Life is What You Make It


August 4, 2011

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Life is what you make it.”

People are given different privileges, opportunities and resources and at times this may seem unfair. But rather than fixate on life’s injustices, successful people make the conscious decision to leverage what they do have and keep an eye open for new opportunities.

This philosophy can be applied to the staffing industry: Staffing firms that take advantage of software technology are using the resources that are available to them to create a more efficient business.

For Jim Emerick, President of Celerity Staffing, software technology eliminates the need for additional manual labor. For Bill Taylor, COO of Certified Temporary Services, it eliminates unnecessary steps, ensuring quick responses to client and customer needs. For Bruce Paul, Chief Financial Officer at Banner Personnel Service,  it integrates processes that were previously on separate or independent platforms.

“Software helps with organization and accuracy,” said Deanna Schweitzer, HR Director/Staffing Supervisor, at JWilliams Staffing Inc. “Being organized in the staffing industry is very important and the fully automated software allows us to organize a large amount of data in a very short amount of time. The staffing software is a useful tool especially when we are very busy because it allows us to quickly access and provide information.”

More specifically, fully integrated front and back office software has provided many solutions to everyday staffing firm frustrations.

“With a fully integrated software we can manage orders, invoicing and payroll in a single database,” Paul said.

“Before I incorporated an integrated front and back office, I had three separate offices and would have to make duplicates on everything, which was really time consuming,” said Lynn Loomis, Vice President of First Choice Staffing. “Now, the multiple offices stay connected and integrated. This also allows the staff to be more productive in other areas of the company.”

Front office with automatic pay and deduction integration can decrease the cost of error and time for adjustments, reducing invoice delays and facilitating the payment process. Checks and invoices are seamlessly reported in front office, decreasing internal service cost and enhancing the customer’s experience.

“A fully integrated front and back office allows for faster payroll processing and the ability to accomplish daily tasks in a shorter amount of time,” said Taylor. “It allows the organization to run more than one program without problems.”

Fully integrated software also improves communication.

“Integrated software enables our organization to work together,” said Schweitzer. “It is very helpful to the front office because they can access back office information easily without delay. The integration enhances the communication from front and back office as well as enhancing teamwork.”

As Emerick explained, software technology “just makes life easier.”

And if life (and your business) is what you make it, take advantage of the resources available to you and make it great.

Colleen Correll is Marketing Communications Associate at Automated Business Designs, Inc., software developer of Ultra-Staff software for the staffing and direct hire industry. Ultra-Staff is a staffing software business solution with components for front office, back office and the web. Colleen’s email address is or for more information on Ultra-Staff go to