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Unemployment: Good News or Bad News?

Is our state of unemployment good news or bad news?    That depends upon your point of view.  Wisconsin’s unemployment rate now stands at 2.8%. 

That is good for some and not-so-good for others. If you find yourself looking for or thinking of looking for employment, this is likely a better time to be doing that.

If you are looking for employees, this may be a trying time especially if your business is booming and orders/jobs are coming your way with delivery/completion deadlines.

WFA Staffing finds itself on both ends of this equation.  We are obviously in the business of hunting for the right people to fill job orders we receive from our client organization.  The low unemployment numbers suggest that we will need a longer lead-time to find the right people for our employer clients.  That will likely hold true for everything from the laborer to the seasoned executive and all levels in-between.

This also can mean that we will find the expectations of candidates higher in terms of compensation and benefits offered.  We see solid business expansion in our state from very large organizations down to the smaller organizations that provide product and human support to those organizations.

The old saying that “a rising tide raises all ships” might be useful to help us visualize the situation.  At 2.8%, the unemployment rate is about as low as anyone can remember.

Even lower-level unskilled blue collar workers are going to be scarce and, when available, looking for higher hourly rates than we’ve seen for a while.

Production workers are going to be susceptible to higher wage offers and employers could be blind-sided by sudden departures…sometimes with scant notice given the demand.

The ranks of the professional and semi-professional staff people have seen more difficult, and therefore longer, searches recently.  This is likely to exacerbate these searches both from the  ‘time required’  as well as from the price tag. Our message is the same for those who need people as well as for those wanting to ‘test the waters’.

  • Start now if you’ve not already begun.
  • Be patient since there will be a lot of activity in all areas of employment.

If you’ve thought about a change, this is a good time to look into that.  In either case, give us a call.

Tom Krist

 

Tom Krist,  CEO

 

Congratulations to this year’s Future 50 class!

The MMAC’smmac_cosbe_future50_wisconsin_steel_tube Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) has just made its decision about those companies that are on this year’s Future 50 list.  This is particularly important from our perspective since WFA Staffing was fortunate enough to make the Master Mettle level as a 3-year winner. The MMAC/COSBE began the Future 50 program to recognize the outstanding achievements of local, fast-growing entrepreneurs.  The Future 50 Program recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

We note clients of WFA Staffing that have made the prestigious list of Future 50 honorees and recognize them for this accomplishment.  Those include the Kowal Investment Group, both a client and a provider of services to WFA Staffing,  Bliffert Lumber & Hardware,  Briohn Building Corporation,  BSI (3 year MM), General Plastics, and Innovative Signs.

Each of these 50 fine companies would, we’re sure, be very quick to recognize their team of employees and advisors as a significant part of their winning combination.  We at WFA Staffing take great pride in serving as members of the team of many area employers who seek out the best talent available for their hourly, salaried and executive teams.

We’d be proud to join as an advisor to your company, as well.

Tom Krist- CEO        Fred D’Amato- President

Tom Krist                 Fred D'Amato

 

Moving Forward Together

1913-Ford-Highland-Park-Plant-engine-installationThis quote from Henry Ford, a visionary and innovator in manufacturing and the automotive industry, caught my eye this morning.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Quotes that say so much in so few words are great.  Think of a marching band and think about the coordination of movement required to make it look so professional.  Think of a football team that can’t move the ball, isn’t it immediately apparent when there is someone not aligned with the rest of the group?

When we transfer that thinking to the production line, or the selling process, or the welding department or the grease and lube facility, we can see the merits of a well-orchestrated human element working in tandem with the equipment that goes along with each job.

Imagine the Project Manager losing focus on the need for all aspects of the project to be moving ahead in lockstep.  That would not yield a project being completed on time and on budget.  And it certainly wouldn’t create a happy customer.

Imagine the assembly line employee who misses a beat thus sending the whole line into shutdown.  That is not conducive to that “well-oiled machine” we all shoot for every time we undertake a job.

This simple concept is the most critical office machineof all the steps in any well-operating company no matter what the product or service of that company may be.  There is sometimes a tendency to focus on the stuff that seems more important when the really important aspects are that we are all on the same page at the same time and moving in the same direction each doing what we are responsible to do.

Another name for this coordination of efforts is teamwork.  We each have to be at the top of our game, with our minds focused on the important issues and we must be putting forth the effort required if we are to be part of the well-oiled machine we spoke of earlier.

 

 

021_phixrAlan Campbell, Account Executive