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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Treat Your Temporary Workforce Like 1st Class Citizens

First Class Citizens

Temporary and contingent workers are sometimes treated like second-class citizens. They are sometimes left out of events and work functions. Sometimes they’re not even included in conversations. It’s our experience—and our belief—that this isn’t done intentionally. But that doesn’t mean that the employee doesn’t feel like they’re being ostracized or intentionally left out. Especially when [...]

Be Grateful and Appreciative

Show Your Appreciation

We’ve noticed something about our clients that produce the best results with their temporary workforce, including the best production stats and the lowest turnover: They make it a point to be grateful and appreciative of their temporary employee’s effort. In fact, they go out of their way to express their appreciation. They start by thanking [...]

Improve Your Temporary Employee’s Skills

Improve Their Skills

This is part six in our series How to Get the Most from Your Temporary Workforce. (Here is part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six, and part seven) One of the best ways you can improve the performance of your temporary or contingent workforce is to improve their skills. There are two powerful reasons that helping [...]

Counsel Before Cancel

Counsel before Cancel

This is part six in our series How to Get the Most from Your Temporary Workforce. (Here is part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, and part six) Much of what we have written up to this point has been about how to make sure that your temporary or contingent workforce is prepared to do their best [...]

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