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Staffing Companies Keep the Workforce Going in Manufacturing

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With fluctuating demands for product and workforce, manufacturers benefit from the flexibility offered by staffing companies. Temporary employees, also known as contingent workers, allow manufacturing companies to find both skilled and unskilled workers to fill empty positions when they’re reluctant to expand their permanent workforce. Choosing the right staffing company can help you reduce labor costs while meeting increased demands for manpower to keep your business going.

Why You Need Temp Help

The manufacturing industry is notorious for frequent ups and downs in production based on increased sales during busy seasons and large, unexpected orders. Hiring contingent staff fills your temporary need for more employees, while also providing you future access to trained workers for full-time, permanent positions. This saves you from searching for outside candidates, because choices within your temporary staff will already be vetted on the job and have proven value to the company.

Benefits of Temp Staffing Services

When you hire a staffing company, the expense is offset by the savings in labor costs. Your recruiter matches workers who’re a good fit with the unique skillset you require for a given position. This takes away the worry and cost of recruiting new employees, interviewing potential candidates and screening them for possible hire. All pre-employment requirements, such as background checks and drug tests are handled by the staffing company. This not only saves you money, but also provides you with the extra staff you need quickly, because pre-screening requirements have already been completed.
Finding the right staffing company can help keep your manufacturing workforce going when you don’t have enough manpower to meet higher production demands. Experienced companies who specialize in your particular industry have the ability to scale your workforce to meet higher labor demands during peak operation and provide qualified candidates whenever you need them. When it’s time to downsize your workforce, you won’t have to deal with layoffs and unemployment issues when you let your contingent workers go.

Conclusion

Manufacturing companies who utilize staffing companies can better manage all their labor needs. When you have gaps in your production line, you may overwork your existing staff and risk causing lowered employee morale. By filling these gaps with contingent workers, you’re not only able to meet production demands, but you also keep everyone happy by providing them with the help they need to get the job done on time.

Construction Workers Are All In for Seasonal Hire

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The construction industry is quickly rebounding with a need for many new, skilled workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction as an industry had a gain of 41,000 between the months of March and April in 2016, and that was comparable to the average change over a two month period for the previous year. Of course, what this means is that there’s a rapid need for skilled employees. As the industry booms, many construction workers are finding that enrolling with staffing agencies allows them to find great projects through reputable contractors with guaranteed payment.

Benefits for Contractors

General contractors still very keenly feel the quick decline the industry had a number of years ago and many are wary to put too many employees directly on their payroll. For contractors, the balance is in finding reputable construction workers who provide top level quality, are dependable, and complete projects within the scheduled time frame. Working through staffing agencies allows the company access to workers who are already vetted. The workers are hired on a temporary basis, so general contractors don’t need to worry about sick days or other benefits that a full-time employee would require. Another great benefit to using agency staffing is the lack of commitment to the employee. This gives the contractor the opportunity to work with an employee first. When a construction worker is stellar at what they do and fits in well with the company, a contractor can request that employee all the time and can even opt to hire them directly onto their payroll. It becomes a great way to vet potential new hires.

Because there is such an increase in demand for workers, agency hiring becomes an excellent resource to make sure that the jobs are filled with qualified construction workers in a short amount of time.

Benefits for Construction Workers

For construction workers, contracting through a temp agency gives them the opportunity to find seasonal work without sending out massive resumes or going through the traditional job search methods. The agency generally calls them to see if they’re available for work and the construction worker can decline if it interferes with previous commitments. This allows a skilled worker access to a regular stream of projects and often keeps them busier than if they were a permanent hire in a contracting firm.

Many construction workers find this arrangement beneficial because it gives them access to an immediate income. For those who also freelance skills, such as side projects, this type of scheduling works well because they can determine whether or not to take a temporary assignment based on their own freelance assignment schedule.

The temporary agency arrangement becomes a winning option for both construction workers and the contractors needing skilled labor in a short period of time.

Employee turnover is an important statistic

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Employee turnover is an important statistic for staffing firms—it tells you how often you will need to hire new employees. A high turnover rate means that your employees average a shorter tenure with your firm; when the turnover rate decreases, average employee tenure goes up. What does this mean for your firm? The lower the turnover rate, the less money your firm spends on recruiting, new-hire administrative costs, training, and any other costs associated with replacing employees. Lower turnover could mean increased profit margins for your firm.

The turnover rate for your company tells you, on average, how many times a single position within your company was occupied by a different employee throughout the year. Suppose you had one position and one person filling that position throughout the entire year, your turnover rate would be zero—there was no change in the person employed in the position throughout the year.

Calculating Turnover

If you had one position and two people had filled that position throughout the year, your turnover rate would be 100%. This is calculated by taking the number of people employed (two in this example) and dividing it by the number of positions or jobs (one in this example), then multiplying the result by 100. Next you must subtract 100—this 100 accounts for the person who is initially employed in the job: 2/1=2*100=200-100=100

You can calculate the turnover rate for both your internal, permanent staff, and also for your temporary and contract employees. Be sure to calculate these two turnover rates separately, as they are typically very different. In order to calculate your company’s turnover rate you first need to determine your company’s average daily employment (for internal employees or for temporary and contract employees) and the number of W-2s your company issued throughout the year to employees for the employee type for which you are interested.

In most temporary or contract staffing firms, the number of temporary and contract positions available fluctuates each day. Calculating your company’s average daily employment will help you to determine how many positions your company filled on an average day over the course of the year. You can calculate your company’s average daily employment by determining how many employees your company had on the week that included the 12th of the month for each month in the year, summing these employment levels, and then dividing the sum by 12.

Once you have determined your average daily employment, you need to determine how many temporary and contract employees you had throughout the year. The quickest and best measure of this is the number of W-2 forms that your firm issued to temporary and contract employees for the year, since each employee will be connected to exactly one W-2 regardless of the number of positions they held.

Once you have these two numbers, you can calculate your company’s turnover rate for temporary and contract employees using the following formula: (total number of W-2s issued/average daily employment*100)-100 = turnover rate.

You can use this same calculation to determine the turnover rate for your internal employees, as well.

Choosing The Right Staffing Company

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Any company is only as good as its employees. This applies everywhere in your company, from your top executives to the people in the mail room. Because your employees are vital to your business, you need the right staffing services to make sure you get the right people on board.

Whatever position you need to fill, there is a staffing service that can do it. Temporary staffing services can provide flexible staffing that will work as long as you need them to-from a few days to a few months. Temp-to-hire agencies will send you temporary employees with the option of becoming a full-time worker- if the relationship works out.

Some staffing services provide high-level executives, some specialize in a certain skill sets (like graphic designers or computer programmers), and some concentrate on specific industries. There are staffing services available for accounting, HR staffing, IT staffing, medical and healthcare staffing, scientific staffing, etc to know more click here. Whatever your staffing needs may be, here are a few questions to ask to ensure you’re hiring the right staffing firm for your company:

Is the firm able to fill the position I’m looking for?

Because many firms specialize these days, its important to know if the firm you’re considering can fill the position you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a very specialized employee-someone with nursing skills, certain technical knowledge, or certain creative experience, for example-it can sometimes be better to hire a firm that specializes in placing this type of employee. Specialized firms sometimes attract more highly qualified workers than general staffing firms.

What are the firms pay rate and benefit packages?

Because the employee is officially working for the staffing firm, its the firm who will be determining his or her wages and benefits. Make sure they offer good compensation and benefits packages. The better their compensation, the higher caliber of workers they’ll attract.

Has the firm worked in my industry before?

In general, its better to find a firm with experience staffing companies like yours. Some staffing firms specialize in certain industries, and these firms may have a better understanding of what your company needs in its employees than a firm with a more general focus.
“It isn’t the hours you put in your work that count; its the work you put in the hours.”

Are they more focused on quality or quantity?

Some staffing services will spend time and effort narrowing down their candidates to find the perfect fit. Others will throw every qualified resume your way, in the hopes that one will stick. Most businesses prefer quality over quantity, depending on the position to be filled-although some prefer lots of options. Talk to the staffing services you’re considering and make sure their selection process works for your company.

Can they provide references?

Ask for references-preferably in your industry-and make sure you give them a call before you take the final step in hiring a staffing agency. An outside opinion from someone who has worked with the agency before can make all the difference in your hiring decisions.

How do they qualify applicants?

Many staffing services will test their applicants to determine which skills they have. Make sure the tests they use do a thorough job of attracting prospective employees for the skills you’re looking for.

How do they charge?

Some agencies charge placement fees while others charge a certain percentage of the employees wages. For example, if you pay the staffing agency $15 per hour for the employee, the agency might take $7.50 per hour, and give $7.50 to the employee.

Hiring the right staffing firm can make a big impact on your company-it is not a decision to be made quickly. Don’t wait until your staffing needs are urgent to check out the agencies available before selecting one to work with. Give yourself some time and ask the right questions, and you’re sure to find the right staffing agency for your business.

It’s Time To Update That Resume!

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The resume is the single most important document in your job search. A resume is the simplest and concise way for you to communicate with employers and thereby give them all the initial information they need to know about you. Since the resume is such an important document, it is necessary that you should manage it in a proper manner – keeping the resume up to date.

Whether or not you’re looking for a new job, you would be wise if you update your resume frequently. Why? Because you never know when a new job opportunity will pop up that requires submitting your resume right away.

Additionally, you’d be surprised to know that as time passes you forget those professional details that so important to include in a resume – updating resume requires your attention and your time.

Why should you update Your Resume? Benefits of Updating your Resume:

It is evident that as time passes, the facts pertaining to the individual will change and will increase.
There are several benefits of an updated resume. For one, if you update your resume on a regular basis:

  1. It can change your perspective on what you have accomplished so far and what you still need to improve.
  2. You can ask friends for their resume samples to learn of some resume objectives ideas you may add to yours.
  3. An updated resume may open new doors – new job opportunities.
  4. It means more facts and figures, which will enable you to spend more time with the interviewer. The time that a prospective employee spends with the interviewer is a golden time. Even a minute more than the other interviewees can mean that you have landed the interview. In these circumstances, a fuller, larger resume would mean that you can spend more time with the interviewer.
  5. It will obviously be a mirror to the progress that you have covered in your years as a professional. This will work positively while your pay package is decided.
  6. The interviewer immediately understands that you have done your homework before coming to the Interview and will therefore take your interview in a different perspective.

Therefore, one should make it a point to put down these professional updates.

Resume Update: How to Update Your Resume?

To update your resume, you should first jot down the changes that have occurred in your professional life since you first made your resume, for example –

  • Relevant achievements
  • Major projects
  • New job responsibilities
  • New certifications
  • And of course an updated job positions.

Two points to consider when updating a resume:

  1. Once you have written these down, implement these into your resume wherever necessary. Try to add the changes using the resume format you are having, for example – if your professional details are written down in a particular manner, try to keep the details that you are putting in the same manner.
  2. When you are updating your resume, make sure that you do not warble a lot in the add-ons that you are making to your resume. Keep the information concise and to the point. Also, make sure that you are giving out only those details that are needed for the recruiter to know more about yourself on a professional basis and therefore would be beneficial for your job search. A point to jot down any changes in your personal life that may reflect on your professional life too, like: marriage, change of residence, change of contact numbers, etc.

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