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Now Hiring – Customer Support Representative at dotStaff

We are currently seeking a Customer Support Representative with excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Must be energetic, enjoy customer interaction, and host excellent problem solving skills. Duties and Responsibilities: Inbound/Outbound client calls Customer software support Product education Client interaction will be required Data entry Product configuration Light manual testing Software defect escalation (identification and research) […]

By | November 10th, 2011|Corporate Culture|0 Comments

dotStaff is Requesting Your Help

dotStaff is now requesting your help in the form of pasta, rice, and spice donations. Did you know?  More than 1 in 10 Hoosier households face food insecurity.  This means these households do not know from where their next meals will come.  Enter, local organization, Second Helpings.  Second Helpings has provided nearly 5.5 million meals in 2011 alone. Second Helpings has also graduated more than 400 adults from their Culinary Job Training Program.  As a result, restaurants all over the city of Indianapolis, and surrounding areas, have a workforce of individuals in the ready experienced, in entry level kitchen service. […]

By | November 3rd, 2011|Corporate Culture|0 Comments

Teaching an Old Pony New Tricks

My friend John struggles with his boss.  He claims she is quick to criticize him, and takes for granted the things he does well.  Discouraged, he complains about her every time we talk.  “Listen to what Stacy did today!  She drives me nuts.”  Whenever he tells the story, he is the victim and Stacy is the bully. What’s interesting to me is John is an Event Planner for several Fortune 500 companies, traveling all over the country creating memorable events, telling lots of important people what to do.  But when it comes time to go toe-to-toe with his boss, things get fuzzy for him. […]

By | October 27th, 2011|Corporate Culture|2 Comments

To Multi-task or Not to Multi-task, Part Three

In the final part of the series on Multi-tasking, we will now examine the impact that multi-tasking has on relationships. More specifically, let’s focus on what happens when one “multi-tasks in the presence of another person.” Have you ever found yourself emailing or checking messages on your phone while someone was trying to talk to you in person or on the phone? Has someone ever done this to you? Personally, I can’t count the number of times when I was multi-tasking while someone was trying to talk to me. Even though my actions were normally unintentional, I always had to ask the person to repeat what was said to me since I was “half listening.” […]

By | October 24th, 2011|Corporate Culture|0 Comments

Price is What You Pay, Value is What You Get

When considering a transaction, typically price is what comes to the consumer’s mind first. After examining the item in question is done, one looks for the price tag thinking, “what would I have to pay to get this?”  However, the exchange involves more than what is superficially identified as the price. Price is typically the least reliable tool to determine whether or not one is getting value. How else then can value be defined in the context of a transaction? At dotStaff, here are a few of our philosophies about value: Value is… […]

By | October 20th, 2011|Contingent Labor Solutions|1 Comment

To Multi-task or Not to Multi-task, Part Two

In Part one of the series on multi-tasking, we examined the reasons why many people multi-task. Let’s now shift our focus to examine the next important question related to multi-tasking: Can the brain effectively do to two things at once? While multi-tasking can give a false illusion of efficiency, it significantly hinders our ability to apply sustained focus and attention to each task. Recent evidence from 2010 at the University of Queensland in Australia indicates that individuals experience a fundamental bottleneck in their capacity to perform multiple conscious activities at the same time. This bottleneck occurs in the frontal cortex, which acts as a stopping location, preventing the brain from processing information from multiple tasks simultaneously. […]

By | October 19th, 2011|Corporate Culture|0 Comments

To Multi-task or Not to Multi-task, Part One

Recently, I found myself in what could have been a serious automobile accident. For the third time this month, I had been driving next to an individual attempting to text while driving. Given the state of Indiana’s new law which bans one from reading, writing, and sending text messages while driving, I was highly alarmed. It was hard for me to understand how this man felt capable of performing the visual tasks of driving and texting simultaneously. This is one of several behaviors that I refer to as “multi-tasking,” when one attempts to perform two tasks simultaneously. These instances I’ve had with other drivers led me to examine the act of multi-tasking in the context of our rapidly evolving technological society.  In doing this, several questions came to mind: […]

By | October 14th, 2011|Corporate Culture|2 Comments

Meet Mark and Dan of dotStaff at Staffing World 2011 in New Orleans

The best part of attending American Staffing Association’s Staffing World each year is hearing the diverse number of stories about our ever-changing staffing industry from across the globe. These conversations allow us to meet new people and to establish new strategic partnerships. Partnerships are very important to dotStaff as we sell exclusively through partners, whom we mentor to become Managed Service Providers. Dan Nierste and I will be available to discuss any of the following at dotStaff’s booth: […]

By | October 5th, 2011|Alliance Partners|0 Comments

What a Reverse Auction Can Do for YOU

As a trainer here at dotStaff™, my favorite moment in my training presentation arrives early on, when I point out our Reverse Auction feature.  “A reverse what?,”  you say.  The phrase “reverse auction” is like a 97% chocolate bar, almost too rich to get your head around.  Think of it like eBay, only in reverse.  To better illustrate, here’s how it works:  In the job board table, both the Client and Vendor have the ability to see the lowest bill rate submitted to date. This allows the vendor to decide if they want to submit at a lower rate. I used to believe that this feature is more advantageous for our Clients than our Vendors.  But not anymore.  Here’s what this feature looks like in dotStaff™: […]

By | September 26th, 2011|Contingent Labor Solutions|0 Comments

You Only Get What You Give

The New Radicals had it right in their classic 1998 debut single, “You Get What You Give.” While the song focuses on seeking opportunity and persevering, I feel that we can apply this simple line, “You get what you give” to the world of social media. From Facebooking to Tweets, getting LinkedIn to Blogging, or YouTube-ing to Foursquare check-ins, the process of deciding how best to engage can make one’s head spin. Here are a few ways that all of us can incorporate the “you get what you give” philosophy in online presence: […]

By | September 12th, 2011|Contingent Labor Solutions|1 Comment