Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays from Discover Staffing

Happy Holidays from DISCOVER STAFFING
Our office will be closed
Monday, December 26th for the Holiday.

We will re-open on Tuesday,
December 27th.

We will be closed on Monday, January 2nd.

We will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Payroll will be processed as usual and checks will be available on Thursdays.

Have a safe and wonderful Holiday Season!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Schedule for Thanksgiving 2012

Please be sure that time sheets are turned in to our office no later than Noon on Monday, November 21st.

Checks will be available Wednesday, November 23rd after 10am.

Don't forget our Holiday Policy. To be paid for Thanksgiving Day you must have acrued 1200 career hours, work a minimum of 24 hours in the holiday week and work the scheduled day before and after the holiday. If a company is closed on Friday, we will not hold that day against you - you will just need to work Wednesday and Monday to qualify.

The office will be closed on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

DISCOVER STAFFING wishes you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Halloween from DISCOVER STAFFING!

We would like to wish all of our employees and their families and safe and happy Halloween.

Click here for some tips from MSN Careers on how to make your Halloween costume work for the office.

If you stop in to DISCOVER STAFFING you might just see me in my own spooky costume!

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Casual Friday for Good Mews

When you are a relatively small company like ours, you don't raise a lot of money when you collect $2 per person once a week for three months. But you do collect some. We were able to donate $60 to the Atlanta Dog Squad!

Starting this month and continuing through the rest of 2011, we will be raising money for Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter in Marietta.

Good Mews is one of the few virtually cage-free, no-kill cat shelters in the State of Georgia. Since 1988, Good Mews has placed approximately 5,000 cats in permanent homes. The shelter receives no government support, relying solely on donations of time, service and money from its supporters, the public and area businesses. Good Mews is home to approximately 100 residents at any given time, most of whom live at the shelter; some also reside in foster care. We have an average adoption rate of approximately 5 cats per week.

We look forward to being able help this great shelter and the kitties who live there.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day is upon us and that means the official end of summer. We will be closed on Monday, September 5th. Timesheets are due no later than 1pm on Tuesday, September 6th. Paychecks will be available on Thursday.

Don't forget our Holiday Pay Policy:
Completion of 1200 career hours, including overtime, will qualify you for paid holiday. You must work a minimum of 24 hours during the holiday work week and work the scheduled day before and day after the holiday.

Have a great holiday weekend and thanks for all you do!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dress Code: When is Business Casual too Casual

The topic of Dress Codes comes up for us all the time. With the wide variety of types of clients, dress codes are very different from place to place. What one company calls "Business Casual" another company would call "Professional" and another still considers jeans and t-shirts to be appropriate every day. DISCOVER STAFFING has even recently implemented a Casual Friday policy for our own office. However, when it comes to dress code there are always gray areas and boundary lines that should not be crossed. Yahoo Blogger Sarah B. Weir offers these insights into what bosses and co-workers really think when it comes to dressing for the office.

Kelly recommends that women have three separate wardrobes: one for the office, one for the weekend, and another for special occasions. While this might seem a little old school, she explains that fashion magazines like to mix casual and professional clothing, but the average person simply doesn't have the eye or the experience to combine styles in one outfit.

We talked to some managers and executives around the country about the worst wardrobe blunders, and bosses agree that conservative professional attire is still relevant today. It seems that looks can kill...your job prospects.

Go here to read the full article.

Cross Posted on our DISCOVER STAFFING Career Resource Center.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dressing Down for Local Fundraising

You may have noticed the new Friday Dress Code when you've stopped by the office.

Starting with the second quarter of 2011, we decided to implement a casual Friday policy that allows us to pay $2 each Friday for the privilege of wearing jeans in the DISCOVER STAFFING office.

Last quarter we raised $72 for The Drake House, an emergency housing facility for homeless mothers and children in the North Fulton area. We were concerned that our meager funds wouldn't be much help but when we dropped off the money we were told any amount was a welcomed donation.
"Women and children entering The Drake House are offered a variety of support services to assist them in reaching self-sufficiency. Residents participate in a goal setting process and an empowerment plan. Initial goals include addressing medical needs of the family and the educational needs of the children. Onsite life skills classes are conducted every Monday evening on topics such as job readiness, personal finances, parenting skills, and health and wellness. An advocacy program provides encouragement, motivation, and support during the family’s stay."

Starting July 1st, DISCOVER STAFFING, selected the Atlanta Dog Squad. Atlanta Dog Squad is a retriever rescue organization run entirely by volunteers.
"We rescue, foster and find permanent homes for Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Flat Coated and Curly Coated Retrievers, as well as retriever mixes.

We’re a small group of volunteers that is growing everyday. Our philosophy is that volunteer work should be rewarding….and FUN!

And, our fantastic group of Dog Squad volunteers tell us that working with our lovable retrievers – as well as with each other – is both. Kinda like the feeling you get when you hug your dog"

Feel free to ask us about our Casual Fridays the next time you're in our office. Stay tuned for our Fourth Quarter Charity in October.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Independence Day Holiday

DISCOVER STAFFING will be closed on Monday, July 4th. Time sheets are due no later than Noon on Tuesday, July 5th. Paychecks will be available on Thursday, July 7th.

Don't forget our Holiday Policy:


Completion of 1200 career hours, including overtime, will qualify you for paid holiday. You must work a minimum of 24 hours during the holiday work week and work the scheduled day before and day after the holiday. The holiday must fall on a week day.

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July weekend!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer! DISCOVER STAFFING will be closed on Monday, May 30th. Time sheets are due no later than Noon on Tuesday, May 31st. Paychecks will be available on Thursday, June 2nd.

Remember, to qualify for holiday pay you must have worked 1200 career hours. You must work a minimum of 24 hours during the holiday work week and work the scheduled day before and after.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend, and give our Veterans a moment of quiet gratitude.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Don't Forget Our Referral Bonus!

DISCOVER STAFFING is always looking for good candidates with experience in office support or light industrial jobs. If you know someone who is looking, please refer them to us. Tell them to send their resume to roswell@discoverstaffing.com and be sure to tell us who referred them. Don't forget, you will receive a $20 referral bonus after they work 40 hours!

Good people refer good people! Do you know someone who could benefit from our services? Send them our way today!

Friday, March 18, 2011

What a Long, Strange Trip it's Been

"What a long, strange trip it's been" -Jerry Garcia

It started simply enough. Every year, Discover Staffing participates in the American Staffing Association’s Employee of the Year competition. National Staffing week in September is a time to honor temporary employees for all of their hard work. In 2010, we evaluated our current employees and chose Michael Timms as our employee of the year. Our submission was as follows.

The term “flexible” doesn’t even begin to describe Michael. He came into our office near the end of 2009 looking for temporary work to stay busy. As a formal wear consultant, the winter season is slow with few weddings and several months until proms began. He said he was willing to do anything and so we put this to the test. We had a client who wanted to experiment with telemarketing after hours. Since we primarily staff for office support, most of our employees were not available after 6pm. But Michael was ready and willing. We received excellent feedback on his assignment. When that was completed we assigned him to a 1 week job stuffing envelopes for not very much money. After that job, he did a couple of filing projects. Always representing the very definition of flexible, Michael was available for several projects over the winter holiday working for a home builder who uses our services to staff their model homes. During the holiday season several agents were on vacation and Michael happily covered these properties for us working three days before Christmas, including Christmas Eve, and 4 days during the week before New Year’s Day. He continued to work on and off at the home builder through April. At the end of April, we received a position for an administrative assistant to a senior buyer. We were presented it as a 30 to 90 day assignment while they worked on hiring a permanent employee on their own. Michael’s experience as an assistant buyer in the formal wear industry made him an excellent candidate but selfishly we didn’t want to lose him for the hard to fill jobs that he always took. In the end, sense prevailed and we submitted him to the job which he started near the beginning of May. 4 months later, he is still there. In June, Michael received a raise along with the following feedback, “We appreciate Michael’s consistent work ethic and ability to blend with the team.” And more recently, we were told, “Michael continues to do very well, handling all that we ask and then some. [We] have included Michael in on our interview process for the permanent position while also reviewing other outside candidates. We have not made any decisions and I do my best to keep Michael informed on our progress and focused on matters at hand. He has remained very positive and interested in the permanent position.” Michael’s flexibility with both long and short term assignments has made him the perfect nominee for GSA’s Employee of the Year. We are proud to have him represent Discover Staffing.

His supervisor at Exide Technologies, in Alpharetta Georgia, was so impressed with our recognition of Michael that he asked if he could reward Michael’s hard work himself. We were pleased and encouraged that our client was so enthusiastic that we encouraged him to do anything he wanted. We also made tentative plans to get together with Michael and Todd, his supervisor, for lunch to celebrate his nomination. Shortly after that, the Georgia Staffing Association gathered all the local entrants to the competition and voted one of them the GSA Employee of the year. Michael was selected and we were very proud. Everything seemed just perfect. Michael, who was always cheerful and ready with a friendly laugh, was over the moon with the recognition that he was getting for a job well done.

Then, the unthinkable happened. At the end of September, barely a week after he had been named the GSA Employee of the Year, Michael called us with some bad news. At that time all we knew was that he was having some heath challenges and that he was “preparing for the worse.” As the details unfolded, we learned that Michael had been diagnosed with cancer and was dealing with the battery of tests to determine the treatment and prognosis. He took some time off from work for tests and appointments but was finally told that he would need 4 to 6 weeks of chemotherapy followed by surgery. We were forced to end his assignment at Exide with the expectation that once he was well he could go back, possibly as a permanent employee. The joyful Michael we knew and loved seemed gone. It was hard to hear the sadness in his voice.

October passed without a word. We followed up with Michael and with Todd. November came and went with still no word from Michael. The team at Exide sent him a care package and we mailed him the gift card awarded by the GSA hoping to lift his spirits. No word from him at all. Truthfully, we were imagining the worst and scared to find out what was going on. By December, we were beyond concerned but had no more resources to reach out to. Would Michael ever be back? Did something else happen?

Then, with all the miraculous timing of the winter holidays, we got a phone call on December 20th. Michael was alive, recovering from surgery to remove the tumors, and expecting one more round of chemo. After that, he said, he was ready to get back to living life. It was good to hear him laughing again. He was expecting to be able to go back to Exide by the end of January. The folks at Exide were extremely gracious and grateful to hear from him. They wanted to make sure he took the proper time to fully recover before he came back. And after all of this drama, Michael returned to work as a full time, permanent Exide Technologies employee on February 7, 2011.

Finally, in March, we were able to take Michael and Todd out for that terribly overdue congratulatory lunch. It was wonderful to talk with Michael, hear him laugh and see how Todd interacted with him like a caring father. We talked with Michael about his health. He has a few follow up visits remaining but the doctors believe he is out of the woods. We also talked about his work with us. We thanked him for his flexibility and found humor in the fact that he went from procurement in the formal wear industry to the battery recycling industry. He said that he got his formal wear job through a staffing company as well and he really believes in what we do as a service. He never went to any job, even the lowest paying, most boring one, thinking of it as only a “temp job”. He treated everything like an opportunity. Because of that attitude he was named our Employee of the year. Michael’s story didn’t end after the award. And we are so grateful for the ultimate results.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Upcoming Events in March

DISCOVER STAFFING is excited about the return of Spring. March is brimming with new promise.

Don't forget to send us your original time cards each week. We need them each week so we can expedite our billing process. This cycle makes sure that all of our employees are paid on time.

On Sunday, March 13th, be sure to change your clocks to Spring Forward for Daylight Savings time.

Remember the DISCOVER STAFFING Holiday and Vacation Policies. You need to work 1200 career hours to qualify for upcoming holidays, the next one is Memorial day at the end of May. You need to work 1800 hours each year to qualify for a week of vacation pay. This is typically calculated based on your assignment start date and will reset each year.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17th. Celebrate locally with the annual Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade or raise a pint of Guinness at a local pub with your friends. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

And Spring officially begins on Sunday, March 20th. After the Atlanta Ice Storm in January, I am sure we are all ready for Spring to arrive!

Monday, January 31, 2011

W2s Have Been Mailed

W2s were mailed on Monday, January 31st. If you do not receive yours by February 15th, please let us know. We will reprint W2s each Friday as needed. If you have moved and have not already provided us a change of address, please let us know right away and we will reprint your W2 and mail it to the correct address after February 15th.

Thanks for all you do!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Good morning! We have a problem that we have never encountered before - a very bad winter storm has crippled the Atlanta area. We are not in the office, most of our clients are not in their offices, you are probably not at work and the mail is not being delivered. We are contacting you today to let you know that we are working on a plan for payroll this week. There is a chance that pay day may move to Friday. If you have direct deposit, that may mean that it wouldn't hit your account until Monday. If you prefer, we can cancel your direct deposit for this week only and cut you a live check. Please let us know if you would want us to do that.

We are checking emails and the voicemail throughout the day.

We will keep in touch.

Laura, Kathy, Lauren and Lig