Six Qualities of a Successful Leader

Whether you’ve been in a managerial role your whole career or have just been placed in a new leadership position, everyone can benefit from a few reminders on what it takes to be a great leader. Being a great leader goes way beyond just your title and short term results. A great leader has the power to teach others and help guide them to their full potential. Empowering and leading them to build a better organization that is viewed as more than just a job. Here are six key leadership qualities that we feel makes a leader great:

Positive Attitude

A positive attitude can be contagious, and when it comes to keeping your workplace moral high, it is vital. A leader that shows enthusiasm and motivation will encourage others to have a positive attitude, which in turn will have a direct impact on the workplace environment and productivity. While it may be difficult to keep a smiling face in every situation at work, stifling personal negativity creates an excellent example for other employees.

Setting the Right Example

As a leader, your team is always watching you and your actions in the workplace and will likely follow suit. Be mindful of your day to day actions: your arrival time, professional attire, handling of stressful situations, and communication. Lead by example, your team is presumably likely to model their behavior off your actions.

Good Communicator

It is a leader’s responsibility to keep their team informed. Without clear communication your team cannot achieve the vision and the strategy to achieve the goal. Being a good communicator also means being aware of how you speak to your employees, so be cognizant of your tone and your body language. Words have the power to motivate and encourage.

Effective and Timely Decision Making

It is imperative that a good leader have the ability and training to make effective and timely decisions. Processing a lot of information and parsing the immediate and long term effects, while developing a strategic plan. Collaborating with your team on certain decisions will be key, but it is the leader’s responsibility to take ownership of any final decisions.

Empathy

Leadership cannot be successful without empathy. Empathy is crucial to understanding individual struggles, and help those you support grow in the good times and bad. Find a way to connect with every individual on your team. This can be done one on one or incorporated into team building time.

Delegation and Empowerment

It is merely impossible to tackle every task by yourself. A good leader should empower their subordinates by delegating tasks appropriately while providing guidance and support along the way. Building up and empowering your team will strengthen your organization, allowing individuals to achieve their full potential. By properly delegating, you won’t overwhelm yourself, and you will allow your team the opportunity to be empowered by greater responsibility.

Tips To Save Money When Living Paycheck To Paycheck

 

Tips To Save Money When Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Saving money. We all have it in the back of our minds as something we should be doing, but it can seem very difficult, especially if you find yourself living to paycheck to paycheck. That unsettling feeling of wondering how you will cover surprise financial expenses can worry you sick, but starting an emergency fund is easier than you’d expect, it just takes a plan and discipline. Here are some strategies to get you started on saving money.

Find Your Reason

If your goal is to start a savings account when money is tight, knowing your reason ‘why’ will help motivate and keep you on the right track. Look at your long term goals: perhaps you want to save up for a new vehicle, down payment on a home, starting a family, or simply having an emergency fund. Establish your reason, write it down, and keep your eye on your goal.

Start Fresh

Hit the reset button on your savings mindset by looking into a new savings account, possibly even with a new bank. This can make it easier to focus on saving money without being tempted to easily move money from savings to checking on a whim. Keep that account separate and only for saving money. To start an initial balance, look around your house or vehicle for spare change, it all can add up quickly.

Investigate Your Spending

Go through all of your expenses and analyze exactly how much you are spending and where. Map out where your money is going each month, including any hidden fees or interest you may be paying without realizing. When it comes to saving money, you will need to take the time to find ways to “make room” in your finances. Once a week, pick a bill and contact that company to find if there are any ways to help you save. For example, contact your car insurance company and ask if they offer a good driver discount or long term member discount. Also, compare auto insurances to see if there is a similar company that is less expensive.

Establish a Plan

Now that you have pinpointed where all of your spending is going, it is time to establish a plan to save, and stick with it.

Write out a budgeting plan, and make it attainable. Set aside each monthly expense, and be prepared for unexpected charges such as vehicle registration. Having a set budget will keep you on track to saving and avoid a spontaneous urge to spend.

Find where you can save on additional expenses. Try removing takeout meals, entertainment and family vacations – these are great categories to start with. You’d be surprised to find yourself not even noticing the cutback as you’re saving.

Now that you know where you can save money and make expense cutbacks, it is time to start setting aside that money and building up a savings account. Even if your savings start out small, you will have a sense of relief knowing you have established an account and you have a goal that you are working toward. Watch with pride your account continues to grow each month.

Apply With All Star Labor & Staffing

We offer many employment opportunities to help assist you in finding the work and income that you need. Whether you’re in the market for a full time job or looking for additional income around your current position, we want to help you succeed by listen to your needs and finding the right type of work that best fits you. Plus, we pay weekly so you won’t find yourself waiting long periods in between paychecks.

Call us today to find out what job opportunities we have available, and be sure to apply at www.allstarlabor.com.

All Star Labor & Staffing Offices:

Portland – 503.619.0811

Salem – 971.209.7130

Albany – 541.791.7928

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Bend – 541.389.1718

How to Find Good Employees During A Labor Shortage?

How to Find Good Employees During A Labor Shortage?

Today’s economy is outstanding right now, which is great in most aspects, but for many business owners, finding qualified staff can be difficult. There are so many businesses currently hiring, and everyone in similar industries are competing over top talent. This can be frustrating if you find yourself short on qualified employees, and especially if you’re missing out on the top candidates. While the economy shows no signs of slowing down, there is hope in adjusting your recruiting strategy to improve your hiring process and get ahead of the employee shortage. Here we have compiled effective strategies for business owners, hiring managers, and recruiters to counter the effects of a candidate short market and ensure that productivity levels remain stable.

 

Partner with All Star Labor & Staffing

Our mission is to simply recruit and provide the highest qualified talent for local businesses. We partner with your business because we want to help you succeed, and having us in your back pocket is not a bad idea. While an employer is always welcome to continue to recruit on their own, there is a sense of relief knowing that we too are recruiting on your behalf. We tailor each of our recruiting efforts toward your specific company’s needs. We follow the same guidelines as your company, but we have a team of skilled and experienced recruiters working to find you the right employees.

 

Look For In House Talent

With the time, money and effort that goes into recruiting a new hire, why not consider hiring in house? Onboarding is complete, they are familiar with your company policies and standards, so it makes sense to start your search there. Allowing additional training and room for advancement is also a great incentive to keep employees happy and retention numbers high.

 

Adjust Your Hiring Criteria

Several years ago, businesses could be picky about new hires and wait long periods until the exact candidate came along. Unfortunately for many companies, they are not in that hiring position currently. It may be time to take a step back and prioritize your requirements and maybe consider making some exceptions. Perhaps consider a candidate that has the right aptitude and personality for your position even if they lack a certain work experience. With the right training, you can quickly get them up to speed, and you can offer a lower wage initially until they have reached the ideal level of experience.

 

Up Your Employee Referral Program

What better way to promote your talent search than by word of mouth? Let your current employees spread the news and invite their friends, family and associates through your doors. Current placed employees are already familiar with what experience, skills, work ethic, and attitude it takes to succeed with your company. Most likely a current employee will not refer someone that they feel is not qualified as they are sticking their neck out and vouching for this person as being a trustworthy employee. If your company is receiving very few referrals from your program, or you don’t already have one in place, we suggest establishing a program that uses these resources.

 

Make Sure You Have Great Managers

It doesn’t matter how much time and effort you put into finding the highest qualified candidate if you have a toxic manager on your team. Managers have a direct impact on the happiness and retention of your employees, and it is your responsibility to take notice if you there is a decrease in retention and productivity in a certain area. If you have found yourself continually filling positions in a certain area, consider management and leadership training, or one on one trainings to get your sub-par manager up to speed. It is much easier and cost effect to improve your current team as opposed to hiring new management. If your situation does not improve, do not hesitate to make changes.

 

If you are one of the many businesses currently hiring, but not seeing the results that you would like, please contact us today and let us help find you the right employees you need and keep your business operating smoothly.

 

All Star Labor & Staffing Offices:

Portland – 503.619.0811

Salem – 971.209.7130

Albany – 541.791.7928

Eugene – 541.228.9751

Bend – 541.389.1718