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Changing Tides – The Rise and Fall of a Changing Workforce

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Take a look at your workforce.  If it looks like most workplaces, many of your most experienced and knowledgeable employees have already retired or are getting ready to retire.  The first of the baby boomers turned 65 in 2011 and the exodus began. Employers need to start thinking about the strategy they will use as more of these employees leave the workforce.

Before you decide you don’t need to worry about this, here are some facts to consider:

  • Wisconsin’s workforce is aging.  During the 2014 census, it was estimated that almost 15% of Wisconsin’s population is over the age of 65.  This number is expected to increase to over 17% by 2020 and over 22% by 2035, as older people live longer and Boomers move fully into retirement. (Source: https://www.dane-econdev.org/documents/pdf/Wisconsin_Population_2035.pdf )
  • Today’s employment market is already experiencing labor shortages.  These labor shortages are occurring as mass amounts of people continue to retire and are more obvious in manufacturing sectors, as new workers entering the workforce are less and less interested in manufacturing type jobs.
  • Contrary to popular belief, our workforce is not going to shrink in numbers. However, our workforce will shrink relative to the needs of our growing and aging population. 
  • Our economies, both local and global, will continue to experience a shortage of quality and experienced workers.
  • The demand for services will increase and the demand for other goods and services will shift to meet the changing needs of our aging population.

Still think you can wait?  Think again.  This issue is less about the numbers and more about retaining the knowledge and experience of exiting workers.  Employers today are not just losing “a body” – they are losing subject matter experts, mentors and trainers.  They are losing history as these people leave the workforce and this undocumented knowledge base and perspective is difficult to replace.

The impact to Waukesha and Milwaukee County employers, especially those in the manufacturing sectors, is great.  Millennial candidates interested in manufacturing jobs seem few and far between and those that are retiring cannot wait until a replacement is found before leaving their positions.  This leaves employers without any transition and new workers without anyone to train them.  Lack of training can cause frustration and frustration can lead to turnover.  The cycle continues.

It is important to understand your workforce and what it looks like today.  Many employers complain that the next generation of workers lacks loyalty.  We would argue that it is not loyalty that is lacking, but rather an understanding of this generation’s value system.  They, in general, are not looking for lifetime employment.  They are looking for opportunities to learn and grow, and then move on and apply what was learned to the next opportunity.  This is an excellent scenario for companies that value and encourage career pathing and growth.  For those that don’t, today’s workforce will simply move on to go work someplace else.

Our job as employers is to redefine the workplace and re-position ourselves as employers of choice.  Companies need to look to non-traditional means of compensating, recruiting and retaining employees.  They need to make manufacturing jobs more appealing and plan long term.  Companies that offer such things as flexible schedules, benefits for part-time employees and on-the-job training will be better prepared during this time of transition.  Companies need to understand the concept of transferable skills and be able to utilize employees in different capacities—such as mentoring, consulting or teaching—to best utilize their skills and experiences for the good of the organization.  Employers need to be creative and take some risks.  Only these employers will succeed in the marketplace of tomorrow.

While all of these issues can be a bit overwhelming, they are also signs of great change, growth and innovation.  The challenge for employers will be to choose to hop on and ride the wave of change, rather than getting swallowed by it.

An award-winning staffing expert in Southeastern Wisconsin in manufacturing, clerical, professional and light industrial placements, Nissen Staffing Continuum is proud of our commitment to providing human capital solutions to our clients, while assisting our associates in meeting their career objectives and delivering staffing services where we can create and grow value. As your strategic partner, we’ll help you take your staffing initiatives to the next level, whether it’s onsite programs, direct hire placement, temp-to-hire programs or temporary staffing. Our recruiters are supported by a full-time sourcing department dedicated to finding great employees for our clients. For more information about how we can help you find great employees, contact us today and allow us to help you with your HR needs so you can focus on your company’s success!

 

 

 

 

Four Hiring Trends in the Workplace for 2016

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As 2016 begins, companies will need to think about making changes to their traditional hiring patterns. Instead of merely looking at skills and experience, employers must consider a candidate more holistically to ascertain the best-fit as the hiring process moves forward. As you evaluate potential changes, consider these four of the top hiring trends. Engaging them in the coming year could prove to be quite profitable.

  1. Maximizing technology

Currently, it’s an employee’s job market, and the workforce has opened to a more global scale. As technology enhances candidate mobility and shrinks geographical boundaries, smart candidates “shop” for specific jobs at specific companies. Embrace this as an employer’s advantage.  Yes, technology may increase your candidate flow but it can also bring those top candidates who are vying for positions to the top of the pile. Don’t hesitate to utilize online testing and evaluations, which assess behavior, personality, and cognitive ability, to target the best candidates. Video interviews also provide a low-cost way that employers can holistically pre-screen a candidate and narrow the pool.

  1. Making the most of the Boomer to Millennial transition

Baby Boomers are retiring in droves, leaving gaps in the knowledge and skills base when they exit. Don’t be left hanging. Plan for succession. Embrace the new leadership styles and strengths of Millennials, but utilize the mentoring/teaching skills of Boomers. Whether you keep Boomers on part-time or hire them back as consultants, not only will they share knowledge and value, but their guidance will be well received by your Millennials.

More importantly, meet your Millennial leaders on their playing field. They are typically transformational leaders who prefer a flatter hierarchy, personal connections, and the chance to impact society. By broadening your company’s vision to include support for social causes and leveling the leadership structure, your organization can experience growth in the hands of these new leaders.

  1. Recognizing the increasing need for flexibility

As countless Millennials anticipate having children, the demand for flexibility both in office hours and location increases. In addition to seeking time for personal and charitable endeavors, Millennials also want to spend time with their children, desiring to “flex” their schedules around their children’s needs. If not already in place, organizations would be wise to establish a flex-time policy, building around the principle of work accomplished and projects completed instead of focusing on how or where it happens.

  1. Redesigning the workspace

With flexibility, comes changes in workspace requirements. Many companies will be able to cut costs simply by reducing cubicles and creating “shared” spaces. These “co-working spaces” should be built with easy-to-move furniture and equipment to encourage collaboration and attract talent. Sometimes referred to as “meaningful” spaces, these inviting locations allow coworkers to feel like they are part of the work community, promote collaborative decision-making, and help shape the company culture. Meaningful spaces also promote happiness in the workplace, and therefore, a more productive working environment.

Understanding hiring trends and attracting new talent through workplace flexibility, technology, workplace setup and other strategies will help companies grow and remain competitive in the marketplace. The tips from above will all assist in branding your company as an employer of choice in 2016.

From our Nissen Staffing Continuum family to yours, we wish all of you a very safe and prosperous New Year!  Let Nissen Staffing Continuum help you focus on success. We work as your consultative staffing partner by adding value as a strategic resource. How may we assist you? Contact us today.

 

Make Every Tuesday Count

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Did the year-end sneak up on you? Are you feeling pressure to meet your 2015 goals before 2016 hits you square in the face? It’s never too late to re-evaluate, revamp, and recharge. Even if you are ahead of the plan, don’t coast into the New Year – move into 2016 full speed ahead.

Every Tuesday – one week at a time:

December 8th

Review the initial plan

  • What were your goals in regards to marketing, new clients, increased production, increased staff, additional technology, etc.?
  • In review, were they attainable and reasonable goals? Or not?

Evaluate your progress to-date

  • Were there unexpected, but significant developments that stalled your plan?
  • What could/should you have done differently?
  • What attitudes and actions moved you forward and which ones created roadblocks?
  • This is not a time to beat yourself up – that only hinders the next step. It’s a time to be honest and learn – to take advantage of 2015 hindsight for 2016 planning.

Adjust your goals

  • If you want to reach the finish line, you might need to revise the road map.
  • Narrow your focus – what really matters?
  • What will make the biggest difference?
  • What will keep you most on track as you enter 2016?

December 15th

Replace your battery – rejuvenate company passion – harness the power of your team

  • Begin at the top, of course, but involve everyone.
  • Create a fresh perspective.
  • Provide motivation to finish the year at top performance.
  • Take time to look back and see how far you’ve traveled and what you’ve accomplished – it’s the best motivator for moving forward.

December 22nd

Connect with the company team

  • Seek their insight and ideas for 2016.
  • Evaluate their strengths: Use each employee in the position that fits them best – don’t put your “people person” in the back crunching numbers.
  • Plan for new hires: Go for quality – it may cost more initially, but in the end it saves time and expense.

Take care of your team – they are your best asset.

  • Bring on the praises – say thanks in tangible ways.
  • Feed them – if they have to “stay late” a few times, food always helps.
  • Provide support for the team – take advantage of temporary staffing.

December 29th

The black and white checkered flag

  • Cross the finish line – you did it!
  • Celebrate with the team.
  • Give credit where credit is due – plus a little.
  • Fill the gas tanks and greet 2016 with a smile!

Here at Nissen Staffing Continuum, we are behind your team for every lap of the race. We do more than “find new team members.” From temporary and temp-to-hire to direct placement, we provide quality staffing to support your business goals and help you cross the finish line. Contact us today for a full continuum of staffing solutions – that’s what we deliver.

 

 

How to Show Your Employees You Appreciate Them

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Did you know that the number one reason cited by employees for leaving their job is lack of appreciation?

Whether termed recognition, appreciation or simply feeling valued, the need for reinforcement for a job done well is basic and deeply-rooted.

If it is so important, then why is it so rarely shown?

The difference could be due to a discrepancy in perceptions. Employers may be aware that people need recognition but when asked how they meet this need, they cannot articulate an answer. Could it be that employers are used to telling employees when they make mistakes and have forgotten how to provide support and encouragement?

In today’s business climate, salary increases are one way – but not the only way – to reward an employee’s endeavors. A little creativity can go a long way in ideas to show appreciation.

Financial rewards: Has anyone ever turned down a financial boost?

  • Time off with pay: everyone appreciates an unexpected day, or even half-day, off with pay.
  • Flexible scheduling: nothing says an employee matters like helping them balance work with life responsibilities.
  • Offer specialized training: this affirms that you believe in their future with the company.
  • Gift cards: your choice reveals how well you know your employee.
  • Food (restaurant meals, catered events, lunch and learn events): a great way to award a team as well as individuals.
  • Office or group party: builds on team spirit and enhances company culture while saying thanks.
  • Internal or facility improvements: investing in your employees’ workspaces, equipment, etc. says that you appreciate what they do and support them.
  • Gym memberships: shows that while you appreciate work production, you also care about your employees’ well-being.
  • Spa memberships: a great way to say thanks – with no strings attached.
  • Bonuses: enough said. 

Tangible rewards

Financial rewards are a plus, of course, but so is taking time to be more “personal” and/or involving the rest of your staff. Affirming great work in ways that increase an employee’s respect among his/her peers is almost always a winner. Here are some suggestions.

  • Special reserved parking spot
  • Feature in a newsletter or on a website
  • Send a personalized note
  • Celebrations for birthdays
  • Plaques, certificates or trophies
  • Redeemable points
  • Allow peers to have a say in rewarding each other
  • Informal face-time to exchange ideas and touch base
  • Job shadowing
  • Bring your dog (or other well-behaved pet) day
  • Wall of fame 

Verbal rewards: This can be the most important part of your thanks and appreciation. Even when giving financial or tangible awards, a thanks should be included, but sometimes, saying thanks is all you need to do.

  • Saying “thank you,” with the person’s name and reason (“Thank you, Pat, for handling that irate customer today.”)
  • Praising the employee specifically, in front of peers, such as at a staff meeting.
  • Personal acknowledgement of an event (like the birth of a child). 

Each of these rewards creates benefits for employers by not only helping to retain employees, but also by boosting morale for all. A personal touch lets employees know you not only appreciate their work but also take a personal interest in them as individuals. Simply speaking to them about things that are planned for the organization can motivate them to feel as though they are an active part.

Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you with your employment plans and strategies.

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, our focus is on you and your success. We work as your strategic partner by adding value, helping you avoid obstacles and reach your objectives. How may we assist you with your hiring process?

Leading your Introverted and Extroverted Staff

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According to The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – a personality-testing tool based on the work of Carl Jung – an individual’s extroversion/introversion value is measured by how he or she acquires energy.

Extroverts

  • are energized by being around and interacting with people
  • are recharged by external stimuli, such as personal interactions, social gatherings, and shared ideas
  • gravitate toward groups and constant action
  • tend to think out loud
  • work well in groups
  • learn by explaining

Introverts

  • are energized by times of quiet solitude
  • are recharged by quiet reflection and time alone to research ideas and focus on their work
  • gravitate toward one-on-one relationships
  • need time to think before speaking or acting
  • work best in small group or solitary settings
  • learn by taking time to reflect on the material presented

Generally, extroverts are labeled as outgoing, sometimes impetuous, often talkative, and are known for being comfortable in groups. They have a lower basic rate of stimulation, which means they need to work harder to stimulate their minds and bodies to their “normal” state. They often seek novelty and adventure. Spending time with people recharges their personal battery.

Introverts get energy from their “inner world,” having a preference for being alone (or with only a few select people). They thrive on clarity, but can be too reflective or hesitant. Crowds often overwhelm and/or overstimulate them. Time alone recharges them, as does being in predictable situations.

Because introverts and extroverts can be polar opposites, leading a team consisting of both personalities is challenging. It demands a balancing act that requires a clear understanding of the difference between the two and mental, as well as emotional, dexterity. These leadership tips will help ensure that both extroverts and introverts have a voice and contribute their unique skills to the team.

Encourage team connections

  • Host team social events over lunch in surroundings that are familiar to everyone, such as at the office, where all will feel comfortable and more inclined to interact.
  • Enroll the team in an interpersonal communications skills development course. This type of training will help everyone to gain a clearer understanding of how the “other half” operates.

Keep brainstorming sessions and team meetings small and on-track

  • Schedule them well in advance.
  • Before the meeting, ask participants to submit a bullet-point list of their ideas.
  • Draw on these points to help introverts express themselves more willingly and keep extroverts on topic as they describe their ideas. 

Learn to respond to and interact with extroverts and introverts effectively

The extrovert:

  • Respect their independence
  • Compliment them publicly
  • Allow room for their impetuous enthusiasm, while keeping them on track
  • Offer verbal and appropriate physical gestures of affirmation

The introvert:

  • Respect their need for privacy and time alone
  • Address them quietly and privately with either compliments or reprimands. Never embarrass them in public
  • Give them time to think before answering, and then don’t interrupt them
  • When possible, provide advance notice when change is expected or new projects are coming
  • Teach new skills in small groups or one on one

No matter what type of leader you are, these tips will help you adapt your style to accommodate both extroverted and introverted employees, keeping both groups at peak performance.

At Nissen Staffing Continuum, our focus is on you and your success. We can assist you with your employment plans and strategies. We work as your strategic partner by adding value and helping you avoid obstacles and reach your objectives. How may we assist you with your hiring process?

Invest in your company: Connect your employees to the Back-to-School scene.

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Companies who invest in employee education and professional development invest in their own bottom line. According to various experts and sources, including HR Magazine, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and The Huffington Post, investing in employee education brings multiple company benefits, including:

  • Boosts employees’ time management and critical thinking skills
  • Develops leaders
  • Improves company morale, which improves customer satisfaction
  • Results in higher income per/employee, more than 20% higher profit margin for company, and more than 5% higher shareholder return.
  • Enhances employee engagement and performance
  • Increases retention
  • Ignites greater employee innovation

Build your brand as a company who invests in their employees. Let applicants know you:

The cost of training employees, especially potentially long-term ones, is insignificant when evaluating costs associated with high employee turnover and extended position openings.

Established in 1997, Nissen Staffing Continuum has consistently focused on helping businesses grow their organization’s most precious asset: their people. We help promote self-education via our Career Resource Circle, offering:

  • Free job seeker webinars
  • Comprehensive resume review
  • Leading experts and resources to advance your job search
  • Library filled with audio recordings, articles, and webinars

Named a 2015 Future 50 Company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Businesses Executives (COSBE), Nissen Staffing Continuum offers multiple solutions for all your staffing challenges, from sourcing temporary help to meet a project deadline, to temp-to-hire personnel, to recruiting top talent professionals. Nissen Staffing Continuum also offers personalized on-site partnerships to meet the ever-changing requirements of businesses that rely on a flexible workforce to meet their customers’ needs. Contact us today for customized assistance with your hiring needs.