When you need additional support, but you can’t or don’t want to bring on additional full-time employees, you can choose part-time staff. These employees are there to provide the help you need when you need it, without becoming a long-term burden. While they can be a gift, they bring their own management challenges. Here are five strategies to help you manage your part-time employees.

1. Don’t view them differently

Even though an employee isn’t part of your permanent, full-time staff doesn’t mean they don’t have value. Treating them differently, or like they’re second to the rest of your staff, can cause problems. Always keep the mindset that they’re there to help your company, just like everyone else, and you’ll maintain much better relationships.

2. Give them a job to do

There’s a temptation when you bring on part-timers to just send them wherever you need help, but this can hurt the quality of your hires and the work completed. The work may not be full-time, but you still need someone with the right skills and experience. Write an actual job description and hire a person to do that specific job.

3. Attach them to specific projects

While the work is specific, they don’t necessarily need to be aligned with one department (role dependent). Sometimes, it might be wiser to bring them on for a job on a specific project where they’ll work cross-departmentally and potentially more productively as a result.

4. Meet with them

As a manager, you should take time to meet with everyone on your team, including part-time workers. In these conversations, you can find out how the work is going, how they’re adjusting, and anything you can do to support them in their role. By taking this time, you’re developing a better relationship and they’ll feel more dedicated and like they’re a real part of your company.

5. Include them during relevant meetings

Like earlier points is the fact that they need to be included in all relevant staff activities, regardless of status. When you don’t invite them, especially to a meeting related to their work, you’re sending a negative message to both them and the team, like they don’t really belong.

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When you need extra support in your office, light industrial, warehouse, or manufacturing setting, look no further than Workbox Staffing. We’re an employment agency with your mind, dedicating our work to finding the right employee for you – not just a body to fill the void. Through thorough vetting and thoughtful hiring, we make sure we’re delivering the right candidates every time. Call or stop into any of our locations to get started today!

Like it or not, winter is coming. With it brings new safety challenges and hazards for your manufacturing company. Even if it seems like you still have time, now is the time to take proactive steps to make your workplace safer before the snow falls.

Be aware of the most common accidents

Sleet, snow, and ice all wreak havoc during the winter and cause serious injuries and accidents for your team. Your manufacturing company can’t afford to overlook the risks and not be prepared for these potential accidents.

Slips and falls

These are always a risk during the nicest days and the threats are magnified once the weather makes every surface more slippery. Outside walkways and stairs face the most exposure, but workers tracking the snow and ice can cause slippery entrances and hallways.

Vehicle accidents

Obviously, elements that cause accidents on foot can also cause them in a vehicle. Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly, putting your employees in a potentially dangerous situation.

Physical ailments

Outside of what an accident because of the weather can cause, there’s also the risk of physical ailments like hypothermia and frostbite. For workers who spend a lot of time outside during the extreme cold, this can be a real threat.

What can you do?

Now that you know the risks, it’s time to determine what you can do at your workplace to avoid them at all costs. Some things will be out of your control, but you don’t want to overlook a solution to make your company safer.

Make sure your team is wearing the proper equipment

If your workers are going to be outside, make sure they’re dressed in the appropriate gear. This can include specialty coats, boots, and gloves. Don’t just tell them – make sure it’s enforced.

Keep your vehicles safe

Make sure your company cars and trucks are winter-ready with snow tires, windshield wiper fluid, up-to-date inspections, and scrapers and brushes to clean off the snow. It’s also advisable to keep an emergency kit in each vehicle just in case.

Maintain your walkways

Any slip or fall on your property, whether it’s one of your employees or a member of the public, could become grounds for a lawsuit. Maintenance and snow removal should be a top priority in the winter months to keep everyone safe.

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As an employer, you know how detrimental turnover can be to your company. You don’t want to lose employees, but you aren’t sure of a magic formula that can make them stay. While there isn’t a secret key to keeping them and occasionally some will leave, there is an easy imitative that can reduce turnover: employee appreciation. Here are 10 ideas your staff will enjoy to get you started.

1. Thank you notes

Sometimes the simplest solution is one of the best. When your employee deserves thanks, don’t just say it or shoot off an email. Take the time to specifically acknowledge what they did in a handwritten note. It may be more old fashioned, but your employee will appreciate the effort.

2. Celebrate birthdays

This is a great way to bring your team together, provide them with a treat, and make sure they know they’re noticed. Depending on your team size, you can do it individually or monthly, just don’t forget the card!

3. Peer-to-peer recognition

Appreciation doesn’t need to come from only the top. Give your team a way that they can celebrate each other.

4. Team recognition

You want to acknowledge individuals, but you don’t want to neglect the efforts of a team. Celebrate and recognize their milestones and what they’ve been able to accomplish. Not only are you encouraging them, but you’re also providing insight for other teams to learn more.

 5. Surprise treats

Birthday celebrations are a must, but there’s also value in a surprise treat in the breakroom from time to time just to say thank you and I appreciate you. Think about donuts, bagels, pizza, cookies, or anything else your staff will enjoy.

6. Acknowledge anniversaries

Don’t let a work anniversary pass without at least saying something to an employee. Even if it’s not a major milestone, just a simple congrats and thanks will let them know you see them.

7. Staff lunches

Take the time to have lunch as a staff, whether it’s on-site or off. This is a great way to bring people together, reward your team, and get to know them better.

8. Additional training

Investing in their professional development is an excellent way to show your employees they’re appreciated. You’re telling them they’re worth the investment.

 9. See what they do outside of work

Celebrating accomplishments on-the-job is important, but don’t forget to see what they’re doing outside the office. Whether it’s volunteer work or personal accomplishments, pay attention and let them know you value all they contribute, not just what happens inside your company.

 10. Mentor programs

Similar to training, setting up mentor programs is a way to help advance careers. If you start by pairing new team members with seasoned leaders, you’re already showing appreciation from day one.

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You want to offer the best possible experience for your employees without spending all your money to make it happen. You know you need good perks to attract new talent, but you worry about the additional costs. If this sounds like you, consider these five perks you can offer your employees without breaking the bank.  

1. Flexibility 

As the workforce evolves, one of the greatest benefits you can provide is the option of flexibility. Depending on your industry, culture, and his or her specific job, you can determine just how flexible you want to be. Whether it’s the option to work from home, stack your hours, or even leave early based on their judgement, you can make your team happier by being looser about standard 9 to 5 in office hours.  

2. Play hooky  

When you build in days where you leave the office to do something not work related, like a happy hour or sporting event, you’re reminding your team that you value them, and work isn’t the most important thing in life. Even if it’s just an afternoon where you visit a local free attraction, days of playing hooky are a great perk to offer.  

3. Casual environment 

This may depend on what your company and employees do but relaxing on business casual and other standard formalities can be a completely free but immensely appreciated perk. Sometimes you need to look the sharp in suits, but if that doesn’t apply to you, maybe it’s time to loosen up your standards.   

4. Fun food days 

Everyone gets excited about free food and it’s a nice gesture to show your team you appreciate them. When you provide lunch once a month, bagels on Fridays, and/or monthly birthday cake, you’re allowing everyone to pause from their work and gather together for a nice treat. Inexpensive yet effective.  

5. Increased recognition 

Make more of an effort to applaud your employees when they’re working hard and doing a good job. Whether you partner with local business for prizes, provide gift cards, or do a fun wall of celebration, any effort to show you appreciate your team is a good idea. 

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What are you doing to help your employees develop professionally? If you can’t easily answer that question, you’re probably missing the boat on a valuable and important opportunity for your company. In case you haven’t considered it, here are five reasons it’s important to invest in the career growth of your employees 

1. Maintain consistency 

By making the same training available to all employees on a team, you’re setting the expectation right at the beginning and developing a culture of consistency. This way, you know every single employee has experienced the same onboarding and additional training and was told what was expected in the role.  

2. Stay up to date on trends 

Technology evolves constantly and, as an employer, it can be hard to stay on top of all of them. By making sure your employees stay trained, you know you’re still using the most efficient and effective resources for your team. 

3. Boost morale 

When you take the time to invest in your team, it sends a message. You are telling them they’re valuable and you care about their growth. This kind of culture will be more positive and have employees with higher morale because they feel noticed and important under your leadership.  

4. Recognize your talent 

More training also gives you an opportunity to see your team in a new light. For example, the extra training may cause some to excel beyond what you imagined and become your next top performer. Conversely, you may notice that some you had high hopes for aren’t taking it seriously. By giving them the chance to improve, you can see a different side to your team.  

5. Decrease turnover 

With more content employees, you’ll have less looking to leave for a better opportunity. Beyond just that perk, employees who are growing make great candidates for positions within the company. You don’t have to look externally or fear you’re going to lose people because you take the time to invest.  

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Because employees are humans just like you, sometimes they will need time off. Whether it’s due to illness or a planned vacation, you can expect to receive requests and notices about when they’ll be absent. While this is normal, just now showing up for work is not.

A no-show employee is one who doesn’t come to work and doesn’t tell anyone they aren’t going to, either. When this occurs, it can be frustrating to other team members who maybe have to cover and cause a delay in finding a replacement. If you’re having problems with employees no-showing their shifts, here’s what you should do.

1.Establish a policy

If you’ve already completed this step, skip to number two. If not, stick around. Without a clear policy in place, it can be hard to reprimand your employees who don’t show up for work without letting you know. You don’t really have any basis to stand on except fundamentally you know it’s wrong.

This policy should cover how to call off work, how to request days off, and what will happen if you fail to show without notifying the company. By writing this down, you have clear language explaining the repercussions of no-showing, especially after it becomes a repeated behavior.

2. Educate your employees

Second in importance to having a policy is making sure your team is aware of it. Take time to go over the rules with them, especially if this becomes an ongoing issue. Make the consequences clear so people are aware of what will happen if they break the rules.

A good way to start employees off on the right foot is to provide your policy to them and have them sign saying they’ve received and read it. This works for current employees, too. With written proof of their reception, they can’t use ‘I didn’t know’ as an excuse to get out of trouble.

3. Enforce your rules

When you don’t make it clear the rules matter, your employees will begin to pushback because they’ve yet to face any real ramifications for their behavior. They’ll know they aren’t supposed to be late or not show up, but you’ve never done anything about it so why should it matter?

Disciplining isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. In order to make sure your rules are followed, they must be enforced.

An employment agency with you in mind

When you need a new employee, whether it’s because an employee had too many no-shows or an increased workload, trust Workbox Staffing to deliver. We understand your team is the lifeblood of your business and it takes more than just a warm body to keep things moving. Find a location near you today to get started!

Are you documenting everything as a manager?

Paperwork is a tedious part of anyone’s job but documenting certain things as an employer can save you time and money down the road. By having a record of your conversations with employees, you have the tools you need when you need them.

What should you document?

Certain records are documented through human resources, including employee records, incident reports, performance evaluations, policies, and procedures. In addition to those, you should document your own conversations with employees regarding their performance. Establishing these documents of record are essential to assist you in the performance management of your team.

How should you get started?

Start by creating files for all your employees, both the top and poor performers. The goal with these documents isn’t to simply monitor the employees who need more assistance but consistently track all employees. It’s important to develop a system that will help you in the recordkeeping process, which can laborious.

What is included?

Each new record should contain the following four pieces of information: the date, the subject of the conversation, what in particular was covered, and the next steps. With these recorded, you know exactly how your conversations went and what is now expected of the employee.

While this is helpful in documenting improvements, it’s also helpful in the case of termination. If you have to let an employee go and they argue it’s without cause, you have the records to indicate the chances they had to improve.

What should you do with the records?

Once you’ve written the report, follow up via email with the employee so they have a record for themselves. This can also help you because you have proof you and the employee were both aware of the details. Make sure you keep the emails you send and receive regarding the performance management documents as further records.

At the start, these will seem overwhelming to write, but ultimately, they exist to make your life easier. Should you face any lawsuits claiming one thing, you have the proper records to refute the claims. When it comes to evaluating performance at the end of the year, you have the reports already assembled to back up your thoughts about your employees’ growth.

Find the right candidates, easier.

Sometimes your performance management reports will show someone just isn’t where they need to be and it’s time for them to be replaced. Instead of being overwhelmed with the process, partner with Workbox Staffing. We know hiring its stressful, which is why we do the heavy lifting for you through our thorough vetting process. We’re a staffing agency that understands you need the right person in a role, not just a body on the payroll. Find a location near you and contact us today!

Is your hiring process outdated?

When is the last time you evaluated your hiring process to check if it’s still working? Too often companies rely on what always worked instead of paying attention to industry and HR trends and implementing new practices. Failing to evolve what you do could be costing you talent. If you’re implementing any of the following tactics, it might be time to try something new.

You use the same interview structure for every candidate.

Not only is every position different, so is every candidate! Treating both as a one-size fits all process could cause you to miss important details or information about an applicant. One example could be the standard time it takes to set up an interview.

Maybe in the past you had a timeline you followed and assumed if the candidate wanted the job, they would wait. Often, this isn’t the case for the best and brightest. When you come across a candidate you’re especially interested in, the time to schedule an interview is immediately.

You don’t focus on the employee experience.

Desperate job seekers don’t care about the culture or status of your company as long as it’s a paying job. For these people, you don’t need to worry about discussing your opportunities in great detail or having an enticing careers page, because they’ll apply no matter what. The problem is, these aren’t the applicants you necessarily want.

A top candidate is looking for more than just a way to pay the bills. They are looking into the value working for you will bring to their lives. Attracting the best is about showing them what they get at your company and focusing on their experiences.

 You engage people with bland and impersonal emails or not at all.

Employee cultivation should be an ongoing process that’s always searching for new talent to bring on board. This involves engaging both with candidates who have previously applied, as well as professionals you’ve noticed in the field. Make personal and meaningful connections with them so, when you need someone to fill a role, you’ve already lain the groundwork.

You take months to make up your mind.

The hiring process is something that shouldn’t be rushed, yet there is such a thing as taking too long. In your search to find the perfect candidate, you might miss the best talent available because you can’t find the time to make up your mind. The longer you take, the more interviews your candidates are going on, increasing their chances of finding something else.

Workbox Staffing puts you first

We understand the time the hiring process can take. Not only does it hurt your chances of finding the best talent, it keeps you from focusing on your own work. Partnering with Workbox Staffing helps you find reliable talent faster in fields like manufacturing and light industrial operations, office help, and warehouse operations. Make the hiring process less stressful and work with us today!

5 Reasons getting to know your employees will help you manage

As a manager, you want to be seen as more than just someone who tells the team what to do. You want to be a leader so people will follow you out of passion and devotion, instead of obligation. One of the best ways to establish yourself as a leader and develop loyalty is to take the time to learn more about your employees. Here are five reasons for getting to know your team will help you manage them better.

1. Take Them Outside of Work

Engaging with your team in social settings will help you and them learn more about each other in a non-work environment. When you see them in different environments, you can learn more about their behaviors. Plus, you have time to actually talk to them beyond standard work conversations about projects and deadlines.

2. Give Them Your Support

While you don’t want them to think they can misbehave or break company policy, it’s good for them to know you’re behind them 100 percent. When they have new ideas, help them implement them and encourage your team. If something goes wrong, don’t immediately pass the blame but accept responsibility yourself. Doing this shows you’re in their corner, no matter what.

3. Keep Your Door Open

Being approachable goes a long way. By opening yourself up to their conversations, you’re letting them know they can come to you, and you’ll listen. Even when you’re having a stressful day, lead by example and retain your friendly demeanor. Consistency means everything to your team.

4. Encourage Development at all Levels

You want your team to improve, and frequently that starts with the individual. Developing your team as a whole is important, but you want to make sure the members of your team have room to grow as professionals.

5. Always Be Empathetic

Excuses aren’t acceptable, but things do happen that cause pause and consideration. When something is going on in their life, engage with them as much as they’re comfortable and make allowances where possible.

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Selecting the candidate you want to extend an offer to after the long hiring process is a moment of relief after weeks of stress. You’re ready to fill the open position so everyone can go back to the regular duties and the rhythms can go back to normal around your office. Everything is finalized with HR and at last you reach out, congratulating the candidate and sending your offer.

To your great surprise, you don’t immediately hear back. There’s nothing the next day or a day after that. Finally, after a week, you reach back out and still it’s silent. After everything, you’re left wondering why you haven’t heard back from your top candidate, these following reasons may explain their lack of response.

 You Took too Long

At the end of the day, the likely answer is you took too long to make a decision. If the candidate went through too many rounds of interviews without hearing an answer, they probably decided to go with another option.

No matter what the process is like on your end, you need to be in frequent communication with your candidates and keep them informed of what’s going on. Weeks without word could leave them confused, unsure, and more likely to accept another offer.

 They Received a Better Offer

Sometimes it comes down to an opportunity they wanted more, so they accepted an offer without letting you know. Or that they knew the salary for the position at your company and chose a job with something higher or better benefits.

Because of this, it’s always important to make sure your salaries are competitive with the market. Failing to offer what someone is worth, especially compared to others in similar positions could mean the loss of your top talent. You can’t control a person’s interest, but you can control how much you pay them.

They Changed Their Mind

Maybe it’s as simple as after, a few interviews, they decided your position wasn’t something they wanted. Instead of taking a job they knew wouldn’t work out, they’re going to ignore future communications. If this is the case, be grateful you didn’t go through the lengthy and expensive process of onboarding, only to lose them anyway.

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Next time you’re looking for employees in the light industrial, manufacturing, or clerical fields, partner with Workbox Staffing to get the right candidates when you need them. We take the time to make sure we’re presenting you with the top talent you know isn’t going to disappear. Learn more about our services and getting new employees today!