Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Staffing Agency

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Using a staffing agency has many benefits for a business. Most businesses can use an extra set of hands to handle a big project or a new surge in business. But most are reluctant to hire full-time staff. A staffing agency can provide temporary employees to help with a wide variety of business tasks. Working closely with the staffing agency, a hiring manager can ensure that temporary workers possess the needed education, skills and experience to meet the needs of the company.

 1. Access to more candidates

A staffing agency saves time and money, especially when you need a larger pool of potential candidates to pull from. During the holiday season when some employers are looking to fill 150 open spots in a very short time. By utilizing an agency to fill your vacant positions you are utilizing professional recruiters! Interviewing, screening and recruiting is what staffing companies do non-stop! Those responsible for this process have the capabilities and knowledge required to be highly effective recruiters. By using an agency to recruit, it allows the employer to focus on their specialty or expertise, while simultaneously filling vacant positions.

2. Gauge the fit before hiring

Temporary employees give the business a chance to try out an employee before making a permanent offer of employment. This has happened to all of us. A candidate can look perfect on paper and answers all the right questions, checking every box you think you are looking for, but a few hours into the first day you know this person is not the right fit for the company. A person may have the experience and education for a job but simply does not mesh well with the business environment. Having the opportunity to have the person work on a temporary basis first gives the business a chance to evaluate how the person will fit in with the corporate culture and other employees. It also provides time to identify any weaknesses that would not typically be evident in the interview process.

3. Access to talent with specialized skills

To ensure only the highest level of quality, applicants are screened throughout the interview process with employment reference checks, skill and proficiency testing (as applicable), drug screening, behavioral assessments and safety orientations. Once a candidate has successfully passed all aspects of the screening process, it is then that they may be considered for employment. Staffing agency’s continually recruit to have specialized skilled workers on hand for the industry’s they serve.
• Clerical / Administrative
• Medical and Dental
• Skilled Nursing / Long-Term Care (CNA’s and LN’s)
• Landscaping & Landscaping Maintenance
• Hospitality
• Manufacturing and Production
• Construction
• Industrial
• General Labor

4. Ability to fill positions quickly

Temporary and On-Demand Staffing is a service geared towards an immediate need to cover for staffing shortage or abnormal work load. Temporary staffing can continue between 4 hours and one year. During this time, the employee remains on our payroll, worker’s compensation insurance and unemployment insurance.

5. Flexibility

Temporary employees allow businesses to use staff as needed. Temporary employees can be brought in to cover the vacation of an employee or maternity leave. Many staffing agencies can provide employees in a wide variety of disciplines to meet all of the needs of the business. The business then has the flexibility to use the services of the temporary staff as needed, whether it is a few hours a week or on a full-time basis. Using a staffing agency can avoid the permanent commitment that a full-time employee requires, saving both time and money.

Celebrating National Staffing Employee Week: All Star of the Year Award

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On any given day, All Star Labor & Staffing has more than 700 talented workers deployed to jobs all over Oregon. We know how hard they work and how nerve-wracking it is to be sent out to new jobs where your needed or to start a new career as a direct hire. During National Staffing Employee Week – and every week – we want our All Stars to know how much we appreciate them. This week we have chosen the best of the best as nominees for our All Star of the Year Award. With 5 outstanding candidates, one was chosen to take home the big prize!

All Star of the Year: Walter Bauder

All Star Labor & Staffing wishes to congratulate Walter Bauder as our All Star of the Year! Walter received a cash prize along with a congratulatory certificate. Walter has been with All-Star for only a short time, but in that time he has been a stellar employee. Everywhere Walter has been sent, he has been requested back. Gina’s Catering, LAM Research and The Oregon Zoo have all requested Walter on several occasions. He has been willing to drop everything and work doubles if need be. Walter makes our job easier because there is never a doubt that he will give it his all, be punctual, and always “WOW” our clients. Walter and his girlfriend Maggie have been so fantastic; they often get asked to work shifts together.

You guys have been great at keeping Maggie and I busy which we deeply appreciate. We also love the multitude of venues we get assigned to as it keeps the job fresh and exciting. But most of all we love that we’re always learning new things from the various experts we meet. Again thank you for what you guys do because it can’t be easy coordinating everything…. I can’t imagine the patience it must take! LOL” – Walter Bauder

All Star of the Year – Nominees

Casey Lawrence – Salem Branch
Casey Lawrence was the first employee of the month at the Salem branch back when it opened and was hired on with the very first employer that he was sent to. Casey had a difficult background but we knew he was coming to us with the hope of us helping him turn his life around. In these cases, All Star Labor & Staffing puts in the work to make sure we place workers with backgrounds in places that are open to it so that we never put a client or employee in an uncomfortable position. Casey more than excelled where he was placed. After having worked 520 hours through our office, Casey was hired on by the employer full time.

During Casey’s time with us not only have we regularly received offerings of gratitude from him and his family, we’ve also received messages from his employers such as: “we are extremely happy with Casey.” Casey is just one example of how important our All Star Mission is. We are so proud to be a part of his journey.

Barbra Peterson – Portland Branch
Barbara has only been with us for a few months now but in that short time has become our go-to person on so many occasions, we have lost count! Barbara is incredibly talented and has an amazing set of skills that give her the capability to work across in many different industries.

Michael A Rogers – Albany Branch
Michael has been a rock to us as far as showing up for last minute orders and when other employees call off. He has also recently been getting part-time hours with a client that has spoken very highly of him. It’s people like Michael that have really made staffing fun and rewarding!

Christopher Benton- Bend Branch
In Celebration of National Staffing Week, the Bend office nominated Christopher Benton. Christopher came in to the Bend office 15 months ago looking for some work. In that time, he has been on 24 different assignments. The assignments range from landscaping to working at Deschutes County Solid waste. Christopher is always responsible, turning in his time card on time and done accurately. It truly is a pleasure to work with Christopher.

Thank you to ALL of our All Stars! We appreciate you!

All Star Gets a Gold Star

I’ll tell you why, if you have not talked to one of our staffing managers or owner Ramona Mathany then you probably don’t know that we aren’t just a staffing agency, we are a staffing agency with a mission. It’s a mission that started at the conception of the company, it started from the tale of two Ramona’s. Now, I can’t do the entire story justice in a blog, the story needs to be told orally. You need to hear the conviction and emotion in our staffing coordinators voices. I strongly suggest that if you are looking for employees that you give us a call and hear it straight from us. You will get a very strong feel for who we are as a company.

I can tell you that there were two Ramona’s. Ramona Mathany our company leader was very close to the other Ramona – Ramona B. Ramona B. was down on her luck, she had a tough go of things like so many do and when she was given a second chance at life she took every advantage. She did all the right things, she worked the program and she changed her life, but she could not get a job. No matter how hard she tried, she could not find an employer to take a chance on her. She could not feed her family and in the end made a desperate choice that turned out to be the wrong one. Ramona Mathany and her husband Jim watched helplessly as Ramona B. went down this path. They were completely distraught and heartbroken wondering why a good person who had made some mistakes couldn’t get a second chance. You see everyone has a past, a before that happens in your life when you need a second chance. Ramona and Jim knew that and felt compelled to start a different kind of staffing company that they swore would always honor Ramona B. in the way the company treats everyone who walks through the door at All Star Labor & Staffing.

By honoring our employees, we know that everyone brings their before into our office. We don’t meet them where they are in their minds, in that anxious place – we honor them, we show them hospitality, we make them a latte and we find out who they are and what they need. In the same way we honor our employees we also honor our clients. In order to have authenticity in our mission we need to advocate for our employees but also offer protection to our clients. Too often staffing companies, get an order for people and simply throw warm bodies their way. To us, that is dishonoring both our employees and our clients. We serve with a spirit of excellence. We work to build client’s businesses by understanding their pain points and customizing our service accordingly. We always do our best to send an employee with the skills and background the client is looking for. If we don’t always do our very best to match our employees to the right clients, it is dishonoring to our mission. We will always serve to lift you up, give you hand and get you to where you want to be. By sticking to our mission, we have seen so many businesses grow and thrive and we have seen so many people who have had a before – have an excellent future.
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Can I get you a Latte?

I know, it’s a strange question to start a blog but it’s the best question to start your day here at All Star Labor & Staffing. Let me explain, the Latte is a symbol for us here at All Star. It is a symbol of respect to everyone who walks through our door, it is a simple way that we serve to honor our employees. It says, welcome, come in and tell us what you are looking for. We know and respect that everyone coming through our door comes from different circumstances. Putting yourself out there to be interviewed or start a new job is nerve-racking. We want to offer you a latte, maybe an apple and let you know that we see success in you even if you might not see it in yourself yet.

It starts with a latte but we honor our employees throughout the process. We do this because our biggest asset is people – our All Stars that work so hard and jump into every job with a full heart and appreciation. Our staff works hard to make sure we honor you by placing you in a good place. Knowing what kind of employer we are sending you to, knowing what you need to bring, where to go, who to report to, what to expect and any safety concerns – is essential to how we honor you at All Star Labor.

Every month each All Star Labor & Staffing chooses an employee that goes above and beyond. Those chosen are true All Stars. They are our go-to’s, our life savers. When one of our wonderful clients calls with an urgent need– these All Stars are always willing to work. No matter what the job is, they always give it their all. Check out our Facebook pages to see our latest employees of the month.

Come in and meet us, let us see how we can help you. This we believe to be true: “They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them FEEL.” – Maya Angelou

Have a fantastic weekend!

What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

In honor of Labor Day, established 121 years ago by President Grover Cleveland, we look to our leader Ramona Mathany and two of our office branch managers to talk about what Labor Day means to them as All Star Labor and Staffing has been in the business of connecting workers with employers since 2009.


Adam Stephens, Branch Manager – Albany, OR

“Labor Day to me is a day to celebrate the hard working people in America. The dedication and work ethic of our employees is what keeps me going from day-to-day. The hard work of our employees is without a doubt the single most important aspect to the success of All Star Labor & Staffing and for this fact alone our employees deserve to be celebrated. Thank you for being part of our team!”

Scott Reynolds, Branch Manager – Bend, OR
“As a parent, Labor Day represents the unofficial last day of summer and the beginning of the new school year. I often find myself saying where did the summer go?? As an employer, I reflect on the many work opportunities that we have given to hundreds of employees over the year. On a personal note when Labor Day comes around each year it reminds me of my Wedding Anniversary (this will be 34 years). As we approach the Labor Day Holiday our team interacts with the employees as they are getting ready for the long weekend. It is fascinating how many different ways the holiday is celebrated. They are going camping and barbecuing. For many it is the start of fall sports watching and high school and college football. Here in the high desert it means the start of cool nights and warm days.
“Growing up, my Dad had a special meaning for Labor Day. He approached it as a day of Labor. We cleaned, painted pulled weeds and built fences. True labor work. When asked our dad why we had to work on what other kids would use as a vacation day, he would say, “tomorrow you start school and I want to make sure that you know an education is very important if you don’t want to work this hard the rest of your life.” It taught me that I wanted to get an education but it also taught me a sense of satisfaction of a job well done.”

Ramona Mathany, Owner
“Labor Day has a whole new meaning for me this year. This year as I spend time with my own family, relaxing and enjoying the life we have built through hard work, I get to take an enormous sense of pride with me that All Star Labor and Staffing currently has approximately 700 people working for our amazing clients. From day one, this business has been about providing jobs to people who truly value and appreciate a hard day’s work. I have seen the most amazing transformations in our biggest asset – people. From all walks of life, we encourage people to come to us and tell us who they are and what they are looking for. We want people to have the dignity that a job can give, the self-confidence and we have watched some of these amazing people rise through the ranks where we have placed them.”
“So, on Labor Day I will be thinking of them, all of our All Stars, the ones who work in our offices and the ones who work all over Oregon and Northern California. Cheers to you and your accomplishments! Happy Labor Day!”

History of Labor Day:
Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated in the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. The average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to barley make a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient sanitary facilities, access to clean air, and breaks.

Labor Day is still celebrated across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public celebrations. Our All Star team will be taking the day off as well to celebrate in our own individual ways. We wish you a warm and safe weekend!

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