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.

Staffing for Seasonal Trends in Retail

See some of the peak periods that retailers, manufacturers and distribution warehouses need to consider when creating a staffing strategy.

October 25, 2020

Staffing for Seasonal Trends in Retail

See some of the peak periods that retailers, manufacturers and distribution warehouses need to consider when creating a staffing strategy.

Staffing for Seasonal Trends in Retail

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PeopleReady Analysis Reveals the Most In-Demand Holiday Jobs

To help people find those jobs, PeopleReady analyzed thousands of job postings from across the nation—and today is releasing a list of the most in-demand holiday jobs this season.

October 12, 2020
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Holiday jobs will play an even more critical role this season as near-record-high unemployment rates and an unpredictable economy continue to impact household budgets across the nation. Staffing leader PeopleReady says that with a full 60% of shoppers planning to shop less in-store[1] this holiday season due to the pandemic, the types of holiday jobs available will be affected. To help people find those jobs, PeopleReady analyzed thousands of job postings from across the nation—and today is releasing a list of the most in-demand holiday jobs this season.  

“We anticipate seeing businesses ramping up with a higher demand for e-commerce-related temporary positions, especially those in packing, shipping and production,” said Taryn Owen, President of PeopleReady. “For people who are looking for work, there are jobs available. Job seekers just need to know what types of jobs are in demand, and should consider tapping into digital platforms to connect with those jobs more efficiently.”

Based on PeopleReady’s analysis [2], the most in-demand jobs this holiday season include:

  • Warehouse associates (ex: forklift operators, shipping and receiving)
  • Customer service representatives
  • Production workers (packaging, material handlers)
  • Stockers and order fillers
  • Retail workers (ex: truck loaders and unloaders)

To make it easy for job seekers to connect with thousands of available jobs, PeopleReady is holding a nationwide holiday hiring rush event this week. PeopleReady has a variety of ways for job seekers to access potential job opportunities: via app (JobStack), online (www.jobs.peopleready.com) and in-person (at all PeopleReady branches across the nation).

[1] Radial, Inc, survey 2020

[2] Data from labor market analytics firm Emsi

Are You Ready for the Holiday Rush?

See how the best way to ensure success during the holiday season is partnering with a staffing company for your seasonal staffing needs.

September 18, 2020

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Every year it seems time gets compressed. Summer is barely over and retail outlets are already pushing Halloween costumes and holiday decor. As premature as this may seem, you might also want to plan ahead if you have the responsibility for staffing your workplace during the holiday season. A little bit of foresight can help you avoid many headaches: unplanned calls-offs, leave without notice, office tensions when you have to decline time off requests…

How can I plan ahead?

Ask your staff to pencil in their vacations now so you can prepare. You can find ways to cover their workload while devising a schedule that ensures all permanent staff are supported. You want your team to have opportunities to use their hard-earned vacation, and you also want to safeguard that essential business support is available and your results won’t suffer.

The holidays are my busiest season!

When managing retail or a shipping and receiving operation, it may be unreasonable to grant ample time off during the holidays. This can be tricky as your existing staff wants to spend time with friends and family. In this case, communicate to the entire team clearly that working during the holidays is required. You can still make work a positive for your team by offering incentive such as higher pay for holiday work, time off by seniority, or implementing a lottery system and/or offering extended time off after the seasonal rush. Glassdoor offers more great suggestions to effectively manage employee time off so you can best position your business and your workforce for a successful season.

Consider a staffing partner.

Hiring temporary staff to provide coverage may be a great option for your company. If you’ve worked with temporary staff in the past who understand the fundamental job requirements for the staff they are covering for, invite them to come back and work with you! If you haven’t used temporary staff in the past, a strong way to ensure coverage is to work with a staffing partner who will take care of the recruiting and placement for you.

Find a staffing partner who will listen to your needs, has a background in recruiting for similar skill types, and offers a pool of trained candidates that can step in. They can ultimately provide relief for your permanent staff with as little disruption to your business as possible. Find out more about how a partner providing 24/7 support can work for you.

Holiday Help Wanted: How Retailers Can Staff for the Season

Preparing for the busiest season of the year starts with having the right staff to complete orders and keep customers satisfied. See how it’s done.

September 15, 2020

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For decades, Black Friday has been considered the peak buying day for the holiday season. But fewer shoppers are likely to be lining up outside stores after Thanksgiving dinner this year.  

Instead of expecting big holiday crowds battling it out over the season’s hottest items, the retail industry is revising their plans to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. Retailers will be limiting the number of shoppers in stores; some are cutting store hours during Thanksgiving weekend or closing altogether. 

Retailers were already expanding their e-commerce services prior to the pandemic due to consumer demand. As shoppers increasingly have turned to the internet to find even better deals than in-store bargains, there will be added pressure on retailers to hire staff who can fulfill these purchases.  

The evolution of consumer habits is one thing that retailers will need to watch for this holiday season. Another is the effect of e-commerce on the supply chain. Major delivery services including FedEx, the USPS and the UPS have experienced significant delays with the excessive number of packages being shipped, and retailers can likely expect service disruptions that may compromise their ability to get deliveries to shoppers on time.  

On-demand Staffing for the Holidays 

Retailers will be relying on thousands of additional workers at their fulfillment centers to process online orders, and with more e-commerce sales expected this holiday season, staffing is a critical need. It’s even more critical now as they look to speed up production and get inventory out fast given the increased sales volume and potential of delivery delays this season.

A 2019 Adobe poll of 250 HR professionals cited holiday seasonal hiring as the most stressful of all recruiting periods. 

During this tumultuous year, one of the most important lessons for retailers is the need to shift strategies and adapt to the current environment. Being flexible is key. Using an on-demand workforce can help retailers by streamlining the hiring process and allowing them to scale based on need. As the holiday season approaches, having the right staff to account for increased sales is important for earning and keeping customers’ trust.   

Preparing for the busiest season of the year starts with having the right staff to complete orders and keep customers satisfied. Contact us to find out how PeopleReady can help you with all your on-demand staffing needs during the holidays. 

3 Reasons Your Business Needs Staffing Help

Learn how a contingent workforce may help solve a variety of challenges and keep your business moving toward a successful future.

November 4, 2019

Amid all the shopping frenzy of peak retail seasons come those last-minute needs: coverage for sick employees, last-minute vacation changes, unfortunate no-shows, and delays due to inclement weather.

To keep your operations running smoothly (and remaining lucrative), how can you ensure each of the crucial tasks gets done at the end of the day? Staffing up for the holidays has always been stressful enough for businesses facing their peak seasons, but now with an increasingly competitive marketplace, they’re seeing more roadblocks in the way of a fully-staffed crew. This is when they’re turning to the expertise and support from staffing partners.

Here are three reason our customers shared about why they decide to partner with a staffing firm to get their work done:

1. Cut Back on Time

Your HR team is maxed out or you don’t have the time to recruit, review, and onboard new workers, hiring takes time…and hiring well takes experience. Since recruiting trends are continually changing and job seeker expectations in flux, working with a staffing partner—particularly one with national and local expertise—eliminates unnecessary time wading through the learning curve of seasonal hiring. 

2. Reduce Paperwork

You’re equipped with the workers you need, instead of sifting through stacks of paperwork and scheduling meetings, they (and you) can get right to work, doing what needs to be done. Not only will a staffing partner handle the ongoing paperwork that comes with employees, but they can also alleviate the stress of payroll and ordering if they offer a mobile and desktop application that allows you to do it all in one place. The more you’re able to do with a streamlined app, the more you’re able to control your time and resources. 

3. Increase Efficiency

If you’re equipped with the support you need, both in terms of your workforce and your staffing partner, you’re able to get a whole lot more done. We’ve seen the curve balls and understand how to supply specifically for your business needs, which means you’re able to quickly and efficiently overcome staffing obstacles that might come up.  

Hiring temporary staff to buffer your holiday coverage can be an excellent option, but only if you’re working with the right people to do the job well. PeopleReady has the expertise and presence to take you through the holidays and beyond. See how you can get started for holiday hiring success today and connect with your PeopleReady representative.

Success–Not Stress–for Your Seasonal Staffing

If you’re setting up your business for success this holiday season, you’re focusing on recruiting now. Read staffing expert tips on getting the workers you need.

October 19, 2019

Around 20% of all retail sales for the entire year are made during the holiday shopping season. While it’s the biggest shopping rush of the year, it can also be difficult for retailers to get the people needed behind the register and between the aisles.

How can you make sure your operations are staffed to provide the best experience possible for your customers, stay ahead of the pack, and avoid fighting for talent alongside thousands of other businesses?

Plan ahead.

Start by determining your hiring needs even before the season begins. Find out what your current employees’ schedules look like in the coming months and whether they’ll need time off or be available to cover extra shifts. You’ll have a clearer view of the number of workers you might need to hire seasonally and fill your shifts accurately. Then, review your busiest days from the previous year and when you’ll need the most help. Now it’s time to begin the talent search.

Know your customer.

With the rise in popularity of e-commerce, customers’ expectations are shifting—and they’re becoming more specific about their wants and needs. In fact, 86% of shoppers have left a store because of long lines, causing a $37.7 billion in lost sales at brick-and-mortar retailers. So what are customers looking for most when going for an in-store experience? Consumer reports and feedback shows the top expectations are for their experiences to be:

  • Experiential
  • Fast
  • Transparent
  • Personalized

This means retailers are required to step up, and in turn so do their workers. How are retail companies shifting to meet these new expectations?

A bespoke buying experience.

Forty-six percent of consumers are willing to divulge personal information to get a personalized shopping experience on mobile, and over 50% say that a personal experience in-store very useful and improves the shopping experience. Whether that means offering tailor-made experiences tied to their online behaviors or offering personal touches in other ways, these small gestures toward specific buyers make a difference.

An aesthetic outing experience.

Shoppers can easily find all of the information, reviews and products they want and need from the ease of their phones and computers. You can assume any customer choosing to buy in-store not only expects a seamless, efficient shopping experience but one that’s also aesthetically and physically pleasing. Some retailers are remodeling hundreds of stores to create better and safer shopping experiences while others sponsored giveaways.

Convenience for customers.

While 62% of consumers report shopping online every month, a majority of sales still occur in-store. When they do shop in a brick and mortar location, they expect a seamless experience across every shopping channel, from mobile to online to in-store.

Engaged employees.

When surveyed, 90% of consumers say they are more likely to buy when assisted by a knowledgeable associate. Employee satisfaction rates correspond directly with the bottom line: 52% of customers said a good customer service interaction influenced them to purchase more from the company, and 58% of those customers recommended the good companies to others. It’s crucial to keep your employees satisfied, particularly during this busy season, so in turn, they’ll deliver the service your customers expect.

Working with a staffing partner

With the additional demands during retail’s busiest time of year, you don’t just need help with workers—you need a staffing consultant. A staffing consultant with:

  • Experience
  • Expertise
  • Technology
  • Nationwide Footprint
  • Volume

With over 600 nationwide branch locations and footprints in Canada and Puerto Rico, PeopleReady has the resources available to reach the employees you need. Additionally, you have access to the newest hiring technology right at your fingertips. Worry less about communication and enjoy real-time notifications, updates and insights into your orders. Once you’ve fully staffed your team and operations are running smoothly, you have the ability to rate workers, submit hours and connect all within one seamless app.

Save time and money by working directly with your staffing partner and cut out the middleman. Instead of paying markups on temporary laborers, gain access to thousands of qualified workers in real-time: all with PeopleReady customer service backing you up.

See how PeopleReady can help you prepare for a successful holiday season today!

With the additional demands during retail’s busiest time of year, you don’t just need help with workers—you need a staffing consultant. A staffing consultant with:

PeopleReady provides a professional service and their associates have been punctual, followed direction, have worked with pride, and been very respectful.

– A satisfied PeopleReady customer from a large enterprise retail company

3 Steps to Finding Summer Workers

Even with extra job seekers on the market, you can’t wait for great talent to come to you. Meet your job seekers where they are: online.

June 19, 2019

Workers know that at certain times of the year there will be a variety of jobs ripe for the picking: of those is summer. During these months, an influx of (often younger) workers hit the job market looking for jobs to fill breaks from school and accrue some spending money.

Well, summer is here. This means that even with extra job seekers on the market, you can’t wait for great talent to come to you. Meet your job seekers where they are—and this place is in the digital world.

According to a recent survey, 94% of people aged 18 to 29 own a smartphone. That’s more than any other age group, although those aged 30 to 49 aren’t far behind at 89%. What does that mean for your approach to summer staffing? Remember three things to find the best summer workers:

1. Be proactive

Don’t waste time hoping the right talent comes your way. Every day you don’t have the qualified workers you need is a day you’re losing money. Partnering with a staffing agency like PeopleReady ensures open positions aren’t just sitting. Instead, we actively look for candidates with the skills, experience and qualifications to show up ready to work for you. Whether summer workers are looking for a gig that lasts one afternoon or throughout the season, they start and end the search with us.

2. Get on their screen

It’s not too much of a stretch to say people are always on their phones. Even when we’re not actually using it, it’s nearby and we keep an eye (or ear) open for a new message. Watching TV, sitting on the train, walking down the street—our phones are always within arm’s reach. Seeing as younger workers have the highest mobile adoption rate, your job postings should be on the screen they’re staring at for hours. (And since you’re also most likely on your phone often, you probably want to see when your work order has been filled on your screen as well.) We’re partial to JobStack, an app that lets workers browse and accept open positions and allows customers like you to place orders and see when they’ve been filled instantly.

3. Make it easy

Showing up on a job seeker’s screen is a convenient way to let them know about your open positions, but JobStack actually makes the process of finding, accepting, and going to work easy. As long as the worker already has a PeopleReady profile, they don’t need to go into a branch at all. This user-friendly experience is especially relevant during the summer when there are many jobs to choose from—not to mention plenty of social events to plan around. The fewer obstacles between workers and jobs, the more likely you are to beat the competition.

An added bonus of JobStack is that it’s convenient and easy for you, too. Put in work orders any hour of the day, rate workers, request your favorite workers to work for you again, and eliminate unnecessary paperwork. After all, you deserve to enjoy summer too.

Let JobStack Ease Your Hiring Stress This Holiday Season

With JobStack, you have immediate access to qualified workers at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to secure the workforce you need.

November 12, 2018

The last few weeks of the year are hectic. Between personal obligations (i.e., parties, shopping, traveling, baking) and work, you have a lot on your plate. And if you are in charge of hiring workers to keep your business running, you get an extra dose of stress. Luckily, you can make life a little easier with help from your phone and JobStack.

Expect the Unexpected

Because the end of the year is a busy time for most businesses, plenty of last-minute emergencies pop up, like bad weather or delayed shipments. Whatever you’ve scheduled will probably hit a speed bump: At some point you’re going to have a worker call in sick or find out a truck of merchandise needs to be unloaded first thing in the morning. In short, you need staff quickly—and you might find this out after hours. 

Upon downloading PeopleReady’s app, JobStack, you’ll be able to place and manage your orders within minutes, at your office or on the go. After all, last-minute staffing emergencies don’t just happen between 9–5. When you find out that evening that you need a crew to help you first thing in the morning, you can’t afford to wait to place a request.

Remember the Competition

Right now, more workers are available than ever, and you may have a difficult time deciding who will fill your roles. Your competition certainly knows this, and they’ll be trying to hire workers before you do. With JobStack, you have immediate access to qualified workers at your fingertips, making it easier than ever to secure the workforce you need exactly when you need it. This alone will put you ahead of everyone else when it’s time to start staffing up.

Think Beyond December 31

The last weeks of the year can feel like a mad dash.  A new year equals new business goals and new staffing needs. When planning your staffing needs right now, talk with your staffing partner about what you’ll need in Q1. That way you won’t feel like you ended one chaotic period only to jump back into a new one on January 1.

JobStack from PeopleReady is a tool you can use all year. After all, last-minute staffing needs don’t just happen in Q4.

Is Your Workforce Ready for Game Day?

Ensure that you have the right staff for game day with the support of a staffing partner who can provide convenient access to workers for hospitality, logistics and more.

October 4, 2018

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The air is thick with excitement and the salty smell of hot dogs and popcorn. Frothy drinks fizz and bubble in the hands of spectators as they cheer and applaud their teams. Flags wave, fists pump, and cheers reverberate around the stadium. Today is game day. After months of preparation, intense planning, and hours of marketing and sales efforts, the stands are buzzing with eager fans. Now, think of your business operations and events team.

Are they prepared for the onslaught of food orders, hordes of visitors, and ample hours of setup and teardown? It doesn’t require much to derail a smooth operation, so ensuring that you’re staffed well is paramount to offering first-string service.

Prepare Your Team

Your full-time employees may handle the day-to-day well on their own, but it’s important to gauge how much added help you’ll require for a sold out event or particularly popular game. Whether you need workers with specific skills and certifications, like a food handler’s card, or general labor to ramp up the number of helping hands, working with a staffing partner allows you the peace of mind knowing your game day workforce needs are covered. Which sounds better: Customers streaming through a fully-staffed concession line or eking by with a few harried workers serving a long, impatient line?

Keep Time

Just like minutes on the clock matter during the game, every second counts when you’re tracking employee timeliness. When you’re at full capacity, workers arriving late can quickly throw processes off-kilter. Find a staffing partner who provides time-clock access for you and your workers digitally. You’ll end up saving time previously spent on manually clocking in and out, reviewing reports, and cost-incurring accounting time. PeopleReady has seen customers using the JobStack app save up to 25 percent on staffing costs.

Keep Your MVPs

When you find a good worker, you want to keep them coming back to work for you. Short of hiring them on full time, it can be tricky getting the same worker to return when working with just any temporary staffing agency. A partner that offers a mobile tool like JobStack allows you to easily rate your workers on the spot and request them to return for another shift. Workers are more likely to take on a shift when they have real-time insights into available jobs they can count on and plan around.

PeopleReady offers local branch service and expertise paired with the convenience of online accessibility. You can begin every work day confidently, knowing that finding the right workers you need is right at your fingertips. Rather than wonder how you’re going to get enough workers to keep things moving, you can pay closer attention to the score and even more importantly, the profits from a bustling game.

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.