Focusing on Your Specialty

Focusing on your specialty can offer several advantages over diversification. Building skills and processes regarding a certain service or product, versus spreading yourself thin over a diverse group brings true differentiation and profitability.

Here are some key points:

Expertise and Quality: A focused approach allows a company to develop deep expertise in a specific area, leading to higher quality products or services.

Cost-Effectiveness: Focusing your efforts can lead to cost-effectiveness through process innovation and structured, automated ways of dealing with the existing portfolio.

Competitiveness: Specialization in operations, marketing, and customer service for a core offering often results in increased competitiveness as your company delivers an edge in a specific business segment.

However, it’s important to note that focus and diversification are not mutually exclusive and can coexist. A combined strategy can balance the benefits of both, allowing a company to expand its capabilities without losing sight of its core business. Deciding whether to focus or diversify largely depends on the company’s current position and industry context.

We at Tiger Labor know that our core value is being able to provide temporary staffing quickly and efficiently. We then build off of that core mission to find permanent placements for our clients on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us today to request staffing or to discuss your current challenges and let us help you solve your staffing needs.

When to use a Staffing Service

A staffing service is a valuable resource that can help you find and hire temporary or permanent employees for various positions.

There are key moments and situations where a staffing service can be particularly valuable, below are some great examples:

  • When you need to fill a short-term or seasonal position quickly and efficiently.
  • When you have a skill shortage or a special project that requires a specific expertise or qualification.
  • When you want to save time and money on recruiting, screening, payroll, taxes, and benefits for your workers.
  • When you want to reduce your liability and risk associated with hiring and managing employees.
  • When you want to test out a potential employee’s fit and performance before offering them a permanent position.

Using a staffing service can offer many benefits for your business, such as access to a large pool of ready candidates, flexibility, convenience, and quality assurance.

Tiger Labor & Staffing is ready to serve you and your specific staffing situation. Review a few of our case studies to see some ready examples of how we serve our customers’ specific needs!

Tips to Managing Staff Schedules

Managing your staff’s schedule is an important task that requires planning, communication, and flexibility. Here are some tips to help you create and maintain an effective schedule for your employees:

  • Deal with availability first. Before you assign shifts, you need to know when your employees are available and when they have requested time off.
  • Use a template. Creating a schedule from scratch every week can be time-consuming and prone to errors. You can save time and effort by using a template that reflects your typical staffing needs and patterns.
  • Enforce time off request policies. To avoid confusion and frustration, you should have clear and consistent policies for how your employees can request time off, how much notice they need to give, and how you will approve or deny their requests.
  • Create a schedule based on the employee’s skills. Not all employees are equally qualified or experienced to perform certain tasks or roles. You should consider the skills and abilities of your employees when assigning them to shifts, and make sure you have a balanced and diverse team for each shift.
  • Make the shift swaps easy for employees by cross training. Make sure to set aside the time to make sure all of your employees are trained at completing all of the vital tasks of your workplace. This will pay dividends in the long run.
  • Retain a staffing service. Maintain a working relationship with a staffing service so that you don’t have to sacrifice productivity for hard to solve scheduling issues.

Whether it’s to fill in for an employee on extended leave, a large project, or a full time placement; call us at Tiger Labor & Staffing to work out a custom solution for you!

Preparing Your Staff for a New Year

It is important to prepare your staff for a new year by boosting their morale, motivation, and productivity. Here are some of the best practices that you can follow to make your team ready for the upcoming challenges and opportunities:

  • Set clear and realistic goals:

    • One of the most important steps in preparing your staff for a new year is to define what you want to achieve as a team and as individuals. Help your staff to understand what is expected of them, how they will be evaluated, and how they can contribute to the organization’s success.
  • Recognize and reward achievements:

    • Another way to prepare your staff for a new year is to acknowledge and appreciate their efforts and accomplishments in the past year. You can use various methods to recognize your staff, such as giving them feedback, praise, bonuses, or gifts. Organizing a celebration event where you can highlight the best moments and stories of the previous year and thank your staff for their hard work and dedication is a great way to boost their self-esteem, loyalty, and engagement.
  • Provide development opportunities:

    • A new year is also a great time to invest in your staff’s skills and knowledge. You can offer them various learning and development opportunities, such as training courses, workshops, or webinars. You can also encourage them to set their own learning goals and support them in achieving them.
  • Encourage collaboration and communication:

    • One more way to prepare your staff for a new year is to foster a culture of collaboration and communication among them. This will improve their trust, cooperation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Inspire and motivate them:

    • One of the best ways to prepare your staff for a new year is to inspire and motivate them. You can do this by sharing your vision, mission, and values with them, and showing them how their work aligns with the organization’s purpose and goals.
  • Retain a staffing firm: 

    • Finally, one of the best ways to prepare for the new year is to retain a staffing company for temporary or permanent staffing needs that may arise throughout the year. Make sure your staff has the support they need to stay focused on the mission and goals you are striving for. Tiger Labor & Staffing is prepared to provide a customized staffing solution for your company, give a click or call for a free consultation.

These are some of the best practices that you can follow to prepare your staff for a successful new year. We hope you find them useful and implement them in your organization.

Long Term Employees

Even for the most successful companies, a major challenge in the modern workforce is getting employees to be committed to long term employment (hopefully to retirement!).

One of the most telling signs that a candidate might not stay long is if your job offer is out-of-sync with their current career progression.

For example, a candidate that has 5 years of welding experience but is now applying for an entry level welder helper position with your company is making a marked downgrade that is out-of-sync with their career progression (and pay!). This candidate may indeed be telling you the truth about desiring the job your offering, but the reasons are probably short term. If you think you have the right candidate, but their career progression doesn’t line up, they might be a diamond in the rough…but more likely fools’ gold.

Though there are exceptions to every rule, the best bet for long term success is to search for a candidate that will value your job offering as a natural part of their career progression. For example, in the previous scenario; a previous welder helper would do great to apply to the lead welder position.

Although you can’t guarantee with certainty how a candidate will pan out, always remember to review how your job offering fits into their current (and future!) career progression. Stay positive, there is always someone out there that will see your job offering as the next move on their career path!

Need help? Call Tiger Labor & Staffing today for a free staffing consultation!

Many are Pessimistic about how AI will affect Employment

As artificial technology (AI) continues to works it’s way further into the personal and work fabric of America, 74% of adults believe that AI will cause unemployment to rise, according to the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® online survey conducted by The Harris Poll.

With the exponential increases in work-related AI tools in recent months, many people are excited about the benefits it brings, but many also believe that further advancements in automation may threaten their opportunities for employment.

Seventy-four percent of Americans believe increased automation will lead to higher unemployment by taking jobs away from humans. The survey also found that nearly half (47%) of all employed Americans feel automation could easily replace their jobs.

“Workers are trying to figure out what the rise of artificial intelligence means for their careers,” said Richard Wahlquist, chief executive officer at the American Staffing Association. “Employers must take responsibility for helping their workforce navigate and evolve to meet rapid changes in the economy through training and upskilling. Further, it’s imperative that organizations communicate with employees as new AI technology is deployed to set expectations and provide transparency.”

As your workforce continues to change and evolve, keep Tiger Labor & Staffing in your corner as you navigate your staffing situation.

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