Posts Categorized: HR and Workforce Trends

Employer and Employee Issues Within an Aging Workforce

In a recent survey of small businesses, about one-third of the companies responding said they were setting up plans to pass along the knowledge gained from their experienced workers to younger employees in preparation for the retirement of older workers. In fact, small businesses are outpacing their larger counterparts in preparation for the impending retirement… Read More »

Evaluation Tools for Hiring Right

To get the right people for your company, it takes work, good judgment and even a little luck. To improve the process, two business researchers, Dr. Charles Handler and Dr. Steven Hunt, are touting the effectiveness of applicant evaluation tools in hiring new workers, which they say are effective in showing how well a person… Read More »

Emerging HR Issues for 2011 and Beyond

With the recent nosedive in the economy, many companies went through a wave of layoffs and people may have assumed that after the reduction in workforce, business would then be able to get back on track. But there is more to the story, more to deal with. The economy is still limping along, with slack… Read More »

IRS Guidelines for Determining Worker Status

Businesses often hire outside consultants, advisors and other types of workers, sometimes through an agency. When it comes to classifying these workers for tax purposes and to comply with other employment regulations, the type of relationship can get a little murky. If you are in his situation, and are not entirely certain how to ensure… Read More »

When Bringing on Contingent Workers is the Right Step to Take

Handling workforce issues in this volatile economy can be frustrating. The needs of your company may rise and fall, but you still want to have that expertise on hand, and you still want to be economically efficient. What is the best way to handle the problem? Contingency staffing might be the way to go. It… Read More »

Temps Aren’t Just for Fill-Ins Anymore — the Value of Professional Contractors

We know you call upon the Opti Staffing Group when you need to fill in for vacationing or ill employees for temporary assignments. But what happens when your accounting manager, HR director, CFO or even your CEO needs to be take an extended leave? If you’re just about to launch a new product and your… Read More »

How and Why to Give Feedback to Your Staffing Service

Companies that routinely use staffing services to provide qualified workers in a timely fashion are in a position to enhance the relationship they share with the service. This is achieved simply by providing feedback to the company so it can measure the effectiveness of its services. Letting the staffing service’s managers know what they are… Read More »

Popular Employee Assessment Tests

Have you ever hired an employee pretty much just based on his or her résumé, references, how he or she interviewed, and “just your gut” feelings?  And then did you have to let that employee go just a few months later? If you used an employee assessment test you may not have had that problem.… Read More »

How to Deal with Rising Workers’ Comp Costs

It’s no secret that workers’ compensation costs are a major headache for companies struggling to keep the lid on spiraling expenses. It becomes even more troubling when the same medical procedures often cost more under workers’ compensation than under other forms of coverage. Understandably companies are actively seeking ways to trim excesses in workers’ compensation… Read More »

Temp-to-Hire Staffing: What, When and Why You Should Consider It

Have you ever hired someone who interviewed well, had glowing references and then, for some inexplicable reason, just didn’t work out? What a waste of yours and your mis-hire’s time. What a waste of your money. You can avoid this type of scenario with a temp-to-hire agreement with a staffing service. Temp-to-hire allows you “try… Read More »