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When Life Gives You Scraps

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 19, 2021
As I skimmed the paper this week, watched TV, listened to the radio, and even attended the first Saints game in New Orleans (wearing masks), nothing  seemed to diminish the ongoing problems in America and worldwide. Headlines and bylines read "COVID Virus Spreading like Wildfire," "Crash at Kabul airport kills...

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Benefits of Taking Temporary Jobs

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Oct 12, 2021
Many job seekers shy away from temporary work. They either fear that it will affect their track record of long-term positions, or they view temporary jobs as low-end labor that won’t align with their chosen field. So what is the benefit of taking temporary jobs?   Temporary Jobs Help New...

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October is Fire Prevention Month

Oct 5, 2021
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and injure approximately 20,000 more.  Fire departments in this country respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.  In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a...

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Six Principles to Live and Work By

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Sep 28, 2021
Within each of us is a kind of mental computer – an automated system that eases the responsibility of decision-making in simple situations. This programming begins at a very young age. For example, we are taught as children not to touch hot things, i.e., candles, stoves, fire, etc.  It creates...

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Creating a Facility Security Plan

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Sep 21, 2021
From prevention to reporting, security officers have a variety of responsibilities, but the primary goal is protecting the property of the employer. These officers are frequently positioned as the first line of defense for businesses and sites against external threats, intrusion and vulnerabilities to the property and its assets. However...

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Incorporating More Veggies

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Sep 14, 2021
Including vegetables in your meals is extremely important. Veggies are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off disease. Additionally, they’re beneficial for weight management due to their low-calorie content. Below are a few unique ways you can incorporate vegetables into your eating plan, so...

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Meetings For the Sake of Meeting

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Aug 31, 2021
At one time in my career I held a management role for a corporation that was very formal.  Policies were in place for everything, even for such seemingly trivial details like what types of beverages were allowed on the property.  (I don’t mean alcohol; the policies restricted everyday soft drinks...

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Risks of Too Much Sugar

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Aug 24, 2021
From tomato sauce and barbecue sauce, to peanut butter and jelly, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products. Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of daily calorie intake...

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Customer Service is Still King

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Aug 17, 2021
We all have that one story of THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE you have ever received! It spreads like wildfire! It doesn’t matter what your business model is – manufacturing, shipping, logistics, legal and, of course, retail – customer service is a very large part of the success or failure of...

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Living in an Uncertain World

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Aug 10, 2021
In 1969, when Bret and Bart were small, after many months of looking, Tommy purchased our first boat--a used, 15-foot pleasure boat with a deep V and a 100-horsepower engine.  It was the beginning of many adventures and a few "mis"adventures--primarily on our annual, week-long trip to Bridgeside Motel and...

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Summer Hazards

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Aug 3, 2021
Summer is upon us and so are the dangers that come with the outdoors.  Know what to do if you encounter one of the following common summertime hazards:   Heatstroke Heatstroke happens when the body temperature rises to 104 F or higher.  Symptoms include: altered mental state, nausea or vomiting...

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Paying Off Debt During a Pandemic

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jul 27, 2021
Many Americans are drowning in debt. In the fourth quarter of 2020, consumer debt exceeded $14.3 trillion. With a pandemic and economic recession, this financial burden can cause stress, sleepless nights, and heated arguments in the household. So how can average Americans get out from under this weight?  It’s done...

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Best Ways to Rehydrate Quickly

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Jul 20, 2021
It’s important to rehydrate after any activity that causes heavy sweating, such as an intense workout or hot yoga class. Rehydrating is also crucial for preventing the damaging effects of dehydration which can be caused by the stomach flu or a night of drinking. Read on for the signs and...

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How to Deal with Pandemic Pessimist?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jul 13, 2021
The pandemic has brought many hardships to businesses, from shutdowns and restrictions, to layoffs and price hikes. According to a Staffing Industry report, only 30% of adults plan to stay in their current jobs post-pandemic. Now that a bit of normalcy is around the corner, how do you guide and...

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Preparing For Storm Season

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Jul 6, 2021
With life slowly getting back to normal, it’s hard to think about another potential disaster. However, hurricane season is upon us, running from June 1st to November 30th, so it’s time to get prepared. While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depressions can also...

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Keeping Up With the Jones Girls – Revisited Again!

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Jun 29, 2021
In 2001, not long after I started writing monthly articles for Lagniappe, I wrote an article about the "four Jones Girls" as they came to be known, who grew up literally in the backwoods of Winn Parish: Elois, now 100; my mom, Hazel, who the others are still mad at...

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When Bad Managers Lose Good People

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jun 22, 2021
At one time or another, everyone has experienced the sense of dread that accompanies going to work when a bad manager has made your job feel miserable. Did you stay or did you leave because of that bad manager?    Recruiting good employees is a costly endeavor. Companies invest a...

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Get Outside! It’s Good For You!

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Jun 15, 2021
Many people spend workdays indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of computers, then return home to bask in the glow of television screens. But research suggests it’s important to make time to get outdoors as well, since doing so is beneficial — maybe essential — for human health.  ...

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Hearing Safety in the Workplace

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Jun 8, 2021
The best protection to help you with potential hearing loss in the workplace is to eliminate the hazard. So how loud does the noise need to be to damage a person’s hearing?  Hearing loss can occur when exposed to 85 decibels of noise over 8 hours. Normal conversations typically occur at...

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Your Social Media Self

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
May 25, 2021
Social media is one of the most popular online activities. In 2020, over 3.6 billion people use some type of social media worldwide. From personal sites like Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp, TikTok and Instagram, to professional sites like LinkedIn, your social media self is speaking on your behalf, whether you like...

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Security Options: Adding a Higher Level of Security

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
May 18, 2021
As business owners and managers, you know the importance of keeping your business running efficiently.  There are so many factors to consider: Inventory, Cost, Merchandising, Advertising, Overhead, Fixed Costs, and the list goes on. What about security?   WHAT DETERS BURGLARY Most security professionals will say that installing surveillance cameras...

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Workplace Injury Statistics

From: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
May 11, 2021
Did you know that private industry employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published the following occupations that had the highest incidence rates per 10,000 full-time workers:   Nursing assistants Tractor-trailer and heavy truck drivers Laborers and freight, stock, and...

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Do You Talk To Yourself?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
May 4, 2021
I am one of those people who talks to myself on a regular basis. Not full conversations, mind you, but simple pep-talks or reminders to myself. “Julie, don’t forget to send that email invite.” Or, “Julie, be sure to put the pot of water on to boil first.” So is...

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Live Like You Were Dying

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Apr 27, 2021
Because of the COVID virus and more time spent at home, I decided this would be a good time to go through all the "stuff" I've collected over the years. To my delight, I found things I'd forgotten I had.  One was a book published in 2004 titled, Live Like...

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The Impact of the Stimulus and Tax Season on Employment and Employers Trying to Hire

From: Carl Carver, Vice President
Apr 20, 2021
As the coronavirus restrictions have continued, the economic outlook continues to be “cloudy.” A triple storm of stimulus checks, unemployment benefits and tax refunds may affect millions of people who could be out of work for far longer than expected. So, how might these three storms converge to impact businesses...

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Protecting the Safety of Temporary Workers

From: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Apr 13, 2021
According to the United States Department of Labor, the extent of responsibility under the law of staffing agencies and host employers is dependent on the specific facts of each case.  Staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for maintaining a safe work environment for temporary workers - including ensuring...

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Eating Healthy on the Go

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Apr 6, 2021
Eating fast food doesn’t mean you have to down a fatty cheeseburger and salty fries. These days, there are a variety of menu options where you can find healthier picks and many fast-food restaurants also have their menus, with calorie counts, online. Knowing healthier options before you make that drive...

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Maximize Workplace Downtime

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 30, 2021
In my early career, I worked at a national ice cream store. As you can imagine, there is a lot of downtime between customers. I am not one of those people who can just stand around. The old saying, “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean,”...

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Just Put it All in God’s Hands

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Mar 23, 2021
When I was in the ninth grade, I had an English teacher who not only instilled in me a love for writing, but also helped me appreciate the work of other writers by requiring us to memorize quotes from literature.  One quote that comes quickly to mind during times of...

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Boosting Your Energy in the Morning

From: Mary Dixon, Benefits Coordinator
Mar 16, 2021
Morning fatigue is normal for many people. While it is important to focus on underlying causes to ensure good quality sleep, there may be ways to energize the body and help someone feel more awake in the mornings. Here are a few tips:   DRINKING WATER Try drinking water first...

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Why Private Security?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 9, 2021
If crime prevention for your business or event is at the top of your to-do list, you are not alone. Many businesses include security protection in their budgets to offset any potential financial losses due to theft. Private Security companies, like Lofton Security Service, provide skilled Security Officers who are...

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Keep Your Head Warm This Winter

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Mar 2, 2021
When working outside or in a cold environment, you want to stay warm. Using a nice winter hat can help keep your body at a balanced temperature. Winter hats are not only available in variety of styles, but are made from different types of material. Acrylic and wool are two...

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Making a To-Do List

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Feb 23, 2021
Not everyone runs on lists. People can use checklists for all sorts of things: grocery shopping, holiday shopping, packing for vacation, keeping track of homework assignments, or onboarding new hires. Lists can be very useful in a business setting when dealing with highly complicated and collaborative projects. For those who struggle with time...

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Winter Slips & Falls

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Feb 16, 2021
When it comes to protecting employees and guests in these winter months, taking a few safety measures at your facility can help reduce workplace injuries and workers’ compensation claims.   ANTI-SLIP FOOTWEAR!  The trouble with cold feet is that you can’t be safe just by keeping them warm.  It’s all...

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Online Job Board Pitfalls

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Feb 9, 2021
Recruiting for open positions can be very challenging, especially for smaller companies. You hear the ads all the time! “Post your job and get candidates that fit your position!” So if these online boards are so perfect, what is the benefit of using a staffing firm instead of just posting...

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Do Good Anyway

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Feb 2, 2021
As most of you know, I began my career as a second grade teacher in a small neighborhood school.  As a teacher, I always put a major emphasis on students' writing.  Not only did it help students develop reading and thinking skills, but the thoughts of children brightened my day...

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Driving in Cold and Wet Weather

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Jan 26, 2021
According to AAA, cold and wet road conditions contribute to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Winter driving conditions such as rain, snow, and ice dramatically affect the braking distance of a vehicle. For your safety and peace of mind, become acquainted with the following tips for safe driving in...

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Benefits of Using an Executive Search Firm

By: Julie East Corp. Marketing & Recruiting and Liz Gardner, Executive Search Division
Jan 19, 2021
Even the most experienced HR Manager will tell you that filling executive roles in their organization can be challenging and daunting. Today’s leadership roles require a professional with a specific mix of skills and experience aimed at taking your organization to the next level.  Equally as important is ensuring any...

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Increasing Your Energy at Work

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Jan 12, 2021
When I get to the office, I grab a cup of coffee and hit the ground running! My energy level first thing in the morning is at a high. By mid-afternoon, however, that changes, and just like my phone, I need recharging. Energy is the basis for all that I...

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Random Acts of Kindness

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jan 5, 2021
I was in heavy traffic last week – the kind of traffic only a holiday can provide:  bumper-to-bumper, tense drivers, colorful gestures….You get the idea.  A few vehicles ahead of me, a woman in a silver car was trying to pull out of the shopping center into traffic, but the...

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End of Year Planning

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Dec 29, 2020
The end of the year is the perfect time for reflection, both personally and professionally.  It also affords a great opportunity to sit down with your team and discuss the positive and negative impacts on the company for the past year, as well as the overall challenges and accomplishments.  Whether...

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Life Lessons From Santa

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Dec 22, 2020
There is something special about this time of year. Even with the COVID virus, stay-at-home orders, limited get-togethers, you can still feel that spirit it in the air. It’s a time of giving, receiving and good will. But why does this happen only once a year? Santa has good life...

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Choosing Faith Over Fear

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Dec 15, 2020
When I retired in 1999 after 33 years of employment, Tommy thought I had retired too young so he decided, in  keeping with the Lofton tradition, "to put me to work" by writing an article for the company newsletter...and I have loved doing it! Often I have written about past...

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Finding a Good Hire During the Pandemic

By: Julie East, Corporate Marketing & Recruiting
Dec 8, 2020
You see it all over the news and social media – companies laying off employees or closing altogether due to the pandemic shutdowns. Certain industries in particular, like tourism and hospitality, have been impacted more than others as a result of shelter-in-place and social distancing practices. According to Indeed.com, as...

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Holiday Electrical Safety

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Dec 2, 2020
December is here! It’s the season to trim the tree and make your home merry and bright with those twinkling lights. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 400 household fires each year are caused by holiday lights and decorations. As you get those boxes of Christmas decorations and try...

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Slow Down. Enjoy Life!

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Nov 24, 2020
Have you noticed that people seem to always be in a rush? We live in a unique time in history where we, as a species, enjoy less toil in everyday life.  We have automated countless things from cooking, shopping, and driving, to global communication and the numerous tasks in the...

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The Dangers of Deep Frying Turkeys

By: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Nov 17, 2020
Thanksgiving and turkeys go hand-in-hand for many people throughout the U.S., but with that comes many dangers. Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for 5 deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.   So before you...

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God Bless America - Again

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Nov 10, 2020
Back in 2016, I was invited and proud to become a charter member of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans in honor of my dad, Gordon Crosby Gaar, Jr., who as noted in my June article was a Navy veteran of the war and suffered a critical head injury...

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Making a Security Plan: What works best for your facility?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Nov 3, 2020
From prevention to reporting, security officers have a variety of responsibilities, but the primary goal is protecting the property of the employer. These officers are frequently positioned as the first line of defense for businesses and sites against external threats, intrusion and vulnerabilities to the property and its assets. However...

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Getting Better

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 27, 2020
As a classroom teacher, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students, to help them learn and grow. I cared deeply, but I soon learned that caring was not enough, so I set out to learn more about how people learn.  In pursuit of knowledge, I even...

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Your Paycheck Breakdown

By: Sandra Hughes, Billing & Payroll Manager
Oct 20, 2020
Knowing your pay and how it is allocated is very important. After you receive your pay stub, you will notice a vast difference between your gross pay (the total amount earned) and your net pay (the total amount earned after deductions).  For example, if you’re paid $10 an hour and...

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Become a Better Communicator

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Oct 13, 2020
Do you know what the hardest – yet most important – part of having a conversation is? Knowing that it’s not all about YOU! Having a meaningful conversation with another person is about caring what the other person is saying, instead of thinking merely about how it affects you. It’s...

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Catch People Doing Something Right

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 6, 2020
As I started to write my article, I received an email from Julie East sharing some recent reviews from the Lofton Staffing Google page.  The reviews from Matthew Turk in Baton Rouge were complimentary to Lofton and the staff, and reinforced one of Tommy Lofton’s beliefs on which Lofton Staffing...

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Commitment: More than Words

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Sep 29, 2020
What is commitment? Commitment is a fundamental promise to complete…something.  In the workplace, when a person makes a commitment to complete a cause, task, activity or assignment, there is an obligation on the part of the person making the commitment to actually complete that cause, task, activity or assignment.  When...

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What Do You Stand For?

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Sep 22, 2020
The song, “I Believe”, is very special to me.  On my first date with Tommy, one of his best friends said to me, “You’ll never really know Tommy until you hear him sing ‘I Believe’.  It will give you goose bumps!” By the time I did hear him sing the...

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Making the Most out of Remote Working

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Sep 15, 2020
I am one of those people who has two families: my home family and my work family. Going to the office everyday keeps that connection to my work family.  It’s very rare that I see my colleagues outside of the office environment.  With the stay-at-home orders for many of us...

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Taking Responsibility for Your Career

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Sep 8, 2020
All human beings make mistakes and poor choices.  Sometimes, the mistakes seem to be out of our control and affect things like your career path. Maybe your career hasn’t stalled because of poor choices, but rather due to other reasons. However, you should first understand one thing – you are...

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Why Take The Hard Way?

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Sep 2, 2020
Years ago when I was teaching, a friend sent me an email purportedly containing comments made by teachers on student report cards. One caught my eye because it is typical of comments I often hear concerning today’s work ethic from educators, business employers, and even parents: “Your son sets low...

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Outsourcing Your Company’s Payroll

By: Sandra Hughes, Billing & Payroll Manager
Aug 25, 2020
Millions of U.S. businesses outsource their payroll processing for the simple fact that it can be complex and time-consuming. These functions include anything from determining employee wages and withholding taxes, to updating vacation and sick pay, to deducting employee-contributed payments for benefits.  Using an outside service like Lofton Staffing Services...

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Living Life on a Want to, Like To, Love To, Choose To.

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Aug 18, 2020
Why do you do the things you do? Why do you go to work each day? What motivates you to be better? Lou Tice, who conducts seminars challenging individuals to “invest in excellence,” points out that there are two kinds of motivation: Restrictive Motivation which is imposed by others from...

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Yes, You Need a Resume

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Aug 11, 2020
Record players, typewriters, VHS players – all these things have evolved into the digital world.  So you would think that a resume would be replaced with video like Zoom, or even personal profiles like LinkedIn. While these tools are quickly being used for interviews, the resume is still the first...

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Workplace Heat Stress

From: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Aug 4, 2020
August is the hottest month of the year.  A big concern that seems to sneak up on workers during high heat periods is heat-related illness. Working in a hot, humid environment can be difficult or even fatal if you ignore the signs and symptoms of heat-related disorders. This can affect...

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Working with Negative People

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jul 28, 2020
I worked for a national retail chain as a store clerk in my early days.  The manager was the most difficult person I have ever had the displeasure of working with.  She was rude and often unprofessional to her employees, even in front of customers.  Her negativity sabotaged the morale...

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It's a Great Day to be Working!

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D
Jul 21, 2020
When I was in the ninth grade at Baton Rouge High, much to the dismay of most of my classmates, my English teacher, Mrs. Clark, had us memorize poetry.  One that we all could particularly identify with, as we sat gazing out of the window on a beautiful spring day...

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July is UV Safety Month

From: Steve Ham, Lofton Safety Services
Jul 14, 2020
July is UV Safety Month, and as the summer heats up, understanding the sun’s ultraviolet radiation becomes even more important.  Here are some things to keep in mind while you are outside enjoying the warmer weather.   People need the sun.  Just 15 minutes of sunlight to the arms, hands...

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Why Use a Medical Staffing Firm?

Finding Top Talent in the Medical Industry
Jul 7, 2020
The healthcare sector is in constant need of skilled medical professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the medical industry is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028. This growth will continue to increase, especially in nursing, due to the emphasis on preventative care, growing...

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Ask the Expert

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D
Jun 30, 2020
For several years prior to beginning Lofton Staffing Services, Tommy Lofton was a national consultant for business and industry.  Primarily a troubleshooter, he was the “expert” who was called in when companies were experiencing low productivity.  Typically he would make an onsite visit of several days, then come home and...

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What is your Staffing Situation?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jun 23, 2020
With businesses slowly reopening, staffing is likely to be a challenge. It will be critical for companies to have a clear idea of what they need to budget for as part of a coronavirus recovery plan, and to determine what cuts have to be made to make the most of...

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First Days Are Always a Little Scary

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D
Jun 16, 2020
Do you remember your first day at school, your first night to sleep over at a friend’s house, your first day on a new job?  Life has many firsts and brings many changes.  It has been said that the only constant in life is change itself.  Yet each change in...

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That's Not My Job

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jun 9, 2020
For managers and employees who understand the importance of going above and beyond, one of the most frustrating things to hear someone in the workplace say is, “That’s not my job.” This “not my job” attitude toward tasks that are outside of normal duties is a proven career killer, and...

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Bouncing Back After COVID-19

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jun 2, 2020
Being laid off from a job is arguably the most traumatic experience you may face in your career. With the drastic rise in unemployment during the pandemic, everyone knows someone who lost their job due to a furlough or layoff or loss in hours due to decrease in demand. The...

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Don't Worry. Be Happy!

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
May 26, 2020
I love the carefree lyrics, the tropical rhythm, and the cheerful admonition of the song, “Don’t worry!  Be happy!”  Perhaps that’s because I tend to be a worrier (it runs in my side of the family my mom says), and I need constant reminders of the folly and futility of...

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There is Always a Silver Lining

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
May 19, 2020
As our world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly bombarded with bad news.  There is constant updates by the news outlets, social media and local officials with the latest statistics. It’s hard to think about anything other than the quarantine and the consequences this will have on the...

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Temporary Jobs Help Gain New Skills

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
May 12, 2020
Many job seekers shy away from temporary work. They either fear that it will affect their track record of long-term positions, or they view temporary jobs as only low-end labor that won’t align with their chosen field. However, businesses of all types and sizes partner with staffing firms, like Lofton...

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Life Is a Temporary Assignment

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D
May 5, 2020
A few years ago, one of our temporary workers proved to be so effective on the job that the company where he was assigned offered him a permanent position.  The new position involved a promotion, a pay increase, and that most sought after goal of job security.  Unfortunately, before he...

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COVID-19: What to do NOW!

Getting Ready to Re-open to the Public
Apr 28, 2020
The Coronavirus stay-at-home order has forced many businesses to close or partially-close during the pandemic.  As states prepare to gradually lift the mandates, employers need to start thinking NOW about how to do so in a manner that minimizes risk. Consideration should be given to requirements and recommendations issued by...

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Saving Time and Money with a Staffing Firm

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Apr 21, 2020
Imagine you are in the market to buy a house. You have two options: Do it yourself or hire a realtor. If you do it yourself, you spend hours searching online at different sites, drive around looking for yard signs, ask friends if they know of any houses for sale…on...

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Do Good Anyway

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Apr 14, 2020
Many of you know that I began my career as a second grade teacher in a small neighborhood school. As a teacher, I always put a major emphasis on students’ writing. Not only did it help students develop their reading and thinking skills, but the thoughts of children brightened my...

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Workplace Flexibility

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Apr 7, 2020
Many employees, including myself, find themselves in a situation between working full-time and caring for their aging parents.  This group of working adults is called The Sandwich Generation. The Sandwich Generation is a generation of people (usually in their 40s or 50s) who care for their aging parents while supporting...

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Working With Staffing Firm Employees

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 31, 2020
Congratulations on hiring Lofton Staffing, as your company’s staffing provider!  Sometimes co-employment can be a bit confusing.  What exactly is your role as the client, since the employee works for Lofton Staffing? Here are some basic guidelines for this new business relationship: Staffing firms, like Lofton Staffing Services, minimize the...

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Adding an AED to Your Workplace Emergency Plan

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 24, 2020
Have you considered adding an AED machine in your workplace emergency plan? An AED machine (Automated External Defibrillator) is an essential component in first aid, but somehow there remains either a knowledge gap or misconception keeping many businesses from including it in their facilities.   Most of us have seen...

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Improving Your Mental Health

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 17, 2020
I consider myself a pretty positive person. To me, good mental health is trying to see the positive in every situation – the “every problem has a solution” type of approach.  A good mental health is more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues; it denotes the...

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If I Were in Charge of the World

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Mar 10, 2020
With the current emphasis on the upcoming presidential election, and all the people who aspire to be president, I am reminded of one of my favorite children’s books. As a college professor, I typically began the new year with my students by reading Judith Viorst’s poem, “If I Were In...

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Hiring "Overqualified" Candidates

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Mar 3, 2020
In the staffing industry, submitting seasoned candidates can be a tricky proposal to clients.  Employers fear a more experienced person won’t stay long in a lower income or temp-to-hire situation.  There’s a concern that someone considered “overqualified” will grow restless and bored if they are placed in a less challenging...

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Do You Value Your Employees?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Feb 25, 2020
All companies, regardless of industry, invest in assets that will bring value to their company, whether it be hard or soft assets, intellectual assets or human assets. In today’s competitive talent market, it takes more than paying a competitive wage for an employer to show its appreciation to its employees...

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Being Competitive in a Low Unemployment Economy

Hiring from the same pool
Feb 18, 2020
It’s all over the news:  unemployment is down. The economy is growing, and the job market is getting more competitive. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, temporary help services is generally considered to be a corresponding indicator for economic activity and a leading indicator for overall employment.  From...

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How Valuable is Your Time?

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Feb 11, 2020
Your company is hiring and you have a choice:  pay for job postings on various job boards or use a staffing firm. You hear the ads all the time! “Post your job and get responses from candidates that fit your position!” So what’s the benefit of using a staffing firm...

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VMS vs. MSP Systems

How and why to use one
Feb 4, 2020
A Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the staffing industry refers to an outsourced agency that manages the contingent worker (temporary staffing) program.  MSPs are typically found at large Fortune 1000 companies like Apple, Coca Cola or Citibank who might have thousands of contractors and hundreds of staffing agencies to manage...

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Reflecting on a Year of Celebration

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jan 28, 2020
December closed out a year-long festivity, as we celebrated 40 years of service for Lofton Staffing & Security. Corporate staff traveled to each branch office, 12 in total, to help commemorate 40 years of putting people to work with the local Lofton crew. Invitations were mailed and announcements were posted...

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Dirty Jobs

Making a Living at Something Different
Jan 21, 2020
Not all jobs take place in a comfortable, air-conditioned office.  Some jobs are in hot/cold environments, outside in the elements, or in uncomfortable, confined spaces.  Does that make these jobs less valuable than an office job?  Of course not!  But ask many young students what their “dream job” is, and...

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Help Build a Better World

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Jan 14, 2020
The New Year.  The beginning of a new year seems to spark a new sense of “start” with many people.  Whether it’s the start of a new diet, or the start of a new project, this is the time of year for change.  This year, instead of starting that new...

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It's Not Enough to Carry Wisdom Under Your Wing

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D
Jan 7, 2020
As you have learned if you read my blogs on a regular basis, I love children’s books, particularly picture books with characters who come alive, few words and a lot of wisdom.  When I was a child, they were classified in the library under E for easy books, but over...

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Life Lessons From Santa

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Dec 17, 2019
There is something special about this time of year. You can feel it in the air. It’s a time of giving, receiving and good cheer. But why does this happen only once a year? Santa has good life lessons that we can all live by…all year long.   Santa Doesn’t...

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When to Hire a Private Security Officer

Short-term and Long-term Solutions
Dec 10, 2019
Security Officers provide more services than you might think. From vehicle patrols at a local shopping mall, screening out unauthorized personnel in a high-rise building, and preventing theft at a small business, to access control at a large manufacturing facility or roving patrol on a construction site, trained Security Officers...

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Putting People to Work

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Dec 3, 2019
As mentioned in earlier articles and our advertising brochures, Tommy Lofton, the founder of Lofton Staffing Services, believed in “putting people to work” including our sons, Bret and Bart and…me.  When I retired from Southeastern he thought I retired too young, and he immediately asked me to start writing articles...

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Let us Remember and be Grateful

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Nov 26, 2019
When the Vietnam War ended and the prisoners of war were finally released, I was teaching second grade and supervising student teachers at a local elementary school.  One of my student teachers was Glenda Jones, wife of POW Neal Jones, an air force pilot who had been shot down over...

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Paying Off Debt on a Budget

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Nov 19, 2019
Many Americans are drowning in debt. In the third quarter of 2018, consumer debt was approaching $14-trillion according to the New York Federal Reserve. There has been consistent growth in four main areas of debt: home, auto, student loans and credit cards. This financial burden can cause stress, sleepless nights...

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The Power of Four Letter Words

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Nov 12, 2019
I don’t see as many movies as I once did, and the names of the nominees are not always familiar.  And even though Bob Hope is no longer the emcee, I still enjoy watching the Academy Awards.  I loved when David Seidler, 73, whose dad, he said, called him a...

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Saving Money on a Budget

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting
Nov 5, 2019
Saving money may seem impossible for most people living paycheck to paycheck, but if you have the will…there is a way. If you have tried to save money, the effort to save money versus how much you can afford to save is a constant battle. The key is finding a...

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Why do we do the things we do?

By: Glenda Lofton, Ph.D.
Oct 29, 2019
A few years ago a group of us staying at a major hotel chain watched two employees clean up after a brunch in the main atrium.  The task involved taking down the folding tables, clearing away the soiled tablecloths, vacuuming a small area, and then setting up tables for another...

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We Believe...

Relationships are built…one on one.
Know your people - match interest and talents to the tasks.
Don’t manage by numbers. (They just show if we’re on track.) People do the work.
People should feel better when they leave than when they came – and in turn we feel better.
When we help others, we help ourselves.
Great expectations: fair pay, fair treatment, teach me.
Have fun…and be better.
Work at having fun (51% of the time.) If you don’t feel it, fake it. Having fun is not slacking off. Work is more natural than play.