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Top 4 Ways to Make the Most of Staffing This Holiday Season

November 19, 2014

Holiday season staffingWith just over a week until Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, holiday hiring is in full swing. CareerBuilder says that 43% of retailers will hire seasonal staff this holiday season, up from 39% last year.

But retailers aren’t the only ones hiring. More than a quarter of employers across industries will hire seasonal employees before the end of the year, according to CareerBuilder. Companies in the retail supply chain, from consumer goods manufacturers to delivery services to call centers to restaurants, will be adding staff. And businesses in many other industries, from accounting to construction to law, may just need a little bit of extra help before the year comes to a close, and turn to a staffing agency to provide temporary employees.

In order to get the most out of staffing this holiday season, take note of our top tips….

This Veterans Day, Make a Commitment to Hiring Veterans

November 11, 2014
image courtesy flickr user DVIDSHUB

image courtesy flickr user DVIDSHUB

Each Nov. 11, Americans recognize Veterans Day by honoring and thanking the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We at DePaul Industries would like to sincerely thank the men and women who have served, and encourage employers to focus on increasing recruitment and hiring of veterans throughout the year.

Today, veterans who have served since 2001 face unemployment rates higher than the national average for all Americans. Part of the reason for this heightened unemployment may be that employers have misconceptions about physical or hidden disabilities that some veterans face, and may not understand how skills gained in the military translate to civilian job descriptions.

As Courtney Billington, a veteran of the U.S. Army and Vice President at Johnson & Johnson, writes in a recent Forbes article, “If I could do one thing this Veterans Day, it is this: help businesses see how veterans can help them.” Billington cites the experience gained in the military that make veterans outstanding employees, including the ability to adapt quickly, handle competing priorities and manage diverse teams.

DePaul Industries’ VETS FIRST initiative launched in summer 2012 to help employers connect with veterans. At the time, our Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Travis Pearson, a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard, said, “Veterans are rife with transferable job skills and a great work ethic, and we’re going to continue to invest in them as quality employees.” And we have. In our Maryland office, for instance, an incredible 87% of employees currently on staffing assignments are veterans (26 out of 30 employees).

And employers of all types, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, have experienced the positive business impacts of employing veterans. The 100,000 Jobs Mission, for instance, was founded by a dozen large employers in 2010, who set out to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020, but has already exceeded this goal – the initiative’s 175 employers are now on track to have hired 200,000 veterans by the end of 2014.

So today, as you take time to reflect on the sacrifices of those who have served, make a commitment to recruiting and hiring veterans.

Fall Security Checklist: Prepare Your Workplace for Shorter Days

November 7, 2014

Security in parking lots winterAmericans mark the end of daylight saving time by turning clocks back by an hour in early November. Though an extra hour of sleep and lighter mornings are welcome, the downside is darker evenings, meaning employees working the day shift will likely leave work after dark.

Whether you work at an office building, food processing facility, construction site or healthcare facility, make a note to check on security around the end of daylight saving time each fall. Here are a few items for your fall security checklist:

Inspect Exterior Lighting
During the longer days of summer and fall, you may not have noticed light bulbs that had burned out or fixtures obscured by trees or shrubs. Take a moment to ensure that all lights are working and appropriately bright, and consider adding additional lights (include those with motion sensors) or cutting back foliage to increase visibility. Little changes like these can have a big impact on security.

Survey Parking Lots or Garages
Parking lots should be areas of close focus, as well as the routes employees use to get to them, like stairwells and sky bridges. Even if your parking lot is underground, fall is a good time to inspect lighting and any areas of concern.

Post an Internal Security Reminder
Employees can always benefit from a reminder about security procedures, so making a security post on your company’s intranet or bulletin board can be beneficial. Remind employees about things like not leaving items in full view in their cars (a common occurrence during the holiday season), lock-up and alarm procedures and visitor policies.

Have a Security Professional Assess Your Workplace
A security evaluation from a trained security professional will include recommendations for improvements you can make in the security of your facility. This may include suggesting hiring a security officer, which has many benefits you may not be familiar with.

Interested in a complimentary security evaluation? Contact us today.

New Juniper Naturals Product Spotlight: Cereal Bars

October 16, 2014

Juniper Naturals Healthy Cereal Bars
We’re excited to announce a new addition to our Juniper Naturals line: cereal bars! These tasty, nutritionally sound bars are available in strawberry, blueberry and chocolate chip flavors.

Bars are all the rage these days, and ingredients are no longer limited to basic grains, nuts and fruits—today’s snack and protein bars contain things like quinoa, chia seeds, sunflower seed butter and agave. But reading ingredient labels is key, as many bars marketed as being healthy are chock full of artificial ingredients and fillers, as well as sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.

Juniper Naturals bars are delicious in their own right, but they also walk the talk. They’re made with whole grains and other wholesome ingredients, from rolled oats to flaxseed to fruit puree, and each bar has 6 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein.

Juniper Naturals cereal bars are versatile and can be enjoyed throughout the day. Try them for breakfast with a piece of fresh fruit, as an addition to lunch, or as a pre- or post-workout snack. And kids love them – they’re a perfect snack for field trips, component of a packed lunch, or treat after a sports game. They’re small and portable, so can be easily stored in your bag or purse, glove box or desk drawer.

We know that great taste, nutrition and quality are of the utmost importance in the snacks you buy. With Juniper Naturals, you get an added bonus: you’re doing good with every bite. Juniper Naturals snacks support the employment of people with disabilities at DePaul Industries’ Hayden Island packaging facility, and the more snacks you enjoy, the more jobs we can create.


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 6, 2014

National Disability Employment Month 2014October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. “Expect. Employ. Empower” is the theme for 2014, and the Office of Disability Employment Policy has ideas and resources for recognizing the month and building awareness.

Unemployment and underemployment remain very serious problems for people with disabilities. In September, just 31.1% of people with disabilities were participating in the workforce, according to the Kessler Foundation/University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, compared to a 76.2% labor force participation rate for people without disabilities.

Not all employers are familiar with the many benefits of hiring people with disabilities, so we wanted to round up three of our most popular blog posts on this topic:

Return on Disability: The Bottom Line
Rather than thinking about disability employment as a philanthropy or diversity initiative, why not think about it the way you think about any other business decision? Rich Donovan suggests that we should “look at disability through the lens of economic value, rather than social value.”

Looking to Improve Your Bottom Line?
We’d be surprised if you answered “no” to this question, and you may also be surprised by our solution: hire people with disabilities. Countless big-name companies like Walgreens and Marriott Hotels have made concerted efforts to hire people with disabilities and seen benefits like reduced costs, increased productivity, and reduced employee turnover.

The Business Benefits of Hiring People With Disabilities: A Roundup of Recent News
It’s great to see stories in the media about employers who have experienced the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Last winter, three articles caught our eye, including one on how software company SAP is leveraging the talents of employees with autism.

Interested in learning how DePaul Industries can help your business benefit from the talents of people with disabilities? Contact us today.


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