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  • Choosing Between Nearshore and Offshore IT Services: Factors to Consider

    As the scope of IT services evolves, so does the desire to search for more cost-effective solutions, which businesses can now find in both nearshore and offshore outsourcing. Both options offer unique advantages and challenges, making it imperative for organizations to carefully weigh their options. Explore the factors organizations should consider when deciding between nearshore and offshore IT services, helping you chart a course that aligns with your business goals and requirements. Understanding Nearshore and Offshore IT Services Nearshore IT Services: Refers to outsourcing tasks or projects to a service provider in a neighboring or nearby country. The geographical proximity can facilitate smoother communication, collaboration, and cultural alignment. Offshore IT Services: Involves outsourcing to a service provider located in a different, often distant, country. This option can provide cost savings due but may present challenges related to time zone differences and cultural disparities. Factors to Consider Geographical Proximity Nearshore: Closer geographical proximity can lead to more convenient travel for onsite meetings and improved real-time communication. Shared time zones can also enhance collaboration. Offshore: While distant locations might offer cost savings, they can result in challenges such as longer travel times and significant time zone differences. However, advancements in technology have mitigated some of these issues. Cultural Compatibility Nearshore: Similar cultural backgrounds can facilitate better understanding and communication. Shared business practices and work ethics can contribute to a smoother collaboration experience. Offshore: Diverse cultural settings may require additional effort to bridge communication gaps and align working styles. However, diversity can also bring innovative perspectives and new ideas to problem-solving. Cost Considerations Nearshore: While costs may be higher compared to offshore options, they can still be more reasonable than onshore solutions. The benefits of reduced travel expenses and improved efficiency may offset the slightly higher costs. Offshore: Generally offers lower labor costs, making it an attractive option for businesses aiming to optimize their budgets. However, it's essential to balance cost savings with potential communication challenges. Time Zone Differences Nearshore: Similar time zones can simplify real-time communication and project coordination. This can lead to faster response times and more agile development cycles. Offshore: Managing projects across significant time zone differences requires careful planning. However, it can also enable 24/7 operations, potentially speeding up project timelines. The Choice is Yours Choosing between nearshore and offshore IT services is a decision that demands careful consideration of various factors. By assessing your organization's specific needs, priorities, and constraints, you can navigate the waters of outsourcing with confidence. Whether you opt for the proximity and cultural alignment of nearshore outsourcing or leverage the cost advantages and speed of offshore services, a well-informed decision will pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial partnership. BGSF and the Arroyo Approach BGSF acquired Arroyo Consulting in April 2023 to expand our services to nearshore and offshore IT consulting and software development. According to Beth Garvey, BGSF’s Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer, “Our customers have been asking for offshore and nearshore solutions, and we know that the Arroyo team will provide us with the people and expertise needed to expand our high-value business consulting and managed service platforms.” The acquisition of Arroyo brings strategic pricing flexibility to enhance our customer relationships across several industries. Arroyo also provides global delivery capabilities, enhancing our systems and custom software application development, testing, and ongoing support for customers, ensuring they have the right people in the right place at the right time. Learn more here!

  • BGSF January 2024 Jobs Report: January Showcases Surprising Strength in Job Growth

    The January jobs report delivered unexpected news, painting a promising picture for the start of 2024. The U.S. economy showed remarkable resilience, adding 353,000 jobs, significantly surpassing the cautious estimate of 185,000 predicted by economists. This surge in hiring indicates a robust economic momentum, contrasting with the typical post-holiday slowdown. Despite these gains, the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7% for the third consecutive month, with 6.1 million individuals still seeking employment. Key Highlights of the January Jobs Report: Robust Job Creation: The economy added 353,000 jobs in January, showcasing an unexpected acceleration in hiring. Steady Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, marking the third month at this rate. Sector-Specific Growth: Professional and business services led the growth, adding 74,000 jobs, significantly higher than the monthly average of 14,000 in 2023. Specifically, professional, scientific, and technical services saw an addition of 42,000 jobs. Government Employment Trends: Government employment increased, though at a slower pace than the 2023 average, adding 36,000 jobs. Notably, federal government jobs increased by 11,000, and local government (excluding education) saw an uptick of 19,000 positions. Revisions and Surprises: December's job gains were revised up by 117,000 to 333,000, while November's figures were also adjusted upward, adding an additional 9,000 jobs to the previously reported figures. Analysis and Implications: The January report, often seen as one of the most challenging to predict due to post-holiday job losses and the introduction of new seasonal adjustment factors by the BLS, defied expectations with its strong job growth. This robust performance is particularly noteworthy, considering the typical trends of job shedding post-holidays and the start-of-year economic recalibration. For Employers: The surge in job creation, especially in professional and business services, signals a robust demand for skilled professionals. Companies should strategize to attract top talent, focusing on competitive offerings and fostering a dynamic work environment to retain and attract qualified candidates. For Job Seekers: The consistent job growth, particularly in professional, scientific, and technical services, presents abundant opportunities. Candidates should leverage this demand by upskilling and aligning their expertise with the sectors showing the most significant growth. Robust Job Creation With the economy adding 353,000 jobs in January, showcasing an unexpected acceleration in hiring. Eric Peters, President of the Professional Division at BGSF, highlighted the significance of this growth, particularly in managed solutions. "January's impressive job growth, particularly in professional and business services, aligns perfectly with the upward trends we're witnessing in the Managed Solutions sector. We're definitely seeing a spike there, especially in areas critical to organizational efficiency and risk management, such as regulation, compliance, and audit services," Peters noted, emphasizing the strategic importance of these sectors as businesses gear up for technological adaptation and optimization in 2024. Steady Unemployment Rate The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7%, marking the third month at this rate. This steadiness in the job market is reflected across various sectors, including the dynamic real estate sector. Kelly Brown, President of the Property Management Division at BGSF, articulated the sector's growth and BGSF's strategic positioning. "The notable surge in real estate jobs this January mirrors the industry's preparation for an upswing in construction completions, highlighting the real estate sector's dynamic growth and its agile response to shifting market demands. At BGSF, we're perfectly positioned to capitalize on this momentum, thanks to our longstanding, widespread reputation in the property management industry. We're not just observing the growth; we're actively shaping it by attracting top talent and meeting our clients' evolving needs with precision and reliability. Our deep-rooted presence across the US equips us with unique insights and capabilities, enabling us to lead and innovate in this thriving market. Integral to our strategy is our commitment to upskilling and training, particularly through our Maintenance Training Program, which ensures that our professionals are not only prepared to meet the current demands but are also future-ready, further solidifying our role as a pivotal player in the property management industry." Sector-Specific Growth and the AI Influence While sectors like professional, business, and government services saw considerable growth, the transformative impact of AI on the job market is becoming increasingly evident. Chris Loope, Chief Strategy Officer at BGSF, spoke about the influence of AI in reshaping the job landscape. "The landscape of the job market is evolving rapidly, with artificial intelligence (AI) at the forefront of this transformation. It's not just about the technology itself, but also about how we adapt to and integrate this technology into our workforce strategies," Loope commented. He stressed BGSF's commitment to leveraging AI to enhance processes, drive efficiency, and ensure that the company remains at the forefront of talent solutions. The January jobs report offers a promising outlook for the year ahead, with robust job growth and stable unemployment rates. The insights from BGSF's leadership reflect the company's proactive approach to navigating the evolving employment landscape. Both employers and job seekers should harness these insights to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the 2024 job market. Stay tuned to BGSF for future reports and expert analysis on the evolving employment landscape. BGSF is a leading provider of professional and property management staffing and workforce solutions, with a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we are proud to have a team of experienced and dedicated workforce professionals who are passionate about helping our clients succeed. If you are looking for a professional or managed services partner that can help you achieve your business goals, contact BGSF today.

  • Balancing Workloads: Strategies for Efficient Property Management Staffing

    Efficient property management staffing is crucial for the success of any real estate venture. A well-balanced team ensures that tasks are handled effectively, tenants and residents are satisfied, and the property is well-maintained. However, according to Monster's 2024 Work Watch Report, "75% of workers feel burnt out as a result of staffing shortages impacting their workloads." These shortages and subsequent burnout can cause significant operational deficiencies for any property. Below we will explore various strategies for achieving optimal staffing levels in property management, including the benefits of partnering with a staffing firm like BGSF. Understanding Property Management Staffing Challenges Property management comes with a unique set of challenges. From maintenance and repairs to tenant relations and administrative tasks, the workload can quickly become overwhelming. Overstaffing can lead to unnecessary expenses, while understaffing can result in burnout and decreased productivity. Striking the right balance is essential for a successful property management operation. Developing a Comprehensive Staffing Plan Assessing Workload and Task Distribution: Conduct a thorough analysis of the workload to understand the specific tasks involved in property management and identify peak times and seasonal variations in demand for certain services. Defining Roles and Responsibilities: Clearly define the roles and responsibilities of each team member and ensure that tasks are distributed based on individual strengths and skills. Implementing Technology Solutions: Given the rise in PropTech solutions, one may start to invest in property management software to streamline administrative tasks. Utilizing automation for routine processes frees up staff for more complex responsibilities. Regularly Review and Adjust Staffing Levels: It's important to periodically reassess the workload and adjust staffing levels accordingly. You can use performance metrics to identify areas for improvement or increased efficiency. Invest in Employee Training: You can provide ongoing training to ensure that your staff is equipped to handle new challenges and responsibilities. Well-trained employees are also more likely to contribute to the success of the property management team. For example, through BGSF's Maintenance Training Program, you can help your employees take their skills to the next level and increase their contribution to your team in as few as eight weeks. Learn more here! Encourage Open Communication: Foster a work environment where team members feel comfortable expressing concerns or suggesting improvements. Regular communication helps identify issues, such as possible burnout or lack of opportunities, before they become significant problems. Partner with BGSF to Leverage Flexible Staffing Solutions Have you ever considered partnering with a property management staffing firm like BGSF to meet fluctuating demands? Temporary staff can be hired for specific projects, seasonal peaks, or to cover staff shortages! Access to a Talent Pool: BGSF has access to a diverse, nationwide pool of highly qualified professionals. This ensures that you can quickly find the right talent for your specific property management needs, practically on demand. Cost and Time Savings: By utilizing temporary or contract staff, property management companies can save time and money on all recruitment and onboarding tasks. We can take care of the hiring processes and services like payroll, allowing you to focus on your core business. Adaptability: BGSF can help you quickly adjust staffing levels based on your changing requirements. This adaptability is crucial for responding to unexpected fluctuations in workload. Need more hands on deck for snow removal in the winter? Looking for help with storm cleanup after a natural disaster? We have staff ready to support your team! Staffing for Success Achieving an efficient property management staffing balance is an ongoing process that requires careful planning, adaptability, and strategic partnerships. By incorporating flexible staffing solutions like those offered by BGSF, property management companies can optimize their workforce to meet the dynamic demands of the real estate industry. With a well-balanced and skilled team in place, property managers can focus on delivering exceptional service, ultimately enhancing tenant and resident satisfaction and the overall success of their ventures. Contact us to request talent today!

  • Tech Talent Boom: Unlocking Opportunities in the Federal Job Market

    Amid a challenging period for the tech industry, where numerous companies have faced layoffs and uncertainties, one unexpected employer stands out: the U.S. government. While giants like Apple and Facebook are trimming their workforce, Uncle Sam is actively looking for tech talent, creating a surge in opportunities within the federal job market. The Tech Talent Shift According to a recent article on government hiring, over 1,000 tech companies have laid off more than 414,000 workers between 2022 and 2023. However, the U.S. government, through initiatives like the Tech Talent Project, is actively recruiting tech professionals. Notably, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has hired over 1,000 tech workers in the past year, increasing its average salary by $18,000 to compete with the private sector. The government aims to hire a substantial 22,000 tech workers into public sector jobs in the current fiscal year. Federal Government Spending and Tech Initiatives The $1 trillion infrastructure bill, introduced in 2021, has injected further optimism into the federal tech scene. Infrastructure projects, especially those involving technology integration, can lead to the creation of many jobs, including roles in software development, data analysis, and cybersecurity. With $1 billion allocated for cybersecurity grants to state and local governments, the federal government is not only providing job opportunities but also investing in crucial areas of technology. Consequently, the need for improved infrastructure often goes hand-in-hand with the adoption of digital transformation strategies within government agencies. This can result in increased demand for professionals who specialize in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things (IoT), and other cutting-edge technologies. The Public Sector, Tech, and BGSF The federal job market is experiencing a tech talent boom amid the industry's broader challenges. As the U.S. government actively recruits tech workers, tech professionals might find fulfilling and lucrative opportunities by exploring careers within the federal sector. The government's commitment to investing in technology further adds to the appeal, creating a landscape where job seekers and the government benefit from this mutually beneficial relationship. The BGSF team helps organizations, including government entities, efficiently scale their workforce according to fluctuating demands. With a comprehensive understanding of the public sector, we tailor our strategies to provide highly skilled, screened talent who possess the requisite skills and experience required for various public roles. This commitment extends to managed solutions and temporary, permanent, and project-based positions. To better serve our public sector clients, BGSF became an approved vendor for HGACBuy, a cooperative purchasing program that allows organizations to purchase goods and services through pre-negotiated contracts in lieu of establishing a Master Service Agreement (MSA). That means HGACBuy members have access to one of the largest networks of highly skilled talent, without the hassle of dealing with a lengthy procurement process. Click here to learn more and partner with us today!

  • Which soft skills are most important in the AI-dominated workplace? (Results of our LinkedIn poll)

    As AI continues to impact and evolve the workplace, soft skills will be essential to success, especially when navigating complex interpersonal dynamics between colleagues, candidates, and clients in a global marketplace. Soft skills, or "interpersonal skills" include the ability to collaborate with others, communicate clearly, and manage your priorities. According to LinkedIn's Global Talent Trends report, 92% of talent professionals reported that soft skills are equally or more important to hire for than hard skills. In our last poll about hiring trends most important to candidates, our followers voted flexibility (51%) and total compensation (21%) as the top 2 hiring trends they believe will be most important to candidates in 2024. (Read the blog here.) To follow up on this poll, we asked our 218K+ LinkedIn followers to vote on the soft skills they believe will be most important in the workplace this year. Poll Question “Which soft skills are most important in the AI-dominated workplace?" Poll options included the following: Critical Thinking Creativity Emotional Intelligence Unbiased Decision Making Poll Results We received a total of 253 votes, as shown below: Critical Thinking received the most votes with 47%. Emotional Intelligence came in second with 23% of votes. Creativity came in third with 18% of votes. Unbiased Decision Making came in last with 12% of votes. Critical Thinking It's not a surprise that critical thinking received the most votes (47%), as this is a uniquely human skill requiring logic, rational thinking, and unbiased evaluation. According to Fast Company, critical thinking is a necessary skill to evaluate generative AI responses which could contain biases and errors from the vast amounts of patterns and structures in data processing. Employees with the skills to critically assess, question, and filter AI outputs will make the human-AI collaboration a more successful partnership. Emotional Intelligence According to Forbes Advisor, emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand your own emotions and the emotions of others. Emotional intelligence ranked 2nd in our poll and becomes increasingly important when navigating social dynamics in an ever-evolving global workplace. Creativity Creativity came in third, receiving (18%) of the votes. The ability to be creative is an essential skill for effective problem-solving. Creative thinkers often tackle issues from fresh perspectives. According to Forbes Advisor, creative soft skills include brainstorming, imagination, curiosity, and experimentation. According to a study by Hendarman and Cantner, developing soft skills such as creativity and problem-solving may lead to new ideas and services that add value and solve problems, helping the team members and overall organization be more successful. Unbiased Decision Making Although this category came in last (12%), it's important to note that unbiased decision-making is a uniquely human skill requiring rational thinking, reflective consideration, and the ability to ensure that any AI deployed aligns with your organization's values and is never used in ways that could be harmful or unjust. This skill will become even more important as AI continues to evolve and impact the workplace. Let BGSF help you reach your career goals this year, whether you are looking for a permanent role or a contract role to gain new skills and build your resume. We also provide workforce solutions to assist with your talent search. Search our jobs or contact us!

  • Solving the PropTech Puzzle: How to Overcome Implementation Challenges

    From streamlined property management to innovative maintenance solutions, PropTech has the potential to revolutionize the way we buy, sell, and manage real estate properties. However, the implementation of PropTech solutions comes with its own set of challenges. Below are some of the common hurdles faced in the adoption of PropTech, as well as some effective strategies to overcome them. PropTech Implementation Challenges and Strategies Resistance to Change: One of the primary challenges in implementing PropTech is the resistance to change among industry professionals. Traditional methods and processes have been deeply ingrained, making it difficult for stakeholders to embrace new technologies. To overcome this, organizations must implement change management practices and invest in comprehensive training programs that help employees understand the benefits of PropTech and how it enhances their workflow. Integration with Legacy Systems: Many properties still rely on legacy systems that may not easily integrate with modern PropTech solutions. Compatibility issues can hinder the seamless implementation of technology. A strategic approach involves conducting a thorough system audit to identify integration points and investing in middleware solutions that bridge the gap between legacy systems and PropTech platforms. Data Security Concerns: The real estate industry deals with sensitive and confidential information. Data security concerns often act as a roadblock in the adoption of PropTech. To address this challenge, organizations should prioritize cybersecurity measures, implement robust encryption protocols, and comply with industry regulations. Communicating these security measures to clients can also build trust in the adoption process. Cost of Implementation: Implementing PropTech solutions requires a financial investment, which can be a significant hurdle for smaller properties. To overcome this, organizations can explore scalable solutions and phased implementation strategies. Cloud-based PropTech platforms, for example, often offer subscription models that allow businesses to scale usage based on their needs, minimizing upfront costs. Lack of Industry Standards: The absence of standardized practices in the PropTech industry can lead to operational issues and confusion. Collaborative efforts within the industry to establish and adhere to standards can help streamline the implementation process. Industry associations and forums can play a vital role in facilitating these discussions and driving consensus on best practices. User Adoption Challenges: Even with the most advanced PropTech solutions, success depends on user adoption. Real Estate and Property Management professionals may face a learning curve when adapting to new technologies. Providing ongoing support, user-friendly interfaces, and feedback mechanisms can encourage user engagement and foster a culture of continuous improvement. Solving the PropTech Puzzle Solving the PropTech puzzle requires a strategic and collaborative approach. By addressing these concerns with transparency and consistent communication, the real estate industry can unlock the full potential of PropTech. Embracing PropTech not only enhances operational efficiency but also positions businesses for sustained growth in an ever-evolving industry. As a leader in both property management staffing and IT consulting services, BGSF is uniquely positioned to help you design, implement, and maintain your PropTech strategies. Find out more!

  • 2024 Hiring Trends Most Important to Candidates (Results of our LinkedIn poll)

    Now that we've welcomed a new year, many of us are taking action steps to move towards our goals. Do you envision yourself in a new career, or are you reaccessing your priorities in the workplace? According to Staffing Industry Analysts and Korn Ferry, hiring trends for 2024 include the following: Companies: AI recruitment tools for assessments and scheduling Candidates: AI tools for resume optimization, job search, and interview preparation Early-Career Hiring Skills-Based Hiring Increased Empathy in the Workplace Relocation and Reassignment In our first December 2023 poll about cultivating a culture of growth, our followers voted career development pathways (38%) and recognition for efforts (36%) as the most effective ways to build a culture of growth that attracts, engages, and retains talent. (Read the blog here.) To follow up on this poll, we asked our 218K+ LinkedIn followers to vote on the hiring trends they believe will be most important in 2024. Poll Question “Which of the following do you predict will be more important to candidates in 2024?" Poll options included the following: Flexibility (location/hours) Work/Life Integration Career Progression Total Compensation Poll Results We received a total of 716 votes with the results listed below: Flexibility (location/hours) received the most votes with 51%. Total Compensation came in second with 21% of votes. Work/Life Integration came in third with 19% of votes. Career Progression came in last with 9% of votes. Flexibility A positive result of the pandemic is that companies realized they could be successful with employees working remotely, and many employees loved the flexibility, cost savings, and improved well-being. According to a workplace flexibility survey by Deloitte, 94% of respondents stated they would benefit from work flexibility, with the primary gains being less stress, improved mental health, and better integration of their work and personal lives. Total Compensation Employees care about their total compensation package, which may include base salary, bonus pay, employee benefits, perks, commissions, and tips. Total compensation is important and can function as an effective retention tool according to Compt. Companies competing for top talent may be willing to offer more generous total compensation packages, including relocation packages to attract and retain top talent. Work/Life Integration In a recent workplace burnout survey by Deloitte, 77% of respondents reported that they had experienced burnout at their current jobs at least once. As the demands of a full-time job, family, friends, social activities, and other responsibilities increase, so does the stress level and risk for burnout. Companies can promote work/life integration by starting at the top - recognizing the role of leadership in setting the tone of the workplace culture. This includes encouraging employees to use their time off, offering programs to alleviate burnout, and creating opportunities for employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Career Progression Although this category came in last, employees want to know their opportunities for advancement including lateral moves and job rotations to diversify and develop their skills. A career progression plan also helps employees and their team members to create goals, providing direction and focus to align with organizational objectives. According to a 2022 study by McKinsey & Company, a lack of career development and advancement was the most common reason for employees leaving a job. Let BGSF help you reach your career goals this year, whether you are looking for a permanent role or a contract role to gain new skills and build your resume. We also provide workforce solutions to assist with your talent search. Search our jobs or contact us!

  • Out of Office: The Impact of Remote Work on Commercial Real Estate

    The surge in remote work over the past few years has brought about a seismic shift in the way we approach our professional lives. This shift has reverberated through various industries, and one sector experiencing significant transformation is Commercial Real Estate Property Management. In this blog post, we explore the nuanced impact of remote work on this industry and its professionals. Digital Transformation in Commercial Property Management Remote work has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies within the property management realm. Cloud-based property management systems, virtual tours, and online communication tools have become essential for ensuring seamless operations. Property managers are leveraging these technologies to remotely monitor and maintain buildings, track lease agreements, and provide tenants with efficient service. Cloud-Based Property Management Systems: Property managers are increasingly relying on cloud-based property management software to centralize and streamline their operations. These systems allow remote access to critical data, including lease agreements, maintenance schedules, financial records, and tenant information. Cloud-based solutions enhance collaboration among property management teams and provide real-time updates. Virtual Property Tours and Inspections: Virtual tours have become an essential tool for showcasing commercial properties to potential tenants without the need for physical visits. Property managers can create immersive virtual experiences, allowing prospective tenants to explore office spaces remotely. Additionally, remote inspections using video calls or specialized inspection software enable property managers to assess the condition of the property and address maintenance issues. Remote Monitoring of Building Systems: Smart building technologies play a crucial role in remote operations. Property managers can remotely monitor and control building systems such as HVAC, lighting, and security through Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This not only improves operational efficiency but also allows for proactive maintenance, reducing downtime and enhancing the overall tenant experience. Digital Communication Platforms: Effective communication is vital in property management, and remote operations rely on digital communication platforms. Property managers use email, messaging apps, and collaboration tools to stay in touch with tenants, vendors, and team members. Virtual meetings and video conferencing platforms facilitate discussions, updates, and collaborative decision-making. Automated Maintenance and Service Requests: Automated systems for handling maintenance and service requests empower tenants to report issues digitally. Property managers can then prioritize and address these requests remotely, coordinating with maintenance teams or contractors as needed. Automation ensures a swift response to tenant needs and contributes to overall tenant satisfaction. Adapting to Changing Tenant Needs As remote work alters the traditional office dynamic, tenant expectations are evolving. Property managers now need to be more attuned to the needs of tenants who may require flexible lease terms, enhanced digital amenities, and spaces that cater to a hybrid work model. Adapting to these changing expectations is crucial for retaining tenants and attracting new ones. Emphasis on Health and Safety Protocols: The remote work trend has heightened awareness regarding health and safety in commercial spaces. Property managers are implementing and communicating stringent health protocols to reassure tenants about the safety of the spaces they occupy. This includes regular cleaning schedules, touchless technologies, and updated ventilation systems to meet the evolving standards of a post-pandemic world. Flexible Space Solutions: With the rise of remote work, companies are reassessing their office space needs. Property managers are responding by offering flexible space solutions, such as coworking spaces and adaptable lease terms. This flexibility allows businesses to scale their space requirements up or down based on fluctuating workforce needs, providing a valuable selling point for commercial properties. Communication and Community-Building Maintaining a sense of community within commercial properties has become a priority. Remote work can lead to a sense of isolation, and property managers are countering this by fostering virtual communities. Online forums, social media groups, and digital events help tenants connect and engage, creating a sense of belonging even in a remote work environment. Adapting for the Future The impact of remote work on commercial real estate property management is multifaceted, requiring adaptability and a forward-thinking approach. As the industry continues to evolve, property managers who embrace digital transformation, understand changing tenant needs, prioritize health and safety, and foster community will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of commercial real estate. As you and your team adapt to the future of Commercial Real Estate, consider the invaluable support BGSF can provide to your team. From saving time and resources in hiring to accessing a diverse talent pool, the benefits are numerous. Face the future confidently, knowing that you have a dedicated partner committed to helping you build a team that will help you drive success. Contact us to request top talent today!

  • BGSF December 2023 Jobs Report: December Surprises with Strong Hiring, Steady Unemployment

    The December Jobs Report is in, and it brought a wave of unexpected good news to close out 2023. Adding to the overall positive picture, government employment surged by 52,000 jobs, marking the second consecutive month exceeding expectations. This robust growth further underscores the crucial role public agencies play in our economy. "The December jobs report is a resounding affirmation of the critical role government agencies play in our economy, with growth exceeding expectations for the second straight month," commented Eric Peters, President of BGSF's Professional Division. "This surge in demand underscores the need for streamlined, efficient talent acquisition solutions like BGSF's HGACBuy platform. Through HGACBuy, we empower local and state governments to quickly and seamlessly access a diverse pool of qualified professionals, ensuring they can capitalize on this momentum and deliver vital services to their communities. With government employment adding an average of 56,000 jobs per month in 2023, more than double the rate in 2022, we're confident that HGACBuy will be an invaluable tool for agencies navigating this dynamic landscape and attracting the talent they need to succeed." Key Takeaways: U.S. added a whopping 216,000 jobs, exceeding expectations of 170,000. This marks the second-highest monthly gain of the year. Unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%, extending the longest stretch below 4% since the mid-1960s. This signals a robust labor market despite economic uncertainties. Wages continued to climb, rising 0.4% monthly and 4.1% year-over-year. This could potentially keep inflation pressures on the Fed's radar. Hiring was strongest in government (+52,000 jobs) and healthcare (+38,000 jobs). Leisure & hospitality, social assistance, and construction also saw notable gains. Job openings reached their lowest level since March 2021, suggesting a potential shift in the market dynamics. What this means for job seekers and employers: Job Seekers: The job market remains strong, offering plenty of opportunities across various sectors. Focus on industries like healthcare, government, and leisure & hospitality for promising options. Highlight your skills and experience related to in-demand fields. Consider upskilling or certification programs to boost your competitiveness. Negotiate confidently! With a tight labor market, your leverage for higher wages is stronger. Employers: Attracting and retaining talent remains crucial. Emphasize competitive compensation, benefits, and employee-friendly work environments. Diversify your recruitment strategies. Look beyond traditional channels and engage with niche talent pools. Invest in employee development and training. Upskilling your existing workforce can help overcome talent shortages. Beyond Government: Rising Opportunities in Property Management and AI While government hiring shines brightly, BGSF is strategically positioned to support other exciting sectors experiencing significant job growth. "Similarly, the property management industry is gearing up for a busy year driven by positive trends in both residential and commercial sectors," says Kelly Brown, President of BGSF's Property Management division. "With increased inventory and transactions on the horizon, our clients will need top-notch talent to keep pace." "That's where BGSF's rapid pace onboarding strategy comes in. We connect our clients with qualified professionals quickly and efficiently, ensuring their sites are well-staffed and ready to thrive. We're also doubling down on upskilling initiatives for job seekers to ensure they're equipped for these higher-paying opportunities within the growing property management landscape." "Finally, for clients navigating portfolio transitions, our comprehensive payrolling services offer a seamless solution. We handle the administrative burden, allowing them to focus on what matters most - delivering exceptional service to their residents and maximizing their investments." Chris Loope, Chief Strategy Officer for BGSF, highlights another significant trend: the rise of AI-related roles. "The jobs report for December 2023 further underscores a consistent rise in roles centered around the development and application of AI technologies," he says. "This expansion extends beyond building AI tools and into traditional sectors like marketing and content creation, where generative AI is increasingly integrated." Looking ahead, Chris anticipates an acceleration in AI-related job growth in 2024 as companies leverage advanced automation and content generation capabilities for strategic advantage. BGSF is prepared to support this surge through its expertise in recruiting and staffing for specialized AI roles. "We are witnessing the emergence of novel roles like Prompt Engineering, indicative of the unique demands of this technological evolution. Looking ahead to 2024, we anticipate an acceleration in AI-related job growth. This surge is expected as more companies initiate or enhance their AI initiatives, seeking to capitalize on advanced automation and content generation capabilities for strategic advantage. Concurrently, we are closely monitoring the decline in certain job sectors where AI advancements are leading to disruption. Our focus is on understanding these shifts to better inform our customers and candidates, ensuring a balanced approach to this transformative era in the job market." The December Jobs Report paints a positive picture for the overall labor market, and BGSF is well-positioned to support its clients across diverse sectors experiencing significant growth. From government agencies to property management companies and AI innovators, BGSF offers a comprehensive suite of solutions to navigate the evolving talent landscape and achieve success in 2024 and beyond. BGSF is a leading provider of professional and property management staffing and workforce solutions, with a commitment to quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of our clients, and we are proud to have a team of experienced and dedicated workforce professionals who are passionate about helping our clients succeed. If you are looking for a professional or managed services partner that can help you achieve your business goals, contact BGSF today.

  • Mastering the Future: The Rising Significance of Tech-Savvy Skills in Property Management

    The technology revolution has reached Property Management. Traditional methods are giving way to digital solutions, making tech-savvy skills increasingly essential for property managers and their teams. Let's explore why these skills are becoming increasingly crucial for both property management as a field and the professionals navigating it. Efficiency Redefined Tech-savvy skills empower property management teams to redefine efficiency. Automation is the name of the game, and with the right tools, routine tasks like rent collection and maintenance requests can be streamlined. The integration of cutting-edge property management software not only centralizes data but also provides real-time reporting, paving the way for a more agile and responsive approach to operations. Professionals who are familiar with using different types of operations and maintenance management software will find success in a number of roles across the industry. Elevated Communication Channels Effective communication lies at the heart of successful property management. Tech-savvy professionals leverage a myriad of communication tools—from traditional email to modern messaging platforms and video conferencing. Tenant portals, enabled by tech proficiency, facilitate instant communication and updates, creating a transparent and collaborative environment for lease agreements, documentation, and crucial emergency notifications. Stay ahead of the curve by researching the latest tenant portals and how to navigate them. You can utilize these skills in your current role or bring them to a new opportunity. Data-Driven Decision Making In the age of information, data reigns supreme. Tech-savvy property management professionals harness the power of analytics tools to make informed decisions based on market trends, pricing strategies, and comprehensive property performance analysis. The integration of IoT devices introduces predictive maintenance, ensuring issues are addressed before they snowball into larger problems. As a result, it is crucial for maintenance staff and other team members to have a strong working knowledge of these new technologies and platforms to better perform their roles. Enhanced Security and Privacy With the digital transformation of property management comes an increased need for fortified security measures. Tech-savvy professionals are adept at implementing robust cybersecurity protocols, safeguarding sensitive tenant information, and preventing unauthorized access to property management systems. The integration of smart security systems, including surveillance cameras and access control, further solidifies the protective shield around properties. With these enhanced measures in place, property management teams will be looking for professionals who can work within these systems to manage and maintain their integrity for the safety of their residents. The Importance of Upskilling The future of property management belongs to those who navigate it with a keen eye on the tech horizon, and professionals are well-advised to sharpen their tech-savvy skills as they steer through the exciting and transformative journey ahead. Maintenance training programs play a pivotal role in ensuring that organizations have a workforce equipped with the necessary technical expertise to effectively manage and maintain complex machinery, systems, and facilities. These programs go beyond just teaching employees how to fix machinery; they empower organizations with a skilled and adaptable workforce capable of managing modern industrial challenges, including the latest technologies and digital solutions. Learn more about our Maintenance Training Program to enhance your expertise or upskill your team today!

  • Most Effective Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Growth (Results of our LinkedIn poll)

    A new year is often accompanied by an intentional focus on reassessing priorities and setting goals, adjusting as needed for a successful and fulfilling year ahead. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, talent acquisition, cybersecurity, and talent retention are the top three most serious challenges business leaders anticipate in 2024. In our November 2023 poll, our followers voted talent retention as the most anticipated business challenge in 2024. To follow up on this poll, we asked our 215K+ LinkedIn followers to vote on the most effective ways to cultivate a culture of growth to attract, engage, and retain talent. Poll Question “What is the most effective way to cultivate a culture of growth within the workplace to attract, engage, and retain talent? Poll options included the following: Career Development/Pathways Clear Performance Expectations Recognition for Efforts Resources for Personal Growth Poll Results We received a total of 213 votes with the results listed below: Career Development Pathways received the most votes with 38%. Recognition for Efforts came in second with 36% of votes. Clear Performance Expectations came in third with 18% of votes. Resources for Personal Growth came in last with 8% of votes. Career Development Pathways Employees want to know what their opportunities for advancement are, including lateral moves and job rotations to diversify and develop their skills. A career plan also helps employees and their team members establish clear goals, providing direction and focus to align goals with organizational objectives. According to a 2022 study by McKinsey & Company, a lack of career development and advancement was the most common reason for employees leaving a job. Recognition for Efforts and Clear Performance Expectations Recognition for Efforts came in second, and Clear Performance Expectations came in third. According to Gallup's State of the Global Workplace, 85% of the workforce is not engaged, meaning employees are not emotionally connected to their work. Further research by Gallup and Workhuman, found that employees who receive great recognition are 20 times as likely to be engaged as employees who receive poor recognition. Employee recognition includes establishing key performance indicators (KPIs), regular assessments, and intentionally celebrating milestones and achievements. Each of these helps to create a supportive environment to recognize and reward employees for their contributions and achievements. Resources for Personal Growth Companies that foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge-sharing often offer internal training programs, including micro learnings to aid in employees bringing their whole selves to work, creating connections, and encouraging one another along the way. As one of our followers stated, "(companies) must invest in employees who are investing in (them).” When resources are provided for personal and professional growth, engagement increases and employees are motivated to perform better. Let BGSF help you reach your career goals this year, whether you are looking for a permanent role or a contract role to gain new skills and build your resume. We also provide workforce solutions to assist with your talent search. Search our jobs or contact us!

  • Nearshoring: The Future of Talent Acquisition

    In an era where businesses are constantly evolving and adapting to the fast-paced global market, talent acquisition has become a critical factor in determining an organization's success. Traditional outsourcing models are giving way to more strategic and collaborative approaches, and one such paradigm shift gaining traction is nearshoring. Here we'll dive deeper into the concept of nearshoring and why it is considered the future of talent acquisition. Understanding Nearshoring Nearshoring is a business strategy that involves outsourcing certain business processes or tasks to a nearby country, typically in the same region or time zone. Unlike offshoring, which involves outsourcing to a distant location, nearshoring allows companies to leverage talent in nearby countries with similar cultural and business practices. This approach strikes a balance between cost-effectiveness and proximity, offering a middle ground that is proving to be advantageous for many organizations. The Benefits of Nearshoring Time Zone Alignment: Collaborating with teams in the same or adjacent time zones minimizes the challenges associated with time differences. Real-time communication becomes more feasible, fostering quicker decision-making and problem-solving. Cost Efficiency: While nearshoring may not always be as cost-effective as offshoring, it offers significant savings compared to onshoring. Reduced travel costs, time zone advantages, and competitive labor rates make nearshoring an attractive option for businesses looking to optimize their budgets. Quality of Talent: Nearshoring allows companies to tap into a pool of highly skilled professionals in nearby countries. This ensures access to a diverse talent pool without compromising on the quality of work. Flexibility and Agility: Nearshoring promotes a more flexible and agile approach to project management. Teams can respond quickly to changing requirements and adapt to market dynamics, thanks to closer collaboration and streamlined communication channels. An Evolving Trend As the business landscape continues to evolve, the future of talent acquisition is undoubtedly intertwined with nearshoring. The strategic advantages and increased flexibility position nearshoring as a viable and attractive option for companies seeking to optimize their global operations. In the coming years, we can expect more organizations to embrace nearshoring as a key element of their talent acquisition strategies, fostering collaborative and successful partnerships across borders. The proximity and shared cultural context that nearshoring offers will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of how businesses build and manage their global teams. BGSF and the Arroyo Approach BGSF acquired Arroyo Consulting in April 2023 to expand our services to nearshore and offshore IT consulting and software development. According to Beth Garvey, BGSF’s Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer, “Our customers have been asking for offshore and nearshore solutions, and we know that the Arroyo team will provide us with the people and expertise needed to expand our high-value business consulting and managed service platforms.” The acquisition of Arroyo brings strategic pricing flexibility to enhance our customer relationships across several industries. Arroyo also provides global delivery capabilities, enhancing our systems and custom software application development, testing, and ongoing support for customers, ensuring they have the right people in the right place at the right time. Learn more here!

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