Josephine's Personnel Services, Inc.

How to Fix Barriers of Effective Workplace Communication

August 15th, 2017

Is communication the best it can be in your workplace? The way information is dispersed throughout your office can make a big impact on the morale, employee engagement and the wellness of your team members. Avoiding these common communication issues is a good way to keep the tone in your office positive and productive while ensuring your team members remain happy and committed to their jobs.

Is communication the best it can be in your workplace?

How to Fix Communication Barriers: 4 Tips

  1. Discourage Destructive Office Gossip

Does your office have an anti-gossip policy? Maybe it should. Office gossip is one of the most destructive workplace forces, and has the power to de-motivate your whole team. To avoid it, managers should refrain from participating and spreading gossip about those in the office, and encourage others to do the same. Not only is this in poor taste; it can lead to serious repercussions if you spread untrue statements about an employee. It’s best to stay out of the cliques and let workplace gossip sizzle out on its own.

  1. Ask Your Team for Constructive Feedback

How will you know if there’s room to improve if you don’t ask your team for their feedback? Inquire if there is anything your workers need help with or would like to see around the office, and they are more likely to be motivated and stay engaged. Another way to achieve this is to hold annual employee engagement surveys to get anonymous, honest feedback. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Maintain a Positive Workplace Environment

July 18th, 2017

Do you feel morale beginning to wane at your company? Even if you don’t, it’s important to create a positive workplace where people feel happy and comfortable on the job. While everyone has bad days and sometimes may not want to come to the office, there are things you can do to make your space more inviting, fun and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.

Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment.

Create a Positive Workplace with These 4 Characteristics

  1. Meaningful Work Assignments

Even if employees are lower on the executive totem pole, they should be given relevant, meaningful work assignments. Offering a sense of ownership over their projects give your team members pride in their work, which can make them feel more committed to the company overall.

  1. Transparent Communication

Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld from them can be less trusting and have lower engagement on the job. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback on a regular basis.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Prepare for Employee Performance Reviews

May 16th, 2017

Does your company offer regular performance reviews for your team members? Not all companies do, and while they take time, reviews offer a real benefit to both your organization and your employees. How can you prepare for them and offer a positive, productive experience? Read on for details.

Here’s why performance reviews matter.

Preparing for an Employee Review: As an Employer

  • Properly Prepare Yourself: Sometimes managers delay giving regular feedbackto their team members because they are unsure how to start the process or hold a formal review. The best way to prepare yourself is to determine your objective for the evaluation. Is it a regular annual review, or are you assessing the success of a big project? Focus on these areas: how does the employee communicate with other workers and supervisors, are they completing basic job duties and can they be more accountable in the future?
  • Let Employees do the Talking: Are you taking up most of the conversation, or are you letting your workers do the talking during performance reviews? Have your team member fill out a self-review form before the review, so you can see how they choose to evaluate themselves. This can illuminate areas that need improvement, and make them feel more engaged and in control of the process.
  • Give Employees Clear Guidance: Use performance reviews as an opportunity to give your employees additional guidance and support by using the evaluation to provide constructive criticism. Make sure your expectations are clear; workers who are given explicit instructions are more likely to produce quality work and stay engaged.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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 »

4 Alternatives to Meetings

August 2nd, 2016

Do your workers seem like they are bored or disengaged at office meetings? Gatherings and exchanges of ideas with your team members are workplace necessities, but you don’t have to hold a stuffy traditional office meeting in order to get the job done. There are several alternatives that can increase employee engagement and raise morale; read on to learn about four of them.

Have you tried a meeting alternative to boost employee engagement?

Have you tried a meeting alternative to boost employee engagement?

Meeting Alternatives: 4 Options

  1. A One-On-One Check In

Many times, items get discussed in conference room meetings that aren’t relevant for all employees. Instead, segment your meetings into one-on-one check-ins that are held throughout the week so you’re using your time most efficiently. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pros and Cons of Open Offices

July 19th, 2016

In today’s fast-paced business world, flexibility has become a desirable perk to offer your team members. Today’s workers not only crave flexibility in terms of on-the-job hours in order to spend more time with their families, but they also are seeking a flexible physical environment in which the stuffy confines of traditional office cubicles are lifted. This creates a new workspace trend called open offices; read on to learn about the pros and cons of this new approach.

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

Does your workplace have an open office floor plan?

3 Pros of Open Offices

  1. Allows for a More Cohesive Team

According to Inc., open offices ensure quick collaboration. “Employees can quickly scan the immediate area and locate fellow team members who are hard at work alongside them. By eliminating the need to send emails or wander the office searching for people, organizations are sure that teams will collaborate more, benefiting their bottom line.” Read the rest of this entry »

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

April 5th, 2016

Spring is a wonderful time for employee appreciation; the warmer weather and return of sunshine help boost your team’s morale! After working hard all winter long, your employees deserve some kudos. Read on for four great ideas to show your team you’re grateful this spring.

35554795_l

4 Employee Appreciation Ideas for Spring

  1. An Outdoor Event

A picnic, scavenger hunt or challenge course can all be great activities to treat your employees this springtime. After spending 40 hours a week cooped up indoors, an afternoon outside can do wonders for their morale, energy levels and sense of team spirit. Read the rest of this entry »