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Illinois HB-690 Crisis For Business

Illinois HB-690 Crisis for Business. If you haven’t heard, this bill is on the verge of driving business – critical business like Manufacturing – out of the state of Illinois. Take action – at the end of this blog you’ll find contact information for your state representative, state senator, and the Governor. To be clear,… Read more »

Outsourced to India Sources Say

Outsourced to India? Not here. What kind of staffing company do you want building your team? Our people are our greatest asset and they are here to stay. It’s hard to understand how being on opposite sides of the planet promotes working together toward your most critical business goals. Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Business Journal… Read more »

Operations Timing vs. On-Boarding Requirements

Don’t forget to plan time for “On-Boarding Requirements” when you place a job order that is driving the timing of your operation.  The staffing firm’s hiring processes and the client’s unique on-boarding requirements should be taken into consideration. How long does it take to fill a job order?  The short answer: “It depends!” Notwithstanding the pressure… Read more »

Recruiter vs. Workforce Management Solutions Partner

If you are a CEO or senior leader, do you consider your search and staffing firm to be (1) just a recruiter of labor? Or, do you rely on your search and staffing firm as (2) a true strategic workforce management solutions partner? Ponder those two questions for a moment. Strategic partners are deeply engaged… Read more »

Is Your Staffing Agency’s ACA Surcharge A Rip-Off?

Is your staffing agency’s Affordable Care Act – ACA surcharge a rip-off?  How would you know?  What questions would you ask?  It comes down to marginal cost economics and alignment of business philosophy and values with your agency. [Note: There are many factors that drive pricing. This blog initializes a dialog focused on ACA factors.  Not all… Read more »

Trends Driving Change In Staffing for 2015

As the end of the year draws near, final results are tallied for the past year, and budgets are developed for the coming year, what trends driving change in staffing for 2015, will drive your planning? The Chinese proverb says: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls while others build windmills.” As… Read more »

Minimum Wage Is Relative

There is a lot of talk around minimum wage lately. Many opinions about what it should be, or why it’s hard to fill jobs at minimum wage, and a myriad of other topics. One observation is clear.  Minimum wage is relative. Regulatory bodies see it as relative to a living wage.  As a firm, you… Read more »

Nine Factors of Truth in Pricing Staffing Services

Understanding pricing staffing services can be challenging if you don’t have the facts.  At Barton Staffing Solutions we feel being transparent is critical to clearing up the confusion for our clients. Last year, our blog titled “Differentiating 5 Factors When Choosing a Staffing Firm” identified the fifth of its five points as “Value-based Pricing.” If you want to be… Read more »

Turnover Rate vs. Root Cause

As the summer winds down, and Fall is imminent, preparing your operation for a solid end-of-year run becomes top of mind.  Things like shortened timeframes, and workforce shortfalls can affect the final output for the year. One topic that has taken center stage at many of our clients is Turnover.  In July, there was also… Read more »

10 Cost Factors and Sneaky Tricks To Avoid In Assessing Markup and Fees

There are 10 cost factors you should know when assessing markup and fees. Staffing firms with corporate values and an organizational culture that is defined by an ethical operation can help you learn about the sneaky tricks some firms use to extract money from their clients. Just ask. The point of this blog is two fold:… Read more »