Wishing You Merry Christmas

Warm Wishes

We want to take a the time from our busy daily schedule to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

Thankfulness

We have so many things to be thankful for this year.  We’re thankful that personally and business-wise we survived COVID-19.  Flexicrew is thankful for our clients and field employees and staff.  We are grateful to our partners and vendors who provide us with good advice and business options helping our company prosper.  We at Flexicrew are certainly grateful to our families who supported and encouraged us throughout the 2020 year.

Growth

This has been a great year for Flexicrew.  We grew and added to our team.  Meanwhile we sold our Georgia branches.  We’ve focused our Tennessee, Alabama and Indiana branches on placing skilled and unskilled talent.  We were named for the seventh year to the “Best of Staffing”—a national award voted on by our clients.  Our Flexicrew Technical Services company was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in U.S. by INC. Magazine.

Values and Mission

Most importantly, we have continued to live by our  guiding principles.  Our mission is straightforward and our values are clear. We provide: “Fast and flexible quality recruitment and employee placement.  We believe in managing our business to create net positive impact on our employees, clients and communities.”

It is both an honor and pleasure to see our Flexicrew companies succeed as we help others achieve their goals.

Family-Oriented

Everyone has a personal definition of family.  We’re glad that you’ve chosen to be part of the Flexicrew family.  As a family business, we feel a connection and responsibility to each of you and every member of our extended family.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2021 and beyond.

Best wishes to you and your family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

5 Tips To Better Handle Holiday Stress

The holiday season is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, to take some time off work, or even escape for a winter getaway. For all the joy and fun, though, so comes the stress.

Managing Holiday Stress

The expectations of social events, gift shopping, and entertaining guests can become too much for even the most festive types. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association 8 out of 10 people expect to experience an increase in stress over the holiday season.

With stress comes a greater risk of anxiety and depression, and reports from the Mayo Clinic show that depression is frequently an unwelcome guest over the holidays.

All is not lost however, there are many ways you can minimize your stress and anxiety to allow you to truly enjoy the season.

Set A Budget

Shopping can be fun, but spending money isn’t always easy, and Americans spend almost a $1,000 every holiday season on gifts alone. It’s unavoidable, but you can minimize the damage by setting a budget and sticking to it.

A lot of the stress that we experience during the holidays is due to financial pressure and the Mayo Clinic suggests that setting a budget can be beneficial to your stress levels. Work out how much you can afford to spend on food and gifts, and stick to it.

Exercise

The American Heart Association wants you to stay active all the time, but it’s extremely important to keep that up during the holidays. Any activity or exercise you can fit in will help reduce your stress and elevate your mood. It’s going to stimulate endorphin production and trigger a positive feeling in your body.

You might be busy, but if you can find time to exercise for half an hour three times a week, you will feel better. You can go walking or jogging, swimming or biking, play sports, and find time for aerobics.

Take It Easy

The American Psychological Association reminds us that we need to take time for ourselves. There are parties and gatherings and we are constantly surrounded by people. It’s great to be with the ones we love and laugh about the old days.

You shouldn’t miss all those great times, but what you should be careful of is setting unrealistic expectations. You can’t do everything, and it’s okay to take time out for yourself, even if it’s just 15 minutes.

Stay Smart

The holiday season is a time of indulgence, but as the Mayo Clinic directs- it doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy ways. There’s no need for a free for all that will just add to your stress.

Enjoy yourself, but try having healthy snacks before holiday gatherings so you don’t over snack while you’re out. Make sure that you’re getting plenty of sleep, as you are more likely to overindulge after a poor night’s sleep.

Choose Your Battles

We all have someone in our circle that rubs us the wrong way. It’s only natural- not everyone can always get along. Allowing someone else to get under your skin, though, is only going to ruin your holiday and increase your stress levels. Learn to pick your battles, and don’t take the bait.

The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you have a real problem with someone, set it aside and save it for another day. Even the calmest people can lose their cool during the holidays.

Bottom Line

Self-care is conscious choice and this is even more true during times of more stress, such as the holiday season. Make sure to take the time and create a deliberate plan! Remember, the holidays are supposed to be a time of fun, family and relaxation, don’t let stress interfere with this great time of year.

 

 

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Warm Wishes

We want to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.

Thankfulness

We recognize we have so many things to be thankful for this year.  We’re thankful for our clients and field employees and staff.  We are thankful to our partners and vendors who provide us with good advice and business options helping our company prosper.  I certainly am grateful to my family who provide me support and encouragement.

Growth

This has been a great year for Flexicrew.  We have continued to grow and add to our team.  We’ve added 3 new branches focused on placing skilled and unskilled talent.  We were named for the sixth year to the “Best of Staffing”—a national award voted on by our clients.  Our Flexicrew Technical Services company was ranked the fastest growing company in the state of Louisiana by INC.

Values and Mission

Most importantly, we have continued to live by our guiding principles.  Our mission is straightforward and our values are clear. We provide: “Fast and flexible quality recruitment and employee placement.  We believe in managing our business to create net positive impact on our employees, clients and communities.”

It is both a pleasure and an honor to watch our Flexicrew companies succeed as we help others achieve their goals.

Family-Oriented

Everyone has a personal definition of family–some families we are born into, some family we choose.  We’re glad that you’ve chosen to be part of the Flexicrew family.  As a family business, we feel a connection and responsibility to each of you and every member of our extended family.

We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2020 and beyond.

Best wishes to you and your family!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ask the Flexpert…What Happens if I Delay Seasonal Hiring?

Seasonal hiring temporary staff comes with its own unique challenges.

Employers that pay attention to these recruiting tips avoid seasonal hiring headaches and will optimize their busy business season.

Seasonal Hiring Plan

You will hear this time and again from experienced hiring managers who have a history of holiday recruiting.  It just makes sense to plan seasonal staffing requirements early and conduct the recruitment process well in advance.  In other words, plan ahead and hire early.

Seasonal hiring later prevents a business from selecting the best available talent.  It especially rules out getting high-skill candidates that have potential for permanent positions.

Some firms in a hiring pinch avoid good HR processes like background checks or drug screens. Big Mistake!  They don’t (or think they don’t) have enough time to conduct this screening which should be a key employment element.

Seasonal Hiring – OJT

Many companies place seasonal hires on the job immediately. They expect  the hires will learn on the job. Oops!  Mistake!  Seasonal hires have neither the time (since they were hired to handle the extra rush) nor the inclination (since they are just short-timers) to learn on the job. Yet, they really need suitable onboarding and training about the company’s products, and operational procedures. So, train your temporary staff in operational aspects and integrate them within the company culture. Without that they are bound to make mistakes, slow down other associates with questions, possibly annoy customers or cost the company time or money.

Overwhelmed with Seasonal Hiring?

Some hiring managers wait too long to scout for temporary help.  They imagine part-time seasonal staff will be available when they start to hire.  Don’t Do That!

Employers who wait too long to begin seasonal hiring or don’t have a plan for how many are needed and for how long generally get overwhelmed around the holidays. They end up with little choice but to meet their staffing requirements with little concern for quality.  Just getting bodies to fill their positions. This often results in a negative business impact.

Thus, a busy season and tight labor market will leave firms with too many open jobs and not enough workers.  Don’t let this be you.


Contact 
Flexicrew today for more tips or ideas on how to deal with holiday-staffing needs . We can help you to develop your plan and find your staff.

How to Prepare for Holiday Hiring Facing Low Unemployment

Have you begun to prepare for holiday hiring?

Many businesses have a seasonal spike in the number of workers they need starting right about now.  Help Wanted ads are cropping up all over!

Employers who need to boost seasonal hires to survive the holidays are beginning their recruitment in earnest.

Holiday Hiring Perfect Storm

With low unemployment coupled with the ever-increasing growth in e-commerce,  how will you prepare for holiday hiring the number of workers you need?

Many well-known firms have long relied on seasonal teams to help manage their busiest time of year.  But as unemployment levels have fallen they have had difficulty attracting workers to the temporary, often low-paying positions.

Last year many firms reported a tough time with holiday hiring, and began to offer incentives and perks to overcome that problem. And with unemployment rates still low, employers need to realize they must provide “something extra.”   They need to differentiate themselves from other employers also seeking seasonal workers.

“Companies are fighting hard to retain and attract employees,” Andrew Challenger from Challenger, Gray and Christmas said. “They’re keeping them longer, and there’s less of this ‘hire a bunch at the holidays and dump them at the end’ because companies need them year-round.”

Prepare for Holiday Hiring Using Different Approaches

So, with the difficult hiring climate upon us, it’s time to prepare for holiday hiring using different approaches.  Get creative to see how you might improve your holiday hiring.

Reflect on these tactics for holiday hiring (and keeping) top-notch workers:

Prepare for Holiday Hiring by Contacting Quality Workers from Previous Years

Give preference to “same time, next year” candidates. Select candidates most likely to come back again next year for the busy season.  That could simplify your hiring for next year’s busy season.

Seasonal Has Become Permanent

Don’t assume you will keep seasonal hires just for the season. Some seasonal hires will be candidates for permanent positions.  Identify possible permanent hires early on.  Monitor their performance.  At the end of the busy season, decide if they’re qualified for permanent jobs.

Promote the opportunity for seasonal workers to become permanent and earn health care, retirement benefits and tuition assistance.

Prepare for Holiday Hiring and Rehiring

Assume employee turnover.  Some of your workforce will not hang in for the entire season.  That’s a given!   Prepare for holiday hiring expecting you’ll have to hire some workers to replace defectors during the season. Structure pay to reward seasonal workers who stay as long as you need them. You might consider weekly retention bonuses or provide a bonus based on production if they complete the season.

Don’t Skimp with Onboarding

Provide resources to successful onboarding your seasonal staff. Throwing seasonal employees into the job inadequately prepared could hurt your production and bottom line.

Extra Hours

Some businesses are offering extra hours to its own existing employees instead of hiring temporary workers, which could be difficult to find in tight labor markets.

Offering extra hours to current employees or to current temporary workers instead of hiring extra staff might help.  It avoids the cost of hiring or the risk of getting poor workers.

Pay vs. Cost of Living

Especially in a labor market that has a higher cost of living, people respond — as they always would — to jobs offering higher pay.

Companies able to offer more competitive wages or attractive employee perks frequently are more successful in quickly hiring their required seasonal staff.

Accurate, Up-to-Date Job Descriptions

Make sure job descriptions for seasonal hires are accurate, complete and up-to-date. Don’t just use job descriptions that are several years out-of-date. Have the supervisor who writes the job description follow an employee who does that job and update the description even for seasonal workers.

Bus Service

Offer bus service to help workers get to your site.  This will lower absenteeism and tardiness.  That will also help to lower the amount of firing and rehiring you need to do.

Hiring Attitude Plus Aptitude

Hire for attitude as much as aptitude. Frankly, most seasonal work is about being flexible and getting up to speed quickly, not a sophisticated set of skills. Look for reliable employees who stress safety and customer focus.

Retailers

Retailers can offer seasonal store and distribution center employees increased wages during peak weeks and offer employee discounts on merchandise.

Some retailers will also host after-hours events such as holiday parties for seasonal associates.

Customer Service

It is more important than ever for companies to provide good customer service.   They operate in a fast-changing, competitive market. The pressure is on to have a successful holiday season.  The hiring crunch has come at a time when customers want easier shopping and more fun during one of the busiest times.

Some employers are offering flexibility in some of its seasonal positions – the chance to work from home. For example, retailers are offering remote customer sales rep positions to seasonal employees.

Increase focus on service through new training, tools and technology.  Training programs will prepare them to better serve customers, especially during this busy season.

Expand Prospective Candidate Base

Reach out to students, working moms, retired persons or just people looking to make extra money for the holidays.  They might require use of flexible hours, flexible shifts or even part-time work to fit their outside schedule.

Single-Source Staffing Agency for Holiday Hiring

If you use staffing vendors, give one sole responsibility to hire for your peak demand. Staffing agencies may be swamped filling the seasonal needs of many clients at once. Tell one agency that you will give them all your seasonal business. They should be more willing to give you ‘first dibs’ on the best seasonal workers.

Your Turn

So, study these suggestions for holiday hiring and tell us what you have done to help overcome the seasonal crunch.

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

Ask the Flexpert…How to Plan for Holiday-Staffing Needs

Holiday-staffing needs are an annual challenge for business. How can you improve the way you handle them?

Try these quick ideas to satisfy holiday-staffing needs:

Engage Employees in Planning

Request employee assistance with tracking time-off requests. Also, let your employees know you are using this year’s holiday to plan for next year. This not only improves the data you’re gathering, but it also creates buy-in from employees.  They become a part of the decision-making process to solve holiday-staffing needs.

Collect Holiday Time-off Requests 

Ask for all holiday time-off requests now from permanent employees.  The more advance notice and leeway you have for staffing, the better. Again, let employees know why you need this information and how it helps you solve your holiday-staffing needs.

Use Current Staff Flexibly

Look at the needs of the busy time or a time when many will be on vacation to see if permanent staff can fill new or different roles. This can sometimes be fun for employees, to get to do something different from their usual work.

Set Customer Expectations

If you’re unable to be at the desired staffing level, then identify appropriate ways to avoid disappointing customers. Let them know in advance what to expect.

Temporary Staffing Solutions

Many organizations make use of temporary staff during the holiday season. For short-term solutions, perhaps to cover the Thanksgiving weekend or the Christmas and New Year’s weekends. Flexicrew can place skilled and qualified workers in your open shifts. We also can often find a last-minute replacement for a worker who abruptly takes off during the holiday season.  We recommend for temporary or seasonal employees that you have a specific and detailed agreement and set of requirements. Include date and time commitments.  If you know your busiest time, then require that all seasonal employees be available to work those days.

For those planning ahead with longer-term vacancies, Flexicrew can supply workers for three-months or longer assignments. Filling holiday schedules with seasonal workers offers the added bonus of staffing with workers who want to work the holidays. They may be alone, or in a new community, or just find it satisfying to be with other team members during the holidays.

Many organizations that want to avoid that annual hassle of holiday-staffing needs have turned to Flexicrew to handle all staffing requirements. We offer the advantage of a national search and an industry database of temporary workers.

Strategize for next year

With this year fresh in mind, give yourself a running start thinking about holiday-staffing needs for next year.  But our best suggestion is to take notes now. Then set aside time to plan for 2019 holiday-staffing needs.

Final Thought On Holiday-Staffing Needs

The holiday season can be stressful for HR and operations managers alike. With added holiday-staffing needs, consider this a time to deepen relationships with employees and customers by showing you care about meeting their needs … and that you value their consideration in return.

Your Next Step

Interested in a meeting with us this fall?  We can discuss how Flexicrew Staffing can help your business with temporary worker recruitment, temp-to-permanent, or direct hires.

Contact Flexicrew today for more tips or ideas on how to deal with holiday-staffing needs . We can help you to develop your plan and find your staff.