Tips for Fostering Positive Working Relationships In Your Business

Great working relationships are the driving force behind great teams. The most productive and influential groups of colleagues in business are where they are because of their positive working relationships. Great teams are made by combining complementary personalities, and balancing skill sets across different responsibilities, and providing them with the opportunity to connect and the tools to connect well. Here are 3 tips to help your teams build the types of working relationships that will help them (and you) achieve their best this quarter.

1) Build Trust

It’s important to understand how relationships can be damaged if you don’t own up to a mistake. Think about clients, your team, your supervisors. Trust is critical in the long-term success of your role, no matter what that role is. If your colleagues don’t trust you to do your job with integrity, there can be serious consequences. Whether because of your original mistake, you are now going to be late with a deadline, or will need to request additional resources or funding in order to accomplish your original task, these issues are best dealt with quickly and openly to avoid loss of reputation and the trust of your team.

2) Inclusion is More than a Buzzword

Diversity-of-thought, of skill, of background, and of personality is important in helping teams achieve their best. If everyone thought and acted the same way, we would never be able to address the challenges and seize the business opportunities of the modern world. But diverse groups can be challenging to work within and to manage. The key is to foster a culture of inclusion, where everyone has a voice and something important to say. To provide all with the chance to weigh in and make an impact. When inclusion is built into the culture of a company, teams are able to achieve more.

3) Communication Matters

Things can sometimes get tense at work when different ideas clash and personalities bump into each other. That’s normal, but the best way through these difficulties is to acknowledge them, address them openly, and to have the tough conversations. Feedback is a gift, from the top on down to the bottom of the corporate ladder. To recognize that the opportunity to learn from others is valuable will help you set the stage for positive relationships, authentic conversations, and meaningful results.

4) Keep it Professional

One of the biggest challenges that comes up in the professional world is when the boundaries of friendship and working relationships gets blurred. Sometimes personal issues come into the office and can impact collaboration, or even work products or services. At times like these, it’s best to remember to keep things professional. You don’t have to be everybody’s best friend at work, but maintaining that level of polite and open engagement with your coworkers will help you maintain positive working relationships with your current team and your network as a whole.

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3 Tips For Keeping Up With Project Demands

Project work is uniquely demanding for companies. It can seem like the work either comes in all at once or lags, leaving your company struggling to keep your team busy. This is a very relatable challenge for every business who works hard to bring in work, then needs to staff up quickly to get the work done. Project demands will always require planning and balance in terms of workload and staffing, but there are three pretty simple things you can do to make sure you have the people you need to get the job done.

1) Market for Future Work

When a business is in marketing mode, it can seem like the sooner they can line up work the better. Those quick turn projects can be really appealing from a profitability standpoint, but when it comes to having the right people on hand to do the work at the right time, they can be challenging. That’s why businesses should always be in marketing mode, seeking out and chasing long term work that might not be right on the horizon, but it can help your company plan to stay in the green long into the foreseeable future. This takes a constant presence in the industry, staying on top of market trends and connecting with existing and prospective clients regularly to remind them of the amazing services you can provide.

2) Maintain a High-Quality Talent Pipeline

Employers and hiring managers have a powerful tool at their disposal when it comes to recruiting, specifically, their professional networks. Recommendations from other employers, past connections with employees and candidates, and social connections can all provide valuable opportunities to learn of and recruit top industry talent, even for high turn-over positions. Stay active in your network and regularly reach out to partners for suggestions or recommendations on candidates. This will help ensure a steady stream of applicants when you are most in need.

3) Partner with a Staffing Firm

Staffing firms are an excellent resource for companies who have a somewhat unpredictable project load. They can really handle the heavy lifting when it comes to recruiting and onboarding new talent. Just the background check and screening process can be lengthy and resource consuming, especially for companies who do not have a dedicated HR team. By working with a staffing service, you are better able to focus on your product or solutions, and simplify your workforce management process, reducing cost and time to hire, excess overtime, and stress on your core team.

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If you haven’t worked with a staffing firm before but are interested in learning more, contact the team at USPRO. Our dedicated talent experts know just how to help your business plan for those peak-season hiring sprints. Your projects, your core team, and your clients will be glad you did.

HR Tips To Streamline Your Business Practices

HR is a manager’s best friend when it comes to recruiting and onboarding the talent needed to achieve business goals. But for those companies who don’t have a fully staffed HR department, or whose HR reps are otherwise unavailable, managers (and organizations) can be missing out on important information and advice that helps teams grow and change in a fast-paced environment. Here are a few tips from the HR handbook that can help you enable your teams today.

Tip #1: Do Your Homework

When it comes to background checks and references, always put in the extra effort to vet your candidates. It’s easy enough for an applicant to look good on paper, and even to sound good in person, but if they don’t have the references to back up their claims, something fishy might be going on behind the scenes. Avoid buyer’s remorse by doing your homework.

Tip #2: Be Consistent

Consistency is essential in how you manage your team. Do your utmost to treat all your employees the same when it comes to expectations, privileges, and exceptions. Inclusion and fair treatment is critical to a positive work culture, and by creating a fair and open work environment your business will achieve so much more.

Tip #3: Focus on the Positive

A good motto to remember when it comes to providing feedback to employees is that you get more of what you reward. By acknowledging and rewarding good performance, employees will be motivated to do more of the same. Avoid letting your feedback dwell on criticism or corrections. Nobody can thrive in an environment when they are constantly surrounded by negativity. Focus on the positive and show your team what you’d like to see more of from them in the future.

Tip #4: Set a Good Example

Employees look to their manager as their model of success within their organization. If you want to see good attendance, performance, and professional conduct from your employees, make sure you are modeling that behavior yourself. This is especially true if you want to see good work-life balance in your office. When was the last time you took a vacation? Are you guilty of answering emails late into the evening? It’s important to model the behavior you know your team would benefit from, because you can be sure they are looking to you as an example of what is expected of them.

Tip #5: Take Evaluations Seriously

Feedback is one of the most powerful forces for good in a work environment. Performance evaluations should be seen as an important management communication tool. They provide you with a clear opportunity to highlight the changes you would like to see take place, and also to listen to any feedback an employee is able to provide to you. If you overlook or breeze through your employee evaluations, you can be sure it’s a missed opportunity to help your team perform better, but also a missed opportunity for you to learn how you can do your job better as well.

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