We just wrapped up the Business4Better conference in Anaheim, where our President & CEO Dave Shaffer spoke about social enterprise, and where we gathered some great customer and partnership leads for staffing and packaging services around the country.
The impetus behind the conference was to spur more creative partnerships and collaborations between commercial business and social causes than just simply writing checks. In fact, in many discussions with program attendees and participants, we found that several commercial businesses (small, medium, and large) are very interested in full supply chain social responsibility.
Supply chain social responsibility is ensuring that all of your vendors, suppliers, and logistics providers are socially responsible businesses, in addition to your core business. In other words, you’re going to be working with these companies through the normal course of your business to provide your end good or services to your customers—so why not work with companies that can both meet your bottom line and contribute a social good at the same time?
Increasingly, customers are looking for companies that are more and more transparent about their social responsibility, at all levels. This includes the companies that provide your IT, your office supplies—and yes, your temporary personnel. Instead of thinking about giving back through writing a check or sending employees to volunteer with a local charity, consider integrating your social responsibility throughout the work that you do. Your bottom line can be met while simultaneously giving back to society. For lack of a better term, it’s really a win/win.
For an overview of the 2013 Business4Better conference (and a shot of DePaul Industries hard at work at 0:59!), check out the video below:
We’ve built our reputation on professional, specialized temporary staffing for clerical and light industrial settings and other industries. Now, we’re formalizing a service that we’ve provided to select customers in the past, offering direct hire placement into permanent full-time jobs: Introducing DePaul Direct!
DePaul Direct builds on our experience in matching qualified candidates with specialized jobs in a variety of light industrial, clerical, and technical settings—only it skips the ‘try before you buy’ in temp staffing and heads straight to the point of direct hire. The program’s primary focus will be on higher level professional and tech positions, which can be much more difficult to target when it’s not your forte, or when you just need a highly specialized skill set. There are, of course, a wide variety of time- and money-saving benefits to customers:
• Save on the administrative headache of searching for candidates & wading through resumes
• Save on the management headache of multiple interviews and follow-ups
• Save on the human resources headache of screening and checking candidates to ensure qualifications
• Save on the turnover and bad hire costs to your bottom line
We’re excited to formalize DePaul Direct and dedicate in-house recruiters to rigorously sourcing the very best candidates for a wide variety of specialized administrative and technical positions.
Whether you’re a Hiring Manager or you work in HR, you may be wondering whether the wages your company offers are still competitive, especially considering salary changes over time: Oregon minimum wage has increased over the past three years, and the average salary for 2013 grads is up 5% from 2012. Based on our research, these are the average hourly wage ranges for the jobs in the industries we staff—namely clerical and light industrial positions—in the Portland Metro area as of April 2013.
Administrative Assistant: $14-$16 Executive Assistant: $18-$20 Front Desk: $10-$12 Data Entry: $11-$13 Assembler: $10-$12 CDL A Driver: $16-$20 CDL B Driver: $12-$16 CNC Machinist: $17-$19 CNC Machinist Journeyman Level: $24-$26 Flagger: $11-$14 Forklift Operator: $11-$13 Janitorial: $10-$12 Movers/Installers: $12-$13 Order Selectors: $11-$13 Production: $8.95-$9.75 Shipping and Receiving: $12-$14
Are you considering hiring temporary staff to support your operations? Consider some of these offerings:
• Competitive wages: We not only pay competitive wages, we also offer health insurance options to our temporary staff. Additionally, we cover the taxes and fees associated with payroll, workers’ compensation, and unemployment—so you can relax about HR overhead.
• Competitive workers: We also have a rigorous screening and interviewing process that ensures only qualified employees are referred your company to earn those competitive wages. Additionally, we can quickly develop targeted recruitment efforts to meet your specific needs—just ask.
• HOW Program: Heart of the Workforce Training is a workforce development program specifically designed for employees entering into light industrial industries like food processing, in order to prepare them for on-the-job tasks before they even get in the door. This option creates even more competitive employees, who are able to shorten the learning curve and be more productive faster than employees without this proprietary training.
If you’re involved in the food processing industry in eastern Oregon, you know that spring means things are ramping up. From asparagus harvesting to grape vine pruning, to processing greens and beans to preparing for berry season, all hands are needed on deck. If you’re looking to hire a slew of extra help this spring, here is something to consider: Have you thought about the knowledge and skill of your seasonal hires, and how that will affect your productivity?
Studies show that most seasonal farm workers, when hired on, will be learning about agriculture for the first time. To avoid the headache of untrained employees, the possibility of damaged crops, or even worse, workplace injuries, why not hire temporary employees that are knowledgeable in agriculture specific to Hermiston and Umatilla Counties and the tri-cities area?
The same is true for food processing. Instead of risking missed deadlines or damaged products by hiring untrained workers, you could hire temporary staff with understanding of food processing. By bringing on staff through a staffing company, you’ll also avoid tracking your staff’s hours and dealing with overtime, as well the entire general human resources headache of increasing your employee pool three-fold in a matter of weeks.
We at DePaul Industries offer the Heart of the Workforce (HOW) Program, a workforce development program specifically designed for employees entering into food processing. This means that graduates have a Food Handlers Card issued by the State of Oregon and are knowledgeable on the issues of climate safety—making them a resource to their employers and fellow employees out in the field. We can also work with you straight out of our Hermiston, Oregon office to create a flexible, quality solution that meets your food processing and packaging needs.