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Who We Are and What We Do!

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.

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About Us

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Business Insurance in Arizona

How many hours have you put into your business? All that hard work needs the protection of a bulletproof insurance policy. Business insurance will keep your company safe from accidents or potentially bank-breaking lawsuits. Depending on what kind of business you run, Arizona might require certain types of insurance for your employees. Look into what you need, legally and practically, to keep your business running for many years to come.

 

Liability Insurance

There are three main types of business liability insurance. General liability covers medical bills or legal fees resulting from injuries, accidents, libel, or negligence. Product or professional liability insurance will protect your business from lawsuits dealing with a product or service offered by your company. Many business owners choose umbrella liability insurance, which is a comprehensive insurance plan that ensures your business isn’t left vulnerable by holes in your policy.

 

Property Insurance

If you run your business from a store or office building, you will need business insurance that covers your property. This coverage will not only financially assist you after natural disasters, fires, or vandalism, but it can help make up for losses during business interruptions caused by property damage.

 

Homeowner’s Insurance

Despite the common myth, homeowner’s insurance will not automatically protect you from business-related damages and losses at home. If you run your business from your house, even partially, you will want to add a rider to your homeowner’s insurance that will cover business losses in case of an emergency.

 

Health Insurance

If you hire full-time employees for your business, you will need to offer them health insurance. Arizona laws dictate what kind of coverage will need to be provided. Requirements include coverage for mammograms, newborn babies and handicapped children. Health insurance cannot exclude employees based on pre-existing conditions, and no limitations can be placed on maternity
coverage.

 

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation not only provides employees with lost wages and medical coverage after an injury on the job site, it also protects your business from lawsuits after an accident. Depending on the work environment, workers’ compensation could
be vital to the survival of your business. Construction businesses are required by Arizona law to have workers’ compensation insurance.

 

Insurance for your business is necessary, but the premiums can start to add up. Hiring temps who don’t need additional insurance coverage could help you cut back on expenses. For more information on our pre-trained and highly-qualified temporary workers, visit us online or call 877-836-7527.

 

Sources:

Arizona Department of Insurance

U.S. Small Business Association

All Business

 

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Why Use Temps for Valet?

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?

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
Online Organizing

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Using Temps for Special Occasions

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

University of Arizona

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Bookkeeping at a Small 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.

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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How to Describe Management Experience on a Resume

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.

Sources:

MIT Career Development Center

Sandbox Advisors

Tech Republic

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Effective Temps

Every business is different, even those that compete in the same industry and go after the same customers. The nuances that exist make for a different set of processes and company culture. As each business is run differently, many managers think that their business is completely individual and that having practices that differ from standards will lead to success. While thinking outside of the box does make you an innovator, it does not mean that you must ignore standards that can and do work for many businesses.

When it comes to getting things done, you have many options. You can:

  • staff your own employees
  • outsource to an expert
  • bring in temporary employees whom you can oversee to ensure quality, without requiring time to hande payroll or compliance issues

Many managers and business owners will use a combination of all three of these tactics in order to accomplish what they need to get done. Using a combination of methods can be a good way to get the job done while remaining cost effective and flexible. Achieving both of those traits will ensure that your business can please customers, continue to grow, and weather financial and situational storms.

Use Temporary Workers to Back up Skilled Staff

Temporary workers can be a valuable resource to any business. They are:

  • Available immediately- Temps are a phone call away, so they can be dispatched almost as quickly as a problem in your business might arise.
  • Cost effective- Temporary workers don’t require payroll expenses, benefits, or insurance costs, which means their total calculated cost can easily be less than that of a full-time worker.

It is understandable that every business would need a certain number of full-time employees who have knowledge of business processes, regular customers and the specific characteristics of the business as an entity. By all means, bring on full-time staff who can provide structure, especially for highly skilled positions. Do not discount the value of using temporary workers to staff your lesser skilled positions. Your skilled positions can be staffed by your full-time people, who are in turn supported by temporary workers. This way you have the peace of mind that full-time employees bring, along with the flexibility and financial benefits that temporary labor can easily provide.

Temporary staff will be supervised by your full-time employees. This way the standards and practices that make your business successful will never be eliminated. They have the skill sets to guide work flow and ensure that your final product is what you intend it to be. They can also maintain customer and supplier relationships, as they will have more time now that they are being supported by temps. You need a chef to source food and design a menu, but a temporary worker can set tables, wash dishes and even prepare food. The same works in an office environment where your full-time account managers meet with customers, while temps file paperwork, schedule meetings with your clients’ assistants, and organize and deliver mail or internal communications.

This marriage of full-time staff and temporary labor can make for a very well organized and well budgeted business. It is obviously appealing to businesses that compete in seasonal industries but can become a seamless part of any organizational structure.

Sources:

National Restaurant Association

The College Grad.com

infoTech

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Unemployment and Your Business

Recent figures put unemployment in the state of Arizona at 9.7%, which represents one of the highest figures since the 1980’s. We all know that the economy, both locally and nationally, is in a recovery period, but that does not help with the current state of things. What does unemployment mean to a business owner? Can we take advantage of the situation, or is it just another aspect of the current downtrodden economic cycle?

How Does Unemployment Affect Me Again?

As an employer you likely know that you pay an unemployment tax. As long as you have anyone working for you at least part time 20 weeks per year or pay a worker $1500 in a quarter, you are subject to the tax. The actual costs to individual businesses differ based upon how much your payroll is and how long any former employee that you are currently paying out worked for you during their base period. The base period is a predetermined amount of time that the state deems representative of an individual’s income. If employees receive unemployment, the amount they receive is based upon how much they earned during the base period.

In essence, if a worker was under your employ for the whole base period, you pay the employer’s entire share of their unemployment payments (the State and Federal Governments also contribute to unemployment payments). Likewise if they worked for you for half of the base period you pay half and so on. You are charged by the state and they compile your unemployment payments into an account. When former employees are granted unemployment, the state takes money from your account and uses it to pay part of the payments. If your account ever gets too low, you can expect your unemployment taxes to increase.

Unemployment taxes are an unavoidable part of running a business that hires on workers. As you can imagine, the current economic times mean that a significant amount of money is being paid to citizens who are out of work. Some businesses are likely experiencing increases in taxes due to their accounts being drawn below acceptable limits. Hence it is costing them more money to do business, possibly with less staff. This is definitely a negative aspect of unemployment and the current economy.

So What Can We Do?

Since giving up is not an option for most business owners everyone must find ways to deal with the situation. As a staffing company, we are obligated to point out that using our services could help you bypass the unemployment costs associated with some of your new hires. When it comes to temporary workers, we are the employer so we handle the unemployment costs for you. We can let you bring on new people and try out new positions. Instead of your payroll, and of course your unemployment taxes, going up, your expenses do. While this might sound bad at first, increased expenses equal less taxes in the long run, so by using temps you could actually decrease your taxes and get the workers you need. Not a bad deal.

Otherwise as employers it is important to remain positive and optimistic. We can look at the large pool of unemployed workers as potential opportunity. It means that we have more options to choose from to staff our businesses, so long as you have the time to evaluate multiple candidates. It also means that we should all be focused on growth. The lessons learned from running a lean staff have shown us how to effectively operate with fewer people. They have also shown us the value of having a few more sets of hands around. As we grow, our businesses we will be able to effectively put the citizens of Arizona back to work, while increasing our own profits. That has the potential to be a win-win situation.

Sources:
Business Week
Arizona Department of Economic Security

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Human Resources: Let Us Take Care of it

Running a business requires a dedication to the industry and the ability to compete within it. Once a business begins to grow, it starts to require more attention to details outside the core competency or function of the business. One of the things that has become an issue is human resources. While your staff literally is a group of human resources, most business owners know far more about what their business does, than about what a hiring process is or how to make sure that they are in compliance with regulations as they pertain to employing people.

For many business owners and managers, the requirements that human resource management places on them tend to add unneeded stress and take time away from their core functions. If they choose to hire employees to handle HR matters, then they must foot the bill for additional payroll, benefits, and sometimes even space to accommodate those employees.

One way to avoid this stress or the necessity of hiring a large HR department is to outsource some of the HR functions to a staffing agency. It makes sense if you think about it. A staffing agency exists to perform HR functions. They hire, stay on top of insurance and regulation and perform other HR functions, not as a required part of their business but as the business itself. They have the dedication to the staffing industry that many people in other businesses do not. This dedication allows them to perform most HR functions better than individual Human Resources departments.

Take the hiring process for instance. Individual HR managers take time to list jobs, audit resumes and applications, and bring people in for interviews. Hiring is an occasional part of their job, whereas it is a huge part of a staffing company’s job. They have more time to focus on coming up with the best interview questions and have more experience actually interviewing people, which often makes them better judges of candidates. Hiring is their business so it doesn’t have to be yours.

The biggest issue that HR departments have to deal with is compliance. To have employees in Arizona an HR manager must consider:

  • Keeping payroll and related expenses within budget
  • Workers’ compensation, the laws associated with it and making sure that their company has the right coverage at the best price
  • Occupational safety and health standards that dictate what a workplace must have and how it must operate (although you’ll need at least passing knowledge of this regardless of how you source your staff)
  • Youth employment laws
  • The vast and specific employment laws

Not only do these issues take a sound knowledge base, but they also take time and money. If you choose to let someone else handle these issues for you, it can really help out. Staffing agencies that can provide you with temporary or even permanent staff have their operations set up around these issues. They can focus on them and streamline processes like hiring or constantly keeping up with changes in employment law. The ability to streamline means they can usually address these issues at less cost than businesses that focus on other things.

Less cost for them often means their customers save money when they use their employees. The can also buy larger insurance policies which can sometimes bring their costs down as well–yet another way they can afford to provide you with employees at reasonable prices. There is nothing wrong with not being able to outperform a well-run staffing agency; after all it is what they do.

Especially right now, as the economy seems it might be taking a slight upturn, why not save time and possibly even money by using a staffing agency? You can go about your business while they send over workers who have already passed a screening process. Using temporary labor is a great option because it allows you to see if your recent successes will last and allow you to bring on full-time staff. If you bypass temps and hire people on full time you might have to fire them in a few months. If they have worked for you long enough they may even qualify for unemployment benefits which can cost you in raised premiums.

Yet another example of the finer points of human resource management getting in the way of running your business. HR functions must be addressed, just not necessarily by you.

Sources:

Find Law-Small Business

Industrial Commission of Arizona

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