Give it Back! Be the gift that keeps on giving!

December 24th, 2012

Written by: Stacey Kerger

The holiday season is a popular time of year where people can come together to give back to their communities in different ways.  Volunteers are armed with the spirit of the season and their mission is to enhance the lives of as many as possible by offering their time and service.

Spreading holiday cheer through service is one of many ways families, groups or companies choose to lend support to those who need it the most, at a time where it could not be more welcomed.  Not only does it fulfill needs in the community, but it offers a learning experience for these groups to work together for the benefit of those less fortunate.

Even though the holiday season is a common time of year for people to volunteer their time and service, this can be done throughout the year just as well.  Most companies today realize the need to give back to their communities and make it a priority to participate in several community outreach programs and events throughout the year as a company practice.

The team members of the Andival Group are such a company.  On December 7th we took part in a volunteer driven event in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, located in Houston, Texas.  Donning aprons and hair nets, the team set out for a time of cutting and preparing food for same day delivery of complete meals.  Several corporations were represented by volunteers on this day and plan for it all year.

Families have been devastated in many neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area of Houston, which has an estimated population of a little over 2 million people.  Even though economic indicators show that salaries of families are on the rise, unfortunately poverty is still on the rise as well.

The Houston Food Bank is the largest Certified Food Bank and Food Source in the United States providing over 50 million individual meals in 2011.  On the day that the Andival Group, a staffing, consulting and executive search placement company located in the Energy Corridor of Houston, Texas; participated, 8,906 individual meals were prepared, processing over 10,000 pounds of donated food.

Our sense of responsibility to our community speaks volumes of who we are as individuals and as a company.  It is part of our community outreach initiative  to give back in many ways throughout the year.  As a start up company, this holiday season was our first chance to participate and lend our support to an organization who shares our values, ethics and common goals.

All of the team members expressed the same underlying sentiments.  Their experience was one of hard work, fun and satisfaction in knowing that at least for one night 8,906 people did not go hungry in their community. This year for our team, the joy was in giving our gift of time and service.  We strive to continue to be the gift that keeps on giving year after year.

Happy Holidays to you and your family on this special holiday season from the Andival Group!

Franchise or Start-Up? People Who’ve Done It Give Their Advice

December 18th, 2012

Written by Trevor Kupfer

So you want to open a staffing business, but you’re having an internal debate about whether to run a franchise branch or create your own start-up. There’s loads of information online about the pluses, minuses, advantages, and disadvantages of each (see our handy chart), but much of the time that information is coming from franchisor marketing materials and reviews from jilted former employees – one-sided hyperbole that doesn’t tell the whole story. And even if someone tries to be honest and show both sides, the ultimate message is this:  more

How Employers Can Contain Costs with Staffing

October 28th, 2012

What business isn’t looking to control expenses? Staffing firms offer many effective solutions for reducing overhead, managing operating costs and improving organizational performance. Used effectively, staffing services can save you more than they cost.

Here are some key ways you can use staffing to reduce costs in your organization:

Convert fixed expenses to variable.
Develop a plan to staff your business strategically. Minimize the number of permanent employees on your staff to the level needed to sustain your core volume of work. Proactively plan to bring in extra help when it’s needed.

Bring in expertise on an as-needed basis.
Temporaries can deliver the experience and skills you need without impacting fixed expenses. As an added benefit, temporary “experts” are often less expensive than consultants.

Lower benefits costs.
Limit benefits expense by using temporary employees. Most temporary employees receive only limited benefits which are paid by the temporary staffing service. Companies with extensive benefits programs may not want to offer full benefits to all employees. Using a temporary staffing, payrolling or employee leasing service may make it possible to offer more limited and cost effective benefits programs to these employees.

Eliminate overtime.
Use temporary employees to reduce the amount of overtime worked by your permanent staff.

Reduce training costs.
Reduce training costs and learning curves by bringing in temporary employees who are trained and have experience using the skills you need.

Streamline recruiting.
Use a permanent placement service to eliminate the cost and time involvement associated with advertising, screening resumes, interviewing, testing and reference checking applicants.

Lower payroll expenses.
Eliminate the costs associated with processing and administering your company’s payroll and benefits by using a payroll or employee leasing service.

Reduce unemployment claims.
Using a temporary in place of a short-term employee prevents an unemployment claim from affecting the client company. Legally, payrolled or leased employees work for the company providing the payrolling or employee leasing service. All claims affect the staffing service’s unemployment rating, not yours.

Eliminate operating inefficiencies.
Inefficient functions can be outsourced to services that can perform the work more effectively. The outsourcing service should be able to reduce expenses and improve performance while allowing your company to focus on its core competencies.

Develop a Strategic Staffing Plan for Your Organization
At Andival Group, we help clients evaluate their current workforce and develop a strategic staffing model to help lower overall employment costs and access the skilled talent they need. Discover more about our staffing solutions.