4 Reasons for The Great Resignation-Don’t Ignore

.The Great Resignation by millions of workers monthly stems to a significant degree from dissatisfaction with their current job.

The Great Resignation shaping future of work

Statistical data regarding employment in the United States like the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Statistics (JOLTS) indicate that the number of people resigning in the last six months has increased significantly. In some months, the percentage of people resigning has been the highest in the last twenty years. Both employers as well as employees would like to understand the Great Resignation.  What are the reasons why so many people are choosing to resign? How it will affect their business or career. This will help them in taking the right decision and planning for the future.

The Great Resignation and causes

1.Postponed Resignations

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020, many employees lost their jobs. There was a lot of uncertainty about the future. Workers were unsure whether it was worth the risk of joining a new unfamiliar company. Normally, many employees change their job if they are not happy or are getting a better opportunity. During the COVID-19 pandemic for more than one year, many people continued with their job. This was the case even if they did not like it or disliked their boss.  Changing jobs was risky. Thus, postponing their resignation made sense. Now that the economic conditions have improved.  Workersare more confident and willing to take the risk, so they are finding new jobs.

The Great Resignation continues

2. Changed Perspective

During the COVID-19 pandemic during the lockdowns, people were largely confined to their homes and had free time to think over their priorities for their life. A large number of employees lost one or more relatives, friends, and colleagues to the pandemic. They realized that their life is short, and they would like to spend their time in a better way.  Instead of working in an office or workplace they did not like, spending a few hours daily commuting to their workplace, they had an epiphany. Many realized that the present job was not suitable and resigned after getting a better opportunity.  And some workers resigned without alternative employment to be able to spend full-time in job search mode looking for a job they could love.

3. Job Availability

Some businesses and sectors were more affected by the pandemic especially travel, hotels, restaurants, sporting events, live concerts, and entertainment.  This resulted in large-scale job loss. After vaccinations were available, the COVID-19 cases have reduced, so there are a large number of jobs available. Due to the shortage of talent, it is easier to find a suitable job with a better salary compared to a year ago. Since people are finding better jobs with good salaries easily.   They are resigning from their existing job for greener pastures, especially if they do not like their present employment.

4. Remote Working

Many business continued to function during the pandemic, with their employees working remotely from their home. These employees were saving time and money they spent commuting and other expenses by working remotely and could spend more time with their families.

One worker told me that during months of the pandemic he spent more on gas for his lawnmower than for his automobile.  He loved that!

With the number of COVID-19 cases reducing, businesses started asking their employees to return to their normal workplace routine, typically they are being asked to work in their office or on their job site from 8 or 9 am to 5 pm. Some employees, especially those who are commuting longer distances may not like this option. And they are resigning since they would like to continue working remotely. Often these employees have more savings, and so they can afford to take the risk of trying different jobs.

The Great Resignation caused by work conditions and money

Sum-Up

The upheaval imposed upon the workforce by the COVID-19 pandemic afforded all of us a once-in-a-lifetime occasion to review and judge every attribute of our lives through a completely new point of view and different yardsticks.

This gave job seekers the potential to select the pandemic era lessons they wished to endorse and which adjustments to abandon and give up in their future work lives.

Employee shortage is killing employers

Partner with the Right Staffing Agency

The first-class way to find a new position during the upheaval of The Great Resignation is to sign up with a specialist staffing agency.

Here at Flexicrew Staffing, we’ve got your back to promote you and highlight your skills and abilities to our clients who are looking for the right talent.

We get to know you – your skills, likes, dislikes, requirements, and so forth.  We want to be sure we match you to excellent opportunities the moment they are accessible. And we counsel you and support you the whole time, until you sign up with your new employer, and afterward, as well.

Upload your resume with Flexicrew. Let’s get you connected with the best industrial employers right away.

 

State & Local Financial Resources for Businesses to Combat Coronavirus Challenges

If your business missed applying for PPP loans or didn’t quality, the federal government has approved Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for small businesses in all 50 states. This relief is offered via the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Targeted EIDL Advances

As of April 7, 2021, a new round of EIDL Advances, called Targeted EIDL Advances, was launched. It’s important to note that the combined amount of the Targeted EIDL Advance and any previously received Advance will not exceed $10,000.

The Targeted EIDL Advances differ slightly than previous EIDL grants. Businesses are only eligible if they meet ALL the following criteria:

  • Located in a low-income community, as defined in section 45D(e) of the Internal Revenue Code. Check the mapping tool to see if you’re in an area that qualifies.
  • Suffered economic loss greater than 30 percent, as demonstrated by an 8-week period beginning on March 2, 2020, or later, compared to the previous year. You will be required to provide the total amount of monthly gross receipts from January 2019 to the current month-to-date.
  • Must have 300 or fewer employees. Business entities normally eligible for the EIDL program are eligible, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and private, nonprofit organizations. However, agricultural enterprises, such as farmers and ranchers, are not eligible to receive the Targeted EIDL Advance.

While there isn’t an available application, be on the lookout for an email invite from the SBA to apply, as it’s the ONLY way to apply. Just to be sure, you can search your inbox for this domain now – @sba.gov – to be positive you haven’t received it already.

Businesses that received a previous EIDL Advance less than $10,000 will have first priority to apply for the Targeted EIDL Advance, followed by businesses that applied before December 21 but did not receive because available funding was exhausted. They take several weeks to be sent out fully, so don’t fret if you don’t get it right away.

If you receive an email and qualify, you may be asked to provide an IRS Form 4506-T for tax information purposes.

For more info about the Targeted EIDL Advances, read more here. Here is a list of FAQ’s from the SBA’s website about the grants for more information.

FAQs

This program offers:

  • Loans of up to $2 million
  • Interest rates of 3.75% (2.75% for non-profits)
  • Collateral of $25,000 for all loans (might be waived in some cases)
  • 30-year repayment terms
  • Funds within 14-20 days
  • Cash advances of up to $10,000 upon application that DO NOT need to be repaid
PPP vs EIDL Loan

We’ve pulled some of the most important distinctions between PPP and EIDL loan properties for you (but can read them for yourself here):

  • While the PPP loan is forgivable, the EIDL loan is not (the $10,000 advance is actually a grant and does NOT require repayment)
  • There are fewer restrictions on what you can spend EIDL loans on, making them a perfect avenue to invest in marketing or other business growth efforts
  • PPP lenders are regulated lenders like banks, while the SBA handles EIDL loans
  • There is a personal guarantee required for EIDL loans exceeding $200,000
  • The SBA will place a UCC lien against your assets for collateral
  • You can still apply for an EIDL loan even if you haven’t filed your 2019 taxes. However, you will be asked to submit IRS form 4506T, which provides the SBA with access to your previous tax returns

You can read more about EIDL loans here. You can begin the official application process online here.

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$1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan Summary

The $1.9 trillion relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, has passed Congress and will head to President Joe Biden for a signature. Highlights of the bill include extended unemployment benefits, direct checks to individuals and more.

While some of the bill was changed during its time in the Senate, it’s largely similar to the initial version passed by the House. However, some key provisions, such as a higher minimum wage, were scrapped amid efforts to pass the bill swiftly.

This article defines the most relevant terms included in the bill.

Small Business Assistance

The bill invests billions toward small business assistance. Here is the current funding breakdown:

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan program: $15 billion
  • New grant program for bars and restaurants, specifically: $28 billion
  • Paycheck Protection Program: $7.25 billion
Direct Payments

Just like the two other COVID-19 relief bills passed during the pandemic, this version also features direct payments to Americans. This time around, eligible recipients can expect $1,400 per person ($2,800 for couples), including adult dependentsa family of four could receive up to $5,600.

However, payment parameters are stricter this time around than with the previous direct payment. The full amount will go to individuals earning under $75,000 (or $150,000 for couples), with payments cut off entirely for individuals earning over $80,000 (or $160,000 for couples). Individuals earning an amount between those figures will receive a reduced sum.

Unemployment Aid

The bill extends two previously established pandemic unemployment assistance efforts: the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. Unemployed gig workers, freelancers, contractors and others who previously qualified for aid will continue to be eligible under these programs. The financial assistance provided by these two programs is currently set to expire in mid-March, which pressured legislators to act quickly.

The bill also provides for enhanced unemployment assistance payments of $300 per week. Under the bill, these programs and their financial aid are extended through Sept. 6.

Housing Assistance

The bill sets aside billions in financial aid to homeowners and renters. Here is the funding breakdown:

  • Aid for emergency rental assistance: $22 billion
  • Aid for mortgages, utilities and property taxes: $10 billion
  • Aid to states and localities to help individuals at risk of becoming homeless: $5 billion
Emergency Paid Leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), signed into law on March 18, 2020, required certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. That requirement expired Dec. 31, 2020.

The American Rescue Plan maintains the status quo, in that it does not require employers to offer leave under the FFCRA framework. However, the bill does provide tax credits for employers that voluntarily provide leave under the FFCRA framework through the end of September 2021.

Aid to Schools and Child Care

A significant portion of the relief bill involves aid to states, including schools and child care facilities:

  • Aid for getting K-12 schools ready for in-person learning: $125 billion
    • Money may be used for purchasing protective equipment, improving ventilation systems and hiring support staff, among other things. However, 20% of the money schools receive must be used to address pandemic learning loss—for example, extending learning time into the summer.
    • Aid carved out specifically for private schools: $2.75 billion
  • Aid for colleges: $40 billion
    •  Institutions will be required to spend at least 50% of their allocated funds on emergency financial aid grants to students.
  • Child care provider assistance: $39 billion
    • Funds may be used for payroll, rent, protective equipment and other expenses.
Tax Credits

The relief bill provides an overhaul of the child tax credit for the 2021 tax year. The bill increases the amount of the credit to $3,000 for each child under the age of 18 and $3,600 for children under the age of 6. The credit will also become fully refundable, meaning low-income individuals would receive the benefit.

The bill also expands the earned income tax credit for individuals without children. The maximum credit will be nearly tripled, and eligibility will be expanded as well.

Health Insurance

The bill subsidizes private health insurance premiums for unemployed workers through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). The provision allows individuals eligible for COBRA insurance coverage to maintain their employer-sponsored coverage after losing employment without having to pay any portion of the premiums through the end of September 2021.

Additionally, the bill invests nearly $35 billion in premium subsidy increases for those who buy coverage on the ACA Marketplace. The bill increases the subsidies provided to currently eligible individuals, and removes the 400% federal poverty level cap (equal to approximately $51,000 for an individual) on subsidy eligibility.

Aid to States, Local Governments, Tribes and Territories

The bill provides billions in financial assistance to states, local governments, tribes and territories. Here is the current funding breakdown:

  • Aid to state and local governments: $325.5 billion
  • Aid to tribes and territories: $24.5 billion
  • Creation of the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund, to carry out capital projects directly enabling work, education and health monitoring: $10 billion
What’s NOT in the Bill

A minimum wage hike to $15 per hour—one of the most discussed provisions from the initial bill—has been removed from the final version due to strict rules governing budget bills in the Senate. Some Democrats have suggested this provision may be considered as a standalone bill, but any movement on that front remains to be seen.

Additionally, the bill does not include an extension of the eviction moratorium, which is set to expire on March 31, or an expansion of mandated paid sick and family and medical leave. While neither were included in the original House bill, these were popular provisions contained within one of the previous bills.

Summary

While there are many complex provisions in this nearly $2 trillion relief bill, many legal and tax consultants are available to help employers make sense of everything. Please reach out with questions about how this new bill may affect your organization.  And if you need assistance with recruiting or flexible staffing support, please contact Flexicrew.

Come back again to this space to track Flexicrew’s Coronavirus efforts and information for your business and workforce.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, legal or tax advice. If you have any legal or tax questions regarding this content or related issues, then you should consult with your professional legal or tax advisor.

New CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated

Excerpted from CNN Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

Top federal health officials on Monday, March 8th told Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 that they could once again gather in small groups at home without masks or social distancing.

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The guidance, issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, came almost a year to the day after the coronavirus first gripped the United States and Americans were told to avoid large groups to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

Still, the good news is heavily caveated. Travel, even for those who’ve been vaccinated, is advised against — though some prominent medical experts said the CDC is being overly cautious. And the threat of pernicious Covid-19 variants may be about to inflict another surge of death and sickness.

But the announcement of the guidelines on Monday was a striking moment after 12 months of pain and heartache, signaling the first step in a real — albeit restrained — return to normal life for the 30 million Americans already fully vaccinated.

The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing.
  • Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease.
  • Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

But people who are fully vaccinated still need to take precautions in many scenarios:

  • Wear a mask and keep good physical distance around the unvaccinated who are at increased risk for severe Covid-19, or if the unvaccinated person has a household member who is at higher risk.
  • Wear masks and physically distance when visiting unvaccinated people who are from multiple households.
  • Keep physical distance in public.
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized crowds.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated public spaces.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Get tested for Covid-19 if you feel sick.

The airline industry is pushing back against the guidance that fully vaccinated people should avoid travel.

Follow this space for additional information from Flexicrew as it develops.

 

10 Tips for Getting Better Organized at Work

Organization is a skill requiring time and effort to improve productivity on the job. As this year is still young, many workers are thinking of ways to raise their organizational skills.

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Whether it’s investing in a new planner or homing in on new habits, organization is needed to master your employment position and improve your performance.

If you want to improve your organization skills and get a firm grasp on your job this year, study these 10 techniques to help you get your work life coordinated and develop positive habits.

 

1.Set a Goal

Goal setting is the first step to getting organized. By creating your own set of priorities, you’re eliminating what doesn’t serve you and welcoming positive energy.

The trick here is to start with small, attainable goals as opposed to one major one. This will help you eliminate feeling overwhelmed and allow you to celebrate small victories.

2. Hold Yourself Accountable

It’s easy to miss a Zoom call or slack off on your project when there are not any significant consequences to your actions. Instead of leaving your progress up to chance, hold yourself accountable to actually doing what you set out to do. This will help you to stick to your schedule and stay organized.

3. Reward Yourself

In order to meet your goals and stay motivated, you have to reward yourself. Celebrate even the smallest of victories and reward yourself with self-care “treats” when you meet your goals. This will keep you motivated about your business goals and excited to continue.

4. Set Alarms

One of the best ways to stay on top of your to-do list is to set alarms. Whether it is on your phone or setting traditional clocks, having that little reminder will help you stay on track. Set your schedule, deadlines and other important information so you can always stay in the know.

5. Invest In a Planner

Planners have become all the rage. People use them as scrapbooks, journals and more. Keep your life organized by investing in a good planner. This will give you a visual of what you need to accomplish. You can write out your feelings, create monthly vision boards and keep track of your events. Writing out your responsibilities will give you clarity that’s unmatched.

6. Declutter

Trying to stay organized in a cluttered space is counterproductive. In fact, it can bring about more stress than you initially intended. Start this Year off right by cleaning out all forms of clutter you may have.

Throw away old reports, delete very old emails and junk that’s simply holding you back. This will help you develop your mental strength and stay organized.

7. Create a Monthly Goal

Each month provides an opportunity for a new start. Take advantage of this gift by setting goals you can meet. If you noticed that you struggled with productivity last month, make that a priority this month. It even helps to create vision boards with your monthly goals illustrated on them. This will help you to stay on track in the coming months.

8. Practice Saying “No”

One of the biggest hurdles to sticking to your personal schedule is getting caught up in other tasks. For example, Wednesdays are your designated “research new information” days. However, your coworkers want to hold meetings on Wednesday. You haven’t been sticking to your schedule and it’s impacting your mental health.

What do you do? Well, start by learning how to put yourself first and say no. Distractions, whether positive or negative, can throw you off of your schedule. This can make you feel disorganized and anxious. Learn how to say no and not feel guilty about it.

9. Wake up Earlier

If you challenge yourself to wake up 15-30 minutes earlier each day, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish. Doing this will give you the opportunity to get done everything you intended and start the day with a fresh mind.

10. Prepare For the Work Day The Night Before

We’ve all been there – rushing to get everything together while still trying to make appointments on time. The best way to alleviate those rushed feelings is to prepare for your next workday the night before. List your activities, lay your clothes out, pack your lunch (if you bring one) and get your items ready. This will make your morning routine seamless and enjoyable.

Getting organized is definitely a challenge, but a fulfilling one. Make your 2021 great by implementing these helpful tips into your daily routine. You’ll begin to feel more organized and prepared for everything.

Get Better Organized with a Staffing Agency’s Support

Flexicrew can help improve the organization of your work environment, reduce your anxiety and stress by assisting you with workforce planning and recruiting the quality talent that you need in this uncertain time.  Contact one of our workforce professionals Today!

Ask the Flexpert…What are Some Simple Tricks to Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

In January (and every January), about 40% of all Americans vowed to change one thing or another about themselves.

New Year ’s resolutions usually fall under the following categories:

New Years Resolutions

  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Stress management
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Weight loss
  • Focusing on personal relationships

Fast forward 6 months later, 60% will have completely forgotten all about their resolutions.

But carrying out your resolutions, whether for work or in your personal lifestyle, can be done. Read on to find out how.

1. Define your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. For example, you prefer making a presentation, going to a business seminar, or doing research by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions outside your personal scope. In other words, you prefer working on a team project, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the new year is always easier said than done. However, it’s the steps you take to reach that goal that’s the tricky part. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it’s wise to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Moreover, each time you achieve one, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your responsibilities.

One way to keep everything in check is to make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Having a specific end result prevents you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. Evaluating your progress will give your motivation a boost.
  • Achievable. You can set daily goals as a building block to bigger goals.
  • Relevant. Otherwise, if it’s not relevant, why bother?
  • Time-bound. Goals need to have a defined end date.
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3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for this year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Moreover, it’s equally important to not have too many resolutions up in the air at once. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Having a positive mindset is key when progressing towards your goals, but let’s be honest; every plan is bound for failure if you’re careful. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. If your motivation method is extrinsic, ask a co-worker to be your accountability partner. The idea is to nip it in the bud before it becomes stronger than your willpower so that you can surmount any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a peer or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, if it’s simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

Keeping your resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 5 steps, you can do anything you put your mind to. Moreover, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

Need Assistance Hiring Resilient Workers

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8 Ways a Staffing Agency Will Help Reduce Your Costs during Pandemic

A skilled staffing agency can help businesses of all sizes and industries in reducing staffing expenses, while the economy and financials environment are wracked by Coronavirus. 8 staffing related approaches which can be realistically implemented to improve the overall effectiveness of an organization by reducing overheads and costs are discussed below.

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1.Reducing Mistakes While Hiring

Hiring the wrong employee will usually cost you up to two times the annual salary of the employee. To prevent this problem, staffing firms are screening the direct hires and temporary staff thoroughly, so that you get the right workers. In addition to choosing applicants who have the experience, skills required, the applicant will also have the personal traits, which match your work culture. Hiring risk can be reduced using the firm’s guarantees for direct placement and temp hire service.

2. Overtime Elimination

If you have laid-off or furloughed your permanent staff to a skeletal level, your company may have to pay overtime to achieve your targets. Yet overtime is an awfully expensive approach to accomplishing your workload. Clearly it is better to use temporary employees to reduce the labor cost at least for the short term.

3. Transferring Fixed Costs To Variable Costs

In most businesses, labor cost is the largest expense, and it can be reduced using a temporary staffing agency. The core permanent staff should be reduced to a nominal level that still accommodates normal functioning but a staffing agency can be used to provide temporary staff for peak workloads, whenever required. This strategy is very effective for organizations which get a sudden large demand that lasts for only a limited time.

4. Reducing Benefits Expenses

Employee benefits are usually 30-35% of their payroll. These expenses can be eliminated using temporary or contingent workers paid through a staffing firm. To reduce employment risks, these employees can replace independent contractors. This option should be mainly used for short term employees like for a limited-time project or for a unique skillset that is difficult to recruit and only needed periodically.

5. Shift The Administrative Work

When temporary staff is hired instead of employees, all expenses for processing, administering payroll, benefits are transferred to the staffing firm. The organization can partner with the staffing firm to create a program for orientation, training for new recruits to eliminate training expenses

6. Reduce Costs By Hiring

Permanent employees have only so much capacity for getting work done and capacity constraints can adversely affect the productivity of the employee and the organization. Hiring lower-paid temporary staff to handle routine tasks will cost considerably less.  Letting the permanent staff focus on their core job and avoid lower value tasks will also boost their productivity and quality of results. That assures the company gets the most value and return for their employees’ salary. Professional and technical temporary workers can be hired for their expertise and to help complete project work on time. Hiring the right staff will help to complete the most work efficiently at a lower average cost.

7. Staffing Firms Responsible for Temporary Staff Unemployment Claims

Staffing agencies hire the temporary staff on their payroll, so any unemployment claims for the temporary staff are handled by the staffing firm.  The customer can lay them off if demand falters or a project ends but the claims will not affect the company profit or rating.

8. Key Employees Focus On Critical Work

If key HR employees are spending their time on hiring work, the staffing firm should screen, test, interview and check references of job applicants. Using the experience of a staffing firm will reduce hiring time and the employees can focus on other important work instead of hours reviewing multiple resumes to find the right candidate.

How Can Flexicrew Help

If you would like to discuss your resourcing challenges and optimize your workforce for cost and productivity during this uncertain pandemic work environment, contact one of our Flexicrew talent acquisition professionals Today!

Inspired to be an American on Independence Day

U.S. has had an amazing history. From the war for independence that seemed impossible to win, to the rise of America to a global power, to selecting the first black president. Nowadays, it seems though our country is experiencing troubling conflict.

News stories every day bring to light obvious visible distress. Yet, we feel extremely fortunate to be  American. We have the freedom to fundamentally speak what we want to say, to worship where we decide and to work where we like. As patriotic people, we choose to believe we still live in the best country in the world. Clearly, there are actions we must take to improve.

American flag surrounded by fireworks

Here are some little-known facts about our country’s early period and one of our favorite holidays, Independence Day.

  • Thomas Jefferson created the initial draft of the Declaration of Independence on his “laptop.” It was literally a piece of wood, smoothed and buffed, and cut to just the right size to fit on his lap.
  • John Adams wrote to his wife that we would celebrate the occasion on July 2nd (when the document was submitted, but it wasn’t approved until the July 4th) with parades, bonfires, fireworks, chiming bells, shows and more. So, at the signing of the Declaration, 4th of July 1777, the colonists celebrated despite the fact that they didn’t know if they could actually win the war.
  • They printed 200 copies of the Declaration in those early years.  But now only 27 are known to exist. Check your great grandparents’ attic and meet me at the Antiques Road Show!
  • Ben Franklin wrote to a family member expressing his disappointment in the vote that identified the bald eagle as our national symbol. He thought the eagle had a terrible moral character and the turkey would make a better symbol. If this had been the case would we be eating fish on Thanksgiving Day?
  • The Declaration of Independence has been an inspiration for other countries which also desired their own independence. Countries like France, Greece, Poland, and Russia used it as encouragement to follow their parallel path.
  • The 4th of July is the most popular day in the U.S. to consume hot dogs. Nearly 155 million hotdogs are consumed that day alone! Does anyone else picture the hotdog eating competition sponsored by Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island? Can you imagine dipping 70 hotdogs in water and chowing down?
  • And finally, the tune of the national anthem was originally for an English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” (Anacreon was a Greek poet well known for writing songs about wine and love.).  Francis Scott Key originally wrote the lyrics to the song in 1814 aboard a ship that was in a battle during the War of 1812.

As you grill your hotdogs this July 4th and explode your fireworks, take a little time to appreciate what came before us to allow us to have the right to celebrate this 4th of July.

We at Flexicrew wish our country always flourishes and celebrates many more years of independence. Wishing you all a very happy, safe and blessed independence day!!

Tell me, what about our past, present, or future inspires you?

Flexicrew Continues Expansion in Tennessee – Adding Nashville Office

New Nashville Office to Better Serve Middle Tennessee Clients

 

DATELINE: Chattanooga, TN, November 22, 2019–

Flexicrew Staffing announces that it opened an office in Nashville, TN.

With 10 locations in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, Flexicrew commenced Nashville operations November 4, 2019 and is supported by offices in eastern Tennessee.  The office is situated at 3538 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 306, Antioch, TN 37013.  This unique office space features areas for recruiting, interviewing and skill assessments and is ideally suited for client-specific orientations.

This site will support firms needing both skilled and unskilled labor in metro Nashville, and surrounding, areas,” says Flexicrew’s Tennessee Area Manager, Tricia Bratton, who has an extensive background serving staffing clients in the Tennessee market for over 15 years.  “We’re excited to bring our custom approach of cost-effective, efficient, rapid response staffing solutions to this market.”

According to Misty Brennan, Flexicrew Executive Vice President, “The Nashville office will satisfy the rapidly growing needs current and future organizations in middle Tennessee in the manufacturing, distribution, administrative and custom placements industries.”

About Flexicrew Staffing

Flexicrew is an industry-leading staffing agency.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, Flexicrew is focused on fast, quality recruitment and employee placement. It has been rated the 4th Fastest Growing Staffing business in 2015, is a recipient of the 2019 Client Satisfaction Award.

Our employment agency strives to bring a highly efficient, cost-effective staffing solution and can have qualified candidates job-ready within a very tight timeframe.

Flexicrew is family-owned and run and brings together the best complementary management and support team, resulting in over 95% customer satisfaction.  * Certified survey by Clearly Rated.

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Staffing, please contact Tricia Bratton at 423.803.2739 or tricia@flexicrew.com.