We have had such outstanding feedback this month from our host employers. It was difficult to reward just one temp so we’ve decided to award two temps this month!
We would like to send out a huge congratulations to Nigel & Diane. You both equally deserve this award this month. We are thrilled to award you both PP’s Temp of the Month for September.
Feedback from Nigel’s Host Employer:
“Nigel is an asset to our team – dependable, accurate with a high attention to detail and an absolute pleasure to work with”.
Feedback from Nigel:
“I have been enjoying working here, not just these most recent weeks but the for last 18 months on and off as they have needed me. The team are a really nice bunch of people. It’s a great environment to work in and they have some of the best products in their area of expertise on the market“.
Feedback from Diane:
“My role here is ensuring that medicines are available for patients when needed and hopefully delivered with exceptional customer service along the way. I absolutely love this role, it is both varied and interesting and the people I work with are great. I feel like I belong here“!
Feedback from Diane’s Host Employer:
“Diane is a dedicated and valued member of our company and truly cares about ensuring our customers are able to help their patients as quickly as possible. The role that Diane plays in our business is one of our most critical functions – getting medicines to patients in need – and the types of medicine requests that Diane handles are often for the patients who are in the most critical of states. Diane’s attention to detail, urgency and empathy for the customers and patients make her a highly-valued team member and a trusted voice on the end of the line for our customers“.
“As well her good nature and care for others, makes working with her an absolute joy as both an employee and fellow human being. She is very well liked and respected by our customers and staff alike, we love having Diane as part of our team”.
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|MOVING TOGETHER FOR CEREBRAL PALSY|
|We are well and truly in the habit of getting our 10,000 steps in per day. We’ve been quite creative with our step counts. We have skipping ropes in the office and even an extra pair of sneakers to do a quick walk around the block at lunchtime. |
The virtual challenge has been a fun one and it’s great to know we are part of making a difference to the lives of children and adults with cerebral palsy.
With just under a week to go, we’d appreciate your support and donating to our PP Team!
The event this year has already raised $8,347,057, what a tremendous effort!
#peninsulapersonnel #keepingitlocal #steptember #fundraiser #commitment #community #celebralpalsy #charity #team #inthistogether
We recently came across this article By Pieter Cranenbroek, Editor at LinkedIn News.
You don’t have to act like a yes-person during an interview to land a job. In fact, disagreeing with a potential employer can lead to a more engaged discussion. Challenging your interviewer in the right way can show good character and self-belief, says jobs expert Ellie Green. At the same time, it’s an opportunity for potential employees to test how receptive the company is to change and new ideas.
Some things to keep in mind when offering an alternative point of view:
- Adopt a “cooperative” mindset by acknowledging other views before offering your own.
- Rely on facts. If you can’t back up your view, it may be best to keep it to yourself.
- Ask yourself if the point you’re contesting is relevant to the job.
- Taking a moment before answering a question can demonstrate critical thinking.
- Don’t forget that interviews are an opportunity to showcase your expertise.
A bit of healthy debate can help you build rapport -as long as this is approached with respect and an openness to changing your opinion, based on the information in front of you.
#peninsulapersonnel #recruitment #tips #interviewing #candidate #client
Did you know the Australian Job Agency industry (encompassing labour hire, recruitment and staffing agencies):
- Employs 360,000 Australians
- Has placed more than 100,000 people into work since the commencement of COVID-19 restrictions
The Australian and New Zealand recruitment industry is strong and resilient. We know that, when we work together, we are capable of greatness. We are strong, nimble and inherently positive.
RCSA is excited to launch ‘Working Sooner’, a new campaign to promote the role our industry plays in connecting people with work, helping business to grow and our vital role in helping Australia’s economy recover from the COVID 19 crisis.
Job agencies are major drivers of jobs and economic growth. We are a $29B industry employing and placing hundreds of thousands of Australians, from engineers, nurses and teachers to programmers, tradies and carers. We will be critical to the recovery of our economy.
#peninsulapersonnel #keepingitlocal #recruitment #workingsooner #loveyourwork
It’s that time of the week again! We really appreciate hearing from you and would like to take this opportunity to reach out to you. We’d like to encourage you to stay connected with us!
#peninsulapersonnel #keepingitlocal #inthistogether #stayingconnected #testimonialthursday #candidate #referral #thankyou #grateful
|SEEK Research Report|
|1/3 candidates feel they need more support to overcome work problems or assistance breaking down problems. |
Employees are looking for four main types of help to solve problems at work:
– Support from co-workers (56%)
SEEK’s Resident Psychologist Sabina Read recommends managers set up regular opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing, socialising and learning. “Frequency can help build connections, trust and friendships, which all help to increase support”.
– Training and coaching sessions (34%)
Training and coaching sessions “Be transparent about organisational goals, mission and values so individuals and teams are clear about the goal posts guiding work and outcomes. People who feel clarity and purpose in their role are more likely to support others”.
Invite employees to source their own training and coaching from a range of preferred suppliers, this can help garner a sense of ownership and self-agency, which tends to increase engagement.
– More time to work through problems (36%)
Problem solving takes time. It’s important to create an environment where employees feel that they can ask for more time and where managers recognise when employees may need additional time to address challenges.“It’s better cultivated by allowing time and space to problem solve, both individually and collectively, across teams and within teams”.
– Frameworks for decision making (33%)
Donna McGeorge, an author and consultant specialising in workplace effectiveness and leadership suggests four key steps in helping employees approach challenges:
1. Sleep on it or take a break
“Give your employee’s brain a chance to ‘reboot’ overnight as things always seem clearer in the morning.”
2. Identify and break down the problem
“Often a problem feels bigger than it is, so breaking it down into tasks, sub-tasks and sub-sub tasks makes it more manageable.”
3. Assess how much energy, attention and focus it requires
“When we do things is as important as what we are doing”
4. Have an image of the problem
“Close your eyes and ‘see’ the problem in your head, now make it smaller or move it further away.”
With all the uncertainty affecting each and everyone in some shape and form over the last several months and as the country gradually transitions out of lockdown to some sense of a ‘new’ normal, it’s important to ensure you continue to maintain your wellbeing. Here are six essential psychological wellbeing tips recommended by Principal Psychologist, Simi Rayat from Wellbeing Face.
1. Focus on what you have control over
It is important to ensure where possible you focus your energy and thoughts on areas of your life that you have an element of control over the decisions you make. Whether this is deciding how often you go out or whom you catch up with, or your decisions about work and school etc. Whilst your decisions are likely to be influenced by external factors, by taking a balanced, factual and rationale approach, you can decide what is best for you to do in each situation. By making such decisions, you will shift your focus and energy onto owning your decisions and feeling a sense of liberation, freedom and inner calm, which will reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
2. Continue with things that energised you
Many of you will have found certain activities, connections, exercise, hobbies, work, leisure activities or adapted routines that have helped you to get through this time. You will have felt energised, lighter, happier and empowered when you would have been investing your time in these things. Others around you would have also probably noticed a lift in your mood, actions and demeanour, so you could ask those you live with what things they noticed about you. Identify what has really helped you and what you have enjoyed, as these are the things that where possible would be good for you to continue with going forward, even if perhaps in a slightly different way.
3. Be aware of your mental filter
Our ‘mental filter’ is the lens we use when we look at our situation, ourselves and others. It can be easy to apply either a ‘negative’, ‘positive’ or ‘balanced’ filter on the way we see things. Our mental filters are extremely powerful and whichever filter we decide to use, can impact how we feel and remember things. Now is a good time to keep tabs on which mental filter you are seeing your situation through, and if you are not liking what you see and feel, try changing your filter by applying a different lens. Just as a photo can change depending on the frame in which it is placed within, the same holds true for our outlook too. Take control of your outlook by ensuring you choose the mental filter which will help you feel the best you can.
4. Time to self-reflect and identify learnings
Many of you will have experienced emotional highs, lows and times of indifference during these months, even several times in a day. Whilst for some, life has been the busiest ever with managing work, children and home-schooling all at once, and for others it’s been a time of quiet, slower pace etc, there is still much to be learnt about how you feel you have experienced the lockdown. Take some time to think about what you have learnt about yourself during this time, how you feel you responded to the changed demands on you, the change in pace or focus of your time and attention. Having this insight is really helpful to deepen the learning you have about yourself. This insight can help you to identify what characteristics you recognise as strengths for you, and those that you feel you want to strengthen further. It will help you transition to the ‘new’ normal in a way which allows you to be clear on the things you would like to ‘stop’, ‘start’ and ‘continue’ doing or feeling based on what you have experienced of yourself during these months.
5. Take time to pause and breathe
We often neglect to consciously pause, breathe and take stock of how we are feeling, especially as pace of life starts to change again. It can be easy to keep going, pushing through each day, without allowing yourself a few moments to stop and digest how you are feeling or what your mind is pondering. Whatever part of the day allows you to have at least five to ten minutes of stillness, quiet and peace, plan that time into your schedule and when it is there, grab the opportunity with both hands and use the time to focus on your breathing. The key to consciously or mindfully breathing is to allow your body to feel each breadth as it enters and leaves your body. Practicing mindful breathing each day is proven to increase wellbeing and vitality, so it’s definitely worth giving your body and mind this time.
6. Capture your thoughts daily
We have thousands and thousands of thoughts trailing through our minds each day, some of which are the same, whilst others are new. By getting into a daily habit at the end of each day to capture key thoughts that have been passing through your mind that day will help you to decide which thoughts you would like to keep and those which are unhelpful or a waste of energy for you. Keep a journal close by to you or capture your thoughts on your phone as this will make it easier for you to remember to do this each day. Having this insight is really helpful, as it gives you the control to choose what you want to focus your energy and thoughts on.
We love these tips from Simi Rayat and hope you take great use of them!
Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Quotient (EQ) is the ability to understand, analyse and manage your emotions. Emotional intelligence helps to empathise with others, defuse conflict, relieve stress, and make informed decisions. Therefore, it is considered to be an important skill in both, personal and professional lives.
Peter Salovey and John Mayer who developed a popular model of EQ, defined it as “Emotional Intelligence includes the ability to engage in sophisticated information processing about one’s own and others’ emotions and the ability to use this information as a guide to thinking and behaviour.”
While some skills of EQ come easily or naturally to some people, there are many ways to develop this skill:
1) Active listening
A lot of people often make the mistake of not clearly listening to others, and only waiting to respond. Active listening is the act of being fully present in the conversation. Listen to what others are trying to tell you, before responding. This helps to understand what is being said, prevents misunderstandings, and makes the speaker feel good about the listener.
2) Having an optimistic outlook
Emotionally Intelligent people have a positive attitude. They smile and greet people they meet. Apart from being optimistic, they are also approachable. Developing a positive mindset can look different, for different people — for some it might be having a positive environment around themselves, while for others it might be meditation, or maintaining a journal.
3) Develop empathy
Empathy is the ability to understand others emotions. Have a sense of respect for the people around you in both, your personal and professional lives. Appreciate and show gratitude to people who help you out. Be encouraging and supportive of others.
4) Being Self-aware
Self-awareness is an important component of emotional intelligence because it helps you understand and analyse your feelings, and realise your strengths and weaknesses. Reflecting on the self, is the first step of being a self-aware person. Think about what makes you happy, what is the motivating factor that drives you, think about your life’s goals and dreams. Maintain a journal where you are honest about your feelings.
According to Google’s famous Project Aristotle initiative, a high-performing team needs three things:
1) a strong awareness of the importance of social connections or “social sensitivity,”
2) an environment where each person speaks equally
3) psychological safety where everyone feels safe to show and employ themselves without fear of negative consequences.
To harness these three elements of a successful team, it takes an emotionally intelligent leader. People feel cared for when these three items are present among a team or organisation. People that feel cared for are more loyal, engaged, and productive.
In fact, employees who feel cared for by their organisation are…
- 10 times more likely to recommend their company as a great place to work.
- 9 times more likely to stay at their company for three or more years.
- 7 times more likely to feel included at work.
- 4 times less likely to suffer from stress and burnout.
- 2 times as likely to be engaged at work.