AtWork Personnel – 25 Years And Counting

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Mary Lucas: Sharing ‘A Butcher’s Wisdom’ With The AtWork Team

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Every January, our company leadership and sales managers get together for a few days of fellowship, recharging, learning, and preparing to meet the year ahead of us as a unified, cohesive team. This year, our retreat took us to Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort in the heart of the Smoky Mountains where, in addition to the great… Read more »

How to Stay Thankful When the Stupid Stuff Gets You Down

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At the risk of portraying myself as a complete and utterly shallow tool (yeah, that ship has probably already sailed… *sigh*), I’ll just go ahead and admit it, I’m prone to letting the most ridiculous, meaningless things ruin my day. Someone cuts me off in traffic, my computer doesn’t work right, someone in customer service… Read more »

Four Reasons Why it’s Great to be a ‘Temp’

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We get it. When you were growing up and thinking about what you’d spend your working life pursuing, being a ‘temp’ probably wasn’t what you had in mind. Even the word itself can invoke negative thoughts – temporary, disposable, unappreciated, underpaid, you name it. And while staffing agencies (don’t call us a ‘temp’ agency!) have… Read more »

An Eight-Year-Old Begins To Understand Why Work is Important

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A few years ago, my then-eight year-old son and I were doing some landscaping in our yard one day when he paused, looked up at me through squinted, sweat-soaked eyes and said, “Dad, wouldn’t it be great if we never had to work?” To be honest, I can’t say I’ve never had the same thoughts,… Read more »

The Potential Pitfalls of Using More Than One Staffing Agency

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When it comes to the nuts and bolts of a staffing office, our clients truly are in charge. However you want us to service your account, we’ll gladly comply and do the very best we can to exceed your expectations as a client. But there are several possible staffing arrangements that can affect the level… Read more »

Is There a Solution to America’s Opioid Crisis?

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As anyone in staffing, recruiting, or hiring knows all too well, one of the top recruiting obstacles isn’t so much generating interest in the position. No, that part is relatively easy, especially if you’re paying a competitive wage. Often the hardest part, sadly, is getting the candidates you’ve carefully recruited at great expense to pass… Read more »

Hilarious Drug Test Stories From The Staffing World

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As much as the law, technology, and even the workforce itself may change a staffer’s job over time, one thing will probably always remain the same – that ever-ubiquitous, empty-your-pockets, pee-in-a-cup, gloves-on, ‘hold your nose and pray there’s a white line because you really really neeeed this person to go to work tomorrow’ DRUG TEST!… Read more »

Five ‘No Excuse’ Ways Applicants Eliminate Themselves, And How To Fix Them

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If you’re stuck in the unenviable position of looking for work, taking steps to make yourself a more well-rounded, qualified, marketable candidate is always a good move. Typically, advice along those lines involves going back to school, learning a trade, or even entering an entirely new career at the bottom of the ladder. All good… Read more »

Society’s ‘Unemployable’ Problem, And What Can Be Done About It

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  In his January farewell address, I couldn’t help but notice President Obama crowing about an unemployment rate supposedly sitting at a 10-year low. That’s because, as Sean Hannity aptly pointed out on his show immediately following the address, upwards of 95 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force. In other words, the… Read more »