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Temp Work Makes Nice Bridge to the Permanent Stuff

Instead of feeling inferior to your fully employed peers for having to accept temporary or contract employment, you might adjust your point of view with the news that the vast majority of folks who’ve put in time with such work engagements exit the experience in a better condition for it.

The American Staffing Association has just disclosed the results of its annual survey, and, it turns out, a whopping 99 percent of temporary and contract workers were more employable for it.

Additionally — and not uncoincidentally — the same 99 percent were able to parlay their provisional employment into a permanent post.

temp-jobsVirtually all of the 2014 ASA Staffing Employee Survey’s respondents indicated that securing a permanent job was important to them. More than that, 49 percent cited a desire for permanent employment as the primary reason for choosing to work in the staffing industry.

Beyond that, respondents singled out a trio of other reasons for taking a turn on the temporary boards: an inability to find permanent employment elsewhere (40 percent), the opportunity to secure valuable work experience (28 percent) and the chance to improve their skills (24 percent).

Other notable revelations of the survey, which polled nearly 12,000 current and former temporary or contract employees from 275 American staffing companies, include:

  • 22 percent of respondents say they chose temporary or contract employment for work schedule flexibility;
  • Temporary and contract employees are almost as likely to work full-time as all adults in the US labour force (76 percent versus 82 percent, respectively).

Best of all, perhaps, is the news that temporary and contract workers tend to be quite fulfilled with their provisional professional lots, thank you very much. Most of the folks who put in time in the temporary trenches found the experience to be an enjoyable one, says the survey. Ninety-two percent say they were satisfied with their staffing companies, and 74 percent bumped their satisfaction rating up to “very” or “extremely.”

Business: It’s Personal

It is the age of big data, to be sure, and no one’s going to scratch that reputation from a stretch of human existence marked by a truly staggering amount of information. But we overlook the part flesh-and-blood qualifiers play in our daily dramas erroneously.

head-vs-heartA new study confirms that we’re making decisions these days in much the same way we did before we had access to the massive data stores we do now.

A burst of research from global advertising agency gyro and The Fortune Knowledge Group, Time Inc.’s BI division, says that it’s subjective elements — think company culture, values and reputation — that swing the heavier bat among a majority of decision-making senior business execs. Nearly two-thirds of the 720 bigwigs (whose companies clear $500 million annually) polled said these human factors tip their scales, rather than hard analytics, when facing high-level business choice.

All told, 62 percent of business leaders said they trust their gut, and 68 percent said the reward they anticipate for doing so trumps their fear of failure with same.

These results, says the study’s accompanying analysis, suggest that the great preponderance and ever-growing volume of information to which the world currently has access is potentially overwhelming enough to send decision-makers back into the arms of instinct.

But fans of big data needn’t fear: a majority of senior business executives call data an “important tool.”

Moores Donation Program Gives Disadvantaged Men a Leg Up

Let’s say you’ve got yourself a once and future dashing suit that’s scored you a plum job or two and seen you through more than its share of board meetings. And let’s say that said suit is wearing a bit threadbare now, or maybe you’re just tired of the feel of the thing on your back.

Rather than relegate it to the depths of your closet where it’ll attract moths and little else, mens’ clothing retailer Moores has got other plans for your old suit: give it away and gift it with the potential to attend another season of board meetings, through a donation to the Moores’ Canadian Suit Drive.

Now in its fifth year, Moores’ Canadian Suit Drive invites contributions of gently used men’s suits, shirts, jackets, pants, ties, belts and shoes, as well as woman’s professional clothing. By dropping off their used work wear at any of the 100-plus Moores’ stores across the country, Canadians can give their sartorially challenged peers a leg up in their efforts to secure employment.

Through this initiative, Moores provides free suits and professional apparel to disadvantaged men who are transitioning back into the workplace. It does so by funneling its clothing donations to non-profit organizations that provide job-readiness programs for men seeking employment, on the strength of the conviction that there’s nothing like a good-looking exterior to boost the interior of a guy at a job interview.

As a thank you for their donation, customers get 50 percent off their next purchase (with a few exceptions) at Moores stores.