We all have a family member or friend impacted by the devastating fires that took place in Fort McMurray, Alberta earlier this month. We are very pleased to have been able to join with our DFK Canada colleagues in making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help local residents and families get back on their feet. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Alberta at this difficult time.
At MRSB, we see the value of hiring new graduates. Our HR Manager, Kathryn Mills shares some quick thoughts on things for new graduates entering the workforce to keep in mind.
So you just graduated? An exciting accomplishment for you, a proud moment for family and friends, and the next step for you as you either continue with your education or start your business career.
From an employer’s, and more specifically a Human Resource Manager’s perspective, it is welcoming to witness the energy from new graduates seeking employment, but I also wanted to share some general words of wisdom to help you on your quest:
- Be yourself - don’t go out of your way to impress. Be polite and professional.
- Take pride in your appearance – regardless if you are going to an interview, or going to your job. Make sure your outfit for the day is clean, not wrinkled, not too revealing, and plan what you are going to wear the night before to save time in the morning. Ladies – make sure your hair and makeup is appropriate for work as opposed to an evening out. Gentlemen - clean shaven or facial hair well manicured.
- Be on time and plan to be at your destination at least 15 minutes early - set your alarm clock ahead to allow additional time for any unforeseen things that might make you late such as traffic, parking, construction, or a line up while you pick up your morning coffee.
- When at work, leave all your personal matters such phone calls, texts, e-mails for your breaks and lunch. Multitasking at work is great, as long as it is work related.
- At the outset, learn as much as you can about your place of business, and ask questions to find out more. Your understanding of the business will help you in your role.
- Be flexible in your work hours whenever possible – be willing to work extra shifts if asked and be willing to stay later if necessary in order to meet a deadline.
- Be prepared – to share your ideas, to attend and participate in meetings, to volunteer at events or in the community and to do things outside of your “job description”.
Congratulations on this major milestone. You have no doubt worked very hard for graduation to finally happen and hopefully the best is yet to come!
Welcome to the business world!
Our HR Manager, Kathryn Mills writes a timely piece on employee recognition and what you can do to contribute to team success.
How often do you say thank you to a staff member for a job well done?
How often do you recognize someone for going beyond what was required in order to meet a deadline, or exceed client expectations?
Recognition doesn’t have to be much. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost you a cent, and the rewards can be huge: increased productivity; employee recruitment and retention; increased morale; positive reflection of the company; an attractive place to want to do business; enhanced teamwork and energy; reinforcement of corporate values; empowering employees to excel in their role, and the list goes on.
But you must also keep in mind that there is a fine line between sincerity and over the top recognition that may become uncomfortable for the recipient. You must also keep in mind that some people would prefer to fly below the radar, so to speak, and that public recognition could be worse than no recognition, so know and understand the individual(s) being recognized. Another piece of advice is to be timely with the recognition - don’t wait to say thanks or show appreciation.
You just land a big account. How about saying something like, “That project that we submitted last week, the client really appreciated that we were ahead of the deadline, and was really pleased with the final product that we have been awarded the contract. Thank you for all that you did to help us ace this account.”
How about spontaneously taking an employee out for coffee or for lunch and just check in with them?
How about celebrating a milestone that was collectively achieved by the entire team?
Although we know it takes a total team effort to be successful, this week is Administrative Professional Week and today is Administrative Professional Day. So take time to say thank you and recognize your admin professional for their ongoing and valued contributions.
Tomorrow, April 28th, is International Pay It Forward Day – don’t miss the chance to make someone’s day, - don’t break the chain of selfless acts of kindness.
“Recognition is not a scarce resource. You can’t use it up or run out of it.”