April 22nd, 2016
When the job market is tight, companies feel like they’re in a position of power. Candidates want the job; they may not have that many options. It’s the opposite when the job market is hot. Candidates can pick and choose from potential employers. While salary is important, it’s not necessarily the deciding factor. Candidates want to work for a company which has a good reputation in the industry and where they’ll fit in comfortably. They don’t rely solely on the recruiter and interviewers to tell them about the company; they search for information online.
The first place any candidate will find information about your business is your company’s official sites. These include the company website, plus its Facebook and LinkedIn pages. These pages share the company’s official positions and the mission and values it claims to hold. Candidates will look to other sites to see if they confirm these official positions or if the reality is different.
Ads from the company help candidates form an impression of what the company wants from its employees and what experience it hopes to offer to them. From competitors’ ads, job seekers learn how a potential employer compares to its peers.
Glassdoor, Indeed and LinkedIn are just a few sites where candidates can go to learn about a company. These sites present unfiltered opinions from current and previous employees about what the work experience is truly like.
Candidates will also look for news stories about your company in industry press. For startups, stories about venture capital interest and funding can help give them confidence in a firm that hasn’t yet established itself. For all companies, stories about executive-level infighting or legal issues can make joining the company feel risky.
Manage Your Reputation
Just as candidates clean up their Facebook pages to make a better impression, you should review your company’s entire online presence to make sure it will appeal to potential employees.
Working with a staffing firm like InReach IT Solutions is another way to help manage your reputation. We work with our clients to understand their business and workplace and match them to candidates who are looking for that environment. Contact our experienced Dallas IT recruiters to learn how we can help you make a positive impression on the candidates you want to hire.
April 8th, 2016
For most IT workers, avoiding distractions at work is impossible. It’s inherent in the way the workplace is designed with low-walled cubicles that mean there’s no such thing as a confidential conversation. You probably can’t do much about the office layout, but there are things you can do to reduce these other four common office distractions and help your team stay focused and productive.
Massive Email Blasts
Keeping everyone informed is important, but massive email blasts that cc: everyone on a project are more distracting than useful. Target your emails to only those who need to respond to them. If there’s valuable information you want to make sure doesn’t get lost, use a collaboration tool and either save a document or create a discussion thread that will be archived and searchable for future reference. That way, the knowledge is saved and accessible, but it doesn’t clutter up email inboxes and require everyone to figure out whether they need to respond, decide whether they should save the message, and create a filing system to keep things organized.
Ban Smartphones From Meetings
Keep meetings on track by banning smartphones from the conference room. This lets everyone focus on conducting the business of the meeting, rather than reading unrelated emails or stepping outside to take personal calls. You can minimize the withdrawal symptoms by having a concise agenda to keep the meeting brief. Make sure that having a meeting is the most effective way to achieve your goal. And start meetings on time, even if you’re missing some attendees; otherwise, you’re wasting everyone else’s time.
Funnel User and Support Requests
Requests from end users for help can pull developers off project work into production support. Don’t let end users call their favorite developers for help directly. Have a support hotline to call and assign one person to staff it (possibly on a rotating basis). That person will buffer everyone else on the team from user interruptions, bringing in them in for assistance only when needed. It’s important to have a cookbook of common problems and solutions to help the support person resolve issues without involving the rest of the team.
Automate Routine Tasks
Routine tasks often take longer than they should, because employees find them boring and look for ways to avoid doing them. Instead, use technology to free up routine tasks like packaging releases or deploying them into a test environment. That will help the tasks get done quickly and consistently, and reduce the need for your team to seek out distractions during the process.
The time you spend searching for employees is a distraction from your main job responsibilities. Working with a staffing agency like InReach IT allows you to offload this distraction to an experienced team of recruiters who will focus on finding the right people for your open positions. Contact us to learn how we can help streamline the hiring process and make you and your team more productive.