Ask the Flexpert…Job Descriptions – Do they Matter?

Why formal job descriptions?

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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.

 

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.

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! https://flexicrew.com/get-a-quote/

 

 

 

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

FLEXICREW STAFFING AWARDS KIOMII GOODMAN EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR CHATTANOOGA, TN – 2017

 

Flexicrew Employee of the Year Winner for Chattanooga, Tennessee Combines Dedication, Hard Work and Ability.

 

MOBILE, Alabama, (September 15, 2017) – Flexicrew Staffing, a leader in the industrial staffing industry, selected Mr. Goodman as one of only a dozen workers across the company to qualify as Employee of the Year for Chattanooga, TN.

 

Flexicrew Staffing is particularly pleased with how Mr. Kiomii Goodman has grown in his skill level, is extremely dependable and catches the attention of both client supervisors and recruiters. His work ethic is revealed in his performance for his client and reflects as a shining example of the kind of employees Flexicrew hires.

 

Job assignments – Driver, Inspector, Picker/Packer

Kiomii consistently shows outstanding work ethic. As soon as his assignment ends, he calls the office ready for the next job. Clients love him and he is a great example of a dependable employee that every employer would be proud to have on the team.

 

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 on- time completion.

Cooperative Displays courtesy with an agreeable 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

CONGRATULATIONS BENTON SIMMONS – NAMED LULA, GA, FLEXICREW EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2017

Dedication, Commitment and Precision Lead to Advancement

 Lula, GA (September 18, 2017) – Flexicrew Staffing, a leader in the industrial staffing industry, has announced it’s top temporary workers who earned Flexicrew’s Employee of the Year Award by delivering outstanding service to their clients.

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

 

Job assignments – Checker, Stacker, Transporter – Benton shows dedication to his job, always follows safely regulations, and leads by example. Benton has worked his way up over the last 2.5 years by being very precise, having a great attitude, and helping others when needed. Benton is a great, well-rounded employee.

 

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

Disaster Response Teams READY! Apply now!

Flexicrew team members are anxious to help in any way we can with local disaster response, clean up and recovery work. We are on call with screened and qualified employees –

 

  • Hazmat
  • Hazwopper Technicians
  • Drivers
  • General Labor
  • And more….

 

 

LOCAL STORM CLEAN UP WORK! We are hiring debris monitors for the Greater Atlanta Area. Responsible for estimating & recording debris amounts and distributing tickets to truck drivers. Temporary position working 7 days a week 12-14 hours per day.

Must have own vehicle, proof of insurance, pass drug screen & background check.

http://jobs.flexicrew.com/jb/Debris-Monitors-Jobs-in-Atlanta-GA/3855927

 

Flexicrew is ramping up for Hurricane Harvey clean up/response. Now hiring for the following positions: 40 Hour HAZWOPER technicians, General Labor, Class A CDL w/Tanker & HAZMAT Endorsement. If you have already applied with us and are available to work please email your name, what position you’re applying for and your contact information to lafayette@flexicrew.com

http://jobs.flexicrew.com/jb/Hurricane-Harvey-Clean-Up-Response-Jobs-in-Lafayette-LA/3831810

 

Flexicrew is ramping up for Hurricane Harvey clean up/response in Texas & Louisiana. If you have already applied with us and are available to work please email your name, what position you’re applying for, and your contact information to mobile@flexicrew.com

http://jobs.flexicrew.com/jb/40-Hour-HAZWOPER-Technicians-Jobs-in-Mobile-AL/3831812

Hiring Temp Employees…..What You Must Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Hiring temporary employees can bring positive energy to your business and help your team meet goals. Still, there are several areas you need to understand before hiring them.

 

Permanent talent is better than hiring temp employees, don’t you think? We say: Not necessarily. The increasing trend toward hiring temps indicates these employees might actually help you out.

 

CareerBuilder indicates 42% of businesses have plans to increase temp hires, and 43% hope to convert temp workers to full-time.

 

Staffing Industry Analysts forecasts that the temp worker trend will continue through 2017.

Hiring Temp Employees - Apples to Apples

Do temporary workers a permanent solution to your workforce needs or are they  a short-term solution? To answer, let’s start by looking at the in’s and out’s of temporary staff.

Temp Employees—Who is hiring them?

 

Department of Labor defines a temporary employee as one who will be employed less than 12-months or who has a specific end date. These workers make up a larger share of our US workforce than ever, over 2.9 million people or more than 2% of the total workforce .

 

Some have a mistaken belief that temporary workers are used only in certain job market segments, such as day laborer, seasonal help, or low-skilled jobs. A study from CareerBuilder and EMSI showed that companies use temp staff for almost everything including purchasing agents, writers, drivers, maintenance, sales, and marketing.

 

$64,000 Question – is temp staffing a cost-effective  strategy for companies to achieve business and operational objectives and goals?

 

Does Hiring Temp Employees Actually Cost Less?

 

Think about the typical costs of recruitment. You pay to post job ads, pay for employer branding material like brochures and materials, pay to attend job fairs, and sometimes even to fly in talented candidates. Those are just the costs on the surface. The hidden costs can be much more prohibitive.

 

You have to pay for time spent skimming through, on average, at least 250 resumes for a single position. You must pay for onboarding an employee, and hope this money for training and education will pay off. If it doesn’t, a bad hire can set your company back $50,000 or more, to say nothing of lost productivity and a renewed gap in your workforce.

 

Temporary talent can be a great way to deal with a short-term problem while nurturing a long-term solution. The cost of temporary labor isn’t free, but it can often lead to more confident hiring, since the candidate went through a “try before you buy” period to ensure fit and skills.

 

You can see how their skills really shake out in a real-world setting, and evaluate how well they fit in to your existing culture.

Hiring Temp Employees to Look Beyond the Resume

 

Taking on temporary talent can provide an opportunity to give someone a chance. You might not have been impressed by a candidate’s credentials and experience, but when you connected in person or through a video interview, you were impressed with just how passionate they were about the opportunity.

 

Passion is necessary for all companies, and it’s often the lifeblood of growing businesses. Hiring passionate people with room to grow might be a better idea than hiring someone with the perfect skills that is only lukewarm about your company. Setting a trial period for a temporary hire will allow you to see if this candidate’s passion translates into value for your company and an ability to learn new skills and grow into a great employee.

 

Flexicrew Staffing has the expert knowledge and resources to help you find the right candidates. Let us assist you in finding the right person for your small or midsize business.

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