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Employee Motivation in 2019

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Employee Motivation in 2019

Whether you’re an employer, or an employee, you probably have some idea of how motivation contributes to great work. We often do our best work when we feel motivated and energized to tackle projects ahead of us. On the flip side, most of us have experienced moments when a lack of motivation for a particular task or job has gotten in the way of achieving success.

As an employer, it’s clear that tapping into employee motivation can help your business succeed, but just how do you do this? And how do you identify new hires who are going to be motivated to succeed?

What Motivates Employees?

Motivating employees can seem like a daunting task, and can require different approaches for different people. Employee motivation often depends on an individual’s personal goals and needs, both inside and outside the workplace.

Some of the most typical employee motivators include:

  •      Praise and acknowledgement from colleagues and managers
  •      Financial rewards
  •      Flexibility
  •      Opportunities for advancement
  •      Handling tasks that meet or challenge skill sets
  •      Being involved in decision making
  •      Believing in the company mission
  •      Simple love of the work

The best way to discover what motivates your employees is to actually have a conversation about their drives and needs. Start by taking notes of their answers, and see if, and how, your business can accommodate them. Having that conversation does two important things. It shows that you are listening to your employee, and care about their role in the company, and their success – this attentive listening is a big motivator all on its own. But more importantly, this conversation will help you understand how to get the most out of your employees.

Hiring for Motivation

Another important way to ensure employee motivation is to hire the right person for the job from the start. The first step in this process is to make sure your job posting is clear, detailed, and true to the role. This will encourage the right kind of candidates to apply.

Once you’ve filtered your candidates and invited your top picks in for an interview, make sure to ask them what keeps them motivated on the job. It’s also good to know why they want to work for your company, and what their future goals are.  These questions will help you assess their personal drives and if they have a real passion for what your company does. If you want to learn about their self-motivation skills, you can also ask about their least favourite tasks in past jobs and how they pushed themselves to complete them.

You also want to ensure that an employee’s skills and experience match the needs of the role.  One of the biggest motivation-killers can be repeated failure. While failure can be a tool for developing resilience and an opportunity to learn and improve, if someone just isn’t equipped to do a job, they will quickly lose heart. This doesn’t mean you should rule out keen learners who are a little bit under-qualified for a role – remember a lot of people are motivated by challenge and learning – but you’ll want to ensure you can provide them with mentorship and guidance, and/or that they have a personal learning plan in place to help their success.

The Power of Listening

What you might have noticed is that motivating your employees is a lot about the power of listening. That is, asking the right questions, and discovering how you can work together with your staff to ensure success. If you hire smart, actively listen to your employees’ needs. By providing the right environment,  you’ll be able to retain long-term motivated and passionate employees.

Conclusion

Do you need help finding motivated employees? Platinum Personnel can connect you to some of Kelowna’s best employees and will screen and find the best fit for your staffing needs!

 

 

 

Onboarding Is Important

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What is Onboarding

As a business owner, it is doubtful that you are not familiar with the term onboarding. But what does it really mean, when all is said and done? Google tells us that it’s “the process of integrating a new employee into an organization”, and we have to agree. Onboarding is what starts your new employee on their career path in your company, and it is what will set them up for success. A successful and meaningful onboarding procedure will set up your employeeproperly, allowing them to become a high-contributing member of your team.

Here’s the nitty-gritty bit: onboarding doesn’t just happen in a day. It doesn’t even happen in a few months! Onboarding is NOT the first day orientation and HR paperwork, even if that’s what you’ve been lead to believe. It’s more than just orientation, it’s about employee retention. If your workplace is suffering from high frequency turnover and costs due to low employee retention, you probably need to take a good look at your onboarding program.

When Employees Leave

A 2014 Equifax report states that 40% of the employees who decided to leave their jobs voluntarily in the previous year did so within 6 months of their start date. Furthermore, an additional 16% left within the first 12 months. This means that more than half of independent turnover happens within an employee’s first year. What do you need to take away from this? When people decide to leave a job, they do it quickly. This means that the first year and onboarding of new employees are critical for encouraging a high employee retention rate.

Why Employees Leave

Communication is important, especially when it comes to the hiring process and onboarding.  Hiring in accordance to culture fit is a great way to go about hiring people that will best fit into your workplace, so be open about your goals and values! New hires are less likely to end up disappointed, confused, or overwhelmed by their new position if they understand their prospective employer’s company values. In fact, they’ll be more likely to be invested and engaged in their work, meaning that they’re less likely to have an eye on the exit.

Don’t Ignore Onboarding

As you can see, it’s really important for your new hires to feel valued right away in their new position. A good onboarding plan will help with this, boosting employee engagement while clarifying roles, responsibilities, and expectations. If you’re seeking new qualified applicants to onboard into your company, you may need our services. Platinum Personnel is happy to help, click here to schedule a free consultation with us. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Platinum Personnel, Oct.2018

 

The Perfect Job Description

Job Description

Gone are the days of stagnant, stale, and rambly job descriptions. Business industries are rapidly evolving, and thanks to the use of social media it is now easier than ever before to increase your pool of potential applicants. However, factoring in the sea of job positions available online through LinkedIn and other channels, HR personnel are now faced with a different problem. How do you entice the perfect applicant? Simple – The perfect job description.

Start With a Hook

As there are so many job descriptions out in the world, you need to get your applicants to notice your ad. One of the easiest ways to do this, is to start off your listing with a hook. The goal is to entice them, to be able to work for you they need to read this listing! There is no set rule on a “hook”, so feel free to get creative. Describe your ideal candidate, talk about your great office environment, tell the reader why they want to work for your company.

Detail the Role and Responsibilities

If they’ve made it this far, your reader is now interested in this potential opportunity. Now is the time to give them some details! Don’t overcrowd this section of the job description, but don’t be too stingy either. Be sure to describe the role you are trying to fill, and the responsibilities that come with it. Now would also be a good time to describe qualities your ideal candidate would have, and all of the requirements for education, software, and industry knowledge/experience they’ll need.

Job Description Secret Weapon: Culture

You want your candidate to be top notch, and all the best potential employees want to find not only a great job, but a great place to work. Your job description should include a section about the culture of your workplace, and what it’s like to work there. Include the size and style of the workplace, as well as your current staff. Hopefully this will be a long term commitment from both parties, so be sure to talk up how great the culture is! Include the salary range, and hours/days expected in this section too.

End With a Bang

Every job is different, therefore every job description will be too. Don’t be afraid to have fun while sharing the details of this potential career, but always be honest. The objective of this listing is to entice your next employee, so share any perks that come with the job, no matter how small. There are so many job descriptions out there, so you need to really shine and in order to catch their attention. Good luck!

 

Platinum Personnel – September 2018

 

5 Pro Tips for Okanagan Graduates to Ace The First Job Interview

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Acing the First Job Interview

Graduating from university or college can be a disorienting experience. After spending years learning new skills and honing them, you’re suddenly out in the real world and need to find work!

The good news is, it’s never been a better time to find a job as a graduate in the Okanagan area. The economy is strong and job opportunities are plentiful. But once you’ve got your foot in the door with a strong resume, you need to ace that first interview in order to stand out from the competition.

Here are five pro tips for impressing your potential employers in the first interview:

Do your homework

There’s nothing more disappointing to an employer than an interviewee who doesn’t know anything about the business! These days, with nearly every business being represented online, it’s easy to research the company you’re interviewing at and internalize a few fundamental facts.

How long has the company been in business? What do they specialize in and how are they unique from their competitors? What is the company’s vision? Work this information into your responses and show your employer that you’re interested in not just the job, but the company brand.

Know what you bring to the table

The first job interview is your chance to sell yourself as the perfect employee! Once you’ve researched the business and the role you’re applying for, take a good look at your resume. Which of your skills will your potential employer be most interested in? What separates you from other candidates in Kelowna? Determine your biggest selling points and make sure you emphasize them during your interview.

Prepare for the common questions

Know in advance how you will respond to the most common interview questions. Questions like:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your biggest strength/weakness?
  • What are your long term goals?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Why should I hire you?

Giving advance thought to these questions will help you answer confidently and succinctly when they come up.

Prepare Questions to ask

There may be a point during the interview when the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Use this opportunity to ask genuine, well-thought out questions about the role, company, and work culture.

This not only demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job opportunity, but you will benefit from it as well. You want to make sure the company is as good a fit for you as you are for them!

Watch your body language

First impressions are important, and body language plays a large role in making the right one. Wear professional attire, and keep your posture straight. Have a firm handshake to demonstrate confidence. Make regular eye contact and smile to show that you are trustworthy. Wait until you’re invited to take a seat, and avoid putting anything on the table except your portfolio or resume.

Conclusion

If you are called for your first job interview in Okanagan, the employer already believes you have the skills and qualifications for the job. All you need to do is live up to your resume, and show your enthusiasm by arriving to the interview well-prepared. Not sure where to start? Contact us to help you ace your first job interview.

 

Temporary vs Permanent Placement : 3 Questions Kelowna Employers Should Consider

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Perhaps you already know that using a recruitment agency might be one of the best things you can do for your Kelowna business. You get a hand-picked shortlist of qualified candidates to choose from, saving precious time and resources finding the perfect hire.

But there’s one more decision to make when hiring through a recruitment agency.  Will you choose a temporary hire or a permanent placement?

Consider these three questions to determine which type of placement is right for your business:

Is the role a long term opportunity?

Temp hires are perfect if you’re not sure the role will be required for the long term. But if there is a potential for long term employment, both the temp and employer can benefit from a contract. If the temp learns the job well and develops a good working relationship with the other team members, the employer can then hire them on full time.

Permanent placements are ideal if the employer is certain that the role is a long term opportunity from the start. Someone who joins the company with plans to stay long term will be more likely to show commitment to the company’s brand and vision for the future.  

Even with permanent placements, there is still a 90 day probationary period where the employer can re-evaluate if the new hire is working out or not.

How much experience does the role require?

The downside to temp placements is that they typically require someone who is willing to work in a temporary capacity. Temps usually know that their potential for future employment with the company is less secure. Candidates who are already working are as likely to leave their current job for a temp role. As a result, many of the employees who are available for temp work tend to have less work experience.

A permanent role is seen as a more secure opportunity that will attract experienced candidates, since they might then be willing to leave their current position to pursue it.

How quickly do you need the help?

Temp hires can be placed quickly, and are best utilized when you need immediate help for your team. For example, a temp is perfect for covering for an employee who had to take a sudden leave of absence.

Permanent hires typically take longer to onboard since they are often leaving another company. Also, they  need to leave a minimum of two weeks notice with their former employer.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for long term employee, or just looking for extra help during your peak season, a Kelowna recruitment agency can help you find the perfect candidate to suit your needs.

 

Top 5 Employee Skills Okanagan Employers are Looking for 2018

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Kelowna and the surrounding area has been exploding with new growth and job opportunities the past few years. 2018 is shaping up to be no exception! With recent graduates and job-seekers flocking to Okanagan, the competition for jobs can be pretty stiff when facing Okanagan employers.

So what traits, skills, or characteristics will separate you from the crowd? Here are the top 5 skills that Okanagan employers are on the lookout for:

Ambition

With lots of tech startups in the area, an entrepreneurial spirit will go a long way with many Okanagan employers. Employers are looking for hires who will show dedication, drive, and loyalty, not someone who views the position as “just a job”. A candidate who demonstrates ambition will reassure the employer that they are willing to learn new skills, systems, or processes. They might even become someone who will help the employer build the company!

Adaptability

The ability to embrace change is a crucial soft skill to many employers. Adaptable employees are more likely to rise to tackle new challenges head-on, and be willing to perform tasks outside their job description. They can easily cross-train on other desks when the need arises and often become indispensable in their departments.

Precision

Work output that is riddled with errors and omissions can become a huge expense for a company. Therefore, the ability to conduct duties with accuracy is one of the most important skills an employee can have. Detail-oriented employees will produce quality work that will save the company time and money.

Critical-Thinking

Employers are looking for employees who can take direction but also solve problems on their own. Employees who are able to troubleshoot and prevent issues will streamline workflow and free up management to focus on other tasks.

Cultural Fit

Lastly, an employer wants to know that their new hires have good interpersonal skills and will work well with the rest of the team. A good team-player will increase efficiency and help create a positive work environment. Cultural fit means also means the employee understands and shares the company’s core values and vision.

Conclusion

Education and work experience are important and will likely always play a factor in an employer’s hiring decisions. But it’s the other employee skills and characteristics that will often make or break a candidate’s chance of making the short list! Not sure which skills to put on your resume? Contact us for a skills assessment. 

 

Top 10 Jobs in Kelowna for Recent Graduates

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In 2018, Okanagan Valley has become the land of opportunity. Mostly this is particularly true for new graduates searching for work in the Kelowna area. If you are a local graduate seeking employment, you should definitely consider the following jobs in Kelowna.

Real Estate Agent

Kelowna’s housing market has seen an impressive boom in the past year as citizens depart Vancouver’s overpriced housing market in search of greener (and more affordable) pastures. As a result, the need for new talent in the Kelowna Real Estate industry has never been greater.

Programmer or Software Analyst

The tech industry in Kelowna has grown into a 1.3 billion dollar industry, and is known as B.C.’s very own Silicon Valley. Because of resources such as  Accelerate Okanagan help to draw in tech businesses from around the globe, there’s no better time or place to be a graduate in computer science.

Tour Guide / Tourism Associate

With its sunny weather, nearby wineries, and beautiful Okanagan lake, it’s no wonder that Kelowna enjoys a booming tourism industry. Therefore, there are many opportunities to serve in tourism, ranging from guided boat tours, wine tasting servers to instructing at ski resorts.

Healthcare Administrator

Majority of job vacancies are located in the city’s General Hospital and the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, whose campus is located in (remove-South Central) Kelowna. As a result,  Healthcare industry currently accounts for 27% of all job vacancies in the Kelowna area.

Horticulture Specialist

One of Kelowna’s biggest economic assets is its agriculture. The Okanagan area is a thriving expanse of farmland that includes wineries, lavender farms, and various types of orchards. Due to this factor, any student with a background in horticulture or agriculture will find many opportunities awaiting them in Kelowna.

Civil Engineer

The B.C. government expects to see as many as 6000 or more jobs in the construction industry by 2025. This is the ideal role for the graduate with a civil engineering degree or diploma in construction technology.

Marketing Strategist

Kelowna and its surrounding area is teeming with new businesses and entrepreneurs. Due to this, startup businesses are looking for a talented marketing strategist who can get the word out about their service or product.

Human Resources Specialist

More jobs in Kelowna create a greater need for H.R. specialists. Furthermore, B.C. government predicts this sector will see a considerable increase in employment opportunities within the next 5-10 years.

Architect

Kelowna’s growing community needs architects to design and create plans for new buildings, whether they be commercial, institutional, or residential. Architects require a three-year internship and an exam with the provincial association. However, the effort is worth it; the government predicts there will be over 1400 jobs for architects by 2025.

Sales Executive

Getting into sales is a great opportunity for the extroverted business administration graduate who loves to connect with people face to face. Today, every business needs outside sales associates who are adept at meeting potential clients and closing deals.

Conclusion

Regardless of industry or field of study, there is no shortage of exciting  opportunities for different jobs in Kelowna.

Contact us to help you find the right employment opportunity for you!

 

Why Jobs in Okanagan are on the Rise

Jobs in Okanagan

2017 was an impressive year for Okanagan region job market. Within the span of one year, Kelowna – the largest city in Okanagan Valley – went from having the worst job market in Canada, to being number one. The number of jobs in Okanagan has increased a whopping 14.3% in 2017, and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

So what’s the reason behind the growth? Here are three major factors contributing to the rise of jobs in Okanagan:

Innovation:

The technology sector in particular has had a significant impact on Okanagan. In just three years, tech has grown 30% to become a 1.3 billion dollar industry. QHR and Disney Interactive are sector leaders that paved the way for new tech businesses and are further enabled by Accelerate Okanagan. AO is a not-for-profit organization that provides tech business with mentorship and connections needed to succeed in Okanagan.

New Developments

Aside from the technology sector, Okanagan has seen impressive growth among a number of other industries. Healthcare, Tourism, Agriculture, and Manufacturing, have all become economic strengths within the region.

From an international investment standpoint, it’s far cheaper to open a business in Okanagan than in the lower mainland. The Business Development Bank of Canada also offers more support to small businesses and programs for local Okanagan businesses. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to the region.

Great Community

There are a number of compelling reasons to relocate to Okanagan. It’s a beautiful place to live, with Okanagan Lake is one of the regions highlights. Okanagan has a better weather and more sun, than its rainier counterpart in the Lower Mainland.  

The thriving agriculture in Okanagan means access to fresh local produce. And of course, those enjoy wine will also be attracted to the 30+ wineries in the region!

Finally, Okanagan has become a far more affordable place to live compared to Vancouver’s dramatically inflated housing market.

Conclusion:

For the recently graduated who looking to enter the workforce, Okanagan is an excellent place to begin your career. The Okanagan and Kelowna area offers the best of both worlds: opportunities to thrive your industry while enjoying a high quality lifestyle.

5 Reasons to Hire Kelowna Recruitment Agency

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Why Hire Kelowna Recruitment Agency?

Kelowna is a growing community with an exploding job market: Jobs in Kelowna increased by 14.3% in 2017, and ranked as the number one job market in the country! To find the perfect hire in this rapidly growing marketplace, you need a local professional who has not only the industry expertise, but also constantly monitors the local job seeking community. That’s where Kelowna Recruitment Agency comes handy.

Here are five reason you should use a Kelowna recruitment agency:

Saves Company Time

Reviewing resumes can be a poor use of company time, especially if it results in the wrong hire. Recruiters do all the screening, interviewing, skill testing, and background checking. Afterwards, employer needs only to cherry-pick from the recruiters’ carefully vetted shortlist.

Saves Company Money

An in-house hiring manager spends a lot of money and resources through advertising, interviewing, background checking, and training. As a result the costs can quickly add up and exceed the company budget.

Kelowna recruitment agency can provide predictable hiring costs that are in alignment with the budget. Furthermore, their industry expertise can help negotiate an appropriate salary while still securing the best candidate.

Recruitment Expertise

A good recruiter will act as an ambassador of your company brand to candidates within your industry. They can provide candidates with insight on the work culture and company vision. Much as, a professional recruiter also knows their candidates’ individual work histories and strengths. They will take the time to ensure the candidate is the right fit for the company’s long-term goals before adding them to their shortlist.

Better Local Connections

Usually, recruitment agencies are better-connected than in-house hiring managers. They already have a pool of top-tier candidates that may be the right match for your business. As well, many of the best candidates are not actively applying to jobs, and recruiters know how to find them. They have an extensive network of contacts that they can utilize to connect you with these hard-to-find candidates.

Improves Community Reputation

A Kelowna-based recruitment agency can help you make the right hire and reduce company turnover. Over time, this creates a long-term, cohesive team of employees. Furthermore, good hiring decisions build up a company’s reputation by having staff that provides top-quality service to their clients.

Conclusion:

Whether it’s an entry-level administrator or a seasoned manager, who you hire can impact the success of your business. Take the guesswork out of making the right call by utilizing the services of a local Kelowna recruitment agency.