Discover the Top 4 Reasons Employers Need a Staffing Agency

One of the most common staffing struggles is having to replace or hire new employees. Business owners who try to recruit on their own often run into problems, after all, there are searches to conduct, resumes to review, interviews to schedule, and backgrounds to check… and that’s just the beginning! Because of all the time needed to find the perfect employee for the job (temporary, contract, or permanent), many employers outsource their hiring needs to staffing firms. Here are the top four reasons em...

Supervillain #2: A Dysfunctional On-Boarding Process

When the labor market is tight, people have choices. Your candidate and new employee experience is vital to your retention of talent. Do you embrace the latest technologies that allow candidates to apply on their phone or tablet? How quickly do you respond to inquiries? Are your expectations clear prior to the job offer? If you have challenges with any of these things, you could have a disjointed or dysfunctional on-boarding process. If you are not embracing the new technologies available for onboarding,...

Supervillain #1: A Reactive Recruitment Process

What exactly is a reactive recruitment process?  Well, it’s one that lacks strategy around recruiting new talent beyond,“Hey Magnus, Jose in IT just quit. Can you find us a new database administrator?  Oh also, we need someone yesterday…”  Seriously?  Magnus is either an overworked internal recruiter, your lead HR person (who right now is trying to work through the ACA, the new exempt employee guidelines, as well as 97 other priorities…), or worse - - someone who was just given the recru...

Superheroes and the Power of Thank You!

Shortly after coming on board into my current role with FrankCrum Staffing, I had the pleasure of meeting with the COO of one of our larger staffing customers.   He explained to me that over the course of the last six months our team of recruiters had done a tremendous job in finding him the right people who fit their culture and were helping the company achieve great results.  Most of the desks just outside his office had been filled by my team.  Thank you! He said.   Boom! Wonderful.  Love this k...

Important Rules you Need to Know About Hiring Minors

Hiring a teenager to work in your business means you’ll need to check 2 things: your state’s Child Labor Laws and child labor provisions as dictated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you may know, the FLSA places restrictions on the kinds of jobs minors can have (this also includes agricultural and non-agricultural employment) as well as the hours they work depending on age categories. Virtually every small business is covered by the FLSA. Children of any age can have jobs performing in rad...

Are Your Workforce Management Practices Superheroes or Supervillains?

Superhero and Supervillain comic book action stories have been all the rage lately on the big screen.  Young and old alike seem to love them, and Hollywood keeps creating them: The Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, Man of Steel, and now Superwoman.  We unite to adore the superheroes, and we share a disdain for the supervillains - - their evil is pure, motives obvious, and downfall inevitable. In today’s workforce practices every employer has the opportunity to write a unique storyline of superhero’s and ...

Tips on Creating a Proactive Safety Program

It’s smart business to have a safe workplace. Being safe means you avoid employee injuries, lost work time, and Workers’ Comp claims--and this can both increase morale and productivity. The key word here is a proactive safety program, which means taking action and making safety a responsibility before an accident happens. Doing so can improve your safety performance, and make it sustainable as time goes by. Of the 3 million private industry illness and/or injury cases in 2013, over half of these we...

Stepping Back, Marking Time or Marching Forward- The Choice is Yours

In my time in the recruiting and staffing industry, I’ve witnessed first hand numerous people who took an entry level position and made it a gateway to a life changing career opportunity. One of the real joys of being in this industry is experiencing the satisfaction of knowing you just helped someone land a job who really needed it, someone whose family really needed it. Certainly there are bad jobs out there.  But there is a big difference between a bad job and a tough or challenging job.  I would...

Is Your Business Prepared for a Change in Overtime Regulations?

White collar worker overtime regulations may be experiencing a huge change--is your business prepared? This change has been presented by the Department of Labor (DOL), which proposes revising which white collar workers are eligible for protections concerning minimum wage and overtime pay as mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The current determination as to whether an employee is exempt or non-exempt, according to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), depends on the following: “certai...

Top Reasons Why Job Seekers Use Staffing Firms

As a staffing and recruiting professional, I am often asked by job seekers “Why use a Staffing firm?” Some people think that Staffing firms only help with “temporary” jobs, or certain types of jobs like administrative positions.  And unless you perceive there is a benefit, you may not even think to reach out to a staffing company for your job search.  Many people don’t realize that there is no charge for a staffing firm’s services.  So not only is there no risk in working with a staffing firm...