How to Hire Slowly and Fire Gracefully

We have all heard the saying “Hire slowly and fire quickly.” This is certainly good advice, but sometimes firing quickly can cause unanticipated consequences. It is always in your best interest to end any employment relationship amicably even if that employee didn’t meet your standards. In this article we identify some of the basic steps you can take to minimize your liability when terminating an employee and teach you how to hire slowly and fire gracefully. … Continue readingHow to Hire Slowly and Fire Gracefully

Illegal Interview Questions

Fear not – if you’re worried about asking the wrong interview questions, you can hire the pros at R.E.A. Staffing to screen and interview your candidates for you. Once you’re prepared to meet with the top-tier applicants, we’ll provide you with a list of questions and a variety of tried and true prompts to ensure that your business is protected from legal repercussions.
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How to Keep a Talented Real Estate Assistant Motivated

Imagine this scenario: your assistant has worked with you for about a year. You like them and they get along well with your team and the office. At this point you trust them to complete all of their job duties and when necessary to go above and beyond to help you. You believe that they are loyal and you feel good about their performance. Then, all of a sudden, or perhaps over the course of time, you notice that things are slipping through the cracks. Projects are taking longer to complete and your assistant doesn’t seem as focused as they used to be. What happened? Believe it or not, it’s your job to know how to keep a talented real estate assistant motivated. … Continue readingHow to Keep a Talented Real Estate Assistant Motivated

20 Rules for Succeeding as a Team

Succeeding as a team can be a challenge. Different personalities, different roles and a fair amount of high-stress situations can often make teamwork seem impossible. These are my “golden rules” for working together as an agent/assistant team, although these concepts could really be applied to any boss/assistant relationship. I believe that a great assistant “manages up” and a great boss sets the goals, priorities and standards for the company, and then focuses on production related activities while their staff handles the rest. I encourage you to share this list with your team and discuss which items need some work. … Continue reading20 Rules for Succeeding as a Team

Real Estate Interview Rules and Red Flags

The process of hiring an assistant, whether it is your first or your tenth is always faced with some level of trepidation. We all want to find the perfect assistant and never have to go through the hiring process again anytime soon. We try to find clues during the interview process that point to a candidate’s potential for success or failure on our team. As much as there are things to look for in an assistant, there are also a few warning signs, or red flags, you want to look out for and avoid. … Continue readingReal Estate Interview Rules and Red Flags

How Your Social Media Profile Could Make or Break Your Next Job Opportunity

Always follow the old saying about not posting anything that would make you embarrassed if it were published on the front page of a newspaper. Don’t use Facebook as a forum to vent on everything you hate about life, your job, someone else, or a company – talk to a friend in person if you feel the need to vent. Some people recommend creating separate personal profiles – one for business and one for family and close friends only – but this is not recommended because it can be next to impossible to manage.
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How to Hire Right the First Time

Have you ever made a bad hire for your company or culture? Wasn’t it frustrating and expensive? When you add up all the time and money it takes to hire someone, making a bad hire will cost you upwards of 5 times their salary if they don’t work out. So how can you improve your odds of making the right hire the first time? The first thing you should think about is this: “If the job could talk, what would it say”? What are some of the behaviors, motivators or values, and competencies needed to be successful in that role,  and how can we measure those in a way that is reliable? The Answer: DISC! … Continue readingHow to Hire Right the First Time

Top 5 Signs You Need a New Employee

Have you ever had an employee who was “OK” but not really fantastic? They were capable of doing the job but maybe their attitude wasn’t the best, or they made a lot of little mistakes? They were probably a nice person and your clients probably liked them but in your gut you knew that they were not performing at the level you really needed them to. … Continue readingTop 5 Signs You Need a New Employee