Holiday Parties: How to Avoid the January Blues!

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It’s that time of year again!  With the holidays quickly approaching, many employers choose to celebrate the year’s success with an office holiday party.  Holiday parties can raise office morale and give your hardworking employees a chance to relax.  However, employers should be careful. If your employees have too much fun at a holiday party,… Read more »

Star Staffing Adds More Staff

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Petaluma, California – December 10, 2013 — Star Staffing, (www.starhr.com), the leading provider of staffing solutions to the Wine and Manufacturing Industries in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, announced the hiring of Letty Smith as Staffing Manager for the Napa and Solano County area. Additionally, Star has hired additional staff including Elsa Mata as… Read more »

IRS Announces Upcoming Changes for 2014

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The IRS just announced its standard mileage rates for 2014. The new rates will be a slight decrease — a half cent — from the 2013 rates for business, medical and moving expenses. Effective January 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a vehicle such as a car, van, SUV or pickup… Read more »

How to Ace an Interview

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Imagine you landed the interview of a lifetime! You know the one with that awesome company on the other side of town, the one where your neighbor’s uncle works at and after five years of applying for various positions, they want to give you an interview. You are so pumped for the interview you even… Read more »

Build Trust

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Trust is essential when building a healthy and productive work environment. Whether you’re leading an entire department or work hand-in-hand with a just a few coworkers, it’s important to build trusting relationships. Here are several tips to help build trust with both your coworkers and your superiors: Be honest and share information completely. Be straightforward and… Read more »

Star Staffing Named Best Place to Work

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Petaluma, California – September 16, 2013 — Star Staffing, (www.starhr.com), the leading provider of staffing solutions to the Wine and Manufacturing Industries in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area, was honored as one of the North Bay’s “Best Places to Work.” This recognition is based on the results of an employee survey conducted by the… Read more »

September is our Employee Appreciation Month

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Managers and employees are constantly looking for the secret of “motivating their people.” Therein lies the inherent problem. You can’t motivate people. But you can set an example and create an environment where they will motivate themselves. As a leader, the secret to creating a successful work environment is to first create an atmosphere in… Read more »

Star Staffing Increases Staff by 25%

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Petaluma, California – May 10, 2013 — Star Staffing, (www.starhr.com), the leading provider of staffing solutions to the Wine and Manufacturing Industries in Northern San Francisco Bay Area, is continuing to expand and thrive. “It is very exciting to be growing at the pace we are. So far this year, we have already increased our… Read more »

Travel Time- To pay or not to pay that is the question!

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A popular topic in Human Resources with Employers is to pay or not to pay for travel expenses for Non Exempt Employees. What is the proper procedure and industry standard? Employers are often confused as to whether they must pay nonexempt employees for time traveling to, and attendance time at, a work-related function. Certain types… Read more »

Safety First: Employee Wellness

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Did you know? If you are overweight, losing just 5-7% of body weight, that’s 10-15 lbs in a 200 lb person, can reduce your risk of diabetes. (National Institutes of Health) Low sodium diets have blood pressure lowering benefits. It is recommended to consume less than 1 teaspoon of table salt a day. (National Heart… Read more »