EFFECTIVE WORKFORCE PLANNING: THE RIGHT STAFF AT THE RIGHT TIME

 

With the start of a new financial year fast approaching, now is a good time to look at your staffing needs for the year ahead. Effective workforce planning can help you attract and retain quality talent to maximise company performance.

5 Steps to Effective Workforce Planning

Here are just some of the ways you can ensure that your business has the right staff at the right time…

1. ANALYSE PAST TRENDS

Firstly, analyse business data from previous years. This can help you build a clearer picture of the number of people you’ll need at different times of the year. Start by cross-referencing previous workforce records and sales data as this will alert you to the times that you were under or overstaffed. Also, you can use this information to prepare some valuable forward-looking data for the months ahead.

2. REVIEW CURRENT OPERATIONS

A review of your current operations and a clear plan of your future business goals is also important for successful workforce planning. Identify issues that affect staffing, talent development and/or plans for new hires. For example:

  • Planned business growth
  • Developments in your industry
  • Changes to customer behaviour

Also, review any seasonal demand that affects your business workforce and the skill sets you need.

3. KEEP A RECORD OF STRONG PERFORMERS

Keep a record of hires who performed well during previous peak periods. Then you will be able to recruit them again when you need extra staff. Strong past performers already know your business and understand what’s expected of them. This way you’ll get to save time and money on recruitment and training. Also, previous hires will feel valued keeping work motivation levels high.

4. CONSULT WITH A LABOUR HIRE SPECIALIST

Using a recruitment agency, such as Labourpower,  can add value when it comes to strategic workforce planning. An effective recruiter will work closely with your line managers and other key stakeholders. Together, they can forecast and predict potential influxes of staffing requirements.  Your recruiter will also ensure the right fit for your business is always on hand when you need them. They achieve this through:

  • Effective staff recruitment processes
  • Staff incentive schemes
  • Training and upskilling programs
  • Succession planning and more!
5. MAKE USE OF STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

When you partner with Labourpower you also get access to a state-of-the-art Online Portal that delivers a best practice HR Workforce management solution. Clients have live access to valuable data including comprehensive reports that give you transparency over your entire labour hire operation.

Hiring the right staff shouldn’t be overwhelming – and that’s where we can help!  Labourpower works closely with businesses to provide effective workforce planning solutions tailored to your budget and business needs.

Connect with us on LinkedIn or speak to our experienced recruiters today.

 

 

 

MATURE AGE WORKERS AND YOUR BUSINESS. WHY EXPERIENCE MATTERS!


Mature age workers – those aged 50+ – bring a wealth of experience and reliability to your workplace. 
Often you will find them to be more responsible, more level-headed and more loyal to your business in the long-term.

6 reasons to consider mature age workers for your business


1. INCREASE ROI

Hiring can be costly, not to mention the amount you invest in wages for your staff. With a mature age hire you’re recruiting someone with years of experience navigating the workplace. This means a better return on investment (ROI) for your business.

2. LONG-TERM COMMITMENT

Mature age workers are far more likely to commit to your business for the long haul. In fact, studies show that workers age 55+ are five times less likely to change jobs than a worker under the age of 25. This is good news for your company as you’ll save time and money on recruitment.

3. MORE LIFE EXPERIENCE

Your mature age hire might not always bring specific industry experience with them. But most will bring a lifetime of workplace and interpersonal skills. Skills such as patience, respect and communication are all invaluable to a business – and your mature age hire is likely to have those in spades.

4. IMPROVE DIVERSITY

Increasing diversity with a mature age hire can also help improve your standing in the community and with your customers. Diversity is a highly valued trait when it comes to attracting new clients and better talent to your organisation. As a result, you will have the opportunity to market yourself more effectively.

5. ACCESS TO A NEW DEMOGRAPHIC

With Australians aged between 45 and 64 owning half the country’s household wealth – that’s a lot of buying power! Remember that employing a mature age worker can bring an entirely new perspective to the table. This might come in handy for developing your marketing approach to this valuable demographic.

6. WAGE SUBSIDIES

Finally, hiring mature age workers brings many benefits to your business, including potential access to wage subsidies. It could be a nice extra bonus for your business!

If you want to gain access to a wide range of experience and quality candidates for your business, Labourpower can help. Connect with us on LinkedIn or speak to our friendly recruiters today.

 

STAYING CONNECTED IN A SOCIAL DISTANCING WORLD

Social distancing is (for now at least) our new norm. It is key to helping slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s changed the way we work and the way we interact with each other. So in our social distancing world, let’s explore why it’s more important than ever to find ways to stay connected.


The importance of staying connected

Staying connected during a time of crisis helps us manage our mental well-being. Studies also show that maintaining social connections keeps us healthier, happier and more inclined to be socially responsible.


Social distancing without feeling isolated

Social distancing can lead to us feeling lonely. Finding ways to maintain social support can help improve our capacity to cope with stress.

SCHEDULE FACE-TO-FACE(TIME)
Use technology to host a virtual catch-up (choose from one of the many options available such as Facetime, Skype, Houseparty and Zoom). Schedule lunch or dinner at the same time or after-work drinks at the end of the week.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF
Now is the perfect time to take up a new hobby or interest. Learn a language, read a new book, take up baking, declutter your home, spruce up your resume or LinkedIn profile – the possibilities are endless!

SUPPORT OTHERS
Check in with your neighbours (while practising social distancing). Small acts of kindness such as offering to walk their dog or do some shopping can help lift spirits.


Social distancing and your business

With so many businesses operating with a remote workforce it’s important to find times to stay connected and ensure that everyone continues to feel part of the team.

TECHNOLOGY
Provide reliable access to technology such as emails, file servers and video conferencing to support collaboration.

REGULAR CHECK-INS
Make sure that Managers and Team Leaders check-in regularly with team members to help boost morale and keep everyone on track.

DON’T MAKE IT ALL ABOUT WORK
Find fun ways to keep everyone connected by continuing to celebrate milestones (birthdays, work anniversaries) and hold virtual after-work catch-ups.


Social distancing and your job

If you’re one of the many people supporting Australia’s essential services, make sure you follow all guidelines to ensure your health and safety.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Social distancing also applies in the workplace so try to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between you and other workers.

GOOD HYGIENE
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water (or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser).

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS
Make sure that you’re familiar with the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath) and do not go to work if you are unwell.


And finally, remember…

It’s important for everyone to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues through this challenging time. FREE resources and mental well-being support to help you cope with any COVID-19 concerns are also available at thiswayup.org.au OR coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/


Stay connected with Labourpower by following us on 
Facebook or LinkedIn or get in touch with our friendly team today.

 

 

WHY DIVERSITY IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Harmony Day is Saturday, 21 March 2020 –  a time to celebrate our diversity.

With the current challenges our world is facing, it’s a timely reminder of the importance of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging.

When it comes to the workplace, study after study shows that diverse organisations outperform the competition.  Let’s take a closer look at the reasons to make diversity and inclusion a priority in your company.

Access to different talent pools

Organisations that are actively committed to diversity in their workplaces tend to look outside their usual talent pool for new hires. Looking further afield often:

  • Exposes recruiters to a wider range of people
  • Leads to a greater number of applicants seeing and applying for positions
  • Results in an overall bigger pool of talent for companies to choose from

The more people who apply for the job, the more likely you are to find someone exceptional in the mix. And with exceptional people – you’ll soon find yourself with a business that’s blowing the competition out of the water.

Representation inspires greatness

When a group of people who are underrepresented in the workforce suddenly find themselves working in a place where they see people like themselves succeeding – particularly in leadership roles – they are often inspired to seek out more career progression themselves.

Inspired employees are more loyal, dedicated and ambitious. It’s this drive that leads to increased motivation and an even more intense desire to succeed.

Diverse leadership improves innovation

What happens when there is an increase in the diversity of your leadership team? It can lead to a jump in the amount of innovation as well as the quality.

  • Studies show a 19% higher revenue for companies with more diverse management teams as a direct result of their innovation*.

This finding is great news for any organisation where innovation is key to future growth.

Different perspectives add value

This is one of the most important reasons why diverse organisations are thriving. It’s also the real reason why you need to make sure you have diversity at all levels in your business, not just the visible ones.

In business, it’s your point of difference that sets you apart from the competition. What better way to be different than to have a truly diverse group of people in decision-making positions for your brand?

Diversity injects different insights, viewpoints and ideas into the business. At the end of the day – that is where true innovation is born.

Here at Labourpower we thrive on a culture of a openness and inclusion. We work closely with companies to find the right fit for your business.

To find out more, speak to the experienced team at Labourpower today.

#everyonebelongs

 

*2018 study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

 

 

 

TAKE THE RECRUITMENT PRESSURE OFF YOUR BUSINESS

Recruiting new staff can be costly and time consuming. So if you’re not using the right recruitment strategies, it can also be frustrating and fruitless. Whether you’re a small business looking for a one-off hire. Or a large corporation looking to access regular talent. Using the services of a recruitment agency can be the ideal solution and help ease the pressure.

 

6 ways a recruitment agency can take the hiring pressure off your business

 

  1. EFFICIENCY

    When you take on the task of recruiting in-house you often find yourself with a big To-Do list. First of all, you have to post the job ads and sift through all the applications. Next you have to find time to conduct interviews as well as carry out reference checks. And this all takes place before you even get someone on-site to start training. Whereas with a recruitment company, all you need to do is place your order and wait for the right staff to show up at your door.

 

  1. TIME SAVING

    As you build a relationship with your chosen agency the hiring process for your business gets easier and easier. Your recruiters will gain more insight and knowledge about your business with every new hire. This allows them to streamline your process with every job, saving you time and money in the process.

 

  1. TALENT POOL

    Your recruitment agency will have access to a huge pool of talent. Quality people – all waiting to be placed into the right business. In most cases, candidates have already been screened and evaluated to make sure they’re the right fit. All you need to do is welcome them aboard!

 

  1. EXPERTISE

    Recruitment can be a tricky business! Working with a recruitment company helps reduce the likelihood of you getting a ‘bad hire’. Your recruitment agency will have proven hiring strategies in place. This lets them weed out any poor performers and as a result, you know you’ll be getting the best of the bunch.

 

  1. PEAK PERIODS

    Are you a company with seasonal staff fluctuations? A recruitment agency can ensure you have the quality staff you need to effectively manage peak periods of activity. This means your permanent employees are not overworked, payroll budgets are kept under tight control and above all, your productivity is never compromised.

 

  1. BONUS FEATURES

    A great recruitment agency won’t just find you the right person for the job, they’ll also provide you with other valuable services. This can include on-site inductions, health and safety training, drug testing and even ongoing coaching for your long-term employees. They may also offer payroll services and even anticipate your future staffing needs.

 

Our team are ready to take the recruitment pressure off your business. Why not speak to one of our experienced recruiters or connect with Labourpower on LinkedIn today!

 

WHY TEMPORARY STAFF ARE A GREAT SOLUTION

Finding the right people for some roles can be a challenge, particularly if there’s a skills shortage in your industry. 

3 BENEFITS OF HIRING TEMP STAFF DURING A SKILLS SHORTAGE 

If your business is finding it a challenge filling positions in a timely fashion, then temporary staff might just be the solution until the job can be filled on a more permanent basis. Take a look at some of the benefits of hiring temporary staff.

  1. It’s an immediate solution

A temp worker gives you some breathing space recruiting hard to fill roles. You have time to focus on finding the perfect candidate, without compromising your business operations, productivity and customer service.

  1. Access to skills

Some employers try to deal with a skills shortage by dividing up the tasks of the position that needs to be filled and delegating them to other staff members. This approach may seem like an easy enough stop-gap solution, but you run the risk of inexperienced people on the job, and your workers stretched too thin.

  1. More flexibility

Hiring a temporary worker allows you to have a supply and demand approach when it comes to payroll, you’re under no obligation to keep a temp worker full-time so you can adjust the hours and days worked to suit your needs.

 

3 REASONS CANDIDATES SHOULD CONSIDER TEMP POSITIONS

Looking at temporary jobs from the other side of the coin, a skills gap can open up the market for candidates. As a prospective employee, you get  to ‘test out’ opportunities without having to commit to a permanent position. We’re living in a gig economy, which offers some interesting opportunities for candidates willing to give it a try.

  1. Choice of workplace

For many people, variety really is the spice of life. Temping allows you to explore different types of workplaces to find out which one works best for you.

  1. Ultimate flexibility

Temporary work means that you have a shorter commitment.  This way you’re free to focus on other things such as family commitments or your personal goals. Want to take time out to travel the world?  Taking a temp role helps you save and frees up your schedule to take time off when your ticket is paid for.

  1. More opportunity than ever

Employers can become more flexible about who they consider for hard to fill roles. You might find that there is the option of on-the-job training and development to get you up to speed.  Not only are you getting paid, you also get the chance to expand your skill set at the same time.

At Labourpower, we specialise in recruiting for temporary, casual, contract and permanent positions across all industries. If you’re someone looking for a new challenge or a company looking for the right people, speak to our experienced recruiters or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn today.

 

 

 

2019 IN REVIEW & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OUR TEAM!

As the last hours of 2019 tick away, we take time to reflect on a great year…

2019 – OUR YEAR IN REVIEW

2019 was an exciting time of achievement and growth. It was the year that Labourpower proudly…

Joined Wests Tigers as Mascot Partner

  • Labourpower is committed to playing an active role in the community and kicked off the year by joining Wests Tigers as the official Mascot Partner for 2019.

Celebrated International Women’s Day

  • This year’s theme #BalanceforBetter recognised that from grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance.

Supported the 2019 Youth Week Closing Party

  • Labourpower was proud to be part of the PCYC City Of Sydney Youth Week Wrap Party in Woolloomooloo with our team cooking up a storm as official sponsor of the sausage sizzle.

Asked R U OK?

  • At Labourpower, we believe that asking ‘are you okay’ is something we can all do to make a difference and want to encourage the importance of regular, meaningful conversation.

Shared networking tips with students at the UTS Accomplish Award program

  • Our team shared some useful tips to help students get the most out of networking events and encouraged students to practice their skills and expand their own networks.

Recognised National Skills Week 2019: Real Skills for Real Careers

  • Labourpower looked at the important contributions vocational education and training ( VET ) makes to the lives of many Australians as well as the importance of training in today’s workplace.

Highlighted the importance of health and safety in the workplace

  • We discussed the 2019 theme ‘Be a Safety Champion’ highlighting that anyone can be a safety champion in the workplace and stressed how it is vital for organisations to make workplace health and safety a priority all year round.

Invested in cutting-edge tools and leading technology

  • The Labourpower Online Portal and Labourpower Recruitment Kiosks are part of our commitment to innovation in order to raise our standards and service to an even higher level.

Launched a new website and logo

  • This year saw the launch of a brand-new website with a new responsive design making it easier for visitors to navigate the website on any device. It also aims to provide a user-friendly way for job seekers, candidates and clients to learn more about Labourpower and our services. The website also features our new bolder and bigger logo design to reflect Labourpower’s leading position in the industry today.

Achieved industry recognition

  • We were thrilled to learn that Labourpower was a finalist at this year’s SEEK annual recruitment awards in the Recruitment Agency of the Year: Large category and see Labourpower Managing Director, Luke Webber win the highly esteemed Business Leader of the Year award at the Recruitment International (RI) Awards for 2019.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU IN 2020!

As we get ready to ring in a new decade, the team at Labourpower wishes you a safe and happy New Year.

We’re excited for 2020 and look forward to working with you in the year ahead!

 

 

 

THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOU TO HIRE A HOLIDAY TEMP

 

When most people think of temporary staff over the festive period, they think of retail sales, but retail isn’t the only industry impacted by the summer rush. Temporary work spikes over the holiday period can happen in almost all industries and injecting your workforce with some casual staff over this time might be the right solution to keep your workplace productive. So how do you know if you need a holiday temp?

4 SIGNS YOU NEED A HOLIDAY TEMP OR CASUAL STAFF                                                                                                                                                                                         
  1. Overtime is up and morale is low

This time of year can be a stressful time for most people, so if you require a lot of overtime hours over this period it’s important to keep an eye on your staff and see how they’re handling it. If the amount of overtime is affecting staff morale, it’s time to bring in some temporary or casual workers. Helping permanent staff find balance in their work and personal lives – especially during seasonal spikes can lead to a loyal and committed workforce.

  1. Deadlines are looming

While things quieten down for some workplaces over the holidays, there are plenty of businesses where everything ramps up. Maybe the deadlines are the result of the usual spike in demand at this time of year, or maybe you’ve just got a few more clients or projects piling up. Either way, if you’ve got a bunch of deadlines to meet and no idea how to meet them, bringing in some casual labour or a skilled temp professional can help.

  1. Annual leave requests are piling up

It’s easy to get shorthanded over the holidays, most people like to take a little time off to be with their families at this time of year and many of us have to travel to do that. With so many people requesting leave you might find yourself wondering how you’ll be able to cover everything that needs to get done. If this sounds like you then, a temp or casual staff member can help. Not just with filling the gaps, but with easing the pressure on your remaining workers.

  1. Work is suffering

When even your top talent is struggling to produce their usual high standard, it’s a sign that work is being rushed because people are overworked. You know the staff – the ones who always deliver and take pride in their work. So, if you notice things getting overlooked, mistakes being made, or a shift in quality, it’s time to recruit some help.

Does your business need some help recruiting temp talent or casual workers this holiday? Labourpower can provide you with quality staff at short notice to help you deal with the ebbs and flows of the festive season.

To find out more, get in touch with our friendly team today.

 

 

CHECK OUT OUR NEW LABOURPOWER WEBSITE!

 

Labourpower is proud to announce the launch of our new website and we invite everyone to check out the new website at labourpower.com

This launch follows months of hard work by our team committed to creating a fresh look for the Labourpower website with easy to access information and a whole range of useful resources.

The new responsive design makes it easy for visitors to navigate the website on any device including your mobile phone or laptop. It also aims to provide a user-friendly way for job seekers, candidates and clients to learn more about Labourpower and our services.

Here are some of the new features that you can enjoy:

Job Seekers
  • Job Seekers will find an easy SEARCH FOR YOUR NEXT JOB tool on the website homepage
  • Simply enter a job title, industry and/or location, hit the red button with the white arrow and you’ll be taken to all the latest vacancies.
Labourpower Employees
  • Under the CANDIDATE SECTION you will find easy to use resources where you can book your online induction
  • You’ll also find a link to your Candidate Services portal. Here you can use your unique log-in ID to access rosters and submit your timesheet each week online.
Labourpower Clients
  • Under the CLIENT SECTION Labourpower clients will find an easy to complete form to let us know about the vacancies you need to fill. Our experienced labour hire team can respond quickly with quality people to meet your staffing needs
  • You also have access to the customised Labourpower Online Portal where clients can access open and transparent reporting that can be monitored by key stakeholders and tailored to your specific business needs.

 

Connect with Labourpower

It’s never been easier to connect with Labourpower! Our new website also features links to the Labourpower Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages so make sure you follow us on social media and stay up-to-date with all our latest news and job opportunities.

We’ll also include regular new content on our website with useful job seeking tips and labour hire advice as well as our latest blog posts and company news in the NEWS & INSIGHTS section.

New Labourpower Logo

The website also features our new bolder and bigger logo design to reflect Labourpower’s leading position in the industry today.

Labourpower is thrilled to share this exciting news with you and hope you enjoy the new look website that celebrates our company commitment to innovation, service excellence and continuous improvement.