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Invest in Your Workforce to Grow Your Business

Your business has two options: invest in the time to train your workforce or refuse to because you’re too busy and pay for it later. Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development released the State’s latest employment data. Unemployment numbers are at their lowest point since 1999. These numbers reflect a job market where talent is tight and recruiting is a challenge. Your best choice? Hire to train and train to retain.

There are many upsides to training your existing workforce or hiring trainable people. First, employees that feel they are being given opportunities to improve upon their skills are often more loyal to their employers. The training makes them feel valued and they appreciate the job growth and the recognition that acquiring new skills brings. Second, an employer that is able to train a worker in their own environment has a distinct advantage in teaching that worker company-specific procedures and cultures. Time is not wasted explaining why things are done differently, because the process and reasons behind it are being taught from day one. Third, being open to investing in a training program may not impact your overall costs as much as you may think. For some employers, hiring workers at a slightly lower wage with a paid training program may prove to be a more economical way to hire both skilled and unskilled workers. Wages can increase once an employee completes training and has proven him/herself to be both competent in the skill set and a proven hire. Last, implementing on-the-job training programs provides additional leadership opportunities to other more experienced staff and is also a nice way to promote from within. This type of culture allows workers to see that good work ethic and proven results will be recognized and rewarded.

Of course, there are always downsides to every solution. We cannot create more time in the day and training someone takes time—both for the trainee and the trainer. Productivity can be lost because of the learning curve and time it takes to direct and re-direct a new employee. Developing a training program can be expensive, because the front-end preparation is a crucial step in the process. However, we encourage you to look at this time spent as an investment and not just an expense. As more and more experienced workers leave the workforce due to retirement, a company that is set up with a forward-thinking approach will be in a better position than a company that merely waits and then panics. You may need to step outside of your comfort zone and hire someone with those “untrainable” soft skills and a proven work ethic, and invest in BOTH of your futures.

Your goal, of course, is to become an employer of choice. An employer of choice is able to weather the storm a bit when things get rough. Employers of choice understand their existing workforce and their target workforce and make the necessary changes to appeal to both. They listen to feedback and evolve as they need to. They make strategic decisions about company culture and create appeal. In short, they identify what is most important to today’s job seeker and do what they need to do to attract and retain them.

An award-winning staffing expert in Southeastern Wisconsin in manufacturing, clerical, professional and light industrial placements, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you in finding great employees in Wisconsin for both your short-term and long-term needs. As your strategic partner in a tight employment market, 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!

 

FIND GREAT EMPLOYEES BY CONSIDERING ALL OF YOUR STAFFING OPTIONS

For at least the last year, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has reported monthly unemployment rates that have hovered in the mid 4% range, sometimes a full point lower than the national average.  Economic growth, a demographic shift as Baby Boomers exit the workforce, and a shortage of skilled labor employees have some Wisconsin employers shaking their heads and wondering what they need to do to hire quality workers.

As your staffing expert in Southeastern Wisconsin, we can assure you that you have hiring options.  Whether it’s switching over to a fully contingent workforce, making the choice to develop on-the-job training programs, or working hard to become an employer of choice, choosing an experienced staffing partner is an essential part of your hiring strategy.  Over the next few months, we will be discussing hiring trends and tips about how we can help you to hire and retain great employees.

Tip 1: Consider Direct Hire

Consider this: you have an opening for an entry-level machine operator in your food manufacturing facility.  Typically, you have partnered with a staffing company via only a temp-to-hire arrangement.  Your biggest competitor is also hiring, and is looking for the same skill set.  They, too, only hire people on a temp-to-hire basis.

FACT:  Both you and your competitor are competing for the same manufacturing skill set.

FACT:  Since you are competitors in the food industry, in the same market, you both have similar cost structures and therefore pay similar wages.

FACT:  Since you are both hiring only on a temp-to hire basis, you are competing for the same workforce sector.

FACT:  The unemployment rate is around 4.5%.  Available employees, especially qualified manufacturing employees, are scarce.

CONSIDER A DIFFERENT HIRING SOLUTION:  

Open yourself up to the option of Direct Hire.  While you may very often find great candidates through Temp-to-Hire arrangements, you have now done two important things:

  • You have differentiated yourself from your competitor.
  • You have allowed your staffing partner to tap into a group of people that typically won’t look at a temp-to-hire job: the currently employed.

Recruiting someone that is already employed, whether they are actively seeking a new job or are passively looking, opens your hiring options.

  • It is sometimes less expensive than hiring a person on a temp-to-hire basis.
  • It allows your recruiter to look at the most QUALIFIED candidates versus the most AVAILABLE AND QUALIFIED candidates.
  • It allows you to hire someone that has a proven track record of success because they are currently performing the job that you are looking to hire them to do.
  • It allows our team of dedicated Sourcing professionals to provide candidates to our recruiters without having to consider whether or not they are currently working.

An award-winning staffing expert in Southeastern Wisconsin in manufacturing, clerical, professional and light industrial placements, Nissen Staffing Continuum can assist you in finding great employees in Wisconsin. 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!

Taking Time to Take Back Your Time

“So much time, so little to do!  Strike that, reverse it.”  -Willy Wonka

Even Willy Wonka couldn’t keep it straight.  Between your desk phone, your cell phone, your email notifications and countless other interruptions, being productive seems to have become nearly impossible.

The irony is that all of these “interruptions” were designed to make us MORE productive.  It wasn’t that long ago that I can clearly remember waiting in my office for the mail (or the Fed Ex guy)  to see if a contract had arrived, or our payroll checks were delivered or that RFP I was waiting to get started on finally showed up. And when it didn’t, guess what I had to do? I had to wait until tomorrow. Imagine the horror…..(insert gasp!)

Not anymore. I’m not sure our brains are really wired to handle the barrage of productivity “helpers” that are constantly being thrown in our direction. Being productive is a real challenge, and one needs to make a conscious effort to take steps to take back our time and make it work for us.

We recently came across this great article and wanted to share it with you. Take note of just a few suggestions and see if it makes a difference in your time and productivity.

http://www.inc.com/ss/jeff-haden/20-awesome-productivity-tricks-anyone-can-use

(For help managing your staffing, please contact our President/Owner,  Scott Nissen at scott@nissenstaffing.com)

HR Hot Trends & Topics

What are some trends and challenges that HR professionals are discussing this year?  According to SHRM (The Society of Human Resource Management), the list is very specific and emphasizes the need for creative recruiting and retention, knowledge of new laws and an understanding of technology and social media.

  • Competition for in-demand skilled workers.
  • The ongoing influence of developments in information and communications technologies.
  • Demographic changes and an aging population.
  • The importance of flexible and effective work/life strategies.
  • A growing emphasis on measurements and metrics.
  • A rise in uncertainty and volatility of markets.
  • Implications of government legislation, specifically, the Affordable Care Act.

To read the complete report, visit www.shrm.org or click on this link:

https://www.shrm.org/Research/FutureWorkplaceTrends/Documents/13-0724%202014%20Panel%20Trends%20Report%20v4.pdf

Source:  www.shrm.org, Future Insights: The top trends for 2014 according to SHRM’s HR subject matter expert panels, 1/22/2014