If these past few years have taught us anything, it’s that engaging with your workforce and ensuring they are productive, healthy, and happy, is essential. There are some great approaches out there for making sure your people feel engaged and empowered within the workplace, and Tracy McDermott, Head of People & Culture at our parent company RGF Staffing UK, has handpicked some of the best!  

1. Recognise somebody for doing a good job
Make sure you are regularly communicating with your colleagues and recognising their good work. Nobody wants to be micromanaged, but having regular recognition of accomplishments, breakthroughs achieved, progress made, and targets hit can really energise someone and make them feel proud and a meaningful part of the team.  

Make sure you regularly make time to sit down with your people and highlight the incredible work they’re doing for the company. It doesn’t have to even be that formal – starting or ending the day with a quick checklist of successes can be enough to make your team feel valued and recognised. Communication is everything.  

2. Provide opportunities for learning and development
Offering your colleagues a way to grow their professional skills is invaluable – both for you and for them. By providing opportunities for learning and development, such as shadowing another team member, enrolling on an accredited course, your people will not only pick up useful new skills but also feel valued and invested in.  

There are lots of high-quality, often free courses out there for professionals looking to hone their skills, and will often be a very small price to pay in terms of the results you will get out of your teams.  

3. Offer a solid path of progression
Now more than ever, professionals are thinking long-term about their career goals – and in a time where the workers have their pick of the jobs, it’s imperative for companies to demonstrate clear paths for progression to their people, or they won’t be at your company for long.  

Often, people will leave an organisation due to bad managerial relationships, and those higher up seemingly not caring about the progression of their team members. An open dialogue between worker and manager is imperative, and your people having a clear view to where the next move will energise them in their current remit and give them something to work towards if they’re feeling unmotivated, undervalued, or forgotten.  

Follow these tips and you’ll see definite changes in the engagement from your teams. Staff will want to stay with your company, feel more aligned with your organisational vision and strategy, and, to put it simply – be happier. Which in these times, is most important of all. 

 

Keen to strengthen your workforce in 2022 and take a fresh approach to recruitment? We can help. 

We provide recruitment solutions to a wide variety of sectorsget in touch today for more information! 

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We’re not going to pretend things haven’t been rough for the past few years. Whether you’re part of a business perhaps finding itself struggling in the wake of the pandemic, a jobseeker finding it hard to land your next role, or, on a basic level, just a person making it through day by day, it can be tough. 

Blue Monday (January 17th 2022) has, whether you buy into it or not, been designated as "the most depressing day of the year". But we believe at staying positive at Advantage Resourcing - that’s why we’ve compiled a list of what we’ve been using to take a fresh approach to 2022, and we hope you find them useful as well, whether it’s in the office or at home. 

Encourage others
Make sure you’re routinely encouraging your team and providing regular support to anyone who needs it. It’s integral for them to know they’re valued and that you believe in their abilities, and this is especially important as we begin the new year with a fresh approach. Creating a confident, enthusiastic team is not only important for productivity but also for employee wellbeing, and a positive, encouraging atmosphere will stand you in good stead throughout the year. 

Be proud of small successes
For some people, it takes extraordinarily little to have a good day. Having your favourite food for lunch, catching up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, the sun in the sky, ticking off your tasks for the day – small pleasures like that can be just as great as getting that promotion, buying a new car, etc...and much more achievable in your day to day life. 

Switch off
It's crucial to make time for yourself and those around you. If your laptop is open at all hours of the day, whether you’re in the office or not, it’s going to make it harder and harder to unplug and focus on the important things – your family, friends, health, and overall happiness. If you’re at work, get into the habit of stepping away from your desk to grab some fresh air, even if it’s just for a few minutes – your mind and body will thank you, and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle your workload.  

Don't dwell on past mistakes
Whether you emailed something confidential to the wrong person, dented your bumper in the office car park, or blurted out the wrong thing in a meeting – move on and look forward. Absolutely zero good comes of worrying about what happened or what you could have done differently – it's happened. We are only human – everyone makes mistakes, and the best course of action is to learn from it and do better next time. 

Be kind to yourself
This goes together with the point above – just as it’s imperative not to beat yourself up for mistakes, it’s equally important to recognise your own personal milestones and achievements, even if nobody else does. Treat yourself for finishing an important project, and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished both in and out of the office – no matter how big or small. These days, even the smallest victories count.  

If you're looking to take a fresh approach this year by strengthening your company headcount or landing an incredible new role, we can help.


Get in touch today.

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This article was written by Adam Laws, Team Leader of our Recruitment and Sourcing Team.

If you’re looking for a fresh approach to job-hunting, we’ve got some brilliant tips on how to make the best of every opportunity.

Let’s focus on interviews. They’re often the first impression a prospective new employer gets of you, and it can be nerve-wracking. Never fear however, as our senior recruiter Adam Laws has some practical top tips on how to prepare for an interview.


Research the company

It may sound simple, but this is often the most overlooked aspect of interviews. Do as much research as you can - consult the company website, the manager's LinkedIn page, and do some Googling. Your interviewer doesn't need to have every tiny detail of their company's history recited back to them, but showing you've done your research will demonstrate care and curiosity about the role.

 

Show you'd be a good fit

Match up the duties of the role and experience the interviewer is looking for to the experience you already have. Think about what kind of questions may be asked and spend some time practicing your answers beforehand.

 

Be prepared

If your interview is on Teams, Zoom, Hangouts, etc., then check your computer is set up properly, the sound is working, and your cat isn't going to stroll across your desk five minutes in. In face-to-face interviews, research how long it'll take to get you there and what to bring with you.

 

Keep it relevant

If you're asked to provide an example of a certain scenario, then try to use an example from a recent and similar role. You want the manager to be able to relate to how that will be advantageous to them and the role you would be doing. This is less likely to happen if your example is a role from a decade ago in a very different environment.

 

Be honest

People who aren't will get caught out. It may not be right away, but eventually the truth will emerge. If your interviewer asks about experience that you don’t have, don’t pretend that you do, but instead try and provide an example of similar experience or skills that you think would be transferrable.

 

Show an interest

This is a great opportunity to sell your strengths back to the interviewer. The questions they ask you will be like what they’ve asked the other candidates, but you can differentiate yourself from the competition by asking really strong, researched questions. Questions can be about the role but also the business in general – growth opportunities, career development, etc. This demonstrates genuine interest in the job and will leave a great impression on the hiring manager.

 

Get your personality across

It’s easy to say “Just be yourself”, but people really do buy from people, and if you are in competition with other candidates, it can come down to how well the manager will think you'll fit within the team. It’s just as meaningful for you to come away from the interview thinking “Will I enjoy working with them?"

 

Take your time

Think before you start to talk – form your answer in your mind and you will come across clearer and more concise. Have a glass of water and take a sip if you need to buy yourself an extra second of thinking time, and your hiring manager will also be impressed by your dedication to regular hydration.

 

For more top tips and resources for landing your perfect job, make sure you're registered with Advantage Resourcing. Click here to register your CV and find your dream role today, and start your fresh approach to 2022 with us.

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