Infographic: 3 Tips to Rebound Your Workforce Post-COVID-19

We provide a few important tips to help your business navigate the world of work and come back stronger than before during the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 21, 2021

Every company, in some way, has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now as businesses look to reopen their doors, it’s critical they take the steps outlined in this PeopleReady infographic into consideration. 

Keep Your Workers Safe This Winter with JobStack

Avoid long-term safety and legal issues for your business with these important safety tips for the winter season.

January 17, 2021

In many states, winter brings icy roads, dangerous conditions, and slippery surfaces—and many an opportunity to catch a cold (or worse). Now more than ever, you must have a plan for your operations and workforce during these times.

Fortunately, OSHA is serious about informing businesses and workers on how to prepare for inclement winter weather and helping to ensure safety throughout the season. Their helpful recommendations are the best way to protect your workers and your business:

Promote Safe Driving

If your employees commute to your job site, make sure you promote safe driving. Remind your workers about checking vehicle systems, from their brakes to the oil—particularly if they are operating any type of machinery on site. Include emergency kits within each of your work vehicles as well, complete with all recommended items including: 

  • Cellphone or two-way radio
  • Windshield ice scraper
  • Snowbrush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Shovel
  • Tow chain
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or cat litter)
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Road maps
  • Blankets, change of clothes

Educate on Cold Stress

Learn the different types of cold stress from hypothermia to frostbite to immersion and how to recognize conditions that can lead to cold stress and cold stress symptoms. You’ll also need to know how to prevent cold stress and treat those who are affected, and the proper clothing for inclement weather. Then, make sure you educate your team on these same things.

Workers should know how to recognize symptoms of cold stress so they know how to treat it. Cold stress may look different depending on weather conditions, whether it’s extreme cold, near-freezing temperatures, or even increased wind speed.  

Common Risk Factors for Cold Stress

  • Wetness/dampness, dressing improperly and exhaustion
  • Preexisting health conditions such as hypertension, hypothyroidism, and diabetes
  • Poor physical conditioning or preparation
  • Read more in OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide.

Address the Conditions

Although it may be tempting to brush off potential dangerous conditions in favor of getting the job done in time, it’s not worth risking long-term safety and legal issues. Be sure you prepare the job site and anyone working on the job site for safety, including but not limited to clearing snow and ice from walkways, spreading deicer, ensuring all mechanics are winter-proofed with proper maintenance and providing adequate fall protection.

If the job site is simply too dangerous or risks too high for work, postpone the job and help your workers understand the importance of safety. If workers have a high risk of getting to your job site, consider allowing them time off or the opportunity to make up the time when conditions are safer. 

Rather than risk losing someone on your team to sick days or injury, get hands on deck that are healthy, ready, and can get to you without putting their safety in jeopardy. This is when a staffing partner like PeopleReady helps—and can provide you with the workers you need to get the job done, no matter the forecast.

PeopleReady’s App, JobStack, Helps You Staff Safely

The staffing leader’s app wins silver Brandon Hall Excellence Award for connecting people with essential work.

January 9, 2021

The fast-evolving COVID-19 outbreak has impacted businesses in a variety of industries in ways that our country has never seen before. What also has become apparent is the need for and value of essential workers to keep operations running smoothly. But how can you make sure you have access to these workers in a way that keeps both your business and workers safe?

Especially in today’s unpredictable climate, you might have emergency staffing needs pop up and need shifts filled quickly for the next day.

That’s why we encourage you now more than ever to take advantage of PeopleReady’s app, JobStack, which allows you to safely access the workers you need digitally, 24/7. With JobStack, you no longer need to call or visit the branch. Instead, you have full access and transparency into your orders and order history through the app.

JobStack, which features over 50,000 qualified workers looking for jobs daily and fills a job every 9 seconds, gives you the agility to get your team together when emergencies pop up. JobStack has something for everyone, and you can utilize it for much more than just requesting temporary staff. The great thing about JobStack is that you can use it in a way that works for you.

With JobStack you can do all of the following from within the app:

  • Submit orders.
  • Receive real-time notifications when your workers arrive at the job site.
  • Submit hours.
  • Rate workers.

We remain committed to providing you the support you need, while doing all that we can to ensure your safety and the safety of workplace.

Staff safely. Learn more about JobStack and PeopleReady today.

Why Safety Measures Are Important to Your Business

What are you doing to protect the safety of your workers? Hear how you can get access to the right training and resources with PeopleReady.

August 12, 2020

What are you doing to protect the safety of your workers and business? Ensuring your teams have the right resources, training, and protection is paramount to any business’s success. Failure to do so can result in costly injury, death, and a tarnished business reputation.

Everyone plays a role in contributing to a safe work environment, and organizations like OSHA offer guidelines to help you along the way.

Hear from our experts as they share the value in providing the right safety measures to not only protect your organization’s greatest asset—your employees—but also the success of your business.

In this webinar, Shane Redden, Director of Safety at TrueBlue, discusses:

*Common injuries and their impact on a business.

*The value in using safety best practices and guidelines, such as OSHA.

*Using technology to share safety measures.

*How everyone plays a role in contributing to a safe work environment.

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Spectrum Solutions Gets Staffing Support from PeopleReady

Spectrum Solutions needed additional staffing to meet demand for COVID-19 test kits, so they turned to PeopleReady for their workforce needs.

July 15, 2020

Spectrum Solutions is a company known for producing the saliva-based DNA testing kits used by Ancestry.com to help people discover their lineage. And for the company based in Draper, Utah, business was thriving.

Then COVID-19 struck, and company leaders wondered what they could do to help keep people and communities safe.

Cities across the U.S. are struggling to access and administer COVID-19 test kits to help track and contain the virus. The typical test for COVID-19 involves a cotton swab to either the throat or nose, and, with cases of COVID-19 soaring, demand was far outstripping supply. In addition, this method of testing typically requires healthcare providers to discard gloves and masks after close contact with anyone who may have the virus—critical PPE equipment that is also in short supply.

So, without delay, Spectrum started to explore a saliva-based testing kit using the approach and the technology they already had in place, evolving it to help in one of the most important fights of our time.

24/7 staffing needs

The Spectrum team knew they’d have to turn on a dime. Working around the clock, they were able to quickly develop a test that met the same standards and delivered similar results to the swab-testing method. What’s more, under a medical provider’s supervision, the saliva collection could be self-administered, which removes the need for close contact with healthcare workers—protecting the patient and staff and preserving PPE.

“This pandemic impacts every segment of society and keeping people safe is about everyone pitching in to make a difference,” said Bill Phillips, Spectrum’s Chief Operating Officer. “We saw helping as our responsibility. That meant quickly pivoting and ramping up our operations during these unprecedented times.”

The FDA–EUA fast-tracked approval of the test kit, which was developed in tandem with Rutgers University and can produce results in 24 hours. With demand high, Phillips anticipated Spectrum would produce 1 million kits per month initially and eventually as high as 3 million a month. They needed more people to support production, so, the company reached out to PeopleReady, who is now serving as its exclusive staffing partner for temporary staffing support.

“Spectrum is helping to save lives. We knew they needed the best and we’d need to be able to provide them with a workforce virtually overnight,” said Stefan Hiesel, Market Manager for PeopleReady. “Working with Spectrum, we were able to meet their needs at two production facilities to support the important work they’re doing.”

PeopleReady associates are now a vital part of the Spectrum team, working in the “clean room” and serving as the last touch point for the kits before they are sent around the globe.

“Demands change and we need partners who can act quickly and deliver in an unpredictable environment. PeopleReady has provided us with the workforce flexibility we need at this critical time,” added Phillips.

PeopleReady’s JobStack app is helping the company to connect with workers as demand changes at a moment’s notice. Hiesel and his team work with Spectrum to ensure the right jobs are getting to the right people to move this COVID-19 safety effort forward in a timely manner.

“Our workers know they are a part of keeping the country and the world safe during this pandemic, and they take great pride in the work they do with Spectrum,” added Hiesel.  

Safety Essentials to Protect Your Business

See how you can put safety first in your staffing efforts and what resources are available to you through a staffing partner like PeopleReady.

July 5, 2020

Putting Safety First in Your Staffing Efforts

Safety is essential to a successful business. Workers want to be part of a safe job site. Safe workers show up and help you achieve goals. When you achieve your goals, your business thrives.

But safety isn’t just putting up a few signs; it’s creating an environment that follows best practices and has processes in place for a variety of events. Most importantly, safety is not negotiable in today’s workplace. Download this e-book to understand why you can’t ignore safety and what resources are there to support you.

Putting Safety First in Your Staffing Efforts

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Guide: 1099-Independent Contractors vs. W-2 Employees

Get the most recent definitions of worker classifications and how you can ensure that your business is prepared to bring on temporary or part-time workers.

November 12, 2019

Worker Classifications and What They Mean for Your Business

With new labor laws like AB5, a new California policy that has changed the way contract workers are classified, don’t be surprised if other states soon follow its lead. This new law has many businesses and workers wondering what how they can determine a 1099 contractor from a W-2 employee. We’ve put together an easy comparison guide that will help you tell the difference, no matter where you’re located.

Worker Classifications and What They Mean for Your Business

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W-2 or 1099? 3 Questions to Ask When Classifying Employees

PeopleReady answers some of the most common questions that today’s businesses may have about the classification of workers.

April 1, 2019

classifying workers; taxes; w-2

When comparing and preparing tax forms for your workers, it’s important to understand the differences between a W-2 employee and 1099-MISC independent contractor. While both may work for you, the capacity in which they do may differ, so classification is key; no one likes paying penalties.  

The quickest differentiator between the two types of workers is that W-2 employees receive a regular wage and income taxes are withheld. 1099-MISC workers are considered self-employed independent contractors. For them, pay is delivered in accordance with their business contract and taxes are not withheld from their payment.

We recommend you consult the IRS for definitive answers to your W-2 and 1099 questions, but the following information can help you down the right path:

Review these key identifiers to help determine which type of workers you employ:

Behavioral Control

Do you control what the worker does, when and how they do it? If yes, that deems behavioral control over the worker, meaning they are most likely considered a W-2 employee. If another company (such as a staffing agency) controls their employment, they may be a W-2 worker for that company, as associates for PeopleReady are.

Financial Control

Financial control reviews how the worker is paid. If the worker is an employee, the employer determines when the worker is paid and for how much. When hiring from a staffing agency, they determine pay with the worker. These are W-2 workers. If a contract exists directly between you and the worker, determining project scope, payment structure, and deadlines – they are likely a 1099-MISC independent contractor.

Relationship with Worker

If employee benefits are involved in the business’ relationship – such as insurance, sick leave, pension plans, and paid vacation – this indicates the worker is an employee. Also, consider the length of any contract between the business and the worker and the type of work performed. Each of these factors can help determine the type of relationship you have with the worker, whether employee or independent contractor.

What are some general items to bear in mind when prepping for the tax season?

CLASSIFY

Properly classifying your workers is key—so whenever you onboard a new individual, determine the type of worker upon hire; the IRS penalizes incorrect classification.

CHECK W-4s

All W-2 employees should also complete a W-4 form at hire. Employers are not allowed to help employees complete their W-4 form, but may assist in helping find resources on how to properly complete the form. The employee may change this form at any time to alter withholding. 

REVIEW

Employers are required to distribute social security forms (including 1099-MISC, W-2, W-3, and 1096) on specific dates each year following the tax year to avoid penalties. Ensure correct and legal forms are also being used; unapproved documents may incur penalties.

Why Businesses Should Care About Diversity and Inclusion

Many companies have adapted their recruitment process to reach a broader range of candidates. See how you can build a richer, more diverse workforce.

November 19, 2018

Recently there has been greater emphasis on diversity within the workplace, and studies have shown a direct correlation with diverse teams impacting business by outperforming less diverse teams.

Many companies including PeopleReady now have a Diversity and Inclusion Council, and have adapted their recruitment process to reach a broader range of workforce. By actively seeking to diversify their worker candidate pool, they have the opportunity to build a rich workforce.

True diversity has been shown to increase financial performance. In the U.S., a 10% increase in racial and ethnic diversity on the senior executive team results in a 0.8 percent rise in EBIT.

ThisWay’s infographic explains the impact diversity can have on your workforce:

  • Encourages innovation.
  • Enhances company image.
  • Shortens the talent gap for businesses.
  • Increases creativity.
  • Encourages people and companies to grow.
  • Increases employee satisfaction.
  • Improves decision-making.

With JobStack, you can seamlessly add team diversity to your usual worker pool by connecting with highly-qualified, engaged associates. Building a well-rounded team with workers from different backgrounds, cultures and skills helps you fill positions while growing your company’s commitment to diversity.

Why Safety Is Paramount to PeopleReady Training

National Safety Month is an opportunity to review our health and safety procedures and recommit to making safety a top priority.

June 13, 2017

June is National Safety Month as celebrated by the National Safety Council (NSC). At PeopleReady, every day is safety day because there’s nothing more important to us than our workers returning home to their families safely each night. That’s why we have a team of safety specialists around the country who work with our associates and customers to make sure safe work practices are in place.

We all lead busy lifestyles and sleep can often fall to the back burner. Doing so, however, can hurt your overall health and have an impact on those around you at work and at home. Poor sleep is linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression as well as to safety concerns related to drowsy driving. These are also some of the most easily prevented accidents and health risks.

Even as adults we should be getting seven hours of sleep every night. According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and published by the Centers for Disease Control, over 36 percent of adults are not getting enough sleep before heading to work. The result increased to over 50 percent for some occupations. Study author, Taylor Shockey said in a press release that “workers in occupations where alternative shiftwork is common…were more likely to have a higher adjusted prevalence of short sleep duration.” In other words, if you work non-traditional hours, you are even more likely to get less than the suggested amount of sleep.

PeopleReady works with many customers who, because of the nature of the companies, have non-traditional working hours. We require our customers to provide our staff safe working conditions to combat injuries and fatigue. Customers must provide regular breaks during the day, schedule workers when they are most alert, limit consecutive shiftwork as well as the length of a shift, and educate their workers about the importance of sleep. They also monitor workers for signs of fatigue.

Our managers help customers create schedules that, where possible, limit fatigue. These schedules encourage companies to work during the day, restrict consecutive day shifts to five or six days and night shifts to four days, and ensure workers have at least two consecutive days off. Interestingly, better lighting, cooler temperature and lower humidity, minimizing noise, and vibration also help reduce fatigue on the job.

Companies who have done their best to lower the risk of fatigue in the workplace also have a way for employees to report and investigate incidents without the facing retaliation. It comes as no surprise that management support and training are also part of all successful programs.

PeopleReady’s safety team is available to help customers develop stronger overall safety programs, including fatigue management and awareness. If you’re interested, please contact your local manager.

PeopleReady specializes in quick and reliable on-demand labor and highly skilled workers. PeopleReady supports a wide range of blue-collar industries, including construction, manufacturing and logistics, waste and recycling, and hospitality. Leveraging its game-changing JobStack platform and 600-plus branch offices across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, PeopleReady served approximately 98,000 businesses and put more than 490,000 people to work in 2020.