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How to Get Honest Employee Feedback

November 24th, 2016

Businesses want feedback from their employees. Supervisors want feedback from their workers. The problem is that businesses are not getting honest feedback. Companies are not hearing how employees really feel about the way a business is run or how supervisors manage.

And, as long as companies solicit this feedback in the form of emails or conversation or even notes, the firms are never going to get the truth they seek. Employees don’t want to take the risk of losing their jobs or being targeted for some other reprisal.

Another big reason employees do not offer feedback is that they do not really believe it will make a difference, that the company will take any action.

Anonymity

What can companies do to combat this fear of speaking up? The best way to get honest answers is to make employee surveys anonymous. Giving employees anonymity will take care of the fear factor. One effective way of doing this is to use online voting tools that incorporate anonymous surveys.

Employees can say what they really feel, knowing they will be protected by anonymity. And the surveys are set up so that companies can ask about any topic of concern. Moreover, all of the responses are stored in one database, making it easier to analyze the responses.

Anonymous surveys help with more than just providing honesty.

They help improve employee engagement because workers can say what they really feel. If they have a gripe about something or frustration, they can be candid about it, making it a possibility that something will be done.

Better Feedback

Using an online survey format also enables companies to get more clear and precise answers. For example, if an employee says he or she is not happy, that does not reveal a lot because it is hard to determine how disgruntled the person is. On the other hand, if he quantifies his anger on a ten-point scale, you get a much better feel for his mood. Using scales like this are more helpful. Plus there are opportunities for more open ended responses.

One criticism of these types of surveys is that they do not allow for any follow up discussion. But that doesn’t have to be the case. After managers have reviewed the results, they can hold meetings with their teams to discuss the responses and appropriate action to those responses.

If your company is looking for top talent, Trinity Staffing can help you. We have the expertise and the network to find the right people for your business. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Make the Most of Your Presentation Slides

November 17th, 2016

If you are giving a presentation, you want to make it as interesting as possible for your audience. So, you want to make sure your slides are interesting as well. Here are a few tips to help you with ensuring your slides are engaging your audience.

1. What’s your purpose?
First of all, you need to think about what you are trying to accomplish with your presentation. What is your purpose? And to do this, you also need to think about your audience. Who is your audience, and how can you best get your message across to them?

2. Tell a story, with a beginning middle and end.
It may help to begin with a slide that summarizes what you are going to say. This may make it easier for people to follow.

You should structure your presentation in a narrative fashion, which will make it easier to follow, and possibly use a metaphor to help make your points.

3. Keep your slides simple
It will be too distracting if your slides are filled with too much writing or too many colors or designs. Do not use more than two or three colors. Make sure the background is neutral. Keep the font simple and clean. Do not use too many icons or text phrases.

One way to make your slides work is to simply put a word or phrase over an image. People then associate the word with the picture, making it more memorable. Another way to set up a slide is with your text on the left hand side and a picture on the right hand side. Also, consider using only a picture to make your point. When it comes to slides, simple is better and more powerful.

4. Keep text short
Use only a few keywords or phrases on your slide. This way, people will pay more attention to what you are saying rather than keying only on the slide.

5. Let pictures do the work
Pictures should be the workhorses of your slides. The visual element engages people more than text. The pictures should not only present your ideas but also the tone of your speech.

6. Use graphs and charts
These are very effective ways to giving information in a way that is easy to see and digest.

7. Show a slide for only one to two minutes.
You need to prepare enough slides so that you are only using each one for a minute or two. This will keep your presentation moving along and help to keep your audience engaged.

If you are looking for work in the San Antonio area, Trinity Staffing can help you. We are one of the leading staffing firms in San Antonio, with the expertise to help match you with the right job. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Handle Burnout

November 10th, 2016

Are you feeling burned out at work? You may be depressed and hate your job, but you may be wondering, is that burnout or some other problem?

According to psychologists, there are three main symptoms to burnout – feeling exhausted emotionally, a drop in productivity, and feeling angry at the people you are supposed to be helping. So, if you think you are suffering from burnout, what can you do? Here are a few ideas from psychologists.

1. Take care of yourself
This may sound trite, but it is essential. You need to stay healthy. That means eating properly, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. All of these things will help you to feel better and actually improve your mood.

2. Find the cause
Think about your work situation and try to find what is causing your problems. Research has shown it is usually one of the following:
Your workload is just too heavy, and you feel out of control, that you will never be able to catch up.
You are seldom recognized for the good work that you do.
You feel like your supervisors play favorites or are actively hostile toward you.
Your co-workers are simply looking out for themselves and think nothing of undermining your efforts or those of other workers.
You don’t see the value of what you are doing or that you are making a difference.

3. Imagine being engaged.
Once you have determined the cause of your burnout, think about the opposite, which is being engaged. What would that be like? What would have to happen for you to become engaged, what would you need to do?

4. What can you change
Some things you really have no control over, but others you do. Are there things you can change to lessen your feelings of burnout? Can you vary your work assignments more? Work in another department? Work more flexible hours?

5. Think about your career goals
Are you being a little to idealistic? Think about creating new goals for your job that may be more realistic, like instead of changing the world, to helping those who need it.

6. Break out of the routine
When you are experiencing burnout, your life becomes focused on just a few things, like work and going to the gym for example. Try new things, get involved in activities that you haven’t done before. Enlarge your activities and interests.

7. Take some time off
Use up all of your vacation days and get away from it all for a little while.

8. Make some decisions
If after making these changes, your feelings of burnout have not subsided, it may be time to make some decisions about the job itself, namely, should you find another one?

If you are burned out and looking for a new job, Trinity Staffing can help you. Trinity is one of the leading staffing firms in the San Antonio area. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Onboard the Internal Hire

November 3rd, 2016

When a company makes an external hire, the new person goes through the process of onboarding. The new hire is introduced to people at the company, the person learns about the policies and procedures, he or she is welcomed officially, his supervisor reviews the expectations of the job, and other activities.

However, when a person is promoted from within to a new position, there is very little onboarding. He or she is simply expected to move into the new job with very little notice or preparation. But, business experts, say this is a mistake.

Companies know that working with new people, learning new processes and procedures, dealing with new standards can be a daunting situation, and that is why companies spend a lot of time and effort in onboarding new people. But for people who are changing jobs within the organization, they are more often neglected, put into a sink or swim kind of situation.

Companies need to do more to improve the onboarding experience for internal hires as well. It should not simply be looked at as a move, but as a rehire.

The manager of the internal hire, for example, needs to take the time to get to know the new person, to understand the person’s strengths and weaknesses, his career goals and expectations. The manager should focus on giving the new internal hire plenty of feedback in the first few months.

The manager should also set up opportunities for the new person to get to know the new team he or she will be working with. The manager should introduce the new person, make him or her feel welcome, and connect him with a coworker who can act as a guide as the new person learns new processes and procedures.

In other words, they need to treat the internal hire very much like an external hire if the company wants to get the most from the person, to make sure he maintains his engagement and productivity.

If your company is searching for new people to onboard, Trinity Staffing can help you. We can provide workers who are qualified and reliable. Give Trinity a call today.

What to do When You are Feeling Overwhelmed

October 27th, 2016

These days, no matter what kind of job we have, many of us are feeling overwhelmed. We rush from place to place, from activity to activity, always trying to catch up but never seeming able to.

Some of our motivation for rushing may be psychological. We do it because we are feeling anxious, depressed or inadequate. We may have distorted perception of what we can accomplish in the time allotted. We rush so that we don’t have to face other fears or emotions.

Whatever the reason, rushing can have some deleterious effects on our mind and body. You cannot focus, your attention is shortened. You have difficulty listening to other people, and you cannot seem to keep track of the details.

We each have a certain pace that comes natural to us, according to psychologists, and when we rush, we ignore that natural pace. Psychologists have several suggestions on how to stop the rushing, to get back to a more natural pace so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed.

1. Make changes a little a time.
Focus on just one thing for a small amount of time at first. For example, if you feel you are rushing at your job, begin going at a slower pace for about ten minutes and see how that feels. Then build on that.

2. Focus on the present
Begin with just a short time focusing on the here and now. Take time to see what is around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the moment. Give them your complete focus. If this makes you feel better, continue doing it for short increments, and then gradually increase them.

3. If you have a deadline
You may not have the luxury of easing into the techniques mentioned above – at least for the present – because you have deadlines looming. One way to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed in this situation is to simply take some deep breaths.

The key, according to psychologists, is to slip into your new pace slowly and gradually, a little at a time. If you try to do it all at once, you may end up feeling even more out of sorts, like you are not accomplishing anything.

If you are feeling overwhelmed in the job search, Trinity Staffing can help. We offer the some of the most comprehensive workforce services in the Lone Star state. Give Trinity a call today.

Steps to Stop Procrastination

October 20th, 2016

Procrastination is a common scourge for us all. It is a part of being human. We procrastinate for a very simple reason – it just feels better than having to do the work. That is, in the short term, anyhow. In fact, many people make a virtue of it. They procrastinate, they say, because they work better under pressure with a deadline looming. They seem to ignore the anxiety that is produced by waiting all that time.

In fact, putting things off can take a heavy toll on us mentally, according to psychologists, possibly causing depression, low self-esteem, and other health problems. So, how do you avoid procrastination, and get started on your projects? Here is a step-by-step approach.

1. Establish a goal.
Your goal needs to be as detailed as possible, that is, what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it. Your goal needs to be specific. You need to spell out exactly what you want to accomplish. Avoid vagueness. Then, write your goal down.

You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed, like you have a hundred things to do and not enough time to do them. So, it may be difficult choosing just one thing as your goal, realizing you have all of those other things to do as well. But this is how you tackle procrastination – by focusing on that one goal, achieving it and then moving onto to something else.

2. Break big goals down into smaller ones
If your goal, for example, is to finish a major project, you are going to need to break it down into more manageable parts, a subset of smaller goals. Some psychologists suggest beginning with the smallest task that you can do that will move your work forward.

3. Give yourself rewards
When you complete a task, give yourself a reward for doing it. Go take a short walk or grab a cup of coffee.

4. If you backslide, just begin again.
You may find yourself falling back into old habits. It will happen. If you do, just start again. If you are having difficulty picking up where you left off, think about what could be causing your problems.

Trinity Staffing offers the most comprehensive workforce services and solutions in the San Antonio area. We have the expertise and experience to find the right job for you. Give Trinity a call today.

Behavioral Psychology and Procrastination

October 13th, 2016

Procrastination is something that afflicts many people. According to behavioral scientists, it is something that has an innate element to it within us. It has to do with not wanting to make an effort now for some vague reward in the future. Our minds are affected much more by the unpleasant tasks we need to accomplish in the present rather than the abstract benefits those actions will produce down the road.

So, from a behavioral perspective, the key to fighting procrastination is to somehow increase the reward that goes with those present tasks, to make them seem less unpleasant. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

1. Picture in your mind how good it will feel when you have finished the task.
Think about how it will feel to not have that particular task hanging over you anymore, now good it will feel to know you mustered the discipline to power through it. This may just be enough to get you moving.

2. Tell others.
This may also give you the nudge you need to get going. We all value the good opinion of other people, especially those who are our colleagues and friends. So, you don’t want to put yourself in the position of telling a colleague you are going to do something and then not follow through.

3. Think about the consequences of not doing something.
We all consider the consequences of doing something, the effects it will have, what it will mean. But we seldom consider the consequences of not doing something, what effects that will have. Behavioral scientists call this proclivity omission bias.

So, for example, you are putting off the research you need to do for a presentation, doing other things that are more interesting. But think about what the consequences will be of not doing the research until later, what effect that might have.

It will probably prevent you from doing the in-depth study you will need to do and to find all of the sources you will need. Thinking about the problems you create by not doing something may get you moving.

4. Establish a first step
This goes back to the advice of breaking down big projects into smaller manageable parts. And if you are having trouble beginning something, come up with a first step that is small and easily doable, something that will reduce the unpleasantness of the present action and make the benefits outweigh the costs.

5. Reward yourself.
Then, reward yourself for taking that first step. Again, this increases the benefit of taking the present action.

Don’t procrastinate in looking for a job. Trinity Staffing can help you find employment in the San Antonio area. We are one of the leading firms in the Lone Star state. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Get Moving on Your Job Search

October 6th, 2016

It’s time to look for a new job. Your current position has become a dead end. There is no challenge to it anymore, no opportunity for professional growth or development. It’s become routine.

It’s been this way for some time. And you have been planning on beginning your job search for some time. But other things keep getting in way. Or you are just too tired at the end of the day. There always seems to be some excuse to procrastinate. So, how do you overcome this and get started on your job hunt? Here are some ideas.

1. Make your bed.
You are probably wondering what in blazes this has to do with a job search. Actually, more than you think. Research has shown that doing little things like making your bed helps to instill a sense of discipline and even helps improve your mood. Doing this first thing will get your day off to a good start and put you in the right mindset for getting to work.

2. Treat your job search like a job itself.
Whether you are currently working or not, you need to treat your search like a job. You should set up a work station at home, complete with desk and files. Set aside a certain amount of time when you will do your work uninterrupted.

If you are not working, get out of your pajamas and wash up, just as you would if going to a job.

3. Do some planning
The first thing you need to do is make some decisions – what kind of job do you want, and what companies do you want to work for? Are you looking to change careers? What are your career objectives? Narrow down the number of companies you want to apply to. This may involve some research online and talking to people.

Then, you need to set some goals for yourself. You need to develop a strategy.

4. Create a schedule
Once you have come up with the tasks you need to complete, you need to make a detailed schedule for doing those tasks – what you are going to do and when you are going to do it, with dates and times. For example, from 9am to 11am, rework resume. Make every effort to stick to your schedule.

Then, once you have completed your tasks, be sure to record what you have done. This will help you to see what you have accomplished — what you have done and what you need to do.

If you want to get moving on your job search, the people at Trinity Staffing can help you. We work with honesty and integrity with your best interests as our number one priority. Contact Trinity Staffing today.

More Ideas to Combat Procrastination

September 29th, 2016

Procrastination. It is something that afflicts just about everyone at some time or another. For some, it can become more of a problem. Regardless of who it affects, it can be debilitating, lowering productivity, increasing stress, negatively affecting our mood and attitude. How to combat it? Here are a few ideas.

1. Review your to-do list.
First of all, it probably is a lot longer than it should be. When you see all of those tasks on the list, it doesn’t spur you to get them done. It more often has the effect of deflating your energy when you see how much you have to do. Try to shorten the list to just the most important things that you need to do.
And don’t put things on the list that you know you are going to do. Put tasks on the list that you are likely to procrastinate doing. Writing them down may actually give you a little psychological push to get them done.

2. Figure out why.
When you are procrastinating with something, try to determine what is causing you to put off doing it. Is it because you don’t feel you have enough time to get it done, because it looks too big and intimidating, or because you don’t feel you will be able to do a good enough job on it?

If you can identify the reason behind your procrastination, it may help you to focus on the cause of your procrastination and get moving. For example, if you are procrastinating because the project seems too big and unmanageable, break it down into smaller parts.

3. Time yourself.
This does really work. In fact there is a well known system that uses this technique called the Pomodoro Method. Set a timer for a certain amount of time, say 25 to 30 minutes, and then work intensely for that time. Then take a break. Repeat this as needed.

4. Do the nasty stuff first.
Sometimes we put off things simply because we find them difficult to do for one reason or another. If you get the tough stuff out of the way first, you are more likely to get done what you need to.

5. Take breaks
Some people think they need to force themselves to work as long and hard as they can without rest is the only way to get things done. But this is actually counterproductive. Your mind and your body need breaks to rest and recuperate. It is necessary for resilience.

If you want to stop procrastinating in finding a job, get in touch with the people at Trinity Staffing. Trinity is among the best at what they do, which is matching good people with good jobs. Give Trinity a call today.

How to Finally Get Started on That Big Project

September 22nd, 2016

At one time or another, we may be beset by procrastination, particularly when faced with a big, hairy project. We put it off for days or even weeks because it just looks too daunting. Here’s how to get started.

1. Determine why you are procrastinating.
Are you putting it off simply because you cannot find the time? You don’t feel you have the mental stamina to tackle such a big project? You don’t even know how to begin? Identifying why you are procrastinating is the first step in accomplishing your goal.

2. Do something to confront the obstacle
Just take a small step toward overcoming the obstacle that has been standing in your way. It should be small, because you are not going to change the world all at once – the obstacle is obviously a big one if it has been causing you to put off your project for so long, so you are not going to simply vault over it all at once. You tackle it little by little.

For example, if you are not sure how to begin the project, talk with other people for advice on the problem as a first step.

3. Set aside five minutes a day
Each day, take five minutes to work on your project without fail. Make these five minutes a priority. You won’t get a lot accomplished in five minutes, that is true. But you will begin to develop a habit of daily work on your project. And you will find that you will often work longer than just five minutes.

4. Set little goals.
The first thing to do with any big project is to break it up into smaller parts, and then tackle those parts one at a time. As you do this, set goals for yourself, but make the goals more immediate and for simpler tasks. As you reach each of these little goals, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and build a momentum toward your larger goals.

5. Just dive in.
Even if you are not sure you are heading in the right direction, dive in and get started anyhow. There is no shame in going down some blind alleys – they will help you better determine where you need to go. The important thing is movement, action, doing something, anything. As the great Spanish writer Baltasar Gracian wrote many years ago, “Things turn bad more often in repose than in motion.” So, keep moving.

If you need to get started on that job search project, begin by contacting Trinity Staffing. There is no better staffing agency in the San Antonio area, one that works with you to find a job that fits your skills and abilities. Give Trinity a call today.

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