Are You Losing Money Due to Average Talent?

July 27th, 2014

If you think having a team of loyal, but average employees is doing anything for your business – think again. Mediocre talent can drag down the morale of the entire organization and cost you time and money in rehires.

Why do you have subpar performers in your organization?

Take a look at your recruitment strategy. Is it attracting the right people? Once mediocre candidates make it through your gates, it’s only a matter of time before they must be replaced. Your human resources team ends up refilling the same positions, instead of moving on to other tasks.

Here’s how you can prevent this costly, never-ending cycle:

Develop Your Current Team

The biggest mistake you can make is to hire a promising employee and promptly forget about them. Train and develop employees from the first day and on a continuing basis. Keeping your people up-to-date on best practices and industry developments builds loyalty and increases retention.

Once you have identified ‘A’ players, why not invest in them? It’s much more cost-effective to make the most of your current team than it is to replace and retrain new people.

By the same token, don’t be slow to let go of underperformers. Terminating an employee is tough on everyone, but the sooner you take action, the better. The employee can find a position for which he is better suited and you can replace him with a better fit. It’s better for morale in the long run.

Shorten the Process

Many candidates interview with several companies simultaneously. The best people may even be juggling multiple offers. Stringing talented people along through a long hiring process, conducting an excessive number of interviews or failing to follow up can cause them to lose interest and move on to the next opportunity.

Do this frequently enough and you’ll end up losing the best candidates. To hire the best talent available for the job, put yourself in the candidate’s shoes. Eliminate redundant interviews, make decisions in a reasonable time frame and keep candidates updated on next steps. Shortening the hiring process is better for your company and the candidate.

Build a Talent Bench

Work with your staffing firm and let them know you are always open to hearing about available talent. They interview candidates every single day and could have the perfect person for your team. Stay in touch with your recruiting partner and let them know your recruiting needs as your business changes. This helps to ensure your staffing firm is able to quickly find qualified candidates should a position become available unexpectedly.

You never know – keeping your options open could allow you to uncover extraordinary talent. If you come across an ‘A’ player, don’t lose him to the competition; find a way to bring him on board.

Create Measurable Metrics

Put into practice a performance management system that monitors and encourages the development of your employees. This will help you to immediately separate employees who are doing their part from those who are dead weight.
Controlling your company’s costs by eliminating and avoiding mediocre talent will help move your organization in the right direction. Contact the Michiana recruiting experts, Wood Staffing, to discuss how we can help you be more strategic and control your hiring costs. We look forward to hearing from you!

Production Jobs/Employment in Michiana

July 20th, 2014

Michiana Production Facilities have various job opportunities for experienced and qualified candidates and Wood Temporary Staffing is working hard to fill these skilled positions including many more that are available on our job board.  Currently Wood Staffing is searching for:

Recent Job Opportunities

Tool & Die/Tool Room – Mishawaka, IN

Experienced Tool & Die individuals are needed for a Mishawaka, IN manufacturer with 1st and 2nd shift openings available. Must have a strong background in tool & die building, repair and tool room equipment. Qualified candidates will be reading blue prints and making dies from top to bottom.  These are temp to hire positions with starting wages of $16.00/hr plus depending on experience. For questions, please contact Teresa McCubbins with Wood Temporary Staffing at or by calling 574-968-1410.

Janitorial/General Labor – Mishawaka, IN

An experienced Industrial Janitor is needed for a 1st shift position working 6:00am-2:00pm Monday-Friday plus overtime as needed. This position will involve doing janitorial work including cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, cleaning offices/break rooms and assisting in general labor duties on the plant floor when things are slow in the janitorial area. Qualified candidates must have previous janitorial experience in a factory setting, forklift operation experience and the ability to become forklift licensed and providing your own steel toe boots. This is a temp to hire position stating at $9.00/hr. Qualified candidates can apply online at or contact Teresa McCubbins for details at 574-968-1410.

Part Time Janitor – South Bend, IN

A part time Janitor is needed to work 7:00am-noon Monday-Friday and will be responsible for keeping the office, plant and building in an orderly and neat condition. This position will involve cleaning bathrooms, break areas, mopping floors, mopping around machines in the production area, sweeping, dusting, trash removal and wiping down surfaces. Must have forklift experience to empty hobs and requires lifting up to 25lbs. This is a long term position starting out at $9.00/hr. All interested candidates can contact Teresa McCubbins at 574-968-1410 or apply online at

Injection Mold Operator – South Bend, IN

Injection Mold Operator needed for evening/night shift working 5:45pm-6:00am working alternating 3 and 4 night weeks. This position entails doing plastic injection molding, parts trimming and inspection and will require people to be able to stand for long periods of time and doing alot of walking. This is a temp to hire position starting at $9.00/hr. Qualified candidates can apply online or contact Teresa for details at 574-968-1410.

Look to The Wood Companies to fulfill your career dreams and feel free to browse our many other open jobs that are currently available.  Our experienced staffing coordinators know exactly how to find the right fit for you and our clients.

Can They Ask That? – Interview Questions That Are (or Aren’t) Legal

July 13th, 2014

Sitting down for an interview can be stressful enough. But, when you are presented with questions that seem illegal, the interview can become very uncomfortable. Any candidate can quickly go from calm to panic mode when faced with an interviewer who is straying outside the lines. It’s easy to start hearing that little voice inside your head that says, “Can they ask me that?”

Here, the experts at Wood Staffing share advice on the legal and illegal questions that interviewers can and cannot ask of job candidates – with guidelines on how to respond to them.

Legal Interview Questions

Some of the most common legal interview questions that are asked (that may seem illegal at first) include the following:

  • Do you have proof of eligibility to work in the United States? All new employees are required to provide the hiring company with proof of eligibility.
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Depending on the type of job you are interviewing for, this could be a deal breaker.
  • Can you perform the duties of the job with or without reasonable accommodations? This question must be followed with a breakdown of the job duties you will be responsible for if hired.

Illegal or Inappropriate Interview Questions

Some questions may not be illegal, depending on the state in which you are interviewing, but if they open the door for discrimination, smart employers know not to ask them.

Questions should be focused entirely on whether you are qualified for the position and capable of performing the expected duties. Below are examples of questions that are illegal or ill-advised. If an interviewer asks you any of these questions, calmly and politely tell the interviewer that you are not comfortable answering them.

  • What is your race?
  • What is your age?
  • Are you pregnant or do you intend to get pregnant?
  • What is your religion?
  • Are you married?
  • Do you have any disabilities?
  • Do you belong to the National Guard/Army…other military branch?

For example, while it’s legal to test for drug usage, it’s not legal to ask a candidate if they have ever used drugs or alcohol, because they may be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act if they are a recovering addict. Being asked by an interviewer if you are married may seem innocent enough, but the answer can be used to assess anything from your perceived stability to your ability to work overtime.

As a candidate, you need to know that these questions are unacceptable and that you do not have to answer any of them, no matter how hard the interviewer presses for an answer.

For more detail on what can or cannot be asked in an interview, see this chart compiled by the Michigan Technical Institute.

What to do if someone asks an illegal interview question

If you are asked one of these illegal questions during an interview, respond politely. Don’t burn your bridge with the company if you don’t have to. Do not snap at the interviewer or make him or her feel stupid. Some interviewers are more skilled or experienced than others and they could be making an honest mistake.

Should an interviewer continue to press with the same question, maybe rephrasing it to trick you, stay as calm as possible during the interview. You can respond with something like “That’s a different question. I’ve never been asked that before. Why do you ask?”

This is an excellent way to turn the question around back onto the interviewer. Interviewers ask questions to find the best possible candidate for each position. If you are able to root out what they really want to know, you may be able to reassure them without compromising yourself. Hopefully this either makes them move on from the question or makes them clarify what they are asking.

The key takeaway to remember is that interviewers cannot ask job candidates about anything they choose. The questions need to comply with the various laws regarding race, religion, age and family, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1967 and any applicable state laws. The questions also have to have some relationship to the assignment and the industry.

If you are looking for assistance with your job search needs, contact the staffing experts at Wood Staffing. As the leading recruiting firm in the Michiana area, we can help you with all of your job search or recruiting needs. Contact us today to learn more!

Niles Production Jobs

July 6th, 2014

Wood Temporary Staffing has an opening for a Warehouse Supervisor with 5 years of  mangement experience and must be able to motivate and manage multiple processes. It is a state of the art warehouse that includes a WMS /RF system along with wire guided vehicles with a high storage bay. Qualified candidates should have experience with LTL, UPS and FedEx in shipping products. Quality and customer service is essential and computer literacy is required. Wage is $35,000 to start but is negotiable and no weekend hours are required. For more information on this opportunity please contact Teresa McCubbins at or call 574-234-6767.

More skilled positions are available in the Tool & Die Maker/Repair field for 2nd shift positions working 2pm – 10pm Monday – Friday plus overtime as needed. Candidates must have an extensive background in Tool and Die with the ability to troubleshoot and repair single station, compound and progressive dies, fixtures, and rollforming dies both in the press and on the bench. Must be able to read, understand, and interpret blueprints and possess a Journeyman  certification. Wages are $19 – $22/hr depending on experience and qualified candidates can apply online at or contact Teresa McCubbins for details at 574-234-6767.

There are also immediate openings on 2nd shift for experienced Aluminum MIG welders. Qualified candidates must have recent Aluminum MIG Welding experience and experience with fillet gauges doing vertical and fillet welds for production welding. Must be able to pass a visual acuity test with the ability to see 20/40 or better either with or without correction. Candidates must also be able to pass a color blindness test as well as a written and practical welding test. These are temp to hire positions starting out at $13.00/hr plus a 5% shift premium. Qualified candidates can apply online at or contact Teresa McCubbins for more details at 574-234-6767 or 269-925-6767.

The Wood Companies are alway seeking people of all skills for the Southwest Michigan area and the Michiana area. APPLY TODAY! or call   574-234-6767 or 269-925-6767.

Michiana and Southwest Michigan has a great deal of industrial positions waiting to be filled by competent, qualified, hard working individuals like yourself.  If you have recently become unemployed or are looking to advance your career, Wood Temporary Staffing can help you find a job that is perfectly suited to your talents and needs. Contact Wood Staffing today to begin a brighter future!

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