Every day there are news stories about companies beginning to hire. Slowly, but surely, many people are finding the jobs that eluded them for months or years. But before you jump at the first offer, think about that long search you've just been though. Research shows that appreciated and rewarded employees tend to be more invested in the companies they work for and tend to job-hop less. If you're ready to "settle down" and commit to a firm, make sure the firm is committed to you. Here are seven secrets to finding the perfect job for the long run:
. Look for a firm that puts employees first. Yes, even before customers and shareholders. Why? Companies with an "employee first" philosophy view workers as partners in the business and are more dedicated to safety on the job, good benefit packages, training and development.
. Find a company with a clear, easy to understand and strong mission statement that drives the culture and makes sense. This mission statement should be communicated throughout the firm, to customers and to shareholders.
. Work for a company that has a strong recognition and rewards program for employees based on employee contributions to the company's mission as well as its bottom line.
. Look for a firm that gives employees the freedom to make suggestions.
. Work for a company that has strong management at the top and at all levels so that employees always know their superiors and have access to them.
. Find a company that has a reputation for quality products and services and is ethical.
. Sign up with a company that measures your performance regularly, clearly, and ties your performance to company goals, the mission statement, and your development.
How do you find these firms?
Ask people you know. Go to professional and civic organizations and learn about the best companies to work for. Read trade journals and business magazines. Note the business stories in your local media. Go online and check company websites. Also ask questions through your social media groups and contacts.
Don't overlook nonprofits. CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), a nonprofit in St. Petersburg defines its vision as "a community without violence so that home is a safe place." According to executive director Linda Osmundson, CASA employees enjoy a number of "empowerment" opportunities.
Quality committees make recommendations. There is staff leadership training. A Staff Enrichment Committee is currently reviewing HR policies and is making recommendations. Teams work on all facets of the operation from data entry to financial reporting.
Marie Stempinski is the owner and founder of Strategic Communication in St. Petersburg. She specializes in public relations, marketing, business trends and employee motivation consulting. She can be reached at [email protected] or by visiting her website howtomotivateemployees.org.