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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 »

2 Secrets To Find Temporary Jobs (Psst! Texting and Twitter)

Ever wonder how your friends always have temporary work one Barton Staffing Solutions assignment after another with no down time between them? They seem to be “experts” and always find temporary jobs one after another.  Here’s their two secrets. First: They keep up-to-date cell phone contact information with Barton Staffing Solutions. Second: They follow @BartonStaffing on… Read more »

3 Questions To Determine If Your Staffing Agency Relationship Is A Partnership Or Just a Transaction

When building and strengthening your staffing agency relationship, are you focused on transactions or a partnership? As a reminder, transactions are measured by activity.  Partnerships are measured by results and outcomes. Human resources professionals, operations managers and other decision maker engaging with temporary staffing to get work done are ultimately measured on two factors: 1)… Read more »

The Secret To Become A Temporary Employee Hero ? ( Referrals ! )

Good temporary employees know they deliver a service to their host employer that they need to achieve corporate goals. Great temporary employees know how to become a hero with their agency. At a minimum, and similar to any other full time (non-temporary) position, temporary employees must “perform” at or exceed the expected performance level for… Read more »