ASA Member Spotlight Archives - American Staffing Association Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:35:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ASA Member Spotlight: Dan McNulty Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:59:01 +0000 ASA members are the association’s most valuable asset. Here ASA for You features longstanding member QPS Employment Group and asks the firm to highlight the benefits of its ASA membership. Dan McNulty, QPS’ chief operating officer, responds to ASA’s inquiries.
Dan McNulty, QPS Employment Group

Dan McNulty, of QPS Employment Group

ASA: What type of staffing services does QPS Employment Group provide?

McNulty: QPS Employment Group is a full-service staffing firm. We provide staffing solutions to challenges in industrial, skilled trades, office/clerical, and professional sectors with temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire offerings. QPS is the largest privately held firm in the states of Wisconsin and Iowa, and we are able to offer the resources of a national firm with the personalized attention that is typically only given by a smaller firm. We operate in over 30 offices throughout the Midwest.

ASA: How does ASA save you time and money, or give your business an advantage?

McNulty: Being a member of ASA adds instant credibility and gives our company an advantage over other firms who are not members. We promote our membership on our website, in our client newsletter, and through other marketing materials.

Our staff has the ability to learn industry-specific information through ASA’s education and certification programs, making them more knowledgeable. Approximately 50% of our placement staff has received their CSP or TSC certification, which is impressive to many of our clients and is something that sets QPS apart from our competition.

ASA also provides information and guidance on legal and government affairs to help inform us about state-specific laws, as well as updates on national legislation. Having this knowledge at our fingertips gives QPS a leg up over other staffing firms that are not associated with ASA. QPS has saved both time and money by speaking with ASA on legal issues versus consulting with an attorney. ASA’s information on the Affordable Care Act, whether it be from webinars or one-on-one conversations, has been invaluable to QPS and saved us from spending outside consultant fees.

ASA: How is your staff integrating the association’s services into their daily work?

McNulty: Our staff incorporates the knowledge that they have learned from ASA into their daily work. ASA offers many resources that our staff benefits from, including the daily enewsletter, ASAPro webinars, conferences like Staffing World® and Staffing Law, and certifications such as the CSP and TSC. Approximately 50% of our placement staff has received their certifications and more are working toward it.

ASA: What advice would you give other ASA members?

McNulty: I would recommend that ASA members take advantage of all of the services that ASA has to offer. One way to start learning about ASA and its services is to participate in a webinar on maximizing your membership. The daily Staffing Today enewsletter from ASA also keeps staffing firms involved and informed.

QPS also encourages other staffing firms to promote their ASA membership by using the logo on their website and branding strategies. Finally, QPS encourages all ASA members to get involved in the legal and government affairs aspect of ASA. Doing so will save your company both time and money.

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ASA Member Spotlight: Sharon Pancamo Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:20:14 +0000 ASA members are the association’s most valuable asset. Here ASA for You features an interview with Sharon Pancamo, area safety manager for Elwood Staffing Services and chairman of the ASA safety committee.
Sharon Pancamo, of Elwood Staffing Services

Sharon Pancamo, of Elwood Staffing Services

ASA: What is your role at Elwood Staffing?

Pancamo: As area safety manager for Elwood I’m responsible for making sure all of our branches are properly trained and prepared to make sound decisions relating to risk management, safety, and the clients we partner with. These sound decisions keep our associates from being placed in potentially dangerous situations and ultimately increase our company profitability.
I also provide Elwood’s managers with general OSHA outreach training, which ensures that Elwood branches are knowledgeable enough to proactively change the client environment t so it is safer for associates.

ASA: What is your role on the ASA safety committee? And what are the committee’s objectives?

Pancamo: My role as chairman of the ASA safety committee involves facilitating many calls and meetings between ASA, the OSHA team, and other safety experts to constantly review progress of our safety initiatives. I also offer guidance to ASA staff on any safety issues that may arise.
ASA uses the safety committee as a resource to educate and engage with member companies. The committee is active in ASAPro webinars; workshops and discussion panels at the ASA annual convention and expo, Staffing World®, as well as the ASA Staffing Law Conference; and much more.

Right now, the main focus of the committee is advising OSHA on important temporary worker safety issues, reviewing safety documentation and advisories that the agency will release, and educating staffing firms on temporary worker safety.

ASA: Why did the ASA safety committee create the Employee Safety Best Practices and Operating Information?

Pancamo: The employee safety best practices are just one of the many value-added services that ASA offers. There’s no need for each staffing firm to reinvent the wheel; the safety committee is a panel of experts with the knowledge and experience necessary to put together the “best of the best” when it comes to safety know-how. By sharing this info, ASA is upholding its promise to relay important industry information to its members. This type of information can be especially helpful to smaller companies that may not have the staff or resources to conduct such research.

ASA: What are some common hazards that exist in the temporary staffing industry, and what is the best way for a staffing firm to reduce the risk associated with those hazards?

Pancamo: Back injuries, cuts, and strains are typical in any industry. The most important thing staffing firms can do to reduce the risk of injury is to do a site assessment, including a site visit, before placing an associate. Firms need to ask a client questions about its training program, first-day orientation, and other worksite safety precautions to determine if it will be a good partner.

Read best practices and connect with Sharon Pancamo on ASA Central,

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ASA Member Spotlight: Randy Hatcher Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:08:07 +0000 ASA members are its most valuable asset. Here ASA for You features one longstanding member—Management Analysis & Utilization Inc.—and asks the firm to highlight the benefits of its ASA membership. Randy Hatcher, president of MAU and author of The Birth of a New Workforce, responds to ASA’s inquiries.
Randy Hatcher, of Management Analysis & Utilization Inc.

Randy Hatcher, of Management Analysis & Utilization Inc.

ASA: What type of staffing services does MAU Inc. provide?

Hatcher: MAU provides temporary staffing; professional recruiting; and outplacement, managed, assessment, and outsourcing services to a wide range of industries, but primarily manufacturing. We handle everything from manufacturing processes to employment, interns, co-ops, internal logistics, packaging, material movement, support functions, risk management and safety services, and payroll services.

ASA: How does ASA save you time and money, or give your business an advantage?

Hatcher: MAU has been a member of ASA since the 70s and I really believe in the organization because educated professional employees ultimately add value to customers.

ASA saves MAU time and money with free legal and legislative help. Years ago this was the No. 1 reason why I was a member. ASA proactively influences legislators on the Hill, and makes us aware of legal cases pending. We also have the opportunity to pick up the phone and call a lawyer at ASA directly to ask questions. I don’t know where else we would get this kind of industry support.

The ASA annual convention is invaluable to MAU. It gives our business an advantage by rewarding and stimulating our high potential employees. Even if I don’t get a chance to go to Staffing World®, I send select employees so they will soak up information about best practices and new industry tools, and learn about new vendors and suppliers. And there’s always the great advantage of networking at the annual convention.

Finally, ASA doesn’t have any geographic boundaries. We have offices in multiple states, and ASA keeps us up-to-date about the laws in each state. ASA also supports broad industry demographics, so our employees that place accountants, senior managers, and other high level employees are just as informed as those that place industrial, administrative, and call center support positions.

ASA: How is your staff integrating the association’s services into their daily work?

Hatcher: All of our employees benefit from ASA training materials. For new hires, we share industry history and demographic data gleaned from ASA, as well as the ASA code of ethics, which are all wrapped into our learning management system. Existing employees benefit from the numerous free webinars that ASA delivers every month, which help educate and keep them up-to-date on industry practices. The ASA Certified Staffing Professional® certification is also built into our employee performance development program.

ASA: What advice would you give other ASA members?

Hatcher: Owners and managers—involve your employees. If you can’t go to Staffing World or attend a webinar, send them. Also, ask for help. Pick up the phone and call ASA, because that’s one of the greatest benefits of membership with ASA—a live person is there to answer your calls.

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