All Star Success Story – Omar

Omar came to All Star Labor & Staffing – Portland in hopes of finding a more professional environment. He was working as a freight stocker at a big box appliance store and while it was a great job, he was looking to move up in the professional world. When he came to All Star he was instantly liked by supervisor Adam Stephens. “We knew Omar would be a great fit after just one meeting. We originally hired him to be an Staffing Coordinator here at All Star but he is such a great people person that he ended up doing a lot of administrative duties for the front desk, interacting with people on a regular basis,” said Stephens.

Before Adam had hired him internally, he was sent on one interview for an Administrative Assistant position at a large construction company. He was originally the runner up and did not get the position but when the person hired did not work out, Adam received a phone call right away because the hiring manager had regretted not hiring Omar to begin with.

While everyone at All Star was sad to see him go, we knew that Omar had dreams that surpassed our office. He is now working at the construction company as an Administrative Assistant and attending school at PCC working towards his associates degree in business management and IT.

“I want to thank All Star for all of the support I felt from the moment I walked through their door. I was presented with such great opportunities,” said Omar.

We know that Omar will go on to have a very bright future, we thank him for letting us be a part of his journey and we wish him well!

Be The First Rate Version of Yourself

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else”. This quote by the amazing Judy Garland resonates on a personal and professional level with everyone. For Judy Garland this meant that no matter the ups and downs in her life, at least she was her authentic self. This quote has been used time and time again for good reason as nothing good can come from pretending to be something that you’re not. “Be yourself.” It’s a vague adage, so what does it really mean, to be yourself? And is it really as easy as it sounds? With the steps below, it can be.

Don’t get stuck in the past.
Let yourself grow without reminding yourself of past mistakes. You are not a victim of your circumstances, you don’t need to cling to past mistakes. You should absolutely own them, but then allow yourself to forgive and move forward.

Find how you define yourself on your own terms.
Oscar Wilde once said: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. It’s a humorous quote but speaks of the truth. You can’t be yourself if you don’t know, understand, and accept yourself first. Take the time to see yourself for who you are, not what everyone expects you to be. This is not easy and you may be self-conscious but when you surround yourself with people who are of like minds and who are also true to themselves, you will be accepted for who you are.

Find your talents and your career path.
When it comes to finding your career path there are ways to find out what you are naturally drawn to. Everyone was born with talent, you just need to explore them. There are many personality tests that will help you see what sort of work you may be suited for. Just remember to take this with a grain of salt – no test can define you. Only you can do that.

Don’t put yourself in a box.
You are not just one thing with defined edges. You can be brought up with certain values that will make an undeniable impression on you such as your religion, culture, mentors, education and friends. As you figure out who your authentic self is, you can weigh these values and decide what belongs to you, what you want to own as your truth and what you feel in conflict with. It is okay to feel conflicted, it is all a part of you. You have wonderful dynamic edges that can contain all different aspects of your beliefs and feelings. Just value what feels the most true to you and just keep doing the next right thing for you.

You are stronger than you know.
If you are not focusing on who you are and you are constantly comparing yourself to someone else, than you likely are holding on to resentment. If you want to be like someone else, then you will constantly disappoint yourself and hold unhealthy resentment that will only lead you to self-destruction. Start looking within for your strengths and good character. If you can accept yourself, than you can start to learn and grow into the person you were meant to be. You are meant to be YOU, the first rate version!

Top 5 Benefits of Working for a Temp Agency

What about temp work? If you don’t think it is an option, think again.

So you want a full-time opportunity, but you’ve been searching for a while – with no luck? Have you also considered temporary employment? As a leading temporary employment agency All Star Labor & Staffing is a full service employment agency offering temporary, contract to hire, and direct hire positions. We connect top companies with screened candidates in fields such as accounting, clerical, construction, distribution, human resources, information technology, labor, logistics and transportation, management, marketing, medical, warehouse, and beyond.

If you haven’t considered checking out what your local temp agency can offer, you may be missing out on something wonderful.

Here’s the top 5 benefits that temporary work can offer you:

1. Get your foot in the door
A couple of things may be getting in the way of your dream full-time job. 1. You might be interested in working for a company that isn’t advertising full-time positions. 2. You want to break into a field, but don’t have a lot of experience. Either way, temp assignments would be a fantastic way to achieve both these goals. Not only are companies more likely to hire candidates without a lot of experience on a temporary basis, but you can also get your foot in the door at your dream company.

2. Flexible schedule
When you work as a temporary employee, you can have more say in what your schedule will be. While you can absolutely work full-time, you can also work just a few days a week or a few hours, every day. You simply need to have clear communication regarding your scheduling needs when working with your staffing coordinator.

3. Free training
There are so many job possibilities out there but some extra training might be needed. When you partner with a trustworthy staffing agency for your temporary assignments, you can easily access new resources, including free training. As a result, you can develop new skills and improve existing ones, helping you get into a new field that can jump start your career.

4. Get paid while you find your passion

Not quite sure what you want to do with your life, who you want to be or the kind of company that would be the right fit for you? With temporary assignments, you can test out many different work environments until you find one that best fits you.

5. Get a full-time job

In many cases, a temporary job can lead to full-time employment if a you impress your manager. That’s why it’s important to work hard, follow the rules, meet expectations, and have a positive attitude on every assignment.

If you have any questions or want to come in and interview, just give us a call!

Every Day is Employee Appreciation Day

Today is employee appreciation day, so what better time to share some insights on keeping your team motivated and happy. It can be hard on both employees and leaders in a fast-paced work environment where expectations are high. Here are 10 simple ways to show appreciation and keep employees motivated that I have learned as an employer over the last 20 years.

1. Supportive Leadership
Leadership is a key factor in employee motivation. Supportive leaders work closely with employees, keeping senior team members focused and developing new talent.
Great leaders influence how individuals see themselves, they can empower employees for greatness.

2. Celebrate Milestones

It is essential that employees feel appreciated from day one and throughout the year or they’ll feel detached and possibly resentful. It is important that you don’t just put the employee in a desk and let them fend for themselves on their first day. First days are significant and face time is needed with management. On work anniversaries and birthdays, employees should feel special and celebrated. Our practice has always been to get hand-signed cards from all team members, and the employees choice of lunch brought in for the entire team.

3. Positive Work Environment
Since many of us spend the majority of our waking hours at the office, it should be a comfortable place for employees while simultaneously encouraging productivity. Encourage employees to share information and knowledge and always lend a helping hand when needed. What goes around, comes around. You must have a team that feels like they are all in this together and should feel comfortable to share ideas or goals without fear of humiliation.

4. Teamwork = Dreamwork
From a young age, we are encouraged to be a part a of team – from the soccer field to the debate podium, nothing is better at keeping employees motivated than belonging a team. Through teamwork, employees learn to trust each other and to look beyond themselves. And healthy competition in a team setting, can increase creativity as well as productivity.

5. Recognize & reward
Recognition and reward on a regular basis remind employees that they are appreciated, and help them to balance short- and long-term goals. I am a firm believer in the carrot over the stick theory. It doesn’t take much for an employee to feel recognized and rewarded. Some possibilities could be: an employee of the month program, a monetary award, free lunch from their favorite restaurant, or gift card to their favorite coffee shop. A small token of appreciation can go a long way.

6. Listen to Feedback
A huge part of any executive or manager’s job is listening. Listening sparks some of the best ideas, helps identify workplace problems early and builds a more connected and collaborative workplace. This can be implemented easily enough when you set up an in-person weekly or monthly check in.

7. Personal Goals
A great workplace will want employees to thrive, not only for the company’s objectives but also so that individuals can accomplish their own goals. It’s important that team leaders are familiar with employees personal and professional goals. Helping employees grow personally and professionally will help keep your employees stay motivated. Also, have a policy of promoting from within, and make sure staff members know their a path to growth in your organization.

8. Work-life Balance
A culture that prioritizes work-life balance, yields increased productivity and overall happiness in the workplace. Encourage employees to not check email if possible outside of office hours and ensure that they take their holidays and days off. If you see an employee frequently working late, or they seem over-burdened make sure you have a chat with them about their workload. They could be finding something challenging, doing something that may be unnecessary to work goals or even picking up the slack for other team members.

9. Let Them Lead
Motivating employees is not just about fun perks and time off, it’s about showing them that they make a difference and are valued. Encourage employees to speak up, have a voice and take the lead on a project, or presentation. Taking ownership is very powerful, not only do they share their opinions and speak up, but they are motivated to turn their words and ideas into action. Another way to develop leaders is to recognize an employee’s skills by asking them to mentor others.

10. Open-door Policy
It’s amazing how simple changes can impact employees. Creating an open-door policy makes approaching leaders and managers less daunting, it also makes employees feel that their opinion matters. This boosts confidence, morale and productivity. It also helps with transparency among companies of all sizes.

Thank You Tom Wilson!

Today, it’s with mixed emotions that All Star Labor & Staffing says good bye to Tom Wilson, our Bend Staffing Coordinator who has been with us for 5 years. Like many employees we see here, we are so proud and honored to be a part of his journey. Tom is particularly hard to say goodbye to as he has been an exemplary employee for so long. We wish him all the best on his new adventures!

“Tom’s tenure with All Star has been a deep dive in the HR field for Tom,” says Scott Reynolds, Branch Manager for Bend. “He has worked with hundreds of employees over the years, and has developed into a mentor for many long term employees. Tom’s helpful personality and incredible intuition helped assist candidates to get from temp work into full employment. Tom’s careful placement of employees into the correct job has paid off over and over with great rewards. In many cases the supervisor calling in orders for employees are now the same people who Tom had once placed there as a temp. Tom’s ability to relate with the clients request has grown into some really strong relationships that will last for years to come. I have seen Tom work with employees in such a way that it truly changes their lives. I have witnessed his employee placements thriving after Tom has carefully placed them in positions, often giving people a chance where no one else had. I have also witnessed people thriving and starting families as employees kept a close relationship with our office because of Tom. He always understood his job to be an important one because he was shown over and over the power of the right job placement and how that can impact someone’s future. He knew from firsthand experience since he had been placed in a position that he never knew he would be good at or love the way he did.”

Tom recently sent out an email to give his thanks and say his goodbye’s
Most people don’t know how Scott and I crossed paths. About 14 years ago I was on the local school board and Scott joined us shortly afterwards. Through many late night school board meetings, and quite a few even later after school board meetings, where we blew off a little steam from them, Scott and I became friends. At some point I was growing tired of working on Service Stations, stinking like gasoline, and throwing around 3 inch steel pipe for a living, when Scott mentioned he was looking for a Staffing Coordinator. Not having a clue what the heck a Staffing Coordinator was, I said I would be interested in taking a look at it. Well it turns out a Staffing Coordinator is just a person who likes to talk to people and is in a position to help people find a career or just have some extra cash to spend. Heck, it turns out I like to talk AND help people and it has been 5 very good years working with him.

My own son found work with our agency and even received a Rolex for his last work anniversary with a company called Structus. All of my kids have worked for us at some point in time, and used their experience to move on to other opportunities and jobs. Scott was in the center of all of their job searching and ultimately where they ended up. He has been a great friend, boss, mentor and supporter of mine for many years. He hasn’t gotten rid of me, because I’m going to come say hello when I’m in town visiting. I will have to get used to not seeing him each and every morning as I have for the last 5 years, but we’ll both survive I’m sure. There is an 11 year old granddaughter who I’m going to be spending a lot more time with, and I appreciate Scott and Ramona understanding my decision.

Many thanks to Ramona Mathany for being the person she is. I have truly enjoyed my time with All Star Labor and Staffing, and having the opportunity to actually change people’s lives.
It was great to see everyone this past Christmas, I hope you all enjoy the work as much as I have.

-Thank you Tom, the pleasure has truly been ours.

Millennials and the “Silver Tsunami”

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According to Oregon Business Magazine, millennials are working in health care, retail and customer service. Kim Moore, a Research Editor at Oregon Business Magazine reported that many industry sectors – manufacturing, utilities – are facing a “silver tsunami”: an abundance of aging workers.

While Oregon Employment Department data has shown an increase over the past decade in workers between the ages of 22 and 34 in the sectors like customer service and retail – they are not seeing any growth in construction, finance, real estate and information services.

Millennials don’t seem to always follow the trend of going where the jobs are. For example, construction is currently the fastest growing sector in Oregon but it tops the list of the industries where the millennials are NOT working.

Working in staffing we see that there are a lot of opportunities for millennials with the right skills to find work in construction but we just aren’t seeing any growth there.

Nick Beleiciks, economist for the Oregon Employment Department suggests it’s probably because they came of age at the wrong time. “The construction industry was cutting jobs and then not growing at all from 2007 through 2013, a period when many millennials were starting their careers,” he says. “There wasn’t a lot of job opportunities for new workers in construction at the time, so young people went into other industries that were hiring.”

The Construction industry rebounded throughout 2014 but there’s still a deficit of millennial workers. New data from the state employment department shows a slight increase in millennial hiring in the manufacturing sector, which has hired more young workers than construction in the past few years.

You would think that millennials would be dominating the tech world but the data is not supporting the stereotype that comes with that generation. “Although tech is engrained in the daily lives and jobs of most millennials, they aren’t really over-represented in what is typically considered high-tech industries,” Beleiciks says. “The 35-to-54-year-old actually group holds the largest portion of jobs in the tech sector.”

We also know the stereotype that they are looking to work somewhere that will “make a difference,” and they are constantly looking for approval and instant gratification. With the Oregon unemployment rate at historic lows, millennials have more choices than ever but that should put more attention on the “silver tsunami.”

We encourage all ages, including millennials to learn new skills. We see this issue a lot in the staffing industry. There are incredibly skilled people out there wishing they could retire if only they could bring on more people that have the necessary skills, but they are incredibly hard to find. There are so many great and fulfilling jobs in construction and manufacturing and we are looking to do our part in helping to fill the age gap but the construction and manufacturing industries are going to have to step up its game to compete for millennial talent.

All Star Labor & Staffing has a talented group of recruiters that anticipate these kinds of trends in staffing. We will work hand in hand with you to mine a skilled, eager to learn group of millennials to help keep your business running strong.

Happy New Year – A Positive Look Back on 2016

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Happy New Year!

As we move forward into another new year, I think it is only natural to reflect on the year we are leaving behind. Now, none of us look back through the same lenses, we all have different outlooks on experiences, loves, losses, wins and moments that turn into history. Here at All Star we decided we should reflect on some of the undeniably good global things that happened in 2016.

10) Veteran Homelessness Has Dropped 50% Since 2010.
9) After a century of decline, tiger numbers are now rising – 22% growth since 2010.
8) The United States Treasury Department is making some refreshing changes to show a diversity of new faces including Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony.
7) 24 different countries united to create the world’s largest marine reserve in Antarctica.
6) Even though we have had some memorable losses this year, 2016 was one of the safest years in aviation history for over 3 billion people who boarded planes.
5) The American teen graduation rate reached a historic high – 83.2%!
4) A 50-year war finally ended with a peace treaty in Colombia.
3) India planted 50 million trees in one day, smashing the world record.
2) The Americas are finally entirely declared measles-free (after 22 year effort).
1) Monumental breakthrough: gravitational waves finally detected, proving Einstein was right.

On less of a global note, here at All Star Labor & Staffing, we are extremely thankful when we look back and see that we were able to assign 3,300 employees to jobs in 2016. For that we are truly blessed.

We wish you love, laughter, health and great employment in 2017!

-All Star Labor & Staffing

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!

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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