Why Your National Staffing Contract Isn’t Working (And What To Do About It)

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Over the years we have seen many companies sign national agreements with staffing firms. The idea behind the national agreement is that the client company consolidates their spending allowing them to command a lower price, ensure consistency across all their locations, and exercise control over their processes. These are all important goals. But national agreements [...]

6 Qualities That Make A Great Employee

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Hiring well is as much an art as is a science. It’s easy to believe that a person with the right work history and the right skills will make a good employee. But it isn’t that simple. Most of the qualities that make an employee great don’t show up in their work history, and they [...]

6 Ways to Ensure You Hire the Right Candidate

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Hiring the right candidate is never easy. It takes time and effort. Following these six steps will take a little bit more time, but following them will make up for that investment of time by eliminating your need to rehire later. Start with a Good Job Description: You have a much better chance of finding [...]

What Temporary Employees Want

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[Click here for a larger version of this chart] The fourth quarter in Columbus, Ohio is always a difficult quarter. There aren’t enough employees to meet the demands of all of the retail distribution companies whose enormous demand for temporary employees all peak at the same time. Last year, 2013, was the toughest and most [...]

Here Lived a Great Street Sweeper

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You’d be hard pressed to come up with the name of a person who fought harder to make America a better place than Martin Luther King, Jr.. King followed the difficult path of passive resistance, like Jesus, Socrates, and Gandhi before him, a living example of his core convictions—and his morality. Everyone knows Dr. King’s [...]

The Book Is Not the Cover

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A long time ago, I interviewed a candidate for a light industrial job. He had long ratty hair, ratty jeans, and he brought his girlfriend to the interview with him. Three strikes and he was out. But he persisted. He called and called until one day I had a short term opportunity where his appearance [...]

Our Not So Secret Recipe for Getting Hired Full Time

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We’ve already written a series of posts to help you turn your temporary assignment into a full-time position. Because so many people are employed in peak season assignments, it bears repeating our not-so-secret recipe here. Have perfect attendance. Someone once said that success is 80% showing up. In this case, it’s true. If you really [...]

Human Capital Is Not a Commodity

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We all want to hire talent. We want to hire people with the right skill sets. We want them to have the soft skills that make employees truly effective, the ability to work with a team, to get things done. More than anything, we want a high level of employee engagement. We want their minds [...]

Leaders Lead Employee Engagement

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We recently ran across this article in Fast Company titled Gallup’s Workplace Jedi On How To Fix Our Employee Engagement Problem. In our opinion, it’s probably the most important article we’ve come across in the past few months. The gist of the article is that 70% of employees aren’t engaged in their work. As leaders, [...]

PPACA Update – June 17, 2013

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There are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to PPACA. We are working diligently to make the necessary changes, and we have every intention of offering medical benefits to our employees. So far, no insurance company has provided us with options that comply with the new law, but we have heard from [...]

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