Hiring Decisions – When is the Right Time to Hire

April 20th, 2011

Let’s face it, in many businesses payroll is one the largest (if not the largest) line item on your monthly budgets. So, it can sometimes be a very difficult decision to add on more staff. BUT, in some cases adding staff strategically can help drive a lot of profit to your bottom line.
So when do you know it’s time to hire? Here are a few warning signs:
1. When bottlenecks are holding up production.
If you find that a certain area of your business is continually a bottleneck, then it’s time to evaluate your talent needs. In many cases, adding one or two new skilled people can have a dramatic effect on production and profits.

2. When you miss out on new business because you don’t have the needed help.
You’ve probably had a lot of great ideas for new business ventures; however, you may not have the resources to implement those plans. But with temporary or contract workers, you can tap into the resources you need, when you need them, in order to take on new opportunities and grow your business – whether that means hiring a contract IT guru to improve information security, or taking on litigation specialists for a special case.

3. When being a “do-it-yourselfer” is distracting you from your core job duties. Instead of taking the time to learn a new skill on your own, or spending hours trying to train your staff, bring in an experienced contract employee who can offer you the knowledge and capabilities you need on a temporary basis. There’s no learning curve and once the project is finished, you don’t have to worry about the cost of a full-time employee.

If you’re faced with any of these challenges, Johnson & Hill can help. As the leading staffing and recruiting agency in Weed, we can provide on-demand temporary staff to help eliminate bottlenecks, or recruit people with the specific skill sets you need.
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Eliminate Burnout

April 20th, 2011

Has your life become too complicated? Between telephones, cell phones, voicemail, e-mail, and text messaging, we’ve never been more accessible–and more prone to interruption. Add job and family responsibilities, and it’s enough to make you feel overwhelmed!

Here are some ways you can eliminate burnout and get back on track:
1. Practice extreme self-care. When you take good care of YOU, the people and situations in your life will get the “best” of you instead of what’s left of you! Give yourself permission to make self-care a priority. Practicing self-care will show others how to love and respect you by valuing and appreciating who you are.

2. Set strong boundaries and keep them. Practice saying “no” more often, especially when saying “yes” would be dishonest to yourself.

3. Delegate things that need to be handled. Superheroes aren’t real! If you “have to do it all yourself”, it is time to consider help. Be willing to give up some of your control to decrease all the things on your “to-do” list. Recognize when you have a need AND ask for help (when help is available). Remember, the most successful people work with teams–they don’t succeed alone.

4. Decrease and eliminate energy drains. Get rid of clutter, people, situations, and things that sap your energy. Energy drains include: everything unresolved, undone, incomplete, or avoided. Examples: clutter, unanswered correspondence/phone calls, unfinished business, repairs, unpaid bills, avoided conflicts/confrontations, negative thinking.

5. Schedule fun! We all need a bit of downtime so mix some fun into your life—you’ll be much more productive!