No one ever buys anything with the intent of using a small percentage of the product. Generally, when one makes a major purchase there is a good amount of research involved and desired features are scrutinized for efficiency and effectiveness. There may be yes/no checklists involved, various conversations with the vendor and many product demonstrations. People do this because they are planning on using the features that they will be paying for. Why is it then that most companies only use 40% of the features their software contains?
Staffing and recruiting software is an integral part of any competitive staffing firm. Company growth, profitability and high market share are impossible without use of an enterprise staffing software solution.
What are the “got-to-have” features to look for when considering an enterprise solution?
1.) Candidate Onboarding with electronic signature for forms. Continue reading
Everyone wants to be a “winner”. Winning dates back to the beginning of time. It is the one thing that everyone strives for at one time or another throughout their lives. The simple idea of winning always holds such promise.
The Indy 500 is one of the biggest races in America each year. This year the race was particularly interesting and suspenseful. There were several favorites competing.
First, there was Marco Andretti, grandson of the famous Mario Andretti. Marco is the current Indy Series point leader. The Andretti’s (several racers since Mario), had not won an Indy 500 since 1969 when Mario won it – after 29 attempts! Would Marco break the so-called “Andretti Indy Curse”? Continue reading
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), most commonly known as “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care ACT (ACA), is a US federal statute that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. Combined with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, this is the most significant government regulation regarding the U.S. healthcare system since Medicare and Medicaid which came about in 1965.
The Affordable Care Act applies to all firms that employ 50 or more people. Employers not offering health insurance must pay a shared responsibility amount if the government has to subsidize an employee’s healthcare. For the staffing industry, this represents extensive recordkeeping, reporting and even process adjustments. One of the biggest issues is the extensive set of rules, the tenuous nature of the requirements and changes. Continue reading
Whatever your business model, you can benefit monetarily by using CRM (Customer Relationship Management Software). This crucial tool allows you to craft a marketing plan that recognizes each customer as an individual with distinct buying habits, needs and appeal. No IT budget can afford not to include CRM.
But first, let’s clear up the common misconception about this type of software. Most people think of CRM as a tool for sales people and order takers. Nothing could be farther from the truth. By injecting CRM throughout your organization, you make serving customers a company-wide endeavor. After all, isn’t it all about the customer? Continue reading
Has your software been a major disappointment? Is it costing you more time and money than it makes for you? Ever wonder what the problem could be? You did the research, compared products and thought you selected the best software for your needs. How did the project go south?
First, do you know your software? Many companies use just a very small percentage of what a product can do. If you are using your software simply as a file cabinet to store resumes or look up phone numbers you are missing out. Much staffing software today has the potential of being a fully integrated model. We’re not talking about integrated back office here. The front office is where everything begins so let’s make that the focal point. Continue reading
Under the Employer Shared Responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act, large employers must begin offering affordable health care coverage to full-time employees, or face certain penalties.
At this time, we do have proposed regulations released by the Obama administration on Dec. 28th. While nothing is finalized yet, employers can begin to get an idea of how these proposed regulations may affect their business beginning January 1, 2014. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe that our company has been involved in the staffing industry for 30 years. As I look back there are so many fond memories of the people that we have worked with. The best part of working with the staffing industry is the people. The people of staffing are innovative so we can always try new things. Staffing people are vocal, so they tell us what they want and need. Staffing people think big so we are challenged daily by their requests. Staffing people are strong and never give up. We have lived with them through recessions, floods, hurricanes, 911 and more. Staffing leads the way, has gone through much yet always comes out on top.
First I would like to thank Steve and Paula Kutka for letting us reminisce a bit about the past, the present and the future of staffing. We began working with Mike Kutka, the founder of staffdigest, in the 80’s. Staffdigest has historically been one of the most respected publications in the staffing industry and ABD as a company has always felt privileged to have a sound device for advertising our software to the industry. Continue reading
Oops – that time of year again! It’s time to start planning for “the year ahead”. Is there something the company should have done differently? Were business goals met? What is the plan for 2013? None of this can be answered unless “you got your numbers”.
What are Your Company’s Numbers?
Numbers are never really that much fun to deal with. After all, who has time for that stuff? Everyone is too busy to deal with reports and analysis. It’s one of those things that you do someday when you have time. Or is it? Continue reading
Recruit using a cell phone? Why not? We seem to do everything else on our mobile devices. From groceries, to directions, downloading music, checking our bank account, emailing, texting, checking weather, checking time (who needs a watch) and sometimes we even talk on the cell. The bottom-line is that information is important and getting information from anywhere at any time is the norm rather than the exception today.
Using a mobile device (phone or a tablet such as an ipad) is simply an extension of cloud computing. The key is using software that is optimized for such a device. Optimized software allows you to get around the application utilizing the functions of your device and the screens are sized for mobile usage. When you access the application, it detects the type of device that you are on and reacts accordingly. Continue reading