Tips for Covering Staff Holidays

It is great for managers when staff operations are operating with fluidity as it assists with maintaining consistent productivity, and satisfied clients and customers. At different times of the year, employee holidays can create extra pressure on line managers. With experience they can become resourceful at successfully ensuring that the transition doesn’t disrupt work productivity and the transition is smooth for all concerned.

Here are some tips to help with the process of covering staff holidays:

  1. Operate a system with employees whereby notice of one month is required to ensure that their position can be temporarily filled while they are out on holidays.
  2. Sign up with a Recruitment Agency. They are a great resource to recruit temporary staff for the duration and their expertise ensures that the temp is the right match.
  3. Assign an experienced member of staff for the induction of temp staff. This can have a positive impact on a successful temporary recruitment.
  4. Monitor the progress on temp staff, frequently.
  5. Include temp staff in team meetings, including their feedback, and office events.
  6. Offer incentives to the new recruit, if a similar system is in operation, to ensure fairness in the workplace.

While there are many techniques that can be applied to recruit temp staff, there is an onus on managers to ensure that the transition compliments and supports the operations of existing employees. This is a vital element to ensure success on maintaining a positive workplace and maintain positive productivity on operations.

Call 3Q Perms & Temps Recruitment Agency today on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie if you would like to chat with a member of our team, to organise a temporary worker today.

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Wellbeing – CSR

There may be times in our careers when life becomes unmanageable and our wellbeing is compromised. We may find that we are suffering fatigue, finding that the most basic tasks overwhelm us and leave us feeling a little drained. It is at times like this that we need to assess our way of living and identify the cause, and recharge the battery to improve our quality of life.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis. This can be as simple as taking a few days holidays to recover and build up our immune system again. It can be a time to assess what is working and what isn’t. A good place to start is to evaluate what is causing this fatigue with life. For some it may be that work life and our personal lives have interruptions on the boundaries between the two, the work-life balance just isn’t working. This can be especially true when work requires us to operate our duties from home. External incidents such as the current covid pandemic have created this dilemma for many employees.

During a time of reflection, we may identify that discipline is needed and a schedule will help with completing tasks more efficiently, leaving us with more time for family activities in the evening. Upon speaking with colleagues, we may identify that we are not alone in this situation. They can provide useful techniques to help create sustainable solutions that can help with rebalancing our lives.

Other solutions can include:

  1. Saying ‘yes’ to family support, to allow for some much needed me-time during stressful times, or to catch up on important tasks.
  2. Saying ‘no’, for now, to extra tasks that eat up our valuable time.
  3. Creating plans for fun activities with family and friends. This can be a great stress reliever and certainly help lift a tired spirit, even though at first the thought of it might create resistance. Getting active also helps take our minds off any stresses that we are going through in life right now.
  4. Seek the support of employers and colleagues. If they understand that life is difficult at this time, they can provide useful suggestions that really help with providing a great solution and outcome.
  5. Start a new wellbeing regime; batch cook dinners for a healthier eating lifestyle, join a local or online community with similar interests, invite friends over for a fun night or start journaling, which can improve clarity on creating additional solutions.
  6. Seek the expertise of a counsellor. This can provide relief from personal issues, conscious or unconscious, that may be restricting our natural flow.
  7. Realise new potentials by asking lots of questions; why is this happening, how can I change to improve, what do I need in my life right now, who can best support me through this time or what do I need to do to make this situation better long-term?

There are many ways to improve our wellbeing. The first step is to know and understand any blockages, and to start the change to a better way of living as soon as it becomes a problem. Most often it is not an easy process. Remember lots of supports and the help of family, friends and colleagues can be a real treasure to help us overcome times of change and self-development.

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Top Tips for Hiring

Hiring permanent or temporary employees can be a necessary undertaking at different stages of a business’s life-cycle. Achieving the right balance, when hiring new employees, is an important element for any organisation. It is crucial for the employer, existing staff members and the new recruit. Consideration must be given to the overall wellbeing and sound structure of any organisation at this stage of planning. Covering staff holidays, absenteeism or paternal leave are some of the reasons that managers need to consider when recruiting temporary or permanent staff. If a chef or nurse take leave for a few days or weeks, hiring temps is necessary to ensure that operations run smoothly.

Some important questions to ask when considering hiring temporary or permanent staff to any organisation include:

  1. What can this potential employee bring to our organisation?
  2. Are they a good-fit to our values and current working structure?
  3. Are they passionate about what we do?
  4. Do they aspire to add value the vision that we aspire to?
  5. Are they motivated to bring their best?
  6. Can they bring improvements to our current business model?
  7. Are they flexible enough to meet potential changes that may enfold due to micro or macro changes in the environment?

Equally prospective employees can ask these questions and share what they can offer to the organisation. These answers can offer assurance to management. It also can provide insights to employees, if they are a right-fit for the organisation.

Our society has changed, for the better, in that recruitment policies must include consideration for diversity, inclusivity and equality. All provide opportunity in many ways including; changing the dynamics of the office environment to one that can be strengthened positively, where innovative ideas are shared and fresh and exciting ideas to improve the current business model are explored. There can even be opportunity for international expansion, increased support to local community projects and ensuring that the organisation complies with updated macro policies.

While change is inevitable for most organisations, if embraced in an accepting and innovative approach, there may be opportunity to increase the sustainability of the company and its profit margins. Equally, current employees can benefit from the introduction and input of temporary and permanent employees.

Good management will ensure that planning process for hiring new employees will ultimately compliment and improve the resources that are currently operating. It goes without saying that continual measurement and adapting current recruitment systems, where necessary, is vital to ensure that the right balance is achieved successfully, and that there is minimal impact to the current operating systems.

Call us today on 01 8783335 or email sales@3qrecruitment.ie, if you are searching for temporary or permanent staff, or would like to chat with a member of our dedicated team.

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Techniques to Ace an Interview

Knowledge is power. This is most relevant in our career life when preparing for an upcoming interview. It helps with understanding both the company and the reason why we are applying for the position. “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino. An in-depth research analysis will pay dividends in both respects. It can assist with increasing confidence and acing that all important interview. It can also provide improved self-understanding, and if this position is a good-fit. There are many sources that can help including professionals in the desired field or a recruitment agency.

Some techniques that can help improving our knowledge include:

  1. Fully understand the job profile description. Identify areas that match our resume and prepare situational examples on these areas ahead of the interview.
  2. Research similar job advertisements. This can provide useful insights and even provide useful suggestions that can be offered during the interview.
  3. Research the company. Useful resources include: their website and LinkedIn and social media accounts. Additionally, research if they have affiliated businesses and partners.
  4. Research past and upcoming projects that the organisation was or is involved in.
  5. Research their competitors. This can be useful knowledge in that it may provide some useful improvement strategies for the company during the interview.
  6. Research courses that complement our current skills. This can show the interview panel that we are interested and willing to improve our current skills.
  7. Explore possible interview questions that will be relevant to the position. Preparation in this area can expand one-line answers to a more interesting conversation on the day.
  8. Seek advice. Experts in similar fields can provide nuggets of knowledge, including a recruitment agency, professional member, lecturer, etc.

Information, when used wisely, can give unlimited knowledge that can significantly improve the interview process. Ultimately, a good interviewer will look beyond the curriculum vitae. Contact 3Q Perms & Temps Recruitment Agency today if you are looking to secure an interview in any sector that we currently work with, telephone 01 8763335 or email temps@3qrecruitment.ie.

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Advice for Temporary Staff

If you are joining the workforce again, starting as a temporary worker, there are a couple of useful things to understand that will help you with getting familiar with the process. Temping is a great way to help with getting back on the career ladder. The experience that can be gained is invaluable and can help with securing a permanent position. At 3Q Perms & Temps Recruitment Agency, we understand the importance of linking the right candidate with the right job. We continually guide candidates through the process of securing temporary, and permanent, work. Here are some tips that should be considered during the process:

  • Ask questions, showing initiative and interest is always positive.
  • Remember, communication is an integral part of the process, on every interaction, to build strong and supportive professional relationships.
  • Frequently update resumes, including recently learned skills and experience.
  • Change of unconscious attitude to each opportunity can bring positive outcomes; working on self-development will certainly help with this.
  • Arrive at interviews ten minutes early, no earlier.
  • If unable to attend a pre-arranged booking, let the temp consultant know.
  • Check in with the temp consultant frequently.
  • Submit time-sheets on time.
  • Advice temp consultant if other temp/perm roles have been secured.

Temping provides opportunities for some great experiences that can deliver useful insights on our career search. It also provides great flexibility, especially beneficial for parents who care for their family’s needs. The opportunity also helps with identifying if this role is the right one, before committing to permanent work.

3Q Perms & Temps Recruitment Agency provides a recruitment service of selecting the right candidates for our client companies, for both temporary and permanent roles, and has been doing so for over twenty years. Our expert team will guide you through the entire process – applications, advertising, interviews and finding the right job.

Phone us on 01 8763335 or email temps@3qrecruitment.ie to speak with a member of our vibrant and dedicated team today.

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Creativity to Explore a Career Change

We are creative beings. Creativity is at the core of our very nature. For millennia, humans have been inventive and innovative in the way that we live and work. We have evolved exponentially in the last few decades. For some of us, the explorer within was restricted due to our parents wish to protect us which may have inhibited our self-exploration. Our very core can sometimes create a deep inner desire, which we may not immediately understand, to reroute our career. Identifying this protective boundary can be the first step to our breakthrough, and exploring unknown territory to our creative self.

At times in our lives, we may find ourselves at a crossroads in our career. We may feel that there is a deeper search within for something that is at that time unknown. It is only when we ‘test the water’; step out in faith and dare to explore, that we can discover other opportunities available to us which can enrich our lives. To follow such a path requires inner strength and determination to follow it through. The search can also benefit from much creativity on our part.

Techniques that can help with the journey of exploration:

  1. Quiet the mind; find peace; allow the mind to search and the answer may come. This can be achieved by practicing a mediation process that works for us. It can be as simple as doing some breathing techniques at the start of the day or taking a walk in nature.
  2. Ask family and friends for feedback and insights on new work opportunities that we may not have explored yet.
  3. Improve or develop networking connections that will help us such as signing up with a recruitment agency. This can open the door to new jobs and provide insights on areas to up-skill.
  4. Experiment with new-found ideas for a career change. One way to identify if it is right for us is to volunteer in a similar role with a local organisation or charity.
  5. Create a vision-board to help start the process and bring it all together. This will take time, so be patient with the process.
  6. Set goals to avoid becoming stuck in the process.
  7. Identify and implement healthy values that can become part of the metamorphosis.

Do more in your life than just merely exist, explore and have some fun on the journey!” – 3Q Perms & Temps. Remember to experiment and take the opportunity to learn while exploring. Enjoy the process of being creative on the journey of self-discovery; it just might lead to a better and more creative life!

Create and Sustain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

CREATE AND SUSTAIN A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Have you ever wondered how successful people sustain focus in an ever-demanding work life? Well, one suggestion is to apply a holistic approach to achieving excellence in work-life balance. This approach can begin by separating the two elements, work and personal life, and then integrate them together to work as an all-inclusive plan.

Create and Sustain a Healthy Work - Life Balance

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Firstly, plan a schedule for the work part of life. Secondly, plan a schedule for the personal elements of life including family, friends, hobbies, etc. Review both schedules to identify if the plan is manageable and achievable. At times the plan may need to be flexible to adapt to unforeseen changes. Allow for this, particularly if it is a constructive change. Effective time-management and organisational skills are vital to help with achieving optimised results. Finding a job that we are passionate about and enjoy can also help with the process of being motivated. Other tips include:

  • – Eliminate work commitments to a minimum, after 6pm. Having a plan in place to commit to our personal life is equally important.
  • – Don’t put off today, what can be done today. Procrastination is our biggest enemy in completing a weekly plan. It can add to next weeks ‘to-do’ list and ultimately heighten stress levels.
  • – Focus on close personal interests, family, friends, hobbies, etc., and remain aware of how important these connections, with people and activities, are to sustain a healthy way of living.
  • – Create time for a ‘me-date’ each week. Plan time for a trip to the spa, shops, gym, etc. It is important to reconnect with self. To paraphrase the famous airline statement: ‘first you have to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of everyone and everything else’.
  • – Accept any support offered from close networks of family and friends. We all need someone who has our best interests at heart and who has got our back, especially when we need it the most. Also understanding the importance of an equal measure of give-and-take in any relationship is crucial to maintain a healthy relationship.
  • – Learn to say ‘no’ sometimes. This can be achieved by delegating tasks.
  • – Manage personal finances, so that they don’t consume our thoughts which might lead us to become unduly stressed. Set a budget in place for known bills and a contingency budget for unforeseen events can help the process.

At the end of each week, it is important to take time and reflect back on all achievements. Identify areas that can be improved to create and sustain a healthy balance.

Think ‘outside the box’; switch each weeks schedule up a little, to add more spice and variety. Become innovative in the process. Learn to work clever and become more productive in both career and personal life for a more optimised work-life balance. Have a little fun along the way, with the new plan, to achieve more productivity in life. Enjoy the increased free time that the new plan has achieved by doing things that you love.

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Hope: From a Seemingly Lifeless Situation to a Glorious Resurrection

Hope: From a Seemingly Lifeless Situation to a Glorious Resurrection

Hope: Have you ever bought a plant, forgot to water it for a couple of weeks, and thought it was dead only for it to come back to life again once watered? As if it was just waiting, taking a break from growing, to resurrect again in full bloom. The growth seemed to happen overnight, well maybe a couple of days. The point is the plant may have been neglected but when attention was again given to it, and the time was right, it got back into living again.

Hope

Well, sometimes it can be the same in our career life. It’s as if on the surface there seems to be no hope or development at all. We may witness a drought season that leaves us with a feeling of frustration, resulting in a lack of motivation. It can also lead us to question why our career has stagnated. Even though we are quietly doing the necessary ground work in our job; operations, achieving KPI’s etc., we may not have added ‘water’ in a while to the development of skills, the expression of interest or application for promotion, or looked at roles outside our firm for career progression.  

If life seems to be a bit tough at the moment and not providing the much needed breakthroughs, ‘stay the course’ and take some time for reflection and questioning.  The answer will come, at the right time, particularly if the right questions are being asked and there is a focus on growth and personal development. Recalling similar past experiences can challenge the feeling of stagnation. This is true when we acknowledge the growth in our career to-date, which can motivate us to know that we will again. Life changing moments can happen overnight and can reignite our motivation to push forward. A new opportunity may be on the way to reignite our hope, much sooner than we think. It’s at times like this that we need to invest in self-development, seek the right kinds of support and relearn the art of patience, while holding onto our precious dream.

Staff Party: Planning a Christmas Party?

Staff Party: Planning a Christmas Party?

Christmas is a time for celebrating with colleagues and can be a perfect opportunity to organise a Christmas staff party. However, many organisations have eliminated the traditional style staff party, which may have included all expenses paid meal and drinks, and opted for a more tailored approach to celebrating their team and the year of business that has been.  

Realising that the Christmas party can be a great way to connect with co-workers in a non-related work setting is important to boost morale throughout the year. The event can be an opportunity to positively influence the working environment and strengthen bonds between all departments. The party itself does not have to be exorbitantly expense. What is important is that colleagues celebrate together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This can create an opportunity to become innovative in creating a celebratory social activity to appreciate the year that was.

There are many options to create a low-cost Christmas staff party, including:

  • –  Host a Kris Kingle party after lunch or at the end of the working day, where each employee draws a name out of a hat. Each selected name is then not shared with their colleagues until they gift the present at the event. This reduces costs for each worker and creates a sense of excitement. The amount to be spent on each present can be pre-set at a nominal cost, collectively.
  • –  Host a lucky-dip present event at the party. This involves each employee purchasing a gift and putting it into a hamper. Then each staff member selects their present from the lucky dip basket. Where there is an uneven balance of gender, people can buy a generic present such as a restaurant gift voucher or chocolate and wine hamper.
  • –  Extend the lunch time with a meal at a local restaurant, where the organisation can secure a reduced rate for a large party gathering.
  • –  Organise an in-house lunch or evening meal at the company, provided by local caterers. The food can include a buffet that will suit all preferences. This can be combined with awarding an ‘Employee of the Year’ award to the lucky recipient.
  • –  Set-up an annual Christmas Fund, where each employee contributes a small amount weekly. This can offset the expense at an already expensive time of the year, particularly for employees that have family with young children. The funds can contribute to the expense of an overnight break, which can incorporate an evening meal and activities.

Organisations can implement activities into the Christmas party to strengthen the relationships between all employees and management, through team-building events. These can include:

(1) 1.  Outdoor activities: Bowling, paint-balling, spa dates, etc.

(2) 2.  In-house activities: Charades, twister, card games, karaoke, etc.

Once the ideas have been established, putting a vote system in place, via email or a notice board, to choose the activity can empower employees in the decision making process. This may be important in getting all employees on-board to participate in the event.

Although there may be varied costs for management to organise a staff party, the result can be a happier work-place. This strategy can reinforce the work-bond for the year ahead. A happier work environment can result in increased productivity, less absenteeism and improved collaboration between all personnel.

Career: The Benefits of Partnering With a Recruitment Agency

Career: The Benefits of Partnering With a Recruitment Agency

Want to know what a Recruitment Agency can do for your future career? Searching for the right job can be a headache for most us, consuming lots of hours over a laptop and many cups of coffee. Employing a Recruitment Agency can help make the process a lot smoother – if they have jobs in the sector being sought. They can provide a personal touch while searching for a new job and valid insights into what experience and skills are required in potential new position. Remember an agency can only help if the talent, experience and career match the job sector the agency works in and has advertised jobs in.

We have listed some of the benefits that a Recruitment Agency can provide, which include:
  • –  Revision of a CV can highlight experience that aligns with the job advertisement.
  • –  Discuss the pros and cons of a role relevant to an ideal career move.
  • –  Match the right potential candidate to each job specification.
  • –  Improve the chance of securing a potential interview.
  • –  Provide information on updated job recruitment adverts.
  • –  Support each client’s journey with friendly, personal and knowledgeable advice.
  • –  Offer recommendations to employers on the clients past history with the agency, of course with prior consent.
  • –  Suggest advice on the know-how of acing the interview – many will offer mock interview and provide feedback on how to best answer tough interview questions.
  • –  Recruitment Agencies have a direct link to the decision makers of potential employers, the HR department. The agency is in a good position to know exactly what they are looking for in a potential candidate, prior to the interview selection process.
  • –  If successful at interview the Recruiter can negotiate final terms with the new employer – which can be daunting for many potential interviewees.

It’s not really a surprise for us to recommend the use of a niche recruitment agency – a recruiter who works in the specific area, to progress a career. They will have a network of clients and contacts that may be looking for specific skills-set.  The representative body for Recruitment Agencies in Ireland is called the National Recruitment Federation and their website www.nrf.ie lists agencies by their area of specialist recruitment.