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.

     

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

Scary Temporary Workers – Do They Work for You?

Do you believe you have to go to a haunted house to get spooked this Halloween?

 

Think again – some bosses don’t even have to leave work to get their fill of fright with some of their full-time or temporary workers!

 

We at Flexicrew have a soft spot for employers and HR people who have had to deal with temporary workers who were rude, reckless and willing to break the rules. Some employers have even caught temporary workers breaking the law while in the workplace – Frightening!

Does your company employ Temporary Workers like any of these Halloween Creatures?

Some employers think their workplace is scary because their workers act like these famous Halloween creatures.

Do you employ any of these scary temporary workers?

  • The Wolf Man: fine one minute, howling the next
  • The Invisible Man: never around when you need him
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost: eager to help, but often misunderstood
  • Dracula: constantly sucking the life right out of you and everyone around him
  • Wicked Witch of the West: always acting conniving and sending out minions to do his/her dirty work
  • The Mummy: slow-moving and has an ancient thought process
  • Grim Reaper: constantly delivers bad news and inspires fear among workers
  • Frankenstein: green with envy what assignments or hours others are getting

 

In addition to spooky personalities, some scary temporary workers actually have a fear of:

  • Heavy workload
  • Tight deadlines
  • Hours worked
  • Taking direction from their boss or supervisor
  • Arriving at work on-time
  • Sitting through meetings
  • Performance reviews

Now that’s scary…

 

So, if any of these employees make you tremble, please call Flexicrew Staffing to knock out spooky risks and send you temporary workers who will give you peace of mind!

 

Get a quote today! http://flexicrew.com/get-a-quote/

 

 

 

5 Lessons Baseball Can Teach Your Recruiters and HR Staff

October 6th, 2017   •   Employment Agency, Hiring, Productivity, Recruiting, Resume, Staffing, Temporary Staffing, Uncategorized   •   2 comments   

In October every year millions tune in to Major League Baseball as the playoffs begin. Many – maybe someone in your family – have been a fan since grammar school, so they’re filled with excitement.  Everything reminds us recruiters of baseball!

Recruiters & HR managers can learn 5 baseball lessons to score with hiring

We at Flexicrew find that baseball can teach business supervisors, HR managers and recruiters how to win at their jobs.

Baseball teams labored 6-months for 162 games, through a whole season to make it to the playoffs.  Now, coaches have the fear if their top talent will perform now at crunch time. Hiring managers can feel  a scary sensation (it’s almost Halloween) parallel to these teams’ coaches.

All they have accomplished over a lengthy period of time can be spoiled by one key hire gone wrong. A recruiter understands that pressure also – spending time becoming acquainted with the client’s open position requirements, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates and then…one false step anywhere in the process can ruin the expected hiring outcome.

Want to prepare your workforce for the big leagues? It may be simpler than you think.  It’s because baseball can teach business hiring managers several useful lessons.

Reflecting on this connection between hiring and baseball, here are some short lessons to take into account during the MLB playoffs.

  1. Hiring – Team Flexibility Is Essential

Sometimes in hiring, the ‘high-flyer’ candidates don’t automatically yield the best outcome. Like in baseball, there is a reason in business organizations are called ‘team.’ And the most successful teams combine skills to achieve the best outcomes.

The new hire must be good, but team flexibility is crucial.

It takes more to win than just the most gifted individuals. The business team, like the baseball team must be talented and versatile over a variety of areas and conditions.

Team chemistry trumps all!

  1. The Tide Turns

This season, the Cleveland Indians represent a vivid story for hiring. After losing a total of 55 games Even if you fall short 55 times, (as Cleveland lost that many games) sooner or later you will break the streak and when you do, it can be exhilarating. Cleveland then went on to set a record for consecutive wins in a season with 22 straight!  Were they exhilarated!!  It’s easy to give up as a recruiter – the job can be discouraging and, in some cases, downright overwhelming. When a recruiter’s placement falls-through, or an employer’s new hire fails to deliver, or you simply have an off day, remember the Indians and remember you can’t be great if you don’t keep going to bat.

  1. There’s Always an Opportunity to Contribute

There’s always an opportunity to contribute in baseball.  A player can strike out on his first three at bats or make three errors in the field, yet still hit the game-winning homerun in the bottom of the ninth-inning.

The same goes for working. For your new temp workers their first three attempts at learning a complex process may not turn out the way you want, but that doesn’t mean the temporary staffer can’t practice, and with your coaching, improve his skill at the task.

  1. Hire for Fit as Well as for Skill, Capability, and Smarts

Every MLB team employs scouts in all major league cities.  There is a ton of effort that goes into evaluating players – both minor leaguers as well as big leaguers from other teams.

Baseball teams want to select quality players who give performance and will also fit with their teammates.

Some research points out that in business, the majority of newbies hired into new roles leave within a year.  The primary reason is fit, or the job wasn’t as expected, or the organization wasn’t as expected.  Fit is critical in a tight talent market.  There is little room for error.  The disruption of a bad hiring decision is costly for the organization and for the individual.  A key is making sure the job people actually get when they join and the job you sold them in the interview process is the same.  Making sure they are the best talent for the work you need done, helps everybody win.

  1. Know your capabilities

The stud pitchers in the majors have a variety of pitches for every batter and pitch count. They have a go-to pitch which they feel confident will be a strike in every situation – for every batter.

Similarly, an HR manager or a recruiter needs to know how to shine in every phase of recruiting/hiring. It’s like a baseball game with both strategy and timing and recruiters and HR must recognize their capabilities and their drawbacks to achieve their goals.

The best way to know and enhance your HR capabilities is to practice them consistently until you are at the top of your game.

The key to maintaining your momentum is experience.

So, if you pay attention to those 5 lessons baseball can teach your recruiters and HR staff, then

 your team will score game after game.

Want a heavy hitter to ‘go-to-bat’ for you with staffing, please give Flexicrew Staffing a call.

If you bite off more work than you can chew, let Flexicrew pinch hit for you with temps around the holidays and the year-end rush.

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WILLIAM P. HARRIS SELECTED FLEXICREW LAWRENCEVILLE, GA EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2017

Flexicrew Lawrenceville, GA Employee of the Year Winner Becomes Unofficial Leader Among Temporary Employees

 

MOBILE, Alabama, (September 15, 2017) – Flexicrew Staffing, a leader in the industrial staffing industry, has announced it has identified it’s top temporary workers who earned Flexicrew’s Employee of the Year Award by providing outstanding service to their clients.

 

Flexicrew is delighted with Mr. William Harris’ performance and his motivation in extending a hand to co-workers in learning their assignments.

 

Job Assignment – Order puller, Freight Handler, Supervisor

Will took it upon himself to train all of his new hires so that they can make more money each week. He averages 55 hours per week and is always available after hours for extra assignments. He always has a smile on his face, even if he is short staffed! He is a shining example of loyalty and dedication to Flexicrew.

 

About the Award

The purpose of this annual award is to recognize an outstanding employee in each Flexicrew Staffing branch with the following attributes:

Responsibility – Temporary staffer is punctual, works hard, and exhibits dedication to tasks and completing them on time.

Cooperative – Displays courtesy with a pleasant attitude toward coworkers and supervisors. Good communication skills and willing to help others.

Creativity – Temporary employee goes above-and-beyond to get the job done, holds self to a high standard, and tries to learn different aspects of the client operation to improve the work.

Safety – Follows safety requirements and leads others by example in safety in the workplace.

 

 

About The Flexicrew Companies

Flexicrew was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2015 as the 4th fastest-growing staffing company in the U.S. over a 5-year period.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified industrial – skilled and unskilled, technical, and professional talent to clients within most major industries. Flexicrew has a presence in over 25 markets across North America with more than 2,000 contractors currently placed in companies throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit www.flexicrew.com

WILLIE ROBINSON NAMED FLEXICREW MOBILE, AL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2017

Flexicrew Mobile, AL Employee of the Year Winner Recognized For Being a ‘Leading Light’ for Temporary Staff

 

MOBILE, Alabama, (September 15, 2017) – Flexicrew Staffing, a leader in the industrial staffing industry, has announced it has identified it’s top temporary workers who earned Flexicrew’s Employee of the Year Award by providing outstanding service to their clients.

 

Flexicrew is very proud of Mr. Willie Robinson’s achievement and of his continued commitment to performing his assigned tasks, representing himself and Flexicrew to the best of his ability.

 

Job Assignments – Structural Welder

From the moment Willie was interviewed by Flexicrew, he made a lasting impression upon Flexicrew internal employees. Willie’s personality is vibrant; he’s well-mannered and extremely eager for new employment opportunities. Willie was submitted to a new client and represented Flexicrew well. He’s punctual, reliable, dedicated, and his willingness to go the extra mile makes Willie stand out from the rest.

 

About the Award

The purpose of this annual award is to recognize an outstanding employee in each Flexicrew Staffing branch with the following attributes:

Responsibility –Temporary staffer is punctual, works hard, and exhibits dedication to tasks and completing them on time.

Cooperative – Displays courtesy with a pleasant attitude toward coworkers and supervisors. Good communication skills and willing to help others.

Creativity – Temporary employee goes above-and-beyond to get the job done, holds self to a high standard, and tries to learn different aspects of the client operation to improve the work.

Safety – Follows safety requirements and leads others by example in safety in the workplace.

 

About The Flexicrew Companies

Flexicrew was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2015 as the 4th fastest-growing staffing company in the U.S. over a 5-year period.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified industrial – skilled and unskilled, technical, and professional talent to clients within most major industries. Flexicrew has a presence in over 25 markets across North America with more than 2,000 contractors currently placed in companies throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit www.flexicrew.com

How to Hire the Right Employee – Are you Making These Mistakes?

 

Each employer must hire enough staff in various positions to ensure the smooth operation of the business. But often employers feel confused in selecting the right candidate for a position, mainly when there are too many suitable candidates available to interview. In fact, the hiring process is rather a difficult matter for all employers. If any mistake is made during the recruitment, the company can face negative consequences of having the wrong sort of employee mix. Hence, it is essential for any recruiter, to recognize and avoid the common mistakes that are made during an interview, in choosing the best candidate for a posted vacancy.

 

Most Familiar Mistakes by Recruiters in Hiring the Right Employee

Narrow-minded in hiring –Some employers want all employees to be alike or just like them in nature, with the same sort of strengths and weaknesses. But in that case, there will be no diversity in their teams and the weaknesses of work culture can’t be fixed by someone who has different strengths. The recruiter should be impartial in attitude and consider only the qualities that will suit the company’s open position. Staffing agencies tend to be more impartial in hiring the best candidates for their client companies.

 

Judging by candidate’s name or first impression – Many employers show a preference for some specific popular education institutions and like to hire graduates from these organizations without properly checking

their personal capabilities, which can prove to be a serious mistake. Moreover, the recruiter should be cautious with positive or negative impressions about a candidate based on first appearance; many can turn out to be valuable assets for their companies regardless of appearance.

 

Vague idea of demands of the position The recruiter should set up a questionnaire that will test the exact capabilities of the candidates and their suitability for the open positions. A pre-structured interview will find out the hidden qualities of every candidate so that the best one can be hired. The services offered by placement agencies, including conducting interviews, are highly efficient for discovering the most competent employees for their clients.

 

Not checking skills of the candidates – The recruiter should find out if the candidates have undergone extra training or completed courses, gained licenses or certifications to acquire the skills they will need to fulfill the required job skill set. If the necessary skills are missing, even post-recruitment training cannot help the new employee learn everything he needs to do.

 

Incomplete explanation of job profile to candidates – It is the duty of the recruiter to let the candidates know in detail about their probable job profile in their company. Moreover, the work culture and the salary structure should also be discussed with the candidates so that the applicant can have the option of backing out at that time if he finds the job not suitable for him.   That will save a lot of grief and extra effort if that person later discovers the job and his skills don’t match or wasn’t what he expected.

Call today to talk to a Flexicrew representative about your staffing needs!

 

 

March Lost Productivity Madness in the Workplace

Is that the sound of a basketball going through the net, or the sound of your productivity slipping away?


Millions of Americans have filled out March Madness brackets and discuss them with friends, and coworkers during work hours. Maybe even some of your workers.

 
Many managers and business owners struggle to keep their employees on-task while the games go on during the workday. There are stories of employees taking extended lunch breaks or calling in sick to catch a little piece of the action.

 
Some companies say that there is so much lost productivity during March Madness, that they have to block popular streaming sites and slow down their office’s
internet connection.
With an estimated 50+ million Americans participating in brackets and office pools, companies stand to lose at least $1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week of the tournament, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

 
So why do many companies encourage participation in office pools and brackets? (Flexicrew Staffing is one of them). One survey suggests that 32 percent of senior managers believe activities tied to the tournament boost employee morale, which makes your workforce more efficient and productive.
So, enjoy this annual event while still staying on track so no productivity is lost. March Madness isn’t going away anytime soon, so why not make the best of the situation?

 
Follow your Bracket.

 
Enjoy some friendly trash talk.

 
Who knows? You might even win it all!

 
To your Madness,

 

 

Your Flexicrew Team

Flexicrew makes your recruiting a Slam Dunk!

Yes…March Madness has arrived with excitement and upsets.

 

 

POP QUIZ: How does March Madness Parallel Flexicrew’s mission?Basketball Cleanup Desk Set

 

We started kicking around that March Madness – filling out brackets and picking winners – parallels what we do at Flexicrew to build your workforce every day.

 

For March Madness, fans look at a wide number of teams, review their records and decide among them which they will advance in their brackets to the Sweet Sixteen. Likewise, Flexicrew reviews the resumes of possible candidates, screens them against several criteria, and decides which candidates should move forward in the recruiting process.

 

Finally, the March Madness Championship Game takes place where the two best teams play each other head-to-head and one of them wins.  Similarly, Flexicrew often compares two finalists in detail against each other and recommends to you our favorite candidate that we believe should get offered the job.

 

Like a perceptive team coach, Flexicrew recruiters search for and recruit good talent just the way a team needs to fill out various positions.

 

At the end of the day, whether it’s a basketball team or a work team, it’s all about picking capable people, having a winning attitude and how you play the game!

 

Flexicrew hopes to team up with you to provide winners. Look forward to a small gift coming your way in a few days to remind you of how Flexicrew can help YOU be the CHAMPION!

Sincerely,

Your Flexicrew Team