Become a Retention Ninja!

November 10th, 2015

Become a RETENTION NINJA:Keep your top performers. And stay comp

Voluntary quits are at their highest level since 2008. When pay raises aren’t an option, what can you do to keep your best people content — and out of competitors’ clutches? This special report shares the practical advice you need to master employee retention:


November 4th, 2015



There are many benefits to registering with a staffing company.  Being open to temporary work can help you find a permanent job and move ahead in your career.  The following slideshow highlights these many benefits:

How has working with a staffing company helped you?  Please share your experiences, and if you would like to explore this avenue further, please visit our candidate resource center at

Rein in Information Overload

October 14th, 2015

“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher

We are bombarded with information all day long. Learn how to control information overload and keep it from overwhelming your work day:

Mapping Your Career Path

September 24th, 2015

Is your progress up the career ladder defined by chance or by conscious choice? Map your Career Path with effective methods for moving up the career ladder:





Is this the right job for me? Ask Yourself!

August 5th, 2015

Knowing yourself inside and out is key to landing the job that is the right fit for you.  Tips on matching your personality to a career and employer can be found in the following article:




June 26th, 2015

It’s a bird – It’s a plane – It’s SUPERTEMP!!!  Read a great e-book on helping your temporary employees unmask their super powers and give you their best efforts!  Access it here:  SuperTemps

To Take It or Not To Take It? That is the Question

June 25th, 2015

A job offer is exciting!  However, there are many factors to weigh when accepting a new position.  View the following slideshow here for some points to ponder when receiving a job offer:  Johnsonandhillstaffing/yougotthejob




Need Talent?

March 5th, 2015

Need Talent? Build a Community

A true talent community is more than a database, pipeline or network. It’s a powerful tool to attract passive candidates, find talent ahead of your needs and ultimately make great hires. Why do you need one — and how can you build yours? Find out in this special report.

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The “I” In Team

January 15th, 2015

There is an “I” in team.  That’s not what we’ve been told our whole lives, but it’s true.  It’s clear this old adage is meant to foster a spirit of cooperation, not competition.  However, there is an “I” in team, and it is this “I” that makes all the difference in putting together a complete and strong, successful team.  The “I”ndividual.  Each individual in a team and the differences in the way they work from rest of the team are essential to building a balanced, strong, productive unit.

Some people are natural leaders and thrive on being the one in charge, overseeing projects or processes, or taking the reins and delegating to others.  Obviously, if a team is composed of all or many leaders, there would be no one to delegate to.  Everyone would have their own way of getting things done.  A leader can sometimes be labeled a “control freak”.  However, a leader is essential to keep a project on task, to make sure everyone plays a part, and to ensure each aspect of the task is being handled.  Having someone who oversees the big picture and makes sure each member’s strengths and resources are being utilized to their full potential is essential to maximize a team’s effectiveness.

Another essential component of a strong team is having someone with expertise in a field or area of concern.  Someone with a lot of years of experience in an industry carries an innate knowledge and a gut instinct for handling issues or problems that may arise. They may foresee problems ahead of the rest.  Team members can sometimes see these “experts” as overbearing or “know it alls”, but they are invaluable to a team’s success, keeping things smooth by preventing problems and raising concerns.

Then there are the creative minds.  For those who are detailed and task driven, the creative minds can be a challenge.  They may be more laid back and focused on the big picture, not the details.  They may seem not invested or unfocused.  However, their contributions in brainstorming ideas and coming up with unique ways to see or do things help bring new perspectives to the mundane.  Their laid back nature also contributes to the team’s harmony and keeps interpersonal issues from escalating.

Not everyone can think creatively or generate ideas quickly.  However, a team needs someone who can fill in the knowledge gaps.  It needs someone who is going to fill in the blanks by researching what needs to be done or what compliance concerns there may be in operating a business or in overseeing a specific project.

A team also benefits from having a “planner”, someone who will keep the team on track in meeting goals and ensuring all details are being addressed.  They may seem to micromanage at times, but planners like to see that all aspects are addressed and will see them to completion.

Communication is essential for everyone in the team.  Someone with the ability to communicate effectively with other team members, or to those who are being reported to, keeps everyone on the same page.   Communication is the key to any relationship, and within a company or team, effective communication saves time, prevents misunderstandings, and fosters that team mentality.

Some people are natural team players.  While it is essential that all members of a team are team players, having people who naturally operate that way is crucial.  These might be the individuals who seem to lack drive or initiative, but when given a task are more than happy to complete it.  They happily take on whatever is delegated to them.  They are flexible and a great support in making sure the small things get done.

There is an “I” in team.  There are several “I”s, and these differences while challenging at times, make a strong, complementary team.  Everyone working together, recognizing our own weaknesses and appreciating the strengths in others that are different from our own, creates a cohesive unit that can meet the countless needs of functioning within a team or company.




September 18th, 2014

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

I know you can hear me, but you are not listening”.  What are we really saying when we say that?  We are letting another person know we want to be understood.  We want them to acknowledge what we say in a way that reassures us we are on the same page.  Effective communication is so important in the workplace.  How efficiently and effectively we can communicate equates to time and we all know “time is money”.  Communication is a two way street – what is said and what is received both play an equal role in effectively communicating with one another.

How can we communicate efficiently and effectively? How do we know when we are understood, and how can we convey we are truly listening and understand others?

7 Habits author Stephen Covey advocates the principle of “Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood”.  This principle highlights the importance of really listening to the person we are speaking with.  While they are speaking, we are not formulating our argument or waiting for a moment to interrupt.  Instead, we are present with them in the moment.  We are truly ingesting what they are saying with the intention of connecting with their needs at that moment.

One way to not only show others we are actively listening but to also ensure them we are understanding them is to repeat back to them what they have told us.  It gives the other party a chance to confirm or to clarify and correct our understanding. However, we are not just parroting what they say.   We want to first acknowledge their statement or feelings and draw them out by providing additional ways of expressing what they have said.  For example, if someone says “I don’t like my job”, we don’t just day “You don’t like your job”, we can say “It sounds like something at your work is making you unhappy”.  This type of response all at once feels empathetic and opens the door for them to elaborate. It seems simple, but it really works!

Listening to what is not said is just as important to what is said.  Some people need to be more drawn out than others, and actively listening can help them do that.  We help them find additional ways of expressing their feelings, getting at the core of what it is they want to convey.  It is also an easy way to express empathy for another’s feelings.  We are acknowledging what they say, not brushing them off or not replying with a “fix-it” solution or unwarranted advice.

When people feel understood they are more willing to open up and express themselves.  Feeling free to express oneself is the first step to communicating effectively.  Actively listening perpetuates open communication and gives both parties opportunities to clarify their expressions and to demonstrate they care about and understand one another.