Answer the Call

Building better futures one story at a time is our mission and purpose at Morales Group. We recently had the opportunity to further “answer the call” by teaming up with Exodus Refugee Immigration in the Brackets for Good tournament here in the Indianapolis market. Brackets for Good is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that hosts an online, bracket-style fundraising tournament in March across the United States. 64 nonprofits participated in the 2017 Indianapolis bracket, raising $742,202.79 collectively.

Although Exodus Refugee did not achieve tournament champion status, we are proud of the combined efforts that raised $44,000, and named Morales Group the 2nd most philanthropic company in Indianapolis.

That’s a win in our books.

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Morales Group Wins Inavero’s 2017 Best of Staffing Talent Award

 

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We are thrilled to receive Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Talent Award for providing superior service to job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Talent winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by the permanent and temporary employees they’ve helped find jobs.

 

Focused on helping to connect people with the right jobs to further their career, we received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 72.4% of our placed job candidates, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 47%.

“We serve the community by providing employment opportunities through our company. Our mission, building better futures one story at a time, is lived out each day and is strengthened by the recognition of this award.  We are humbled the associates we place made this award a reality and will continue living out our mission and serving our community.” – Morales Group founder and CEO, Tom Morales

“Staffing firms are giving top companies a competitive advantage as they search for talent in North America,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “The 2017 Best of Staffing winners have achieved exceptionally high levels of satisfaction and I’m proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”

About Inavero’s Best of Staffing
Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based completely on the ratings given to them by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.

Jackie Morales chosen as one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 for 2017

Congratulations to Jackie Morales, our VP of Communications and Public Affairs, for being named one of IBJ’s Forty under 40 central Indiana business and professional leaders for 2017.

Below is the article from http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales.

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Age: 36

Birthplace/hometown: born in Alamogordo, New Mexico; grew up in Lawrenceburg

Family: husband, Seth; children, Sebastian, 3, and infant Mateo

Education: bachelor’s in journalism, Indiana University; MBA, University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business

Years with company: 9

Getting here: Straight out of college, Morales landed a job with the local builders’ association as communications coordinator, segued into a spot as deputy press secretary for then-Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, then moved to Costa Rica. (“I was in my early 20s—nothing was holding me back.”) Her intention was to stay, but “family stuff” brought her back after six months. She found an interim job selling fine wine before joining Morales Group. “I wanted to get into a company with a purpose, one that worked with the Hispanic community,” she said. “So I found a job … and a husband [she later married company President Seth Morales].”

Major company achievements: Landing on the Indiana Best Places to Work list as well as the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Staffing Firms in the United States. In 2012, the company had $44 million in revenue. Last year, sales grew to $91 million.

Misconceptions: “I think Indianapolis has come a long way,” said Morales, while noting there’s still a lack of understanding in some circles about refugee employment. “They have three months, then have to pay back the flight they got from the government. They have to work after three months. This year, we’re going to do small town-hall meetings with different companies to dispel that perception and educate.”

Givebacks: Morales serves on the board of the Hispanic Business Council of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the board for the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana.

Inspiring volunteerism: “We focus on purpose and core values, not so much on the bottom line. How are we serving people?” Morales said. That philosophy not only extends to businesses and the temp workers she hires, but also to employees. Stressing the company’s core values, Morales Group gives every employee 25 hours a year to serve. Morales also helped create LEGOS—Loving Every Gift of Service—a program in which employees accumulate LEGO bricks, each representing an act of service over the course of the year. “At the end of the year, we put a roof over the house and take our people to Mexico to build homes for underserved communities.”

Favorite place in central Indiana: “Hiking at Fort Benjamin Harrison with family.”•

http://www.ibj.com/articles/62448-forty-under-40-jackie-morales

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

Morales Group Announces Board of Advisors

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We want to introduce our board of advisors: Kevin Charlebois, Rafael Sanchez, Aasif Bade, Meredith Bronk, and Sally Tassani. Distinguished in their own fields, together, they are propelling growth further for Morales Group through their guidance and past experience.

Kevin Charlebois, CEO for Milan SCS Holdings, Inc.

  • Before leading Milan SCS Holdings, Charlebois was president of several organizations including: Roadrunner Transportation Systems, Inc. (Transportation Management Solutions (TMS); Freight Consolidation and Inventory Management; Prime Logistics), Prime Distribution Services, and led FedEx Ground, Inc. in operations.

Rafael Sanchez, President and CEO of Indianapolis Power and Light

  • Prior to joining IPL in February 2016, Sanchez was vice president of business development and legal affairs at Fineline Printing Group. He previously was a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP law firm. He has served on the IPL Advisory Board for the past five years and was also senior vice president of strategic planning.

Aasif Bade, President at Ambrose Property Group

  • Prior to founding Ambrose, Aasif worked in various positions at Duke Realty Corporation for over eight years. Bade focuses on long-range planning, capital management, and customer relationships.

Meredith Bronk, CEO and President at Open System Technologies, Inc.

  • Meredith Bronk has been with OST since 1998. Chief Operating Officer since 2009 Bronk was then promoted to President. After managing a large accounting staff in Arizona, she returned to Michigan to focus on accounting, human resources, and the implementation of an ERP package for a manufacturing company.

Sally Tassani, President at The Strategy Forums

  • Tassani Communications was founded before Sally Tassani worked as Senior VP and Executive VP for Leo Burnett and Paul Harris Stores, respectively. Tassani then chaired Vistage International before founding and leading The Strategy Forums.

Morales Group Partners with Local Organizations for Skill UP Indiana! Grant

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Morales Group is proud to partner with Workforce Development, Esperanza Ministries, and Thomas P. Miller & Associates to better the futures of Hispanics in the healthcare industry.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has provided a second round of grant awards to assist community partnerships in developing training and educational programs that meet employer needs.

Morales Group, Esperanza Ministries and Thomas P. Miller & Associates partnered to develop a program to “skill up” the Hispanic population while meeting the need for community health workers (CHW) in the healthcare sector. Collaborating with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Indiana Community Health Worker Association, HealthVisions Midwest, Ivy Tech Community College and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, 100 Hispanic participants will be trained, certified, and placed in CHW positions in both healthcare and manufacturing settings. Additionally, participants will receive mentoring and English language training throughout the training. This program will be rolled out between January – December 2017 in the five counties with the highest population and unemployment rate for Latinos: Marion, Lake, Allen, Tippecanoe, and Clark County.

Currently, Latinos represent 5.7% of Indiana’s population and this is projected to double by the year 2020. The Hispanic population in Indiana has an above average unemployment rate compared to the state average and experiences a significantly lower than average personal income as well as a lower post-secondary degree attainment.

This Skill-Up grant will provide the basis for ongoing certification classes that will assist in filling the overall healthcare professions skill gap in Indiana and afford opportunities to one of Indiana’s most rapidly growing populations.

About Esperanza Ministries

Based in Johnson County, Esperanza Ministries partners with other community leaders to provide English classes, leadership training, free medical clinics, health education, and many other resources which meet the medical, educational and spiritual needs of their the multicultural community.

About Morales Group, Inc.

MGI is a nationally recognized staffing and recruitment firm that is committed to building a globally diverse workforce that will enrich local communities and promote the success of employees by treating them fairly and compassionately. MGI’s network across the state will provide a pipeline for trained CHW’s to move forward with job placement in their region. MGI is also a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE).

About Thomas P. Miller & Associates

Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) is a nationally recognized consulting firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana. TPMA works to empower organizations and communities through strategic partnerships and informed solutions that create positive, sustainable change.

For more information on Skill UP grants, visit the link below:

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Saying Thanks at This Time of Year

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This is the time of year that we try to express to our customers, employees and business associates just how much we have appreciated their support and business over the past 12 months. Some of us choose to do this at Thanksgiving, others as part of the Christmas season. We send cards, deliver gifts, arrange holiday parties and make heartfelt telephone calls.

Reaching Out Via the Web

As the prevalence of online marketing has grown, more and more individuals and companies are sending notes of appreciation via their websites. This can be an effective way to reach a large, geographically dispersed client base with a sincere message of thanks.

Reminding Others of the Value You Provide

In a recent blog post by Rhoda Israelov of Say It For You, she remarks how she received a thank you card from an association she belongs to not only thanking her for her membership, but also noting some of the benefits of being a member. Rhoda noted this was a nice way to show appreciation as well as remind you of the value of your membership. She commented, “Restating those top five benefits made me think about becoming even more involved in taking advantage of those benefits and telling others about them as well.”

Mind you, this is not a “thank you” and a sales pitch, but a reminder of why you work together with your customers to provide value that both of you receive. Doing this with all your customers will make for a stronger relationship as you move into the New Year.

 

The Disengaged 65%

Employee Engagement Starts At The Top

Gears showing engagementBelief in the future of your organization and belief in senior leadership are the strongest drivers of employee engagement. This goes beyond just having a stated vision and mission statement, but involves leaders that take a sincere interest in their employee’s long term success.

This is not to say that having a stated company Vision and Mission are not important. In fact they are. According to research done by Modern Survey, employees are 26X’s more likely to be fully engaged in their jobs when an organization’s values are “known and understood.”

In the same survey it was noted that 65% of the workforce feels they are under engaged; that only 39% believe senior leadership shows a sincere interest in their well-being; and only 41% have confidence in their company’s senior leadership.

So here’s the challenge ….

How do you get a workforce that feels it is generally underappreciated and uninspired to be more engaged?

1. You absolutely need to create a Vision and Mission statements that speak to the future and promote the greater good that your company can accomplish. Knowing that you are part of something bigger is key to creating an engaging work place.

2. Senior management must profess and continually reinforce the company’s Vision, Mission and Goals. If top management doesn’t live their beliefs daily, then your employees will not incorporate these commitments into their actions.

3. Build confidence into all you do. By exuding confidence and clearly communicating what needs to be done, others will jump on board.

4. Recognize those around you. Showing appreciation for an employee’s effort and commitment will energize them.

Don’t Be Part of the Disengaged 65%

Building a workforce that believes that what it is doing positively impacts others, feels appreciated, and sees the company’s values reinforced daily, will insure that they are NOT part of the disengaged 65%.

 

Want to improve retention? Recognize Your Employees.

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Smartbiztrends.com reported recently that U.S. workers were feeling more satisfied than earlier in the year with their jobs. Can this really be the case? In most media reports the normal commentary is that many workers feel trapped in their jobs. This is because most don’t believe that they can leave their current positions for fear of not finding similar employment elsewhere.

On-the-Job Recognition Goes A Long Way

Recognition plays a big part in how an employee feels toward their employer and job satisfaction. In a survey done by Globoforce Workforce Mood Tracker, half of the employees report that they have been recognized for their on-the-job efforts, up from 44% a year ago at this time.

How an employee feels about their job situation can be impacted signifcantly by the level of recognition they receive. Smartbiztrends.com reported “only 23% of employees who have been recognized at work say they plan to search for new employment when the economy improves, compared with 51% of those who have never been recognized. Most (76%) of those who have been recognized by their employers love their jobs, compared with 37% of those who have not.”

Employee Recognition Can Be Simple

Showing appreciation for a job well done does not have to be hard, time consuming, or overly expensive. Often just citing an individual’s effort in front of the rest of the team or organization can pay big dividends. Simple recognition items like gift cards, thank you notes, some extra cash in their pocket, or an extra vacation day are always well received.

Contact the Morales Group with any of your questions on how to build recognition into your employee retention activities.

 

Do You Have a Hiring Game Plan?

An Effective Hiring Game Plan

What is your Game Plan?Some of you will say, “Of course I have a plan to recruit, assess and hire new employees”. Others of you will say, “Well yes, kind of”. Our guess is that the extent of your hiring plan depends on how often you are in the market for new employees. Those of you who hire frequently we suspect have a well defined process for recruiting, interviewing and selecting new employees. Those of you with less reoccurring demands may have a process, but one that may be less consistent. Regardless of the status or frequency of your hiring practices, there are certain questions that will make your “hiring game plan” more effective.

What’s your timetable on filling your open position?

Fast, slow, when we find the right person? Knowing how immediate the need is to fill open positions is important so that your HR managers can communicate the length of time the process may take to your candidates. So often this is not done and this can discourage good prospects if they feel there are long delays. This will lead to losing out on good candidates who take other job offers.

Have you defined the essential skill sets needed for the position?

Sounds like this should be the first thing on the list, but surprisingly, many hiring managers want to talk to candidates and trust their gut feelings as to whether a candidate fits their needs. Hiring based on cultural fit while down playing a candidate’s skills will often lead to a bad job match. Defining the skills that are absolutely required needs to be done. With the many assessment tools available your core skill sets can be readily evaluated as part of your decision process.

Who is involved in the hiring decision?

Is it just the human relations department, a single hiring manager, a hiring evaluation team? Although recruiting is often left to the HR department, any successful hiring plan must include the hiring manager. A hiring manager engaged from start to finish will ensure that each candidate will match the requirements needed to be successful in the job.

Are you taking advantage of today’s technology and evaluation tools as you assess candidates?

There are online tools that will help you qualify basic skills, look at behavior tendencies and speed up the interviewing process. Using these assessments along with remote video interviewing can shorten the hiring process and provide useful insights to the hiring manager.

Does your plan insure compliance?

For those who hire frequently you are familiar with the government regulations that are meant to prevent discrimination against protected classes such as race, gender, and age. Firms that hire less frequently need to make sure their hiring plan takes into account these requirements so you avoid issues of non-compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Contact the Morales Group with questions on building your own “hiring game plan”. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Inspiring Stories, New Features Add to MGI Website

Updates Enhance MGI Website

Updates to the MGI website (www.moralesgroup.net) were launched last month. The enhanced site has more information about the many services that Morales Group offers emphasizing our People, Flexibility and Productivity. The capabilities of each of our business units – MGI Industrial, Prima Staffing Solutions, Accion Performance and Empresa Talent – are also featured.

Inspiring Personal Stories

Also included are four inspiring stories about how Morales Group strives to Build Better Futures … One Story at a Time. We believe you’ll enjoy reading the personal reflections at One Story at a Time about our employees who have built a new life in this country.

We also look forward to sharing testimonials, case studies and topics of interest in our Staffing Insights blog. Go to our website and sign up now.

Interface Tool For Job Seekers and Our Employees

For those looking for employment the MGI website will give you access to viewing and applying for current job opportunities. MGI employees can also maintain their personal information and receive pay information through the secure online portal.

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Morales Group is an Indianapolis staffing agency whose diverse and talented people serve the light industrial, professional and contract assembly markets. Morales Group’s staffing services offer flexible workforce management solutions that provide proven, measurable productivity gains for our clients. For more information and to contact us, visit our website at www.moralesgroup.net.