3 Tips for Hiring Qualified Candidates Using a Staffing Agency

April 23rd, 2018   •   Employer Advocate, Employment Agency, Hiring, Recruiting, Staffing   •   no comments   

 

Plan for qualified candidates, best staffing agencies and talented project managersHiring Through a Staffing Agency

Then there are two main factors in hiring through a staffing agency: choosing the best staffing agency and making sure you hire qualified candidates. Easy!

The first will not be an issue if you have ongoing positive relationships with a staffing agency. Without such relationships, the experience may add challenges to your project.

The second is a bit harder. Check out these tips to help you avoid common hiring mistakes.

There are other basics to know, so let’s discuss three hiring tips to make your next project a success.

 

#1 Understand Your Company Culture

First of all, you probably have worked with people who did not fit well with the culture in your business. The ideal fit is not there and it causes problems. So naturally you want every qualified candidate for your project to blend-in and work well with your culture. Take a minute to think about the essential ingredients of your company’s culture and think about changing your hiring process to find these fits.

All workplaces have their own unique personality and this is part of culture. The ability for project members to succeed with minimal friction is  important to the success of your project. Consider that any project forces team members to work closely with each other. If you are hiring, your team may be new, they do not know each other. They will still have to hit the ground running.

 

#2 Hire Industry Expertise

A new project may involve  areas where your company has little to no experience. To ensure your staffing agency finds qualified candidates, extend the interview process to include in-house screening. This will help eliminate mistakes.

Have an open mind about qualifications and experience levels of the candidates your staffing agency sends you. One of the basic errors when evaluating candidates is looking for too wide a range of skill sets.

The key is identifying the most critical knowledge and skills. In the end, you may be better off hiring extra staff if it results in the expert knowledge you need.

#3 Leadership and Project Management

The final two key elements relates to leadership.  First, any large project should have an experienced project manager. Second, you need a primary stakeholder from your company to provide supervision and management. Industry experience has shown that a project manager can make or break the outcome. These two team leaders will work closely together and the project manager should report directly to the primary management stakeholder.

Successful projects need careful planning based on the best analysis of your situation. Plan well in advance of your ideal project start date and allow time for finding the most qualified candidates for your team. A focus on consistent communications will give your project the oil it needs to run smoothly.

 

Need Help?

So, for your next project, if you need help hiring qualified candidates, a project manager with the right experience and skill set, or if you’re looking for a professional staffing agency, give us a call.

Are You Using a Temporary Workforce to Maximize Your Benefit?

April 16th, 2018   •   Employer Advocate, Employment Agency, Hiring, Recruiting, Staffing, Temporary Staffing   •   no comments   

Could a Temporary Workforce Help this Year?

Illustrations of half-dozen different types of contingent workers

Could you benefit from a temporary workforce this year

 

The first quarter of 2018 just ended.  It is probably time for you to take another look at your workforce needs for the full year.

Do you have upcoming projects or seasonal peaks that might benefit from additional talent?

You may be worried about adding new employees to your company, but you can pass that commitment to a staffing agency and let them bear that risk.

And…

Using a temporary workforce is a successful tactic for your firm if you’re using it the right way. Before connecting with a staffing agency, there are several considerations:

 

How Flexible is Your Workforce?

For many employees, having a flexible lifestyle is their norm.  That’s what attracts them to becoming and remaining part of the temporary workforce. They are looking for short-term jobs or flexible contractor schedules to fit into their way of life.  And they are dependable workers.  So why not take advantage of that resource?  Especially when you’re looking to bring someone on board for only a short period of time?

 

Consider Your Labor Expenses?

While your company will pay the staffing agency a fee for the services of your temporary employees, all other costs are absorbed by the agency. They will handle all of the sourcing and pre-screening processes. Your temporary workforce will be covered by our worker’s comp, medical insurance plans, unemployment, and other required hiring costs. Wouldn’t that be nice to remove those variable expenses from your business?

 

What’s the Risk Your Project will be Late?

You will be able to add qualified workers quickly if you have a working relationship with  a staffing agency. If you see a project is in need of additional hours to ensure its success, there may be a significant benefit to working with a staffing agency rather than hiring more internal employees or expecting your current staff to put in the overtime.

 

Would Specialized Skills Benefit You?

Your organization may have situations where you require specialized skills during peak seasons. Your staffing agency can recruit an employee with just the right skill set who can take on the function rapidly and help your company accomplish what’s required – and do it for as little or as long as you need.

 

Will You Find High-Potential Permanent Talent (HIPOs)?

During a temporary assignment you could uncover talent, skills and temperament that are a good permanent fit with your organization. Then you can make arrangements with the staffing firm to convert those employees to a full time position with your company.

Add a temporary workforce to met your performance needs

 

Recommendations

So now that you’ve thought about your specific situation and how a temporary workforce could benefit your business

Call Flexicrew to get our complimentary views on ways to best use a temporary workforce aligned with your permanent employees.

7 Ways to Improved Employee Performance

April 9th, 2018   •   Employer Advocate, HR, Productivity, Staffing, Workforce development   •   no comments   

Since lethargic employee performance is not beneficial to your business, let’s figure out some simple approaches to get the most out of your employees.

 

Seven Performance Approaches Yield Improved Employee Performance

 

 

1. Employee – Employer Communications

Employees are happier when their duties and responsibilities are closely aligned with their perceived roles. This is about what they feel will give them a higher level of satisfaction. If you talk to them, they will often tell you about their career aspirations and goals.

 

We all know there are times when business needs to supersede personal requirements on the job. In these cases, you can usually get a solid buy-in with sincere communications. Most people are reasonable and understand there are times when sacrifices must be made.  This interaction leads to higher employee performance in the long term.

 

2. Truthful Communications

Be truthful with all employees in business communications and about decisions made at higher levels. People can tell when they are not getting the full story. When this occurs, very little positive results come about, and it usually leads to negative feelings. Or, existing negative attitudes are reinforced and it tends to become a downward spiral.

 

3. Skill Utilization

Many employees have skill sets that are not being used either fully or at all. This is where processes that let you know about these hidden skills can be valuable.  Dig in, ask questions, let the team know what skill sets you’re needing and maybe you’ll be surprised with what lurks in your team.

Your business can save substantially if it prevents hiring or outsourcing the work to someone who is much more expensive.

 

4. Open Lines of Communication

All of us have the need to know we have a voice at work. So open lines of communication are essential for good morale. Sometimes high frustration levels build, and an employee may want to vent a little and make you aware of a situation. If needed, make a culture change if communications have not been a strong point in your company.

 

5. Process Efficiency

Your business may have the most inefficient and exasperating processes that make people want to scream every day. The only problem is you don’t know about it. Or, even worse, you do and feel it is something they can live with. It is your business, but you know that a situation and high emotional reactions only get in the way of maximum performance.

 

6. Reward & Recognition

Identify positive contributors in your organization and reward them. We all like to be recognized regardless of what it is. There are so many ways to implement a program of rewards and recognition. Some businesses started an employee of the month program. Their reward was public recognition at a monthly meeting, and they were given the best parking space for the entire month. It was well received and cost nothing to implement.  And yet the program met its goals of improved employee performance.

 

7. Training

Lastly, how well trained are your employees? Or if they are trained, do you provide training for updating their skills? This is where you will have to assess the needs and status of your business. Identifying areas for training and improving skills will repay your business with improve employee performance for years to come.

9 Tips to Help Your Employees Keep Their Heads in the Game – March Madness

March 14th, 2018   •   Employment Agency, Productivity, Staffing, Temp Service, Temporary Staffing   •   no comments   

 So much office productivity is lost during March Madness basketball season. And it isn’t going away anytime soon. So why not make the best of the situation? Who knows? You might even win it all and get bragging rights for the remainder of the year!

 

9 Tips to Increase Productivity During March Madness

  1. Refs review the rules.

    Supervisors should review the company rules with all staff concerning work breaks and use of the internet for non-work related activities. So everyone is clear on what’s acceptable when it comes to March Madness.

  2. Lead the fast break.

    Set the example by not getting sidelined from duties. If you complete assignments before talking hoops, team members will likely follow your lead.

  3. Diagram the play.

    Set goals and make sure work activities are scheduled for each day. Having them write downHiring - Call Flexicrew a daily to-do list helps them stay engaged.

  4. Team jerseys.

    Let workers wear their favorite team’s apparel or decorate their work areas to get in the mood.

  5. Bring on the competition.

    Think about forming a competition where members can pick their favorites individually or in small groups and winners can rib their work-mates about their success in a friendly way. Your company could even award small prizes to winners.

  6. Stay out of foul trouble.

    Make sure workers put away their cell phones. This helps minimize the impulse to keep sneaking a peek for scores, texts from friends or social media updates that can distract them from their activities.

  7. Grant timeouts. Staying productive doesn’t mean nose to the grindstone 8 hours a day – That’s unrealistic. It’s okay to allow employees 5-minute breaks to review scores, check their brackets, or chat with co-workers about the tourney to re-energize and refocus.
  8. Save it for halftime. Suggest workers schedule lunch times with other March Madness fans. Within a defined time, they can discuss the results and scores to their heart’s content to get it out of their systems during off-company hours
  9. Bring in your bench players. If your team wants to request time off to watch the tournament, have them put in for it in advance so you’re not caught short-handed. That way you can manage workloads and determine if temporary help is to meet required deadlines. If you need, we know a good temp staffing firm (www.flexicew.com) who can help you meet your temporary short-time employment needs.
    Flexicrew has a solid gameplan for maintaining March Madness productivity. Just give us a call and pass the ball into our court.

     

Ask the Flexpert…What is a JSA and should I be using them?

What is a JSA and should I be using them?

 

A JSA – Job Safety Analysis – is the most common type of general safety preparation employers can take against health and safety hazards on the job. It is usually a simple form that structures a quick hazard analysis that field supervision can use every day.

 

A JSA should be done before you start a task, after an accident or near miss, and if a new condition or hazard presents on the job.

 

How Do I use a JSA?

  1. Step back and examine the job you’re about to perform with fresh eyes, unclouded by routine and alert to potential hazards related to the scope of work. Be the detective and look for clues that you wouldn’t normally look for when performing your task.
  2. Look closely at how a job is done and what sort of tools and machinery people are working with.
  3. Notice any obvious hazards, then look deeper to see if you can uncover any hidden hazards. These are usually not intentionally hidden, they just might need a new set of objective eyes on them to notice the hazard.
  4. Are there controls in place already to prevent injury around the workplace hazards you have discovered? Discuss all hazards with the crew. Also discuss any controls that are in place to eliminate or mitigate them. Any hazards that have not been addressed should be documented and either mitigated or eliminated prior to starting work.
  5. If you’re working with a temp service or an employment agency, be sure to inform them of any hazards that employees need to be aware of.
  6. Everyone on the crew participates in the JSA. The people doing the job everyday are the best detectives!
  7. Fill out the document and get this paperwork in the hands of the Safety and Risk department or management ASAP.

 

Good detective work! You may have just saved a life.

JSA Job Safety Analysis

6 Ways to Become a Best Place to Work

 

Best Place to Work - Flexicrew

Usually, an employment agency offering a temp service to their clients have a range of experience with clients who have diverse work processes and office cultures. We thought an employment agency may be a good source to suggest some good tips for becoming a best place to work.

 

We know we must have boring old rules in the workplace for efficiency and safety. But employees also need to feel satisfied and fulfilled to stay with that company. Comfortable, satisfied employees lead to reduced turnover, reducing costs.

 

6 Tips for turning your company into a Best Place to Work

Don’t micromanage

An ideal workplace should not micromanage every detail of the work day. Good leadership will encourage all employees to practice quality independent work habits. These habits shouldn’t interfere with the results of others and result in goals being met. Everyone should be encouraged to respect and learn from the style of the others.

Even contractual or part-time workers, provided by a temp service or an employment agency, can and should be given autonomy if they demonstrate good work habits.

 

Managers should be welcoming and open

All new hires should be recognized as important parts of the company and be introduced as such. If done well, they will feel themselves to be an integrated part of their organization and give their best from the beginning.

New employees should not feel scared of approaching their supervisors or managers in case of any difficulty in doing their work. All team members should receive equal guidance and professional support from company managers.

 

Give Recognition

Employees crave recognition. Some studies show it is more important than pay or rank. Newer employees should be recognized for even nominal achievements so that they know they are fitting in and growing into the position.

 Sometimes the process of giving some inexpensive token, like a pen or a T-shirt, can also enhance the enthusiasm of employees. If employees have suggestions for changes in the existing system, hear them out. If the suggestion is worth being adopted, great! Give them a shout out for the idea. If not, explain why but encourage them to continue to come to you with new ideas.

 

Provide Regular Training

Trained employees are better employees. Employees given access to training feel supported in their roles. Also, corporate goals can be regularly reinforced with the latest research and methods related to company processes.

Other added benefits are that well trained employees will be able to deliver better service to clients. Also, these more well-rounded employees are better prepare to move up the corporate ladder when needed.

 

Point out weaknesses privately

Employees who make mistakes in their work should not be reprimanded in front of others. This can lead to demoralization and animosity among the team.

Rather, call the employee aside and speak privately. Weaknesses can be pointed out quietly and the processes redirected to improve work habits or attitude.

 

Set reasonable expectations

There is a lot  of info out there on how to set a reasonable workload for employees and when enough is enough.   When it’s too much, the employee turnover rate is high and the corporate reputation suffers. Good potential candidates will think again about working for your company because they don’t want to work in such a stress-filled environment.

 

Another effect of increased workload is the risk of accidents. Give every employee an amount of work which he/she will be able to complete successfully without error or injury.

Don’t be a workhouse, but a place where everyone comes ready and willing to work and each has a degree of flexibility that they individually control.

 

Help create happiness and be a Best Place to Work.

 

By Will Brennan, Oldest Intern in the Staffing Industry