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The power of Manpower

February 5, 2008
The employees at Manpower Inc., 1000 Commerce Park Drive Suite 101, do their best every day to match potential employees with area employers.

Manpower almost always has a good success rate, according to Becky Espenshade, branch manager.

The branches’ four employees; the branch manger, the business development specialist, the staffing specialist and the staffing assistant help make perfect fits between prospective employees and employers.

The prospective employees do not have to pay for Manpower’s services and once they are hired, they usually work for Manpower and are an their payroll.

The “customers” of Manpower are the companies who pay for Manpower’s services.

“We service clerical, industrial, skilled trade, general labor and professional,” Espenshade said.

When a prospective employee comes to Manpower they take assessment tests that help those who place people in jobs to know what the person is good at.

“We have millions of assessments,” Espenshade said. “If they are interested in working in a warehouse, we put them through the “sort and check” assessment,” Espenshade added.

There are measuring assessments, clerical assessments, typing data entries and many others she said.

Then prospective employees references are also checked. They are given background and criminal checks and drug screens are done too.

After an employee is placed, the Manpower training doesn’t stop.

Employees can take advantage of other training offered through Manpower, or a customer can recommend an employee get additional training.

“We can help people with resumes and give them tips,” Espenshade said. “We give interviewing tips too.”

Once someone is placed in a job, they actually work for Manpower.

“Ninety percent of our jobs are considered “temp to hire,” Espenshade said.

“The customer is looking for a permanent employee but they go through us, because during a probationary period, they can get rid of an employee at any point for any reason,” Espenshade said.

“By going through us, they can make sure they get the right employee. They can make sure they have the skills and that they are going to show up,” she added.

During that probationary period the Manpower “customer” doesn’t have to worry about paying unemployment and worker’s compensation.

All potential Manpower Employees, go through an orientation that covers several different aspects, such as sexual harassment lock out tag out, hazard training polices and many others.

“We put them through all the orientations no matter where they will be placed,” Espenshade said.

They also must past tests at the end of the orientation to show they learned about the orientation topic.

Manpower also assists people who are looking for part-time or temporary work. “If a company is coming in for a few months, we can help them find employees,” Espenshade said.

Direct placement is another thing that Manpower specializes in.

“We post the job and give them assessments, interview them and do background checks if needed and then present the best one or the best three to the company,” she said.

The placement time frame depends on different things. “Sometimes we can put people to work the same day, but it usually takes about a week or two,” Espenshade said.

Espenshade said the people that have the most specific schedule restraints take the longest to place.

Customers can utilize Manpower’s many services in different ways.

“If they have 10 prospects for a job, they can send them here to get assessed and we can find out who will be the best for the job,” Espenshade said.

“We can also go on site and do training,” she said. That is efficient when many people need the training, Espenshade said.

Once employees are placed, Manpower does a first day check up call and a weekly call for the first month, and after that monthly calls.

Espenshade wants to make sure that people know that potential Manpower employees do not pay any fees for Manpower’s placement services.

Currently there are about 80 companies that work with Manpower Inc. and about 90 people currently working jobs they were placed in through Manpower Inc.

“That doesn’t count our direct placements either,” she added.

“We are constantly growing,” Espenshade said.

Prospective Manpower employers will now be able to visit and will be able to search for jobs and fill out a lot of the necessary paperwork.

“They will be able to search all jobs that are listed through Manpower,” Espenshade said.

“If someone from here is interested in moving to Maine or California they can find a job,” she added.

People can then apply for the job, fill out all the initial paperwork and print out many forms they need.

“From there they can bring the forms to a Manpower office and save a lot of time,” she said.

Soon the people will even be able to complete all orientations online.

The company is also working to create some radio ads for the area. “By the end of the month of January, people should hear Manpower commercials on the radio,” Espenshade said.

A little about the company

Manpower is worldwide and has 4,400 offices in 73 different offices and territories. Worldwide, 4.4 million people were placed in 2006 and the company has been in business since 1948.

The headquarters of the company is in Milwaukee Illinois.

“Manpower Inc., out of Altoona is the franchise this office is part of,” Espenshade said, noting they have been in business since 1965.

Lisa and Alex Seltzer, of Altoona own Manpower Inc. in Williamsport.

Article Photos

Becky Espenshade, branch manager at Manpower Inc., calls a Manpower Inc. customer to do a weekly phone check on an employee that was placed there.



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