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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

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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

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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

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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

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Need help with a project or assignment? Growing your team? Here are two of Berks & Beyond’s top candidates. These individuals are experienced, motivated and ready to work for you: RECRUITING SPECIALIST / HR GENERALIST in Reading PA Candidate Initials: D. H. Skills and Experience:  With a master’s degree and 15 years of staffing and… Read more

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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

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The Problem: A Fredricksburg distribution center was looking for better ways to simplify temporary employee call-offs and improve work attendance. In their work environment, having adequate staff coverage was critical. So rather than tackling the issue himself, the Plant Manager turned to Berks & Beyond’s Lebanon employment agency for help. The Solution: Berks & Beyond… Read more

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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

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“How does an employment agency make its money?” It’s an awkward question for sure – one that many of our temporary employees really want to know the answer to, but are too polite to ask. At Berks & Beyond, we always say that knowledge is power. In fact, understanding exactly how agencies like our Breinigsville… Read more

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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