Foods to stay healthy in the Louisiana heat!

People from all walks of life can experience heat exhaustion—from athletes, to joggers, to those just working their garden! Hot humid Louisiana days can cause your body to overheat and break down. These foods will help you stay cool!

  • Cucumber

Cucumbers are 95% water, so you’ll have the added hydration benefit. Cucumbers are low in calories too, so if you’re sweating it out to stay fit they’re perfect.

  • Watermelon

Not only delicious and full of H20, USDA researchers have found that watermelon even stimulates the release of excess perspiration!

  • Pomegranate

Loaded with water, and also rich in antioxidants (more than red wine or green tea). Adding pomegranates to your routine will hydrate as well as detoxify!

  • Kiwi

Kiwi is a juicy fruit that not only aids in fluid levels, it also contains 237 mg of a very important electrolyte that is necessary for muscle function: potassium.

  • Celery

96% of this vegetable is purely water. What’s cooler is it can replenish a realm of vital minerals including sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc.

  • Fresh Fish

Fish’s essential omega-3 fatty acids assist the part of the brain that controls body temperature, hunger, and thirst.

As summer heats up and plans and projects get back under way, give Tiger Labor & Staffing a call or click for a temporary helper or a temp-to-hire team member!

Healthy and Productive Employees

We spend most of our week at work, focused on projects and deadlines and interacting with our coworkers. It’s imperative to make sure your employees are not only thriving in the work setting, but also in other areas that impact their lives.

Here are a few tips on how to promote overall wellbeing in the workplace:

Spread awareness and get the conversation started
Incorporating work-life balance awareness into the work culture is important. Employees properly scheduling and taking time off and taking proper breaks within the work day is vital to your workers’ well being and productivity.

Provide helpful tips for staying healthy
Providing your organization with helpful tips such as easy lunch recipes or fitness challenges for employees to take part in will encourage healthy habits during busy workdays. While it’s easier to order takeout, encourage employees to maybe cook something healthy at home to bring in.

Encourage employees to take walking breaks
Encourage your employees to take little breaks during the day for a breath of fresh air and to add a little movement to their day. Just 10 – 15 minutes of walking can lead to improved moods, alleviated stress, and improved cardiovascular fitness. Not to mention the added benefits of boosting your immune system and energy as well as burning calories!

Advocating for the importance of overall health and wellbeing in the workplace will not only encourage employees to take the initiative to lead healthier lives but will also motivate them to continue to do their best at work.
If an employee needs a vacation and you temporarily need help to tend to their workload, or maybe just some extra help to ease stress during the busy season, contact Tiger Labor & Staffing today!

When is the Right Time to Give a Raise?

Of course, in your employees’ eyes, anytime is the right time for a pay raise! However, the timeliness of the raise has repercussions that should always be thought through. Some questions to consider are:

  • Is the pay of my good employees keeping up with inflation?
    • The pay of a certain employee may have been competitive years ago when they were hired, they don’t complain, and they don’t do anything so exceptional as to deserve a big raise. Are they worth retaining? If so, look into a cost of living increase
  • Does my annual scheduled raise incidentally reward for bad behavior?
    • Don’t let mandated annual pay raises cloud good management. This is the perfect time to consider, is this person worth retaining?
  • Does the positive benefit of the raise justify the cost of the raise?
    • When it’s truly time to award a raise; don’t think of it as an expense, but as an investment. For example; by rewarding the profitable work efforts of your employee, you will reap further profitable behavior.
  • If profits are up, do your employees feel it?
    • As most employees are not part of a profit sharing program, the executives may experience a windfall but your lower level employees don’t even feel a breeze. Look into finding a creative way to let your employees benefit from your gains by granting a bonus, a party, or even a pay raise.

However you go about it, keep in mind that your employees are your most important resource. If you need assistance with your staffing needs, please give us a call or send us a message via our website. We’ll handle all the recruiting, interviewing, and payroll so you can focus on what you do best!


The Repercussions of a Bad Hire

The damage resulting from a bad hire include: wasted time, decreased staff morale and productivity, and increased stress on that person’s manager.

To help avoid making a bad hire, keep the following advice in mind:

Ground yourself to the hiring criteria.
Think of your original criteria and your framework. Basically, that’s what should keep you in-bounds through your resume review process. Anchoring yourself to the hiring criteria helps prevent two of the most common pitfalls during the selection process for hiring:

Imbalanced: Becoming so enraptured by one particular aspect of a candidate — such as a particular credential or technical skill — that you allow that aspect to influence all your other judgments

Pure instinct: Hiring someone that reminds you of yourself, even if that candidate’s particular group of skills and abilities might not suit your open position.

​Of course, you have the option to adjust the hiring criteria at any point. But make sure you aren’t doing so simply to accommodate a specific candidate.

Save time, money, and be more efficient by call Tiger Labor & Staffing to fill your next position! We’ll do all the leg work; and with our no-conversion fee hiring process, you’ll be able to make sure it’s a good hire!

4 Techniques to Find the Right Candidate

If you’re tired of searching for that next hire or feel like you’ve exhausted all your options, you may not have considered these 4 creative ways to find top talent – see below!

  1. Network with Past Employees

Past employees are usually in new workplaces related to your industry. Reach out to see if they know of anyone right for the job. Try to think of your former great employees, they’ll be able to spot equally talented candidates and send them your way.

  1. Staffing Agencies

A staffing agency like Tiger Labor & Staffing is one of the best ways to find the perfect fit. They specialize in job placement and will save you a great deal of time and resources by doing most of the legwork for you.

  1. Talk to Customers

Your customers are often your best advocates, and if one of them knows a candidate with the right qualifications, they may be able to refer them!

  1. Use Social Media

Social media isn’t just for selling your product. Use Instagram, Facebook, and any other platforms where you have a presence to sell your company to your customers. Advertise your job opening and do some initial vetting by checking out the profiles of those expressing interest.

Each of these tips may help you find the perfect fit for your opening, and if you’re reading this you’ve most likely spent lots of time trying to find the right candidate to no avail. With Tiger Labor & Staffing, selecting candidates for a job will be easier than ever. Save yourself time and find the right employee by contacting Tiger Labor & Staffing today!

Understaffed VS Overstaffed, Striking a Balance

How often do you look around and say “we’re slow right now” or “we can’t keep up”? These two situations are the tip of the staffing balancing iceberg. The resulting over-adjusting can leave you over or under-staffed.

  1. Overstaffed: You are proud that now you have all the help you could need, but there can be negative consequences such as:
    1. Not everyone is “busy working”, dollars spent per product produced results in lower ROI.
    2. Expectations per employee are reduced due to the reduced individual workload, leaving your employees as individuals less sharp on their skills.
    3. Who’s job is it anyway? Not enough workload to go around, so jobs get shared which can result in projects getting lost in the shuffle.
  2. Understaffed: You’re intention was to run lean & save on payroll, but now you have new headaches.
    1. The company sees a large rush job, but can’t bid on it because you don’t have the manpower.
    2. If anyone takes a vacation or is out sick, production and quality suffers dramatically.
    3. Constant tension from increased workloads causes morale to decline and mistakes to be made.

Plan as wisely and practically as possible for your company’s bottom line to avoid the pitfalls above. Then, to bring further stability, partner with Tiger Labor & Staffing as a tool for temporarily staffing up for the busy time of the year, or to bail you out on a big project!