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Employee of the Week

Darline D.

Darline was selected as our Employee of the Week. She has helped out on two different assignments, and we mean two entirely different assignments with different skill sets required.  Darline was capable of performing well at both! We really appreciate her versatility and want to wish her a big Congratulations!

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Solid Labor Market With Job Growth and Higher Wages

The U.S. economy in February saw robust hiring, dropping unemployment, and firmer wage growth, continuing the third-longest on-record economic expansion. The data clears the path for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise short-term interest rates. Nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 235,000 from January, exceeding forecasters’ expectations, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7%. Private sector average hourly earnings increased 2.8% from the previous year, indicating that the tightening job market is contributing to pay growth. Reported by Leubsdorf of WSJ. thumbs up

Offshore Recruitment Services (ORS)-a Sign of the Times in the Staffing Industry

When I first read a recent article about staffing services resorting to offshore recruitment services, I then realized how many offers I get in my email box from recruitment services on a list of candidates who can ostensibly do anything and everything. I either delete or unsubscribe from these unsolicited companies. The article by J. Nurthen in our trade magazine, Staffing Industry Review, went on to say that because of the low-cost disrupters that have emerged in the human cloud to challenge the traditional staffing model, many staffing firms have looked at the potential of offshoring parts of their processes to less expensive labor markets. The benefits from doing so list cost reduction, flexibility, efficiency and focus. Something just doesn’t feel right about this. Even though the 23 vendors in India and the 4 in Pakistan mentioned may provide general administrative support, research, training, website design, SEO, IT consulting and technical support, our staffing team also provides these services and likes to recruit for these areas locally, right here in Tucson. We really like to sit down with the candidates, get to know them and understand what they are interested in doing, what their expertise is, their skillset, their career history and spend time in developing a relationship with them. The better we know our candidates, the more success we have in placing them with our clients. One staffing firm in Pittsburgh with 6 offices tried to use ORS and their experience was not very positive. The owner said that the off-shore companies really do not understand your geographic market.There are several areas of Pittsburgh that are very difficult to commute to because of traffic although the mileage seems ok. Candidates in our market understand this, however, off-shore recruiters do not. Other red flags appeared also. What kind of cultural fit seems best for a particular client? How well are the candidates screened and understood and, most importantly, valued?  We appreciate our candidates deeply and want to do the best job possible in finding them suitable, interesting, and engaging work in our local Tucson market. If we are old-fashioned in this respect, I think that’s OK. Don’t you?

Ellie Patterson has been in the staffing industry for twenty-seven years and is a co-founder and partner at The Temp Connection in Tucson, AZ. She can be reached via email at ellie@thetempconnection.com.

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Employee of the Week

Rachel L.

Rachel is one of those employees that everyone instantly likes when she enters the room. Rachel is positive, bright, cheerful and ready to tackle any project that comes her way. Supervisors, co-workers, and associates enjoy being around Rachel and everyone works well together when she is part of the team.  We are pleased to announce that Rachel is our Employee of the Week. Please enjoy the gift card and congratulations!

Why You Need Emotional Intelligence at Work

According to a recent survey by RH, Int., nearly all human resource managers (95%) and workers (99%) say it’s important for employees to have a high emotional quotient, or EQ, because it helps them manage their own emotions and understand and react to the emotions of others, according to a survey of more than 600 H.R. managers and more than 800 employees by OfficeTeam. More than one in five employees (21%) believe EQ is more valuable in the workplace than intelligence quotient. Nearly two-thirds (65%) say the two are equally important. Most workers (92%) think they have strong emotional intelligence; fewer (74%) believe their bosses do.

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U.S. Employers Expect to Hire More Foreign Workers Despite Possible Immigration Restrictions

According to the Society for Human Resource Management, a majority of U.S. companies plan to hire foreign nationals this year, despite signs from President Donald Trump’s administration that hiring from abroad will be more difficult, according to a late-2016 survey of 442 human resource professionals and hiring managers by Harris Poll. Fifty-nine percent of responding employers said they expect their demand for foreign workers to increase this year, and 55% said they plan to hire foreign talent in 2017; 63% said sourcing foreign national employees is extremely or very important to their companies’ talent acquisition strategy.

Employee of the Week

Frank H.

Frank is our Employee of the Week and we can’t thank him enough for going beyond the call of duty in working with one of our clients. It seems that a 2-day job has become much more than a short-term job with additional duties and also much longer than the original order.  We’re very happy that Frank continues on this assignment and he is happy also that there is more of a variety than at the beginning. Congrats Frank! Enjoy the gift card.

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Employees of the Week

Rowan W. and Samuel L.

Congratulations to both Rowan and Samuel for being our Employees of the Week. We want to extend a sincere thank you for your dedicated effort in helping out an exciting new company in their growth and build out. We appreciate your willingness to help out with the smallest of tasks and then move to the larger jobs that were created moment by moment in the expansion. Please enjoy the gift cards! Thanks!

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Employee of the Week

Rachel L.

We have selected our Employee of the Week and her name is Rachel. We are so glad that she is on board with us. Rachel has been helping out in a variety of ways with a variety of clients and we really appreciate that. She is dependable, arrives at work on time and always has a positive attitude. There you go! Gotta love it. Congratulations, Rachel.

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