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Nextiva Tuesday Tip: Start Staffing Up for the Holidays

woman-shopping-online-for-christmasIs your small business going to need more help this year to handle the holiday rush and provide great customer service? If so, you’d better get a move on: A recent survey commissioned by Snagajob reports that nearly 70 percent of hiring managers will be adding hourly workers this holiday season, up from last year—and they’ll be adding 28 percent more seasonal employees than last year.

Most managers who are adding seasonal workers started hiring last month, and will complete their seasonal staffing this month. That means competition is stiff. So if you’ve waited, here are some strategies to help in your seasonal hiring:

  • Tap your social networks. Post seasonal job openings on your business website, of course, but also promote them on your social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Use photos or videos to give a feel for what it’s like to work at your business and make it look fun and exciting. Of course, you should also check in with your contacts on social networks such as LinkedIn to see if they have any suggestions for people seeking seasonal work.
  • Try a temporary agency. If you want to avoid the headaches of hunting for workers, as well as the hassles of handling all the paperwork and tax withholding, a temporary agency can be a good solution. Tell the temp agency what you want, and they’ll find prospective candidates for you to interview. You pay the temp agency and they pay the worker, plus handle all the documentation, payroll and tax withholding that’s needed so you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Think outside the box. Many seniors and stay-at-home moms are looking for extra money around the holidays. Depending on your seasonal hiring needs, these types of candidates could be perfect for you. Tap into local PTAs, tot lots or other organizations that attract stay-at-home moms (you can find lots of them on Facebook) to let people know you’re hiring. Contact senior centers to see if you can post job listings on their boards or otherwise spread the word.
  • Work with schools. Teens are the classic seasonal employee and the recession has left many teens looking for work as adults are filling jobs that typically went to them. Contact high school career centers or counselors, or college career or job placement centers, to find out about posting your seasonal job listings. Many will be happy to put their students in touch with you.  
  • Go virtual. If you need customer service people to handle phone calls or online inquiries, consider hiring virtual customer service reps. You can place listings with companies such as oDesk or SimplyHired.

It’s not too late to find the perfect seasonal workers—you just have to know where to look. 


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How to Eliminate Workplace Stress

As summer vacations become a distant memory and the holidays near, it’s inevitable that our schedules are going to become a little more hectic. While a certain amount of stress is inevitable, the fact is stress is toxic to the body. The American Psychological Association says that stress can result in headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, and the list goes on.

The following are some useful tips that can help you reduce stress in the workplace, and limit the time it does occur.

Time Management

Managing work time effectively is a sure way to help you prioritize and get projects done at a reasonable time, which can drastically lower your work stress levels. Create a balanced schedule between work and your family/personal life. Also, don’t over-commit to doing too much and scheduling more than you can handle. Planning regular breaks helps to break the monotony and come back feeling recharged.

Control your Emotions

Even if you’re in a job where the environment is stressful, you can retain your own inner calm through your “emotional intelligence” says HelpGuide.org. “Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.”

Emotional intelligence in the workplace has four major components:

  • Self-awareness – The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions.
  • Self-management – The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Social awareness – The ability to sense, understand, and react to other’s emotions and feel comfortable socially.
  • Relationship management – The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.

Exercise

One sure way to dispel unwanted stress is to step outside and go for a quick walk, or even a jog. You can eat lunch at your desk and spend your lunch break at the gym or outside jogging.

Laugh

Laughing doesn’t mean you don’t confront challenges seriously, it means that you can smile at a task and meet it with lightness, rather than being overly serious or stressed. If you can get somebody else in on the joke, all the better.

 




 
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