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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 1M ago

How many times have you hired a candidate who seemed like a perfect fit for your open position and your company only to find out that he was anything but? This is a common occurrence because job applicants often exaggerate their skills on resumes and magnify their strengths during interviews. The uncertainty of recruiting and hiring makes using a temp-to-perm hiring strategy extremely advantageous when used correctly and in the right situations.

What is Temp-to-Perm Hiring and When Should You Use It?

Hiring a person temp-to-perm means that you have hired him on a temporary basis and that his performance on the job during a short period of time will dictate whether or not you offer him a permanent position. It’s essentially a probationary period for an employee where you can gauge if he’s a good fit for your company and can actually perform the duties of the job.

This real-world assessment is a great way for you to get a more complete picture of an employee’s effectiveness before you completely commit. It’s also a great time for the employee to determine if he likes working for your company. When used correctly, it can save you money, time and frustration in the hiring process.

It can be used in almost any hiring situation, but like most things, there are pros and cons to using a temp-to-perm hiring strategy.

You Still Need to Try and Hire the Best Available Candidates

If you keep hiring the wrong person for the job even on a temporary basis, this too will eventually add up high costs and wasted time. You will also have a more limited candidate pool when employing a temp-to-perm hiring strategy, but working with a staffing agency can maximize your chance for recruiting success in several ways:

1. Access to more applicants: Established staffing agencies have large applicant pools to choose from, which gives you a higher chance of finding a high-quality candidate.

2. Applicants more receptive to temporary work: Unfortunately, there is a negative stigma attached to temporary work. However, the workers who go to staffing agencies are more likely to be open to temporary work.

3. Recruiting expertise: Staffing agencies do nothing but recruit and hire all day, every day. It’s likely that you will benefit from their experience and expertise.

4. More time for recruiting: Finding the right candidates takes time, which you may or may not have.

5. Industry awareness: It may be difficult for you to determine which positions are good for temp-to-perm and which ones are best for direct hires. A staffing agency’s industry knowledge will help guide you to the right decisions.

Temp-to-Perm Hiring Can Improve Teamwork & Workforce Fit

One of the biggest advantages of using temp-to-perm hiring is the impact it can have on “workforce fit.” When you hire a new employee on a temp-to-perm basis, you get a much better picture of how that employee meshes with your existing workforce on a day-to-day basis. Let’s face it; sometimes employees just don’t work together well as a team – and the functional “probationary period” of a temp-to-perm hire gives you and your other staff members a good opportunity to really judge how well a new hire works with the rest of your staff before you make a long-term commitment to them. There is a large grey area between fire-able offenses and teamwork-degrading friction between employees, and the temp-to-perm process lets you evaluate everything in-between when making a decision on the permanent hiring of a new employee.

With temp-to-perm hiring you can also include much more input from your staff “on-the-ground” when making this decision – something that not only improves your chances of making the right decision, but also lets your current staff feel like their input has been listened to and fully considered. This second component can be just as important over the long run to building a cooperative and effective team of employees to meet future challenges. By making your permanent staff feel like their expertise is respected and their opinions are valued when you make permanent hiring decisions, you will build trust that will yield dividends for years to come. You will also have much better odds of hiring individuals who will work well together and have strong ties to your company.

TPG Staffing has over a decade of experience in the staffing industry and is ready to help you improve your hiring success, fill in your employment gaps and land the talented professionals your business needs. We invite you to discuss your workforce needs in an initial consultation by contacting us at 732-246-7100.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 1M ago

If you are a new college graduate the job outlook for you couldn’t be better. According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 2019 is primed to be the best “buyer’s market” for job candidates since 2007. Based upon data collected from both college graduate jobseekers and their potential employers across multiple industries, 2019 is projected to have the most open positions relative to the size of the job candidate pool in over a decade. [1] [2] This means that job candidates have significantly more leverage and options than they have had in the past, dramatically shifting the dynamics of the job search process into their favor. If you are a new college graduate in today’s job market, this means that you are much more likely to have choices and options that you wouldn’t have had in even the recent past.

The Days of Desperation are Officially Over

In years past, many college graduates, faced with an anemic economy and lackluster job growth, felt the need to “jump on” any job opportunity that came their way after graduation. This was an approach born out of desperation, and the days of desperation are officially over. So, how should college graduate jobseekers react to this drastic shift in the dynamics of the job market? For starters, you can afford to be much pickier when evaluating potential job opportunities.

According to the NACE college graduate survey, graduating college seniors who had applied for full-time jobs received an average of 1.10 job offers, the highest rate of average job offers in 12 years. [1] These results mean that you don’t simply need to apply for any available position; you now have the leverage to apply for only the positions that you feel most attracted to for any number of reasons. In addition, you may have significantly more bargaining power when it comes to your initial salary or benefits than graduates even a few years ago.

“Gone are the days of unpaid internships. The average hourly wage of an intern has risen to $19.05 in today’s job market.”

National Association of Colleges and Employers
The Job Market is Tightening Across Almost Every Industry

Even in the best of economic times, there are always some industries where the picture for jobseekers is bleaker than others. However, in today’s tight job market almost every industry is projected to hire more employees in the coming year. According to the NACE Job Outlook 2019 Spring Update survey of employers, 12 out of 13 industries surveyed reported that they intended to increase their hiring in 2019 with only one industry expecting a hiring decrease. This data means that almost no new college graduates will be left out of the employment bonanza that is coming this year, a dramatic shift from even last year when the same survey reported almost half of these industries expecting hiring decreases. [2]

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers Flexibility to Consider Other Options

Along with increased negotiating power in your corner as a jobseeker, you also have the opportunity to consider other options instead of simply pouncing on the first full-time opportunity that presents itself. As mentioned above, perhaps an increasingly better-paid internship with a company is a good way to get experience in a field and “test-drive” a company to see if it will be a good fit for you. As employers find it more difficult to fill open full-time positions, there may be more lucrative freelance or temporary positions that you may want to consider as well. And, finally, now may be the perfect time to consider working with a staffing company to enable you to sample the work culture of different companies while earning a substantial salary from companies that are having trouble filling their open positions with qualified candidates. By working through a staffing company, you can get the “best of both worlds” in a number of ways and potentially find the best possible fit for your future career.

Why Choose TPG Staffing?

If you think that working with a staffing agency may be the right option for you – giving you both flexibility and financial security – TPG Staffing is a great choice. At TPG Staffing we specialize in placing individuals in the kind of high-value professional opportunities that provide not only financial rewards but a sense of fulfillment and personal accomplishment as well. In fact, we pride ourselves on our ability to match individuals with company cultures – not just skills with position requirements – to create the best fit for both the company and individual involved. Today’s job market is giving new college graduates an unprecedented array of leverage and options to choose from, and TPG Staffing can be a great choice for any job seeker looking for the best odds of landing a rewarding career.

Give us a call at 732-246-7100 to get your journey started on the right track.

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Every company has goals that they want to achieve in 2019. Quality affordable staffing can provide the necessary skills, experience, and motivation to get the job done right and under budget. If your business is successful you have built a dedicated and focused team to make that success possible, but every company has unexpected openings due to growth into new areas, special projects that require new skills, or simply turnover among your staff. That’s where a staffing company can step in to help you cost-effectively fill those openings with individuals who can fit right in with your company’s existing culture.

Managing Change in Response to Changing Business Realties

Today’s rapidly-changing global economy requires your company to be nimble and agile in response to shifting market forces and customer expectations. This is true in regards to the composition of your workforce as well. As your workflow demands change, you need a workforce that can change with them while still maintaining the unique factors that differentiate you from your competition and inspire loyalty in your customers. That’s where partnering with a company like TPG Staffing can make all the difference. By leveraging the expertise of our leadership team’s combined century of staffing experience, you can create the agile and responsive workforce you need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead.

We Provide Quality Affordable Staffing in a Variety of Fields

If you choose to work with TPG Staffing, we can help you fill permanent or temporary positions in almost any field. In fact, we have resident in-house experts in a diverse array of industries, each possessing an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities of recruitment in their individual area of expertise. If you give us a chance to fill one of your open positions, we are confident that you will be extremely pleased with the quality affordable staffing services they provide. Below are just a sample of some of the fields for which our talented professionals recruit.

Administrative Services

Recruit the detail-oriented admins who keep successful companies on schedule and task.

Creative & Marketing

Assemble the creative pros to make your company’s brand outshine the competition.

Engineering

Tap into the engineering talent that can make your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Finance & Accounting

Find the number-crunchers you need to keep an eye on your company’s bottom line.

Human Resources

Build an HR team that keeps your workforce engaged and focused on success.

Information Technology

Round out your IT team with staff who are committed to remaining on the cutting-edge.

Pharmaceutical

Get professionals with the mix of education, training, skills and ethical standards you need.

Temporary

Fill your unexpected openings with “plug and play” professionals at a moment’s notice.

Access the Benefits of Temp-to-Perm Hiring

One of the great advantages of working with a staffing agency to meet your recruitment challenges is the ability to utilize temp-to-perm candidates as a way to ensure quality affordable staffing for your organization. By hiring an individual on a temp-to-perm basis through a staffing agency, you can get an extended sample of the quality of their work, attitude, and ability to work with your existing staff before you offer them a permanent position. During their initial temporary employment period, you can gauge if they are a good fit for your company and can actually perform the duties of the job.

Hiring temp-to-perm employees via a staffing agency enables you to:

  • Evaluate an employee’s performance before offering them permanent status
  • Reduce the negative impact of an applicant misrepresenting their skills during hiring
  • See if new employees mesh well with existing ones and your company culture
Start the New Year off Right by using Quality Affordable Staffing to help Build Your Workforce

At TPG Staffing we have the expertise and experience to help you bring onboard permanent, temp-to-perm, and temporary employees who are ready to “hit the ground running” at your company. Let TPG Staffing help you tap into the highly-qualified professionals you need to help grow your business in the New Year ahead. Call us today 732-246-7100 to learn how to get started.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 1M ago

In every business there are times when you have a critical project that needs to be completed, but you may not have employees with the right skills or the availability to work on it. In this situation contract staffing may be the perfect answer. By using contract staffing to bring onboard a new team member (or an entire team), your company acquires the skills and the focus of new personnel without a long-term commitment to bring employees onboard full time. And, you don’t have to disrupt the workflow of your current employees by pulling them away from important duties or saddling them with overtime hours.

Contract Staffing Delivers the Skills You Need

Oftentimes, a unique project that needs to be completed may require skills that your current employees simply don’t have. This makes sense if you think about it. Your employees have been trained for the tasks and duties that you know to expect on a regular basis; a special project is almost by definition something that is outside of the norm of their regular responsibilities. Sure, you could train existing staff to take on these new roles, but if the project is temporary in nature, this is often not cost-effective. Contract staffing lets you bring on new talent that may even specialize in exactly the area you are looking for, saving you time and probably producing the best quality results.

Maintaining Focus on the Project

Another great advantage to using contract staffing for your special projects is the laser-like focus that these individuals will bring to the projects to which they are assigned. Because your special project is their exclusive focus, these new team members can concentrate all of their energy and attention on completing it. Compare this situation to using “regular” employees who will constantly feel torn between working on your project and their other company responsibilities. No matter what direction you give them to devote themselves to the new project, it is human nature for them to expend at least a small amount of mental energy on being concerned about (or actually jumping in and working on) their prior duties. Contract workers don’t have this problem, enabling them to focus 100% of their time and mental energy on the project at hand.

Don’t Give Full-Time Staff Whiplash

Pulling your full-time staff from their regular duties to work on temporary projects can also have a cumulative negative impact over time. When you have to shift your permanent employees from their regular duties to a special project and then back again numerous times over the course of a year it can leave them feeling directionless, without a clear sense of your company’s overall vision and their role in it. By using contract staffing to work on special projects, you keep your regular workforce from experiencing the feeling of whiplash that constant shifting of priorities can engender. This enables them to have a much clearer sense of the company’s mission and their place in accomplishing that mission, making for a happier and more productive workforce.

The Full Costs of Overtime Work

Many businesses approach the problem of special projects by simply having their current employees work overtime hours to accomplish them. For hourly workers the concrete costs of this approach are clear: hefty overtime pay expenses. However, there are many other costs as well, even for workers who do not qualify for overtime pay. Our infographic illustrates some of the hidden costs of having your permanent staff work extra hours to complete special projects in addition to their regular workload, as opposed to using contract staffing to handle these projects

Maintaining Focus on the Project

At TPG Staffing we have an expansive database of qualified professionals who are ready to work at a moment’s notice and will hit the ground running at your company. Our team of contract staffing employees has a diverse array of skills that you can put to work on your special projects immediately, enabling you to complete them quickly and efficiently. Don’t overburden your existing workforce with special projects for which they have little to no expertise or time to complete; let TPG Staffing help you bring onboard skilled contract staffing professionals when and where you need them. Call us today at 732-246-7100 to learn how to get started.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 1M ago

In today’s rapidly changing economy, workforce flexibility is a key component to the success of any business — and utilizing flexible temporary staffing can be an important element in achieving it. Technological and other changes require companies to adjust quickly to meet new demands, and it is often difficult to hire new permanent staff quickly enough to address these changes. In addition, you don’t always know if a new shift in direction is likely to be long-lasting or merely a temporary waypoint to another more permanent business paradigm. That’s why temporary staffing can be so useful as a recruitment tool.

If a new project or product requires skills outside of your team’s area of expertise, a temporary employee can provide that new talent to keep things moving.

-Workopolis
Temporary staffing brings new skills onboard quickly

Temporary employees with the appropriate skills can be brought onboard quickly to help your business transform itself in response to changing business conditions. If the need for their skills becomes permanent, you can then transition them to permanent status (the temp-to-perm option), use them to help train your other employees in new skills, or recruit other permanent employees to continue your business transformation. If the need for these new skills proves to be short-lived, temporary employees can be easily shed from your payroll with little difficulty and unpleasantness for all involve. In this way temporary staffing gives you the workforce flexibility to meet the challenge that any new technology or market shift poses to your company.

Temporary staffing helps relieve the pressure on overworked staff

Every business has cycles where the workload can vary, sometimes dramatically, from one period of time to another. For some companies this is a regular seasonal occurrence, for others it is much less predictable. It is always helpful to have a permanent staff on hand to reliably take care of the “regular” workload, but how should you approach the spikes in work that will inevitably occur? Many businesses will simply stick with their current employees and try to “weather the storm” by having team members work harder, faster, or for longer hours. This can be an effective strategy in the short term, but it can also lead to employee burnout, loss of productivity, and even the loss of employees as they leave for greener pastures. By using temporary staffing to handle your increased workload, you can avoid these problems and still fulfill your productivity goals.

Costs of an Understaffed Workplace

Temporary Employees are becoming more accepted

Once confined to certain specific and often lower skilled and lower paying professions, temporary employees are now increasingly available for all sorts of professional positions. Currently, temporary staffing can be used to fill almost any position at your organization, and permanent employees are quite comfortable working alongside and with temporary or freelance talent. In fact, among younger employees this has become the norm as the “gig economy” becomes a reality in the United States. No company should be hesitant to use temporary staffing to help them add new skills or meet a sudden increase in workload for their business.

Temporary staffing can help you “test drive” employees

Hiring temporary employees is a great way to see how certain individuals fit into your workplace culture before making them an offer of permanent employment. Not matter how involved and intricate your recruitment and interviewing process, you can never truly know how a potential employee will fit into your company’s workforce until you see them in action. By bringing individuals onboard on a temporary basis first, you can see how they mesh with your other staff members, work as part of a team, and fit within your company’s workflow — all before committing to them long term. In this way, using temporary staffing can (perhaps ironically) be a great way to build the best possible permanent workforce for your business.

“If you are 1,000 employees, a bad hire isn’t a big deal, but if you are a 10-person team, it can kill the company.”

-Jon Bischke, CEO of Entelo[3]
Get the flexible workforce you need to succeed

Temporary staffing can help you build the nimble and agile workforce that today’s rapidly changing economy demands. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reap the many rewards that temporary employees can offer your business. Call TPG Staffing today at 732-246-7100 to get the workforce flexibility you need by tapping into the unique resource that temporary staffing provides.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 2M ago

When preparing for an executive job interview you always want to “do your homework” and try to be ready for any question they may throw at you. This can involve research into the company and its values, mission, and history. It can also involve researching the position you are applying for and familiarizing yourself with not only what the company is specifically looking for but also the issues and challenges facing individuals in similar positions in the broader marketplace. You want to be prepared for “anything that they can throw at you,” and impress them with your knowledge and critical thinking skills. But, what happens if they ask you a question that you haven’t prepared for, one that leaves you genuinely “stumped” for an answer?

3 Steps to Prepare for an Executive Job Interview
Dig Deep with your Research

In any interview, you want to know as much as possible about the company and the people you’re meeting. But, at the executive level, this research should go beyond broad strokes to knowing the company’s financial situation, what challenges it’s facing and its leaders’ backgrounds. Other questions to research are: Where is the company outperforming its competitors? Where is it falling short? What new products or services do the competitors have planned for the near future, and how might this affect the industry? Knowing the answers to these questions demonstrates your knowledge and curiosity while also enabling you to ask some probing questions of your own.

Show off a Vision That Produces Results

At the executive level, interviewers are looking for concrete proof that you can deliver measurable results for the whole organization—and that your leadership style is a good fit for the culture. Being able to articulate your leadership philosophy and back up those big picture ideas with real-life examples will strengthen your case that you are ready to make the move into the executive ranks. If asked “What was the hardest lesson you had to learn as a manager?” your answer should describe a difficult situation you faced, how you addressed that particular instance and how it changed your leadership style and habits going forward.

Practice your Executive Presence

Before the interview, try putting your body through a series of “power poses,” which are ways of standing or sitting that make your body look bigger and take up more space. These poses—such as putting your hands behind your head with your elbows out, or standing in a victory pose with your arms in the air—can actually have a biochemical effect on your mood and boost your confidence. During the interview, sit in a relaxed but attentive manner and concentrate on slowing your breathing and the speed of your speech down as much as possible. [1]

Avoiding the Temptation to “Bluff Your Way Through It”

Many executive job interview candidates, when faced with a question they are unprepared to answer, will attempt to disguise their lack of knowledge about a given subject in order to move on quickly to the next question that they are hopefully more prepared to answer. They might employ vague platitudes or simply “make something up on the spot” to try to move the process along until it returns to an area of firmer ground in terms of their knowledge and skills. This is almost always a mistake.

The Importance of Intellectual Humility

When one tries to bluff their way through an interview question that they are unprepared to answer, they are actually demonstrating that they lack a crucial personality trait of successful leaders that researchers refer to as “intellectual humility.” Defined as “recognizing the limits of one’s knowledge and appreciating others’ intellectual strengths,” intellectual humility has been shown by numerous studies to be critical for leaders to lead successful teams. These studies has shown that individuals with intellectual humility were more open to learning about opposing views and open to growth, essential factors in any leader’s personal and professional development over time. [2]

Admitting the Limits of Your Knowledge Marks You as a Better Learner

Displaying intellectual humility in a job interview by admitting the limits of your knowledge rather than trying to bluff your way through difficult questions may actually make a much stronger impression. This is particularly true when interviewing for high-level executive jobs where the competition among highly-skilled individuals is most fierce. According to Laszlo Bock, the former VP of people operations at Google, the willingness to admit what you don’t know is a prerequisite to the critical executive function of diagnosing and learning from failures – and this intellectual humility is often in short supply among those who have had a history of previous success.

“Successful, bright people rarely experience failure, and so they don’t learn how to learn from that failure. They instead commit the fundamental attribution error, which is if something good happens, it’s because I’m a genius. If something bad happens, it’s because someone’s an idiot or I didn’t get the resources or the market moved.”

– Laszlo Bock, Former Senior VP of People Operations at Google [3]

From his experience conducting executive job interviews at Google, Laszlo identified the lack of intellectual humility as a common flaw among the crop of high-performing and otherwise successful candidates from which the company recruited. And, this caused him to seek out candidates who were willing to admit the limits of their knowledge and express a desire to learn more about areas with which they were unfamiliar. The experience of current Google CEO Sundar Pichai during his executive job interview process illustrates how one’s response to a “tricky question” can make all the difference in how the company views the candidate’s potential leadership qualities.

A Case Study: Google CEO Sundar Pichai

When Google’s current CEO, Sundar Pichai, interviewed for his first position at Google as the VP of Product Management in 2004 he went through a multi-round process of interviews. In many of the early rounds interviewers asked him what he thought of Google’s then new email service, Gmail. Since Gmail had just been launched and was still an “invite-only” service, Pichai hadn’t had a chance to use the service yet. He could have tried to bluff his way through the question but instead responded that he couldn’t answer the question because he hadn’t been able to use the product. After being shown how the service worked by one of his interviewers, he was then able to start answering this question when it was asked to him by later interviewers. By taking this approach, Sundar Pichai was able to demonstrate intellectual humility, straightforwardness and honesty to his potential employer.

The Importance of the “Why”

A critical detail of Pichai’s response to this question was that he didn’t just say “I don’t know;” he explained why he couldn’t answer the question (his lack of exposure to the service), expressing curiosity and giving the interviewer the opportunity to educate him on the service so that he could then give his honest assessment. In other words, he didn’t just score points for giving an honest and humble answer to the question; he created an opportunity where he could then demonstrate his ability to quickly understand a new idea and offer informed conclusions about it. If Pichai had attempted to bluff his way through this question, he would have missed the chance to demonstrate his true value to the company as a forthright and intellectually humble individual who could quickly bring his analytical mind to bear on new and innovative products and services. Sounds like the recipe for the perfect candidate for a cutting-edge technology company like Google, doesn’t it? It’s no surprise that Sundar Pichai got the job and was subsequently promoted to CEO.

Putting This Lesson into Practice

So, how can you put this lesson into practice and really “nail” your next executive job interview? Well, to start with, it’s never a good idea to try to bluff your way through questions where your knowledge is limited or incomplete. This can demonstrate a level of dishonesty or arrogance on your part and can even be seen as insulting to the interviewer across the table from you, as its presumed effectiveness relies on the assumption that they lack the insight (or knowledge of their own product, service, or field) to determine that you are simply bluffing your way through your answer. This approach can therefore backfire dramatically, leaving the interviewer with a much more negative impression of you than they would have had if you simply admitted that you didn’t know the answer. In addition, an honest approach gives you the opportunity to demonstrate intellectual humility and potentially to learn more about a subject that will then enable you to showcase your ability to quickly learn new knowledge and apply your analytical skills to new areas.

It Can Be Tough to Stand Out From the Crowd

How You Do This Is Important

However, like in the example of Sundar Pichai at Google, the specific way you go about answering these “tricky questions” is important as well. You always want to include a “why” in your response, highlighting the idea that you are open to learning about an area that you may not have been exposed to in the past. This gives the interviewer the opportunity to share some information with you that could prove very helpful to you as the interview progresses. From a human psychology standpoint it also enables the interviewer to “demonstrate mastery” of a subject to you which invariably will enhance their overall positive attitude during the interview. In this way, your lack of knowledge about a specific area (properly stated in the frame of intellectual humility and willingness to learn) can actually (ironically) improve your chances of landing the job rather than decrease them.

How TPG Staffing Can Help

Looking for an opportunity to put these tips into action in an executive job interview for a challenging new position? TPG Staffing can be a great place to start. We are always on the “look-out” for highly skilled candidates to fill the executive openings at our clients’ organizations. And, who knows? With the right mix of experience and expertise (and an added dash of intellectual humility) you might be the perfect fit for one of these exciting opportunities. Just give us a call at 732-246-7100 to get started.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 2M ago

Although hiring temp workers can be a great way to improve the overall productivity of your workforce, employers need to be aware of – and proactively address – the potential for tension between the permanent and temporary workers on their staff when integrating temp workers into their workforce. Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take when bringing temp workers onboard at your organization that can help to smooth the transition and make both types of employees see one another as allies in a shared mission rather than competitors or even enemies in a struggle for resources. The following 5 steps should go a long way toward integrating temp workers into your team and making sure that all of your employees work together efficiently and successfully toward a common goal.

#1: Talk with Permanent Staff Beforehand

Springing a new temporary staff member or team of new temp workers on your permanent workforce without a “heads-up” beforehand is almost always a big mistake. It is human nature to be uncomfortable with and suspicious of sudden changes, and the sudden introduction of temporary workers to a group of permanent workers is no exception to this general rule. Without a clear explanation as to the role and purpose of the new temp employee(s), your permanent workers may view the temp(s) as a threat to their job security, an implicit judgement on their productivity or the quality of their work, or competition for overtime hours or promotion opportunities. Management needs to allay these fears and clearly communicate the specific roles that the temp workers will fill and the specific ways that these new employees will help alleviate stress and workload for your existing staff. This will help to create a more welcoming atmosphere for the new temp workers and cut down on the swirling rumors that can accompany any sudden change in the workplace. [1]

#2: Onboard Temp Workers Properly

While, depending on the type of temp worker and length of their contract, it may not be necessary or even productive to give temporary workers the full “onboarding experience” that permanent workers receive at your company – even an “onboarding-lite” program can be enormously helpful in integrating temp workers into your company’s culture. All too often, temp workers are hired and thrown right into a specific project or task with little to no introduction to the company’s mission, vision, or values. This can lead to a number of problems down the road when these temp workers interact with your permanent staff members. By giving your temp workers a short version of the onboarding that their fellow permanent employees receive, it should help them to fit into your work culture more seamlessly and avoid any friction or misunderstandings between them and the rest of your team. [1]

#3: Treat All Workers Fairly and Consistently

To ensure you avoid an “us vs. them” dynamic between permanent and temporary staff members, it is critical that management treats all workers in a fair and consistent manner, whether they are temporary or permanent staff. As management, your workers will follow your example; if you treat your temporary employees with less respect or hold them to different standards, your permanent employees will follow suit, creating an unproductive work environment for everyone involved. It is crucial for company leaders to set the example they want their staff to follow – and to encourage positive interactions between permanent and temporary employees whenever possible. Fostering this kind of positive engagement among employees as they work toward a common goal in the best way to make sure that you are integrating temp employees into your overall workforce in the most productive and efficient way possible. [1]

Temp Workers Don’t Always Give Accurate Feedback in Person

Temp workers can often be hesitant or intimidated to give honest feedback about negative experiences they may have had integrating into your company’s work culture. However, they may turn to employer review websites like Glassdoor.com to vent their frustrations and share their negative experiences. That’s why it’s important for employers to regularly review these sites to make sure they are aware of any issues involving their temporary employees that they may not have shared with management in-person. A key piece of advice when browsing these sites is to not take any individual negative review too personally, but to always pay close attention to any patterns of behavior or treatment that seem to emerge. This can help you to “get out in front of” any tensions between permanent and temporary employees that you wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise. [2]

#4: Nip Gossip and Bullying in the Bud

Regardless of the proactive steps you take at seamlessly integrating temp employees into your workforce, you may still encounter situations where permanent staff members engage in gossip about or attempt to belittle or bully the temporary workers on your team. In these cases it is critical that you address this issue quickly and emphatically to ensure that it does not spread and become an ongoing issue of concern. This process should include directly addressing the employees involved to correct the immediate behavior, as well as proactively talking with both permanent and temporary staff members to make sure that this kind of behavior is not going on without your knowledge.[1]

#5: Turn to Experts for Help

If you are new to the process of integrating temp workers into your company’s staff – or have had some negative experiences in the past – you shouldn’t hesitate to tap into the expertise of experienced staffing professionals like those that TPG Staffing has at your disposal. Our team has worked with many companies and helped them to not only recruit the best talent (both temporary and permanent) for their needs, but also to make sure that these new employees mesh seamlessly with our clients’ existing staff. We are here to help in any way that you need us to; you just need to ask, and we’ll put our skills to work to ensure that you get the most productive output from every segment of your workforce.

If you’re looking for help ensuring that your temporary and permanent employees work together as part of a frictionless and well-oiled machine, just call TPG Staffing today at 732-246-7100 to get the ball rolling.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 2M ago

Every company has goals that they want to achieve in 2019, and achieving those goals requires quality affordable staffing of a workforce with the skills, experience, and motivation to get the job done right. If your business is successful you have built a dedicated and focused team to make that success possible, but every company has unexpected openings due to growth into new areas, special projects that require new skills, or simply turnover among your staff. That’s where a staffing company can step in to help you cost-effectively fill those openings with individuals who can fit right in with your company’s existing culture.

Managing Change in Response to Changing Business Realties

Today’s rapidly-changing global economy requires your company to be nimble and agile in response to shifting market forces and customer expectations. This is true in regards to the composition of your workforce as well. As your workflow demands change, you need a workforce that can change with them while still maintaining the unique factors that differentiate you from your competition and inspire loyalty in your customers. That’s where partnering with a company like TPG Staffing can make all the difference. By leveraging the expertise of our leadership team’s combined century of staffing experience, you can create the agile and responsive workforce you need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead.

Quality Affordable Staffing in a Variety of Fields

If you choose to work with TPG Staffing, we can help you fill permanent or temporary positions in almost any field. In fact, we have resident in-house experts in a diverse array of industries, each possessing an in-depth understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities of recruitment in their individual area of expertise. If you give us a chance to fill one of your open positions, we are confident that you will be extremely pleased with the quality affordable staffing services they provide. Below are just a sample of some of the fields for which our talented professionals recruit.

Administrative Services

Recruit the detail-oriented admins who keep successful companies on schedule and task.

Creative & Marketing

Assemble the creative pros to make your company’s brand outshine the competition.

Engineering

Tap into the engineering talent that can make your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Finance & Accounting

Find the number-crunchers you need to keep an eye on your company’s bottom line.

Human Resources

Build an HR team that keeps your workforce engaged and focused on success.

Information Technology

Round out your IT team with staff who are committed to remaining on the cutting-edge.

Pharmaceutical

Get professionals with the mix of education, training, skills and ethical standards you need.

Temporary

Fill your unexpected openings with “plug and play” professionals at a moment’s notice.

Access the Benefits of Temp-to-Perm Hiring

One of the great advantages of working with a staffing agency to meet your recruitment challenges is the ability to utilize temp-to-perm candidates as a way to ensure quality affordable staffing for your organization. By hiring an individual on a temp-to-perm basis through a staffing agency, you can get an extended sample of the quality of their work, attitude, and ability to work with your existing staff before you offer them a permanent position. During their initial temporary employment period, you can gauge if they are a good fit for your company and can actually perform the duties of the job.

Hiring temp-to-perm employees via a staffing agency enables you to:

  • Evaluate an employee’s performance before offering them permanent status
  • Reduce the negative impact of an applicant misrepresenting their skills during hiring
  • See if new employees mesh well with existing ones and your company culture
Start the New Year off Right with Quality Affordable Staffing from TPG

At TPG Staffing we have the expertise and experience to help you bring onboard permanent, temp-to-perm, and temporary employees who are ready to “hit the ground running” at your company. Let TPG Staffing help you tap into the highly-qualified professionals you need to help grow your business in the New Year ahead. Call us today at 732-246-7100 to learn how to get started.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 2M ago

In every business there are times when you have a critical project that needs to be completed, but you may not have employees with the right skills or the availability to work on it. In this situation contract staffing may be the perfect answer. By using contract staffing to bring onboard a new team member (or an entire team), your company acquires the skills and the focus of new personnel without a long-term commitment to bring employees onboard full time. And, you don’t have to disrupt the workflow of your current employees by pulling them away from important duties or saddling them with overtime hours.

Contract Staffing Delivers the Skills You Need

Oftentimes, a unique project that needs to be completed may require skills that your current employees simply don’t have. This makes sense if you think about it. Your employees have been trained for the tasks and duties that you know to expect on a regular basis; a special project is almost by definition something that is outside of the norm of their regular responsibilities. Sure, you could train existing staff to take on these new roles, but if the project is temporary in nature, this is often not cost-effective. Contract staffing lets you bring on new talent that may even specialize in exactly the area you are looking for, saving you time and probably producing the best quality results.

Maintaining Focus on the Project

Another great advantage to using contract staffing for your special projects is the laser-like focus that these individuals will bring to the projects to which they are assigned. Because your special project is their exclusive focus, these new team members can concentrate all of their energy and attention on completing it. Compare this situation to using “regular” employees who will constantly feel torn between working on your project and their other company responsibilities. No matter what direction you give them to devote themselves to the new project, it is human nature for them to expend at least a small amount of mental energy on being concerned about (or actually jumping in and working on) their prior duties. Contract workers don’t have this problem, enabling them to focus 100% of their time and mental energy on the project at hand.

Don’t Give Full-Time Staff Whiplash

Pulling your full-time staff from their regular duties to work on temporary projects can also have a cumulative negative impact over time. When you have to shift your permanent employees from their regular duties to a special project and then back again numerous times over the course of a year it can leave them feeling directionless, without a clear sense of your company’s overall vision and their role in it. By using contract staffing to work on special projects, you keep your regular workforce from experiencing the feeling of whiplash that constant shifting of priorities can engender. This enables them to have a much clearer sense of the company’s mission and their place in accomplishing that mission, making for a happier and more productive workforce.

The Full Costs of Overtime Work

Many businesses approach the problem of special projects by simply having their current employees work overtime hours to accomplish them. For hourly workers the concrete costs of this approach are clear: hefty overtime pay expenses. However, there are many other costs as well, even for workers who do not qualify for overtime pay. Our infographic illustrates some of the hidden costs of having your permanent staff work extra hours to complete special projects in addition to their regular workload, as opposed to using contract staffing to handle these projects

Maintaining Focus on the Project

At TPG Staffing we have an expansive database of qualified professionals who are ready to work at a moment’s notice and will hit the ground running at your company. Our team of contract staffing employees has a diverse array of skills that you can put to work on your special projects immediately, enabling you to complete them quickly and efficiently. Don’t overburden your existing workforce with special projects for which they have little to no expertise or time to complete; let TPG Staffing help you bring onboard skilled contract staffing professionals when and where you need them. Call us today at 732-246-7100 to learn how to get started.

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TPG Staffing by Mary Pomerantz Mhrm, Sphr, Shrm-scp.. - 2M ago

Starting a new job of any type can be difficult and stressful, and this is certainly true for new temporary employees. You want to make a good impression and appear knowledgeable but don’t want to come off as a “know-it-all,” an overly friendly “weirdo” or someone whose “gung-ho” attitude makes others uneasy (among all the other possibilities an anxious mind can conjure up on the first day). Working on a temporary assignment carries with it its own unique set of variables to consider. However, with the right approach you can not only avoid falling into any pitfalls, but also really thrive as a temporary employee, potentially setting the stage for an offer of permanent employment in the future. Starting a new temporary job soon? Following the 5 Keys to Success for New Temporary Employees below is a great way to start your new assignment off on the right foot.

Get Away from Inflexible Workforces

In our current day and age, there’s simply no reason for business owners or hiring managers to feel beholden to a traditional workforce. During the first quarter of 2017, U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.07 million temporary and contract workers per week. There are more temporary employees than at any point in history, and more and more business owners are moving away from an all-permanent workforce because of the lack of flexibility.

“Keep the staffing service updated on your assignment status and how things are going. Don’t let them be caught unaware or with surprises.” [1]

This approach goes a long way toward making you considered a valued employee by them, increasing your opportunities for future assignments, as well as helping them to make your work experience as smooth as possible. On the flip side try to avoid “over-sharing” every little detail or issue with the staffing company if you can easily resolve them yourself; you don’t want to get the reputation of being a “high-maintenance” employee who can’t be self-sufficient when you are placed in a temporary job assignment. Finding the right balance will make you a valued employee that your staffing agency will feel confident about sending out to any new assignments in the future.

Learn & fit into the client company’s culture

When you get placed at a client’s company as a new temporary employee, it can be very helpful to try and get a sense of their company culture as soon as possible. A company’s culture includes things such as their dress code and other formal elements like their policies and procedures. But, it also includes a number of informal elements like how employees tend to interact with one another or how much initiative workers are expected to take with projects or tasks.

Source:Enplug Blog

When you first start at a new position, take some time to get “the lay of the land” in terms of that company’s specific culture; it will help you to fit in better over the long term and make you a more valued asset to the company. When a company hires a temporary employee they don’t want to have to adjust their usual way of doing things to your unique style and expectations. If you learn how their company culture operates, you can adjust your work style to fit in seamlessly, making the work experience smoother for everyone.

Be Adaptable & Easy to Train

New temporary employees, by the nature of their position, are constantly being put into new work environments with their own set of expectations and work flows. To be successful as a new temporary employee, you need to be adaptable and open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. As a temp, client companies won’t expect you to know how to do everything when you arrive, in fact, some form of training is an expected part of every temporary assignment. So, the key thing for you is to show that you are eager and willing to learn new skills and processes from day one.

When being trained make sure you take notes if appropriate, ask relevant questions, and demonstrate that you are picking up the key elements of the job as you progress through your training. It’s also important to identify who at the company is an appropriate resource for any questions that may pop up as you start working on your tasks or if there are any resources you can consult (such as manuals or tutorials) if you run into any issues as you work on projects.

Build a rapport but don’t get too familiar too fast

Building a comfortable working rapport with your colleagues on a job assignment can be an important factor in helping to make your experience as a new temporary employee as productive and rewarding as possible. But, it is also important to not get too friendly, personal or familiar too quickly. For any new employee, particularly a temporary one, there is a period of getting to know your fellow workers that shouldn’t be rushed by “over-sharing” too much about yourself or asking prying personal questions of your co-workers. In fact, being too personal or friendly too quickly can actually end up putting people off and making them less likely to establish a friendly, cooperative working relationship with you.

Five ways to build rapport at work
  1. Awareness of others
  2. Showing interest
  3. Sensitivity
  4. Choosing the right words
  5. Joining the dots

Source:SmartCompany.com

As a temporary employee you should also be aware that some permanent employees may view you as an outsider or even an actual threat to their position. You shouldn’t take this personally and should respect the privacy of individuals who may seem “stand-offish” or unwilling to connect with you. Likewise, it is probably best to avoid taking advantage of all of the free perks that may be offered in a workplace until you have been there for a significant time (if at all). Getting the reputation as “the temp who ate all the snacks” isn’t a great way to make a first impression, nor is criticizing a given company’s way of doing things. Even if the permanent employees agree with your assessment, they may respond negatively to critiques or suggestions to someone who has just come onboard as a temp.

Work hard & assemble a network

Building a comfortable working rapport with your colleagues on a job assignment can be an important factor in helping to make your experience as a new temporary employee as productive and rewarding as possible. But, it is also important to not get too friendly, personal or familiar too quickly. For any new employee, particularly a temporary one, there is a period of getting to know your fellow workers that shouldn’t be rushed by “over-sharing” too much about yourself or asking prying personal questions of your co-workers. In fact, being too personal or friendly too quickly can actually end up putting people off and making them less likely to establish a friendly, cooperative working relationship with you.

By showing off your hard work and dedication at all of the temporary assignments you are given, you building a reputation as a good employee among an ever-widening network of individuals and companies. In addition to letting your work “do the talking,” it can also be helpful to your future prospects to consciously build a network of contacts at different companies who may be able to offer you employment in the future. However, it is also important to not do this in a “pushy” manner that implies you are looking past your current assignment and only focused on your future career goals. As with much of this advice, finding the right balance is a key element to assembling a network of business contacts as well.

Conclusion

If you follow these 5 Keys to Success for New Temporary Employees, you should get the most out of your experience as a temporary employee and potentially set yourself up for more long-term opportunities of permanent employment (if that is what you are looking for). Of course, the first step in this process is actually registering with a reputable and experienced staffing agency like TPG Staffing. We can help match you up with temporary opportunities that fit your skills and expertise, giving you the best chance to shine and achieve your long-term career goals. If you haven’t already, register at our job seeker registration page today!

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