Let the Data Do the Work

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It can be pretty easy to argue with a person. It’s harder, however, to argue against data. Cold hard facts stand up well to scrutiny, particularly in the workplace. Data can provide a company with the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. By bringing more data analysis into human resource and workforce planning, you’ll set a course for a more predictable, effective future.

Test with numbers

When there’s a decision to make, it’s easy to rely on your gut instinct, or perhaps your boss’s gut instinct. That’s the traditional method of deciding: take a peek at the limited information available, and then make your best guess. In the changing world of data-driven decisions, however, you can do better.

It’s becoming much easier to collect data—even on areas that can be hard to analyze like workforce productivity or whether a department is appropriately staffed. The information gathered can tell you in what areas your business may have room for improvement and you can then turn those numbers into a plan for the future. Data can point the way to success, and that success reinforces the usefulness of the data.

Tips for making analysis work for you:

  • Start small — consider which data points would be most useful in making fact-based decisions to support your organization’s top three initiatives as they relate to human resources and staffing program management.
  • Review current systems and operational processes to determine at what point this data presents itself in your normal workflow.
  • Make it easy for your team to comply with your request for data by making the reporting process as easy and efficient as possible — automation through software systems etc can be particularly helpful in accomplishing this.
  • Rely on outside experts to support you — leverage relationships with vendor partners and/or consultants to support you in gathering the data and providing the analysis to help you make the best decisions for your organization.

Intelligent data

Helpmates works both with our current staffing clients and other organizations to analyze workforce planning and effectiveness through a uniquely detailed and insightful method.  The specific recommendations and innovative solutions that our consultative team provide have earned Helpmates national awards both from client organizations and from an independent market analysis firm.  Contact Helpmates today to learn more about how you can leverage our expertise for the success of your organization’s future.

Internal Hiring: The Growth of the Staffing Industry

Internal Hiring: The Growth of the Staffing Industry


As the country continues its gradual economic recovery, the staffing industry has seen tremendous growth over the past year. Global advisor group Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) reports that in 2012:

  • 3 out of 4 staffing companies experienced growth
  • More than $2 trillion was spent on temporary and contingent workers worldwide
  • At the “average” large company, 16 percent of the workforce is temporary—up from 11 percent in 2005
  • For U.S. staffing companies, an average 2.95 million contract and temporary staff were employed per business per day during the third quarter of 2012—4.3 percent more than the third quarter of 2011.

For 2013, the GDP forecasts predicts a growth rate of 2.1 percent in 2013, and total revenue for the staffing industry in the U.S. is expected to reach $134.1 billion, breaking the industry’s previous record year: 2007, where revenues totaled $132.3 billion. Will this upward trend continue? Signs point to yes.

Current trends and outlook for 2013

In addition to record high revenues, the staffing industry is seeing an increased demand for skilled, professional, and degreed labor. The largest growing markets for temporary staffing are IT, healthcare, marketing, and creative—and labor demands often exceed staffing availability, with some regions experiencing a 10 to 1 ratio of open positions to candidates.

The growth rates for these skilled temporary positions are projected at rapid rates. SIA predicts a 6 percent growth for healthcare in 2013, and a 9 percent growth for IT, engineering, and industrial positions.

The next 5 years in the staffing industry

In a keynote speech at the 2013 Staffing Industry Analysts Executive Forum, president Barry Asin outlined several five-year predictions for the industry. They included:

  • Total revenues will hit $160 billion by 2018
  • Online staffing will reach $5 billion, up from $1 billion in 2012
  • Healthcare and industrial staffing will see significant growth

Helpmates: Reflecting industry trends

Helpmates Staffing, a leader in the staffing industry of Southern California with more than 40 years of experience, has realized a growth rate throughout 2012 that keeps pace with our exciting industry. Temporary and contingent staffing is changing the face of the U.S. workforce, and we’re proud to work with the most qualified talent and the top employers in the region.

In fact, Helpmates is now hiring new team members to our full-time staff. Contact us today to learn more about how you can join one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, and take part in the nationwide shift toward increased workforce satisfaction and productivity.

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