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How to Increase Health and Wellness in the Workplace

November 28th, 2017

We’re coming up on the season for New Year’s resolutions, when both workers and employers make a conscious effort to change aspects of their life with health and wellness in mind. Are you looking for ways your office space could be improved?

Are you focusing on workplace health and wellness?

Employing strategies to increase the overall health and wellness of your office can be a great way to boost morale and encourage higher rates of productivity, in addition to extending the lives of your employees. Workplace stress can be as dangerous as secondhand smoke; workers who lack proper ergonomic comfort and sit for all hours of the day can experience body pain, low motivation and are more likely to quit their jobs. Read on for a couple of strategies to boost the overall health and wellness of your team.

2 Strategies for Boosting Health and Wellness at Work

  1. Encourage Higher Water Consumption

How much water do your employees drink in a day? Is it enough? Healthy water consumption is important for health and wellness; it regulates body functions, helps with alertness and encourages a more positive attitude. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Ace Your Next Interview and Open Job Listings

October 24th, 2017

Are you on the job hunt? Whether you’re looking to land your first position or make your next big career move, the interview is a crucial step in the process. Once you’re ready to meet with the hiring manager, it’s time to nail the job interview and wow them with your experience. During this time, these are three great questions to ask.

Ace Your Interview: 3 Questions to Ask

  1. How would you describe your company’s culture?

Beyond the job’s essential duties, company culture can make a big difference in whether or not you’ll enjoy your job. Filling a job opening requires finding a candidate who will be not only a good fit for the company, but thinks the company is a good fit for them. Employment is a two-way street, so be sure to know as much about the company’s culture, values, day-to-day activities and work environment as you can; the HR rep is a great person to ask. If possible, try and speak with a current employee or two in the hallways or break room as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivate Your Team with These Non-Monetary Incentives!

September 19th, 2017

It’s almost fall, which is a great time to show your workers you care about them, and provide incentives to keep their work the best it can be. If you’re looking for ways to reward your team members without straying from a tight company budget, non-monetary incentives are the way to go. Although money is a motivator for many people, most use it to pay bills instead of doing something fun, and you may see what was meant to be a reward turn into just another paycheck. To help retain top talent and keep them motivated, try one of these four non-monetary incentives.

Want to motivate your team without spending lots of money? Read on!

4 Best Incentives that Don’t Break the Bank!

  1. Offer Continuing Education

This incentive is a great way to improve the quality of work from your team members and make them feel appreciated and invested in! Workplace education or paid certification courses will help your office soar to new heights and encourage your workers’ talents. Try night school classes, on the job training or other continuing education options.

  1. Reward Them in Small Ways

You don’t have to give your workers extra vacation days or swag items to motivate them. Small (and free!) benefits like a dedicated parking space, picking an employee of the month or a more relaxed dress code can all have the same effect as cash. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Encourage Work Life Balance in the Summer

June 20th, 2017

The warmer days of spring and summer are upon us, and surely your office is buzzing with extra excitement as employees share about summer plans, vacations and time outdoors. While your workplace might be extra busy in the summertime, it’s still important to encourage a healthy work life balance for your team members. Here are four strategies for keeping them happy, engaged and productive.

4 Ways to Increase Work Life Balance

  1. Get Employees’ Opinions: If you’re implementing a work life balance initiative for the summer months, how do you know what to include? The best way to find out is to directly ask your team members. Host an informal survey to find out what perks your workers are seeking.
  2. Allow Some Flexibility: While a flexible schedule may frighten employers because they worry employees will come and go as they please, adding flex time doesn’t have to be so scary. Offer a late-start or early workday release during the summer, and have employees sign up so you are aware of their schedule in advance.
  3. Host Outdoor Meetings: If you can’t let your team members off early for some outdoor activities, you can at least encourage this behavior during the workday. Take your next staff meeting outside so workers can enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
  4. Be a Role Model: As a manager or employer, your actions set the tone for the rest of your workplace. Remaining on email even while on vacation shows your team members that you expect them to do the same. If you truly want your employees to foster a healthy work life balance by taking paid time off and going on vacation, you also need to check out when you’re out of the office.

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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.

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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 »

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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