Tips & Advice
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for companies?
The benefits of using a staffing agency as a company is that it takes a lot of the burden and expense of searching for qualified candidates away from the company, and places all the recruitment, screening, and testing responsibility onto the agency. It also allows companies to “try out” new employees without fully committing to them--i.e. onboarding with benefits and government tax paperwork. In industries where there’s a lot of turnover, or where needs fluctuate, companies appreciate working with staffing agencies that can fill many spots with qualified part-time talent for as long as the company needs them and no longer. In simple terms, a staffing agency reduces the “cost per hire” and protects companies from having to pay unemployment on employees that weren’t around for very long.
When it comes to using a recruiter-type of specialized agency, the benefit is nearly opposite in that these agencies devote time to finding the best passive candidates (i.e. those who are not looking to switch jobs) and convincing them to move the client company.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for job seekers?
The benefits of using a staffing agencies if you’re a job seeker is that the agency gets a commission for placing candidates, so they have incentive to place people in positions. At their best, they actively have people searching for new openings every day, and they also have people working to match the best candidates up with those openings. Even the not-so-great staffing agencies are still doing the “leg work” of combing through opportunities and sending resumes/applications out on behalf of their job-seeker clients. They might be sending through many candidates for the same positions, but it’s still better than nothing.
Another benefit is that if a candidate finds work through a staffing agency, in many cases they’ll receive benefits, or be paid as an employee, instead of being a 1099 contractor as many companies set up their contractors and freelancers these days.
What does a staffing agency do?
A staffing agency matches job candidates up with available positions. Many agencies also actively recruit new candidates for fields where there are many openings, or where there’s high turnover--or, on the flip side, where a job requires a highly specialized and qualified type of candidate. Staffing agencies range from high-volume temp agencies that place many people for short-term openings to very specialized niche agencies (AKA recruiters or headhunters) that only work with a select number of highly desirable candidates and high-paying jobs.
When is the best time of day to water a lawn?
The best time of day to water a lawn is early morning or evenings - the cooler times of the day. Steer clear of watering during peak warmth and sun activity; not only can it be potentially damaging to plants, but more water is lost from evaporation, reducing efficiency.
Will a sprinkler system use less water than manual watering?
Provided the pressure and flow are identical, and the length of time watering is equal, there should be no difference in in the amount of water delivered between manual or timed sprinkler systems. It’s all about pressure and flow that determines delivery amount.
How frequently should a lawn be watered?
In the warmer months you want to water three to five times a week. In cooler months, two to three times a week should be plenty. The goal is to get ¾ of an inch to 1 inch of water delivered each time. A good rule of thumb is a little more in summer, a little less in winter. If you live in a rainy area, you might not need to manually water at all in the winter.
A check valve is a valve that only allows flow in one direction, while preventing flow in the opposite direction.
How long should sprinklers be operated, per day?
The first variable to determining how long to run your sprinklers is seasonal; the second is sprinkler output. In warmer months, or peak growing season, water for approximately 20-30 minutes a day, every three to five days. Ideally your grass wants 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch of water. In the cooler, slower growing seasons, 10-15 minutes, two to three times per week. If you use automatic sprinklers, be sure to adjust them seasonally.
How much does it cost to change a sprinkler valve?
Depending on where you live, it can cost anywhere from $50-$200, possibly more, to replace a standard sprinkler valve. Actual replacement materials, assuming there are no pipe issues, are relatively small. You can pick up a valve for as little as $15. It is the labor cost that can get you. Sprinkler valve replacement is a completely doable DIY project.
What is a drip irrigation system?
Drip irrigation is a system that uses a slower moving water supply to deliver a controlled amount of water through the use of a drip line that drips water down to the roots. Also known as micro irrigation or trickle irrigation method, drip irrigation is ideal for watering smaller, specific areas, such as smaller yards, gardens, and plants. The controlled water output prevents water loss from run-off and evaporation, making it more cost efficient. This is generally not a recommended method for large areas.