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Interview Question: How Do You Like To Be Managed?

Interview Question: How Do You Like To Be Managed?

What They Want To Know

This question tends to put candidates on the defense thinking about how they like to be managed. A hiring manager asks this to understand if you will mesh with their team and leadership style. Many managers deploy multiple management tactics depending on the makeup of their team. Thus, it’s helpful to anticipate how you would fit in.

This is a question that pays to prepare for ahead of time. Think back to times in your career when you were satisfied with your leaders. What did you like most about how you were managed? Additionally, see if you can glean any information about the management culture of the company you are interviewing with. Often, the company’s website or social media will offer insights into the company culture. And in the end, tie it back to your anticipation for this role in particular.

Example Answer For “How Do You Like To Be Managed?”

“Throughout my career, I’ve found that I work best with a Manager that values clear and open communication. I am most successful when I truly understand my role on the team and what is expected from me. On the other hand, I love being able to go to my manager with new ideas and questions. I am able to work independently when the communication channel is there.

This is why, when I was looking at the “About” page on your website, I was excited to see that communication is one of your core values. Reading that reinforced the notion that this company would be an excellent fit for me.”

Final Comments

In general, you want to keep the focus on the positives. Avoid bringing up management styles you don’t like or mentioning previous managers you didn’t jive with. We like the above answer to “how do you like to be managed?” because it brings it back to your qualifications!

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Don’t worry; at JSG, we have an arsenal of interview prep advice to help you nail your upcoming job interview. Good luck!

3 Ways Companies Can Offer Flexibility For Employees

3 Ways Companies Can Offer Flexibility For Employees

As states across the country start to establish plans for fall education, many companies are finding themselves needing to adapt. As such, you need to offer options and provide flexibility for employees. Everyone is juggling work, assisting their kids with home learning, and following appropriate social distancing guidelines. Here are three ways you can accommodate your team member’s needs while still allowing for maximum productivity.

Implement Work From Home Flexibility

Dozens of major companies have announced that employees won’t be going back into the office until at least 2021, including Scotiabank, Google, and Indeed. Others like Facebook, Slack, and Zillow have communicated that employees don’t ever have to come back to the office in the same capacity. Due to ever-changing lockdowns and changes to the school system, many companies are forced to come to terms with a new future of work. Whether you offer full-time work from home options or flexible workweeks, your employees need it now more than ever. As Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained in a memo to employees, “I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

Expand Your PTO Policies

The pandemic has changed how we think about PTO. Former policies consisting of five days of sick time will not fly moving forward when the minimum quarantine time for Coronavirus is 14 days. Provide clear communication about new sick policies to your team often. Make sure they understand proper protocols if they do need to quarantine or take time off to recover.

Establish boundaries

Recent research shows that since the beginning of the pandemic, the average workday has lasted 48.5 minutes longer. Your employees are feeling the pressure of a global pandemic, an economic recession, and increased childcare demands. By setting clear boundaries (everyone logs off at 5 pm, no matter what), you can help your team avoid burnout.

By offering flexibility for employees, you demonstrate your investment in the team. Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our client resources!

5 Ways To Have Fun At Work

5 Ways To Have Fun At Work

The reasons for wanting to have fun in the workplace are kind of obvious. However, having a bit of fun at work makes your team happier, more productive, and it creates a company culture that others want to join. Employee satisfaction is essential to establishing a good company culture that you can brag about! A study from CIPHR, researchers found that, on average, happier employees range between 12-20 percent more productive. This means you can be happier AND do your job better simultaneously! Here are five ways to start incorporating fun into the workplace.  

Communal Lunches 

Nothing brings people together more than food. Support your favorite local restaurant by ordering takeout to the office. Your employees will leave these team lunches with fuller bellies and hearts after socializing over some delicious food!  

Furry Coworkers 

Working in an office full of furry coworkers sounds like a dream come true. Puppies around the office are fun and a great way not to leave your pup at home all day when you’re working 9-5 pm. Besides, dogs are yet another sly and fun way to increase employee productivity. A new study from Virginia Commonwealth University found that dogs in the workplace reduce employee stress levels and improve productivity!  

Friday Afternoon Games 

When Friday afternoon rolls around, most employees feel that TGIF mood, so why not use these positive spirits to better your team? Conduct some office games to boost energy, introduce some friendly competition, improve relationships, and develop team harmony. There are so many office games to choose from! To start, you can race around the office, bring in a basketball and mini hoop, or play office Olympic tournaments. Office games are the perfect ending to a Friday workday and a great start to the weekend.  

Happy Hour 

It’s essential for your team to connect outside of the workplace. When you’re outside a work environment, you can establish meaningful relationships and bonds with your coworkers. These relationships are easily transferrable to the workplace as well. Going out to happy hour is a great way to bring people together!  

Check Your Attitude at the Door 

Lastly, you need to check your attitude and mood when you enter the workplace. No one wants to work with someone that is always glooming around. Try to leave your personal life and emotions at the door so that you don’t affect those around you. Afterall, moods are contagious, and there’s even a scientific name for it! It’s called ‘emotional contagion,’ which psychologists at Scientific American define as “a three-step process through which one person’s feelings transfer to another.” Affect your coworkers with positive energy instead! 

Get your coworkers on board with some of these fun suggestions and watch your team’s happiness, productivity, and energy boost! If you’re having fun, that’s a sign that you are comfortable enough to let you guard down, which is the perfect storm for creative ideation. Build your team in the right direction by allowing some major fun in the workplace.

Interested in more management and hiring advice? Visit our client resources!

Managing a Remote Team: How To Keep Morale Up

Managing a Remote Team: How To Keep Morale Up

Thousands of leaders across the globe are suddenly finding themselves doing something they’ve never done before: managing an entirely remote workforce. And one of the most significant issues they’re facing is how to keep the morale up when everyone is kept apart. Many leaders thrive on the energy that comes from managing a team face-to-face and are struggling with ways to motivate their now-remote team. Here are a few things you can do to keep morale up, increase motivation, and continue building a team that will thrive no matter the conditions.

Have Frequent All-Team Virtual Meetings

One of the best ways to keep employee morale up is to keep things relatively business as usual. So, if your team is used to a lot of socialization, it’s best to continue that trend – even if it’s now through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Keep your meetings light and positive and encourage everyone to share something they can bond over. Many companies have theme days, like “crazy hat day,” or host virtual happy hours at the end of the week to just hang out and catch up. Your employees will appreciate a fun moment to take their minds off of their everyday stresses.

Check-In One-On-One

While all-team meetings are great for keeping the positivity up for your team, don’t forget to check-in with your employees one-on-one. Give them a call every week just to see how they’re doing. Aside from asking if they need help with anything or if they have any questions, your conversation doesn’t have to be all business. If you’ve built a personal relationship with your employees, ask about their family! Find out what show or podcast they’ve binged lately. A little bit of interest goes a long way during isolation and will leave your employees feeling less alone.

Send Your Remote Team A Gift

A package on their doorstep is a fantastic way to let your team know you’re thinking of them. Whether it’s company swag, a gift card to get takeout from a local restaurant, or something that will make their work-from-home experience more comfortable like an external monitor.

We know how challenging it can be to make your team feel cohesive during times of separation. But with how prominent remote work is becoming, it’s more important than ever to create a healthy work-from-home environment. You have to make an instant effort in order to retain your best employees as the work landscape is rapidly changing.

Thinking about adding new team members to your remote workforce? Check out our blog here on how to make new virtual employees feel welcome!