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It used to be a joke but it has become largely true. With unemployment at an all-time low and with the shortage of candidates for entry or lower level jobs, employers’ standards for accepting new hires has sunk to the two mirror test: “If the candidate has a reflection and if they can fog it … hire him.” This could be a… Read more »

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There is no way around it, co-employment exists between a staffing agency and the client. Companies should not frown on this, but embrace it as a way to better protect all their workers—temporary or otherwise. If you are using a temporary staffing agency, there simply is no getting around the co-employment and joint employer obligations…. Read more »

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Business Processes

In design as in food, variety can be the spice of life. But in business processes, variety will slow you down and will confuse your customers. Neither is very good for a business. And it doesn’t matter what kind of business —manufacturing, construction, warehousing, service businesses, not-for-profits, sports, you name it … variation in a process… Read more »

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The typical annual wage increase is too small for employees, and the automatic pay increase for all employees is too much for many employers. Recent articles from the Washington Post and the Society for Human Resource Management reflect a 2017 trend of companies looking to do away with the automatic annual pay increase. They cite the belief that the typical 3%… Read more »

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Do you recall the day when large corporations actually employed all of the people working within the enterprise? The janitors, the maintenance workers, security staff, production employees, distribution and logistics employees were all employed by the same employer. Recall when the employer hired them, paid them, gave them health benefits, insurance, pensions and retirement programs…. Read more »

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Never assume everything is hunky-dory with a trusted long-term outside supplier. Not being knowledgeable enough to ask pertinent questions of your supplier may lead your business off a cliff. None of us can possibly know all that we don’t know, which is why we rely on our suppliers and other experts that we hire to… Read more »

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Things are rapidly changing out there with today’s workforce. Quality, talented workers are no longer adapting to fit an employer’s model. Instead, they are seeking out employers who adapt to their needs. Employers need to understand four critical issues that are changing the way we attract, hire, and retain employees. Including our own firm, we… Read more »

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You can’t stick your head in the sand and ignore the facts and laws about temps anymore. Temps are the joint responsibility of both the employer and temp agency, and must receive the same treatment as full-time employees. Once again, there are many excellent reasons to use a staffing agency, but using temps and thinking that a temporary employee… Read more »