There are many situations where there is a lack of understanding between employees and their superiors. In many occasions, the reason is related to the lack of appreciation. When employees don’t feel valued for their work, they are less committed and begin to feel frustrated. This situation is very unpleasant and also negatively influences the company. Employees who are happy at work will assume more responsibilities and their performance will be greater.
There is still much to be done to avoid these tensions that can often lead to dismissal. According to a recent study by the Gallup research centre, only 13% of employees feel committed to the company. Top Employer, is a company that is dedicated to evaluate, analyze and certify good practices of human resources of companies. This is the second year in a row that PageGroup España has been certified with the Top Employer label for Spain and Europe. These are the 6 aspects that Top companies implement to value their employees.
1. Training Plans.
To succeed in an extremely competitive global market, companies can only survive if they attract the best professionals. Therefore, it is a crucial aspect to invest in the training of employees. Betting on the development of your competences offering the necessary tools to successfully face your current and future functions. In PageGroup, we offer programs at all levels, from the beginning of the consultant to management positions.
2. Create your own leaders.
What is the difference between a boss and a leader? We can find lots of content on the web related to this. As an example a boss tells you what to do, a leader inspires you to do it. But usually, they forget to mention why these differences exist. Leaders are not born, they need to be trained. In PageGroup, with the help of external trainers and the definition of the Leadership program, we want our employees to have the opportunity to grow, develop and create synergies throughout their career within our company.
3. Offer compensation programs and benefits.
Although the best professionals do not choose the company solely for the salary, it must be borne in mind that this aspect should not be a problem if you want to retain your employees. In PageGroup, throughout the career of the consultant, we offer a variety of benefits besides salary, telephone, health insurance, pension plan, company car, and other incentives.
4. They bet on the diversity of the work teams.
There are numerous studies that show how companies that bet on integration and diversity adapt more quickly to changes and therefore are more successful. Diversity not only refers to employees with different cultural backgrounds but also to the balance between men and women and to the adaptation of different ways of working. Diversity is one of the main aspects within PageGroup, a fact to keep in mind is that 50% of our managers are women.
5. Manage performance for professional development.
Employees commit if they feel their efforts are rewarded. In PageGroup, we offer an evaluation system that allows management of the performance of all employees. On average, our consultants promote every 18 months. Depending on your abilities and interests, there are several ways to develop your career within the company. Each quarter we review the technical and personal competencies to know where they are in their trajectory and how they will face the future.
6. Make your employees feel at home.
When do we show the best version of ourselves? Usually, when we are in a pleasant environment and we feel at ease. The environment that surrounds you is the right one, you perform better. For this reason, we should be happy in the place where we spend eight hours a day. In PageGroup we are proud of the good atmosphere we have, we offer health programs and we bet for the welfare of the employee inside and outside the office.
These are the 11 qualities that an employer seeks
by Edith Gómez, PageGroup España
Has it happened to you that you feel qualified for a job and never call you after the interview? Relax, you are not the only one that has been through it. You should bear in mind that nowadays employers do not only focus on the knowledge you have, but they are more interested in the ability to put them into practice. Therefore, after reading this article, there will be no job interview that could resist you. Do you want to know the 11 qualities that the interviewer is looking for?
Pay attention and prepare to succeed in your next interview:
1. Ability to develop ideas and innovate: This ability allows us to think about the different ways that exist to improve the future both at work and at a personal level. It supposes the possibility of optimizing the processes and methodologies of work in a company.
2. Productivity: It is the ability of a person to focus on a task while managing their time. In addition, it focuses on the search for learning in order to find the specific knowledge to solve a problem.
3. Analysis capacity: It is the ability to analyze and understand the information that is provided daily. A person with this skill presents solid arguments when issuing opinions and suggestions that help the company make the right decisions.
4. Management of new technologies: We live in the technological era, it is not surprising that companies look for personnel with this ability. The management of social networks and the domain of certain software are mandatory when using. In addition, many companies research candidates on social networks, so are prepared and take care of your digital reputation with these tips.
5. Good communication: This is a skill that involves the transmission of truthful information with a safe attitude and an appropriate tone. A person who knows how to communicate catches the attention of people and can convince others to make correct decisions.
6. Shows commitment towards the company: The fact of being committed to be working in order to meet the needs of the company, and also find ways to achieve the objectives of it, is a quality that the employer will value.
7. Ability to work as a team:The ability to work as a team means respecting the opinions and suggestions of others, it is understanding that each person thinks and acts differently in certain situations. A person who knows how to work in a team does not seek attention and understands perfectly that he must connect with others to achieve a common goal.
8. Manage stress: All work involves moments of stress, so finding a person who does not let down or block by the workload is essential to work productively. Being able to manage stress allows the worker to reach his goals despite the adversities.
9. Adaptation capacity: Chameleonic people are truly valuable because they adapt quickly to work in all kinds of situations. They accept easily the changes that may arise in the company.
10. Achieve the objectives set: The worker who seeks to achieve their goals is a person who works hard, is determined and committed. He hardly surrenders and has an incredible capacity for motivation. Companies pay special attention to candidates who have worked on various projects, so do not skip a single one that will help you.
11. Identify and solve problems: A person with this quality does not sit idly by the problems, but seeks all possible solutions and tries to avoid them at all costs. It is very difficult to lose the north because of frustrations. As you see, not only knowledge is enough to obtain the job you want, but the qualities that are linked to the personality of each one. Begin to give another focus to your resume and get ready to do a good job interview.
The 5 most common mistakes in a job interview
Facing a job interview is always a time of excitement and concern and precisely these nerves can play tricks on you. We tell you what are the five most common mistakes in an interview.
1. Avoid showing off your achievements. It is right that you try to highlight the most important milestones of your professional career, but avoid nerves playing tricks on you and let your speech focus on showing off and praising you too much.
Instead of bragging about the importance and relevance of your work explaining, for example, that in your previous job you were one of the best employees, give a spin to your speech highlighting your learning in that position and your interest in continuing to learn and training in the field of employment to which you aspire. Always offer your interviewer the possibility of contrasting that information with the people you have worked with.
2. Pay attention to the interviewer’s questions. A common misconception among job seekers is that they are determined to give an answer they have previously prepared and do not listen carefully to the recruiter’s question. Concentrate on your interviewer and listen to every word he says, start thinking and compose your answer when he has finished speaking.
If necessary, respond: “That’s a very good question, I’ll take a second to think about the answer before answering.” Good interviewers will appreciate that you want to take a moment to reflect on an adequate response before letting go of the first thought that lands in your mind.
3. Maintain prudence when the interviewer begins to describe the job. It is tempting that when the recruiter begins to describe the job, you want to tell him that those tasks were carried out in previous jobs and that, therefore, you are the right person for that position.
Avoid that your argument is only: “Those tasks have already been carried out.” Contribute value to your work and give concrete examples. Tell him how you faced a problem or how you managed to solve a complicated situation. If you have already held a position similar to that required by the company, take the opportunity to compare it with that job and show that you will be able to handle the problems you may encounter.
Any employer wants results from people who are part of the plot, not satisfied with working for work and adding tasks. The recruiter is not interested in knowing what tasks you did, but what achievements and results you achieved thanks to your decisions and your actions.
4. Avoid giving answers without arguments. An interview is a time that the recruiter has to know your skills and decide if you are the person that best fits the position. It is the moment when they ask you about your aptitudes and, in principle, your word is the only reliable source that the recruiter has. So, if they ask you if you have knowledge of Excel, the worst answer you can give is: “Yes, I know the tool perfectly”. The interviewer knows that these answers can be exaggerated and, therefore, are unreliable. In that case, try to tell a specific fact about a time when you used Excel to solve a problem at work.
Always offer the interviewer the possibility of contacting those people who can confirm your skills, give references and support your skills at work.
5. The interview does not end when you walk out the door. Few people remember this detail and squeeze the powerful weapon of the letter of thanks. An infallible technique that prevents you from falling into the forgetfulness of the interviewer when several candidates aspire to the position and who can improve their perception towards you.
Send a courteous email with a few lines to thank you for your time for the interview and make yourself available in case you need to expand information or learn more details.