Good business leaders understand that cross-training employees can yield several benefits for both the employees and the company that they work for: it offers flexibility within a company by giving your employees the abilities they need to fill in roles outside their primary job responsibilities temporarily.

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Many businesses deal with increased demand during the holidays and need to find the labor to help deliver the goods quickly. Especially in specific industries like retail, delivery logistics, and seasonal recreation, businesses need to have a plan for how to fill holiday staffing needs.

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During the holiday season, many companies increase staffing with temporary and part-time employees. This is especially true for retailers who are looking for cashiers and helping keep shelves stocked — and anything related to delivering packages, such as warehouse and delivery jobs. If you want to find work during the holiday season and earn some extra cash, where do you start?

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When you spend most of your week with the same people, it’s almost certain bonds and friendships can form with some of them. Your workplace is no different from any other environment for buddy-building. In fact, your co-workers are prime friendship material. How can they not be? They relate to your day-to-day with the most profound understanding. Co-workers can sympathize with the stresses and pressures of work. They may also be exposed to some genuine, raw emotion that people outside of your workplace may never see. A workplace can take a toll on a person so it would be nice to have a cubical confidant, a paper-pushing posse, or maybe even a printer pal.

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When given the opportunity, workers will typically jump at the chance to work overtime. Think about the man or women, supporting a family or a new child and how being paid time and a half — or more — is an excellent incentive for them. However, finding balance is vital in allowing employees to work overtime. On the one hand, the employee and the employer both win in filling much-needed demand, but on the other hand, an employee working too much overtime can cause him or her to get burned out and de-motivated. The excitement of bringing home a larger paycheck will eventually wear off and become more commonplace as they work more hours.

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Putting yourself out there in a competitive job market can be intimidating and stressful. However, if you go in there with the right attitude in showing that you are prepared, professional, and easy to talk to, then it can be a positive experience for both you and (hopefully) your future employer. To set yourself above the rest and have a better chance of securing the job, here are some interview tips on how to be a good interviewee:

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Workbox isn’t a typical staffing agency. When we say “Down to Earth, Down to Business” we mean it. In the early days, our owner used to roll up his sleeves and work the jobs he couldn’t fill himself. 

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Welcome to Friday Beers Blog #1! This is our first blog in this series, which we created to share some of our hometown brew enthusiasm with you (brewthusiasm?). Workbox is full of down to earth people, some even like to enjoy a frosty beverage on Fridays to help us get down to business over the weekend. By the way, it’s fine with us if your weekend business is lawn maintenance and laundry. You should have a beer with that, too.  

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Deciding it’s time to look for a new job is a cycle of feelings – elation, excitement, dedication and of course, frustration. It would be amazing if it were as simple as finding your dream job, applying and getting hired on the same day, but you know all too well that’s far from the reality.

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