What to Do When You Don’t Like Your Boss

September 30th, 2013
Photo by Erik Herbert

Photo by Erik Herbert

Sometimes you don’t like your coworkers. And other times you don’t like your boss. Which is worse? It doesn’t matter. The truth is that you have to find a way to deal with this issue – fast. Your boss may be the key to your career success so it’s important to establish a relationship as quickly as possible. Here’s how.

1. Recognize the difference between “like” and “respect.”

Respect. It’s a feeling of admiration toward someone’s abilities, qualities, or achievements. Did you notice what that definition is missing? Personality. You don’t have to be buddy-buddy with your boss to respect his or her work ethic, career path, or management style. Find those things your boss does well and focus on those traits only.

2. Remember: “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.”

Think about what your boss can do for you and what you can do for your boss. If you go above and beyond on a big project, your boss may be more likely to let you request those certain vacation days you had in mind. Plan and structure your day with this in mind. Think of the big picture – and become indispensable.

3. Wear two hats: employee and friend. 

Don’t be overly sensitive when it comes to your boss’ attitude – sometimes the work needs to get done and there’s no sugar-coated way to deliver that news. That’s when you wear your “employee” hat and get working. But remember that just because someone is a “bad boss” doesn’t mean they’re a “bad person.” For some people, it’s hard to let their professional persona down and show off their human side. So get to know your boss more. Put on your “friend” hat and start with a little small talk. See if you can both let your guards down a little. Who knows, you might have a lot in common.

About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice.

ABR La Crosse – Miken Sports Job Fair October 10; 12 to 4 pm

September 30th, 2013

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ABR Employment Services in partnership with Miken Sports are hosting a job fair on Thursday, October 10th from 12 noon to 4 pm at:

 Miken Sports
131 Bissen Street
Caledonia, MN – 55921

ABR is currently recruiting for General Production positions on all shifts with a pay range between $9.50 to $12.00 per hour.

Attendees may have the opportunity to participate in an onsite interview with ABR staff.  Walk-Ins are welcome! Completion of your application on abrjobs.com  prior to the event is encouraged (select the La Crosse Location). AA/EOE

How to Drive Employee Engagement Up – Instead of Down

September 23rd, 2013

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No company is actively trying to drive down employee engagement. But the results from Gallop’s 2013 “State of the American Workplace” report paint a grim picture – only 30 percent of workers admit to being fully engaged at work. That means more than half of employees in this country are actively disengaged (20%) or not engaged (50%) during the workday. These responses were polled from almost 150,000 people across different states and different industries. The results can’t be ignored.

It’s no secret that when employee engagement goes down, so does you company. So how can you make sure that your employees aren’t a part of that 70 percent of disengaged employees? It’s the million-dollar question – or rather the billion-dollar question. Gallop estimates that disengagement costs the US $450 billion to $550 billion annually. Dr. Jim Harter, Gallop’s chief scientist of workplace and well-being, spoke with FastCompany about what exactly is driving engagement down instead of up. Here are the three things Harper suggests to ensure that your employees are engaged:

1. Measure Engagement.

From your highest-paid employees down to your entry-level newbies, companies must measure engagement. After all, statistics like the one above may seem shocking, but it will come as even more of a shock when you see numbers related directly to your company. The results will likely inspire you to spring into action immediately. And thanks to your new survey – or whatever metrics you put into place – you should be able to identify the problem areas and remedy them.

2. Make Sure Your Company’s Leaders are Great Managers.

A company’s success hangs on effective and inspiring managers, according to Harter. He stresses importance on “the people” instead of “the process.” While tenure and previous successes often land experienced employees in managerial roles, sometimes their lack of ability to lead and inspire is overlooked. The best managers understand that their own success relies on the successes of their staff. These are the kind of people who need to be in leadership roles.

3. Meet Your Employee’s Basic Needs.

Harter defines four important factors each and every employee needs. Firstly, employees need a role that utilizes their talents and their strengths. Secondly, employees need a set of clear expectations once for their role. Next, employees need tools to accomplish their duties – from emotional support to mental knowledge to technology. Lastly, employees need praise and recognition. And they need it often. (P.S. Here are ten easy ways to reward your top employees.)

Even though the statistics on employee engagement are grim, the good news is that Harter is optimistic for the future. Companies that start focusing on employee engagement often see a huge increase in their statistics over time, which often exceeds the national average. And as we’ve seen from his anecdotes, the keys to increasing employee engagement are all within every company’s reach. You can measure engagement. You can appoint great managers into leadership roles. And you can provide the basic necessities for each of your employees. The road to stellar engagement is a long one and it’s a bit of an uphill battle, but the journey is well worth it.

What are ways your company engages employees? Share them below.

 About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice.

 

Reminder: ABR/Agropur Ingredients Job Fair This Friday, September 20

September 16th, 2013

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ABR Employment Service in partnership with Agropur Ingredients is hosting a recruitment fair, Friday, September 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at:

Agropur Ingredients
2340 Enterprise Avenue
La Crosse, WI – 54603

ABR is currently recruiting for Industrial and Manufacturing positions. Multiple shifts are available.

Attendees may have the opportunity to participate in an onsite interview with ABR staff.  Walk-Ins are welcome!

Completion of your application on abrjobs.com  prior to the event is encouraged (select the La Crosse Location). AA/EOE

ABR Salutes Our Employees During National Staffing Employee Week

September 16th, 2013

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ABR Employment Services joins staffing companies across the country this week in celebrating National Staffing Employee Week, September 16 through 21.

A warm and heart felt ‘thank you’ to all of our employees for your contributions to ABR and to our client company’s success! Millions of Americans are employed by staffing firms every business day.

ABR also recognizes our ‘Employees of the Year’. The following employees achieved this honor and will be presented with a certificate and monetary bonus in their next paycheck.

ABR’s 2013 ‘Employees of the Year’ are:

  • Debbie Ratachic (Green Bay)
  • Dylon Anderson (Sparta)
  • Roxane Hansen (Manitowoc)
  • David Witczak (Oshkosh)
  • Kathy Hackel (Schofield)
  • Dana Burns (Stevens Point)

Congratulations! We are proud to have such great employees and are glad you chose ABR as your employer.

We Found Each Other Through ABR

September 13th, 2013

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Cristi Schroeder:

Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job!  Your thoughtful consideration in connecting me with a prospective employer, based on their needs and my skills, turned out to be the “special ingredient” for success!  Although I would have never personally applied for that specific positions on my own, you saw that my talents would be a perfect fit for the role.  And, after that employer searched for months through other avenues (with no luck), we found each other through your agency.  I’m so grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to become employed in this position that will be a perfect permanent job for me!  Thank you for your professional care in linking us together.  I will surely refer both prospective employees and employers to ABR!

ABR Madison Industrial Job Fairs: September 13 and September 16

September 11th, 2013

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ABR Employment Services of Madison are holding industrial  job fairs on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at:

Columbus Public Library
223 W James St
Columbus, WI 53925

and on Monday, September 16, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at:

Sun Prairie Public Library
1350 Linnerud Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

ABR is recruiting candidates for the following positions:

Light industrial: Assembly Technician, Fabrication, Material Handler, Forklift Operator, Electronic Assembly, Picker/Packer, Machine Operator, Production Associates.

Skilled industrial: CNC Programmers, Maintenance Technicians.

Please apply online at abrjobs.com before the job fair.  Questions? Call us at  608-827-5818. We look forward to working with you! AA/EOE

Interviewing for a Skilled Industrial Position: How to Prepare

September 9th, 2013

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ABR offers work in the skilled industrial field. Examples of the types of positions we offer candidates are in forklift operation, CNC, maintenance, skilled assembly, supervision and welding.

When entering an interview for a skilled industrial job, know that safety is a huge priority, especially in a manufacturing and warehouse environment where one may be dealing with hazardous materials. Demonstrate your knowledge of all of the best practices for occupational health and safety. And be sure to bring along any certifications or licenses along with a copy of your resume. To show that you thrive in a manufacturing and warehouse environment, review these questions before your next interview:

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How well do you work in a team?
Can you work with little supervision?
Are you a self-motivated person?

 Organization

What kind of organizational skills do you have?
Tell me about a time you noticed a mistake, and what did you do to fix it?
How do you avoid mistakes in the first place?

Safety

Tell me how you keep safety in mind at all times while at the workplace, even when you’re in a rush to meet a deadline.
If you hurt yourself while working, what would you do?
Can you handle being on your feet for 8 hours per day?

Coordination

How did your past experiences prepare you for this position?
What special equipment or machinery can you operate?
Would you be willing to learn to operate new machinery?

 Reliability

Do you have reliable transportation to and from work?
If hired, how long would you expect to work for us?

Ask a friend or family member to quiz you before your big interview. And don’t forget to follow these 3 interview tips that will help you land an offer.

 About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin and in Winona, MN. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center. Connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn for job seeking tips and advice.

ABR Receives Four ASA VOICE Awards

September 4th, 2013

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ABR Employment Services won four out of seven categories in the 2013 American Staffing Association Staffing VOICE Awards competition.  ABR received VOICE Awards in the Direct Mail and Company Website categories. ABR also received Honorable Mentions in the Company Blog and Multimedia categories.

The ASA Staffing VOICE Awards competition recognizes the voice, originality, innovation, creativity, and effectiveness—or VOICE—of ASA member communications campaigns. A panel of communications experts judge entries in four award classes based on general appeal and overall quality, content and message, originality of approach, target audience, and objectives.

The 2013 ASA Staffing VOICE Awards competition was sponsored by CareerBuilder, an ASA corporate partner providing customized products and services to help staffing firms increase their exposure among candidates and potential clients.

About ABR Employment Services
ABR Employment Services (www.abrjobs.com) provides administrative, call center, light industrial and skilled industrial employment opportunities to Talent and Workforce Solutions to companies in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  ABR’s subsidiary, Kinsa Group, provides executive search and placement services for the food and beverage industry.