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Employee of the Week

Christie C. 

Congratulations to Christie for being selected as our Employee of the Week! Christie has been working for The Temp Connection since May 2018. She has worked a total of 5 assignments and has been an asset to each company she’s come in contact with! We are so thankful that she is available to us.

Enjoy the gift card, Christie! We appreciate you.

Wally Wednesday: 13-Year-Old Philanthropist/Bakery Owner

Credit: Michael’s Desserts

A 13-year-old boy in Maryland runs his own bakery and matches every sale with a donation to the homeless.

Meet Michael Platt.

From a young age, Michael loved cupcakes. He spent many afternoons at his computer watching YouTube bakers.

At just 11 years old, he founded Michael’s Desserts which operates on a unique business model.

For every cupcake sold he donates one to the homeless.

“I knew that I wanted to make a business, but I knew I didn’t just want to make money, I also wanted to help people at the same time,” he told WJLA.

Michael partnered with No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that provides meals and hosts educational programming for children.

And while he’s been told by many that his business model is not sustainable, his business has continued to grow.

He told the Washington Post that he sells about 12 cookies, 75 cupcakes, and 12 rotating “chef’s choice” items every month.

“I always wanted to have a purpose for what I do,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s all about helping people — not just having a purpose for yourself, but thinking about, ‘How does this touch other things?'”

You can follow Michael’s Desserts on Facebook and Instagram.

Read more: SunnySkyz

Employee Appreciation: 4th of July Raffle!

As a token of our appreciation, each year we hold a series of raffles. On June 28th, we will be holding our Annual 4th of July Raffle. Two of our candidates will be randomly selected and presented with a holiday-themed gift. Candidates working during the month of June will be entered to win. Check back on June 28th to view our lucky winners!

Read about our other employee benefits here: TTC Employee Benefits 

The Impact of Feedback: How Reviews Lead to Change in the Workplace

Just a few years ago, businesses had a difficult time finding out how their employees felt about their positions, their management team, and overall, their company.  Of course, there might be tidbits of information heard over the water cooler, between employee’s chatting in the restroom, or even an “anonymous survey” hosted by HR. But if owners wanted honest, unfiltered, candid responses — there wasn’t really anywhere to go. This left owners and managers in the dark about their company’s true culture, working conditions, and loyalty of their staff.

Like millions of other things, the internet, more specifically, social media platforms, have changed the ambiguity and awkwardness of leaving honest feedback. Do you want to learn what your employees really think?

Business owners, be warned. In some cases, you may learn more than you barged for. After all, the online world can be a wild place. But it’s also a captivating place, a gold mine of information for your company. Yes, you may come across an unpleasant review from a disgruntled, ex-employee, but many others offer constructive feedback and express endearing stories regarding their personal experience.

Start by reviewing your company’s landing page on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Google, or Indeed. You’ll have a new insight regarding employee’s opinions on their work/life balance, senior management, compensation/benefits, and their growth opportunities.

Why is this important?

This feedback may have an impact on whether job seekers decide to submit their resume to your company. Positive employee reviews will encourage top-notch talent to apply! Negative reviews may discourage those same applicants. Additionally, these reviews will have an impact on your local search engine rankings and could affect landing a new client or customer.  

How to encourage feedback and implement change

1.    Educate

Shaunda Zilich, Global Employment Brand Leader at GE says:

“Educate current employees on what candidates are seeing out there before they walk into the company.  Let them know the numbers (traffic, reach, engagement) on reviews (example: over 80% of candidates now look at reviews before making a decision on employment). I am still amazed at how many of our employees are not aware of these sites or don’t realize how popular they are.”

2.    Encourage

Phil Strazzula, Founder of NextWave Hire says:

“Many times reviews on employee sites are from disgruntled people since there isn’t a mechanism to get reviews from the typical employees in your company (hotels have done a great job of getting their patrons to leave reviews on TripAdvisor by emailing everyone after their stay, so it’s not just the people who had bed bugs).  So, my advice to companies is not to over think it, and simply remind everyone in the company every 6-12 months that reviews are a good way to attract talent and if they have a few extra minutes to please take time to write something.”

3.    Remember: Timing is everything

As mentioned above, angry employees are typically the first to leave a review. These individuals may feel as if something is unfair, and they want their opinion to be heard. On the opposite side of the spectrum, individuals overcome with joy and thankfulness typically want to share their story with others as well.

Will Staney is the Founder & Principal Consultant at Proactive Talent Strategies and says:

“The idea is to get your employees to review the company around various company milestones. One of the ways I’ve done this in the past as a TA leader is to incorporate Glassdoor into onboarding practices by asking employees in each new hire class to leave a review of their interview experience.”

“Other ways I’ve done this is while congratulating an employee on their work anniversary (“Congrats on 1 year at ABC Company! Now that you’re a veteran here, do you mind sharing your experience working here on Glassdoor?”) or when someone is promoted (“Congrats on your promotion! As an example of an employee that is truly making an impact and exuding our values, we would love if you’d take a moment to share your experience and what’s made you successful here on Glassdoor).”

“Finally, as a follow up to a company event you could send an email out encouraging employees to upload photos from the event to the company Glassdoor page. You might find that while they are there, they leave a review as well.”

4.    Implement Change

If change is needed, discuss it as a team and formulate a plan. Having a plan that involves people early on is important. Be transparent about the upcoming changes; define the process and desired outcomes and share this with your team. Convey that their participation and ongoing feedback is critical for the success of your change initiative.

At The Temp Connection, every review is shared with our team. We look for patterns and themes in our reputation. If a specific person, process or outcome is mentioned in a review, we take the time to sit down and discuss the presented concerns or to celebrate whatever/whoever was mentioned. This gives our team confidence that what we’re doing is working, or that we need to redirect and fine tune our approach.

We sincerely hope you can utilize these tips in your business practice, and hope your experience with The Temp Connection has been positive.

We’d appreciate you taking the time to review us! Click here to be rerouted to our Google page.


Elliana Vaughn joined The Temp Connection team in February 2017. She currently serves The Temp Connection as our Sales & Marketing Coordinator and a Recruiter.

She can be reached via email at elliana@thetempconnection.com.

Employee Appreciation: 4th of July Raffle!

As a token of our appreciation, each year we hold a series of raffles. On June 28th, we will be holding our Annual 4th of July Raffle. Two of our candidates will be randomly selected and presented with a holiday-themed gift. Candidates working during the month of June will be entered to win. Check back on June 28th to view our lucky winners!

Read about our other employee benefits here: TTC Employee Benefits 

Wally Wednesday: School Gives Students PE Credits For Helping Elderly With Yard Work

A high school in Iowa is allowing students to earn physical education credits by helping the elderly.


Credit: KWWL

While most students across the country earn PE credits with extracurricular activities like athletics and marching band, the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, is giving students the option to do yard work for people unable to do the physical labor on their own.

“Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters, just depends on what they need,” teacher Tim Hitzler told KWWL.

Hitzler says he wanted to add the yard work as an option for the students to receive credit because it is not only a way for the school to help out the community, but it is beneficial to the students as well.

“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated,” he said. “What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”

Read More: SunnySkyz

Philanthropy Spotlight: Tucson Arts Brigade

Tucson Arts Brigade

TUCSON ARTS BRIGADE (TAB) is a nonprofit participatory service-based community mural arts and education organization that specializes in offering youth, intergenerational and cross-cultural opportunities for civic and social engagement. TAB facilitates dialogue and employs arts-based solutions to complex community issues ranging from isolation, bullying, health, and wellness to empowering youth and elders, beautification, sustainable design, and revitalizing neighborhoods. Bringing together schools, neighborhoods, civic agencies, businesses, and other non-profits, TAB is a national model for sustainable community development through the arts. TAB’s award-winning, nationally-recognized Community Arts Integration programs help students, neighborhoods, and families accomplish goals with measurable results.

Get Involved! 

Discover the various ways you can support Tucson Arts Brigade here

 


This post is a part of our 2019 social media series, “Philanthropy Spotlight”.  There are so many deserving charities in Tucson. Make sure to check out our news feed every Tuesday to read about other local non-profits. We hope you take the time to read about these wonderful organizations and how you can get involved in our community.

Do you have a non-profit you’d like to see highlighted on our website & social media pages? Email requests to elliana@thetempconnection.com or comment below!

Employee Appreciation: 4th of July Raffle!

As a token of our appreciation, each year we hold a series of raffles. On June 28th, we will be holding our Annual 4th of July Raffle. Two of our candidates will be randomly selected and presented with a holiday-themed gift. Candidates working during the month of June will be entered to win. Check back on June 28th to view our lucky winners!

Read about our other employee benefits here: TTC Employee Benefits 

Happy Friday & Happy Father’s Day Weekend!