5 Tips for More Effective Team Meetings

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By: Laura Scuderi

In the United States alone, around 55 million meetings are held each week. Yet, employees surveyed said they felt that half the meetings they attend each month are a waste of time. Here is a list of 5 helpful tips to ensure your next meeting is engaging and effective.

  1. Create an Agenda

    Creating an agenda and distributing it ahead of time can greatly improve the productivity of your meeting. An agenda sets clear expectations for attendees on the topics that need to be discussed, the objectives of the meeting, who is presenting what information, and a schedule to follow to make sure time is not wasted. Make sure to prioritize the most important points.

  2. Time Management

    When there is a lot of information to cover, it’s very easy to run out of time in your meeting before all topics can be addressed. Plan in advance how much time can be spent on each agenda item, and stick to it! You can assign an attendee the task of keeping time to make sure you stay on schedule. It’s also important to prioritize the most important agenda items to be discussed first, and with an appropriate amount of time allotted for them.

  3. Encourage Participation

    Having a meeting facilitator or leader is fantastic, but remember that doesn’t mean that the entire meeting needs to be conducted by one person. In fact, having different employees present is a great way to keep everyone engaged and focused. Ensure you have extra time budgeted to allow discussion and collaboration among employees, and be sure to ask open-ended questions to get those conversations going.

  4. Send Recap

    The conversation doesn’t end once the meeting has ended. Often times, there are action items or deadlines that were established. That’s why it’s critical to have a designated note-taker. This person can have the task of sending out a recap via email that highlights the important information that was discussed. This helps remind all the employees in attendance (as well as those who were invited but could not attend) a summary of the most important takeaways, any next steps that were discussed and any critical deadlines have been assigned.

  5. Ask for Input

    Finally, one of the best ways to determine if your meeting was effective is to ask the participants for feedback. This can be done via email, in person, or even anonymously through a survey. The following are just a few questions you can ask to measure meeting effectiveness:

    • Was this meeting helpful?
    • Did you feel engaged during this meeting?
    • Do you feel this meeting was a good use of your time?
    • What would you do differently?

Effective meetings in the workplace can improve employee engagement, keep employees informed on important issues and promote company alignment. The tips discussed above are just a few ways to increase the productivity and success of your next meeting.

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2021 RISE Award Winner Announced

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By: Laura Scuderi

The Rise Community Service Award is based on volunteer performance, leadership potential, and participation in local community engagement initiatives. It was founded by Revolution Technologies, LLC in 2019 in tribute to founder and CEO, Ted Parker. As an avid believer in giving back to his community, Ted has spearheaded many initiatives and helped local charitable organizations, ultimately strengthening our neighborhood and helping to improve the lives of those in our community. His passion for giving back has become a core part of what we do at Revolution every day.

We are honored to present the 2021 RISE Award (and the grand prize of $1000 dollars!) to an employee who is so deserving of it: Kathryn Oldenburg!

In the midst of a global pandemic, Kathryn says she felt inspired to give back to her community. She began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey last year, where she became a mentor to a 9-year-old girl, Cataleya. According to Kathryn, she spends her time with her “little sister” Cataleya engaging in “fun enrichment activities that allow Cataleya to learn, while also giving her the individualized attention she lacks at home. The commitment lasts for a minimum of one year.”

Tragedy struck in Kathryn’s life just shortly after she was matched with Cataleya, but in the face of adversity Kathryn has maintained a positive outlook, and a dedication and commitment to continue mentoring her “little sister.” “I lost my brand new home and car to Hurricane Ida, and I felt firsthand the power of community”; said Kathryn. “I will never forget how complete strangers came to my aid, bringing me food, offering me shelter, making sure I was okay. I am so proud that I can be that person for Cataleya. Despite my loss, we have continued our hangouts, so even in my unfortunate position, Cataleya has helped me find some joy.”

When asked what her future community engagement plans were, Kathryn said she wanted to continue her mentorship, stating: “Hopefully I can remain a part of Cataleya’s life for many more years and introduce her to community service initiatives outside of the organization that she can get involved in.” Kathryn said she would be interested in finding new ways to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the possibility of working with the Red Cross in the future.

Kathryn’s selfless dedication to volunteering and mentoring, in spite of the obstacles she has faced, is the epitome of why the RISE Award is all about: “Fostering and promoting a philanthropic company culture where employees are proud to RISE up and help make a difference in local communities.” Congratulations on this amazing achievement!

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10 Interview Questions to ask Prospective Candidates

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By: Samantha Zeoli

The average job interview lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour. For the candidate, this can feel like an eternity, but for the employer, an hour is not a lot of time to decide whether or not someone is right for the role. It is possible to make this determination; you just have to pose the right questions. Here are 10 interview questions employers can ask to find the best candidate for them:

  1. What attracted you to apply for this position?
    This question allows the employer to determine whether or not the candidate has a true interest in the company or has just applied blindly for the position. Look for passion and excitement in the candidates answer. This can also be a good segue into the employer providing the candidate with a more detailed background on the company and the position itself.
  2. Tell me about your role at your previous job.
    Technically this is not a question, but it is important to find out the candidate’s previous work experience and the role they played in their previous position. Sure you can look at their resume, but you will most likely get a more detailed report from the candidate this way.
  3. What type of work environment makes you happy?
    This question can help the employer understand how the candidate may adapt and fit in to their company culture and also be telling of their work ethic. This offers the opportunity for the employer to then touch on more information about the company’s work environment, team and management style so the candidate can also determine if they will be a right fit.
  4. Tell me about a time when you were faced with a challenge at work. How did you overcome it?
    Finding out how the candidate copes with, handles and learns from challenging situations can provide the employer with a sense of what it may be like to work with them when times get tough. Be sure to hire someone who can work well under pressure and has the problem solving capability to address challenges efficiently.
  5. If you have multiple projects and limited time, how do you go about prioritizing them?
    Posing this question permits the employer to get some insight into how the candidate will navigate through the challenging tasks of the role and how effectively they manage their time.
  6. What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
    Asking this question allows the candidate to elaborate on their strengths rather than asking the standard “what are your strengths?”. It can also boost their interview confidence by talking about something they are proud of in their work history.
  7. What one skill would you like to improve and what’s your plan for doing so?
    This is an alternative to another common interview question, “what’s your biggest weakness?”. Rather than asking the candidate to point out their flaws, it offers them an opportunity to discuss an area of improvement and see how much they are willing to put into continuously improving their skills.
  8. What motivates you?
    This question allows the employer to

    1. make sure the factors that motivate the candidate align with your company’s goals as well as the position and job responsibilities in which they would be working and
    2. get a sense of the candidate’s self-awareness to know what drives them.
  9. Do you have any questions for me?
    This is an important question to ask as some candidate’s nerves get the best of them and they forget to ask their own questions about the role/company. It could also provide insight on how the candidate values the position. Those that ask informative and thoughtful questions are likely to have the most interest.
  10. If money wasn’t an object, what would your dream job be and why?
    Ending with this one last question can close the interview on a fun and relaxed note and also allow you to know your candidate on a more personal level.

Interviewing doesn’t have to be stressful as long as you are prepared. These 10 questions are compatible with almost any position, but feel free to include more precise questions that truly reflect your company’s culture and have a specific purpose. Keep it relevant and remember to be friendly. Your demeanor will set the tone for the interview, so be welcoming and put forth positive energy to help your candidates feel comfortable.

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How To Nail Your Next Job Interview

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hether you’re a recent graduate, getting back into the workforce, or trying to change careers, job interviews can be daunting. To help you nail your next interview, Revolution Technologies has compiled a list of tried and true tips to help you ace your next interview and land the job!

1. Do Your Research

Before you go into that interview, make sure take time to research the company that you’re applying to. Knowing about the company shows that you’re interested in the role AND the company. Check out the company website as well as social media pages to get a better understanding of the mission, values, and culture of the company and find a way to reference some of what you learned during the interview.

2. Study the Job Description

Taking the time to review the job description and get a complete understanding of what they are looking for is another way to better prepare for your interview. If the description lists specific skills required, have examples ready that show how you’ve mastered those skills in previous jobs or experiences.

3. Practice

While there’s no way to anticipate every question a hiring manager might ask you in an interview, practicing ahead of time can certainly help you to be better prepared. Practice out loud answers to common interview questions like “why are you interested in this position” or “tell me about yourself.” While you don’t want to sound completely scripted and rehearsed, knowing your answers ahead of time and help you seem well prepared and confident, which is always a plus!

4. Ask Relevant Questions

You can expect that most hiring managers will conclude an interview by asking you if you have any questions for them. Asking questions can help a hiring manager gauge your level of interest in the position as well as how prepared you were for the interview. It’s a good strategy to make a list of a few questions ahead of time, so when the time comes you can ask with ease. Another important thing to keep in mind is ensuring that your questions are relevant to the interview. A first interview with a company is not the best time to ask about vacation days or how much the pay is. Keep your questions focused on the role, the company or even next steps in the hiring process.

5. Follow-Up

So you’ve rehearsed your questions, done your research, asked questions and left that interview feeling confident. Nothing to do now but wait, right? Wrong! What you do after an interview can be just as important as the interview itself. Sending a thank you note to the hiring manager, either by mail or e-mail, can make a big impression. It also gives you the opportunity to reiterate why you think you’d be a good fit for the job. Try to include something memorable from the interview, but keep the message brief. And make sure to send the thank you right away! Doing so helps further demonstrate your interest in the position.

We hope you find this information helpful for your next interview. If you’re looking for work, consider turning to Revolution Technologies for help! Our recruiters understand what hiring companies are looking for, and are dedicated to connecting the right talent to the right positions. Click Here to see some of our current job openings!

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4 Highly Effective Employee Retention Strategies

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The national employee turnover rate is increasing every year. According to the 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the total separation rate for 2020 was 57.3% (up by 12.2% since 2019). While that number may seem overwhelming, fear not! We at Revolution are here to help with this list of the top 4 employee strategies to increase employee retention.

1. Onboarding is Key

First impressions matter. Research by Glassdoor found organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82%. Onboarding is arguably the most important part of creating and maintaining employee engagement. The following are just a few of the many things a company can do to implement a more effective onboarding process:

  • Send paperwork, handbooks, benefits guide, etc.  to the employee before they start.
  • Set up the new hire’s desk, computer, and phone before they begin.
  • Assign someone to be the new hire’s “guide”- a person they can go to with any questions about onboarding, policies, etc.
  • Set clear expectations and objectives from the beginning.
  • Once the employee starts, onboarding doesn’t end. Make sure to check-in with them frequently to see how they are doing/ feeling in their new role.

Onboarding is everything at Revolution, which is why we have a dedicated onboarding team to guide consultants through the entire process. Our goal is to simplify onboarding so our new employees can feel confident and comfortable as they embark on their new journey in their new role.

2. Encourage Communication & Feedback

Communication is vital in any relationship, and that includes the relationship between a company and its employees. According to Salesforce, 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. Establishing an internal communications strategy can lead to better morale, stronger job satisfaction, increased collaboration, and an overall better employee experience.

There are many initiatives a company can take to improve its communication with employees:

  • Regularly communicating company news, changes or updates via email
  • Having an internal messaging tool for communication between departments and employees
  • Giving employees a clear understanding of the company’s core visions and values
  • Hosting collaborative meetings where employees are encouraged to participate and share ideas
  • Embracing and encouraging employee feedback through employee surveys, in-person one-on-ones, and group meetings/ discussions.

Employees want to feel involved and want their voices to be heard. At Revolution, having open communication is our goal! We frequently communicate company news to our associates, conduct collaborative meetings, and request employee feedback through surveys, meetings and one-on-ones. We also utilize Microsoft Teams to collaborate on different ideas and communicate with coworkers.

3. Recognize & Reward

When employees don’t feel appreciated for their good work, they’re less likely to continue putting in the same effort. Employee recognition lets employees know they are valued at work, leads to increased retention and an overall improvement in workplace happiness and engagement.

According to a survey conducted by SurveyMonkey and Bonusly, 63% of respondents who were recognized at work said they were very unlikely to look for a new job.  Whether it be a “shout-out” on the company website, a promotion, a monetary reward, a team-outing or simply saying “thank you,” taking the time to recognize your top talent can greatly improve motivation and satisfaction in the workplace.

Here at Revolution, we love to celebrate achievements in the office! From work anniversaries to ringing the bell when we bring new talent to our client’s sites, we’re proud of our employees’ accomplishments, and regularly recognize our team with merch, company-wide shoutouts, treats and team outings!

4. Promote a Healthy Work-Life Balance

In order to create a positive work environment that makes employees want to stay, you’ll need to prevent burnout. Promoting a healthy work-life balance is one way to accomplish this, and the benefits of allowing employees to have a work-life balance don’t just end with retention. Having that balance can lead to increased productivity, healthier employees, and higher engagement.  Encouraging breaks, giving PTO, allowing employees to work remotely when emergencies arise, and promoting health initiatives are all effective ways a company can ensure its employees have a healthy work-life balance.

Revolution Technologies recognizes that life happens, and we want our employees to feel that they can take time off when needed. In addition to providing vacation time, Revolution’s wellness committee, RT Health, was launched earlier this year in an effort to promote overall health and well-being among our employees across the nation!

While some turnover is inevitable, implementing these strategies is a great way to increase your employee retention rate and keep your company’s top talent happy and thriving! Making onboarding, open communication, recognition, and a healthy work-life balance priorities in the workplace is essential to enhancing employee loyalty and trust.

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Top 4 Advantages of Contract Employment

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Are you in the market for a new job? If so, you may find yourself exclusively searching for full-time, permanent roles that check off all of your boxes. But there are actually a lot of benefits to contract positions that you may not have considered before. Keep reading to find out more about four major advantages of contract employment.

1. Enhance Your Resume

One of the most important advantages to contract work is the ability to improve your resume. Many hiring managers question major gaps in employment on a resume. Not only is the hiring process for a contract or temporary position normally expedited, but taking on these types of roles allow you to have continuous employment, which shows you’re highly motivated to work. Additionally, taking on contract positions allows you to explore advanced career paths with major companies while gaining new skills and experiences. Learning new skills and growing with Fortune 500 companies will also boost your resume and help you stand out to future potential employers.

2. Network, Network, Network

Any new job you take introduces you to a new company with new people, which can ultimately help you expand your professional network. The people you meet while working in a contract position can endorse your skills and become your future references.  And if you work with a recruiter to land that position, even better! Recruiters have a vast network of professionals in all different fields and positions, and working with them can get you introduced to the right people.

3. Flexibility

The nice thing about contract employment is that it offers flexibility with few risks. With a contract position, you can explore different career paths or industries, while deciding which one is the best for you. In any field you choose, a temporary or contract position will give you the opportunity to see first-hand what it’s like and help you make the decision if it’s something you’d like to pursue further. And the best part? If it’s not something you want to continue, it’s temporary! If it is something you want to continue, showing what you can do while in that contract position can help you convert to a permanent position in that field or company!

4. Benefits

A common misconception is that you can’t receive benefits in a contract role, but that’s not always the case. Many contract positions are eligible for benefits! At Revolution Technologies, we are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to all eligible consultants, including 401(k)! Click the button below for more info on the benefits Revolution offers our consultants:

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These are just a few of the many advantages of taking on contract employment. Whether you are a new graduate just starting out,  someone who is looking to explore a brand new career path, or an experienced professional hoping to break into your dream Fortune 500 company, a contract position may be exactly what you need to get started!

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Revolution Technologies Partners with The Parker Foundation for Speak

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Play Ball! This past Tuesday, Revolution Technologies employees stepped up to bat at Max Rodes Park in Melbourne, FL to volunteer at the Speak Through Sports Challenger Baseball event, organized by The Parker Foundation for Autism and Child Development. This event is running from April 6th through May 4th.

The Speak Through Sports Challenger Baseball event is a fully funded adaptive and inclusive baseball program for all school age children on the Autism spectrum and their siblings.  Revolution Technologies is a corporate sponsor of the event, and our employees will get to “buddy up” during practices, connecting with kids of all ages and abilities to coach and play baseball throughout the season!

If you would like to volunteer for this event, you can contact The Parker Foundation Director, Julia Barney, at 321-512-4243 or juliambarney@gmail.com .

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It’s Official! We are a Great Place to Work!

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We are so excited to announce that Revolution has been certified as a Great Place to Work!

Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation. We help companies around the world survey their employees, benchmark their results, identify gaps and improve their workplace culture.

We are so grateful for the culture, work ethic and atmosphere our employees have created and furthered over the years, and are immensely proud of all of our teams’ accomplishments.

What do our employees have to say?

Christian Greene, Special Operations Support, explained what he enjoys most about working for Revolution. “It feels like one, big family here and everyone really is a team player.” Daicy Riccard, HR Coordinator, said what she loves about the company is the culture. “At Revolution, everyone has respect for one another. There is a lot of employee engagement and opportunities for advancement, which gives employees a growth mindset and incentive to continue to strive to do the their best every day.”

We asked Vice President of Operations, Kevin Burke, what his thoughts were about this amazing achievement and he said, “I am incredibly proud of all the Revolution team has accomplished during one of the most challenging times in recent memory. Achieving the employee-driven Great Place to Work certification during this challenging time is a testament to the quality, consideration, and positivity of our people. This great culture permeates through all our interactions resulting in happy, satisfied associates, clients and consultants.”

The company’s people-centric culture is reflected in the both the words and attitudes of the employees that work here. As the famous quote goes: “If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

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