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

FTS Welcomed into Goldman Sachs Small Businesses Program

 

Brandon Smith, Managing Partner of Flexicrew Technical Services, awarded scholarship to prestigious, nationwide Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Technical Services

 

Metairie, LA, January 10, 2017–

Flexicrew Technical Services Managing Partner, Brandon Smith, was invited to participate in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Delgado Community College where he will attend with a small number of other local New Orleans area small business leaders.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program is a $500 million initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

Stated Smith, “I am proud to be selected and excited to be a part of this dynamic program.  I look forward to continued business growth and the ability to create more employment across the Gulf South Region.Goldman Sachs logo

As part of the program, Smith will spend 14 weeks at Delgado Community College starting January 18th.  He will study a business and management curriculum designed by the top-ranked school for entrepreneurial education, and customized by Delgado Community College faculty. The curriculum covers topics including accounting, human resources, negotiation, and marketing. The program also includes one-on-one mentoring, accounting workshops and advice from Goldman Sachs’ professionals. The program culminates with each participant developing a strategic growth plan for their business.

Stephanie Bell of Delgado Community College congratulated Brandon by saying, “The selection process was quite competitive, as we received many outstanding applications from throughout the New Orleans Gulf South Region.  You were chosen from a strong pool of candidates.

We hope that with your dedication and commitment, you will benefit from the program and continue to take your business to new heights.”

Within six months of graduation from this program, nearly 70 percent of program alumni increase revenues and 48 percent add jobs, per a recent report by Babson College, Stimulating Small Business Growth.

About Brandon Smith:

Brandon Smith is the Managing Partner of Flexicrew Technical Services, a leader in technical placements, focused on flexibility, speed of recruitment and skills accuracy in the New Orleans and Gulf South Region.

Brandon has an extensive  background in the Staffing Industry .

About Flexicrew Technical Services:

Flexicrew Technical Services began operations in January, 2015 and is a leader in technical placements, focused on flexibility, accuracy, and efficient recruitment. It was awarded the 2016 American Staffing Association Genius Award, displaying the most innovative and effective communications in the staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions industry.

The Flexicrew companies are family-owned and run since 2008, that’s brought together the best management and support team, resulting in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Inavero.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Technical Services or any of our hiring initiatives, please contact Brandon Smith at 504.400.9140 or email to bsmith at flexicrewtech.com.

10 Skills you need to get a job NOW

You recently graduated. You’ve prepared your resume and sent it to various hiring managers. Your resume is great and the cover letter clearly states Shutterstock - Businesswhy you are the best candidate for the job. You get an interview call. You get there well-dressed and on-time. You make eye contact with your interviewer, communicate effectively, and answer most questions with confidence. You get hired. Why? Probably because you’ve displayed the skills the employer desired.

 

However, these skills do not come easy for many graduates, skills which they failed to learn in their probably very expensive education.

 

What skills are sought by the employers?

 

In a recent GMAT survey nearly 600 employers were asked about the skills they look for when hiring new business graduates. The following statement by a technical recruiter  sums up the response, “Communications, teamwork, and interpersonal skills are critical—everything we do involves working with other people.”

 

The following prioritized set of skills and abilities are the most desirable:

 

  1. Working in a team

 

  1. Making decisions and solve problems (tie)

 

  1. Communicating verbally inside and outside an organization

 

  1. Planning, organizing and prioritizing work

 

  1. Retrieving and processing information

 

  1. Analyzing quantitative data

 

  1. Job specific technical knowledge

 

  1. Proficient with computer software programs

 

  1. Creating and/or editing written reports

 

  1. Persuading and influencing others

 

What makes it difficult for the employers to recruit talent?

 

According to a 2015 Talent Search global survey by recruiting firm ManpowerGroup, including 41,700 employers in 42 countries, one in three employers said that there just aren’t enough applicants. But other major reasons are related to the available applicant’s skills and abilities.

 

  • For example, 34% of them said that the candidates lack the required technical competencies (industry-specific professional qualifications and industry-specific skilled trades’ certifications).
  • In addition, 22% hiring managers cited that lack of experience is behind talent shortages and
  • 17% report soft skills deficits (particularly lack of professionalism, enthusiasm, motivation and a learning mindset).

 

Possible solutions?

 

The single most critical factor in bridging the technical and soft skills gap is improving the quality of “hands-on” education. The students need more real life experiences, project based learning, internships, co-op programs. They will then get to confront, discuss, and solve real world issues/problems.

Business leaders must communicate what skills are desirable, offer tools and resources, and collaborate with educators/institutions to showcase and demonstrate the ‘teamwork and communication’ they expect of their potential new hires.

5 Steps That Will Help You Change Careers

Changing careers takes focus and commitment. To be successful, you’ll need to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals, and decide on the steps you’ll need to accomplish them. Once you do that, it will be a lot easier to take the plunge into a new line of work.
time for change

 

 

 

  1. Start by researching the marketplace to identify expanding industries. Search the Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, job boards and the business press to see what’s areas are most in demand.

 

  1. Next, take assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them. Leading tests include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest & Skill Survey. Also, ask individuals you know personally and professionally for their insight into occupations that might be a strong fit for your background and skills.

 

  1. Once you’ve decided on a new path, do some online research and networking to determine the skills you’ll need to qualify for jobs that interest you. If you lack key credentials, consider signing up for volunteer work enrolling in classes to bridge the gap.

 

  1. Next, revamp your résumé to highlight skills and experiences that are most relevant to your desired new line of work. A professional career coach may be able to help.

 

  1. When applying for jobs, craft cover letters that will help employers understand why you’re looking to change careers and how you can add value. Similarly, prepare for interviews by crafting 30-second introduction that sums up what you can do for employers.

Back-to-School Charitable Giving Event

back to school kidsFlexicrew employees enjoy volunteering and supporting our area communities and schools.  This month we had the privilege of partnering with Exterran Holdings, Inc. and participating in the 2014 Brittmore Back-to-School Charitable Giving Eve…nt.  This event benefits less-fortunate K-5th grade students at Bear Creek Elementary School in the Katy Independent School District in Euless, Texas.  Our donation will help supply students with backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies.  It is our goal to help encourage and support the future successes of tomorrow’s workforce.