APG Workforce: A national workforce management leader
APG Workforce is one of Australia’s leading national workforce management companies. We offer labour hire, permanent recruitment, and temporary recruitment services, but we also offer so much more than that.
Much more than just a recruitment agency, APG Workforce provides a comprehensive workforce management service. We partner with some of Australia’s leading companies with sites throughout Australia, as well as with smaller organisations, and we have a presence in every Australian state.
APG Workforce is a people-first organisation and we truly care about people. For employers, we build engaged workforces. For job seekers, we provide rewarding roles, ongoing training, and development opportunities.
FIVE TIPS TO OVERCOME THE POST-HOLIDAY OFFICE BLUES
Heading back to work after the joyful highs of the holidays can lead, however, to what’s known as the post-holiday blues, causing low energy, increased anxiety, lack of focus, and overall unhappiness at work. If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re not alone. To beat the back-to-work blues and regain focus and a positive outlook at work, read and reflect on these five tips.
1) Remind yourself about the big picture and focus on defining your why.
Remind yourself why you get out of bed every morning. What is your purpose for what you do? Furthermore, you should keep your WHY clear. Returning to work after the holidays is a great occasion for such clarity. Rather than setting New Year’s Resolutions, set goals instead. Having a goal to channel your energy and focus really helps override low moods.
2) Reconnect at work.
Make an effort to build valuable relationships with co-workers and customers. Perhaps you could try new cuisines on lunch breaks with co-workers or work together to get involved in the community through volunteering or fundraising. These positive connections and activities will help you see work in a positive light.
3) Have something to look forward to.
Start planning some events to look forward to in January, February and March. Plan one thing for each month that will take your focus off the ending of the holidays and on the new thing. A month in the future might be ideal. It will remind you that the fun hasn’t ended just because the holidays has.
4) Make time for self care.
Scheduling in lunch, exercise sessions, or walks in nature with friends are good pick-me-up methods to counter the post-holiday blues. It’s extremely important to your mental health to keep a balance between work, family responsibilities, and taking care of yourself. Sleeping is also important for yourself because it helps you fix your memories. It also increases productivity in the morning if you had enough sleep last night.
5) Give yourself time to catchup.
There’s nothing worse than realising that you have to go straight into the mundanities of housekeeping, adult duties and other non-holiday things. Proper post-holiday slog. When you’re planning your life back to work, take into consideration how you might feel, and see if there’s anything you can change or adapt. Maybe giving yourself an extra day or two before you start back up again to adjust getting back into the routine is worth considering
The Year the Labour Market Had Officially Gone Banana’s and the tale of Cost Vs Reputation
To say that the labour market has been ‘interesting’ or even ‘challenging’ over the last 18 months with border closures due to Covid-19 is certainly an understatement, and then to make things tougher add the vaccine mandates introduced by many employers in 2021 and you now have the Perfect Storm!
After over 22 years in business, it’s fair to say that finding your everyday forklift drivers, process workers, truck drivers and storepersons has never been tougher, especially when there are businesses out there than don’t have the means in their budget to pay above the minimum wage.
Here at APG Workforce we have had to think outside the box with regards to marketing strategies just so we can reach a vaster audience and capture the eyes and ears of the population who want to earn an honest living. Not only have we explored the fastest growing social media platform that is TikTok, we have also invested into radio advertising and visual advertising in busy shopping centres, all of which comes at a cost, however it’s a cost we need to bare just so we can attract the volume of workers required to satisfy our customers demands.
Which brings me to a tale of Cost Vs Reputation.
Recently we have had the pleasure to partner with a globally recognised Australian brand which opted to sacrifice profits and increase wages to 40% above minimum wage just so they could guarantee that they’ll attract the manpower required to get the product out of the factory and shipped to the consumers in what is their busiest trading period. This was just to ensure that they maintain high levels of customer satisfaction whilst at the same time protecting their global reputation. This resulted in over 800 applicants for 50 positions over a 3-month assignment. It’s fair to say that our team of recruitment consultants had never seen this number of applicants for years, if not ever. It was quite a welcomed breath of fresh air for our operations teams who suddenly had candidates fighting for these very well-paid positions. Other customers of ours are offering substantial bonuses to our workers just so they can stay the course through the current peak period. This has previously been unheard of, and it’s become evident to some of the market just how severe the candidate shortage currently is, especially if they are willing to go to such lengths to secure their workforce.
Despite an enormous increase in costs (wages, recruitment costs & advertising etc), APG has maintained its pricing across its customer base. This is a huge investment in the true spirit of creating, nurturing, and growing long term partnerships. We have done so with national, regional, and local clients alike. It is satisfying to see that this is both, appreciated and valued.
No one wins when costs continue to get driven down due to ambitious procurement strategies and bidding wars - something must give. The labour challenges we currently face, the amount of work it takes to attract, retain, and maintain both the labour and the quality of service needs to be understood and considered.
As we approach 2022 and reflect on the year that was, I’m pleased to say that we continue to achieve year-on-year growth here at APG and we haven’t had to sell our souls to do so.
We look forward to open borders, we look forward to more job applicants and furthermore we look forward to partnering with more successful businesses that truly value a partnership rather than a supplier relationship, and value the work required to secure them a productive and engaged workforce.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone and we look forward to working with you in 2022.
APG Workforce is much more than just a recruitment agency. We build engaged workforces and offer customised workforce management solutions to many industries across Australia. The comprehensive workforce management service that we provide to all clients includes:
Culture management– A positive workplace culture attracts and retains talent, drives engagement, and affects happiness, satisfaction, and productivity. We build a highly focused and engaged workforce for our clients, ensuring that they respect, adhere, and contribute to their company culture.
Accountability and reporting– Labour and staff costs can often be one of the biggest expenses for a business, which is why we work with businesses to set KPIs that are aligned to business needs and values. Our reporting system allows us to monitor costs and productivity and offer recommendations to optimise staffing requirements.
Labour hire– Labour hire is a simple and cost-effective solution for finding a permanent or temporary workforce that have the knowledge, skills, and expertise a business needs to meet their objectives and increase productivity.
Safety (WH&S)– We believe that everyone has the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace, which is why we ensure that we provide safety and risk management solutions to meet business needs. Our thorough system of WH&S Induction and Training and WH&S Support includes industry specific consultancy services, crisis management and emergency management services.
RTO – Training and upskilling– APG Workforce utilises a network of registered training organisations to deliver the training required to upskill individuals and teams. There are many benefits in upskilling your staff. Not only does it add to the skills & qualifications of the individual, it also has a positive effect with staff retention.
Risk management– We reduce the risk of people for businesses by creating highly focused and engaged workforces, as well as with our thorough WH&S solutions and our extensive procedures and back-up systems. These include our Industrial Relations Management Plan, Operational Risk Management Plan, Risk and Opportunities Plan and Crisis Management Plan.
Human Resource (HR) and Industrial Relations (IR) consultancy– We can assist our clients in their day-to-day dealings with employees and in their longer-term employee relations strategies. This could include industrial relations advice, drafting and lodgement of Enterprise Agreements, or human resource advice surrounding issues such as recruitment, performance management and grievance handling.
Permanent and temporary recruitment– As part of our comprehensive workforce management service, we can provide permanent and part time unskilled, semi-skilled and highly skilled professionals and tradesman across a range of industries, including warehousing, mining, engineering, and agriculture.
Who we work with
As part of our commitment to our clients, as a dedicated workforce management company APG Workforce provides a 24-hour service where one of our expert consultants can be contacted seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
APG Workforce provides comprehensive workforce management solutions, including labour hire, permanent recruitment services and temporary recruitment services, to the following industries:
Farming and Agriculture
APG Workforce provide specialist recruitment for a range of Australia's largest farming operations and agriculture businesses.
Transport and Distribution
APG Workforce has been a trusted workforce management company in the Australian distribution and transport industry since 1998.
APG Workforce has worked with many organisations in recruiting professional, semi-skilled and unskilled roles typically found within the manufacturing industry.
Mining and Engineering
APG Mining and Engineering Services is a specialist in workforce management for the mining and engineering industry, supplying contract staff to mines.
Warehousing and Logistics
APG Workforce are a workforce management leader in the warehousing and logistics industries, working with our clients to provide staffing solutions to meet their flexible and seasonal needs.
Rail and Civil
APG Rail and Infrastructure has operated since 2000 and can supply teams, Supervisors and specialist workforces on multiple projects. Materials and equipment can be supplied where required on projects.
Civil, Construction and Trades
As a specialist in the civil, construction and trades sector, APG Workforce has extensive networks and a comprehensive database of tradespeople we can mobilise in line with projects, budgets and deadlines.
Corporate (Office and Professional services)
APG Workforce can provide permanent, contract and temporary workforces of executive, professional or business support staff.