Knowing whether you’re satisfied in your job, if it’s the right one for you, is a measure of your contentedness in the various aspects of the job. This can include the work itself, relationships with colleagues, whether you are advancing in your work, or get along with the management process. There are a lot of aspects of self to consider, as well as the workplace and your personal life. These can include cognitive, behavioural, emotional and other characteristics.

Ultimately job satisfaction has more to do with you, your perceptions and biases, and outlook on life. We have the power within to alter these various aspects of self – positively or negatively. We can believe for the best or the worst. It’s important to remember that the job doesn’t change the essence of self or our values, and who we truly are.   

Personal job satisfaction is a sense of achievement in work related tasks, personal goal achievement and continued growth in our career journey, which have the power to motivate us as an individual. It also goes far beyond daily work routines, spilling out into our personal lives. Life becomes more fulfilling and expands the joy that we share with family and friends. The sense of purpose, receiving recognition and feeling valued, and reaching personal goals provides us with a greater sense of contentment and belonging.

Reaching satisfaction in the job often involves personal reflective work in frequent work reviews and continued self-development. The support of professionals also helps to increase satisfaction and enjoying the rewards of our labour. Ideally, jobs should be enjoyable while doing daily tasks and provide many rewards. If you find that you are in a job that you’re not enjoying, supports such as counsellors, career guidance counsellors, life coaches and recruitment agencies are well worth considering, and investing in. These are powerful resources that offer invaluable advice and insights.

Having an active personal life, healthy eating, frequent exercise, enjoying varied hobbies, nurturing personal relationships and creating time for restful days are important steps which contribute to our sense of personal wellbeing in our job. “True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction, and recognition” – Frederick Herzberg.

Be empowered, become the creative innovator of your life today, and increase personal satisfaction in your job. Call us today, on 01 8783335 or email operations@3qrecruitment.ie if you would like to chat with a member of our vibrant team, to explore your options and new opportunities.

Do you prefer to work from home or the office? Some prefer the working in the office as it gives structure to the day, it’s easier to focus on tasks and they get to meet colleagues. For others working from home is easier than working in the office. They prefer the calm of their home office, the flexibility in their hours and prefer to work on their own, for most of the day – they find that they get a lot more done in this environment.

While working from home during the pandemic may have seemed appealing in the early days, for many the four walls began to close in pretty quickly and they yearned to get back into the office environment. Adjusting to the home-work life model has been a struggle for some. The benefits of working at the office now seem more appealing. They prefer the familiarity that comes with the job, and the structure that the office environment provides.

Benefits of working in the office:

  • Emotional and social value increase towards work, including the brand
  • Face to face connections are far better for wellbeing than webinars and online meeting rooms
  • Helps to keep a healthy work-life balance, by maintaining work hours
  • Disturbances to work flow, which may have seemed annoying before, are now a welcome relief
  • Routines can give more structure to the day
  • Can increase job satisfaction and feeling valued
  • Teamwork reduces frustration on certain activities
  • More recognition is achieved in the office
  • Can improve mental and physical health
  • Likely to increase networking opportunities
  • Less likelihood of household and family distractions
  • Work is left at the office, at close of business

Maintaining clear boundaries, between the work and home environments, will help to maintain a healthy work-life balance in your life. The positive effects can be major including increased overall wellbeing and productivity in work. Social connections are really important; otherwise the job is ‘just a job’! “We must establish a personal connection with each other. Connection before content. Without relatedness, no work can occur” – Peter Block.  

Chef Jobs

Do you know a Chef that is looking for their next job? Here at Three Q we are running a Chef referral competition from July 1st – August 28th.

If you know a Chef that has a QQI Level 6 qualification in Culinary Arts then send us their CV to cvs@3qrecruitment.ie

Anyone who referees a Chef to Three Q (that meets all of the terms & conditions below) will automatically be entered into a draw for a €100 gift card.

Terms & Conditions:

  • This competition is open to the greater public.
  • Referral must have a QQI Qualification in Culinary Arts (or equivalent).
  • Referral must be based in Ireland.
  • Referral must complete all mandatory training & documentation.
  • Referral must sign up and work with Three Q for one month.
  • If your referral sends in their CV directly, make sure they give your details on their application (name, contact number and email address)
  • This competition will run from July 1st to August 28th.
  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • The winner will be announced on the 2nd of September.

You can view all of our current jobs openings by visiting http://3qrecruitment.ie/view_all_jobs/

Recruitment platforms have really increased online in recent years. The jobs market has been greatly enhanced with these marketing cyber spaces. Employers, HR and Recruitment Agencies benefit from platforms such as LinkedIn. It’s an effective networking arena with many advantages to boost employee careers and their job search. Employers include this in their research when seeking additional information on potential new hires.

LinkedIn provides opportunities to Connect, Collaborate, Create – individuals can connect with a wider network, collaborate with existing and new LikedIn users, and create meaningful network connections! They can also secure new jobs through this social space.

Before setting up a new LinkedIn account, it is important to know the key items to include in your digital space. This is also true if you already have an existing LinkedIn account. The persona profile needs to stand out. The content needs to engage other users, which needs to be updated frequently. There is a great opportunity to widen your social network and find new opportunities.

Top tips to create a great LinkedIn profile in 2022:

  • Include a great profile picture
  • Create a punchy headline, not just a job title
  • Start with a great story in the summary content, make it interesting and check the content for errors 
  • Expand network connections, using buzzwords, and keywords to optimise SEO
  • Bullet-point skills, education, accomplishments and interests with a brief synopsis
  • Use relevant hashtags
  • Create a spotlight for services offered
  • Create a custom profile URL
  • Include colleague recommendations
  • Background images enhance your LinkedIn profile
  • Personality gains the attention of other users
  • Include ‘call to actions’ such as an email address. ‘Follow’ buttons to your website work well too
  • If unemployed, include “actively seeking work” or “actively searching for new opportunities”
  • Don’t slate former employers or colleagues – keep it clean
  • Recruiters look at work history so include this important information here
  • HR view LinkedIn often, to attract and recruit new employees. Make connections with organisations  
  • Ask well-known connections to endorse you, not new connections
  • Engage and ask questions
  • Include LinkedIn Certs in your resume
  • Keep your profile active with frequent updates, organic content is great too

Give it 100% and increase your visibility for a greater return on boosting your career, network connections and new collaborations. “Always put your best foot forward, because you never know where your next step may lead you” – Stephan Labossiere.

Every Moment is a fresh beginning

Change and uncertainty in the workplace can bring unwelcome anxiety, which can take us down a path of unhealthy living and disrupt a healthy work-life balance. This is particularly true when these changes happen outside our control, whether you’re in temporary or permanent employment. Finding ways to cope with change and uncertainty isn’t always easy.

Dealing with anxiety and regaining balance in your life are just two of the necessary steps to help reboot the psychological, physical and emotional aspects of self. Understand how the change is impacting you and increase your self-care also help, as does talking about the new process.

‘Blue Zone Living’ has inspired thousands of individuals globally in a curious movement of on-going research which seeks to understand why some countries have populations with healthy aging individuals. The invaluable advice and insights are relatively simple and can be used to regain a healthy balance in your life.

9 healthy regimes to manage anxiety include:

  1. Understand what your purpose is; why you wake up every morning? Find meaning and develop an internal inventory of passions, values, gifts, talents, likes and dislikes
  2. Body movement relives stress, particularly high stress levels. Natural continuous body movement is just as beneficial as strenuous exercise
  3. Use the Pareto Rule during meal times. Choose to stop eating when 80% full, and let go of late night snacking. Remember – ‘breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper’
  4. Become more aware of, and increase, self-care and wellbeing, and work on ways to reduce stress levels. The body holds stress in different ways, so embrace rituals that work for you – nap for twenty in the afternoon, partake in a happy hour after work, engage in creative activities or simply pray
  5. Include healthy food in each meal serving – fruit, whole grains, rich and colourful vegetables, beans and nuts. Consume lean-meat a few days a week, and avoid processed and sugary foods
  6. The fun doesn’t have to stop with this new way of being. Enjoy things and food that give you pleasure. A glass of wine with a sociable meal can provide powerful antioxidants
  7. Positive social circles promote healthy behaviours with self. These can be fun, nurture talents and advance your personal development journey. Find which ones work for you
  8. Belong and have faith – join your preferred faith-based community, to form strong social relationships, which can provide a powerful sense of belonging. Find one that suits you.
  9. Finally, the depth of love holds many amazing benefits, so stay connected and open to those that you love!

Change isn’t always a negative. It can be liberating, exhilarating and bring some, or many, new opportunities. Remember; “Every moment is a fresh beginning” – T. S. Elliot.

Attention all Three Q Temps, do you know a qualified chef looking for a new career? Are you interested in wining €100? Then refer a Chef to Three Q today for your chance to be in with a €100 One 4 All voucher. If your Chef successfully completes the sign up process we will provide you with a €50 gift card. If your referral works with Three Q for three months you will receive another €50 voucher. For your chance to win this amazing prize, send your Chefs CV to cvs@3qrecruitment.ie with your details, or call 01 – 878 3335 for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Chefs must hold a QQI level 6 in culinary arts, or the equivalent to qualify for a role with Three Q
  • Referral must be submitted between 28/01/2022 – 28/02/2022
  • You will receive a €50 gift card when your referral successfully completes the sign up process (including all mandatory training) and is placed by Three Q
  • You will receive a second €50 gift card when your referral completes 3 months of service with Three Q
  • Should your referral leave before a 3 month period, you will not receive the second gift card.

As a front-line Catering TEMPS Agency that specializes in the provision of Managers, Supervisors, Chefs, Ward Attendants, Domestics, Cleaners and General Porters to hospitals, healthcare services and nursing homes Three Q TEMPS has been working with our clients in every way we can to support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below are some of the ways we have adapted our service provision to keep our TEMPS & our clients safe, to keep the supply of Temps as needed fully operational and how we are now working with clients as they and the country take steps to the next phases of Ireland’s fully being economically and socially operational again.

  • Ensuring Qualified, Vetted & Experienced Hospital Temps are available when needed – Our Temps go on stand-by for emergency cover each morning – Monday through Sunday for identified clients who had and still have patients being cared for who are COVID-19 positive
  • Location Specific TEMPS – these Temps do not work in any other units and remain available to clients when they need them
  • Continuing full office and remote working activities to ensure our service runs smoothly and clients can speak with our Temps Consultants Lisa, Charlotte & Mawia whenever they need – 24/7 on our main phone line 018783335
  • Implementing a range of COVID-19 Health & Safety protocols to ensure no cross contamination from Temps working in different locations and weekly monitoring, questionnaire’s and text campaigns to keep Temps informed of new procedures
  • Supporting the annual #celebratenurses campaign that our sister company Nurse Jobs Ireland runs each year – with a major event on May 12th on International Nurses Day
  • Bringing forward our corporate giving commitment – Our annual support for 3 of our nominated charities was brought forward to quarter two to support them in the crisis they are facing now.  These charities are a homeless outreach service who needing additional funds for take-away meal packaging, a domestic violence agency needing resources to meet additional demands and a hospice care service – all these charities are unable to fund raise to 2019 level for this time of the year due to COVID-19

We are hopeful for the day Ireland can like New Zealand declare that we are COVID-19 free and until that day we will work with our clients with their new working practices and we will continue beyond that date to support our clients in every way we can.

Most business have gone through a period of rapid change with COVID-19. Changes in ways of working that would have taken months to implement, have been adopted in weeks. Given that we’re in the business of providing leave and emergency TEMP cover, COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to test and review our ability to support our clients, within this rapidly evolving environment.

As a niche-agency, we pride ourselves in knowing and anticipating our clients’ needs, many of whom, we’ve worked with for over a decade. We’ve seen fairly steady patterns in terms of staffing needs and we had gotten good at recognising and responding to these. As with everything else, the uncertainty and unpredictability that the COVID-19 Pandemic brought with it, our client’s requirements were affected and in turn, so were the services we had to deliver. We saw very quickly that we needed to be highly responsive to changes in the numbers of TEMP Worker’s supplied and we also needed to be highly flexible in the type of TEMPs supplied.

Below is the second of two case studies. This illustrates how we supported our client by expanding the type of temps we provide to meet their changed requirements, owing to COVID-19.

This case study is based on supply to a medium sized Elder Care Facility. It showed that because Three Q TEMPS is a niche hospitality and catering TEMPS agency, we could provide them with the range of temps they required owing to changed circumstances.

They needed a kitchen porter, a catering assistant, a domestic, a chef, a general porter and a cleaner with healthcare experience and they were able to get them all from Three Q.  Daily updates from their team and their ability to work meant Three Q TEMPS went on stand-by in-case the client needed cover.  Our chefs who worked through the whole crisis trained up their relief cover and made themselves available on their mobile even on the days they were not working.

What we are grateful for:

  • The willingness and pride our Temps took in remaining part of the team to ensure service delivery during the pandemic
  • The client’s recognition and gratitude for continuity and responsiveness of Temps to come in to the unit – some times with less than an hour’s notice.
  • The opportunity and ability to safely supply this client for over 15 years. They got to see the full variety of the Temps on our panel – they have their favourites and have already made early bookings for future annual leave cover to ensure they get the same Temps back in.

This case study allows us to illustrate how we were able to be responsive, effective and supply a variety of temp workers to meet our clients’ changing needs. If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help you with your staffing requirements or if you’d like to book catering staff, please call us on 01-878-3335 or email us on temps@3qrecruitment.ie .

At a recent online staff quiz, one of the questions we asked was, what the 3 Qs in Three Q Temps Ltd. stood for. I’m happy to report that a number of teams buzzed in to answer. The idea behind the name is that we’re driven by Quality. As we’re a niche agency, supplying TEMP Workers to healthcare facilities, we ensure our TEMP Workers are suitably Qualified. Finally, because our approach to customer care is based on partnership, we support your different staffing needs by providing TEMP Workers in the Quantity you require. We recently got a chance to review our service during the COVID-19 pandemic and we’ve seen that our 3 Qs have been put to the test. We’ve undertaken 2 case studies, the first of which you’ll find below.

This case study is based on supply to a major Dublin Hospital. During the first month of the pandemic, we saw an increased demand from one of our clients for cleaners, domestics, ward attendants and general porters. It showed that we were able to scale up to support the increased requirements of our hospital client, while adapting our process to be safe and compliant with HSE guidelines. Our quality commitment ensured that we provided experienced catering staff, with the right qualifications throughout the emergency.

With the client’s own staff returning to work, we saw an initial drop in demand so we could scale down when needs reduced. However, we’ve seen that COVID-19 effects business and services differently and this effect can evolve quite rapidly given the change in infection rates and health and safety advise. In the case of this client, we saw a spike in demand after the initial reduction but this time it was for leave and emergency cover. We could then re-engage and resupply to meet a second increased demand – all within a period of four weeks.

As a Niche Catering Temps Agency We Are

  • Proud to have safely supplied this client (10 years using Three Q Temps) with front-line temps and our team worked with hospital teams to care for patients in acute & COVID positive wards
  • Grateful for our clients’ trust in our ability to deliver. We’re thankful for the client’s gratitude for continuity and responsiveness of Temps to come in to the unit, which they’ve sometimes done with less than an hour’s notice
  • Thankful for the willingness and pride our TEMP Workers took in remaining part of the team thus ensuring that we could support our clients during the pandemic. These were big numbers for us to deliver with 24 hours’ notice and our TEMP Workers delivered. Despite the pandemic and despite the short notice, they said ‘Yes – we will work!’

This case study allows us to illustrate how we were able to be responsive, effective and support our client’s changing needs.  We continue to look for ways we can help all our clients. If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help you with your staffing requirements or if you’d like to book catering staff, please call us on 01-878-3335 or email us on temps@3qrecruitment.ie

Why We Have Requested All Our Office Staff and Temp Workers to Maintain a Contact Log

As an agency that is privileged and proud to provide essential frontline workers that prepare and serve meals to healthcare staff, patients and service users, we take our responsibility toward our staff, temp workers and the wider community, seriously. We recommend that all our Temp Workers maintain a Contact Log. This is because as essential workers, they are travelling to and from work that often involves offering frontline services within a healthcare setting.

We also recommend that our Office Staff maintain a Contact Log. While we have taken steps to minimise face to face interactions by digitalising processes, maintaining social distancing guidelines, staggering work times and offering staff the option to work from home on certain days to minimise the number of people in the office; commuting into work and hiring on frontline staff can bring them in contact with the virus

Contact Tracing Policy

To this end, our new Contact Tracing Policy has followed best practice and recommended that all Office Staff and Temp Workers to fill in a Daily Contact Log. We’ve communicated this officially, though our HR portal  and we’ve sent out texts and WhatsApp messages with information that’s accessible and easy to understand.

So why maintain a Contact Log at all? Maintaining a contact log is important because it helps the Health Service Executive (HSE) prevent the spread of COVID-19 by assisting the HSE’s Contact Tracing Team to quickly, efficiently and accurately Identify Close Contacts of people with COVID-19. This is important because the faster they identify Close Contacts, the quicker they can ask them to self-isolate, therefore protecting other family members and the wider community by restricting the spread of the virus.

This way we’re keeping our loved ones safe and we’re supporting the HSE by ensuring that the virus is not spreading. This means that the number of COVID-19 cases are kept under control so that healthcare works and other workers who work in a healthcare setting are not overwhelmed. Keeping the numbers down also helps ensure that the HSE has sufficient resources for people with COVID-19 who do require hospitalisation or Intensive Care.

Video: How to Maintain a Contact Log

So, how do you maintain a contact log? Watch our video on maintaining a contact log here: 

Read more about how to maintain a contact log here with our PDF: How to Distinguish Between a Close Contact and a Casual Contact

Stay Safe!

Three Q Perms & Temps