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How to Make Your Post-Pandemic Company Better Than Before

COVID-19 has been a very tricky time for companies around the world to navigate. Businesses needed to do things they have never done before, like work from home, attend video conference calls, and experience a lapse in breakroom donuts. As we strive into the future together, we cannot revert to the same ways; let COVID-19 be an opportunity for a better, brighter future for your company. Here are five things your organization can do to make your post-pandemic company even better than before.

Increased Flexibility

COVID-19 has shown us the importance of workplace flexibility, and now, it is no longer a benefit, but an expectation from employers. In a survey from Zenefits, they found that 77% of workers have flexibility as a top priority in their job search, which means offering a flexible workplace will be crucial to hiring great talent. The transition to a more flexible working environment must happen quickly because about 30% percent of workers have left jobs due to their lack of flexibility. 

So, the spectrum of flexibility will vary from team to team. Still, you can offer flexibility with better PTO policies, WFH benefits, and empathy for sick employees – because if this pandemic taught us anything, it is to stay home when you feel sick! 

Enhanced Digitization

The quickness of the pandemic pushed workers around the world to dial in on their digital skills. Suddenly, workers needed to establish a WFH office to maintain a “normal” workday. For a boost in efficiency, we expect an increase in video conferences and other technologies to make your workforce more agile. Make the necessary investments in the technology your post-pandemic company needs to keep the ball rolling and your team more productive.

An Overload of Sanitizer

Once everyone returns to the office, workplace hygiene will be at an all-time high. Employees washing their hands and sanitizing throughout the day will become habitual, and honestly, completely necessary. An overload of hand sanitizer and other cleaning routines should be encouraged to ensure the safety of all employees.

Clear Expectations

Transitioning into a post-pandemic world will have its own set of challenges. It is different than it was previously, and you need to lay out clear expectations for what you want from your employees. Clear communication and building trust with your team will be essential as we start to return to work.

Laid-Back Dress Code

Professional outfits hit the back burner while WFH parents had to work from home and watch their children. As we transition to a new normal, there’s a trend toward casual dressing. If appropriate, relax your dress code protocol to make your team feel a little more comfortable as they return.

So, let’s reimagine your post-pandemic company: more flexible, caring, and safe. Relax the strict workplace rules that have been around for decades and offer your employees a workplace experience that they won’t want to leave.

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How to Support Your Remote Workers

The majority of states have finally started reducing restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, millions of workers across the country are still hard at work from their homes. With a large chunk (if not your whole team) working remotely, it’s not easy to offer the same support as you can in the office. Here are a few ways you can support your remote workers.

Set expectations

It’s imperative to set expectations from the very beginning with your entire team. Establish guidelines for everyone and make them crystal clear. Put them in writing and send them to your staff. Setting boundaries and expectations are essential, and doing it early on will reinforce good habits from the get-go. However, please don’t go overboard or it might seem like you don’t trust your staff. Remember, your employees are adults, not children. Guidelines are good for everyone when they are not overbearing.

Build loyalty

Building loyalty and trust in each of your relationships is vital during these challenging times. Now is not the time to micromanage your staff. If you trusted them in the office, you should be able to trust them while working remotely. Trust builds loyalty, and loyalty goes a long way, especially during these uncharted waters. Hold regular meetings, regular check-ins, and be encouraging. Trust us; it will go a long way and support your remote workers.

Take care of each individual

Make sure you take care of each staff member. Not everyone is in the same situation right now. Some are handling the pandemic better than others and have fewer responsibilities at home. Some workers are balancing childcare, schooling, and work, while others may have a partner that is currently unemployed. As a result, ensure each team member is doing well, both mentally and physically.

Also, not everyone has the same work-from-home setting. Make sure each employee is taken care of with their home “office” goes. Some of your employees may need a desk, a new office chair, a second monitor, or other items to make their working hours a little more productive and comfortable. Taking care of your employees during these challenging times will help build much-needed morale.

Emphasize accomplishments not hours

Don’t emphasize the actual hours worked of each employee. Instead, focus on accomplishments. Some of your workers might be flourishing with their new working environment. But on the other hand, some of your staff members may struggle a little more. A recent report illustrated that 54% of workers are more productive at home. That’s great for both workers and employers! However, employees working from home will work an average of 1.4 more days’ worth of hours each month. That translates to 16.8 more days a year. As a result, your team can easily get burnt out as the boundaries of work and home often become blurry. Thus, support your remote workers by focusing on accomplishments, not actual hours worked.

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Job Market Outlook For The Second Half Of 2020

So far, the 2020 job market has been a wild roller coaster ride. It kicked off as one of the strongest job markets in our nation’s history. Sustained job creation, healthy earnings gains, and record-low unemployment rates had both employers and candidates feeling stable and optimistic. However, after just two months, we experienced a complete shock as the Coronavirus Pandemic led our economy to a screeching halt. Now, as states start to open back up, companies resume normal business activities, and as infection rates continue to decline, we begin to wonder about the future. Here are some of the trends you’ll see in the job market throughout the second half of 2020.

Hiring Steady Or Increasing In These Industries

As gloomy as the job market may seem, there are a few bright spots. Tech companies that have been able to transition to working remotely have largely remained unaffected. Some that focus on further enabling online connections such as Microsoft and Zoom have experienced considerable boosts in revenue. Online retailers and delivery companies have watched their business boom hand-in-hand as more consumers get more comfortable ordering online.

Additionally, industries that have been on the front lines of the pandemic have been hiring to keep up with demand. Healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, and supermarket chains have been scrambling to staff their workforce. Businesses that provide entertainment such as video streaming, online games, and traditional games and puzzles have been thriving as people spend more time at home.

Networking Will Be More Important Than Ever

You’ve probably heard that landing a job is “all about who you know.” And that statement will ring true now more than ever! Even prior to the pandemic, it had been estimated that as many as 70% of open positions are never even posted to job boards. One of the most lucrative forms of networking is via your alumni network.

Take Colby College, a small liberal arts college in Maine, for example. Amidst the rocky labor market, they implemented a “Pay It Northward” program, a promise to all 500 graduates to use the alumni network to find them jobs. After only ten days, the graduates had received over 500 offers, about half of them for full-time positions.

An Increase In Remote Work

As most companies throughout the nation scrambled to shift to working from home in March, the stigma and uneasiness about lack of control started to melt away. Now, many are extending remote work orders or offering it as a permanent option. Employees and Managers alike are reaping benefits from working from home. A report from USA Today found that 54% of workers are more productive than working in the office. Additionally, as many as 40% of workers would prefer to work remotely full-time in the future.

Lasting Impacts To These Industries

Some industries, such as travel and tourism and traditional retail, will likely feel the effects of this pandemic for years to come. Even as states slowly start to open up, people remain cautious. With unemployment currently hovering around 13%, many have been forced to change their spending habits. This trend will probably last well beyond the lingering threat of the virus as, unfortunately, millions of people have felt the effects of living off of little to no savings.

Economists aren’t optimistic about a fast-approaching recovery. “There’s just been too much damage to come back that quickly. People will self-regulate. Just because your governor says you can go out, doesn’t mean you will do it,” said Ethan Harris, Head of Global Economics Research at Bank of America.

If you need help navigating this unpredictable job market, whether you’re a candidate or a client, we’re here. At Johnson Service Group – we work hard, we work together, we work for you. Contact us today to get started!

Make New Employees Feel Welcomed Virtually

How to Make New Employees Feel Welcomed Virtually

As challenging as it is to picture, companies are still hiring during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, for many employers, it’s business as usual. Therefore, you may find your team hiring new employees at a time when, according to LinkedIn, roughly two-thirds of employees are now working from home. Here are three things you can do to make your newest team members feel welcomed virtually.

Send them a care package

On a typical first day of work, you walk into your new workspace and find a friendly welcome package. Maybe it’s a company-branded coffee mug and t-shirt, or perhaps a notebook, pens, and other office supplies. Regardless of what you gift your new employees, it’s always a nice touch to make them feel welcomed on their first day. So, instead of hooking them up with some company swag at work, send them a little care package with some fun items. This will make them feel part of the team and put a big smile on their face. You can even include a hand-written note to express your excitement for them to join your team and make them feel welcomed virtually!

Schedule a team meeting (virtually)

Another thing you can do to welcome your new co-workers is to schedule a team meeting with everyone on their first day. Usually, on the first day at a new job, you get to walk around the office to get a lay of the land and meet everyone. Well, this is clearly more challenging when most of us are working remotely, Instead, set up a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meetings so everyone can get acquainted with the new folks. Have your team spend a few minutes introducing themselves and explain their role at the company. This will give your new workers a better feel for the office environment and make them more comfortable with their new team.

Employee spotlight

Another easy way to make your new employees feel welcomed virtually is to write up a little employee spotlight on them. Take a few minutes to interview your new teammate and ask them a few questions. Ask them questions that give the rest of the team a little background on their career and their interests outside of work. You can also add a link to their LinkedIn profile and encourage your team to connect with them. Then, you can send out this spotlight to the rest of the team and allow them to “meet” the new employees.

Want to see some examples? We have tons of employee spotlights on our great staff members at JSG!

Hiring new workers is difficult during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, these are three simple things you can do to make your new employees feel welcomed, even if their first day is remote.

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How to Work from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Have you found yourself suddenly working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, you’re definitely not alone! In fact, I am actually writing this blog from the comfort of my home. It can be quite the adjustment if this is the first time you have had this opportunity. Some people may flourish in this situation, while others may struggle to build a healthy work-life balance from their own homes. If the COVID-19 virus has you working from home, here are a few tips to ensure your spirits and productivity stay up.

Dress for success

Many people want to just roll out of bed, grab their laptop, and sit on the couch in their PJs. But according to a study from Northwestern University, workers perform tasks better when wearing an outfit that has more “symbolic meaning.” It’s kind of like the expression “look good, feel good.” Dressing for success changes your mindset, and thus, will allow you to be more productive and accomplish tasks more efficiently. It will also save you from rushing to make yourself look presentable when you have an unexpected video meeting. Thus, it’s important to get up, shower, and get ready for the day as you would any other.

Setting boundaries and creating a schedule

One of the biggest mistakes newbies make when working from home is not sticking to a schedule. It’s essential to create a schedule and stick to it, just like you would at the office. Wake up at the same time every day, take a lunch break, and create a to-do list. This will help you build healthy work from home habits and improve your productivity. There are a lot of distractions at work: kids, pets, neighbors, laundry… the list goes on and on. But by creating structure in your day and a list of tasks that you need to accomplish, you will be able to make the most out of your day.

Don’t forget to remove yourself from work

It’s essential to create a healthy work-life balance when working from home. When you have your laptop and phone notifications buzzing all day, it can be challenging to remove yourself from work, even when you’re in the comfort of your home. That is why it’s a good idea to create a working station in your home. Whether that’s your dining room table or a home office, it’s key to create an organized space for yourself; a place that all you do is work there. Essentially, by creating a workplace in your home, you will be able to detach yourself from your work and avoid the work from home burnout.

Set yourself up for success

These are just a few tips to help you succeed while working from home. It can be challenging to focus on your work while quarantining yourself, but if you follow these easy steps, you will be on your way to success. Good luck, and stay safe!

How To Get Hired For A Remote Position

How To Get Hired For A Remote Position

This year, 50% of employees will be working outside of the main office for at least 2.5 days per week. Remote positions are highly sought-after in today’s age of modern technology. And great news, companies are on the hunt for remote employees! However, because of the hands-off nature of working outside the office, they are selective about who they hire. Here are a few key steps you can take to sell yourself as a valuable asset and land the remote position of your dreams.

Set realistic expectations

Remote work is not for everyone. The most important thing to do before you embark on this type of job hunt is to assess whether it’s something you really want. Obviously, there are tons of perks to working remotely, but there are a few challenges as well. Consider that it can be quite lonely and isolated, there can be a struggle to divide home and work life, and you’re held accountable for day-to-day motivation and inspiration.

Look in the right places

The wrong way to find a remote job is to apply to any and every job you see in your field around the world. For the most part, if a company is open to hiring remotely, they will say so in the job title or description. There are some sites, such as remote.com, that list remote positions exclusively. Additionally, you can partner with a recruiter that will match you with a role that matches your specific skill sets and goals.

Understand what employers want

Companies won’t hire just anyone for a remote position. Oftentimes they are only open to hiring someone who has worked out of the office in some capacity. Even if you don’t have remote work on your resume, there are ways to show you would excel as a remote employee. Try asking your current employer for a trial period, working one day a week from home. Or, try adding a side-hustle that you can do in the evenings.

Additionally, here are a few of the traits that make an excellent remote worker:

  • Excellent communication
  • Outstanding organization and prioritization
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to draw boundaries
  • Tech-savvy

Try incorporating these skills on your resume and describing them in detail during your interview.

There’s no doubt about it, remote jobs are out there. And in order to land one, it’s all in how you sell yourself. Can’t get enough job search and interview tips? Check out more JSG blogs for more job search tips!