The NYSA News
Jun. 10, 2014

The life of a staffing professional
Staffing Talk
There are probably lots of more difficult, more stressful, and more thankless jobs, but one thing’s for sure – there’s no job on the planet quite like staffing. It’s hard enough to meet and exceed the expectations of one set of customers, something every for-profit company is required to do every day to stay in business, but imagine having to please TWO entirely opposite customer groups when the definition of ‘pleasing’ (and consequently, your job) is bringing them together in such a way that both are satisfied with the relationship. More

Temp staffing growth strong, but some segments decelerate
Staffing Industry Analysts
Median year-over-year revenue growth was 10 percent in April among U.S. staffing firms taking part in the latest Pulse Survey by Staffing Industry Analysts. While median growth was unchanged from the previous three monthly surveys, growth decelerated in several large temp staffing segments.More

Temp agencies in crosshairs
Albany Business Review (subscription may be required)
Connie Sargent isn't worried about S&B Staffing folding under the federal Affordable Care Act requirement. She is ready for the law's mandate that most employers provide health insurance to full-time workers or face a penalty. But other staffing companies dealing with temporary employees may be a different story, according to Sargent, who is vice president and co-founder of S&B in Albany. She is concerned about the added burden of spending on new computer programs and other upgrades tied to the new mandate, which is set to take effect next year.More

Welcome back dropouts: Data suggests Americans rejoining workforce
For the first time in six years, the share of people who either have a job or are looking for one is on the rise in a majority of U.S. states, a sign one of the deepest scars of the economic crisis could be healing. Most states have experienced sharp declines in labor force participation since the 2007-2009 recession, but a Reuters analysis of government data found a reversal could be underway.More

Recruiting: Social media takes center stage
The Staffing Stream
Social media is now playing a significant role in recruiting. Staffing agencies need to understand that to find and hire the right candidates to develop their businesses and service their customers they need to partake in social recruiting.More

Contingent workforce of the future likely includes more statement-of-work contracts
Staffing Industry Analysts
Staffing buyers plan to increase use of SOW workers over the next 10 years, according to a recent survey of buyers by Staffing Industry Analysts. One possible reason: the simplicity of using SOW may be preferable to the relative complexity of temporary workers from staffing firms, says Bryan Peña, vice president of contingent workforce strategies and research at Staffing Industry Analysts. If it’s a true SOW, buyers just pay for the deliverable and the need to oversee is less. SOWs may also be added to contingent workforce programs as the programs evolve and include more types of nonemployee spending other than just temporary agency workers.More

Boomers make up growing share of workforce, millennial employment lags
The jobs recovery has put spotlights on two large sections of the labor force: workers nearing the end of their careers and young adults just beginning them. While the economy has been difficult for both groups, baby boomers now hold a larger percentage of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other occupations than before the recession, while millennials have generally struggled to make headway four years into the recovery.More

Can this relationship be saved?
Human Resource Executive Online
When it comes to recruiters' effectiveness in filling open positions with talented employees, hiring managers believe there's room for improvement -- and so do recruiters, according to the 2014 State of Recruiting survey by New York-based ERE Media. According to the survey, recruiters tend to give themselves a performance grade of B, while hiring managers tend to give them only a C-plus.More