All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

All Star Success Stories – Zachary Kissler

Being a true All Star employee means going above and beyond the standard job requirements. Showing up early, trying new jobs, open to working new shifts, asking what more you can do when the tasks are completed and simply having a great attitude. Zachary Kissler from our Bend office exemplifies these “ideal employee” traits.

Zachary initially heard of All Star through a specific Craigslist job posting, and has worked in a wide variety of job industries wherever he is needed. He started out doing masonry work where he’s learning a lot of new skills, and he’s also done events, irrigation, and arbor work. He says that he enjoys working with All Star Labor & Staffing because it has been a solid, reliable source of income for him when needed.

Our Bend office has had the pleasure of employing Zack, this is what they had to say about their experience: “Great working with Zack. Very reliable, very willing to try new jobs and skills.”

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Team Building Activities Everyone Will Enjoy

Noticing a certain damper around the workplace or a drop in moral? Well then, it may be time to plan your teams’ next team building activity! These exercises are a great way to encourage team building, open communication and overall have fun. So whether you are a company of a thousand employees or just ten, here are some great team bonding activity ideas sure to spark some fun in almost any employee.

Potluck

Have your employees show off their culinary skills (or store bought) by preparing a small dish to bring to a company potluck. Then, set aside an afternoon to enjoy a homemade meal together.

Community Service

Around every community there are those who are less fortunate and in need. Pick a deserving cause and come together whenever time allows to give back locally.

Scavenger Hunt

This classic game is always a good go-to team bonding activity. Create a list of items to be located either around the workplace or in a designated area elsewhere. Divide employees into teams and challenge them to locate all the items on the list and document them by taking pictures.

Office Trivia

This is an easy and inexpensive activity to test your team members knowledge and entice a little competition. Come up with a series of questions related to the company and workplace. Depending on size of company, this could be a team or individual competition, but pick a fun prize for the winner(s).

Escape Room

These challenging scenarios require a lot of team work, problem solving ability and good communication among coworkers. Rooms are furnished by theme and participants are locked in the room and must figure out a series puzzles to find the hidden key and escape.

Two Truths and a Lie

Give every employee a sheet of paper and have them come up with two truths about themselves and one lie. Then, have everyone else try to figure out which of the facts are true and which is the lie.

Painting Class

Do some research around your area to find where painting classes are offered. These classes are great for expressing creativity, as well a,s igniting a little competition all while having fun.

Some other great activates to do with your team outside of the workplace can be: bowling, trampoline park, laser tag, go karting, mini golf, kayaking/canoeing, sports game, something touristy, explore a new place, and so many other fun things.

So now that you have a few ideas for your company’s next get together, start planning it out and get your team exited! An investment in your employee’s happiness is one of the greatest investments you can make as a leader.

Five Reasons Why Team Building Activities Are Important

Five Reasons Why Team Building Activities Are Important

Team building activities are essential for a well-developed and productive team because it’s all about the most important asset of your business – your employees. Even the best product or innovative business plan will struggle without a solid team of great people behind it. Team building exercises enhance comradery, opens communication, encourages teamwork, and builds trust among coworkers.

Here are five reasons to integrate team building exercises are important for a happy and productive company:

  1. Better Communication

Activities that encourage discussion enable open communication among employees as well as between employees and management. An employee that feels comfortable communicating and collaborating with coworkers can be more productive when ideas and second opinions are easier to share.

  1. Networking and Socializing

Team building allows employees from different areas of the company to interact when they may not normally have those opportunities to socialize and build relationships. Building relationships extends beyond personal pleasantries as it can also be a great networking tool, helping employees grow their own personal skills, and creating a web of people they can call on at any point in their career. 

  1. Promotes Creativity

Taking a team outside of their normal work environment and routine can expose them to new experiences and encourage thinking outside of their usual scope. Team building activities can ignite creativity and fresh ideas among coworkers which is a great skill to take back to the workplace.

  1. Encourages Celebration and Team Spirit

Almost every accomplishment is fun to celebrate together, and it encourages people to strive to succeed. This excitement and motivation is great to bring into the workplace to motivate employees, boosting drive to succeed to the next level.

  1. Breaks the Barrier

Team building activities can open doors between employees and between employees and management where there may be a sense of disconnect. In many corporate settings, there can seem to be a gap between leadership and employees, but team building exercises can offer an opportunity for leadership to bond in a different setting and be seen more as a colleague. This can do wonders for a workplace as it enables employees to feel comfortable approaching management and can motivate creativity.

Once you understand the importance of team building exercises, go ahead and make a plan and schedule your team’s next activity. It is an investment in your company’s future that you will not want to miss out on. By focusing on building employee relationships, communication, and trust, companies will find more engaged and productive employees

For ideas on what to do for your team’s next team building event, check back here next week.

To Follow Up After An Interview, Or Not?

To Follow Up After An Interview, Or Not?

You’ve just completed the job interview that you had been preparing for and looking forward to for some time. You’re feeling confident on how you did, then you started thinking about the ever so common question of, “Should I follow up after my interview?” The simple answer is, yes. A professional follow up requires adequate writing and timing. If done properly, a recruiter or hiring manager will be impressed with your communication skills and interest in the position discussed or other positions available. Here we have some steps to ease your way into staying in communication with your interviewer and hopefully landing that job you’ve been working so hard towards.

Step 1: Ask What the Next Step Is – During the Interview

It is your responsibility to ask before you leave the interview when you should expect to hear something back from your interviewer. Then jot down that time frame and be sure to get their contact information before you leave.

Step 2: Send a Thank You Letter

A handwritten thank you letter can really make a big impression on a hiring manager. It shows that you care enough about this opportunity to take the time to write out a note, put a stamp on it and mail it out. If you are unable to write out a handwritten note, an email message will work just fine. The key is to get this letter out as soon as possible after your interview. Make it your goal to get your letter sent within 24 hours of your interview.

Your thank you letter should include of course thanking whomever took the time to meet with you, reiterate your interest in the job and the company, and highlight your relevant skills and experience that make you the ideal candidate.

Step 3: Follow Up Message

After waiting the appropriate amount of time, as discussed in your interview to get a response, you are completely free to send a follow up email. A follow up letter is meant to be short and to the point. This is your opportunity to remind them that you are excited for this opportunity and ask if there is any update or if any decisions have been made. Be specific in your message about when you interviewed and what position or positions you discussed. Again, be sure to thank them for taking the time to meet with you, and let them know you are appreciative of their time and any update they can offer at this time.

Step 4: Prepare Your Follow Up Responses

If you do get a response back but they have no update at this time, that is okay, you know that you have done your part and have shown initiative. When responding, be sure to thank them for an update and ask if they have a time frame on when a decision will be made so you will know when to follow up again. Let them know that you understand these decisions take time, but are still interested in the position.

Hopefully by now you will have had an update, but if not, please have patience. Sometimes these decisions take time or job openings change without notice. Knowing that you did your very best in your interview and have been professional in your follow ups is all you can do.

If you are currently looking for employment or considering changing career paths in the future, apply with All Star Labor & Staffing today. We have professional recruiters that invest the time into meeting with you to find the right type of work for you. Fortunately, we have several job opportunities in a variety of fields available, so one single interview with us opens the doors to all of our positions. To apply, visit our website at www.allstarlabor.com.