- Businesses are increasingly calling Nissen Staffing Continuum with
an urgent need for workers, company President Scott Nissen said.
“Businesses’ lead time has shrunk. There is a push for an
on-demand workforce,” he said. “There is no doubt that it’s
difficult to find talent.”
With businesses having gone lean during the Recession, they want to
bring in workers they know can perform at the level they need and
have the right skills to get the job done, Nissen said.
Sherry Douglas, business development partner for SEEK
“That lead time has been shifting depending on what the job
requirement is,” Douglas said. “Indeed companies do want people
Workers with higher skill levels are in also high demand.
“The clients know these people will not last a long time (on the
open market),” Douglas said.
At SEEK Careers/Staffing, Douglas said it’s not always easy to
meet that quick lead time for a company because SEEK performs an
extensive process to learn about the employee and whether he’s a
good match for the company. In addition, any new company client is
toured by SEEK staff before it becomes a client, she said.
Some of the workers in highest demand include high skills positions
like CNC programmers, while assembly and shipping and receiving
workers are in less demand, Douglas said.
A result of the Affordable Care Act has been a more confident
worker, Nissen said, adding that people who
are now able to get health insurance through the marketplace are
feeling more freedom to freelance or work on a job-by-job basis.
“Individuals now are able to work with a project-based attitude
knowing that they have quality health care,” he said.
“Individuals love the freedom and flexibility.”
A quote that Nissen heard the other day strongly resonated with him.
“‘Talented people need organizations less than organizations
need talented people,’” Nissen said quoting Dan Pink, a
best-selling author on business and management.
“It’s an appropriate quote; the tide is turning,” Nissen said
“Businesses really do need the talent.”
Workers appreciate having flexibility, getting to work on desired
projects and being selective in what they want to do or how many
projects they want. In addition, by working on a job-by-job basis
they don’t face the fear of being laid off, Nissen said.
Douglas said a company still appreciates a worker’s experience.
“They are still looking at the length of time they worked for a
different company,” she said.
What SEEK Careers/Staffing is hearing from company clients is that
they are very busy.
“The forecast is to continue to be busy,” she said. “We are
seeing people who are being hired on now. That is always a nice
SEEK was founded in 1971, Douglas said, and since then has grown
significantly, adding offices as far north as Eau Claire and in a
town near the Twin Cities. The company recently opened an office in
Stevens Point as well.
- As the economy continues to improve, the need for employees has
increased and so have requests for Nissen Staffing Continuum to
match workers with companies’ needs. In
fact, the Waukesha staffing company had a 30 percent increase in
revenues in 2014, said Scott Nissen, president of Nissen Staffing
Continuum, Inc. This year is already off to a great start, he
“We are projected for more growth in 2015,” Nissen said,
adding the first two months of the year were very strong, but then
the past four weeks have gotten a little soft. He said things are
picking up again and
should soon be at the same levels as January and February.
In particular, Nissen said there has been an increase in demand
for workers in the food and beverage industry, as well as
manufacturing, print, warehouse and logistics.
“The country is moving goods and products,” he said.
Despite the economic growth, the United States has witnessed in
the past couple of years, Nissen said employers are “optimistic
“Everyone feels good, but they are looking over their
shoulders,” he said.