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5 Tips to Keep Your Staff Busy During the Slow Season - ENTREPRENEUR

Jason Lucash • Guest Writer

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It is that time of year when many businesses tends to get a little slow. You and your staff were working at a high efficiency due to the busy season but now that sales have tapered off, everyone finds themselves with more free time than they are used to. So is now the time to take a load off and party? Definitely not. Now is the time to get everything you have been putting off done and to start planning for the busy season again.

Here are a few things to keep you and your staff busy during these quiet times.

1. Organize.

When business is slower than usual, this is the perfect time to get organized. To operate more efficiently and effectively, organization in the workplace and in your personal space is key. Cleaning up your computer files, organizing projects and emails and re-configuring your computer desktop can really make life easier when business picks up again. In addition to your personal space, organization of the office and making sure there is plenty of office supplies in stock can make the stressful times easier to endure.

2. Follow up with clients.

Following up with clients and pending/potential projects is the perfect thing to do when you have free time at work. Reaching out to your clients about quotes you had discussed previously, or getting in touch with your top clients not only makes them feel like they are a priority, but it can also dredge up some business as well.

3. Look at your marketing strategy. 

Even though marketing should be a priority all year round, sometimes the planning and implementation gets put on the back burner during busy times. So, during slow periods is the perfect time to fit your companies marketing strategies in. Creating catalogs, sell sheets, email blasts, updating social media, the website and planning for the next year are all good things to do while it is slow.

4. Take an inventory of products.

Now that business is quiet, it is the perfect time to get accurate inventory counts on all your products. This will allow the warehouse to get organized and will enable the company to accurately see how well they did in the busy season. This will also give an accurate count of what is currently in stock and will allow the company to order more based on the time of year.

5. Have group meetings and discussions.

 After the busy season has finally come to an end, this allows you and your team time to meet and talk about what went well and what could be improved for next year. During these discussions, ideas for company culture, dealing with the stress of the busy season, marketing planning and product ideas can all be good things to discuss.

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Just because it is slow does not mean that it is the perfect time to sit back and relax. When it is slow, it allows you and your staff to take a step back and look at how to improve for next year and to get prepared for it early.

 

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Illegal Interview Questions — What They Are and How to Respond

"WAIT!!...... WHAT DID YOU JUST ASK ME???"

As anyone who has gone through the hiring process knows, interviewers throw all kinds of questions at you. Some are the more conventional and expected, while others may be a little off the wall so the interviewer can see how you will react.

While interviewers have a fairly wide latitude in the kinds of questions they can ask, there are a few types of questions that are off limits, meaning that they are illegal to ask a job applicant. And, from time to time they pop up during an interview. It may be that the interviewer is pursuing a line of questioning and doesn’t even realize that he or she has strayed into forbidden territory, or that the interviewer himself really doesn’t know what is illegal.

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In either case, if you are a job applicant, you need to be aware of your rights, to know what is allowable or not, and how to respond if you encounter an illegal question. Questions related to age, race, and religion are all off limits. The reason for this is to prevent discrimination based on any one of these attributes. What the law says is that an employer should not be able to disqualify you from consideration for a job just because of your gender, age, race or religion.

The only time it may be acceptable to ask a question about any one these things is if they would directly impact on a person’s ability to do a job.

So, for example, while it is legal to ask a person if they are over the age of 18 because the employer can only hire adults, it is not legal to ask person when they were born or how old they are. It is also illegal to ask a person if they are married or single, whether they own a home, where they go to church, if they have children or are pregnant, because none to these things impacts how a person will do their job.

What the employer can ask, however, would be something like, “Do you have any responsibilities that would interfere with regular attendance at this job or that would impair your ability to travel?”

An employer can ask you if you have ever been convicted of a crime, but they may not ask you if you have ever been arrested. Moreover, the conviction should be considered only from the perspective of how it would impact your ability to do the job

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If the employer should ask you a question that is clearly out of bounds, the best course of action would be to move the conversation toward an area that is more job related. Usually, a polite reminder about the nature of the question is enough to get things back on track.

  At Trinity Staffing we do our best to always show respect to all applicants in a professional way. 

If you are seeking employment contact one of our experienced account managers today!

What is Holding You Back?

Everyone naturally wants to perform their best at work. But sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to performance. We do things that are counterproductive. We get in our own way. It could be because we have picked up some bad habits, or because we haven’t learned the best way to do things. Here are some things to keep in mind to improve your performance.

1. Going back to basics.
Sometimes we forget the basics of our field we may have learned a while ago. We have gotten away from the solid fundamentals that are necessary for top performance. That may be why you are struggling more than necessary. Don’t feel embarrassed to go back and review things you learned earlier in your career.

A sports metaphor might help to put the situation in perspective. After a loss, a professional football coach said his team needed to get back to basics, because they were not executing the fundamentals of the game, blocking and tackling, as they should. So, even the best must from time to time refresh their knowledge of fundamentals.

2. Slowing down.
Many times when someone is assigned a new project, they jump right into it and bulldoze their way as quickly as possible, trying to maintain good time management. If this is something you are prone to, you need to slow down a little. Take some time at the start to determine exactly what is required, and what is the best way to approach your task.

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3. Focusing
Everyone loses time during the day because of distractions. It is important to learn good time management, and there is plenty of information available to help you improve your time management.

To learn how to focus better, however, it is necessary to practice. That means clearing your schedule and your mind so that you can concentrate solely on your work. It means thinking about where you are at on your projects so you are thinking also about what comes next.

4. Controlling your emotions.
From time to time, you are going to get frustrated. Things don’t go as planned, the work is more complicated than expected; people are not cooperative. There are plenty of causes for frustration. We get angry, and without an outlet, it continues to build.

For this reason, it is important to learn to control your emotions, to remain calm and poised under pressure. There are also things you can do to relieve the stress, such as taking a quick walk, deep breathing, chewing gum, even drinking tea.

Trinity Staffing is among the most respected recruiting firms in the San Antonio area. If you are looking for work, Trinity Staffing has the resources and network to find the right job for you. Give Trinity Staffing a call today.

How to Improve Employee Performance

You have an employee who is not performing up to expectations. It could be a relatively newer employee who never seemed to hit his stride, or even someone who has been with the company for a number of years and whose performance has declined. Whatever the case, he or she needs to improve.

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The first impulse here might be to do some type of performance review, outlining the person’s failures and emphasizing the need to improve, attached to a warning that his job is at stake. It is a process that could ultimately end in termination. Before taking this route, however, a better course of action would be to help the employee turn his or her performance around. Here are a few steps to take to do just that.

1. Examine the person’s motivation.
We all have different factors that drive us in our work, and they can be as varied as we are. These drivers may depend on a person’s background, personality, or age. Different people are motivated by different things. It could be that the person is not receiving the right type of motivation.

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2. Show the person’s contribution
Often, a person’s motivation flags because they don’t see how their particular job contributes of the overall goals and mission of the company. The person does not see the importance of his or her job. If the person is able to see how and why his job matters to the mission of the company, it may give them the impetus to perform better.

3. Have expectations that are unambiguous.
The employee needs to know exactly what is expected of him or her, so he knows what kind of standards he must meet. The expectations must be clear. And the employee should also receive abundant feedback on his performance.

Moreover, the supervisor needs to help the employee with steps he can take to improve his performance.

4. Give the person what he needs
An assessment of the problem should include an evaluation of whether the person has the proper training and skills needed to meet performance expectations, as well as any other necessary resources. If he or she does not, the employer should provide them.

5. Reassess company incentives
How does the company encourage good performance? Does it routinely give bonuses to people who underperform? Do managers show their appreciation to employees who do a good job? These are all things to look at to encourage employees to give their best.

If your company is looking for qualified and reliable employees in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing is the place to go. Trinity has the experience and expertise to find the people your company needs. Trinity is one of the best in the area. Give Trinity a call today.

Morning Mastery - Yes it's a Thing!

As soon as the alarm goes off... Count Down 5...4...3...2...1 THEN Jump out of bed!

As soon as the alarm goes off... Count Down 5...4...3...2...1 THEN Jump out of bed!

Try This: No Snooze Button

Recent research has shown that one thing many successful people have in common is a morning routine. Getting off to a good start has an influence on the rest of the day.

A simple daily routine may not seem like much, but it can really contribute to our success. How we spend our days, after all, is how we spend out lives. With that in mind, what can you do to get your day off to the best start possible?

 

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1. Watch what you eat.

You may wake up in the morning, take a shower, grab some toast and coffee, and set to work. But a short while later you begin to feel like you should have stayed in bed. The problem may be in what you are eating. Foods like toast and muffins or other carbohydrates are good for a quick energy boost, but they don’t last. What you get is an energy spike, and then you feel tired after the spike has passed. A breakfast heavy in protein is not good either – it taxes your digestive system, again causing a feeling of lethargy.

The best foods to give you a more sustained and consistent energy boost are fruits and foods like oatmeal. They release their glucose into the bloodstream more gradually, helping you to avoid the post-breakfast letdown.

2. Do some other activity before you start working.

It could be something like exercising or meditation. This will help you to get focused and mentally and physically ready to jump into work.

3. Do the important stuff first.

Whatever matters most to you, make it part of your morning routine. It should be the first thing you get to. Mornings are when you are the most fresh and energetic, so it makes sense to do the important stuff then.

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Plus, this way you make sure you get done what really matters. For one entrepreneur, working on his book was the most important task for him. He did it the first thing each day. Everything else that he did during the day was simply icing on the cake to him because he knew he had already done what mattered most to him.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing Services, one of the best in Texas, can help find the job that is right for you. 

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How to be a Good Boss

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A good supervisor is someone who keeps the lines of communication open with his or her workers. The supervisor is always available to talk to. He makes time when workers need to see him. He also takes a genuine interest in his workers.

A good supervisor is looking to create an environment where his workers can be most productive. Toward that end, he or she looks for feedback from employees to find out what they need to better be able to do their jobs. A good supervisor spends as much time listening as he does talking.

In order to set the right environment, a good supervisor sets up clear goals and expectations for his workers. But he also encourages their input about the goals and how to achieve them.

An effective supervisor is ready and willing to offer praise when employees deserve it. Giving praise boosts morale and productivity.

A good boss is also honest with his workers. If there is bad news, he lets them know in a timely manner, rather than letting them guess what is going on.

An effective supervisor does all he can to help bring an underperforming employee up to par. But if all efforts fail and the person has to be terminated, the supervisor understands how painful an event this is for a worker. The supervisor delivers the news in person and in private.

To be a good boss, he or she also needs to acknowledge when he makes a mistake and be accountable for it, not attempt to cover it up or shift the blame. When a mistake is made, he admits it and immediately works to correct it.

A good boss knows how to delegate responsibility to his or her workers, and he trusts them to get the job done. He knows that micromanaging does not work all that well because different people have different ways of doing things, and all are effective. Ordering people to do things a certain way may not have very productive results.

And when problems arise, a good boss takes care of them right away, without letting them fester.

If you have a business in the San Antonio area and are looking for top-notch employees, Trinity Staffing Services, one of the best in Texas, can provide the administrative personnel you need to keep things running smoothly. Get in touch with us to find out what we can do for your business.

Staying Afloat: Tips for Finding a Job in a Competitive Job Market

So how can you keep your head above water?

Competition for jobs is fierce.  If you’re currently looking for work you’ve surely noticed that great jobs can be hard to find–and everyone applies for them!

Here are a few quick, easy, and really useful ideas to help you stay afloat:

  1. Leverage your network. According to Monster.com, 80 percent of jobs are obtained through networking.  Use this statistic to your advantage.  Contact your college’s career center or alumni directory.  Send an e-mail to your social media contacts.  Make phone calls to old business contacts.  Let everyone you know that you’re looking for a job and ask them to keep their eyes and ears open.
  2. Put your best foot forward. When it comes to your job search, image is everything.  So review your résumé, social media profiles and website to make sure all information is accurate, professional, and showcases your strengths.  Before an interview, learn all you can about the potential employer.  Critically evaluate your experience and skills, so you can learn how to talk about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way.  Finally, practice the answers to potential interview questions.  All this preparation will help you make a fantastic first impression.

  3. Pay attention to detail. Sometimes, little things can make a big difference.  Take the time to customize your cover letters to address the specific skills or qualities a potential employer wants.  After the interview, handwrite and hand deliver (if feasible) a thank you note that recaps your strengths and addresses any weaknesses that may have come up during the interview.
  4. Keep working. When you have bills to pay, a job that is less than ideal is better than no job at all.  So consider freelancing or temporary work.  Both offer a great way to get your name out there, form new contacts, sharpen your skills (and develop new ones), keep your morale high, and provide income while you’re looking for a full-time opportunity.
  5. Never stop searching for opportunities. Sending your resume to everyone in your area and posting it on every major job board is just the beginning of your job search.  Don’t stop and wait for an opportunity to come along – be aggressive.  Set weekly goals for finding new leads and making new contacts.  Whatever you do, don’t give up.
  6. Look on the bright side. When you’re struggling to find work, it’s easy to become frustrated and even depressed.  Do whatever you can to stay positive.  Talk to friends or former colleagues who will pick you up when you’re down.  And remember, there are literally millions of jobs that become available every month in the U.S.  You only need to find one of them.

Last but not least, contact Trinity Staffing.  As San Antonio’s leading employment agency, Trinity Staffing provides outstanding jobs with some of the area’s top employers.  Search for open jobs today or contact one of our recruiters.

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