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  • Preparing for January 2015 | Laws to Pay Attention to (part 3)

    01/27/15 5:31 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    January may be nearing an end…

    … but we’re far from finished with our review of 21 new laws that may affect your business. Missed the first two installments? Read Preparing for January 2105 (Part 1) and Preparing for January 2015 (Part 2).

    We know that compliance may not be the most riveting topic, but it’s an essential part of running a successful organization. So today, we’re providing a quick overview of two more laws that should be on your radar.

    This summary is not intended as legal advice, but it will help you better understand the impact the new legislation could have on your organization – as well as the ways our staffing firm can help!

    1. AB 1034 (Modifications to Health Care Coverage Eligibility Provisions)

    What you need to know:

    Under the new law, employers previously subject to the more restrictive 60-day waiting period may now follow the federal rule (no more than a 90-day waiting period) as described in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Insurance carriers may not impose their own waiting periods.

    How Exact Staff can help:

    Allow us to conduct a free workforce consultation to develop the best staffing strategy for your business. Our solutions can help you: control insurance costs; ensure proper compliance with federal and state regulations; and ensure your organization has the optimal staff to meet your business demands.

    2. AB 1634 (Stiffer Employer Penalties for Failure to Abate Workplace Safety Hazards)

    What you need to know:

    This law creates stiffer penalties for employers who fail to abate workplace safety hazards. Among other things, it prevents the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) from modifying civil penalties unless the employer does one or more of the following:

    • Abates the violation at the time of inspection;
    • Abates the violation during a subsequent inspection (prior to citation issuance);
    • Submits a signed statement (under penalty of perjury) and supporting evidence to show that the violation has been abated.

    How Exact Staff can help:

    Exact Staff believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We work with you to ensure our employees are properly trained to work safely at your location. Our staffing experts, proudly offering support to clients across the country, will review your site to assess work conditions, identify potential hazards, and ensure adequate training and protection for the temporary workers we provide. Our goal is to help reduce your risks, while delivering the reliable people your business needs.

Getting Ahead in 2015 | Motivating Your Workforce to Crush Deadlines

01/26/15 8:29 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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“This customer is going to be really upset if we miss this deadline.”

“You’re going to have to pick up the pace.”

“C’mon, you can do it…”

When your company is up against it, do your attempts to motivate really energize your team – or do you just sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher?

Endlessly repeating “motivational messages” isn’t the best way to get peak performance from your employees. In fact, they’ll just wind up tuning you out.

So what does work?

Today, Exact Staff shares four tips for motivating your workforce to crush deadlines – without nagging:

Break it Down

If a huge project or order seems overwhelming to your team, cut it down to size for them. Help employees focus (and keep from feeling overwhelmed) by breaking that big goal into several smaller ones. Track progress visually on a spreadsheet or white board, so everyone can see progress toward the goal for themselves.

Dangle a Carrot

Determine, as a group, how you’ll celebrate hitting that big deadline. It could be an early completion incentive, a lunch party or anything else that drives your team (and works with your budget). Offering a reward for a job well done is a much more positive – and effective – motivator than nagging or “cracking a whip.”

Recognize Immediately and Frequently

Don’t wait until the job is complete to praise employees. Each time an individual or group hits one of your intermediate goals, celebrate it. Something as simple as a public announcement, or a pat on the back with a sincere “thank you,” can be enough to keep people working hard for you.

Support Optimal Productivity

Resist the temptation to push employees to their limits in order to meet your deadline. A better way to keep them motivated is by supporting sustained, high productivity levels. Do whatever you can to help team members pace themselves, eat/drink properly, minimize distractions and take frequent breaks.

Another great way to motivate your team?

Provide extra support when your employees need it most. When deadlines are tight and the stakes are high, Exact Staff can quickly deliver talented professionals to help you get your work done. Bring in our temporary employees to increase your capacity or perform non-core activities. We’ll keep your team focused and productive so you can crush those deadlines.

Making 2015 a Year for You | Promoting Health and Wellness at Work to Improve Overall Productivity

01/20/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Looking for ways to increase attendance, engagement, productivity and profitability?

Consider implementing an employee wellness program. A recent fastcompany.com post cited a number of the benefits employee wellness programs offer, including:

Decreased Absenteeism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, a man with a healthy weight misses two fewer days per year due to illness or injury than overweight/obese employees (three days per year, as compared to five). That may not sound like much, but if a significant portion of your workforce is overweight, two days per employee can add up to a lot of missed work each year.

Increased Engagement

Most busy employees appreciate solid wellness programs that offer things like exercise advice, healthy eating tips and convenient access to health screenings. The offerings make people feel as though their employers care, which ultimately drives engagement and productivity levels.

Effective wellness programs are also shown to control preventable healthcare costs, reduce stress, and lower workers compensation and disability costs. Properly implemented, they can be “just what the doctor ordered” for your organization’s bottom line.

From weight management programs to massage therapy, your options for offerings are limited only by your imagination and budget. How can you make sure your efforts are effective? Use these ideas from Exact Staff for promoting health and wellness in your organization to improve overall productivity:

Determine Your Goals

Are you trying to lower costs, make your organization more attractive to job seekers or increase employee productivity? Before deciding which programs to offer, know what you want to achieve.

Set Aside Sufficient Funds

To be effective, your wellness program must be adequately funded. Depending upon how yours is structured, the Wellness Councils of America estimates that a program can cost anywhere from $10 to $125 per employee.

Encourage Participation

Obviously, your wellness program won’t succeed unless your staff participates. Get employees excited and involved by offering incentives such as:

  • lower healthcare premiums or co-pays
  • cash contributions to HSAs or other reimbursement accounts
  • point-based reward systems for program participation

Track Results

Once you implement your program, conduct long-term studies to measure employee participation rates, absenteeism levels, workers’ compensation claim rates, productivity levels and program costs. Based on the data you collect, make adjustments to your program to increase its effectiveness.

How is a Wellness Program Similar to Exact Staff?

They can both help you combat rising healthcare costs, decrease work-related stress, improve employee productivity and gain a competitive recruiting edge. Want to learn more about the positives of working with our team? Contact Exact Staff today.

Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline | And What This Means for You (the Job Seeker)

01/13/15 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Need some good news?

Here are a few encouraging job statistics for you:

  • Unemployment is down.
    According to the latest U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS) Employment Situation report, the unemployment rate declined to 5.6% in December, 2014.
  • More women are finding jobs.
    Demographically, adult women experienced biggest reduction in unemployment. Adult men, teenagers, whites, blacks and Hispanics showed little change.
  • In 2014, total employment rose by 2.95 million.
    This is the largest advance since 1984.

So, what does all of this mean for you and your job search?

At first glance, these numbers are great news. More jobs and lower unemployment means that there may be fewer candidates vying for the same positions. In fact, employers across the nation are experiencing candidate shortages in several major job categories.

Bear these points in mind as you search for your next job:

  • “Unemployment” is very specifically defined by the BLS.
    If you work just one hour a month, you’re considered “employed” – even if it doesn’t pay the bills.
  • Some positions and industries experienced higher growth than others.
    Here’s a quick overview of the categories that showed the biggest gains in December:

    • Professional and business services – up 52,000 jobs
    • Construction – up 48,000 jobs
    • Food services and drinking places – up 44,000 jobs
    • Health care – up 34,000 jobs
    • Manufacturing – up 17,000 jobs

How can you find the best employment opportunities in today’s employment market?
Start your confidential search with Exact Staff. With a range of administrative, industrial, call center, legal, IT, technical, medical, accounting, finance and professional opportunities, our staffing experts are committed to matching you with the most challenging, highest paying and rewarding career opportunities.

In today’s improving economy, you can find much more than “just a job.” Let Exact Staff help you uncover the perfect opportunity.

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