Why Staffing and HR Are One in the Same

How Can We Be a Human Resource or Staffing Support to Your Company?

 utah staffing and hrAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “staff' is a verb that means ‘to supply with a staff or with workers.”

When you think of a Staffing Agency, what do you think of?

Are you on the staffing client end of the relationship where you are responsible for working with an agency to ensure your production needs are met through a well-trained, reliable workforce? Are you a manager or business owner considering whether to use an agency or not to support your current or upcoming staffing needs? Or are you on the other end of the equation where you’re the applicant using a staffing agency to help you find a job where you can gain experience and be successful? Over here at Your Employment Solutions, we are the common denominator in each of the questions posed here. We call that common denominator ‘Human Resources’ or ‘staffing’; to us, it’s one-in-the-same.

Going back to the dictionary, Merriam-Webster defines Human Resources as “a department within an organization that deals with the people who work for that organization.” With a staffing agency providing workers to their clients, I dare to consider them as the HR Department for companies who otherwise lack one, an HR extension or support center for those who already do have an HR department, and I also consider a staffing agency as an HR Department in and of themselves because they recruit and manage the human capital for themselves, as well as their clients.

The Staffing Human Resources Puzzle

There’s another piece to the puzzle though; if Human Resources are those who ‘deal with the people who work’ at the company, aren’t all supervisors and managers considered part of HR then? I would argue so! It’s not enough to simply hire talented and qualified workers. Companies must invest in them through proper on-boarding procedures, support them through training and development, and offer them compensation and benefits that are fair for the work they provide. Often times if any of these are missing from the equation or aren’t given much effort or attention, companies see an increase in turnover and a struggle to recruit the talent they need.

In a sense, everybody is part of Human Resources, but not everybody is knowledgeable or comfortable with being considered a part of Human Resources. Sometimes we need help.

So how can staffing agencies support your HR needs?

More specifically, how can YES (because that’s who I know and trust) support your HR needs?

YES strives to deliver to our clients talented contingent, temporary, temp-to-hire, or direct placement workers on time, the first time. We strive to help you meet your business objectives through our own human resource support system and by customizing to your particular business needs.

human resourceYES strives to create and nurture synergistic relationships where we can support your overall needs and goals by getting to know you and your business, your culture, any internal or industry standards, schedules and seasons, and any other aspect that is used by, or affects your human capital. We value and support proper on-boarding procedures so our workforce can integrate into yours smoothly and comfortably. We continually train and develop our own staff to ensure they are abiding by current employment laws and regulations. We also provide current local and national wage and salary information to our clients if desired so they can determine if they are paying fairly or competitively. YES also offers medical insurance and 401(k) to all full time W2’d employees, as well as any other contracted benefits desired by a client to support or coincide with their internal comp and benefit package.

To make an even longer story short, here at YES, we truly believe a company’s workforce is its most valuable asset. We take great pride in helping our clients succeed by providing the human capital they need and desire, and even greater pride in helping talented individuals find jobs where they can be happy and successful. To us, staffing and HR are one-in-the-same.

How can we be a Human Resource or staffing support to you or your company? Come by anytime and see how YES can help you!

Alison Evans
Human Resources Manager
Your Employment Solutions

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Employee Rights in Utah

Your Rights as an Employee in the State of Utah

Utah is an ‘at-will’ employment state. At-will employment is a term used in the U.S. labor law for contractual relationships in which an employer can dismiss an employee for any reason without having to establish “just cause” for termination, and without warning.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

So what are your rights as the employee?

labor lawSome exceptions to this labor law that should be considered include:

Public policy exceptions – an employer may not fire an employee if it would violate the state’s public policy doctrine or a state or federal statute

Implied contract exceptions – an employer may not fire an employee when an implied contract is formed between an employer and employee, even though no express, written instrument regarding the employment relationship exists

Covenant of good faith and fair dealing exceptions – court interpretations of this have varied, but violations are typically terminations made for malicious reasons

Statutory exceptions – Utah has a number of statutory protections for employees, such as the federal anti-discrimination statutes that prohibit firing or refusing to hire an employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and handicap status. An employer is also prohibited from retaliating against an employee for refusing to commit illegal acts and/or utilizing the Family or Medical Leave Act when qualified.

If you believe you were terminated for any reason that might violate any of the previously listed exceptions, it is highly recommended you seek guidance from an employment lawyer.

At-Will Termination

Outside of these exceptions, however, an employer is able to terminate an employee for any other reason including: poor performance, poor attitude, attendance issues, or even something as simple as a lack of available work. The employee’s actions are not always the reason they are let go from a job. Sometimes the employer has budgeting or scheduling issues that affect the workload or payroll capacity. Whatever the reason, as long as they aren’t violating state or federal laws or statutes, an employer in Utah has flexibility on whom, when and why to terminate.

at will employmentHowever, the employee also has the same flexibility. In an at-will employment state, employees may also quit without “just cause” or without warning if they so choose. Penalties for doing so would depend on any contracts or agreements previously made upon hire or during employment with the employer.

This labor law was created to help protect both parties from being required to continue poor, destructive, or unfavorable employment relationships. This allows such relationships to be corrected or terminated immediately instead of drawn out over the course of time, potentially creating an even more damaging experience for either party.

Don’t forget, however, that ending an employment relationship abruptly, from either side, can damage relationships and/or reputations and chances for future employment.

Utah Employment Options at YES

Here at Your Employment Solutions we do the very best we can to make really good, successful job placements in hopes of this never becoming an issue. However, sometimes the job-person fit isn’t quite right and either the employee or we have to take action and correct the issue. That could result in a new job placement, a lay-off, a termination, them quitting, etc. As we try to give as much notice as possible in any instance, we hope for the same respect from our employees when they decide to end their employment with us or at one of our clients. The more detailed an employee is in why they are quitting and the more notice that is given simply helps give us an honest and early opportunity to correct the issue and/or find a better job placement.

Help YES help you find the most suitable opportunity available by being open and honest with us! We’ll do the same in return.

If you have any questions regarding information posted in this article, please feel free to contact me anytime! (801) 298-9377

Alison Evans
Human Resources Manager
Your Employment Solutions
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Diversity is Key

Diversity in the Office is Key to a Better Workplace and World

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work or live in a place where everyone is the same? I have many times and no matter the scenario it does not seem very appealing.
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Diversity has been a sensitive subject through history in not only our country but in the entire world. The unfamiliarity of a different language, color, race, sexual orientation and even less suggestive differences such as age, personality, education and background could make or break from the smallest office to the most prominent empire.

“Diversity not only involves how you perceive others but how you perceive yourself.” – Josh Greenberg

Diversity – USA vs. Colombia

I have had the marvelous opportunity to recruit for both Colombia and the USA and I have to admit that the USA is light years ahead when it comes to respecting and encouraging diversity. Imagine putting an ad on the paper where you are allowed to specify gender, age, or even stature? How would you feel?

I remember when I was searching for a job as a teacher and most companies would only want women for the position and would not even consider my skills or my background. That feeling is something I would not wish upon anyone and now that I recruit here in the United States, I make sure that no one does.

The USA has to keep leading by example, doing this we will make sure that with time and patience other countries understand the value of having a diverse workforce.

Do You Speak the Language?

The world is a lot smaller than it used to be. Computers, smart phones, drones, etc., are part of what we are calling now “the age of technology” and this makes it a lot easier and faster to get new customers and new employees from all over the world. Even if you have a small local business, the chances are the demographics around you are changing and adaptation is vital to allowing your company to flourish.

workplace-diversityTake our wonderful company (Your Employment Solutions) into consideration. We are a local company in what I would say not the most diverse state in the country. Are we still required to adapt to this rapidly diversifying world? The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES. It's part of what gives us a competitive edge among all the other staffing agencies in the state.

Picture yourself a new immigrant in a new country where you don’t know anyone, anything and you don’t even speak the language. You have to start working to provide for yourself and your family. What do you do when you try to find work and someone tells you, “You live in America, learn the language.” Pretty discouraging don’t you think?

This is where having a diverse and friendly staff comes into play for us. We can not only speak to most of them in their native language but we can find them work while they learn and adapt to their new surroundings. That to me is a one of a kind experience that I know people will cherish forever.

I’m glad I have had the chance to work for such a diverse company, not only diverse in our staff but in our temps as well. Being able to find jobs for people regardless of their age, race, gender, etcetera has given me hope. Hope that someday not too far in the future we will all be looked as for what we are:

Human Beings.

Santiago Isaza
Account Manager | Ogden, Utah
Your Employment Solutions

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Employee Satisfaction at YES

Employee Satisfaction

A Happy Workplace is Founded on Employee Satisfaction

Employee satisfaction is essential to the success of any business. Employees are the key connector in the relationships between a company and its customers. As a result, if our employees aren’t happy, our customers won’t be happy with our companies and our companies won’t be happy with the business results.

At Your Employment Solutions we take this concept very seriously; not only for the business results, but also for the success and happiness of each individual who works within our offices. We believe that happy and satisfied employees are more content and happy as individuals, family members, friends, and even as strangers on the street who are more willing to help those in need. Simply put, they are happier individual contributors to our society and help make this a better place to live for us all.

Does Employee Satisfaction Exist at YES?

So far, we believe that YES has done a great job at keeping our employees satisfied. A recent survey revealed that 90% of respondents from our internal Employee Engagement Survey are either Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with the engagement of other employees within their office.

It is from my personal experience and observation that when the culture is one of engagement and satisfaction, it is extremely hard for employees to survive within the culture if they are not also engaged and on the road to satisfaction. We are very proud of these results and continue to strive to engage our employees and help them learn and grow on their own levels and with their own experiences, which in turn, helps them lift those around them to a higher level of satisfaction as well.

Are You Satisfied with Your Job?

How about you? When you ask a handful of your family members or friends how they feel about their jobs, how many of them honestly say they love their job and express that in a positive, genuine way? Chances are, you will not receive a positive response from every singe one of them.

So, how are other companies handling their employee satisfaction? What can they do to make it better?

We found some great information from Kevin Ertell, a well-known and respected figure in the online retail industry. Although not all of us are a part of the online retail industry, we believe that this information is very universal and should be considered in all working environments!

In his article he writes that the tenets of great working environments are very similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for happiness. Maslow’s pyramid starts with physiological needs and progress through safety, belonging, esteem and ends with self-actualization.

Employee Satisfaction

Ertell outlines the Employee Hierarchy of Needs, which have a similar progression to workplace happiness and employee satisfaction:

  1. Basic Tools
  2. Trust and Respect
  3. Matching Accountability and Authority
  4. Confidence
  5. Growth

I suggest you read his full post on how Employee Satisfaction Leads to Customer Satisfaction by clicking here

Alison Evans

Director of Human Resources
Your Employment Solutions

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Embracing Diversity

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Where Does Diversity Start?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “diversity?”

Is it somebody else’s race or ethnical background? That’s common.

Is it maybe their gender or their religion? Both are also quite common responses.

Both are also correct.

But, what if I said diversity starts with YOU?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of diversity is “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.

You are much different than your neighbor, true? You are also very different from your friends and family members. This also means that you are different from each of your coworkers and even your boss.

What if There Were No Diversity?

But what if you were all the same?

Think about it. What would the world be like if everyone were the same – average in intelligence, talents, appearance, and strength – and no one was better than anyone else? How do you think people would feel and act toward each other? Would they be happy and satisfied? This holds true for your personal and your professional life.

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Studies show that teams or organizations made up of individuals with a more diverse mix of qualities, experiences and work styles tend to have available a richer set of ideas, perspectives and approaches to a business issue. Therefore, work is more robust and, in my opinion, more enjoyable. So diversity is cool then, right?!

So next time you find yourself getting very frustrated with a coworker or boss’ suggestions, viewpoints, or ways of doing things, because they seem so far-fetched from your own, just remember that without them life would be boring.

Without diversity, it’s like asking how your Thanksgiving turkey would taste if you didn’t have any flavor to it. The answer is real bad. So bad, that you wouldn’t feel like eating it. Life would be so uninteresting without diversity, and so would work.

SHRM on Diversity

Here is some great information about diversity from the Society of Human Resource Management website:

Diversity has many definitions. Frequently, organizations will adapt the definition to their specific environment. Generally, diversity refers to the similarities and differences between individuals accounting for all aspects of one’s personality and individual identity. Diversity provides the potential for greater innovation and creativity. Inclusion is what enables organizations to realize the business benefits of this potential.

Inclusion describes the extent to which each person in an organization feels welcomed, respected, supported and valued as a team member. Inclusion is a two-way accountability; each person must grant and accept inclusion from others. In such an environment, every employee will tend to feel more engaged and will be more likely to contribute toward the organization’s business results. This requires people from diverse backgrounds to communicate and work together, and understand each others’ needs and perspectives—in other words, demonstrate cultural competence.

Intercultural sensitivity and cultural (or intercultural) competence are characterized by sensitivity to differences among, and effectiveness in communicating and working with, people from different cultural backgrounds.

Diversity at Your Employment Solutions

Here at YES we try to promote diversity by recruiting at different types of hiring events and job fairs in order to find a broad range of talented and unique individuals.

We believe in diversity and value the differing experiences and knowledge each individual and culture brings to the labor market. We would not be able to progress near as well without these differing points of view and perspectives, which help us learn and grow as an employer and best of all, as a team.

Embrace the diversity!

Alison Evans
Director of Human Resources
Your Employment Solutions

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