Defeating the Skills Gap

April 11th, 2018

Every company faces it – from trades such as construction, oil and gas, and welding to manufacturing and logistics, to healthcare and hospitality, to IT and C-Suite positions, when the economy is up, and unemployment is down, finding and keeping talent is a challenge. Specific plans and decisive steps are needed to maintain a steady workforce.

Review your Human Capital Needs

Meet with your managers and team leaders. Gaining a clear understanding of your weakest areas in need of immediate bolstering, as well as projected growth areas is crucial.

  • Is your current staff overstretched?
  • Do you have expansion plans in theEVP, flexible, culture, respect, appreciation,
  • process?
  • What do you need for immediate relief?
  • What’s your projection for three months, six months, one year?
  • What level of skill is most lacking? Entry-level? Mid-management? C-Suite?

Bolster your Talent Sourcing

Review, improve, and build on your talent sourcing – build a talent pool.

  • Do you have talent sourcing activity continually on-the-go?
  • Are your managers consistently tapping into their networks, seeking talent?
  • Do you maintain an attractive employee referral program?
  • Do you throw your employee fishing net in diverse ponds?
  • Are you connected with a reliable staffing firm?
  • Is your staffing partner specialized in your area of need? For example, do they have a healthcare expert for healthcare recruiting? A construction, security, safety, oil and gas, or IT expert for recruiting in their respective industries?

Assess your Hiring Process

Creating an active, efficient, and consistent hiring process will enhance your ability to attain the right talent when you need it.

  • Do you have clear communication channels in place among the key decision makers?
  • Is there a specific written process for hiring at each level – from single interview entry-level to multiple tier interview C-level?
  • Does everyone know his/her role in the process?
  • Do the right people have the authority to move forward?
  • Do you have accommodations in place for when a key decision maker is on vacation?

Evaluate and Improve your EVP

Your employee value proposition (EVP) is critical in attracting and retaining quality talent.

  • Are you a step ahead of the market salary index for each level and position?
  • Do you offer flexible schedules?
  • Are work-from-home options available for appropriate positions?
  • Do you offer and encourage career growth and advancement for employees?
  • Does your culture support work/life balance and integration?
  • Do you have efficient internal communication?
  • Is your company culture based on respect and appreciation?

Yes, it takes time to review needs, bolster your talent sourcing and assess your hiring process. Yes, it costs money to boost your EVP.  But burnout employees who leave because another company offers more and has a higher respect for their time costs you more in both time and money. Likewise, with bad hires. The only way to win in the war for talent is to develop the best strategy and invest in the best ammunition.

Olympic Staffing is your strategic advisor and ammunition source. Since 1983, Olympic Staffing has been dedicated to your success. We maintain a network of thoroughly vetted, tested, and experienced professionals. We offer a consultive approach, working to identify your needs and find the best solution. Contact us today.
































Positive Hiring Outlook for the Class of 2012

May 18th, 2012

The approximately 1.7 million college graduates who are entering the workforce this summer are in for an exciting time. Unlike the graduating classes of the past few years, the class of 2012 is facing a job market that is filled with more certainty and renewed optimism. The anxiety of a long four years has been replaced with a general sigh of relief.

For the past four years of the Great Recession, as some pundits style the recent economic downturn, these students have existed in a type of bubble, protected on college campuses from threats of layoffs and career upheaval. Though protected, they were not unaware of what was happening beyond the campus gates. With gentle pushes from many colleges, students participated in internships and experiential learning, all with an eye towards jumping into a career, and learning the up-to-date technical skills and business development-savvy that continue to be in demand.

During the economic slump, many companies across all industries have implemented hiring freezes, meaning that fewer workers were tasked with doing the same amount of work. Combine that with an overall reluctance to bring on new employees – especially if there was the chance of layoffs or internal realignments – and it signaled a period of stagnation in hiring and in job mobility, for people moving laterally and moving up the corporate ladder.

A recent employer survey from NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, cites that employers plan to offer, on average, a starting salary that is 4.5 percent higher for the class of 2012 than for the class of 2011. What’s more, employers are expecting to hire approximately 10.2 percent more from the crop of 2012 graduates than those of last year. Salary and number of hires are two key indicators that signal a strong market for those donning a cap and gown this spring.

An economic upturn means that businesses no longer have to be so fearful of expansion, or of bringing on new staff to meet demands for production or services. As more workers have the confidence to move up or to move on into new positions, more room is being made for new graduates who are looking to get their feet in the door.

Olympic Staffing is prepared to help employers take advantage of the talent in this new class of graduating college students. Call our office today to find out how we can serve you.

A Perfect Trifecta! – How our clients, our candidates, and the Olympic Team work together to get the best results for all three.

May 4th, 2012

At Olympic Staffing, we make a pledge to our clients and our candidates: to match the best candidate with the best companies, and to get it right the first time. That simple statement reinforces the three core components that have made our company thrive since 1983 – clients, candidates, and the Olympic Staffing team. Together, we can design innovative solutions that bring out the best in each of us.

The businesses that choose to work with us aren’t only getting the benefit of working with an Inc. 500-recognized staffing agency. With Olympic Staffing, you are able to take advantage of a team approach that draws out the strengths from your company and your employees.

Client Knowledge

Olympic Staffing recognizes that our clients are the experts in their business. As a business owner, you understand the past, present and future of your company more than anyone. That knowledge forms the foundation for our work together. As our client, you set the goals, and from there we make a concerted effort with you and our candidates to achieve those goals.

Candidates’ value

The placement of a candidate by Olympic Staffing is just the start of a much longer relationship. As soon as our candidates step through the door, we make sure to let them know that they are valued as employees, as people and as part of our team. And, we stay in contact with candidates and the client company after they begin their positions, including regular assessments. We want to make sure that the client’s needs are being met, and that the candidate is feeling productive. This continued communication works to everyone’s benefit.

Effective team approach

As we build our relationship, Olympic Staffing will strive to become your partner. And we can point to a record of success across many industries to the strong and enduring partnerships we have built. These are partnerships built on trust, on strategy and on shared goals. We will take the time to understand all aspects of your business, and are with you and your business for the long haul. This helps us to anticipate your needs from candidates and make recommendations that will help you to surpass your goals.

Olympic Staffing takes a team approach to solving your business challenges. Contact our office today to bring us on board!