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Link Staffing Services Corp, a leader in the staffing services industry, has received several accolades in the last 12 months from prestigious organizations like Inavero and Inc. Magazine. Link Staffing’s most recent award comes from Staffing Industry Analysts, a global advisor on contingent work, who recognized Link Staffing on their 2014 Diversity Staffing Firm List. Read More

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No one can argue with the fact that workplace safety is important, yet it’s often unintentionally overlooked, leaving workers and others on the job site exposed to risk. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries were reported by private industry employees last year. Among these injuries, 2.1 million (75.2 percent) occurred in service-providing industries. Read More

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Building a collaborative partnership with your staffing agency can benefit your organization in more ways than one. An agency that understands what makes your company tick can respond to your staffing needs more effectively, help you optimize resources and prevent headaches that arise from unplanned personnel gaps. Read More

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According to Manpower Group, the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff hasn’t been nurses or accountants, it’s been the skilled trades workers -- the welders, electricians, machinists, etc. Not only are skilled trades jobs becoming more and more difficult to fill, it’s expected to only get worse as the skills gap is likely to become more discerning. According to EMSI, in 2012, 53 percent of skilled trade workers in the U.S. were 45 years and older and 18.6 percent were between the ages of 55 and 64. These numbers become much more distressing when compared to the overall labor force, where 44 percent of workers were at least 45 years old, and 15.5 percent of jobs were held by the 55-to-64 demographic. Read More

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A recent study by the ManpowerGroup, a global workforce consulting and research firm, lists the ten jobs that employers report having difficulty finding talent due to a lack of skilled applicants. The authors of "2013 Talent Shortage Survey United States" surveyed over 1,000 U.S. companies and found that over one third of employers in the U.S. (39 percent) said they had trouble filling certain jobs. Read More

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Link Staffing Services, a national provider of temporary staffing and productivity solutions, celebrates Hank Baldridge and his 20 years of commitment as a Link Staffing Franchise Owner in Oklahoma City. Hank began his career with Link Staffing in 1994 and has since been partnering with local companies to fill their needs for skilled crafts and trades, light industrial, general labor, and clerical employees.  Read More

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There are many advantages to using a staffing agency when it comes to the productivity of your workforce. But, many times temporary and other non-traditional employees receive subpar supervision and safety training. The head of OSHA, David Michaels, recently spoke out by saying, “host employees need to treat temporary workers as they treat existing employees. Temporary employers share control over the employee and are therefore jointly responsible for temp employees’ safety.” Here a few tips on how to properly train and manage temporary and other non-routine employees: The employer supervising the temp employee should record an injury on the OSHA 30 even if the staffing agency handles the workers compensation claims Temp employees should receive exactly the same training and PPE, as well as participate in safety meetings as full time employees. The safety hazards are the same for temp and full-time employees performing the same duties, so there should be no discrimination when it comes to their safety training and being held to the same safety standards. Many temps work for months or even years at a time with the same employer and therefore should be included in any respiratory protection or hearing conservation programs (such as for certain work areas around conveyors). Make sure that you get a clear grasp of temps and non-routine employee’s roles so you can ensure that you are using them effectively. If you are using a staffing agency on site, you are still responsible for some degree of what OSHA calls controlling employer responsibility, which enforces you to monitor or take some steps to make sure that your onsite provider is in compliance with OSHA standards. Often, the staffing agency will have supervision on site and you do not want to interfere with their methods, but you should take steps to ensure that the provider has effective safety procedures in place during your prequalification of the provider. Require that the provider document site-specific Job Safety Analysis that they have prepared for each job requiring PPE. Ask for documentation of training. Do not take on responsibility to review their training materials and programs, but do make them document their efforts. Read More

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We know that negotiating salary is an overwhelming and scary prospect for most people. But it’s also necessary if you want to be paid fairly. The number one reason why most people don’t get the salary they feel they deserve is because they don’t ask! Not negotiating your salary is a huge mistake that can end up costing your thousands of dollars a year in potential earnings. By following these fail proof tricks (accompanied with a little preparation and the right techniques) you’ll be armed to get the best possible offer! 1. Play Detective Read More

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Small businesses can’t always afford a full-time receptionist, delivery driver or even a temporary warehouse worker during peak holiday seasons. That’s where temp agencies come in. Unlike large or even mid-sized companies, small businesses are much more hesitant to use temporary staffing. According to inc.com, 90% of Fortune 500 companies use temporary and contract staffing while only 12% of businesses with 25 to 99 employees use staffing companies. Read More