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If you’re an employer, navigating the labor market can be challenging. But at Johnson Service Group, we are here to simplify things. Here is a collection of hiring process recommendations, overviews of the current landscape of the labor market, industry news, and much more. At JSG, we work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

Contract Staffing

Contract Staffing Is Key In Today’s Market

There are a lot of uncertainties in the world today. As both companies and workers try to navigate this unknown territory, it can feel like you’re doing it blindfolded. Many workers are unsure of what’s in store for their future careers, and that can be unsettling. However, businesses must continue to grow and provide the products and services necessary to keep our society in motion. What if we told you it is possible to do this while mitigating risks and offering employment to the incredible talent on the market today? With contract staffing, this can easily be achieved. In today’s post-pandemic market, contract staffing offers a stable yet flexible workforce solution for both companies and employees.

Why Contract Employment Is The Right Move For Your Career

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns throughout the country, millions of talented workers found themselves suddenly displaced. If you are in this situation, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Job listings are slim, especially in the trajectory of your ideal career. The jobs that are available jobs aren’t probably part of your long-term career goals. However, you also don’t want to look like a “job hopper.” It’s almost a catch-22.

Contract employment is the perfect middle-ground. It allows you to get back to work quickly, provide benefits for your family, and continue advancing your career. Simultaneously, you are afforded the opportunity to work temporarily or on projects as needed. As an added bonus, you may also get to work in areas that you usually wouldn’t, giving you a chance to actually beef up your skills and resume. And in a perfect world, your contract assignment may even turn into a full-time opportunity if it’s a good fit!

How Contract Staffing Can Keep Your Company Moving Forward

While business starts to pick back up, many companies are cautiously optimistic. And as a result of the millions of furloughs and layoffs, there are some incredibly talented candidates on the market right now. If you’re itching to take advantage but unsure of the stability of the economy, contract staffing is the perfect solution.

It allows you to hire employees on an as-needed basis; whether that is for a specific project or to fill critical gaps in your workforce. You can hire contractors on a long-term or short-term basis to choose what works best for your current needs. And at any time, you can terminate the contract, which is much more amicable than implementing layoffs. Hiring contract reduces fixed costs and helps you save by paying straight time for hours worked. And finally, contract staffing allows you to get someone in the door immediately.

So, whether you are looking for a contract position or to hire a contractor, partner with Johnson Service Group. We’ll help you build a contract staffing solution that solves your immediate needs and paves the way to a brighter future.

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How to Make Your Post-Pandemic Company Better Than Before

COVID-19 has been a very tricky time for companies around the world to navigate. Businesses needed to do things they have never done before, like work from home, attend video conference calls, and experience a lapse in breakroom donuts. As we strive into the future together, we cannot revert to the same ways; let COVID-19 be an opportunity for a better, brighter future for your company. Here are five things your organization can do to make your post-pandemic company even better than before.

Increased Flexibility

COVID-19 has shown us the importance of workplace flexibility, and now, it is no longer a benefit, but an expectation from employers. In a survey from Zenefits, they found that 77% of workers have flexibility as a top priority in their job search, which means offering a flexible workplace will be crucial to hiring great talent. The transition to a more flexible working environment must happen quickly because about 30% percent of workers have left jobs due to their lack of flexibility. 

So, the spectrum of flexibility will vary from team to team. Still, you can offer flexibility with better PTO policies, WFH benefits, and empathy for sick employees – because if this pandemic taught us anything, it is to stay home when you feel sick! 

Enhanced Digitization

The quickness of the pandemic pushed workers around the world to dial in on their digital skills. Suddenly, workers needed to establish a WFH office to maintain a “normal” workday. For a boost in efficiency, we expect an increase in video conferences and other technologies to make your workforce more agile. Make the necessary investments in the technology your post-pandemic company needs to keep the ball rolling and your team more productive.

An Overload of Sanitizer

Once everyone returns to the office, workplace hygiene will be at an all-time high. Employees washing their hands and sanitizing throughout the day will become habitual, and honestly, completely necessary. An overload of hand sanitizer and other cleaning routines should be encouraged to ensure the safety of all employees.

Clear Expectations

Transitioning into a post-pandemic world will have its own set of challenges. It is different than it was previously, and you need to lay out clear expectations for what you want from your employees. Clear communication and building trust with your team will be essential as we start to return to work.

Laid-Back Dress Code

Professional outfits hit the back burner while WFH parents had to work from home and watch their children. As we transition to a new normal, there’s a trend toward casual dressing. If appropriate, relax your dress code protocol to make your team feel a little more comfortable as they return.

So, let’s reimagine your post-pandemic company: more flexible, caring, and safe. Relax the strict workplace rules that have been around for decades and offer your employees a workplace experience that they won’t want to leave.

Your Diversity & Inclusion Hiring Playbook

Your Diversity & Inclusion Hiring Playbook

Diversity is a hot topic in the world today, and many companies are scrambling to recognize deep-rooted unconscious biases and improve how they hire and manage their teams. While the first step of identifying and admitting bias can be the most challenging, it is also the most important for implementing actionable change. However, once you’re ready to tackle injustice and be a part of the change, where do you start? We’ve gathered just a few resources for diversity hiring that will get you started. 

→ You will probably need to overhaul your hiring process. Here’s a great breakdown of how to begin:

Recruiting For Diversity

→ For more on how browsing candidate’s social media profiles could be leading to bias hiring decisions:

Should Employers Screen Candidate’s Social Media

→ Learn about false-positive and false-negative hiring decisions and how you can avoid them, thus building a diverse and qualified team:

How To Avoid False-Negative Hiring Decisions

→ Creating a diverse team doesn’t start with hiring. Learn more about action steps you can take starting today:

Diversity in Hiring Doesn’t Start With Hiring

→ For more insight into the modern gender hiring landscape:

Modern Women Make Strides In The Workforce

Did you know that “hiring for culture fit?” actually leads many teams to lack diversity? Learn more here:

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit, Do This Instead

→ Take a few (free!) courses on LinkedIn Learning that cover everything from bias in all of its forms, cultural competence, communication, allyship, and accountability.

Diversity, Inclusion, And Belonging For All

This is just the beginning.

Learn more about how partnering with a recruiting firm can help you achieve your diversity hiring initiatives. Johnson Service Group has been assisting companies to implement diverse recruiting programs for over 35 years. Start the conversation today to improve the world tomorrow.

support your remote workers

How to Support Your Remote Workers

The majority of states have finally started reducing restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, millions of workers across the country are still hard at work from their homes. With a large chunk (if not your whole team) working remotely, it’s not easy to offer the same support as you can in the office. Here are a few ways you can support your remote workers.

Set expectations

It’s imperative to set expectations from the very beginning with your entire team. Establish guidelines for everyone and make them crystal clear. Put them in writing and send them to your staff. Setting boundaries and expectations are essential, and doing it early on will reinforce good habits from the get-go. However, please don’t go overboard or it might seem like you don’t trust your staff. Remember, your employees are adults, not children. Guidelines are good for everyone when they are not overbearing.

Build loyalty

Building loyalty and trust in each of your relationships is vital during these challenging times. Now is not the time to micromanage your staff. If you trusted them in the office, you should be able to trust them while working remotely. Trust builds loyalty, and loyalty goes a long way, especially during these uncharted waters. Hold regular meetings, regular check-ins, and be encouraging. Trust us; it will go a long way and support your remote workers.

Take care of each individual

Make sure you take care of each staff member. Not everyone is in the same situation right now. Some are handling the pandemic better than others and have fewer responsibilities at home. Some workers are balancing childcare, schooling, and work, while others may have a partner that is currently unemployed. As a result, ensure each team member is doing well, both mentally and physically.

Also, not everyone has the same work-from-home setting. Make sure each employee is taken care of with their home “office” goes. Some of your employees may need a desk, a new office chair, a second monitor, or other items to make their working hours a little more productive and comfortable. Taking care of your employees during these challenging times will help build much-needed morale.

Emphasize accomplishments not hours

Don’t emphasize the actual hours worked of each employee. Instead, focus on accomplishments. Some of your workers might be flourishing with their new working environment. But on the other hand, some of your staff members may struggle a little more. A recent report illustrated that 54% of workers are more productive at home. That’s great for both workers and employers! However, employees working from home will work an average of 1.4 more days’ worth of hours each month. That translates to 16.8 more days a year. As a result, your team can easily get burnt out as the boundaries of work and home often become blurry. Thus, support your remote workers by focusing on accomplishments, not actual hours worked.

Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our client resources for all the information you need!

retain talent

4 Foolproof Ways to Retain Talent

HR professionals around the country dedicate their careers to retaining great talent at their organization, making it their ultimate goal to hire AND retain the best talent. Yet, over 50% of organizations globally claim they have difficulty keeping their most valued employees. So why is that? Talented employees that quit within the first six months reveal that their parting was due to poor onboarding experiences, workplace culture, and working conditions. This issue begs the question: how can your organization offer the most competitive and appealing environment that keeps employees around for the long haul? Here are four ways your company can retain talent now (and into the future). 

Flexibility

The demand for workplace flexibility existed before the Coronavirus outbreak, and now, because of the virus, companies were forced to offer it. Providing flexibility in the workplace is not about being lax with workplace rules; it has more to do with understanding every employee as an individual with different circumstances and needs. If your organization can provide this flexibility, you extend a branch of trust, and your employees should as well. Therefore, if there is trust within your team, your employees will stick around longer. As businesses begin opening back up in the post-pandemic world, you should look at it as an opportunity to start new with flexibility at the forefront; therefore, it’s imperative for companies to not revert back ti their old, strict habits.

Recognition

The companies with the best retention rates are the ones that recognize their employees for their hard work. In fact, according to HR Technologist, 63% of employees recognized in their career are extremely unlikely to seek alternative career opportunities. Simple acts of recognition not only retain talent but strongly motivate employees as well.  You can provide praise through financial compensation, promotions, meaningful verbal acknowledgments, awards, and more. Whatever suits your company’s culture, find a way to incorporate it into how you treat and recognize your talent.

Clear Expectations

Do you know that setting goals and deadlines for your employees motivates them and encourages longevity? Recent research has proven that employees with clear goals have higher performance, but also improved emotional well-being. Thus, setting goals makes people happy, and happy employees are more likely to stay with your organization. Help your employees set manageable goals, and neither party will regret it!

Growth Opportunities

In the same light that clear expectations motivate employees, growth opportunities have the same effect. If an employee has the opportunity to grow within the company, they are more likely to stay. People tend to avoid companies where there is no sight of change, and the work is relatively stagnant. Providing your employees with a meaningful and happy workspace is a foolproof way to increase employee retention. Retaining great talent is extremely crucial because the cost of replacing a single employee can exceed 200% of their annual salary. Great talent creates a good culture. As the job market picks up, so will the need to preserve your talented team.

If your company is facing problems with retaining your staff, reach out to Johnson Service Group today. We can help you source employees that want to make an impact and stay with your team for the long haul.

attract gen z

How Your Company Can Attract Gen Z

The introduction of Gen Z to the job market changes the game. This generation is substantially different from Millennials. They have distinctive expectations, preferences, and goals when it comes to the workplace and their careers. Your company needs to understand what this generation wants to attract Gen Z job seekers to your company effectively. Here are four things you must know to add this generation to your workforce.

An Entrepreneurial Culture

Gen Z workers desire a more professional work environment, similar to what Boomers wanted when they entered the workforce. Gen Z wants a culture with a strong sense of community and an even stronger sense of job stability. Just about 50 percent of this generation wants to start their own business, so attracting them to your company will require the allowance of major autonomy and creativity in their role.

Dollar Signs

Gen Z craves money more than their Millennial counterpart. Studies have shown that dollar signs drive Gen Z workers. In fact, the top three things they want out of a job are excellent health insurance, a competitive salary, and a respectable boss. This generation craves working late nights, utilizing their entrepreneurial spirit to drive company-wide innovation, and trying out multiple roles within a company to find where they can have the most significant impact and make the most money.

A Strong Digital Presence 

Gen Zers are incredibly tech-savvy, and they expect your company to be as well! They have an in-depth understanding of technology and what it offers, meaning they are not easily impressed. It takes them just eight seconds to decide if a piece of online content is worth their connection, and yes, this includes job postings. So, ensure that your social media presence, advertisements, job board, and everything in between are spot on to capture this generation’s attention!

A Fast-Paced Environment

Gen Z doesn’t wait for anyone. They have little patience outside ‘the now;’ They rely on instant gratification in their careers. To keep up, make sure your hiring process is smooth and efficient because they will not wait around to hear from you. They live for a fast-paced environment, so it’s up to you to offer them that, from the initial hiring process and throughout their career.

Team Up with A Recruiter

Don’t miss out on the best Gen Z candidates in the market. Make sure that your hiring process is dialed-in, your company offers job security, and you are in touch with the current technology. Understanding what this generation wants will ensure that your company will be successful in the years to come. If you’re looking to attract Gen Z professionals to your team, you’re not alone. Get a leg up on your competition by partnering with a recruiter from Johnson Service Group! We will help you build the team you need to ensure generational success.

attract job seekers during COVID-19

How to Attract Job Seekers During COVID-19

Jobless claims in the United States jumped yet again today. On Thursday, the BLS reported another 1.9 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, bringing the total number of unemployed to 43+ million. Yet employers that are hiring are struggling to attract the right candidates. This rift is perplexing with so many people out of work. Some workers that are laid off are enjoying their newfound free time, some are making even more money on unemployment than when they were working, and others are just difficult to find. If you are one of the many employers that need talent, here is how your team can attract job seekers during COVID-19.

Share your benefits and perks

With an extra $600 per month on unemployment, thousands of workers are making more than they were while employed. So, how do you attract those people that are making extra money each week while enjoying a little free time? Your organization should make your company’s benefits and perks transparent. In your job descriptions, layout the benefits you offer, as well as the perks your team gets to have. Offer occasional remote work or have an outstanding 401(k) program? Share that early (and often) in your recruitment efforts! These perks are challenging to come by for many job seekers, so sharing your benefits will be your secret weapon.

Share a glimpse of your culture

Another excellent way to attract top-notch job seekers is to share a glimpse of your company culture. Culture is huge right now, and job seekers want to work for an employer that aligns with their values and beliefs. When you write your job descriptions, add a section that briefly discusses what it’s like to be part of your team. Include links to videos, social media posts, or sections of your website that illustrate your culture.

If your new employees will be working remotely at first or even temporarily, ensure you make them feel welcome from their first day. It can be challenging to build a strong culture remotely. If you are looking for ways to create a positive employee experience for your remote team, here are a few things you can implement to help you attract and retain your staff.

Referral programs

Do you offer a referral program? If you have a teammate that refers a candidate to an open position of yours, reward their efforts! If that referral leads to a hire, give that employee a nice thank you and a small token of your appreciation. Whether it’s a gift card or even a cash bonus, creating a referral program is a great way to attract qualified candidates, even during a global pandemic. If you have a program, ensure your entire staff knows about it so they are incentivized to send over great resumes!

Work with a recruiting firm

These are just a few things your team can do to attract job seekers during COVID-19. But if your team is still struggling to attract candidates during the pandemic, don’t give up hope. Work with a recruiting firm, like Johnson Service Group, that can help you source the right candidates for your team. We have a pipeline of excellent candidates that are ready to get back to work now.

You Need To Interview Differently, Starting Today

You Need To Interview Differently, Starting Today

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has changed the hiring landscape. The effects of this pandemic will be felt throughout organizations for years to come, and it will permanently change how we do business. One thing you can start changing now is how you interview. By making a few adjustments, you’ll be able to continue hiring talented candidates during uncertain times. Try incorporating these three things into your interview process while hiring for your next role to get ahead of your competition!

Be Open To Long-Distance Hiring

Gone are the days of flying candidates across the country to interview for a position. We do not know how long the effects of the Coronavirus will last. Even after the threat of COVID-19 has passed, it will be good practice to limit exposure as much as possible. In order to hire top talent before your competition, we are coaching our clients on how to hire virtually. Over the phone or via a video conference, you can still get a thorough understanding of whether someone will be a good fit for the position or not. It all comes down to asking the right questions.

Stop Grilling Candidates About Employment Gaps

With unemployment claims now reaching over 33 million, there will be just as many gaps on resumes. It’s time we stop judging candidates on resume gaps or presumed “job hopping.” Instead, focus on the value they can add to your team. To ensure that they are in it for the long haul, be sure to ask questions about why they want this position, and where they see themselves in the future. (It’s okay to press for more in-depth, realistic answers to these questions to make an accurate assessment!)

Be Upfront About PTO & Benefits

In the past, it was considered in poor taste for candidates to ask about PTO and benefits during an interview. However, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, these policies have become more than just “work perks.” Moving forward, candidates will want to ensure that they can take adequate time to heal and recover or care for family members. They will also be comparing company benefits such as healthcare, 401k matching, and wellness initiatives. It will work to your advantage to explain your benefits package during the interview. As a result, candidates can make an informed decision about the next step in their career.

For more articles on the Coronavirus and how it is affecting the job market, head here.

The Future of the Job Interview

The Future of the Job Interview

Job interviews have certainly changed over the years. New technologies and better methods of transportation have made interviewing an essential part of the hiring process. However, the future of the job interview is changing faster than any of us expected due to COVID-19. Here are three ways job interviews will look different in the years down the road.

No more handshakes

For centuries, the handshake has been a symbol of peaceful intentions, good faith, and respect. However, some historians believe the handshake was popularized by the 17th century Quakers, who viewed a simple handshake as an “egalitarian alternative” to bowing or tipping a hat. And through the years, the handshake became a staple gesture when greeting or introducing oneself. But with more people mindful of their personal space because of the coronavirus, this go-to gesture may be dead in the water.

There are plenty of different ways to greet someone or introduce yourself without shaking hands. It may feel weird as we are all programmed to extend our right hand out as a gesture of respect, but the new norm may become introducing ourselves without making contact. There are plenty of other non-verbal ways to communicate. Making strong eye contact, nodding, and smiling are all respectful ways to communicate with one another without physically engaging.

More video interviews

Another new norm may be forgoing in-person interviews for a video interview format. Now that many of us are working remotely, employers are investing in technologies to improve out of office communication. Technologies like Zoom and Microsoft Teams have made this transition a breeze. Now, it’s never been easier to host a video interview with a candidate. You can even have multiple interviewers on the same video call while all being in different locations. This will ultimately make it easier for both employers and job seekers to arrange interviews around busy schedules.

PS: if you’re looking for some excellent video interview advice, check out this recent blog from JSG!

Quick interview-to-offer timetable

As a result of a more flexible job interview, the hiring process will tremendously improve for employers. It can be challenging to make a final hiring decision when you have to schedule in-person interviews with each candidate. But if hiring managers and HR can conduct virtual interviews, decisions can be made much quicker. Therefore, hiring decisions will rapidly decrease in time. In other words, the days of waiting weeks or even months to hear back from an interview may be over. If companies can make faster hiring decisions, you, as a candidate, will no longer be anxiously waiting for a callback. And the quicker employers can make a hiring decision and onboard a new employee; the less money is wasted due to the cost of a vacancy. It’s a win-win for companies and job seekers!

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Managing a Remote Team: How To Keep Morale Up

Managing a Remote Team: How To Keep Morale Up

Thousands of leaders across the globe are suddenly finding themselves doing something they’ve never done before: managing an entirely remote workforce. And one of the most significant issues they’re facing is how to keep the morale up when everyone is kept apart. Many leaders thrive on the energy that comes from managing a team face-to-face and are struggling with ways to motivate their now-remote team. Here are a few things you can do to keep morale up, increase motivation, and continue building a team that will thrive no matter the conditions.

Have Frequent All-Team Virtual Meetings

One of the best ways to keep employee morale up is to keep things relatively business as usual. So, if your team is used to a lot of socialization, it’s best to continue that trend – even if it’s now through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Keep your meetings light and positive and encourage everyone to share something they can bond over. Many companies have theme days, like “crazy hat day,” or host virtual happy hours at the end of the week to just hang out and catch up. Your employees will appreciate a fun moment to take their minds off of their everyday stresses.

Check-In One-On-One

While all-team meetings are great for keeping the positivity up for your team, don’t forget to check-in with your employees one-on-one. Give them a call every week just to see how they’re doing. Aside from asking if they need help with anything or if they have any questions, your conversation doesn’t have to be all business. If you’ve built a personal relationship with your employees, ask about their family! Find out what show or podcast they’ve binged lately. A little bit of interest goes a long way during isolation and will leave your employees feeling less alone.

Send Your Remote Team A Gift

A package on their doorstep is a fantastic way to let your team know you’re thinking of them. Whether it’s company swag, a gift card to get takeout from a local restaurant, or something that will make their work-from-home experience more comfortable like an external monitor.

We know how challenging it can be to make your team feel cohesive during times of separation. But with how prominent remote work is becoming, it’s more important than ever to create a healthy work-from-home environment. You have to make an instant effort in order to retain your best employees as the work landscape is rapidly changing.

Thinking about adding new team members to your remote workforce? Check out our blog here on how to make new virtual employees feel welcome!