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. 

Staffing and recruiting for multiple industries 

When you need a performer and not someone to “fill a void,” trust Workbox Staffing. We place highly qualified employees in manufacturing, light industrial, office and administration help, and warehouse operations. Search our jobs today to see how we can assist your search! 

Is Your Manufacturing Company Leveraging Social Media to Attract Talent 1030x539

You can’t deny the success of social media when it comes to promoting your brand or products, but did you know it’s also a useful tool in attracting talent? When you find the right platforms for your targeted audience, you can tailor messaging meant to attract talent that costs must less than traditional methods involving advertising. Below are the top social platforms for the manufacturing industry and the best practices to leverage them successfully.

Blog

You have a lot of great information to share, especially about your company and its opportunities, so you need a platform to post these in depth and detail. By starting and regularly using your blog, you’ll not only increase your web traffic, you’ll have quality content to share on your social accounts.

Facebook

As one of the most popular social media platforms, you can’t avoid a presence here. Make sure you have a business page and you’re regularly updating it with relevant information to your audience, including job opportunities. Facebook also has specific features for jobs, giving you even more reach.

LinkedIn

This is the professional social platform that enables industry workers to connect with each other, and is particularly helpful for B2B companies. Optimize your company profile, share updates, engage with others, and help promote your job opportunities.

YouTube

One of the best ways to talk about what you do is to actually show what you do. You can make videos around the type of manufacturing done at your company. You can show the creation process to the actual products in action, plus videos showing step-by-step processes. YouTube also offers editing features, so you can make your video look more professional quickly and easily.

Instagram

Because this is a photo-based platform, the images you show are key. Don’t get too caught up on fancy graphics or designs. Instead, use it to show your products, workplaces, and most importantly, people. You can talk about your employment opportunities while showing your current workers in action.

Highly Qualified Manufacturing Employees

At Workbox Staffing, we know how essential your employees are and you want the best to succeed. We know it’s about more than ‘filling a void,’ so we put our candidates through an extensive evaluation process to make sure they’re what you need. Our manufacturing and light industrial staffing covers positions such as welders, CNC operators, quality control, machine operators, assembly workers, laborers and more. Check out a location near you today!

Whether you’re saving for a big summer trip or just trying to make some extra cash, a part-time job is a great way to add to your bank account without a huge time commitment. You have the freedom to decide the kind of work you want to do and when you’re available to do it. If this sounds like a good idea to you, use the following tips below as your guide to finding a part-time job.

Start by Considering Your Options

There are a number of ways you can get part-time work, whether it’s a schedule you make yourself or one that’s made for you based on your availability. You can work in retail, rideshare, food delivery, restaurants and everything in between. Deciding what you’d want to do and when you’d want to do it enables you to begin your search.

Search Using Your Resources

When you’re actually looking for a new job, there are a number of ways you can find opportunities. The most used is going online and using a job board. Here, you can tailor your search to exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s part-time, evenings, remote, etc.

Another option is the more old-fashioned approach: Finding jobs as they’re advertised locally by businesses. Pay attention to “Help Wanted” signs and see if help is needed somewhere close to you at a business you enjoy. In some cases, these jobs might be your best option and might not be listed online.

Finally, you can reach out to your network to see if they know about any opportunities. Maybe it’s a family looking for a sitter in the evenings or someone who needs their dog watched. One of your contacts may have an opening in their company for a part-time clerk.

Try Freelancing

Depending on your industry, passion or skills, freelance might be a good opportunity to explore. You set the hours and time you can commit and work only as much as you want. Not only is it a good way to earn some extra money, but it can also help you grow your skills and build your portfolio.

Work With a Staffing Agency

When you’re looking for a specific kind of work with part-time hours, a staffing agency is a great choice. At Workbox Staffing, we take the time to get to know you and your desires and match you with the perfect job, whether it involves clerical skills, warehouse operations, manufacturing or light industrial work. Search our job board today to begin your journey!

8 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Candidates Before Reaching out to References

Contacting references during your search adds time to the hiring process, but it can stop you from extending an offer to someone who really isn’t reliable or a good fit. Whether you’re calling someone a candidate provided or contact you know is a mutual connection, asking the right questions can aid in your decision-making process and give you additional insight. Before you know the right questions to ask the reference, you need to ask your candidates these eight questions.

1. Who are your references?

Even if the application features a brief description, you want to be sure who they are so when you follow-up with them, you’re asking the relevant questions to their relationship. It can also help you gauge their relationships with previous employers, especially if all their references are all colleagues or mentors.

2. What was your role at your last job(s)?

In order to accurately talk about their experience with references, you want to know what they did in their previous positions.

3. Why did you leave?

Again, you want the candidate’s answer before asking references, so you can verify for accuracy.

4. Did you get along with your co-workers and managers in your previous role(s)?

By finding out their perception of their work relationships, you can compare with references to learn how others felt about this candidate and if they were polite and relatable.

5. What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?

While it’s likely they will list different items than their references, you can pay attention to glaring misaligns, like if a candidate says something is a strength that a reference claims is actually a weakness.

6. Have you experienced conflict at work?

Understanding how a candidate interacts with co-workers and managers is critical, especially when conflict inevitably arises. By asking them about a specific situation, you can talk in more detail with a reference or compare notes to see if they’re being truthful in the manner they handle conflict.

7. How do you respond to delays and/or setbacks?

Because things won’t always go right, you want to know how they will deal with setbacks or even failures. Learning from the candidate and reference can help you determine the accuracy of the claims.

 8. Why do you think you’d be a good fit for this position?

This can provide different pieces of information, whether it’s experience from another position or a personality trait. No matter what you learn, you can go back to a reference, describe your open role, and ask why they believe the candidate is a good fit.

An Employment Agency With You in Mind

At Workbox Staffing, we know hiring can be stressful. That’s why we do the heavy lifting for you. We take the time to verify candidates and follow up to make sure you’re getting a reliable worker, not just a warm body. Find a Workbox Staffing agency location near you today!