Celebrating National Staffing Employee Week!

| September 17, 2020

workplace is pleased to join other members of the American Staffing Association in acknowledging the contribution made by the more than 17 million temporary and contract employees hired by staffing companies each year. We also share our gratitude with the numerous partners who provide safe and productive work environments.

In our role as a connector of talent and opportunity, we strive to produce positive outcomes for our clients and candidates. – LoRayne Logan, Founder & President

The role of the staffing industry has evolved as companies and candidates chose a strategic partner to help achieve their goals and fulfill talent needs. Today, staffing employees help the industry generate $138.5 billion into the US economy. Staffing employees play a vital and make a key contribution of a flexible workforce planning. They work in all areas of our country, in all sectors of the nation’s economy and in all levels and functional areas of our organizations. Their reasons for working with a staffing firm are as varied as they are.

Since our inception, workplace has placed a high value on the women and men who choose to work as staffing employees. We recognized their capabilities and interests and have set forth to connect them with employment opportunities that will be fulfilling and correlate with their goals. We believe that the better we do our job, the better they will perform at their new worksite and the sooner our client will meet its performance metrics. We are grateful for the third generation of family members who now trust us to be a partner in their search for a quality job.

When we think of the brand we aspire to build, we think of the importance of respect and integrity – these values are anchored in our relationships with our past and present employees, our clients and our community. As we earn the trust of others, we strive to build strong relationships and contribute to exceptional results and enhanced work environments.

This week we encourage everyone to think about and appreciate staffing employees and the important roles they play in today’s workforce and economy.

6 reasons to hire a recruiter

| August 26, 2020

Competition for top talent is fierce and finding the right candidate is even more important in today’s job market. During these unprecedented times, employers are dealing with business and economic uncertainty, new safety concerns and a labor shortage. Posting jobs, asking contacts for referrals, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and negotiating salaries all take valuable time away from a business owner or manager’s obligations. An executive recruiter can help alleviate some of the stress.

1. Attract the Best Talent

Experienced recruiters have developed an extensive network built to find and retain talent. They know where to look for the right candidates for a specific role regardless if the candidate is currently “on the market.” Because the most qualified candidate may not be actively looking for a job, they know how to effectively source both active and passive candidates.

2. Save Time and Money

Just think about how many resumes you receive with each job posting. Does your internal HR staff have the time to sort and sift through all of the candidates? Reviewing resumes, evaluating candidates, conducting initial phone screenings and scheduling interviews is extremely time consuming. A recruiter takes care of all this and more, leaving time for your HR staff to focus on their main job duties. Recruiters are trained in the art of screening candidates so that you interview only the most qualified for the position. When you hire the most qualified and best fit, businesses generally have to spend less time and money training the new employee.

3. Reduce Turnover

Harvard Business Review says 80 percent of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions, and that those decisions can cost more than five times the annual salary of the bad hire. A recruiter will properly vet the candidates to find the most qualified, best fit for your company and the role.

4. Create the Right Profile for the Role

A skilled recruiter has the experience and expertise to assist with determining what your ideal hire looks like. The recruiter takes the time on the front end to sit down with the hiring mangers to get a complete picture of the position. Using industry knowledge and current experiences, the recruiter will be able to help define the scope of the position, determine the best culture fit and set realistic expectations in regard to salary, level of experience and availability of candidates.

5. Communicate with Candidates

Communication is key. Successful recruiters must be excellent communicators because they spend all day talking to candidates about their resumes and background while spotting red flags and asking the right questions to determine a candidate’s motivation and what they would need in order to consider making a move. Recruiters are also skilled at gathering information regarding a candidate’s job search, including other companies with which they are interviewing and how they would react to a counteroffer.

6. Partnering for Future Success

Retaining a search firm and planning strategically for your future needs can help prevent costly mistakes. A recruiter with whom you’ve developed a relationship with will always be on the lookout for the right talent for your company.  If you always wait until you have significant need then the candidates will be harder to find. In addition, you’ll pay more than you need to and a rush to decision can lead to a bad hire. Great recruiters are in the market everyday — seeking out the game-changers — not just the “actively looking” candidates.  Game changers are busy being successful in their current roles – often with your competitors.

A recruiter can bring a lot of value to your next candidate search. They leverage the experience and expertise that companies need to hire the best candidates for the position and their culture. Do you want ease the stress of finding the right candidate and avoid the expense and headache of bad hires? Then call in a professional.

8 advantages of temporary employment

| August 24, 2020

Temporary employment can be a great opportunity and a smart career move that gives you, the job seeker, a competitive edge in today’s market. According to the American Staffing Association many companies and industries utilize temporary staff on a regular basis:

Around three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.

America’s staffing companies hire nearly 16 million temporary and contract employees a year.

Staffing employees work in virtually all occupations in all sectors:

  • 36% Industrial
  • 24% Office–Clerical and Administrative
  • 21% Professional–Managerial
  • 11% Engineering, Information Technology, and Scientific
  • 8% Health Care

The advantages of temporary work are varied but may be just what you need in today’s competitive work environment.

Advantages of Temporary Employment

1. Get Back to Work Quickly
Staffing agencies know who is hiring and what positions companies need to fill. They typically have immediate openings and expedite the hiring process. There are situations when you could start work the next day if the application and testing process goes smoothly.

2. Gain Exposure
Whether you are interested in exposure to a specific industry or a company, temporary work can provide you opportunity to explore. For example, if you’re a project management admin, you could work in a manufacturing company, a healthcare organization, and a nonprofit before you find the field that you like best. If you’ve always dreamed of working at a specific company, accepting a temporary position will enable you to find out what it’s like to work there. In addition, it can also let you get a foot in the door for when a permanent position opens up.

3. Utilize a Wider Network
Once you find the right staffing company for your needs, you will be working with an organization that has more contacts and local insights than you could ever develop on your own. In addition, the company has the inside track on which companies are hiring and what positions need to be filled. Many times jobs at these organizations never get posted on job sites because they are filled quickly by the staffing company.

4. Transition to Permanent Employment
As a temporary a worker, this is your opportunity to shine and let the employer see what type of employee you are. It is not guaranteed, but don’t be surprised if what started out as a month’s assignment turns into a permanent job offer. When that time comes, you’ll know if the company and position are the right fit for you.

5. Enjoy Flexibility
Most temporary assignments are full time and can last anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks to a couple of years. When your assignment is over, you can take some time off or start back up at a different company.  

6. Gain Skills and Experience
Temporary work is a great opportunity to gain work experience. Some companies do not hire permanent employees in order to keep their overhead low—but that doesn’t mean that the temporary workers aren’t skilled. On the contrary, temporary workers are increasingly important assets in a company’s workforce. It’s also possible to find temporary employment in your career field that can help you gain relevant work experience.  

7. Learn About Yourself
You can also use the time and various assignments to learn more about yourself. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy sitting at a desk? Do you like working with the public? Now is the time to discover what you’re good at and what you really want out of a job.

8. Improve Your Resume
Employers do not want to see long periods of blank spaces on a candidate’s resume. Temporary positions—even those not directly related to your chosen career—can fill in the gaps and show that you’re motivated and willing to work.

How to Get Started

If you are interested in exploring temporary employment, it is easy to get started. Stop at the workplace office Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm to start the application process. Come prepared. You will need a valid ID and your work history including dates, positions and company names.

top 8 interview mistakes to avoid

| August 4, 2020

Congrats! You have landed a job interview. Getting to this step in the application process is a huge deal. Now you need to make sure you do all you can to advance and become the final candidate who receives the job offer. Here are eight of the most common interview mistakes.

1. Arriving Late

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you have plenty of time to find parking, pass any screenings at the door, stop at a restroom to check your appearance and make your way to the designated interview area.  Arriving early shows that you are organized, reliable and interested. This time also can be used to compose yourself and mentally prepare.

It is also important to note that arriving too early can have negative consequences by irritating the hiring manager and disrupting schedules.

2. Being Unprepared

Be sure you take time to prepare for the interview. At a minimum you should understand the role and the company’s culture.  Try to learn what current employees think about working there. Read up on the company and its advantages in the marketplace.   

Prepare your responses to the fundamental interview questions used by most interviewers. These questions include details on your background, your skills, your interest in the company and why you think you are a good fit for the organization and role. Notice if an interviewer asks you to provide a specific example in your response and be certain you do. If asked about experience gaps, don’t hesitate to provide those that are real; you want to show that you’ve thought thoroughly about the opportunity.  It’s okay to admit areas that challenge you. Offer ways in which you address them.

Think of it like preparing for a test. The more you study the better you perform and the more comfortable and calm you are during the test. Lack of preparation is easily spotted by an experienced interviewer.

3. Dressing Inappropriately

The old adage of dress for the job you want, not the job you have still holds true today. Although we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by the cover, it is hard to an interviewer to overlook inappropriate or rumpled and wrinkled clothing. Take time to carefully select your clothing, Shoes are important to your overall appearance; make sure they are appropriate and clean. Practice good personal hygiene and look in the mirror before your head out to the interview.

4. Talking Too Much

Stick to answering the questions that are asked in a manner that is as efficient and concise as possible. In addition to your answers, the interviewer is also assessing your ability to communicate and your critical thinking skills.  Stay away from long-winded stories especially those not relevant to the topic of the questions.

5. Bad Mouthing Past Employers

You want your prospective employer to know that you can work well with other people and handle conflicts in a mature way.  Avoid blaming or criticizing co-workers, supervisors or employers.  Also, it is important to remember that it is a small world, and the person interviewing you may know your current boss or coworkers. Overall, it leaves a bad impression and causes the interviewer to wonder how you would behave if you would leave the new company on terms that aren’t the best.

6. Acting Uninterested

Body language is key. Slumped shoulders, lack of eye contact, slowness when responding, and a general lack of enthusiasm for the company or role are telltale signs that you are uninterested. If you don’t act like you want the job, why would anyone hire you?

7. Using Your Phone During the Interview

We shouldn’t have to elaborate on this one, but we will. Silence your phone before you get to your interview or even better leave it in the car.  Stealing glances at your phone, even to simply check the time, may come off as rude or indicate you are easily distracted. Using your phone during an interview sends a clear message that the job is not a priority.

8. Having a Weak Close

Typically, an interviewer will ask if you have questions.  Think about your questions in advance and be prepared to ask several.  When the interview is finished, make eye contact with each person in the room, state your interest in the opportunity and thank her/him for the time spent. 

Send each person involved a personal message of appreciation for the opportunity to interview and state your specific reasons for wanting the position.

Most of these examples may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at how often these mistakes occur. If you do your best to avoid these errors, you should shorten your job search.

staffing as a strategic tool

| July 28, 2020

Finding talent remains a challenge for many local employers. Posting jobs, asking contacts for referrals, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and negotiating salaries all take valuable time away from a business owner or manager’s existing obligations. A strategic staffing partner that understands your business and how to implement advanced sourcing and assessment practices could help alleviate some of the stress.

Benefits of a staffing partner

Organizations are increasingly using part-time, freelance and temporary workers to fill workforce gaps and have partnered with staffing services as a valuable resource for finding the needed talent quickly and efficiently. Here are a few benefits that a staffing provider can offer your business:

Hire quicker

The hiring process can be very time consuming and lengthy, and as a result of the global skills gap, today’s employers can benefit from a partner attuned to the labor trends in the market who understands the evolving needs of their organization. A staffing provider spends considerable time and resources attracting the most qualified candidates with aggressive recruiting, tapping into the best talent in the market. An experienced and knowledgeable staff can focus on the details and subtleties that often don’t surface in a standard interview or through reviewing a resume. A comprehensive assessment process serves to eliminate the disruption caused by ineffective and inadequate selection practices.

Increase flexibility & save time

As companies try to be more cost efficient and only add workers when needed, temporary staffing provides flexibility. This allows you to adjust your workforce to meet the evolving demands of your business. Experienced staffing providers can find the right candidates quickly by using an extensive network and well-built pipeline. And, we are there to support you and your hiring managers. As the employer for a temporary associate placed with your organization, we’re available to work with supervisors to address issues that interfere with optimal performance.

Reduce risk

You can use the opportunity to “try” an employee before taking on the liability of the employee. When you use staffing services, the company assumes many of the responsibilities including payroll, payroll taxes, workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, new hire process and preliminary onboarding during the temporary period. You can then focus your efforts on site specific onboarding and training which contributes to the long-term retention of employees. Temporary staffing also gives employers the opportunity to quickly end assignments when the project is complete or if the employee is not a good fit. The agency takes care of the details, including finding that employee other work.

Let workplace build the team that works for you

Our commitment to understanding the goals of employers and candidates serves as the focus of everything we do. We view our role to be that of a trusted advisor who takes the time to learn about your company and your specific needs in order to provide you with the best service.

With over 30 years of experience connecting people and opportunities in the Rockford area, the workplace team are experts in our region’s values, worth, and challenges. This expertise enables us to understand how to attract top talent to the Rockford area and to your business. With this thorough approach to the recruitment, assessing, and interviewing processes, we aim to place people with the passion and the experience needed to contribute your growth and success.

Lesly Couper and Jaymie Nelson join workplace team

| July 9, 2020

LoRayne Logan, Founder and President, is pleased to announce two new hires to the workplace team.

Lesly Couper has joined the workplace staff as Chief Operating Officer. With nearly 15 years of experience serving in various leadership roles, Lesly oversees company operations, strategy and performance while continuing to build on the highly inclusive culture ensuring team members thrive. In addition, she will maintain and build trusted relationships with key clients, partners, and stakeholders and develop and implement marketing, branding and communication strategies. Lesly holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University. Dedicated to the community, she serves as a board member for Carpenter’s Place and the Rock Valley College Foundation.

Jaymie Nelson has joined the workplace staff as Office Manager. Her knowledge of running the operations of a successful local business for over 20 years, as well as the organizational skills and attention to detail contribute to her all-around comprehension of all back office functions including payroll, accounting, unemployment claims and monitoring the staffing software and computer network. Jaymie currently serves as a board member for the Winnebago County Board of Health.

“I’m an excited to welcome Lesly and Jaymie to our team,” said LoRayne. “The combined depth and breadth of experience, knowledge and capabilities will complement our staff and position workplace for future growth and success. In addition, both roles will focus on ensuring we understand and meet the needs and expectations of our clients, candidates and community.”