No business can run without employees. Often businesses hire a full-time staff that they keep on year-round. This is not always the case, however. Seasonal fluctuations, projects that need labor for a limited amount of time, or even covering for staff that are on leave can sometimes leave managers wondering how to bridge the gap. That is where we come in. We are Labor Systems Job Center. We make it our business to help your business.
We know that sometimes you need staff in a pinch. We also know that you might be busy running your business and do not have time for the hiring process. We are the answer to both challenges. With over 25 locations in Arizona, we can make sure that you have reliable workers ready to show up and help you get the job done. From one worker to 300 workers, no job is too big or too small! Whether you need labor for a construction project in Phoenix, warehouse help in Kingman or you need to staff multiple catered events in Tucson, we can help.
What We Do
A privately-held business, Labor Systems Job Center has been providing staffing and labor solutions in Arizona since 1985. Over the past 25 years we have learned what it takes to find the right people for the job. We provide temporary labor to companies of all sizes spanning all industries. Our staffing specialties comprise of administrative, hospitality, light industrial and construction workers. We also act as a placement service or temp-to-hire agency, saving you the time and costs associated with the lengthy hiring process.
We interview and screen candidates based on skills to make sure that they will be a good fit for particular types of jobs. Safety is a top priority and all temporary employees receive general safety training on a regular basis. For our temporary employees working on construction sites, we provide basic safety equipment such as hard hats and ear plugs, as well as equipment such as rakes, shovel and brooms at no charge so that our workers are prepared when they get to the job site. We do what it takes to ensure that our customers get high-quality labor without having to do more than make one simple phone call. We even offer an unconditional guarantee to make sure that you are happy with our services.
Full-Service Staffing Solutions
We mentioned the lengthy hiring process before. That’s what we save you. We recruit, screen applicants, hire and E-Verify employees to meet your needs. Of course we have to bill you, but instead of your payroll department cutting multiple checks, matching payroll taxes, dealing with workers’ compensation issues, as well as government compliance for all those employees, you cut us one check. We take care of the details after that. This gives you more time to concentrate on making money for your business.
This is the first blog entry that we will be making. There will be more to come, so stay tuned. Our goal is to keep you informed about labor, staffing, and human resources issues, and to help you find and implement staffing solutions that work for your business.
You are passionate about your small business, but every time you finger through your financial records, your eyes glaze over. Bookkeeping does not have to be an intimidating or boring chore. Even small businesses have several options on how to get this vital task completed. Sure, you can learn to do it yourself, but you can also hire some help—whether it’s from a full-time employee, or an out-of-house temporary bookkeeper.
The primary advantage to DIY bookkeeping is that it’s inexpensive, although it will cost you time. You will also erase any worries that the person looking over and organizing your books is untrustworthy. On the other hand, you may not trust yourself with such an important task. It will become your responsibility to track every receipt, invoice and expense. Overlooked details could lead to confusion or even financial catastrophe. Doing your own books is typically only recommended for very small businesses that don’t require a lot of time for tracking the numbers, and it should only be attempted by business owners who know the ins and outs of financial record keeping.
Hiring temporary help for keeping the books may be more expensive than doing it yourself, but in the long run it could save money by giving you back the time to work on what makes your business profitable in the first place. An out-of-house bookkeeper may seem risky if it is someone you do not know or trust. Cut down on the risk by finding suitable help through a temp service that screens applicants before placing them in a position.
Some businesses hire a full-time bookkeeper. For most small businesses, a year-round in-house employee is an unnecessary and expensive option for keeping the finances organized. Remember, a full-time staff member will be paid whether you have enough work for them or not. Additional insurance, vacation time, and sick days will also cut into the budget. However, if your small business is rapidly growing and you want the assurance of working with someone who knows your company inside and out, these extra expenses may be worth it.
If you decide that hiring a bookkeeper in house may be your best bet, you may want to explore our personnel services at Labor Systems Job Center. We can provide you with basic bookkeepers, office assistants and more. Visit us online or give us a call at 877-836-7527 for more information.
Small Business Bookkeeping (Small Business Finance Tips)
Small Business Bookkeeping and Accounting (SweetHaven Publishing Services)
In House versus Outsourcing Bookkeeping (Winters Associates)
Although a vital industry to the community, construction work ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Workers face the possibility of injury or death while they climb, build, or use heavy machinery. Construction managers face a heavy responsibility to make sure their workers are well trained and safe while they build on the job site. Many accidents can be prevented by a careful foreman who anticipates dangers before they arise.
Arizona construction workers automatically face two safety concerns before they even pick up a tool: extreme heat and dangerous outdoor critters that can hide amidst the chaos of a construction site. The foreman should carefully observe the environment his workers will be performing in before the job begins. To prevent heat-related illnesses, plenty of water should be available to keep the team hydrated, and a regular schedule of breaks should be set up to give team members an escape from the heat.
A universal rule for any construction site is “cover your head.” Mandatory use of a hard hat should be in effect whether the worker is on the ground or in the air. This can protect them from falling objects, head bumps, or exposure to electrical hazards while on the job.
Falling is the most common cause of fatality on construction sites. The foreman can help protect his workers from this threat by consistently using guard rails, safety nets, and fall arrest systems where there is potential for a dangerous fall. A foreman can tell where to use extra precautions by looking out for high, unstable surfaces, where the majority of falls will take place.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
In Arizona, worker’s compensation insurance is mandatory on construction sites. Your policy will cover any injury or illness that results from the work environment, without question to who is it at fault. Sometimes workers’ compensation will also provide a temporary or permanent income for those who cannot come back to work after an accident. Policies can be provided by a licensed insurance company or employers can apply to become self-insured by contacting the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
Hopefully, your site will remain accident free. Nothing troubles an employer more than the potential of staff injury on the job. If you would like to bring on staff who have already completed some general safety training, visit us online and find out more about what we can offer.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance (Industrial Commission of Arizona)
Construction Worker Safety Series (United States Department of Labor)
When the economy has lagged in the past, manufacturing jobs have helped stimulate both local and national economies by creating more wealth for the community. It does this by providing a variety of jobs with livable wages, decent benefits and stability, and helping other suppliers and retailers stay afloat in their businesses.
When many companies are floundering and uncertain, the manufacturing industry continues to create goods that fulfill both personal and professional needs around the country.
A Wealth-Producing Industry
Economists separate industries into two categories: wealth producing and wealth consuming. Although many service-oriented businesses, such as education, insurance, or healthcare tend to consume wealth without providing the stimulation a floundering economy needs, goods-oriented businesses will encourage and create wealth production. Goods can be provided at a cheaper and quicker rate than many services, and a boom in the manufacturing industry opens up more jobs and creates more wealth than almost any other business.
Upon creation of a manufacturing company, a variety of jobs will become available in the community. These jobs can range from factory workers, to transportation positions, to business professionals. Manufacturing will also improve the number of jobs in other industries, as it creates products for retail outlets to market and sell.
A large manufacturing industry will consistently purchase bulk items such as wood, metals, cotton, and other materials needed to construct their goods. These large purchases spread the wealth from one company to several outside suppliers, stimulating the economy and encouraging growth in other businesses.
Manufacturing jobs tend to offer higher wages and better benefits than jobs in service industries. When a community has higher-paying jobs available, the residents will begin distributing more of their disposable income to struggling businesses such as restaurants, entertainment, or media. These ripple effects will travel through the economy and positively affect all local industries.
Facing this tough economy is hard on businesses and individuals alike, but patience and a bit of strategy can help you make it through. Hiring temporary staff may be a less expensive solution to keeping your business afloat while still providing the service that you are known for. If you would like more information on our staffing services, please visit us online at Labor Systems Job Center or call 877-836-7527.
No Light at the End of the Tunnel (New America Foundation)
How Critical Are Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S. Economy (Physics Today)
The Economic Overview of Manufacturing (Working for America Institute)
Everyone needs allies. And when you own or run a small business, you need both allies and resources. One way to obtain both is to look into the various professional organizations that exist. The Arizona Small Business Association is a collection of business owners and business people that has offices in Phoenix and Tucson. It affords business owners such benefits as: networking, political advocacy, and discounts on certain business related expenses like insurance.
Meeting other business people is a great way to drum up business. You never know which businesses could use your products or services, or if they know another company that could. The more people that you meet, the more opportunity you have to get your name out there and make potential connections. The ASBA holds two forms of networking events. One is similar to “speed dating” in which you have three minutes at a time with other members to introduce yourself and talk about your businesses. Another event is a more traditional “mixer” format held once monthly in both Phoenix and Tucson.
An ASBA membership comes with financial incentives. Members get discounts on everything from office supplies at Staples to more cost effective email marketing campaigns from Constant Contact. If you feel that using the ASBA as a distribution channel for your products or services could be a good idea, they are even open to discussing adding your business to their membership discount forum.
Strength in Numbers
Regulation is a huge consideration for businesses. All businesses must adhere to various laws and compliance issues. Banding together with other businesses to appeal to legislators can be a great way to protect your business and inform lawmakers of what is really going on in the business world. The ASBA works towards helping members approach political advocacy correctly.
Labor Systems Job Center is a proud member of the Arizona Small Business Association. We can confirm first hand that this is a great organization for businesses to be a part of. If you would like more information about joining, it’s right here. If you would like more information on how temporary labor can help you and your business that information is here.
In hard economic times, many hotel owners find themselves looking at dwindling guest numbers and feeling pressured to be more competitive with their rates. Lowering prices does not need to be your only option for bringing in more customers. Instead, provide your guests extra value with their stay. Give them a reason to choose your establishment over the cheaper rooms in Arizona. Creative services and amenities will win over the hesitant guests who are comparing options for their next trip.
Delight Their Taste Buds
Many hotels offer a complimentary breakfast for their guests. Step your service up a notch by offering some hot breakfast options: waffles, pancakes, sausage, or biscuits. If your hotel gets a lot of vacationers who want to sleep in and take it easy, extend your breakfast hours past what your competition provides. Better yet, offer a sandwich bar at lunch or an ice cream machine in the evenings.
Provide Laundry Services
Does your hotel see a lot of business workers on an extended stay? Don’t make them lug their clothes to the closest laundromat or dry cleaner. Offer laundry services on the premises. Whether it’s a do-it-yourself laundry room, a full-service arrangement, or simply an offer to iron their clothes for them before a big meeting, business travelers will eat up the convenience and extra luxury.
Fill Their Evenings
Even simple evening events, such as a movie with popcorn or an outdoor barbeque by the pool, will get guests out of their rooms, interacting with new people, and having a great time during their stay with you. Some hotels even host competitions between the guests, awarding the winners with a free room upgrade or a gift card to a nearby attraction.
During vacation season, parents will likely be grabbing at the chance for their kids to have a good time while they escape for a relaxing day alone. Provide some activities for your littlest guests, and their moms and dads will surely choose you over the competition.
Stepping up your services will mean a little extra work and perhaps some extra staff. It can also mean happier guests, more return visits, and better recommendations—from word of mouth to the Internet.
Front of the house staff is the part of the restaurant workforce that actively interacts with your customer base. If you need to hire servers and hostesses, you should think about which job duties you might be able to have them perform. While keeping customers happy and closing down at the end of the night are their main responsibilities, they can certainly do more for you.
Collecting feedback. Your front of the house staff talks to your customers constantly. If you are trying to figure out which menu items are best received—aside from checking your sales reports—or which brands of liquor you should be stocking, have them ask. Make it a point during meetings to stress that the more you know about your customers, the better it is for everyone.
Coming up with marketing ideas. Pick your front of the house employees’ brains for advertising ideas. Are people regularly asking your hostesses about birthday specials? Do your servers field requests for promotions to be emailed to them? Choosing the right marketing and advertising avenues for your restaurant is the key to stretching your marketing budget.
Light prep work. This might be a fine line as your front of the house staff generally earns a significantly lower wage than your kitchen staff, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take some of the load off of your prep staff. Servers can portion salads, dressings, and other simple items for their guests. Again avoid making it appear that you are trying to cut labor by pushing unnecessary work off on your servers if you value employee morale.
Basic management. Do you have a server or two who are exceptionally responsible and great at their jobs? Perhaps you could work out a compensation agreement where they take time to check out other servers at the end of the night. After all, a great server knows exactly what needs to be done. This is also a good way to identify potential future managers.
Using your staff to the utmost is a good way to keep your employees involved. It also lets them see that they play an important role in your restaurant and are not just drones. We can help you find the right staff. Utilizing your human resources is in your hands.
Aside from food, labor is the biggest cost that any restaurateur faces. Not scheduling enough staff can increase wait times, decrease food quality, and ultimately lead to angry customers. Scheduling too many employees can lead to social loafing, a psychological concept that states that too many people working towards the same goal leads to people exerting significantly less effort than they are capable of. Making an effective restaurant schedule is not as easy as it sounds.
While your back-of-the-house staff costs more than your front-of-the-house team, many of the same scheduling principles can be applied. Pay attention to these factors:
- Reservations: If you know what kind of volume to expect, you can staff accordingly. This means you don’t get caught shorthanded on a Monday when you didn’t expect much and that you know how many volume staff to schedule on a weekend.
- Set shifts: Some restaurants have openers, volume or mid-shift employees and closers. This helps to structure your staff and prevents arguments about who gets cut first. It also means that you are planning to cut staff when they are no longer needed while knowing that you have enough team members on hand to properly close.
- Volume: If sales start dropping off at 7:30, it is time to cut some staff. Let your staff who came in first to prep food or set up tables go home for the evening. Labor should be a function of volume. Your labor should be between 10% and 16% of your sales. Yes various pricing levels will have an effect, but keep this figure in mind.
- Staff performance: The truth is some staff members are stronger than others. Put together a staff that has your stronger employees working with those who still need a little development. Scheduling all of your best on the same nights (yes, you need to do this on weekends) might make things run smoothly and please you as a manager, but it means that one night you will have your weaker members working together. This means that set-up, service, and cleaning will all run less efficiently and raise your labor cost.
Putting together a well thought out schedule can save you money and help to keep you organized. If you need staff in a pinch or temporarily for a special event, take a moment to let us tell you how we can help.
One of the goals of our blog is to keep our readers up to date on how things are going in Arizona. There is a slew of information in from the first quarter of 2011 and some developments that have occurred recently.
One of the biggest issues to begin the year was Arizona Senate Bill 1041. This bill was intended to attract new business, especially ones that would be purchasing property plant and equipment, to Arizona. This bill would have let businesses that meet certain investment standards reduce their property tax to as low as 5% for a decade. Those looking to move to Arizona and those who are already here but wanted to expand obviously loved the idea. Those who have been here and already made investments, in spite of a down economy, were opposed. Governor Brewer vetoed this Bill when it crossed her desk.
Home prices still are not that great here in Arizona. Residents are still seeing declines in the value of their houses, and a significant number of homeowners are still upside down in their mortgages. At the end of the first quarter, just over 68% of the homes in the Phoenix metro area were underwater.
Whether consumers are spending or not says a lot about the economy. A Rocky Mountain Poll this January pertinent to consumer confidence showed that Arizonans were the most confident that they had been in two and a half years. Profit growth from Arizona based companies like PetSmart and local construction firms in the first quarter is another good sign. This contrasts the housing market, but good news is welcome. Retail sales in Flagstaff also showed some very good numbers, with a 29% increase in tax revenues based upon car sales. Big-ticket purchases are always a sign of good things to come.
One of the important portions of our state’s economy is tourism. Restaurants and hotels need this push to get by and reach profitability. Hotels in Scottsdale were among the best in the nation when it came to occupancy (86.9%) and revenue per room ($166.05) this March. That is great news and shows that our states hospitality industry is working past the slight that Arizona’s reputation took due to some of the headlines that made national news.
Things seem to be slowly improving. While it will take patience to fully take advantage of these slow upturns it is great to see a shift toward growth. A strong economy is good for the entire state of Arizona and everyone who does business here.
Brewer Tax Veto Splits Private Sector (Phoenix Business Journal)
Zillow; Phoenix Home Prices Decline, 68 Percent Underwater (Phoenix Business Journal)
Petsmart Quarterly Income up 33% (The Arizona Republic)
The Rocky Mountain Poll; Consumer Confidence up in Arizona (W.P. Carey-Arizona State University)
Scottsdale Hotels Tourism Rebound (The Arizona Republic)
Retail Sales Holding Up (Arizona Daily Sun)
Every job seeker has the same goal while polishing his resume: to keep his list of experience and accomplishments from hitting the trash can. As hiring managers skim through work histories, they are often looking for signs of leadership and past management positions. Optimize your management experience by choosing the ideal placement, giving the right amount of information, and perfecting the wording to catch the manager’s interest.
Find Proper Placement
To most effectively draw attention to your management experience, place it at the top of your resume, directly under the career objective. If your past management position was not your most recent employment, you can still move it to the top of the resume in several ways. Many people will only include relevant work experience on the resume. Others choose not to list their work history chronologically, but instead in order of relevance. Whichever option you choose, be careful to be upfront in its labeling. You do not want the hiring manager to suspect you are trying to trick him.
Know What Information to Give
Don’t clutter up your resume with information the hiring manager won’t need. Common examples of this are the full addresses of businesses or the names of your supervisors. Instead, focus on your achievements. Provide a description of your management position, and most importantly, don’t spare any details about ways you helped bring in extra profits or increase productivity. This is your place to brag about what you can do and convince a potential future boss that you would be an asset to their company. Other information to provide about past management experience includes:
- Exact job title
- Company name
- Company description
- Length of employment
Craft the Perfect Wording
Before diving into your work descriptions, strategize. You want short, direct sentences that communicate a strong message and set you apart from other applicants. Try to start sentences with action verbs when possible. Use specific language, leaving aside fluffy word choices such as “great,” “good,” or “things.” Of course, your final step should include several thorough proofreads. You don’t distract the hiring manager from your leadership skills with an accidental misspelling. Guard against errors with the help of a friend for a final and honest look over before sending your resume to a potential new employer.
For more tips on employment—both getting hired and hiring—please visit us online. We offer a wide variety of staffing solutions for many different industries.