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Mar
30

How to Hire Quality Employees

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Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink…

If unemployment is so high, why is it so difficult for some small businesses to find good employees? Finding great employees is just like finding great customers. You need a staffing plan just like you need a marketing plan.

A successful staffing plan consists of 5 steps.

1.  Recruit constantly

2.  Interview efficiently

3.  Reference check thoroughly

4.  Offer quickly

5.  If you make a hiring mistake, (and even the most experienced and skilled interviewers occasionally get fooled) correct it immediately.

When employers find themselves in crisis hiring mode, they have a tendency to hire quickly and fire slowly. I like the opposite approach. Hire slowly and fire quickly.

Recruit constantly.

Build a recruiting database. If you approach recruiting the same way you market your business to attract new customers, 24/7, you’ll find the whole process less stressful and much less costly.

If you recruit only when you have an opening, you won’t get the best people because the pressure to hire quickly causes you to be less selective and sometimes even results in a bad hiring decision. You want the luxury of being able to be picky. It’s also the most cost-effective method. If you are constantly build your recruiting database you may only need to place a phone call to fill an opening.

  • Consider calling people who used to work for you who left on good terms. Returning to a former employer is a real trend and it’s happening in all industries. The trend is appropriately dubbed “boomeranging.” These people can hit the ground running! All you have to do is call and ask. Even if they say no, you can then ask if they know of anyone else who might be interested and would be a good fit.
  • Ask your current employees. Research shows that employee-referred candidates are three times more likely to be a good match for the job.
  • Ask your customers. An often neglected source of candidates is your customers. They already like your product, your store, your location, and the people you have working for you!
  • Your current applicants. The reference checking process is also an opportunity to add to your recruiting database

Interview efficiently means taking the time.

Finding someone you like and your team likes can take a long time. If you have a pool of applicants from your database, don’t rush it. And don’t hesitate to involve your star performers in the process as a means of rewarding performance and modeling successful behavior. Just make sure you properly train and monitor them in effective and legal interviewing.

I prefer behavior based interviewing; Asking questions that target previous behaviors. For instance;

“Tell me about a day when you had to complete a certain project by a deadline but on that particular day, someone called in sick and you knew you couldn’t complete it on time by yourself.”

Then follow-up with questions to elicit specifics;

“How did you handle it? What did you do? What was the result at the end of the day?”

Past behavior is a great predictor of future behavior. But behavioral questions are only effective when they prompt a response that reveals the truth about both weaknesses and strengths. It’s important when developing questions that you don’t word them in a way that makes them a leading question.

For example:

“Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how you resolved it.”

The latter part is the leading part. With this question, you’ve just signaled that you don’t want to hear about any times that they did NOT resolve the conflict with a coworker.

A better way to ask the question would be:

“Tell me about a conflict you had with a co-worker that stands out in your mind.”

Then ask the follow-up questions without leading toward a positive or negative result.

“How did you handle it? What did you do? What was the result at the end of the day?”

In the world of job applicants, there are problem bringers and there are problem solvers. You want to be able to identify which you’d be getting if you hired this person.

You’ll want to develop these open-ended questions to signal whether or not the applicant has the mental and physical abilities required to do the job, the dispositions such as dependability, initiative, and customer service, The personality temperament and traits such as competitiveness, assertiveness, and sociability that will fit in your company and of course the basic skills required to do the job.

Once you get the applicant describing a past situation, the key for you is to listen, and not leading the discussion. Don’t worry about pauses. Listen to what’s not said, as well as what’s said. Listen to tone..

One of my favorites; instead of asking;

“Why did you leave?”

Try this:

“Tell me about your last day on the job, from the moment you arrived, until you finished the day, describe what happened…”

Reference check thoroughly

It’s important to invest time in checking references. Some small business owners think it’s a waste of time to check references because so many employers have adopted a “limited information” policy; dates of employment, job title, ending wage or salary.

A word about liabilities: As an employer you may expose your business to defamation suits if you provide a negative reference for unlawfully discriminatory reasons; in retaliation for the former employee complaining of an illegal activity; or if you give a defamatory reference or disclose confidential facts that constitute an invasion of privacy. Keep in mind though that a blanket policy of simply giving “name, rank and serial number” of former employees can be an even more dangerous practice. This is especially true when an employer is aware of a former employee’s tendency toward, or history of, violence or sexual misconduct. Former employers can be sued for negligent misrepresentation or negligent referral if the employee is involved in some incident at the new workplace that might have been predicted based on prior behavior.

Not only is it critical to protect your business from claims of negligent hiring by careful reference checking and documenting your due diligence, I often find reference phone calls as useful as the interview itself. Contrary to the myth that prospective employers can only ask very targeted and limited questions, you can ASK anything as long as it’s not about protected classes, like race, religion, disabilities, etc.

As with all other aspects of employment law, it’s important to know your state laws. Some states have laws that may require employers to provide letters concerning past employment services (“service letters”) to former employees upon their request.

The goals of a reference call is to

  1. Confirm the information the applicant listed on the application is accurate
  2. Uncover information you won’t get in the interview.
  3. Add to my recruiting database.

Because I’m a firm believer in past behavior being a great predictor of future behavior, I make it a policy to require a minimum of three references from every applicant who I consider making an offer to. One must be a former direct supervisor and the others former co-workers. I explain my policy to the applicant and then I put the burden on them for the successful outcome of the reference checking process. This minimizes phone tag. It’s also is a good way to confirm the applicant is truly interested in the job. Once I have the name and telephone numbers, I ask him or her to get in touch with the references ahead of time and inform them that I’ll be calling, and that it would be ok to talk to me.

While I still may only get limited information from the supervisor, the co-workers usually give better insight and more substantial answers. I describe the open position to them, the skills and personality traits required and ask if they think it’s a good fit for the applicant. They tend to be more candid.

Assuming that the applicant is not currently employed with them, the last question I ask all three references is to describe the applicants last day. Asking the question this way can confirm or discredit the reason the applicant gave you during the interview for leaving the job.

If the reference doesn’t think the applicant is a good match, I ask who they know that would be, and who might be interested. If I detect desirable qualities and abilities in the person I’m getting the reference from, I add him or her to my recruiting database.

Offer Quickly

Good applicants that want to work won’t last long. On average they probably have applied at two other places during the period they interviewed with you. Don’t let too much time pass between the interview, reference checks and the offer.

Correct Problems Immediately

If you make a hiring mistake, (and even the most experienced and skilled interviewers occasionally get fooled) correct it immediately. Employees can be a huge cost for your business and can become an even bigger cost if they don’t fit. If it’s not working out, and you have given the person a fair chance and offered reasonable support then you should terminate the employment relationship BEFORE probationary period expires.

You will get much more out of investing time on the hiring side of the equation than investing time trying to change someone.

EcoMusings_logo7About the Author: Beryl Coder, of Eco Musings, has over twenty years human resources executive experience in large multi-state corporations with over 5k employees as well as small family owned businesses with less than 15. She now owns her own small business. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.

Feb
03

February Newsletter Natures Garden

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Fragrance Oil of the Month

Fragrance Oil of the Month

February 2011 Natures Garden Newsletter

Happy Groundhog Day!  From all of your friends at Natures Garden

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden’s Fragrance of the Month for February is Wild Elderberry Fragrance Oil

To celebrate Groundhog Day, Natures Garden created our own groundhog for the event. Introducing…Glitter Glamhog!
Glitter GlamHog has chosen fragrances specifically for this occasion, and she has her very personal favorite fragrance oil named Hot Pink Pomegranate Fragrance Oil!    Take a look at our Glamhog Day Promo. 

Glitter Glamhog Banner

Our Top Selling Wholesale Fragrance Oils for the Month of January were:         enji natures garden mascot

Pink Sugar Type Fragrance Oil
NG Aqua di Gio Type Fragrance Oil
Butt Naked Fragrance Oil
Autumn Magic Fragrance Oil
Cinnamon Sticks Fragrance Oil
Lick Me All Over Fragrance Oil
Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance Oil
Vanilla Bean Fragrance Oil
Australian Bamboo Grass Fragrance Oil
Loving Spell Fragrance Oil
Monkey Farts Fragrance Oil
Apple Cinnamon Fragrance Oil

Important Natures Garden News:

1. Fragrance Oils by Color: Many of your customers will purchase candles and decor to match the colors of their homes, or to promote a certain “mood” in their homes. In order to help you choose fragrances that compliment specific color schemes, we have categorized all of our fragrance oils into specific color categories for you. http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/903987/Fragrance-by-Color.html

2. Natures Garden has a new Mascot named “Enji”. You will see her on the website soon! She’s waving to all of you!! Don’t you just love her!!  enji waving

3.  Visit our new Spotlight Creations Page – Look at some of the creative projects that are being posted during our Thursday Night Show and Tells! It has been reported to us that some customers are seeing a 65% increase in website traffic since they were showcased on our new Show and Tell Spotlight Page. We have also been told that customers are selling products during actual Show and Tell! How could you lose? If you would like to be included on our Show and Tell Spotlight Page, this is what you need to do:

  1. “LIKE” Natures Garden’s Facebook Business Page.
  2. Attend Show and Tell on Thursday Night at 9:30 pm est.
  3. Post a picture of at least one of your homemade products made with Natures Garden ingredients.
  4. Contact us at info@naturesgardencandles.com and provide us with the following information so that we can create your own spotlight page on our website:
    • The name of your company.
    • Your contact information (website address).
    • A write up about yourself and your company.
    • A picture that is at least 300 X 300 pixels of a homemade product that you personally made using Natures Garden ingredients. Attach this to your email.
    • Complete description of which Natures Garden ingredients were used in the picture you sent us via email.
    • A testimonial of your business relationship with Natures Garden. How do you like doing business with us?
  5. Once your spotlight page is created, you will see a Spotlight Award Seal on your page. You need to right click and save this award to your website. A link to your spotlight page on Natures Garden’s website should be associated with this Spotlight Award.
  6. It is taking time to get all of your pages done. If you have not yet sent your info to us, or your site has not yet been posted, please send your information to our email address: info@naturesgardencandles.com My goal is to have all of your pages added by the middle of February.

4.  We get many calls asking about FDA Regulations and Labeling requirements for cosmetic products. To read all about all of the FDA regulations and labeling requirements, please visit the FDA’s website: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/CosmeticLabelingLabelClaims/
CosmeticLabelingManual/default.htm

5.  Everyone is welcome to join our Show and Tell every Thursday Night at 9:30 pm est on Natures Garden’s Facebook Page. Get some creative ideas, meet many fun and exciting people!

6.  Attention Soapers and Customers who make soap and toiletries:  We have gone through all of our wholesale fragrance oils and have noted the words “NOT BODY SAFE” in the description area of each fragrance that is not considered body safe by our standards.  We would like to mention that you will notice that a few of the fragrances that we have listed as NOT BODY SAFE are considered body safe on the specific IFRA statement for those fragrances, but since these fragrance contain cinnamon content, and can cause skin irritation, we decided to list them as NOT BODY SAFE.  All fragrances that we carry have MSDS sheets and IFRA sheets posted on our website for your review.

not body safe

 

7. Attention Soapers:  In the description area of each fragrance, you will notice that we have begun to list our CP Soap Testing Results.  We do not have CP testing results for every fragrance that we carry yet, but we are working on getting you this important data!

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Jan
21

Spectacular New Fragrances at Natures Garden

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Cream SodaSpectacular New Fragrances at Natures Garden

Natures Garden Mt. Dew Type Fragrance:  Soda with a jolt, this classic lemon/lime fizzy pop is so good you will swear you can smell the caffeine and feel the bubbles tickle your nose.

Natures Garden Fierce Male fragrance:  Citrusy top-notes of orange, lemon and lime, leading to middle notes of rosemary, jasmine, lily of the valley, vetiver  and rose and finishing a woody, oakmoss and white musk base note.

An NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Hot Pink Pomegranate Fragrance:  A sparkling, bright pomegranate having a tart citrus and pomegranate top note, a slightly floral heart of jasmine and violet leaf, and finishing with a spicy ginger and woody, twig like base note.

 Natures Garden Jelly Bean Fragrance:  A burst of luscious fruity tones teases the senses with this gourmand confection. Wild cherry balances with ripe peach and tangy strawberry for the candy sensation at the fragrance heart. Hints of cinnamon boost the cherry, as a smooth combination of vanilla and musk creates sugary undertones.

An NG Original!  Natures Garden Drag Strip Fragrance: The raw smell of a hot summer day at the racetrack!  Notes of burnt rubber, motor oil and high performance racing fuel make this the perfect grease-monkey fragrance!!

 Natures Garden Cream Soda Fragrance:  An old fashioned soda shop classic having all the bubbly notes frothing over the glass with the truly characteristic, caramelized sugar and vanilla cream aroma.

 An NG Original Fragrance!  Natures Garden Pizza fragrance-   You’ve tried the rest, now try the best!!  The local brick oven pizza shop with its aromatic notes of garlic, oregano, tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni and doughy crust will have you calling the pizza delivery guy; hopefully, in 30 minutes or less!!

 An NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Tea Leaf Papaya Fragrance: Tropical passionfruit, mango, papaya and tea leaf open this fragrance, having floral middle notes of canna lily, rose, white orchid, and water hyacinth and finishing with a soft, ambery, driftwood dry down.

 An NG Original Scent!  Natures Garden Aloe Vera Clay Fragrance: A green, refreshingly clean fragrance with a sparkling splash of lime and peach blossom, leading to a floral bouquet of rose, desert jasmine and lily of the valley, and finishing with an ambery, musky, tumbleweed dry-down.

Natures Garden Juicy Lemon Fragrance:  A tart, juicy lemon so good it will make you pucker, with a distinct lemon citron top note, a lilac nuance and lemon rind middle note, finishing with a gingery, woody base note.

Natures Garden Rosemary Mint Fragrance:  A crisp, minty herbal type with a peppermint and spearmint top note, a slightly herbaceous floral and rosemary middle note and a soft woody dry down.

Natures Garden Rosemary Fragrance:  This fragrance contains high levels of essential oil of rosemary.  A cool, crisp herbal having camphoraceous eucalyptus notes rounded out with coriander and rosemary.

 Natures Garden Hot Maple Toddy Fragrance:  A warm, after dinner drink with pronounced notes of maple and rum, leading to a buttery, creamy vanilla and caramelized sugar base note.

Jan
21

Celebrate GroundHog Day in Style

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GlamHog's Favorite Fragrance

My Favorite GlamHog Fragrance is Hot Pink Pomegranate!

Groundhog Day is celebrated in both the United States and it’s neighbor to the north, Canada.  The origins of this holiday date back all the way back to 1886.  In all actuality, Groundhog day started as a German tradition known as candlemas which involved candles being blessed by church officials, and involved a hedgehog.  However, when settlers from Germany relocated to Pennsylvania, the tradition was maintained with the exception that hedgehogs were replaced with groundhogs.

Every February 2nd, in Punxsutawney PA, a beloved ceremony is held at Gobbler’s Knob, the proclaimed “weather capital of the world”.  In keeping with tradition, the woodchuck- Punxsutawney Phil, is temporally housed in Gobbler’s Knob, and then ceremoniously peeks his head out.

As legend has it, if Phil sees his own shadow, 6 more weeks of winter will occur.  If Phil does not, then spring will arrive early. The Groundhog Day celebration, which starts before the sun even rises on that day, brings some tens of thousands of people to the rural area in Pennsylvania, but if you can not make the trip, have no fear, the festivities are broadcasted on many major television channels.

We at Natures Garden were so inspired by this not-so-traditional holiday, that we put our own female spin into the mix. We figured Natures Garden needed their own Groundhog Day mascot.  Since groundhog day originally involved candles, and Phil has received enough attention…we thought it was time for a Glamorous, female version.  So with much ado….We present to you:  “Glitter GlamHog”.

To view our GlamHog Promotion:  Please Click Here.
To view all of our Glamhog Fragrances, Please Click Here.