SI Review: April 2013

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Beyond the Daily

Trends That Matter

We include developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.

Old Is Gold

Don’t overlook this proven workforce.

Sixty percent of workers over the age of 60 will look for a new job after retiring from their current company, up from 57 percent last year, according to a study from CareerBuilder.

“We’re seeing more than three quarters of mature workers putting off retirement, largely due to financial concerns, but also as a personal decision made by people who enjoy their work,” says Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America.

Additionally, employers are looking to hire more seasoned staff. The survey found 48 percent of employers plan to hire workers age 50 and over this year and 44 percent say they hired workers age 50 and over in 2012.

Atterro Will Play, Not Pay

Staffing firm raises the bar in healthcare insurance debates.

Minneapolis-based staffing provider Atterro Human Capital Group announced it will offer affordable health insurance coverage to its eligible temporary workers in 2014, in response to the Affordable Care Act’s “pay or play” employer mandate.

“It’s always been our focus to work with the best companies and to attract top talent. The Affordable Care Act allows us to provide additional benefits that will continue to set Atterro apart as a company people want to be associated with,” says Clay Morel, president and CEO of Atterro Human Capital Group.

Legally Stoned

Do your drug policies take legalized marijuana into account?

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and law firm McKee Law filed a lawsuit against Adecco Group North America alleging a Pittsfield mother was denied rehiring because she uses medical marijuana in accordance with state law. The lawsuit seeks damages from Adecco, including back wages and reinstatement.

Plaintiff Brittany Thomas suffers from severe back pain caused by spondylosis, arthritis, two bulging disks, a herniated disk, an annular tear and a pinched nerve, according to a press release by ACLU of Maine. Medical marijuana controlled her pain without the side effects she experienced with previously prescribed narcotics, the organization says.

An Adecco spokeswoman says the company does not typically comment on litigation matters.

Visionary Recruiting

Help your recruiters to develop a “vision” to know exactly what the client needs.

Beyond fundamentals such as including recruiters in the requirement qualification process, here are five ways to ensure that your recruiting staff has a clear vision:

Standards. Work with clients to establish parameters with things like acceptable commute range or rate markup.

Keywords. Give recruiters some keywords to help ensure that they “hit the ground running” when a job is assigned to them.

Researching Hires. Use sites like LinkedIn to learn about a client’s current or former employees’ experience.

Understanding Skill Sets. Have recruiters new to skill sets research via a search engine (Google, etc.) or an experienced colleague.

Defining the Why. Help them know how to position the client in the market so that you can sell the opportunity when recruiting.

— Source: “Developing ‘Vision’ in Recruiting,” The Staffing Stream, by Tom Mutaffis, field director, delivery, for Kforce.

Hire Our Heroes

There are many reasons military veterans make for good hires.

Military veterans have always been attractive to employers. Tax credits aside, the soft skills — the personal qualities and emotional intelligence — possessed by this talent pool are important predictors of job performance. Vets are recognized as having a strong work ethic, positive attitude, time management and communications skills. And, while it’s possible to assess all candidates through pre-employment testing, service men and women are already proven in terms of leadership, resiliency and responsibility.

More than a million service members will exit the military by 2016. Make them part of your war for talent — you’ll be a hero.

— Source: “Sourcing Exceptional Candidates: Military Veterans,” The Staffing Stream, by Jeanne Achille, The Devon Group.

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