In an article last week, U.S. News & World Report featured Express Employment Professionals executive director of franchising, David Lewis, who discussed the trending outlook of employers temporarily hiring workers before making them full time.
With the U.S. economy showing slow recovery and growth, companies are wary to invest time, money, and energy in filling open positions with full-time staff. Contract staffing is seen as an effective means of filling vacancies with lower cost or risk.
The trend in hiring contingent staff is also becoming more acceptable and preferable among employees. Younger generations of workers are favoring the flexibility and sometimes higher pay that staffing agencies can offer employees with specialized skills compared to some entry-level jobs offered by big companies.
According to the American Staffing Association, sales from staffing agencies totaled $25.2 billion while employing an average of 2.82 million workers a day in third quarter 2011. It marks the seventh consecutive quarter of year-to-year staffing employment growth since 2009.
Now is a great time to take advantage of the changing work environment by opening your own franchise with Express Employment Professionals. Our commitment to franchise success and the growing demand for temporary staffing can help you invest in your future and impact your community.
If you want to learn more about the rapidly increasing staffing industry and how starting your own business with Express can lead to opportunity and growth, read the article here and check out our franchising video today.
Cyndi Framme recently purchased the Santa Maria, Calif. franchise in June, but what made her a little more unique than most franchisees was that she was a franchise developer and former corporate employee for Express Employment Professionals before purchasing a franchise.
For about 11 years, Cyndi served in a leadership role at Express headquarters before taking an opportunity to be a franchise developer in the California district more than five years ago.
She felt it was time to do something for herself. When she had the chance to purchase an Express franchise, she was able to see how the company worked not only internally as a developer and headquarters leader, but also as a franchise owner. She’s no stranger to the staffing industry with more than 32 years of experience. She started looking for summer work and her parents suggested going through a staffing agency, Cyndi has been working in the staffing industry ever since. She couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Cyndi’s success is attributed to the small things. Her goals are to make a difference in peoples’ lives and giving back to the community. Helping people on a daily basis by finding workers for companies or jobs for workers has always been her franchise’s definition of success. These values have helped the franchise gain a reputation of having more integrity, more professionalism, and higher caliber workers than competing staffing firms in the Santa Maria area.
To hear more of Cyndi’s insight about the culture and values of Express from the inside out, listen to her podcast.
John Tieche, owner of the northwest Tampa office, is expanding his business into the downtown area. The expansion stemmed from the passing of his mother, Darlene Allour, in 2008. Without her support, John never would have been able to follow his dream of achieving the freedom that comes from growing his business.
John’s decision to open his first Express franchise in 2003 was inspired by his wife, Joann, who was then working at the Clearwater Express office. They had a strong relationship with current Express franchisees Ken and Diane Frazer, who told them about the great opportunities in owning an Express Employment Professionals franchise. John needed support making his franchise a reality. So, he turned his mother for aid and opened the Northwest Tampa office in August 2003 and has continued to experience and achieve success over the years.
John had corporate business experience working with Sprint, but desired to start a business that already had a proven track record. It was the support and training that Express provides their new franchisees that allowed them to focus on sales and growing instead of getting lost in the struggle of starting a business from scratch.
“I can tell you that what I saw was a company that truly understood the meaning of trust,” John said. “ I still see that today in Express.”
Ken and Diane Frazer have been owners of an award-winning Express franchise in Clearwater, Fla. for 15 years. They have shown great success in their hard work and dedication with Express Employment Professionals by achieving Circle of Excellence, an award for generating a designated amount in gross margin, being recognized in the top 15 temporary employment firms in the Tampa Bay area by the Tampa Bay Business Journal for ten years running, and having been nominated for Small Business of the Year in Pinellas County, Fla.
While serving on several chambers of commerce, business councils, and civic groups across multiple counties and communities, the Frazers decided to grow their business to help impact those in need by opening a second franchise in the St. Petersburg territory of Florida.
After working in management positions with Johnson & Johnson for 20 years, Ken and Diane were downsized and left with many choices regarding their future. They decided on business ownership, utilizing their talents and experience in working with people, office management, and plant logistics and operations.
In 1996, Ken saw an advertisement for Express franchises in the Wall Street Journal. After talking with Express Employment Professionals to qualify his goals and abilities he moved forward in Express’ mutual discovery process. He was deemed a viable candidate. He then talked with Bob Fellinger, current COO of Express, to discuss the pros and cons of opening an Express franchise. Ken credits this conversation with his advancement in deciding to open an Express franchise.
Listen to Ken and Diane’s podcast to find out about the growth of their strong relationship with Express and decision to expand into St. Petersburg.