4 Tips to Deal with Worker Shortages

Worker Shortages have Employers Scrambling

 

Recent articles mention skilled worker shortages and call attention to the continuing pressures on employers. Established workforce management methods don’t seem to keep up with rising demand and  competition for truly valued skills.

Our U.S. economy has created new jobs annually since 2009. Even so, there are increasing worker shortages. The need for cost control and efficiency will be part of effective recruitment and contingent staffing strategies. Factors including quality of candidates and workforce retention may combine to make firms increase future wages more quickly.

 

Flexicrew continuously studies market trends.  So, we have broad familiarity with worker shortages.  We see that firms who overcome talent and worker shortages deliberately use four successful staffing strategies.

Successful Staffing Strategies for Employee ShortagesMap of U.S. worker shortage by region

  1. Widen the External Candidate Pool:  Forward-thinking employers define their position requirements with a greater degree of flexibility. That frees them to interview candidates that have the right skill-set regardless of employee type.  In some cases this includes waiving college diplomas in favor of comparable experience.
  2. Examine Internal Employees:  Beyond where to recruit and what kind of employee to look for, effective organizations increasingly examine their current employees. That lets them fill positions quickly, minimize risk of a bad hire and manage changing skills demands. This trend is growing particularly as worker shortages continue.  A winning internal employee approach includes training, skills development and cross-functional partnership. Those steps help overcome workforce shortages. Companies get experienced people for higher-value jobs who already fit the culture and understand the company’s approach.
  3. Pay Hike:  Of course there is another approach to worker shortages – offer higher salaries.  Naturally, that has implications for costs and profits and could lead to competitors following suit.
  4. Adapt to Change:  Talented staffing partners offer more than recruiting positions and selecting candidates.  They apply competence, automated processes and technology to manage shifting staffing requirements.

Forces Driving Workforce Change

At the same time, employers need a thorough grasp of the forces driving future workforce changes. That will help guide operations and HR managers stay aware of dynamics shaping  talent management and staffing strategies where worker shortages exist.

At Flexicrew we understand your continuing pressure to produce results even with severe worker shortages.

Also, we understand the requirement for strategic, flexible workforce management approaches. That lets us help employers quickly and effectively obtain contingent and permanent workers.

Call us if you sometimes have trouble finding enough skilled employees.

Ask the Flexpert…Job Descriptions – Do they Matter?

Why formal job descriptions?

Ask the Flexpert

Ask our Flexpert any job description questions to get it right.

Hiring organizations have no legal obligation to develop, maintain or periodically revise job descriptions. By the same token, there are multiple advantages and legal upsides that make that practice useful.

 

Good job descriptions perform several important functions

They are especially useful if they are carefully written, maintained and used.

They describe the key elements, specifications and functions of every job for employers. Formal job descriptions are the basis for setting expectations for positions.  They reflect the skills and experience job candidates must have.  They are also useful as a basis for performance appraisals.

Likewise, they provide benefits to other teams or individuals who interface with a certain position to know what to expect from that function.

Key components

Then, let’s define some important parts.  For instance:

  • Job titleList of The right job description elements
  • Goals of the job
  • Pay rates
  • Hours/shifts, overtime and weekend work
  • Exempt/non-exempt status
  • Employee benefits
  • Organization reporting relationships/hierarchy
  • General duties including descriptions of significant activities
  • Position duties which make up the main part of the job’s actions
  • Background including experience, education, licenses, credentials, training, and necessary tech skills
  • Harsh states such as: contact with severe temps, prolonged standing, heavy lifting,  major overtime, etc.

Summing up

In other words, job descriptions are key details of every job, for every firm.  We described how good ones perform many central functions.  We also outlined how to write clear, concise and accurate job descriptions that define defined roles.

Also, have new-hires sign employment contracts.  They should state that they have received their job specs, reviewed them, and agree what’s assumed in their role.  This can better protect and inform both employer and employee.

Want to find out how to access Flexicrew’s broad network of skilled workers and professionals?  Contact us today!

Or ask us to review your firm’s job descriptions.

 

The 5 Myths about Hiring Temporary Staff Workers

June 13th, 2018   •   Employer Advocate, employer of record, Hiring, Recruiting, Temporary Staffing   •   no comments   

There are so many reasons why you may want to hire temporary staff. All businesses experience a range of changing conditions such as cyclic production demands. There are also efficiency gains with using a staffing agency to handle all aspects of temporary staff. However, your business has to be aware of just how much the temporary staff industry has changed. This is very much in your best interest to minimize risks.

 

Let’s review some of the ‘myths’ surrounding hiring temporary staff.  These ‘myths’ are generally accurate.  And it pays to understand them and to play by the rules to better protect your company

MYTH #1 – Your temporary staff workers are completely screened and are the best possible fit

Staffing agencies should determine each candidate’s level of motivation, work ethic and general attitudes. This can be done with a focus on your industry and what your business requires.

Staffing agencies should perform required criminal and general background checks. Also, staffing agencies can avoid future problems by ensuring each candidate has access to reliable transportation. This rule may be ignored if the candidate lives close-by or public transportation is available.

But even though the agency may use all the tools at their disposal, they sometimes may miss the mark on a cultural or quality fit because they just can’t know all the in’s and out’s of your day to day business.

 

MYTH #2 – Your company will never be held liable because the staffing agency assumes complete responsibility

Are you familiar with the term, ‘employer of record?’  Who carries this designation can make all the difference. Almost since the beginning, temporary staffing agencies were considered the employer of record. In addition, these agencies naturally carried the burden of responsibility in many areas.

But recent legal cases in US courts have found both the staffing agency and the client employer “Co-employers” . Make sure you speak with your staffing agency if you have any specific concerns about being the employer of record.

MYTH #3 – All temporary staff are properly trained and skilled for the positions they are filling

Staffing agencies require job descriptions before they can begin recruiting for any position. The recruiters need to understand the job requirements and skill levels for their employees to be successful.  If possible, the agency will test for specific skills so that the best possible candidates are sent to the client.

Staffing agencies cannot test or guarantee every skill level – this is an impossibility. They can trust, and verify – and the client should do the same before putting the new employee to work using a piece of equipment or machinery.

MYTH #4 – You can be sure all staffing agencies send you temporary staff eligible to work in the US

The legal requirement for all US businesses is to only employ workers who are legally eligible for employment. But, there have been criminal prosecutions against agencies that provide illegal workers to clients.

Therefore, confirm that your staffing agency uses the E-Verify system to prevent hiring ineligible temporary staff. You can further increase peace of mind by receiving verification in writing.

MYTH #5 – Temporary staffing can never stain your business reputation

Unfortunately, your business can suffer from negative feedback through no fault of your own. This could arise if the temporary staffing agency treats their employees unfairly.

There are two major points here.

First, temporary staff often associate your business with the staffing agency. So the blame and bad press will extend to you. Second, social media and local word of mouth advertising are powerful and universal. Never assume that anything significant will remain under the rug.

The moral of the story is “buyer beware.”

Here are American Staffing Association tips to choose and work with the best staffing agency for your organization. Look into and observe staffing agencies before selecting one.  That can save you time and money, give you peace of mind and result in a lasting business relationship.

 

Choosing the Temporary Staff and Temporary Staffing Agency You Need

  • Shop around
  • Evaluate your interaction with different staffing agency managers and recruiters
  • Note your impressions
  • Understand how the staffing agency  recruits and retains its temporary staff
  • Ask about their method of screening and testing the workforce
  • Make sure the company fully understand your needs

Source: American Staffing Association (ASA)

 

 

 

The Five Common Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Overview of Common Hiring Mistakes

Are you making one or more of the five most common hiring mistakes?

Some hiring mistakes are caused by picking the wrong candidate. But more often, hiring mistakes come down to poor preparation, poor hiring skills and worse, your company’s poor structure.  And then, other hiring mistakes are really a result of errors a company makes handling employees after the hire – not developing the new hire or not weeding out the underperformers.

(To check yourself, look at these additional frequent hiring mistakes we wrote about a while back. These could reduce your hiring mistakes and Picture of apples and a bad apple sticks outimprove your sourcing decisions.)

Hiring mistakes occur especially when you are in a hurry to fill an important position. When you’re bringing on a new employee, it’s important they know both the basics of the job and how to fit in with your business culture.

So, what are the most common hiring mistakes, and what can you do to avoid them?

Your Managers Don’t Have Necessary Interviewing Skills

Some employers think anyone can be an interviewer.

Wrong!

It takes certain skills as well as personality traits and experience to be a skilled interviewer.  Consider some of these:

  • Prepare before the interview
  • Knowledge about the job
  • Training and experience
  • Attentive listener
  • Empathetic attitude
  • Know appropriate questions to ask
  • Ability to recognize uniqueness
  • Don’t make the interview about the interviewer

Since not every hiring manager is an experienced interviewer, your managers should bone up on some techniques and tips to help avoid hiring using gut instinct.

You Don’t Pay Enough Attention to Candidates’ Fit

There’s a good deal of attention paid to a candidate’s fit with company culture. Of course, you need to find someone who will be a good fit with your current team and your overall organization’s culture. Someone who shares your beliefs, values and attitudes. However, remember your goal is hiring capable employees, not necessarily the most pleasant.  Your hiring managers’ role is to select not only the most qualified, but also the best-suited candidate.

Organization Lacks Sufficient Job Structure

There is a difference between a stiff work environment from the old days and a completely unrestrictive one without rules. It seems many workplaces have gone over to a too-relaxed environment.

Even if you wish to use a loose organization, it’s important that your new employees have some structure surrounding their position or you will have a failed hire on your hands. Order and consistency are fundamental for any business.

There are a many advantages from a structured and efficient work environment that can’t be ignored.

The trend toward a casual style of work environment has been established to increase motivation and worker productivity.  And it has worked.

But, regardless of the level of job structure that if each hire has a clear set of goals it will minimize worker stress and has the capability to increase productivity.

Not Providing the Right Training

Employees bounce so frequently job to job, and technology changes so rapidly, that you need to always be training hires.

Training and career development are among the top factors employees use to rank a job’s attractiveness or as a place to work. About half of employees indicate a firm’s training make them more likely to stay.

Yet, companies often spend more for coffee than spending for training.

Crazy!  It’s not surprising hires don’t work out.

Failing to Dismiss Underperformers

You’ve done what you can to source, hire and develop the right personnel.  Still, some don’t work out. Frequently, a manager will recognize a poor performer, but believes they will improve with just a little more grooming and development.

Uh uh.  But this is rarely the case.

Instead, time will drag on and the employee will either be pushed from one manager to another to avoid the discomfort of firing someone.  But eventually the ultimate will occur – firing them.  But the harm has already infected the job and other workers. . A poor hire will affect your bottom line, your team, and your customers, so when you perceive their inability, learn to cut them as quickly as you can.

Wrap-up

Avoid these 5 familiar hiring mistakes to improve your new employee satisfaction and boost productivity.  Not just the new hire, but the entire team.

Consider choosing a professional staffing agency skilled in sourcing and recruiting employees.

to minimize those pesky hiring mistakes.

Do you have questions about your hiring process?  Call us today for suggestions.

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.

How to hire the right employee – 5 familiar mistakes

February 28th, 2018   •   Common mistakes, Hiring, HR, interview, job profile, Recruiting, Temporary Staffing, Uncategorized   •   no comments   

How to hire the right employee – are you making these mistakes?

How to Hire the Right Employee

Employers must hire enough staff to ensure the smooth operation of the business. But how do you select the right candidate for a position, mainly when there are too many candidates available to interview. In fact, the internal hiring process is rather a difficult matter for all employers.

 

If a mistake is made during the recruiting stage, the company can face negative consequences of having the wrong sort of employee mix, and maybe some legal issues to boot. It is essential recruiter to recognize and avoid the common mistakes that are made during an interview.

 

5 Familiar Hiring Mistakes – How an Employment Agency can help hire the right employee

 

Narrow-minded in hiring

Some employers want all their employees to be alike or just like them, 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 won’t be rectified by someone who has better work strengths. The recruiter should be impersonal in attitude and consider only the qualities that will suit the company or department’s open position. Temp services provided by the staffing agencies are more impartial in hiring the best candidates for their client companies.

 

Judging by candidate’s education, name or appearance

Many employers show a preference for a specific educational institution 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 not hold any positive or negative notion about a candidate, based on first appearance; since many people can turn out to be valuable assets for their companies, regardless of appearance. These decisions could also lead to serious EEOC and legal ramifications.

 

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 staffing agencies – screening, references, and all-inclusive interview processes – 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. Calling past employers to verify stated skills is also important.

 

Incomplete explanation of job duties to candidates

It is the duty of the recruiter to let the candidates know in detail about their probable job duties in their company. 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.

Flexicrew Staffing has the expert know-how and resources to help you hire the right employee that you might not find on your own. Let us assist you in finding the right person for your small or mid-size business. Call us TODAY!

 

“Funny thing, employment. If you keep doing it, you keep getting paid.”

― N.K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods

Everything I Learned About Talent Recruiting I Learned On Halloween

Everything I Learned About Talent Recruiting I Learned On Halloween

Halloween & Recruiting – Sweet Parallels                

 

Halloween was my second favorite holiday, just behind Christmas.

Each year I’d chart out the neighborhoods and plan where I would trick-or-treat. With a few years of experience under my belt, I knew which houses passed out the best candy.

My friends and I moved in a pack because it was more fun, but mostly for protection from the bigger kids who would try to steal our candy.

The key for us was to visit the most houses so we could to fill the biggest bag of candy. That gave us better odds of getting candy that we liked.  Because for every 6 Starbursts I received (not my favorite) I also got a Snickers (yum). I just hated those stale popcorn balls that were supposed to be ‘healthier.’ Whose idea was that anyway?

 

That’s just the beginning of a recruiting strategy

In retrospect, I was using good recruiting strategies in search of maximum ‘good’ candies. My strategy to maximize the amount of ‘good’ candy is similar to the goal of recruiters to uncover and hire ‘good’ qualified candidates.

But that’s just the beginning of the recruiting strategy.  Here are a number of parallels that you can use in your recruitment strategy…

 

Wider range, more candy

My primary Halloween strategy was to reach the greatest number of houses possible.  Then I would go where I knew the houses gave ‘good’ candy. Also, this meant not wasting time walking to neighborhoods with few houses or didn’t give out candy.  The only restriction was our time curfew and/or how inclement the weather was while we were trick-or-treating.

In recruiting, the goals are the same.  You want to use as many ‘good’ sources as possible to get as many qualified candidates as possible – the ones that give the best candidates.

In order to do this, you must look at your past successes and failures in recruiting, analyze which recruitment methods worked or didn’t, then decide what route is best for your team.  Our restrictions may still be time. Maybe you’re on a tight deadline. But the primary concern is usually money – the hiring budget.  You need to decide where is the best place to spend those dollars.

 

Combing through your Halloween bag

One of the most fun times during the night was seeing what kind of candy I received.  I’d empty my bag (always an old pillow case) and review what I had, sorting the good candy from the candy I wouldn’t eat.  I would put the candy I liked back in my bag for later and then I’d try to trade with friends for candy more to my taste.

Once you have collected a quantity of candidates from your recruiting efforts, start screening through resumes & candidates. Much like splitting the candy, you need your recruiting team to sort candidates into qualified and unqualified for the position.  You want to collect as many qualified candidates as possible to give you a candidate pool with more alternatives and choice.

Don’t forget to look out for candidates whose qualifications don’t fit the position you are recruiting for but may fit another position that needs to be filled.

 

Making the candy hang in there

After returning home with all my candy, I tried to make it last as long as possible. I squirreled away my candy in the pantry and when my friends had run out after Halloween, I still was hanging in with candy for snacks.

Similarly, you should keep in touch with the ‘good’ candidates that your efforts have dug up. Don’t abandon any. All qualified candidates should be interviewed for the current position and also placed into your database for consideration for future assignments.  Some ‘good’ candidates just aren’t right for the current spot, but may be perfect for a future position.

Just like a kid on Halloween, you need to make sure you are able to optimize the amount of candy or candidates you get from your efforts.  If you use the best recruiting techniques and effectively screen the candidates you have found, you may just have sweet success!

Business is always changing. Flexicrew supports you as your business strategy and recruiting challenges evolve – so you always stay ahead.

If you would like to discuss our strategic recruiting programs, please contact us – we are a treat to deal with.

6 Ways HR and Staffing Are Like Baseball

October 21st, 2017   •   Hiring, HR, Recruiting, Staffing, Temporary Staffing   •   no comments   

Baseball HR and Staffing – Common Traits

We at Flexicrew Staffing were talking about how baseball, HR and staffing have many traits in common. We got into this conversation because Major League Baseball’s 2017 World Series kicks off October 24.  If needed, game 7 would slide into November (Brrrr!).

Let Flexicrew help HR and staffing smooth out your workforce curve balls

HR and staffing common traits with Baseball World Series

So here’s our take on a list of 6 ways managing HR and staffing for your company is like baseball’s World Series:

 

1. Choosing your team

From baseball spring training right up to selecting the best players who will be on your playoff team, the #1 priority is firming up the roster. Contracts were taken care of over the winter, so teams already know what stars will be playing. But the utility players and the rookies…like temporary workers in a company.  Those players, just like temporary workers, continuously need to show managers or baseball coaches what they can do. And the coaches have got to look closely at the talent in front of them so they can figure out who’s going to help the team win the Series and who’s going back to the minors.

Sound familiar? One of the hardest parts of running an HR department is hiring and administering the company’s staff. And working with line supervisors to evaluate the performance of temp workers who could hit a home run for your business and for themselves by getting hired permanently.

 

2. Position your players

Coaches don’t just figure out who’s on the team. They must decide who plays what positions, come up with batting orders and pitching rotations and bench players. HR managers and hiring managers need a lot of planning to judge your staff and how best to use it. In baseball, you put your power hitter in the 4th batting position or “cleanup,” because that’s where he can drive in the most runs. Business, projects go to the best person for the job. Have a big rush order? Who’s your cleanup hitter?

 

3. Getting in shape

Baseball spring training provides a time for players to work out together, getting them in shape for the season.

An HR department in a company makes sure employees are “in shape” by giving them the tools they need to do their jobs. Whether this means recommending training so your crew can keep up with changes in the field, or providing benefits that help you maintain a healthy workplace.  Staying on top of these HR issues and making sure everyone’s ‘in shape’ will pay dividends in the long run and make for a happier workplace.

 

4. Changing the plan

As you might expect, baseball, HR and staffing have many things that don’t work out as planned – so you must be flexible. There are business peaks and valleys, so you often need a flexible workforce to match a production workload.  If something isn’t working, you don’t stick with it just because it’s written in your plan on your baseball lineup card. Players, like workers, get hurt or have slumps or sometimes just don’t perform to expectations.  Adjusting your plan to the current situation is the only way to stay on top, whether you’re trying to win baseball games or run an HR department.

 

5. The power of the pitch

In baseball, the old saying is “Pitching wins games.”  But, do you know how important it is to have a great ‘pitch’ about your business and for any current job opening? Every HR and staffing person should be able to describe their business rapidly and concisely, and be able to pitch benefits of an available job with attractive slant to top-flight candidates.

 

6. Each day is a brand new game

A pitcher can give up 5 runs one day but throw a no-hitter in his next game. Each day is a new start, a new chance to win. The best ballplayers watch video of their performances, looking for ways to improve what they did yesterday.

The most successful HR and staffing managers do something like that, though they don’t need video to look back at what they did.  You need to spend time at the end of each year and decidewhat went wrong and right.  Ask your internal ‘customers’ what could have been done better to support them.  Ask employees what support they look for from HR going forward.

Use all this to plan your next year and include those improvements to win the next World Series.

Common threads between baseball, HR and staffing

If you learn anything about HR and staffing from baseball and the World Series, it should be that preparation, staffing and adjusting are the keys to success.

And don’t forget the hot dog.

How about you?  Do you see any common threads between baseball, HR and staffing?  Let us know your thoughts.

For more information on how Flexicrew can deliver proven solutions to your business, visit http://www.flexicrew.com

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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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.

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