BAM!!! Five Fascinating Fireworks Facts

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July 4th is just around the corner. To get you in the spirit of the holiday, our Reading employment agency did a little research and found 5 fun facts about how fireworks originated. A Brief History of Fireworks – (what we like to call “The Big BAM Theory”) 1. Invention of gunpowder. Gunpowder, the explosive… Read more

So, What Do All These Employment Stats Really Mean?

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Feel like you need a master’s degree in economics to decode employment data? With cryptic terms like “civilian labor force participation rate,” “total seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll” and “alternative measures of labor underutilization,” it’s no wonder. In all fairness, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a wealth of timely information to help your business…. Read more

Is That Candidate Irresponsible? Disloyal? Or Your Next Great Hire?

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At the height of the Great Recession, US workers were thankful to have jobs – and held onto them for dear life. What a difference a few years makes! In today’s market, it’s not unusual to encounter candidates who change jobs frequently. But is regular job-change a sign of ambition – or is it just… Read more

Leave Me Alone!

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We don’t mean that literally – we love it when you call us with staffing requests (or just to say “hello!”). But “alone time” is something your employees may need more of, to keep their productivity and performance high. In recent years, more offices have adopted a “communal” workplace concept, featuring open layouts and common… Read more

Stay with Me…

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Recently lost a great employee? Think another one might be headed out the door? Even if you’re confident that nobody is thinking of “jumping ship,” your business could still be at risk for attrition. After all, employees don’t hold up signs announcing that they’re looking for work elsewhere. But wouldn’t it be great if they… Read more

4 Practical ACA Compliance Tips when Using Temporary Employees

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You know the score. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) now makes it mandatory for the vast majority of employers to either offer a healthcare plan that meets its minimum requirements or pay costly penalties. Let’s be honest. The legislation is extremely complex – especially when it comes to the temporary employees supplied… Read more

The ABC’s of Employing Generations X, Y and Z

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The face of our workforce is changing: Generation Xers are rapidly assuming essential leadership roles. Millennials, or Gen Y workers, are being groomed for management. And Generation Z? They’re just starting to enter the workforce. As a manager (especially, ahem, a more “mature” one), you might feel like you need to go back to school… Read more

Stay Compliant: 6 Steps to Correcting an I-9 Error

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Ready for your ICE audit? Just thinking about an audit from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can be enough to make you break out in a cold sweat. IF you’re not prepared, that is. Properly preparing for an ICE audit means keeping your I-9 forms in compliance, 100% of the time. But mistakes do occasionally… Read more

Off the Rails Again? Stop Interruptions that Derail Meetings!

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Have one of these in your organization? The “chatty Cathy”: she loves telling you about her hobbies and home life (maybe a little TOO much). The chronic interrupter: he always has something REALLY important to say (much more important than the point you were trying to make). The rude guy: he’s, well, just RUDE and… Read more

Lead Time and the Talent Squeeze

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What happens when you keep squeezing an orange? At first, you get lots of amazing juice. But eventually, the stream slows to a trickle, and then to a drip… Central and southern Pennsylvania’s talent supply is a lot like an orange, when you think about it: Competition for the best people is heating up. A… Read more