A Whirlwind of Recognition for HT Staffing

September 12th, 2012

Our heads are spinning at HT Staffing as we’ve received a whirlwind of recognition over the last month or so:

Fostering Talent: Seven Team Building Steps for Stronger Players

September 4th, 2012


What do Verizon, Farmers Insurance and Miami Children's Hospital have in common? They garnered the first three spots on Training magazine's 2012 ranking of the top 125 organizations that excel at employee development. Granted, the mean revenue of worldwide applicants for this prestigious award was $11.3 billion, and on average, each budgeted 4.5 percent of payroll toward “harnessing human capital.”

Whether or not your company’s revenue is in the billion-dollar ballpark, don’t...

Employee Surveys: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

August 8th, 2012

“Our people are our most important asset.” Few employers would disagree with this statement. And many use employee surveys to protect that asset by gauging and improving employee satisfaction and engagement. But are companies using surveys effectively?

  In our experience working with a broad variety of companies, we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to designing, administering and responding to employee surveys.

The good. Employees are the source of a wealth of information critical to improving productivity, upholding customer satisfaction and fostering a positive work environment. There are many ways to tap into employee intelligence—...

Criminal Background Checks: A Useful Tool, Yet Risky

July 30th, 2012

By: Sheila Gladstone and Elizabeth Hernandez

Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.’s

Employment Law Practice Group


If your business is like most, you probably spend at least a small amount of time researching job candidates before you hire them. After all, your employees are the face of your business in the eyes of clients and the public; they are trusted to protect your business’ goodwill; they know your trade secrets; and they can put your business in hot water when it comes to liability. Because employees have a great deal of power, more than 90 percent of employers nationwide conduct criminal background checks on job candidates.

The practice remains legal, but recent...

Social Media Guidelines in the Office: What Works?

July 10th, 2012

Employers have long competed for the focused attention of their workers; distractions have ranged from personal phone calls and emails to the vast treasure trove of non-work-related information just a Google search away on the Internet.

Social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and others provide additional oh-so-tempting escapes from the cubicle during work hours. And not only can these sites eat up hours in a workday; they are, by their nature, public. This means that what your employee posts is out there for the world to see. Among our clients we see many employers asking themselves: How social is too social in the workplace? What are our employees posting about us—on the clock or off?

Following are several factors to consider...

New Study: Gen Y Not So Crazy for Social Media at Work

June 4th, 2012

By Jessica Stillman | January 24, 2011 at

The image of the 20-something employee perpetually plugges in to some gadget and hungry for 24-hour connectedness is popular in the business world . But Gen Y's love affair with social media may have its limits - limits that employers ignore at their peril.
Consultancy Decode, which specializes in issues surrounding young people, recently surveyed more than 4,500 social media users between the ages of 18-34 in the U.S., U.K. and Canada for a report on social media at work  to be released tomorrow. What they found may surprise the biggest boosters of social media's place in the business world, particularly when it comes to recruiting...

What I Did on My Employees’ Summer Vacation

June 4th, 2012

Summer’s coming! When your employees are packing their bags for vacation and juggling summertime childcare calendars, are you prepared to keep productivity, morale and customer satisfaction high? We’ve found that with planning, flexibility and maybe a little help, summer can be the best season of all to build a cohesive workplace team and get things done.

Planning. If your company is like most, your operations are running lean. This means planning ahead is vital to keeping your business running as usual during the season when many employees want—and need—to take time off. We’ve found planning to be the magic pill for summer management woes.

Put your vacation policy in writing. This lets employees know exactly how they...

FAQs for Evaluating a Staffing Firm, Part 2

June 4th, 2012

Are you thinking your company would benefit if you had a go-to staffing firm you could turn to with ongoing hiring needs and employment concerns? An established relationship with a reputable staffing firm can be a beautiful thing. We’ve seen our own long-term clients gain a competitive edge by partnering with dedicated employment experts who have a long-term perspective of their individual businesses’ challenges and goals.

We pointed out in Part 1 that not just any staffing firm is a great choice as a partner. In that post, we set out to provide you with a list of questions to use in vetting potential staffing partners, so that you can find a firm that delivers the quality of service that truly serves your business objectives. As it turned out, we had more to say...