Archive for August, 2017

Red Flags That You Might Be Getting Fired

An employee at a nonprofit organization in Alexandria once shared that her agency had recently moved into new quarters. However, there didn’t seem to be enough desks for everyone, and the boss was sitting in the reception area. It wasn’t until she was told that she was fired that she realized that the company had never intended for her to make the move with them. The boss just couldn’t face up to firing her before moving day. Here are some common signs that you’re about to get fired: You’re not meeting goals. Try not to be paranoid about this point. Employers often discover they simply don’t have the “right person in the right seat” yet, and reassign responsibilities to better tap into your talents. But if you’ve been continually missing deadlines, goals, or other performance measurements, something is bound to happen. This is a good time to be proactive and approach your boss for an honest discussion. Explain that you are aware of the issue, value your role with the organization, and talk about options for improvement, reassignment, etc. This is far better than waiting it out to see what happens. You are asked to train someone to do your…

The Back-to-School Bell Rings for Temps

It’s that wonderful time of year when students of all ages head back to school. Behind the frenzy of registrations, books, class assignments and parking passes is a well-oiled machine of administrators, executive directors, teachers, facility managers, system specialists and other professionals who have been hard at work long before the bell tolls. They make the first day, and every day, look easy. But even the best plans can go awry because schools, just like any other organization, experience staff disruptions. The “secret sauce” is to have a process that kicks in automatically to keep all cylinders pumping. Many schools are relying on temporary or contract workers supplied by staffing agencies to fill immediate, short-term and even long-term gaps. More than three million temporary contract employees work through staffing companies in an average week, with about 6% working in education services. Experienced temps fill not only administrative and executive assistant roles, but help with registration and admissions, marketing, IT, bookkeeping and facility management. As more and more parents and alumni are unable to serve in volunteer roles, many schools now routinely hire professional temps to handle fundraisers and development activities. Temps provide not only an immediate answer to an early…