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Nov 7, 2018

Arizona’s Economy is Growing: How Big Is the Growth Since 2007?

While Arizona’s economy lags behind the rest of the nation in some respects, including a higher unemployment rate, and wage growth still stagnates at about $48,621 statewide per year, many economic indicators suggest that Arizona lies in a very healthy position for future growth.

According to Arizona’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, government revenue reached 10.1 billion this year, just over the prior record of 9.6 billion in 2007, immediately before the recession. This indicates that over the past 11 years, Arizona has officially climbed back from the global economic downturn.

So, what does this mean for job opportunities in the state? Plenty! Hiring is on the rise across the state in both the public and private sectors, and signs indicate that healthy wage growth may soon follow. Hiring managers are taking on new staff in almost all industry sectors, from agriculture to infrastructure development, and job opportunities are available and growing.

Are you looking for work or expecting to hire during the coming year? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Contingency staffing is a winning bet for both parties.

Staffing on a part-time or temporary basis can help employers grow their businesses while keeping costs low. And flexible schedules allow employees to stay in control of their time as they search for full-time work and lifestyles that protect work-life balance. Do you need employees to handle short-term projects or one-time rollouts? Consider taking on staff members who can be reassigned once your project comes to an end. If you’re an employee looking for new opportunities, contact a staffing agency that can keep you connected and busy.

Staffing agencies manage talented, skilled employees in every field.

Are you looking for web developers, coders, cybersecurity pros, trained instructors, marketing managers, leaders, engineers or creative experts? If you’re having trouble finding the skills you need, a professional staffing team can help. Our talented pros can handle skilled tasks at every level of training and experience. In an earlier era, contingency staffing suggested low to middle-skill talent only, but that’s no longer the case.

We have a wide reach and a strong network.

Are you looking for a full-time, part-time, or flexible job in a field that supports your career goals? Talk to our team! You can always sift through job posts on your own, but when you add the power of a staffing agency, you travel farther and reach your goals faster. We can connect you with the employers you’re looking for.

We do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to.

Are you ready to find the right talent to help take advantage of the Arizona economic growth? Contact the ACCENT Hiring Group and we can help you find and maintain the talented employees you need.

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Oct 31, 2018

Elevating Digital Capabilities Can Improve Company Retention

Here’s a study we found interesting, but not at all surprising: https://www.randstadusa.com/about/news/a-companys-reputation-as-a-digital-leader-greatly-impacts-their-ability-to-attract-and-retain-talent-randstad-us-study-finds/. According to the results of this Workplace 2025 survey conducted by Randstad, only 10 percent of enterprises are considered “digitally superior” by employees, potential employees, and C-suite executives. This means that only one company in 10 can truly impress these study subjects with fully implemented modern technological platforms, including appropriate forms of automation, AI, and workplace collaboration tools. This 10 percent figure also includes companies that invest in strategies that train workers to be digitally savvy.

Why does this matter? Because the companies in this narrow category reap significant benefits in terms of reputation, and employees feel greater confidence in their present and future success. Survey respondents perceived these companies as far more likely to achieve business goals, build revenue, save cost and see returns on their investments.

And if current workers and future applicants express confidence in a company’s digital infrastructure, they’re more likely to respond with the following behaviors:

They compete for jobs with the company.

If your company falls into this exclusive ten percent, candidates will want to choose you simply because…you’re you. Just having the name of your company on a resume will feel like an accomplishment, and most candidates will expect their tenure with you to be a positive experience. This means you’ll attract more candidates and sift through more and better resumes for each open position. It also means candidates will see your name as an employment perk, which can provide leverage during salary negotiations.

When they come on board, they stay.

Digital frustrations often push employees toward the door. Especially when these frustrations prevent them from being able to achieve success with their tasks and may potentially stall the growth of their careers. Good carpenters don’t blame their tools, but if their tools are truly faulty and limiting, good carpenters leave the company in search of work elsewhere. Give your teams the platforms they need to excel at their work.

They engage more fluidly with each other.

Excellent digital platforms ease and enhance communication, which in turn can ease and enhance teamwork and relationships. Employees work harder and stay longer if their teams and coworkers feel like family, and technology helps to make this happen.

They can focus more on innovation and less on day-to-day survival.

When the company provides weak scheduling technology, employees spend too much time troubleshooting the system and finding workarounds as they struggle to plan meetings. With seamless, effortless scheduling technology, they can focus on the content of those meetings. Upgrade your systems before they desperately need it, and your teams won’t waste a moment of mental energy on the wrong kinds of problems.

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Aug 15, 2018

Challenging Top Performers to Keep Them – Yes, You Read That Correctly

“Challenging” isn’t usually considered a positive descriptor. When a person, situation, or environment are flagged as challenging, it usually means they’re a problem. They’re an obstacle to be navigated around or an issue that needs to be overcome.

When employees face challenges at work, for example, that usually means one of two things: 1.) they feel enough personal motivation and love for the company that they work to resolve the challenge, or 2.) they don’t. Challenges push engaged employees to excel, but they also push unengaged employees out the door.

So if you have a top performer on your team who seems disengaged, bored, or ready to look for work elsewhere, it may seem counterintuitive to deliberately place obstacles in the person’s path. But think twice. This may be just the thing that he or she needs to buckle down and face the job with fresh eyes. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Challenges help us learn, and learning feels good

Your employee wants to learn new things; she doesn’t just want this because learning feels positive and meaningful. She also wants to build out her resume and achieve her career goals. Difficult projects, new skills, and exposure to new aspects of the industry can all be considered challenges…but facing them can build an employee’s sense of accomplishment and rekindle a fading sense of ambition. Giving a glazed-over employee a difficult project can spark a transformation.

Challenges make us feel alive

We don’t always love adventures while we’re having them. And there are some activities we enjoy having done, even if we really don’t enjoy doing them. There’s something magical about looking back on a harrowing ride after it’s over. And when you offer this feeling to a checked-out employee or disengaged team, there’s a strong chance they’ll want to get back on the ride and go through it again.

Challenges should be appropriate; choose them wisely

Push your employees toward challenges that make use of their rarest and most valuable skills, not toward busy work or manufactured hassles. Just because a task is awkward, miserable or tedious doesn’t mean it will make your employee feel engaged and connected. Before you overextend an employee or push them into the deep end, make sure you’re choosing the right employee, for the right task, for the right reasons.

Again, the wrong task and the wrong reasons may push a detached employee further out the door, so be careful. Before you move forward, sit down for a conversation about what your employee wants to accomplish or learn while they occupy this role.

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Jul 31, 2018

Retention Strategies: Talk to Your Employees Every Few Months

In a rapidly evolving job marketplace, the best way to protect your company’s bottom line starts with one word – stability. Lower churn can help you save money on hiring, training and onboarding costs, and the longer you keep your employees within your walls, the more you benefit from their growing store of institutional knowledge. So, stability matters and stability starts with careful selection and high effort dedicated to retention.

Hire the right people in the first place, then keep them on board if possible by cultivating management strategies that build loyalty and commitment. Start by meeting with each employee on an individual basis each month and discussing topics like these.

What’s working and what isn’t?

Is your new hire comfortable with the processes and procedures related to her work? Do your software systems and workflows support their productivity or stand in their way? Think about how you phrase your question and don’t imply that it’s their responsibility to adapt to the system (not the other way around). Make it clear that you’re listening, willing to consider their suggestions, and willing to change or fix elements of the process that don’t work for them. If they feel heard and they see the path toward success and productivity as a mutual goal, they’re more likely to stay for the long haul.

Are you happy with your current jobs/responsibilities?

Ask the employee to assess his general comfort levels with the job and their specific responsibilities. Does the job resemble what they expected? This question doesn’t just apply to their first weeks and months; it should be asked again, and again, year after year. When employees lose patience or burn out due to misaligned expectations, it doesn’t always happen right away. Sometimes this drift can take years.

How can the company improve?

Encourage the employee to be open and generous with her constructive criticism. Most employees – especially recent hires – won’t answer this question honestly unless they feel safe and respected, so make it clear that their insights have value and you genuinely want to hear and implement them.  Clearly explain the purpose of your monthly chat sessions (improving retention) and explain that the company puts concerted effort into making employees feel valued and deploying their skills and talents in the most expedient way.

You want your employees to thrive, find meaning in their work, and stay if possible. So, make this clear. Encourage them to help you with these goals. As always, company success will result from a team effort between employees and managers.

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For more on how to use simple moves and cost-effective tools to retain your talented workers, turn to the management experts at the ACCENT Hiring Group.

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Jul 24, 2018

Diversity and Culture Support Innovation

Countless management guidelines and tips emphasize one word over and over again: culture. A strong culture, we’re told repeatedly, means a strong staffing strategy and a strong and thriving business. If employees feel engaged with their work and they feel a sense of pride and confidence in each other, this positive attitude will spread, and if they don’t, negativity and distrust will pervade the atmosphere, with detrimental results.

But too often, “shape your culture” is misheard and misinterpreted to mean “hire people who make you feel comfortable.” If hiring managers don’t examine their feelings and they respond to candidates based on “a sense of connection” alone, they tend to unconsciously hire people who look, speak, and act like they do. The result isn’t a great culture; it’s a mess. Diversity is what makes a culture strong, and building a diverse workplace requires effort, thought, and strategy. Keep these considerations in mind as you move forward.

Gut Responses and Warm Feelings Won’t Get You There

People are often wired to behave in ways that run counter to their best interests. We want to stay healthy, but we eat donuts because they taste good. We want a thriving, functional, innovative company culture, but we choose the candidate who looks like us because there’s “just something about him” that puts us at ease. Look past the easy impulse and aggressively seek candidates that DON’T fit prevailing patterns and demographics in your office. The path to growth starts with an assessment (What is our age distribution? How many people with disabilities work here? How are our employee backgrounds similar and different? Where are the missing voices?) and a conscious effort to depart from homogeneity.

Act on Opportunities to Learn and Grow

A candidate who represents a minority in your company has registered a complaint about the culture. They feel unwelcome, unappreciated, or maybe even threatened by some aspect of the workplace. Do you coach, soothe, and silence the employee so the workplace won’t have to change? Or do you change the workplace and solve the problem? The second path is often more difficult, but it’s the path to success. The first option brings only toxicity and stagnation.

A Rainbow of Faces Isn’t Enough

For diversity to actually have an impact on your bottom line, you’ll need to embrace and cultivate it, not just tolerate it. If you look out over your workforce and see different faces, ages, and backgrounds, that’s great, and it’s a meaningful accomplishment. But not if you encourage your workers to leave their differences at the door and behave like robots from nine to five. Celebrate and leverage the different perspectives employees bring to the table—don’t downplay or encourage employees to hide them. That helps no one.

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For more on how to attract, hire, and make the most of a wide variety of voices and perspectives, reach out to the top recruiters in Scottsdale at the ACCENT Hiring Group.

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Mar 21, 2018

Do You Know If You Are Becoming the Micromanager You Don’t Want to Be?

If you’re interested in improving your skills as a manager, then you’re probably no stranger to the common advice doled out by mentors, seminar leaders, blogs, and books written by experts. And if you’ve been reading and listening throughout your career, you’re probably familiar with the key differences between effective managers and ineffective micromanagers. A few examples: Strong managers give positive feedback and encouragement; weak ones are distrustful and critical. Strong managers recognize that mistakes teach us and help us grow; weak ones fear and avoid any form of failure, no matter how insignificant.

This list goes on, and most of these differences come as no surprise. Strong leaders are transparent, kind, resilient, and respectful. Weak ones are cagey, competitive, and overbearing. But in all these comparisons, one important detail may be getting lost: action. Just because you’ve heard these things before doesn’t mean you’re effectively working them into your daily routine. Despite a barrage of advice, we still sometimes slip into weak patterns when these patterns happen to be easier and our energy and attention are at a low ebb. Here are four considerations that can keep you from becoming the micromanager you really don’t want to be.

Actually track your feedback.

You might believe that you walk through the halls of your workplace doling out positivity like a radiant rainbow. But is this true? Are your positive thoughts taking the form of words and gestures? Keep an actual written list of the compliments and encouragement you give voice to each day and see if it measures up to your assumptions.

Reduce your constant contact.

Instead of asking to be looped into every meeting and getting a CC on every email, schedule weekly or monthly update meetings with each of your teams. Make the updates a regular expectation and you can cut yourself out of the daily information flow.

Alter your response to disappointments.

When your employee doesn’t get the desired results on a project, stop thinking of this as a failure or a problem. Instead, think of it as a growth opportunity — for both of you. Encourage your employee to practice resilience and experiential learning while you work on your positive coaching skills.

Letting go of control can be easier said than done, but making this happen can be the first step toward better and more effective leadership. Take two steps back, and your employees will grow into the space you create for them. For more on how to turn tips like these into meaningful action, contact the team at the ACCENT Hiring Group.

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Mar 14, 2018

Google for Jobs – How Will It Affect Your Recruitment Strategies?

Late last year, Google introduced a new platform based on a perceived need among both job seekers and employers. In the face of a job market that’s been booming since the recession ended in 2011, a growing number of candidates are leaving the marketplace quickly, sometimes within days or weeks after launching a search for new work. Employers are scooping them up, which leaves candidates in greater control of the hiring balance and employers scrambling to claim talented workers before they become unavailable.

That’s great news for candidates, and the arrival of Google For Jobs makes the search even easier on the applicant’s side of the table. This new tool consolidates job posts from all over the internet, much like already established sites that have been doing this for decades. But Google makes use of sophisticated algorithms that can filter posts and target job seekers with only the most likely position matches. With these new resources, job seekers can adjust the filters for details like geographic area, industry, job level, salary, and the date when the job was initially posted.

But not all benefits are targeted at job seekers only; Google designed the tool with both sides of the equation in mind, so it’s easy for employers and hiring managers to zero in on candidates with appropriate skill sets and search filters. Using this platform will help you position your post in front of those who are most likely to respond, and if you’re using Google for Jobs to staff a position, the more information you provide (including salary details), the faster you’ll gain the attention and interest of candidates who are poised to thrive in the role.

Another benefit for both job seekers and hiring managers: submitting an application is easy. Once your post has landed on the desk or screen of a talented, appropriate, interested job seeker, Google for Jobs will allow you — the employer — to determine how and where the candidate submits a resume or online application. You provide the details and the platform sends the candidate to your chosen submission page with a single click.

Finding the right candidate can seem like an exhausting process, but keep in mind that your best new hires are out there somewhere, searching for you just as hard as you’re searching for them. New tools like this one can simplify the process and make it easier for the two of you to find each other and put the search behind you.

To bring the best talent in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas to your team, turn to the ACCENT Hiring Group today!

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Mar 7, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Won’t Replace Recruiters but It Will Make Their Job More Efficient

AI, apps, algorithms, and database management platforms won’t replace human recruiters any time soon. But these useful tools can (and already are) making the recruiting process much easier and more efficient. As a team of skilled recruiters and staffing pros with decades of collective experience and a wide network of strong industry connections — something no algorithm can duplicate — we often hear that the mainstream recruiting process is rapidly becoming digitized. And to some extent this is true, especially regarding four essential elements of the staffing and recruiting process: Sourcing, job descriptions, candidate matching and appointment scheduling. Here are a few insights into each of these important links that hold together a successful staffing effort.

Candidate Sourcing

When employers launch an applicant search for a welder, an account associate, a dental hygienist, a sales manager or a marketing pro, where do they start? Simply stapling posters to telephone poles won’t do the job, and neither will posting an old-fashioned classified ad in the local paper. In order to attract the best candidates and filter out those who aren’t likely to excel in the role, employers need to target their audience. This means they’ll have to go to the places where the best candidates go to seek work. A placement office in a specific university or a well-respected industry-specific job board might get the job done. But so will a series of algorithms targeting the screens of only those who hold the right qualifications, are actively seeking work, and live in the right geographic area. The first part of that equation requires a human touch; the second relies on sophisticated digital tools.

Job Descriptions

Job descriptions involve careful messaging and nuanced writing, which still lies in the realm of human tasks. But elements of every description, like lists of required qualifications, can be drawn from managed databases.

Candidate Matching

Once a job description has been assembled and a target audience identified, applicant profiles will need to be measured against the needs of the job. This falls within the category of human tasks…but not if the initial pool of resume submissions measures in the hundreds or thousands. In order to find the right candidates in such a large pool, keyword search functions and digital tools can be used to prioritize each required qualification and draw out the best resume matches.

Scheduling

Like candidate matching, interview scheduling involving one interviewer and five candidates or fewer isn’t an impossible task. But that story changes with a list of ten interviewers and 50 candidates, especially if those candidates will need to be flown to the venue and will need to share the room with multiple additional candidates (and interviewers). Scheduling can quickly become a hassle with a high price to pay for simple errors.

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Feb 21, 2018

STUDY: Top 3 Cities for Job Growth Are in Arizona

According to a recent study conducted by Wallethub, national unemployment numbers are low and strong job growth appears to be making a mark in 10 U.S. cities above all others. These 10 were chosen based a range of metrics that include population size (small but growing), socioeconomic factors, livability, and the strength of promising industries like healthcare and social assistance.

Unsurprisingly, three of the top 10 cities are in one amazing state: Arizona! Gilbert, AZ clocked in at number three, and the top two positions are tied and include Chandler, AZ (population 247,477) and Peoria, AZ.

We all know that Arizona wins the race for beautiful scenery, friendly people, a warm climate, and a rich culture and history. But not everyone knows about Arizona’s booming economic growth and central position in the tech industry. Most economists agree that the future of the US job market lies in the service sector, and Arizona cities are ahead of the curve on this point.

Employers searching for the best candidates in this corner of the marketplace are wise to center their staffing strategies in our beautiful state. And Arizona also represents a great career launch site for candidates looking for great opportunities with growing companies in healthcare, tech, media, and hospitality. Arizona is certainly having its day in the sun, and we’re excited to be located at the center of the action.

Turn to our staffing and job search experts here at the ACCENT Hiring Group if you’re ready to take your candidate search to the next level. We have the resources you need and all the cutting-edge tools that can help you find and identify the best workers in a market filled with excellent prospects. Contact our office today and find out what a top recruiter in Arizona can do for you!

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Feb 1, 2018

Why Won’t Your Team Talk to You? They Want Predictability

Following the advice of countless management pros and business mentors (including this blog), you’ve decided to enact a small change to your management style— You’ve decided to open your office door and open your ears, to all comers. You’ve made your office into a welcoming space with a friendly atmosphere and two comfortable chairs in addition to your own. You never close the door unless you’re having a private conversation, and you constantly encourage your teams to initiate talks with you.

So why haven’t they done this? So far, all you hear is crickets, and the line outside your door is non-existent. Your teams don’t even call you on the phone—they prefer to get your attention using texts and email. Even though we haven’t met you personally, we may know why this is happening: Your teams need predictability, and they aren’t getting it from you. At least not yet.

Social Energy and an Unpredictable Boss

If you aren’t sure how your boss will respond to a surprise knock on the door or some unexpected news, you’d probably do what your teams do: stay at your desk and send a message. If you have to gauge your boss’s mood or mindset before you approach, you’re more likely to send a text. If you don’t know whether you’ll be welcomed, validated, rejected, brushed off, or yelled at, why take the risk?

Social energy is a limited commodity for almost everyone, even the most extroverted among us. And if you behave unpredictably, you drain the energy of everyone around you, especially those who report to you and depend on you for their jobs. Keeping your employees on eggshells will keep them away.

How to be Predictable

Unfortunately, just recognizing the value of a predictable demeanor won’t make adopting such a demeanor any easier. Your mood and mindset change throughout the day, and since you’re only human and you have a right to express yourself, pretending to be a robot won’t help anyone. Instead, start by exercising emotional control and equanimity, and when that doesn’t work, be honest with those around you. Use your words to describe your sense of anger or frustration instead of volume, facial expression, or unexpected actions and decisions. Try saying, “That’s upsetting news,” instead of swearing, hyperventilating, or launching into a shoot-from-hip reaction. While you’re at it, hold all of your conversations in confidence unless you have a good reason not to.

When you take a position, stand behind it. And pause for two full seconds and two full breaths in and out before you respond to comments, news, or questions that surprise or upset you. This simple courtesy of a measured reaction can yield big dividends in employee trust.

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