From left, Ryan Buxbaum, owner, and Danessa Maynard, vice president of operations.
Next One Staffing was voted Best Job Placement Service in the North Bay for the second year in a row. Ryan Buxbaum, president of the Santa Rosa-based staffing agency, says he was so elated when he heard the news that he jumped up and down in his office.
“It’s the beginning of a streak that we hope will not end for a long time,” Buxbaum says. “We’re super excited. I think we thought maybe it was a fluke last year, but now we’re on a roll.”
Buxbaum explained that they work tenaciously to find the very best people to fill positions and then they follow up with them to make sure that they’re happy there. “We’re checking and making sure that they had a great first day, a first week and first month,” Buxbaum says. “It’s one of the things that sets us apart from the competition.”
Some might say they even go overboard, even though most of their feedback is positive. “The one thing they do say is that we probably check in too much, and I consider that a compliment too,” Buxbaum says. “I want to make sure that they are very, very happy in that job.”
Buxbaum says the businesses that they work with want to take time to make an informed decision on a candidate, especially if they’re choosing one for a key position. Meanwhile Next One Staffing is busy structuring a search plan.
“We tell them, here’s the days you’re going to interview the candidates, here’s when we’re going to start the reference checks, here’s when the background checks are going be done,” Buxbaum says.”
They do the same thing with the people applying for the job, communicating regularly with them about where they are in the process and what’s happening so that they aren’t sitting and wondering if their resume’ was received or if they’re still in the running.
Buxbaum encourages his clients to let employees work from home or to use a hybrid model where they work from home at least part of the time. He says that will increase their chances of getting and retaining the best people.
“What we’re seeing is that it’s not only affecting potential candidates, but also your current employees,” he says. “We have candidates who work for really good reputable companies in Santa Rosa who would never have ever considered leaving and now they’re considering their options because they’re being called back into the office.”
“So from an employer perspective, if we can get our clients to align with some kind of hybrid work environment then they can rip great employees from the companies that they never would have had a chance to before.”