November 15, 2017

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5 Things You Should Know About Your Dynamic Workers

1. Dynamic workers need to be treated equally

It’s not just that they want it–by law they require it. In the UK, an agency worker is entitled, among others, to receive at least the National Minimum Wage and the statutory minimum length of rest breaks and holidays. Dynamic workers must also be allowed to use the company canteens, transportation pick-up services and other services that permanent workers may use.

workers canteen

2. They are brand ambassadors

Treating your temporary workers with respect is something we shouldn’t be reminding you to do, but going beyond their expectations can be beneficial for your business strategy. If they like working with you, it’s more likely they will talk about your products or services and will recommend them to their friends and their acquaintances.

Dynamic workers with friend

3. Their feedback is precious

Whether you are a staffing agency that send workers to work to your client’s facilities or you manage dynamic workers in-house, you should really value your staff’s feedback. If you are a staffing agency, they can tell you about certain job-related requirements that your client may not communicate but are important to perform the job. This information gives you the opportunity to brief your candidates to excel above competition in the future. If you occasionally hire dynamic workers in-house, you must consider their comments and feedback, since they come with a fresh pair of eyes to quickly detect inefficiencies and improve your operations.

manager hearing feedback from dynamic worker

4. Dynamic workers want to have control

A typical agency worker likes the flexibility they have when it comes to choosing their availability and applying to the jobs or gigs they are interested in. They appreciate being dynamic workers. Empowering them with the ability to have their work-related information accessible at their fingertips will significantly increase their engagement with your business. Leveraging cloud and mobile technology allows your dynamic workers to instantly feel they belong to your team. Some forward-thinking agencies already use modern shift broadcast systems like F3, or allow their candidates to swap shifts in-app with manager approval.

Dynamic worker using phone app

5. They bring new skills to your team

Having new people in your team is always beneficial if you are looking to address a temporary challenge. It’s not only a clever choice to face a seasonal peak demand, but also to quickly incorporate skilled employees for a business transition or arduous temporary projects. Consider the different talents your candidates bring to your team. Leveraging a temporary agency can be a great resource to find permanent hires for your organisation too! Even in the staffing business, you may find a candidate with relevant skills to help your business from the inside.

dynamic workers waitress

These are just some of the things you should know about your dynamic workers. They help you face your operational challenges, so make sure you keep them engaged with your business! Contact Sirenum today if you want to better manage your dynamic workers.

July 26, 2017

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Why do dynamic workers need to be scheduled?

When you work at a software startup, your friends and family often have a hard time understanding what you do. You get a lot of, “something with computers?” But when I joined forces with Benjamin Rubin as a co-founder of Sirenum, I figured one cool thing about working at Sirenum was that recruitment–as an industry–was not so esoteric as to confuse my friends when I described it–my family is another story! After all, anyone who has ever had a job or been a manager has likely been recruited or done some recruiting in their lives. And many would have worked with an outside agency to help with hiring.

hiring

So basically, I would tell my friends about Sirenum…and the blank stares about the need to schedule dynamic workers were impossible to ignore. Most seemed to just assume that people showed up when and where they were expected to show up and that was that. But if you’ve ever worked for or at a temp agency, or at a construction site, a hospital, or any of millions of other work sites where people don’t sit behind a desk, you know that it’s actually a lot harder than you think to get all the right people there on time. The stares get even blanker when I explain that most of these kinds of businesses don’t leverage modern technology to help with this challenge.

blank stare

In fact, we at Sirenum even get blank stares from people who currently work at recruitment agencies. Of all places! But in a way it’s understandable because there’s a pretty clear delineation between the temp and perm parts of recruitment agencies, and most employees on the perm side, as well as anyone in sales on either side, are rarely concerned with the operations of their temp business. The silos in the industry are heavy duty.

schedule industry silos

 

And so, whether those salespeople admit it or not, there are millions of temp workers, in every corner of the globe, who need to be scheduled. In the US alone there are over 11,000 temporary staffing agencies, according to the American Staffing Association. And right now, the vast majority are using whiteboards, spreadsheets, and notepads to figure out who goes where and when. It doesn’t take much thinking to realise that these are not the most efficient tools.

messy schedule management

It’s interesting to see how people outside the industry don’t even realise that scheduling is necessary at first. But then they quickly come around to see that software should be there. However, agencies have their own built-in biases. So when we say scheduling to agencies–and corporations that manage dynamic workers–we are talking about leveraging advanced technology to schedule (and manage the schedules of) their workforce. It’s crucial to the success of any business reliant upon dynamic workers. And it’s why our mission hasn’t changed since Benjamin first leveraged modern workforce management technology in his own agency before founding Sirenum–to streamline the management of dynamic workers, putting the right person in the right place at the right time, even in the most complex situations.