The Portland Business Journal has released its annual list of the top Portland metro-area staffing firms, and we’re pleased to share that DePaul Industries ranked #5 on this list! We’ve been in Portland since 1971, and we employ more than 50 full-time internal employees in the city, as well as more than 1,500 temporary employees last year. Click through to the post to watch the PBJ’s Executive Files video featuring DePaul Industries VP / COO Travis Pearson….
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With 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:
1. Plan ahead.
It might seem like common sense, but forecasting your staffing needs as soon as you can is key for the bustling holiday season. With unemployment at 5.8% (its lowest rate since the recession) and many employers ramping up hiring, there’s big competition to get the most qualified employees. Think not only about hires you’ll need for the holiday surge in business, but also employees to cover vacations and security officers for special events.
Staffing agencies have been working on building candidate pools for months, so they have a built-in supply of employees ready to work. And while staffing agencies are accustomed to accommodating last-minute requests, giving them as much lead time as possible will help ensure that you get the most qualified employees.
2. Have an onboarding plan.
Being prepared to onboard and thoroughly train temporary employees is key to helping them succeed, especially when you have many new employees during the busiest time of year. Safety best practices should be emphasized, in addition to job duties and other standard onboarding procedures for new temporary employees.
3. Look for permanent members of your team.
Have a temporary employee who stands out this holiday season? Consider hiring them permanently. Getting to see an employee’s work during the busy holidays can show you employees who will be a good long-term fit year-round.
4. Communicate with your staffing agency.
Want to hire a temporary employee permanently? Have a big order coming in next week that will require many additional employees? Need a specialized, tough-to-recruit position like a CDL driver or welder? Communicate early, and often, with your staffing agency throughout the holiday season to make the most out of staffing.
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.
Americans 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.
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.