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Helicopter Parent Hovers In To “Rescue” Fired Son

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  Even though I’m in a “corporate” role now and am no longer directly involved in the nuts and bolts of staffing, since my office is located just across the building from my former Branch Manager office I often get to hear my replacement tell me the same sort of delightful staffing stories that I…


A Unique Hiring Event in Johnson City, Tennessee

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AtWork Personnel, in partnership with VioletC!, is currently recruiting for a variety of positions. We will be having a major Hiring Event on Monday, January 25, from 4-6pm at the Tri-Cities Lifestyle Center in Johnson City, TN. Whether you’re still in school, self-taught, a recent grad or have years of experience, we might have a…



The Affordable Care Act – What Our Clients Need To Know

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  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), while ostensibly providing health insurance to people who might otherwise have had little to no access to it, nevertheless presents a unique set of challenges to employers. Do you forego offering insurance altogether and “pay” the expensive monthly penalty for every full-time employee minus 30, or do you “play”…


Here’s What Our Associates Can Expect From Us

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  It’s always good to remember the ultimate reason we’re able to provide the service we do – our associates in the field. Without the people who come to us looking for employment, the individuals who make us look good by showing up every day and working hard at our clients, we wouldn’t be in…


How Do We Handle An Employee With Body Odor Issues?

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What with the amazing technological advances people have been able to devise in the last hundred years or so, given the absurd levels of human understanding we’ve achieved unimaginable to the likes of Da Vinci, Aristotle, or Newton, one might think we as a species should pretty much have this body odor thing licked by…


Seven Habits of Successful Staffing Agencies

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    Generally, only the best survive long-term in staffing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a LOT of staffing agencies. It seems like everybody these days thinks they can open up a staffing business with a 401K withdrawal, a cell phone and a prayer. Just hang a sign, start knocking on doors, and rake…


Why Are People Working Fake Jobs When There’s Real Work To Be Done?

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    How would you like to have a fake job, selling fake products, pushing fake paperwork, and even a drawing a fake paycheck? Think I’m kidding? I wish I were. In France, the “employees” of Candelia company, an office furniture “seller,” come into work every day, process “invoices,” deal with “suppliers” and “customers,” type…


Six Ways The Government Is Wrecking Our Economy

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    Just the other day, the CEO of one of our shared clients, Edward Gniewek of Bristol Compressors, made the news by speaking out about the lack of skilled workers to fill their positions. Gniewek said, “Tuesday, we had to operate the plant with 35 fewer people than what we need. It makes it very difficult for…


How To Land A Job Through A Staffing Agency

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  If anything is constant about a staffer’s job, it’s the never ending, day-in, day-out dealing with people. Don’t get me wrong, people are great – and if you don’t like working with them this is one job you won’t be in very long – but they are also mind-numbingly different, confusing, and awfully hard…