10 Ways to Hire the Wrong Person

April 12th, 2013

Here are 10 mistakes made when hiring new employees…

  1. Only recruiting when the company has a need
  2. Not giving sufficient information for recruiting ads
  3. Not identifying proper skills need for the job
  4. Not asking for referrals
  5. Not pre-screen applicants efficiently
  6. Not testing for proper skills needed for the job
  7. Relying on your gut instinct
  8. Giving too much information about the position, before getting to know the candidate
  9. Not planning for interviews
  10. Not checking references

To learn more about Hiring Wisdom, see article by Mel Kleiman, click link below:


Company Unity…How Can You Accomplish This?

February 1st, 2013

Company unity is very important for a work environment.  Every company has different personalities, different skills and talents, etc.  Ideally, the employees should work together to build a stronger company, but sometimes that is not always the case.  So how would a company move towards unifying  the environment?  I read in a recent article about how “collective leadership” is starting to develop in companies, instead of “command-and-control leadership.”  By moving toward this type of leadership the company/group moves toward a positive work environment with the development of leadership, accountability, relationships, etc.  They mention five key ways to develop this type of environment and they are:

  1. Sharing the responsibility and accountability in the company/department/group.
  2. Align strategic direction to talent.
  3. Provide different opportunities for the employees to develop their skills.
  4. Create “win-win” agreements.
  5. Adopt a style that supports all employees.

By implementing these strategies, the work environment will start to move towards empowering team members to develop their talents and skills. Thus, leading to a more unified and stronger company.

Record Retention

January 17th, 2013

Out with the Old and in with The New . . .But What Should We Keep and What Can We Throw Away?

In today’s world, technology is constantly evolving, thus making keeping and storing personal and business documents, even more convenient and easy.  Though some still like to hold on to the hard copy that they have, such as a bill, bank statement, tax files, or other personal documents, others are now scanning and filing those documents onto their computers, instead of storing them in an actual folder, drawer, cabinet, etc. in their home or office.

With the retention time beginning when we file or receive the document, we only keep our hard documents for certain lengths of time.  But what about the electronic versions of these documents?  How long can we keep those?  Well, those still need to be kept  for the same time period as a hard documents hard file would be kept.  For examples of how long certain documents should be kept, whether they are hard files or electronic, see the short list below.

  • Bank statements – 3 years
  • Employment applications – 3 years
  • Invoices (to customers, from vendors) – 7 years
  • Payroll records & Summaries – 7 years
  • Personnel files (terminated) – 7 years
  • Time books/cards – 7 years
  • Vouchers for payments to vendors, employee, etc.(includes allowances & reimbursement of employees, officers, etc. for travel & entertainment expenses) – 7 years

Remember to always keep back up of your files, whether they are hard copies or electronic.  For a complete list of record retention periods, please call give us a call at our Goldsboro office at (919) 759-2303 or our Clayton Office at (919)553-4700.

Doubletree Holiday Schedule

December 18th, 2012

Happy Holidays!!!
Doubletree would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday!! As this week winds down and the plans and preparation of next week’s Holiday begins we would like to share with your our schedule for next week.

12/24/2012- Monday/ Closed
12/25/2012- Tuesday/ Closed
12/26/2012- Wednesday/ Closed
*** We will open on 12/27/2012****
12/31/2012- Monday/ Closed
01/01/2013- Tuesday/ Closed
*** We will will open 01/02/2013***

Preventing Cuts, Punctures, and Lacerations

November 9th, 2012

Cuts, lacerations and punctures are a common injury in the workplace. However many of these injuries may be prevented by the use of personal protective equipment.  Each year millions of workers suffer workplace injuries that could have been prevented. Although statistical data from study to study differs from study to study, cuts and lacerations often rank as second or third most frequent workplace injury.

The key to preventing these injuries is keeping body parts away from hazards. Employers should establish work procedures to identify and control exposure to hazards.

  • Training employees to use established safety procedures.
  • Maintaining proper machine guarding
  • Using lockout/tag out procedures;
  • Wearing personal protective equipment;
  • Safe tool use;
  • Good housekeeping

One of the most common sources of cuts and lacerations is the use of knives and other cutting tools. With thorough analysis and planning, you can develop a prevention plan to help eliminate these types of injuries from your workplace.

Time Management : Tips to reduce stress and improve productivity

October 19th, 2012

Effective time management is a primary means to a less stressful life. These practices can help you reduce your stress and reclaim your personal life.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the number and complexity of projects that need to be completed at work each day? As the day flies by, do you often feel as if you haven’t paid enough attention to each task because other tasks keep landing on your desk, co-workers interrupt you with questions or you can’t get it all organized?You probably know that managing your time effectively will help you get more done each day. But it has important health benefits, too. By managing your time more wisely, you can minimize stress and improve your quality of life.But how do you get back on track when organizational skills don’t come naturally? To get started, choose one of these strategies, try it for two to four weeks and see if it helps. If it does, consider adding another one. If not, try a different one.
Plan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Write a to-do list, putting the most important tasks at the top. Keep a schedule of your daily activities to minimize conflicts and last-minute rushes.
Prioritize your tasks. Time-consuming but relatively unimportant tasks can consume a lot of your day. Prioritizing tasks will ensure that you spend your time and energy on those that are truly important to you.
Say no to nonessential tasks. Consider your goals and schedule before agreeing to take on additional work.
Delegate. Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can pass on to someone else.
Take the time you need to do a quality job. Doing work right the first time may take more time upfront, but errors usually result in time spent making corrections, which takes more time overall.
Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Work on them a few minutes at a time until you get them all done.
Practice the 10-minute rule. Work on a dreaded task for 10 minutes each day. Once you get started, you may find you can finish it.
Evaluate how you’re spending your time. Keep a diary of everything you do for three days to determine how you’re spending your time. Look for time that can be used more wisely. For example, could you take a bus or train to work and use the commute to catch up on reading? If so, you could free up some time to exercise or spend with family or friends.
Limit distractions. Block out time on your calendar for big projects. During that time, close your door and turn off your phone, pager and email.
Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. A healthy lifestyle can improve your focus and concentration, which will help improve your efficiency so that you can complete your work in less time.
Take a time management course. If your employer offers continuing education, take a time management class. If your workplace doesn’t have one, find out if a local community college, university or community education program does.
Take a break when needed. Too much stress can derail your attempts at getting organized. When you need a break, take one. Take a walk. Do some quick stretches at your workstation. Take a day of vacation to rest and re-energize.

JOB SEEKERS- How to sell yourself without selling?

September 24th, 2012

I just recently went to a training that was for companies that wanted to strengthen their sales ability and ensure visibility to the public but not seem pushy. I thought how this could apply to people who are seeking jobs. How can a job seeker sell themselves without seeming obnoxious? If they are shy or not a good speaker how can they present themselves so an employer knows they are interested in a position? Well some of the same techniques expert sales people use to make the sale could be applied to landing that dream position. Here is a simple acronym that may help you stay on top of your game while you are marketing for that new position. Just remember F.A.M.E.
F Focus:
 Take some time to see what it is that you want to be doing in your career. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? Success always starts with a vision!!
A Awareness:
 What companies are hiring in your area? Are you qualified for the positions? Have you updated your resume to reflect all you work history, skills, and training.
M Memorability:
 You have to make yourself memorable in a positive way. Put thought into how you present yourself and how you want to be remembered. First impression is always key to a successful interview. Know what your strengths and your opportunity areas. And don’t forget to SMILE!!
E Expert:
 Don’t try to be a know-it–all but be confident enough to share what you are good at and don’t be afraid to say what you feel you can bring to a company. It may be something that the employer hasn’t thought of but they can use.

Talking Resumes

August 31st, 2012

What does your resume say about you? Well of course it gives a list of your work history, education, and career skills that you’ve acquired through the course of your career. But what does that tell a potential employer about you? Does it reflect the candidate that you really are? Does your cover letter give the potential interviewer an idea about the kind of interview they are going to have once they bring you in? If it doesn’t it should. You want it to stand out among the other resumes that are being submitted but you want it to stand out for the right reasons. Here are a few key tips that you want to keep in mind when putting your own personal flare into your resume.
The average employer may spend approximately 30 seconds reviewing each resume initially to narrow down candidates. So how do you get selected to be pulled in to the next level of review? First you have to make sure your resume is organized well and the key specifics of the position you are applying for are easily visible to be seen in the initial scan of your resume. Ask yourself…AM I TRULY QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION? Do I meet the required specifications of this job? If you cannot answer those questions there is a pretty good chance you may not be the right candidate for this job. While your resume may make perfect sense to you it is good to get a professional prospective on it. Also go over your resume and check for errors or mispellings. Keep it up to date at all times, even if you are not currently seeking a position. As you gain new skills or trainings you want to make sure you are keeping those things updated, you never know when your next opportunity may fall in your lap!
McKenzie Lee- Operations Manager / Doubletree Personnel

Interview Tips

August 17th, 2012

Preparing for an interview can be a little scary and intimidating, but with proper preparation you can help ease some of the fears that are associated with a job interview. Below are some general tips to get your focus on track and hopefully keep the nervous butterflies at bay.
1.Plan ahead- Do your homework!! Research the company and the position if possible. Review your own resume and have all of your work history and skills committed to history. This way when asked about a date or how long ago your training was you can give a confident answer.
2.Role Play- I know it sounds a little silly but it really is a good idea to have someone role play with you to help make sure that you are comfortable speaking about the position and how your work history , skills, and education relate to it.
3.Eye Contact- Maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show that you want the job with your interest.
4.Be Positive- In particular; avoid negative comments about past employers.
5.Adapt- Be sensitive and observant of your surroundings. Take note of the culture and other employees you may see in the facility.
6.Ask questions- Make a list of questions that you would like to know about the company, position, and what the interviewer is looking for in a successful candidate.

Five Steps to Creating your 5-year Plan

August 10th, 2012

How many times have you been asked in a conversation where do you see yourself in 5 years? This is a tricky question to answer in completion. There may be parts of your life that you would like to stay just as they are such as where you live or relationships in which you are part of. But there also may be things in your life that are not complete and goals in which you want to attain but at this current point in your life you are not sure how. Creating a 5 year plan is a way that you can put your life in perspective and set attainable goals that can help motivate you in the direction in which you want to go.

Step 1: Engage in self-assessment and discovery. You have to know where you want to go or at least have an idea before you can set any goals.
Step 2: Create a list of goals that give shape to your vision of the future. Long term goals are what forms the vision of our future. DREAMS!!!
Step 3: Design your roadmap. Draw out the steps that need to be taken to meet your goals. How are you going to get there?
Step 4: Identify your milestones and road blocks; these milestones are your life markers and reminders of where you’re headed. They are the short term goals you put in place that are taking your down the path of your future.
Step 5: Develop your support network; Reach out to the people around you and tell them your plan. Put people in your life that will support, encourage, mentor, and guide you along your journey. In the end these are the people that you will be reminded you could not have accomplished your dream without their support.

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