Does your Temp Staffing firm do “light industrial” staffing, or manufacturing/logistics
There are many Temporary Staffing firms out there who do “light industrial”. Many
of these firms take on large volume clients whose needs are for massive numbers
of people at a pay rate at or just above minimum wage. The skill requirements are
few and the jobs are simple and repetitive. Many even bus in these workers to the
location. Because the volume is high, and the margin is generally low, the recruiter’s
time is taken up with interviewing scores of people, and getting them to work. There
is no real process other than employment eligibility (at best), possibly a drug
test and getting them started. How do we know this? Bear’s experience in the Staffing
Industry dating back to 1988.
As a manufacturer of goods or a supply chain/logistics provider, have you been unhappy
with the quality of worker you have received from Temporary Staffing Firms?
Most Manufacturing companies and some distribution companies require a much different
level of worker. This worker has to be skilled to work with hand tools, experienced
with assembly, read blue prints, weld, drive or operate industrial machines, etc.
There is more testing involved, usually an interview, and definitely a drug screen
and criminal background check, and proper scrutiny of the applicant’s resume to
identify any potential red flags. This also requires targeted and experienced headhunting
skills. Someone who knows how to seek out or do a hard target search for individuals
whose skills are a match to the job and constantly source qualified workers through
proactive methods of driving applicant traffic. Not just any applicant, but those
that clients can use.
Most temporary staffing firms say they do both of these. While that may be true,
many of the manufacturers and logistics professionals I have talked with have expressed
disappointment with the quality of worker they are receiving from firms like these.
What is the difference between “light industrial” and manufacturing or logistics
Many temp staffing firms encourage walk in traffic, by signs, placing themselves
in high traffic areas. This creates large volumes of applicants for “light industrial”
clients who need large numbers of workers, but with low skills. Because these large
volume “light industrial” accounts have high turnover, there are always positions
to be filled and a crisis to be managed. The people who are used are whoever the
recruiter can get a hold of at the time who says they can work. These types of firms
work well for the “light industrial” mindset described above.
When a light industrial firm receives requisitions for workers who have a required
skill set, they are still in the mode of “plugging holes” with bodies. The applicants
they are familiar with are those that they see and talk with all the time, and because
of the high volume demands of that light industrial account the applicants they
see and talk with all the time are usually the ones who have “walked in” off the
street. This creates several problems:
- The recruiter has been so busy reacting to and placing the “walk
in” traffic, that they have not had time to do the hard target searches for more
- The recruiter tries to place their familiar candidates, the
ones they talk with frequently into this higher skilled and higher paying job –
regardless of their skill set.
- It is much easier to get placements for the recruiter by just
sending people to an account to start work the next day than to participate in a
process that requires recruitment, evaluation, presentation, onboarding and work
That’s where Bear Staffing can be an asset by using our Strategize, Segment & Swarm
The Bear Staffing Difference:
- We do not accept walk-in’s. In order to be considered, an applicant
must present a resume first and then be invited for an interview. All of our applicants
come either from referral, or through some type of online recruitment source.
- We do not have nor do we pursue these extreme volume accounts
that require 100’s of non-skilled workers.
- We are process driven. While the process is never the same for
any two clients, many of our internal processes are constant and able to be defined,
measured and improved.
- Our manufacturing division specializes in manufacturing and
supply chain, not light-industrial temporary staffing.
- Most of our accounts require some type of presentation prior
- We are always recruiting for our clients. Even though you may
not have a need right now, we are constantly recruiting for the skilled manufacturing
workers you need. Would a store owner wait until he is out of his most popular product
to order more from his supplier? No, he plans ahead to make sure that item is always
in stock. We make every attempt to follow this example.
- Most of our business is Temp to Hire or Long Term Temp. Keeping
turnover low is important to us. The applicants we recruit are those who would make
good hires for our clients or good long term employees for us.
- We are designed for longer term assignments. The benefits available
to our temporary employees are second to none.
- We are involved with and support manufacturing and supply chain
associations. We are in that space, not the staffing space. A good corporate citizen
not only gives back to the community, but also gives back to its industry for providing
support, education, industry information and legislative guidance. We also believe
that we owe it to our clients and employees to keep up with http://www.bearstaff.com/Articles/BearTracts.aspx.
- We like being involved in the process of making stuff!