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Reflecting on our Growth

Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.

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Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.

As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.

We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.

We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.

We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.

When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!

Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.

Take the time to say thank you.

It’s pretty simple. Just two words.light-sign-typography-lighting

Thank you.

And we fail to realize how much of a difference it can make to take the time to say thank you to our friends, family, and to our colleagues.

In the typical workplace, we work in teams. When we are collaborating with our fellow teammates, we help each other along to achieve a common goal. We need to remember to take the time to say thank you.

I was reminded of this simple concept in a blog post I read yesterday entitled Did You Say Thank You Today?

Gratitude goes a long way.

If someone has assisted you with a project, and their contribution and time meant a difference to you, take the time to thank them graciously. Even better, and this may feel awkward at first, make eye contact when saying thanks. It will be sincere. If you didn’t get a chance to thank them in person, put it in writing and make sure to send a quick email of thanks.

The best recognition you can give a colleague to thank them for their contribution, is to do so in front of their peers, at a team meeting for example.  At the weekly staff meeting in our office, we have a chance to recognize our colleagues’ efforts from the previous week; our appreciation is rewarded with a ‘kudos’.

Take the time to say thank you.

Staffing for Canada Week

Last week was Staffing for Canada Week.  The annual event is celebrated by members of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people who are employed in the staffing profession in Canada. ACSESS members represent 85 percent of the staffing volume in Canada.

Our team celebrated with a take out picnic lunch in a park near our Yaletown neighbourhood, then a nice walk along the seawall back to the office. We all enjoyed this fun way to celebrate with our great team of recruiters and staff.

 

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Temporary employees and candidates together with industry professionals from across the country will be celebrating Staffing for Canada Week from June 4-10, 2017.

First introduced in Edmonton in 1980 as “National Temporaries’ Week”, this celebration has become widely recognized in both Canada and the United States, based on the dramatic growth in the numbers of contract and temporary workers contributing to the skilled labour force in all industry sectors.

The annual event is celebrated by members of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people who are employed in the staffing profession in Canada. ACSESS members represent 85 percent of the staffing volume in Canada.

ACSESS is the single voice for promoting best practices and ethical standards for the recruitment, employment and staffing services industry in Canada.  Its members provide a key service to businesses and offer a broad range of career coaching, planning and employment opportunities to their clients.

Are you a Boss or a Leader?

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Great leaders know how to communicate with everyone – average leaders communicate with everyone the same way.  What is your leadership style? What type of team do you want to lead to success?

Leadership is key. When a true leader motivates employees, your team has the opportunity to be inspired to do better, to be better. When teams respect their leader and have a sense of job security, the team will deliver key objectives. True teamwork comes into play, and we work as a team to help our leader’s vision come to life. A leader  sets the tone for an organization and builds a solid team that succeeds together.

 

 

Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

At a quick glance at a resume, hiring managers can easily be too quick to judge to determine if the candidate deserves an interview.

In this TED Talk video below, HR Manager Regina Hartley shares with us why highly motivated ‘scrappers’ are the kind of candidates hiring managers should be looking out for. Scrappers have experienced hardships and overcome adversity which has shaped them to be highly motivated, productive and successful.

Average or Great?

Do you want your business to be average or great?

Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.

Be your best and hire the best.

Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.

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Be Fearlessly Authentic

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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If you are a manager, team leader or business owner there is one facet of your character that must stand out to those you lead and that is “authenticity.”

Your people want to know who you really are.  Many times when a person is put into a position of “leadership” they feel they must act the part (whatever that means to them).  It’s not long before their people realize that they are not being authentic and this is where problems will begin.

In the book The Go-Giver The authors teach the “Law of Authenticity.” The following is an excerpt from the chapter.

“As long as you’re trying to be someone else, or putting on some act or behavior someone else taught you, you have no possibility of truly reaching people. The most valuable thing you have to give people is yourself.”

Here are a couple of tips to practice in being authentic.

  • Realize no one is perfect, be yourself.
  • Be present when you are with others.
  • State your values and then live them out loud. “Walk the talk.”
  • Be aware when you are not being authentic and change it quickly.

Being authentic is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself and to those with whom you encounter, live and work with.

“I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.”-Charles R. Swindoll

Millenials in the Workplace

Managing and motivating millenials in the workplace can leave some older generations with many questions. What makes them tick? What leadership style do they respond to? What are their core values in life? What keeps them engaged at work? As we get to know this youngest generation of workers, here’s a video interview with Simon Sinek below that sheds some light how millenials are perceived in the workplace, how they conduct their lives, and what corporations need to do to shape workplaces for the future.

The Ideal Employee?

It can be a challenge to find the ideal employee. The video below indicates 15 traits of the ideal employee. All of these traits are good, but is it realistic for one person to possess all these traits? Ideally, an organization would hire many people with most of these traits, but not all.  A company thrives when employees have complimentary skills and traits.  Building a team with complimentary traits make for a more balanced company. Still, watching this video can give hiring managers an idea of what to look for when building their teams.

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