Administrative Technician
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst
  • Senior Personnel Analyst
  • Principal Financial Analyst
  • Senior Administrative Analyst
  • Principal Administrative Analyst
  • Project Support Manager
  • Junior Accountant
  • Packager, Assembler, Shipping & Receiving
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Driver

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How to Get the Most Out of Office Meetings

November 1st, 2016

When’s the last time you held an office meeting that you felt truly impacted your team members, and didn’t simply disseminate information? Holding an impactful gathering can not only help you spread the word about a new company initiative, but also increase your workers’ productivity and encourage employee engagement. Read on for three tips to make your next meeting go above and beyond.

Make your next office meeting impactful with these three tips.

Make your next office meeting impactful with these three tips.

Make Your Meeting Great: 3 Tips

  1. Determine the Meeting’s Purpose

There are several different types of office meetings, ranging from regular check-ins to more in-depth problem solving. Before sending your team members into the conference room, first determine the true purpose for your gathering. Here are the four most common types, as explained by Inc. Magazine:

  • Action-Oriented Meetings: This type of meeting is meant to solve a pressing or imminent problem. One way to make sure an action-oriented meeting is successful is to make sure everyone is well-prepared beforehand. It can help to provide an agenda before the office meeting.
  • Brainstorming or Creative Meetings: These meetings are more flexible and may run longer than regular meetings if time allows. Prepare to spend time discussing seemingly irrelevant items as they may unexpectedly spur creativity and innovation. If you have a big idea to brainstorm, check out our tips for effective brainstorming in teams.
  • Short-Term Planning Meetings: Designed to strategize planning involved with sales, business development, marketing or advertising, these meetings are held to make sure everyone is on the same page before embarking upon a project.
  • Long-Term Planning Meetings or Retreats: Most frequently including high-level executives, long-term planning meetings and retreats help maximize the time spent discussing company vision, initiatives and strategies.

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Seeking a New Career? October’s Open Job Listings

October 18th, 2016

Here at Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we’re always seeking talented new candidates who would be a good fit for our open job listings. Through our extensive employment process, we work to place job seekers with great local businesses in the fields of Administrative, Clerical, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Medical, IT, Technical, Light Industrial and Manufacturing.

On the job hunt? Don't miss these open opportunities!

On the job hunt? Don’t miss these open opportunities!

Here is a list of the employment opportunities we have available for the month of October, ranging from warehouse assistant to engineer in training.

  • Material Handler – San Jose Area
  • Certified Nursing Assistants – Palo Alto, San Jose Area, Santa Clara, San Francisco
  • Licensed Vocational Nurses – Different areas in the Bay Area
  • Warehouse Assistant – San Jose
  • Document Control Manager – San Mateo, Oakland
  • Engineer in Training – San Mateo, Oakland

Are You a Good Fit Our Open Positions? How to Apply

If you’d like to apply for any of these open positions, we would love to hear from you! We use a comprehensive recruitment process to screen all of our potential employment applicants. Job seekers are required to submit a resume and complete an online application. Want to make sure your resume is the best it can be? See our helpful advice here. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall into Employee Appreciation: 4 Activities to Try

October 4th, 2016

Fall has arrived and with it comes a great new opportunity to show your employees you value their contributions to your company. While employee appreciation is something you should focus on year-round, autumn provides several wonderful opportunities to take advantage of.

One of the best ways to encourage employee engagement and boost workplace morale is to break up stale routines, so keep up on observances, major holidays and fun opportunities to treat your employees; they will feel more valued and committed to the company.

Read on for four creative activities that will help your team members feel like valued and appreciated workers.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

Carving pumpkins is a fun employee appreciation tradition for fall.

4 Best Autumn Employee Appreciation Activities

  1. Observe Cake Decorating Day: October 8th

Some managers treat their team members to a special cake and ice cream party when they want to appreciate a job well done; boost the fun by letting them decorate the cake themselves! October 8th is National Cake Decorating Day; turn it into a group activity that everyone will enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

We’re Hiring! Positions Available This September

September 20th, 2016

Can you believe it’s almost fall already? The summer has flown by, but with the crisp, cool weather also arrives a great opportunity to make a career change! At Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we’re always on the lookout for new, talented candidates who may be a good fit for our open job listings. Read on for more details on the positions we’re currently hiring for this September.

See our open job listings here.

See our open job listings here.

September’s Open Job Listings and Locations

  • Material Handler – Milpitas, California
  • Forklift Driver – Milpitas, California
  • Document Control Manager – San Mateo, California
  • Project Administrative Assistant – San Mateo, California
  • Project Manager – San Mateo, California
  • Medical Member Services – Campbell, California

Position Requirements: Must be bilingual in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Tagalog, or Chinese.

  • Medical Compliance Coordinator – Campbell, California
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse – Various cities in California
  • Certified Nursing Assistant – Palo Alto, San Jose, California
  • Phlebotomist – Bay Area, Los Gatos, California
  • Nurse Practitioner – Bay Area, California
  • Physician Assistant – Bay Area, California
  • Medical Assistant – Bay Area, California

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How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

September 6th, 2016

Job seekers spend lots of time perfecting their resume, drafting a compelling cover letter, scouring the web for open job listings and sending applications. Once they attend the in-person interview, they often breathe a sigh of relief, as they are nearing the end of the hiring process. However, many job applicants fail to complete an important piece of the process: following up after the job interview. Read on for four tips to do so.

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

Have you just had an interview? Learn how to follow up here!

4 Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

  1. Ask About Next Steps

One of the best ways to get a good handle on the follow up process and timeline after a job interview is to ask the interviewer what the next steps are before you leave the room. They’ll be able to tell you a timetable about when you can expect to hear from them, helping you time your follow up communication.

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Open Job Listings for August

August 16th, 2016

Here at Josephine’s Professional Staffing, we work to place top talent with businesses in the fields of Administrative, Clerical, Accounting, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Medical, IT, Technical, Light Industrial and Manufacturing. We’re always seeking new talented candidates who may be a good fit for our open job listings.

Job searching? Check out our open positions!

Job searching? Check out our open positions!

Continue reading for a look into the employment opportunities we have available for the month of August, ranging from reception to certified nursing assistants.

August’s Open Job Listings and Locations

  • Receptionist – San Mateo, California
    • Will provide support to an engineering project.
  • Administrative Support with Engineering experience – San Jose, California
    • Will provide support to a construction project in San Jose.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant – Palo Alto, San Jose
    • Will provide support in a hospital setting.
  • Material Handler – Milpitas, California
    • Will work in a warehouse setting.
  • Forklift Driver – Milpitas, California
    • Has experience operating a stand-up forklift.

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