This year has been full of exciting improvements, changes and experiences at Staffing Solutions Enterprises. When we asked the staff to come up with some highlights of the year, we heard back a variety of different answers! Below are the TOP 10 memories of 2018!
Lazette Candy Bar Brownies
Topping out the list for the HIGHLIGHT of 2018 was a unanimous vote for a “THE WORLD’S BEST BROWNIE.” The unexpected “SURPRISE OF THE YEAR” was nonchalantly brought in by Workforce Manager Lazette Prince.
Lazette Prince is a veteran of Staffing Solutions. As an employee for over 27 years, she is a person one can always turn to for help, and her knowledge on the recruitment, payroll, technology process is endless.
It came to our surprised as the self-proclaimed “non-baker” produced the world’s most delicious brownies one morning. They have been a hit ever since.
What’s the secret to the world’s most delicious brownie? Sticking in a chocolate candy bar in the middle of the batch right before baking. Unfortunately, after attempts of other staff members to recreate the magic… it’s just not the same unless Lazette makes them.
Now, not only does everyone turn to Lazette with their recruiting questions… the most common question has become “when are you bringing in your brownies again?”
United Way Campaign – Charity Give back
Charity has been a cornerstone of Staffing Solutions Enterprises for many years. Our Monthly Charity Give Back Initiative helps 12 selected organizations receive money based on our Friday Dress down day. From supporting organizations like Make-A-Wish and the Cleveland APL to collecting donations and toiletries for Women’s Shelters, Staffing Solutions has integrated “giving -back” into the foundation of the organization.
In addition to the monthly charity initiative, Staffing Solutions was once again a Pace-setting sponsor of the United Way of Greater Cleveland in 2018. This year we decided to include a new way of raising money – with a Chinese raffle. Browns Tickets, luxurious Wine Baskets and a Monster’s Hockey Game Suite were among the most sought after prizes, denerously donated by our vendors. In total, for United Way alone, Staffing Solutions was able to contribute nearly $4000 with 68% of the staff contributing via direct deposit!
Celebrating 44 Years at Indians Game
Carmella Calta founded Staffing Solutions in July of 1974. In keeping with tradition, every July, we celebrate our company’s anniversary with an outing and dinner. In recent years we have dined at the Shoreby Club, had a good time on the GoodTime III, and last year, dinner at the Southside and a Lolly the Trolley Ride in downtown Cleveland.
This year, Staffing Solutions celebrated our Anniversary with Cleveland Indians Baseball! We rooted for the Indians while enjoying a nice dinner from the Terrace Club. We enjoyed the game as the sun set over the Cleveland skyline.
Kathleen’s 25 Anniversary
A “silver” moment of 2018 was the celebration of Kathleen Bodnar’s 25th year anniversary with Staffing Solutions. Kathleen’s official title is Corporate Controller, although she is much more. In addition to all things accounting, Kathleen helps with technical resources, charity giving, and providing her unique Disney cheer in the office.
In keeping with a theme of Disney to celebrate her milestone year, Staffing Solutions organized a dinner and Disney movie at a new “dine-in” theater called Silverspot Cinemas. When the lights dimmed, the seats reclined, and a full dinner was served restaurant style on tables that pulled out out from the arm rests. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” brought a modern twist to an old classic, and the anniversary cake was never touched because of the generous helpings at dinner. In addition to the dinner and movie celebration, Kathleen received a travel voucher to travel to her favorite place on earth – Disney World!
Bullhorn updated Applicant Tracking System
A significant change in 2018 from a technology perspective took place with an upgrade of our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to Bullhorn. An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application that enables the electronic handling of all aspects of recruiting. This new ATS features software that will optimize recruitment efficiency and provide insights into serving our clients and candidates even better!
Abbie and Rachel’s Birth Announcements!
Life outside the walls of Staffing Solutions did not stop for anyone this year, particularly for 2 fantastic women within our organization. Our Staffing Specialist and first time Mommy, Abbie Riehl, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on July 27th. Piper Riehl joined the world weighing in at 6 lbs 13 oz. A month and a half later, Rachel Mack, Manager of Talent Acquisition Strategy, gave birth to a healthy baby boy – Tommy Mack. September 14th, Tommy entered the world weighing 6 lbs 2 oz.
Abbie and Rachel are both happy and healthy, and little and Tommy and Piper will be planning their wedding soon #2040. #theriehlmack #themackriehls
NorthCoast 99 – Celebrating 20 Years of Honoring Top Employers in Northeast Ohio
The Roaring 20’s era swept through the management team at Staffing Solutions in September, as we prepared to attend the annual NorthCoast99 Awards at the Hilton Downtown! As a sponsor of the event, we were excited to get a special honor for our own 20th anniversary of sponsorship.
Our coordinated “flapper” outfits were a rather last minute addition, but they added to the excitement of the evening. The ladies of SSE fit right into the 20’s themed décor! Everyone had fun getting dressed up, and it was fun to see friends and colleagues enjoying the theme as well. The Northcoast99 Awards serve as an important event for Staffing Solutions, as it honors “the best places to work in Northern Ohio.” We are proud to be sponsors of such an initiative, and enjoy seeing our clients and colleagues alike recognized for their leadership and best employment practices.
We look forward to a continued sponsorship with ERC and the NorthCoast99 tradition for many years to come!
Halloween Party – Bringing the Spirit Back to SSE
Halloween has not been a holiday Staffing Solutions has “gone all out for” in recent years. This year was different! IT Recruiter Celia Stonko brought her decorating skills and Pinterest Magic to create a Halloween that brought a festive spirit to the office! Costumes, a table scape, and a pizza party made the day exiting.
Celia said it best when she said “I would say the Halloween Party was a stand out for me. Not only because I organized it but it was a fun event and brought us all together. It was fun to dress up, have treats and just be together. There’s stressful parts of the job and in that moment, stress went out the window. It was just about having fun :)“
Holiday SPA Party at Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa
Manicures, Pedicures, Facials and Massages – are the ultimate treat right before the holiday. The first Sunday in December has become a traditional day of self pampering at Staffing Solutions Enterprises. With a long-standing appointment at the Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa, the entire SSE staff enjoys a few treatments of their choice.
This year, the anticipated afternoon went off without a hitch! Ladies sat by the warm fireplace while waiting for their next service, and socialized over food and drinks. It was a wonderful way to begin the holiday season!
Cleveland YP week – Engage! Cleveland Events with Colleagues!
This year, young professional staff members attended personal development and leadership training events as part of our corporate membership with Engage! Cleveland. When asked “what events are memorable to you from this past year”, one young professional said “getting outside of the office and getting to know my co-workers as friends has really helped our communication in the office.” Another attendee remarked “the event that I went to had chocolate, and you know how much I love chocolate.”