December Employment Trends [Infographic]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 321,000 jobs were added in November. Compared to average monthly gains of 224,000 over the past 12 months, December’s employment situation shows a significant increase in job gains. Sectors showing the largest gains included professional and business services, retail trade, health care and manufacturing. Temporary help services continued to trend upward, adding 23,000 in November.

To see more statistics from the employment situation report as well as commentary from Richard Wahlquist, President and CEO of the American Staffing Association (ASA), check out our December 2014 Employment Trends Infographic.

December 2014 Employment Situation Infographic


Karah Bradshaw

StaffTrack: Workforce & Vendor Management System (WVMS)

Need more insight into your contingent workforce management program? StaffTrack, our proprietary Workforce and Vendor Management System (WVMS), provides granular contingent workforce visibility. StaffTrack helps us capture key metrics to allow for greater efficiencies and continuous program improvement. To learn more about our award-winning WVMS technology, contact us at for a StaffTrack demo today!

Karah Bradshaw

November Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), total non-farm payroll employment was up by 214,000 in October with an unemployment rate of 5.8%. Temporary help services continued its upward trend, adding 15,100 in October – as reported by the American Staffing Association (ASA).

Check out the November Employment Trends Report below for key information from the BLS’s November Employment Situation report as well as some of the latest statistics and commentary on the staffing industry from the ASA. To download the PDF, follow this link: November Employment Trends Infographic.

November 2014 Employment Trends Infographic

Karah Bradshaw

Social Recruiting Video Helps Those Looking for Work Find Entry Level Jobs

The recruiting landscape has changed significantly over the last decade. With the rise of social media, new opportunities for more creative recruiting efforts have emerged. Now, social recruiting is a critical part of every modern recruitment strategy and has been key to our recruiting plans for client staffing solutions in 2014.

To enhance our efforts, we created this video to connect those who are looking for work with entry level job openings. These job openings include positions in manufacturing, distribution and call centers. If you’re looking for work, check out the video below to learn how to apply for a new manufacturing, distribution or call center job today!

Visit to search:
Manufacturing Jobs
Distribution Center Jobs
Call Center Jobs

Staff Management | SMX is committed to serving our clients in every creative way possible. This social recruiting video provides a new tool for our on-site teams to enhance their social recruiting efforts for clients across the country. What are some creative ways you have incorporated social into your recruiting strategy? Share with us by leaving a comment!

Karah Bradshaw

MSP Provider or In-House Management – What’s Right for You?

The Choice: MSP Provider or In-House Management – What’s Right for You?

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When you’re involved with developing, maintaining and optimizing a sustainable contingent workforce strategy for your organization, you know it’s crucial to get all of the information needed to make the right decision. During this decision-making process, one question you might consider is – why outsource the management of your contingent workforce to an MSP provider?

There are many factors that come into play when answering this question thoroughly. One major piece of the puzzle is finding relevant and up-to-date industry information on which you can base your decision. If you’re the one doing research, you may have already discovered that sufficient statistics and expert commentary can be hard to find. That’s why we put together some of the latest information and are sharing it with you in our ebook, The Choice.

In this ebook, you’ll find some of the most recent industry statistics and expert commentary on outsourcing the management of your contingent workforce program. For example, did you know that spend under management by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) has more than doubled over the last 5 years? Or that Best-in-Class organizations realize 43% more cost savings year-over-year as a direct result of contingent workforce management program capabilities and efficiencies?

There are many reasons why outsourcing may or may not be a good fit for your contingent workforce program. With 63% of ‘Best-in-Class’ organizations relying heavily on contingent labor, it is now more important than ever to evaluate and re-evaluate your contingent workforce management strategy. So, what’s right for you? Do you have what you need to become or remain a ‘Best-in-Class’ organization? Read our latest ebook to help you determine whether outsourcing your program management or keeping it in-house is the best choice for your organization.

Karah Bradshaw

September Employment Trends Report [Infographic]

Total non-farm payroll employment was up by 142,000 this month with an unemployment rate of 6.1%. Check out the September Employment Trends Report below to find more statistics and the latest news from the staffing industry. To download the PDF, click here: September Employment Trends Infographic.

Karah Bradshaw

The Benefits of Balancing Your Life [Infographic]

Repeat after me, “work-life balance.” Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, not anymore! The idea of work-life balance has become a craze and thanks to all of the attention, there are finally some practical ways to bring balance into your life. This infographic gives you a quick rundown on how to achieve work-life balance and just how beneficial doing so can be.

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Claire French

MSPs for Small and Mid-Size Markets: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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In their May issue, HRO Today featured an article by George Lanzano on the customization of Managed Service Provider (MSP) programs for the small and mid-size market. George, an expert in the field, is the Executive Director of Business Solutions for Staff Management | SMX’s Global MSP Programs and has more than 20 years of experience working with clients to create customized contingent workforce management programs. In his article, he discusses the challenges that small and mid-size buyers face when looking for a solution to optimize their contingent workforce management practice.

Historically, these buyers have had more limited options for contingent workforce management solutions than their larger counterparts. With scalable and customizable options now available, MSPs are making it possible to achieve targeted objectives, thus becoming more accessible to and impactful for the small and mid-size market.

George’s Top 3 Strategies to Scale an MSP Program for the Small and Mid-Size Market

  1. Define the right funding model.
  2. Establish a suitable service model.
  3. Apply MSP resources to address the client’s most immediate concerns.

To learn more about scaling MSP programs for the small and mid-size market, read Getting in the Game!

Karah Bradshaw

The Practical Guide to Achieving Work-Life Balance

Life might be the greatest juggling act of all time. When you’re young it’s usually pretty simple – you’re only juggling two or three balls as you focus on academics, extracurriculars, maybe even a part-time job. But the simplicity of the act doesn’t last long. Bowling pins are added here and there as you continue to grow up and face new responsibilities. And the next thing you know, you’re juggling flaming batons as you attempt to balance your life at work and your life at home.

It’s no wonder everyone seems to be searching for that perfect balance – I sure am. We’re living in a fast-paced world that is obsessed with multitasking and getting things done. With these societal ideals engrained in our minds, we often forget the value of time.

So I started to search, and as I began my pursuit for this so-called ‘perfect balance’, I stumbled across a variety of how-to’s and quick tips that promised to help me find it. They sounded simple, all I had to do was follow a few tips, make a few changes and my life would be balanced. Right?

Well I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time to take a vacation every time I start feeling overwhelmed. Nor do I have the resources for a life coach to keep my balance beam aligned. I cannot simply say ‘no’ to certain requests, just because I don’t want to take them on – sometimes it’s my job to get them done.

Maintaing balance between your work, family and recreation time is hard – we all know that. But what we may forget, is that we all have different resources and responsibilities. If we could all take that vacation or hire that life coach, we might live in a perfectly balanced world. The truth is, not everyone can and that’s why I want to share some of the most practical tips I came across in my search to find that perfect balance.

Practical Ways to Establish More Balance in Your Life

Set Priorities. Acknowledging how important each task actually is will allow you to add value to your daily schedule by helping you engage in what means most to you. You will feel less stressed when the tasks you see as highly important have been completed.

Avoid Multitasking. The act of multitasking tends to blur the line between work and play. Do your best to concentrate on work when you are at work and focus on recreation when you are out of the office. By resisting the desire to multitask, you’ll be able to accomplish more while you’re working and enjoy more while you’re not.

Look Forward to Something Each Day. It doesn’t have to take much time or effort, it just needs to be something you enjoy – read a book, take a bath, or play with the kids. If you have something to anticipate throughout the day, your productivity will likely increase and you’ll feel more energized along the way.

Set Goals. Setting small goals will enable you to make doing something for yourself a priority. By defining a specific goal, it’s easier to be disciplined about accomplishing it. Enjoy five minutes of silence after dinner. Spend an hour playing with the kids each day. Get to work an hour earlier. Whatever goal you set, make it a priority and make it meaningful.

Evaluate. Make the effort to monitor how you are spending your time. If you notice that you’re wasting time on meaningless tasks, it may be an indicator that you need to reprioritize or even work on your time management skills. Time is one of the biggest commodities – make sure you’re spending it on something that matters to you.

Although life may be a constant juggling act, I hope you will find it a little easier by using these practical methods to bring balance into your life. Do you have a great method for keeping your life balanced? We’d love to hear your tips as well – leave us a comment!

Claire French

Job Openings at Seven-Year High

Employment Trends ReportRecent data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a continued positive outlook for employment trends this month. Job openings currently stand at a seven-year high with 4.5 million openings reported in April, up from 4.2 million for the previous month. The number of job openings have increased over the past 12 months in each region of the United States, with the exception of the South.

The BLS reports that total nonfarm employment added 217,000 jobs in May, with average monthly job gains remaining at 197,000 over the past 12 months. Growth has been prominent for several industries including: health care and social assistance, professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and transportation and warehousing.

Jobs in the temporary services sector have also continued to rise, adding 14,000 jobs in May and a total of 224,000 jobs over the last year. The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) report a temp penetration rate of 2.06% for the month and an 8.5% increase in temporary employment compared to May of last year.

Richard Wahlquist, President and CEO of the American Staffing Association (ASA), notes that “the demand for temporary and contract workers continues to increase across most sectors.” This is good news for those searching for temporary or flexible work or jobs that could lead to full-time time positions in the future.

While the unemployment rate sits untouched from last month at 6.3%, employment trends indicate that the jobs outlook is still on the rise. According to the BLS, the number of people who lost their jobs and those who completed temporary work declined by 218,000 in May. Despite the unchanged unemployment rate, this decline in jobs lost is a positive sign, signifying that those who are currently employed have greater job security than in the recent past.

Another indicator that points to this positive outlook is The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index (ETI), which shows a 5.4% increase since last year with improvement in each of its eight categories for the first five months of 2014. Gad Levanon, Director of Macroeconomic Research at The Conference Board, reports that the ETI “continues to signal solid job growth” and points to a “need for employers to rapidly expand their payroll in light of strengthening economic activity”.

If you have any questions on current employment trends, feel free to leave a comment below or email me at!

Karah Bradshaw