We include developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.

A Foot Out the Door

Counteroffers only delay the inevitable; employees still end up leaving.

Staff members who accept counteroffers typically leave the company in less than two years anyway, according to a survey by Robert Half International Inc. Many companies are offering higher salaries to keep workers who state they plan to quit for a better job opportunity, but the research suggests this method serves only as a stop-gap retention strategy for employers and isn’t a long-term career solution for employees.

absentFighting Absenteeism

No-shows are a fact of a recruiter’s life, but their likelihood can be minimized.

Few things are as frustrating to a recruiter than a no-show. No matter how thoroughly you vet a candidate, there is always the chance a person will flake out. Unemployment has reached pre-recession levels, coming in consistently around 4% (or lower in some areas). Workers have options — and some no-shows are really about opportunity. Other staffing firms can poach a great associate at the last minute by offering them a higher pay rate. To prevent this source of no-showmanship, always offer the best assignment by:

  • Talking to clients about pay rates that might be too low to attract reliable people.
  • Developing a benefits package for temporary associates who meet eligibility requirements.
  • Fully preparing each employee for their assignment so they know what to expect.
  • Offering career support services or other perks your competitors do not offer.
  • Offering direct deposit or cash cards for paycheck convenience and speed.