Finding the Right Staffing Solutions for Your Business

Choose the best staffing solution for your businessAre you paying too much for your temporary help? If your organization is working with a wide array of staffing partners, the answer is likely yes.

At many companies, an inconsistent, patchwork approach to hiring contingent workers has evolved over time. While such a system may provide a high degree of flexibility and autonomy from department to department, it also comes at a price in terms of cost and efficiency. Procurement professionals and hiring managers would be well-served to consider other staffing solutions that offer greater consistency and efficiency when hiring contingency staff.

An end-to-end solution

Indeed, a more cost-effective and efficient approach could be to work with a “master vendor” that partners with your team to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet contingent staffing needs. While the move requires buy-in from different parts of the organization, a master vendor typically delivers the best return on investment while also creating more consistency across the organization, reducing risk, and freeing up more time to for managers to focus on strategic business goals.
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Keep productive at work with these handy apps

A list of 9 conferences for .Net Developers to attend.At work, technology can be both a blessing and a curse.

It’s a curse when you find yourself cruising the Web or endlessly scrolling through Facebook or Twitter posts, but it can definitely be a blessing if you can tap into some new productivity apps that can help you work smarter and faster.

With a Smartphone now in nearly everyone’s pocket, productivity apps are a logical—and usually free — way to help get the most out of your workday. And with work and personal life now so intertwined, the apps can help manage your time and productivity on both fronts.

The key is to find apps that you will actually use after you download. The CEO of the popular productivity app Any.do recently did some research on the most successful and consistent users of the app. He found that the most productive users review their tasks first thing every morning to develop a game plan for the day. They also schedule tasks across a timeline of today, tomorrow and the near future so they can prioritize. And they attack projects by breaking them down into individual, manageable tasks.
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How to Keep Employees Happy: Combat Attrition

job tipsDo you feel passionate about your work and committed to your company? 70% of Americans would be likely to respond “no” to this question.

According to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workforce report:

  • 18% are actively disengaged: dissatisfied, unmotivated workers with attitudes that can be contagious to coworkers
  • 52% are disengaged: doing the bare minimum required to keep their job, but without any real connection to their work
  • 30% are engaged: proactive, productive employees who feel personally connected to the company

Low Employee Engagement Increases Attrition

Actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. more than $450 billion each year. Unhappy employees are more likely to leave the organization. Adecco’s 2012 Graduation Survey revealed that 91% of recent graduates would leave a job they didn’t like within a year. Turnover is expensive: on average, replacing just one employee costs 20% of their annual salary.

Attrition occurs when employees who leave aren’t replaced. Ironically, this often results in more turnover, as remaining employees become frustrated trying to “do more with less.” If your company has an employee engagement problem, or if you’re a disengaged employee, you probably already know it.

So how do you solve the problem and avoid attrition? Start by getting inspired by these five companies, who have developed creative employee engagement strategies to keep employees happy and minimize turnover.

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5 Ways The Hiring Process is Just Like Fantasy Football

Recruiting the right candidatesFantasy football season is in full swing, with more than 20 million Americans each week setting their rosters in hopes of capturing a coveted league championship.

While fantasy football is all about fun – and maybe winning a few bucks – it can also be instructive for those looking to hire top talent.

The strategy and skills required to run a successful fantasy football team in many ways mirror a successful hiring process. Here are a few ways how:
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Hiring for STEM skills in the New Year – Don’t wait

STEM skills worker in the fieldAs we near the end of 2013, is your 2014 workforce in place?  If you haven’t already, get a head start on recruiting for your current and projected 2014 hiring needs, especially if you’re recruiting employees with science, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills.  One of the most difficult challenges facing companies is the severe and growing gap in professionals with STEM skills.

To learn more about the STEM skills gap and its source, view our new infographic.

Recruiting for STEM jobs

Skilled STEM workers are particularly difficult to find, so we’ve compiled a list of recruiting strategies you can start using now to have your hires ready for January 1, 2014. 
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Holding onto millennial job hoppers

Millennial indecisive about his job. He, like many other Gen Yers may be a job hopper.“A generation of job hoppers” is how Millennial branding expert Dan Schawbel described Generation Y workers in a recent Human Resource Executive article.

“While older generations are looking for salary and benefits, Millennials are looking for meaningful and flexible work,” Schawbel said in the article. “What they want from their jobs is different, and that’s why they leave in a couple years.”

And indeed, Millennials typically are switching jobs at a swifter rate than previous generations. A recent study found 60% of Millennials leaving their companies in less than three years, with the average cost to replace that employee between $15,000 and $25,000.

For managers and companies focused on retention, these figures can prove daunting. Yet steps can be taken to help boost your odds of keeping your best millennial workers longer. 
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