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How to be a great boss

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

We all know that one of the most important elements of job satisfaction is a positive relationship between a supervisor and an employee. At Randstad, we refer to this as Boss Fit. As we approach International Boss Day (Tuesday October 16th 2012) I’ve put together a list, in no particular order, of behaviours and qualities I think make a great boss. Here are 12 simple steps on how to be a great boss

1. Have a vision and knows how to communicate it, paint a picture with words.
2. Have passion and knows how to get you excited and connected to the vision.
3. Acts as a resource. Help employees succeed at their job.
4. Make employees feel valued. Explaining how their work is contributing to the big picture.
5. Provide opportunities for growth and development within the company. Have faith in your employees' abilities and know how to push them to accomplish great things.
6. Foster a positive work atmosphere where their team will work collaboratively towards the company’s goals.
7. Provide positive and constructive feedback to help you grow and develop professionally.
8. Acknowledge your employees’ work. You need to recognize performance in order to maintain motivatation on your team.
9. Be a good decision maker. They are quick but not impulsive and once a decision is made they are committed to it.
10. Trust. Delegate tasks and projects and believe in your employees' abilities while remaining available for guidance. When something goes wrong don’t point your finger,be a part of the solution.
11. keeps promises and follows through on commitments.
12. Show compassion. Treat your employees like people. If there is a death in the family or even if they are having a bad day, be empathetic.

What do you think makes a great boss? Leave your comment below!

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Qualities of a Good Employee and Why They Are Like Athletes

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Endurance, commitment and relentless drive, does this describe your ideal employee? If so, consider the fact that athletes master many great skills which are transferable to the world of work. Their life skills are qualities of a good employee that can be applied to any field of career and are often sought after by hiring managers.

Living in a country that offers four seasons is a treat (most of the year) but it can be difficult for people whose careers and livelihood depend on the seasons and Mother Nature! In response, Randstad Canada has partnered with PGA of Canada in order to provide golf pros with the opportunity to gain off-season employment through an ‘Athletes Placement Program’. With a short golf season in Canada this initiative allows us to help the PGA of Canada members ensure a better living during off season months.

In case you’re wondering, here are 6 of the most common transferable skills for athletes:

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1. Setting Targets: Serious athletes practice daily. They know their current times, their capacities and what they need to do to win the game. If a runner wants to decrease his time by 1 second by their next race then he or she has a deadline. They need to be rigorous in their training to reach their goal and overcome any challenges that arise.

2. Reaching goals: Athletes understand that goal setting is one of the most important skills they learn as it helps them achieve optimal performance. The process of goal setting helps athletes understand where they are at the moment and where they want to be.

3. Commitment: Athletes demonstrate determination and perseverance in achieving their dreams. They continue to play even after a tough loss, they understand that if you fail the first time you need to persevere and keep trying.

4. Performing under pressure: Do you get ‘butterflies’ in your stomach before a big presentation or meeting? An athlete goes through similar emotions. They get nervous and jittery before a big game and many learn to channel this pressure into positive intensity to boost their performance.

5. Problem Solving: Athletes learn this so that when situations change, game plans fail, opponents change tactics, or other problems arise, they can modify their strategies and techniques.

6. Interpersonal Skills: Athletes acquire team-related and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to deal with people and work together towards a common goal. Athletes who participate in team sports have to learn to get along with their teammates and coaches if they want to reach optimal performance. How often have we seen great players have bad seasons because they weren’t well paired with their teammates?

Sounds like the type of person I’d want on my team. Don’t you agree?

• Are you a member of the PGA of Canada and would like more information about the program?
• Are you an employer looking to hire a PGA of Canada member?


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Student Recruitment Strategies - 5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs to Start Now

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Every company needs student recruitment strategies to put into play in order to hire the best talent and to gain a competitive edge over their competition. Face it - one of the most effective methods for recruiting and connecting with Canada’s brightest undergraduate and graduate students is to develop and maintain a strategic and visible presence on campuses across the country.

Still don’t see the value? Here are 5 reasons why your company needs effective student recruitment strategies now:

The war on talent. An aging population, the first baby boomers turning 65 and the declining birth rate point to a serious talent shortage in the coming years. A good campus recruiting strategy will certify a steady flow of new grads into your company year after year will ensure that you build a pipeline of future leaders. If you have gaps in your intake you’ll have gaps in your supply!

Your competitive edge. Recruiting is becoming more competitive. Top campus employers have a strong offering and get to the top students first, while they are still at school. Don’t let your competitor snag the best ones, a good campus recruiting strategy will keep your company ‘top of mind’ when it comes time for those students to think about work.

Increase diversity of generations in your workforce. There are numerous benefits to multigenerational teams when they work well together. An inclusive work environment will lead to business success by enhancing a company’s business results. For example your company will gain from stronger decision making because they’ll be broad-based with multiple perspectives and the team will be more innovative and creative.

Groom and promote from within. Hiring your employees straight out of university will allow you to mold them to your ideal. These new hires are coached and mentored from within then promoted, enabling higher employee retention and engagement rates.

Ensure the transfer of knowledge. You want to make sure knowledge is shared among your employees. You want to make sure it stays within your company and isn’t lost when older workers retire.

Does your company have a great strategy in place? What hurdles have you encountered? What are your best practices? Post a comment below and share your thoughts.


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Administrative jobs play an invaluable role in today's companies

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

Administrative jobs include a wide range of responsibilities - making travel arrangements, screening calls, planning meetings, taking minutes, and maintaining schedules, just to name a few! Professionals in this industry are able to work well and efficiently without supervision and maintain the highest level of confidentiality. They are invaluable to companies – not unlike an engine to a car!

And did you know that this year marks the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals' Day? 

With the evolution of technology and an even bigger change in corporate cultures, the job of an Administrative Professional has changed dramatically over the course of the last 6 decades. However, through all of this progress and change, one thing remains constant - the valuable role an Administrative Professional plays within the company or department they work for. 

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According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, there are more than 475,000 admin professionals employed in Canada and millions more who work in offices all over the world. With exceptional organizational abilities, great attention to detail and strong writing skills, the people who work in administrative jobs occupy key positions on teams throughout companies everywhere.  In fact, their contribution to a company is so considerable, I would go so far as to say they ensure the daily functioning of the teams they support!

That has certainly been the case in my experience and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Administrative Professionals that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years.  It has always been a pleasure to work with you. Thanks for your commitment, dedication and enthusiasm with which you completed your work every day.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the hundreds other professionals in administrative jobs that walk through our doors every day. Thank you for choosing to work with Randstad and for the instrumental role you play in the success of companies across Canada with your great work.


Administrative Professionals' Day is April 25. Do you work with an outstanding Administrative Professional? Tell us about them!


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Benefits of diversity in the workforce

Posted by Randstad Canada on Tue, Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

The landscape of today’s business world is diverse and constantly changing. Staying competitive in the global marketplace not only means diversifying your products and/or services, but also your most important asset – your people!

Successful companies in today’s global market are learning to attract and retain the very best employees available in order to get ahead of their competition regardless of background or life experiences.

Here are just a few of the benefits of diversity and some great reasons why companies should take the time to foster a diverse workforce:

It’s the socially responsible thing to do. Many of the people who benefit from companies creating diversity practices in the workplace are from groups who are often at risk of social exclusion. So by building policies that support and foster a diverse workforce we are actively helping these individuals by reducing some of the barriers they face in the workplace. 

It gives you access to a larger pool of qualified candidates. Changing demographics in the workforce means that today’s labour pool is very different from those of the past. Today’s crops of highly skilled and available applicants are made up of a diverse range of people from a vast array of backgrounds and with varying life experiences.

It puts you in touch with your customers. Buying power today is represented by people of various races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, genders, etc. Smart companies ensure their workforce represents their client base.

It allows you to build a strong strategy. In order to succeed, companies must be on the ball; solving problems, quickly adapting to new situations and identifying new opportunities. Organizations need to rely on their employees’ abilities to bring value and different perspectives to the table. And a diverse workforce will do just that – by bringing people together to work on projects from various backgrounds, you will give your company the competitive edge it needs to achieve business success.

Is your company a diversity champion? What are your best practices do you have in place? We’d love to know!


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