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Why Use Temps for Valet?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 Temporary Services No Comments

The needs of a valet service often fluctuate depending on the day of the week, the season of the year, or the special events scheduled. Maintaining a permanent staff and providing each employee with consistent weekly hours can be challenging. Many business owners will find that keeping a bare minimum staff of permanent workers can usually suit their needs, if they are willing to hire temps during busy seasons or for special occasions.

Seasonal Temps
Most valet services have certain seasons when they get more business than others. This could be during the holiday season, or during a popular vacationing month. Bringing in temporary valet workers could give you the work force you need, without leaving you overstaffed during the rest of the year. Check your business records to locate a pattern of the busiest weeks or months of the year, and plan to bring in temps during those periods of time. During regular seasons, keep your permanent staff low and affordable.

Temps for Special Occasions
Temporary workers can also be hired on a short-term basis ranging from one evening to one weekend. If you service a restaurant or venue that occasionally hosts large-scale events, temporary valet workers will help keep your head above water for a couple days. Temp workers come pre-trained, so you can bring them on for only a few hours without needing to waste time training or instructing them.

Benefits for Hiring Temporary Valets
Even if you need full-time help, you will not need to include a benefits package of sick days, vacation days, or health insurance for the temps you hire. If you aren’t sure how long you need an extra valet, no worries. Temps can stay long-term, and they can be cut when the need is over without guilt. Temp agencies also save time during the hiring process. Experienced temps are available even on the shortest of notices.

Looking for a temp to join your valet team? We can help. Visit our website or contact us at 877-836-7527.

Sources:
Business Know How
Daytona Employment

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What Makes a Good Administrative Assistant?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 Personnel Services No Comments

Your assistant will often be the first impression a client has of your entire business. Administrative assistants are expected to fulfill many duties for your company, and choosing the right person for this position is just as important as finding a persuasive sales crew or a creative advertising team. While sorting through and interviewing job candidates, keep the following important qualities in mind.

  • Organization. Your assistant will be responsible for keeping all your notes, forms, schedules, and travel information well-organized and easily accessible.
  • Ability to multi-task. Administrative assistants will often have several tasks competing for her attention. She will need to know how to prioritize the most important duties, and get everything finished in a timely manner. While she is juggling multiple tasks, she will also need to handle interruptions such as answering the phone or speaking with walk-in clients.
  • Likeability. During the job interview, ask yourself if the candidate has a likeable personality. Customers calling your business will appreciate a friendly assistant, and an abrasive or bored tone will rarely lead to repeat business.
  • Energy level. Everyone starts to get tired as the day runs on, but the administrative assistant must possess the energy to keep a smile on his face and a cheerful attitude as he greets clients or visitors.
  • Professionalism. An unprofessional assistant can make the entire corporation appear inadequate. Choose a candidate who both appears and behaves in a professional, impressive manner.
  • Computer literate. Today many administrative tasks are completed on a computer. Your assistant should understand the basics of common computer programs, such as Excel or Word.
  • Time management. Most businesses move at a fast pace, and your assistant will need to keep up. If he’s constantly lagging behind on his responsibilities, it will create a negative ripple effect on the whole company. It won’t be long before the work in another department has stalled or a deadline is missed.

We can help make your hiring decision easier. If you are looking for a qualified and trained administrative assistant for your company, please visit us online or contact us at (877) 836-7527.

Sources:
Michael Page
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Using Temps for Special Occasions

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 Temporary Services No Comments

As the economy has taken its toll on everyone over the past decade, businesses have inevitably been forced to keep staff at a bare minimum in order to keep from going under. While most businesses can successfully operate with fewer employees, some businesses, such as restaurants and caterers, can sometimes find themselves in a difficult position. In these markets, consumer volumes can fluctuate greatly. These businesses usually perform well when understaffed if consumer volume is low, but in times of high volume, during special occasions or events for example, it is simply not cost effective to hire more full time or even part time employees.

Temps for Restaurants

If you are implementing a new sale or hosting a large event in your venue, it will become necessary for you to have more staff on hand in order for your business to operate proficiently. In addition to your regular employees, it may be a good investment to hire temps to aid your staff. These are people who you will contract to work for you only on a temporary basis. Depending on what is required of your temps to fulfill their job duties, you may be able to give only minimal training so as to save time and resources.

Temps for Caterers

Catering companies experience many highs and lows throughout the year, especially around the holidays. It could be beneficial to employ temps to help you prepare or serve food to your clients during the busy seasons. In this setting, your temps will undergo more direct training and will be more prepared for similar jobs in the future. They will also become prime candidates for you when you eventually seek full time staff members because they will already be used to working in this type of environment.

Hiring Temps

Temps can be an invaluable asset to any hospitality or customer service industry. If you are looking for a qualified and experienced worker to help out during your next big event or busy season, visit us online to learn more about our services.

Sources:

National Restaurant Association

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Managing Teamwork in the Work Place

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 Management No Comments

Although teamwork is a key ingredient to productivity and profit, it is often overlooked in many industries, especially as co-workers compete against each other for new job titles and promotions. Even a talented and creative staff will struggle to produce acceptable results when they are only looking out for number one. If you are managing a staff of individual competitors, rather than a team of productive players, it is time to inspire some team spirit in the office place.

Bonding over Meals

It’s human nature to bond with those you eat with. If you have a staff member who always eats lunch at her desk with spreadsheets in front of her, she might be hardworking, serious about her job, and loyal to the company—but she probably isn’t connecting with her fellow teammates. Implement a new rule that your employees must take a real lunch break within a certain time period. Mingling, small talk in the break room, or lunch dates among co-workers will naturally happen and teamwork will evolve during the working hours.

Group Projects

A staff that doesn’t work well together may need some practice before they get it right. Come up with a creative, low-stress job that you can assign to small groups on a regular basis. You might ask them to create a new logo, work on the company webpage, or maintain a social media account for the business. Monitor their efforts to make sure the work is being delegated evenly and everyone is contributing and listening to new ideas.

Acknowledge Good Teamwork

Most managers already reward outstanding sales, great customer feedback, and new innovative ideas. If teamwork is important to your company, it should also be acknowledged. No act of good teamwork should go by without at least a simple thank you. When promoting staff members to a higher position, don’t forget to mention their stellar team spirit while discussing reasons for their advancement. This will not only encourage them, but it will also show other ambitious employees that teamwork is highly valued by their superiors.

Looking to build your team? We’ve got the perfect players for you! We offer various staffing options from temporary to direct placement. Visit us online today to find out more or give us a call at 877-836-7527.

Sources:

Seven Easy Ways to Get Your Employees to Work as a Team (BetterWorks)

Top Ten Tips for Getting Employees to be Team Oriented Instead of Self Focused (Task 2 Announce)

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Bookkeeping at a Small Business

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 Main No Comments

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.

DIY Bookkeeping

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.

Out-of-house Bookkeeping

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.

In-house Bookkeeping

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.

Sources:

Small Business Bookkeeping (Small Business Finance Tips)

Small Business Bookkeeping and Accounting (SweetHaven Publishing Services)

In House versus Outsourcing Bookkeeping (Winters Associates)

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Managing Safety on the Construction Site

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 Main No Comments

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.

Environmental Safety

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.

Head Protection

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.

Preventing Falls

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.

Sources:

Construction (CDC)

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How Manufacturing Jobs Can Help Our Economy Rebound

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 Main No Comments

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.

Job Creation

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.

Supporting Suppliers

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.

Higher Incomes

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.

Sources:

No Light at the End of the Tunnel (New America Foundation)

How Critical Are Manufacturing Jobs to the U.S. Economy (Physics Today)

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The Arizona Small Business Association

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 Main 1 Comment

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.

Networking

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.

Discounts

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.

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Adding Value for Hotel Guests

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 Main No Comments

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.

Offer Childcare

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.

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Job Duties for Front of the House Staff

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 Main, Management No Comments

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.

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