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Employee Engagement: How to Motivate Your Staff

March 19th, 2014
How are you engaging your team?

How are you engaging your team?

How motivated is your staff? The more productive they are, the more efficient they are, which is why employee engagement is such a big deal in the workplace. As a manager, how can you inspire your employees to perform well? Keep reading for six methodologies to consider.

6 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

Here are six ways to boost employee engagement in the workplace:

  1. Partner with them. Instead of just telling them to “do this” or “do that,” treat them as a partner. Listen to their ideas and feedback, give them the freedom to decide how they’ll do their job and treat each and every one of them as an important team member.  Read the rest of this entry »

Employee Motivators – Five Ideas to Help You Understand Your Team

March 4th, 2014
What motivates you?

What motivates you?

When trying to create a cohesive work environment, understanding what makes your employees tick is especially important. In this blog post, we identify five common workplace motivators for employees in hopes of helping managers and employers gain a sense of the most common desires their team members have.  Read the rest of this entry »

Employees & Subcontracting – Battling the Rising Cost of Labor

February 25th, 2014
Are you utilizing subcontracting?

Are you utilizing subcontracting?

In business today, the rising costs of labor can be overwhelming. Not only are wages getting higher, but employees want more benefits to go with a higher pay grade. These demands can easily break a smaller company; even large companies can feel the pinch. Subcontracting out a position to a temporary staffer can easily solve this problem. In this blog post, we identify 3 ways in which subcontracting can keep you from breaking the bank during a time when rising costs can cost a company much more than dollars.

Three way subcontracting can cut labor costs with employees:  Read the rest of this entry »

Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part Three)

January 21st, 2014
Do you know your rights?

Do you know your rights?

In part one and part two of our blog post series, we began delving into the highly confusing topic of worker’s compensation. We introduced basic facts in part one and continued by debunking common myths in part two. Today, in part three, we tackle the topic of frequently asked questions and deliver answers that are sure to aid in creating a strong and cohesive understanding of worker’s compensation.

Common Worker’s Compensation FAQ’s:

What is it?  This may surprise individuals but there are plenty of employees that don’t have any knowledge of the existence of worker’s compensation. Simply stated, worker’s compensation includes a set of compensation benefits that your employer is required to pay if you have an injury or illness that is directly correlated or caused by your work for the company.

What do I do if I get hurt or sick at work? If you have a condition that was caused by your workplace, you must report it to your supervisor right away or as soon as symptoms appear (for a developed disease etc.). When health conditions appear and medical care becomes necessary, prompt reporting will aid in the quick receipt of compensation and medical benefits. When you make a report, you will be given specific claim forms and various other paperwork. Be sure to complete the forms honestly and completely before 30 days have passed. Once 30 days have gone by,an investigation is less effective, and your compensation benefits may lessen or even disappear.

Is there any way to avoid getting hurt? Besides personal responsibility and judgment, every California employer is required by OSHA law to have a program in place for their employees for illness and injury prevention. These programs will vary from one employer to the next but should include ideas for correcting unsafe situations and safety trainings for team members. While the responsibility lies on the shoulders of your employer to create a safe workplace, as a member of that workplace you must share the responsibility in maintaining its safety.  You can do this by being aware of any and all workplace safety guidelines as set forth by OSHA and by gladly complying with those standards at all times.  Following these guidelines are the best way to prevent injury and promote safety.

There are dozens of other questions that are commonly asked in reference to work related illness and injury benefits, and while we may have only covered four questions today, we know the information will help in the development of your basic understanding of the concept. Be sure to check back next week as we wrap up the series with one final post full of even more frequently asked questions.

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

 Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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Worker’s Compensation – Myths, Facts and FAQ’s (Part One)

January 7th, 2014
Do you understand worker's compensation claims?

Do you understand worker’s compensation claims?

Worker’s compensation is one of the most misunderstood aspects of employment and here at JPS Inc. we understand how confusing the concepts can be for an employee. In this blog post series, we identify facts, myths and frequently asked questions commonly associated with worker’s compensation. Today, we begin by introducing four facts that will be sure to help any employee get on the road to a better understanding of worker’s comp. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014 (Part Three)

December 31st, 2013
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

New Year resolutions are an annual occurrence that vary from person to person. In part one of this blog post series, we delved into the common ideal that the New Year is seen as a fresh start and an opportunity for change. In part two, we continued with our introduction of job hunting tips with more ideas to aid in finding success with your job related New Year resolutions.  Today, in our third and final installation of the New Year resolutions blog post series, we wrap it up with three final tips for finding job hunting success in the New Year.  Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014

December 24th, 2013

happyNewYearNew Year resolutions are not limited to losing those extra pounds or stopping a bad habit. In part one of this blog post series, we discussed the idea that the New Year is seen by many as a fresh start, a clean slate and an opportunity for change. Last week, we introduced three basic tips to prepare for job hunting in the New Year. Today, in part two, we continue with our introduction of job hunting tips with three more ideas to aid in finding success with your job related New Year resolutions. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Resolutions – Tips for Job Hunting in 2014

December 17th, 2013
How will you celebrate the New Year?

How will you celebrate the New Year?

The New Year is upon us and it is seen by many as a fresh start, a clean slate and an opportunity for change. In this two part blog post series, we introduce a handful of ways that any job hunter with New Year resolutions can prepare to turn those resolutions into realities. Today we delve in the first three tips.

They are:

1.   Write down your goals: Goal setting is an essential aspect of any job hunting effort. Just as if you are making your list of New Year resolutions for your personal life, be specific and detailed about these professional priorities.  Read the rest of this entry »

Staffing Agencies – Three Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

December 10th, 2013
What is your perfect staffing match?

What is your perfect staffing match?

Working with staffing agencies like Josephine’s Professional Staffing could be an outstanding career move. Whether you are seeking out permanent employment or temporary placement, staffing agencies place millions of individuals into quality employment opportunities each day. Picking an agency that will fit your needs is especially important after making the positive decision to work with one. In this blog post, we introduce three tips for choosing the perfect staffing agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Trends in the Workforce

December 3rd, 2013
What nursing trends do you see?

What nursing trends do you see?

Nurses, CNAs and caregivers are at the forefront in caring for patients on a daily basis and are considered the backbone of the healthcare system. Industry experts are predicting a promising decade for those in nursing careers and it’s one trend that’s not expected to go away anytime in the near future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for nurses, CNAs and caregivers is expected grow at least 18 percent between now and 2018.

Driving the demand for tens of thousands of nursing jobs are aging baby boomers, who are living longer but not necessarily healthier. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050 the American population of elderly is expected to grow to 21 percent. Nursing trends show more hospitals are turning to specialized care workers and staffing agencies that employ nurses to maintain nurse-patient ratios. Here are three things that will affect trends in the coming year.

1. CompetitionDespite the need for thousands of jobs, registered nurses fresh from school are meeting resistance from hospitals that don’t want to hire new grads. Many experts say part of the problem is they need seasoned nurses to face the challenges of the hospital world. Mix that with the fact that as the economy continues to improve, and experienced nurses who have been deferring retirement will finally retire from the workplace, it leaves a predicted nursing shortage. On the positive side of this, the competition will ensure that only the best, most qualified people are hired by hospitals, which will benefit the entire healthcare industry. On the negative side, not everyone who wants to be a nurse will be hired due to the increased competition.

2. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) – The Affordable Care Act initiative to make healthcare coverage available to everyone will have a significant effect on the future of providers, not just on nursing trends.  The Affordable Care Act, along with the move away from fee-for-service payment by insurance companies, is fueling reimbursement approaches that emphasize more accountable care. New research indicates that new primary care models using nurse practitioners and physician assistance to reach out to patients could “eliminate” the scarcity of primary-care doctors.

3. Technology – Nursing trends also include the technology boom in hospitals. New gadgets and technologies are being developed that could change the way healthcare staffs work. This can be blessing, but it may make things more challenging for those in the field. Nursing staffs will have to learn how to use the new tools opening up a door for more training.

As the health care industry continues to move forward, nursing trends may be challenging. However, hospitals can meet those challenges head on if we know how things may be trending. This is an opportunity for healthcare workers to continue to improve and provide the best care possible.

Staffing agencies like JPS regularly employ nurses, CNAs, nurse practitioners and other positions in the nursing industry. If you’re an employer needing to hire someone in the nursing profession, or someone who is looking for a job in the nursing industry, contact us today!

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