Temps Try Out For Full-Time Jobs

Planned path lets job candidates show what they can do

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2011) – A nascent trend among a growing number of small employers is being likened to taking a test drive with prospective employees.


Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, commends the non-traditional innovation that gives part-timers a shot at being hired.


Trial tasks, lasting a pre-set contract interval, help to identify best-bet workers and weed out those who wouldn't fit.

This win-win over a two- or six-week span lets workers showcase their abilities and saves firms the headaches of hiring someone who soon afterward proves to be the wrong choice.

The Small Business column in today's New York Times says the arrangement is being adopted by "small, fast-growing companies where turnover can be high."


With a bad hire on a 10-person team, "it can kill the company," an employer observed.


The concept is analogous to dating before marriage, and it takes the emotion and uncertainty out of the interview process.

One chief executive noted that "It's that whole idea of 'show, don't tell.' "

"It is far easier for both the employee and the boss to back out of a temporary arrangement than to terminate employment," the story says.

In one example, a part-timer is paid a consulting rate to work on projects at night or on a weekend. Half the trial workers went into full-time jobs. Others had a change of heart.


That particular employer said of those who didn't make it, "Let's just say that had we hired them, we probably would have had to fire them."

At another workplace, the story says, "People fail either because they do not get the work done or because they have abrasive personalities."

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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Guidance Steers Employee Success

Staten Island business bank lauds trend toward internships, mentors

 


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Students who can get a jump start on career-track experience are in the best position to land jobs projected to be most in demand.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, welcomes the emerging trend of partnerships that are growing between industry groups and community colleges.


The U.S. Labor Department has been funding programs for training in new careers, notably where industries that are developing struggle to find workers with the skills sought.


Today's Thomas L. Friedman column in the New York Times describes a reluctance among employers to train employees, as had been done traditionally. 


Instead, they want workers who Friedman says are "ready to plug and play."

To fill that vacuum, community colleges and training centers have been forming ties with regional employers, unions and industry groups. These kinds of partnerships are supported by Labor Department funds. 

With these programs, students and people who are learning on the job are being guided toward career paths.

Friedman cites Gallup findings that workplace success could be traced to students whose teachers became mentors and gave encouragement.


"The need for schools to have a good grasp of what employers are looking for and for employers to be communicating with schools about those skills is greater than ever," Friedman writes.

 

 

 


About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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Keep Up Your Guard Against ID Theft

Staten Island business bank urges consumers and business owners to stay diligent in protecting personal information

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  – When it comes to protecting your personal information, Victory State Banks wants you to remember that just being careful is not enough.

With this in mind, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank is urging consumers and business owners to learn all they can about guarding their personal data and to use the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as an educational resource.

Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance, warns the FTC.

An identity thief might even file a tax return in your name and get your refund. In some extreme cases, a thief might even give your name to the police during an arrest.

Click here to visit the FTC online and learn more about protecting yourself from identity thieves.

 

  

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.victorystatebank.com.

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Study: Better Sleep Could Reduce Work Absences

Staten Island business bank cites promising 28 percent cut in sick-leave costs 

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A newly published study of sickness absences has found that directly attributable costs could drop as much as 28 percent if workers got more sleep.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, views that kind of saving as a major win-win, where employers and employees alike stand to benefit.

The Finnish Social Insurance Institution's study published in this month's medical journal Sleep spans seven years and correlates sick days with sleep patterns.

It looked at insomnia, early awakenings, more daytime tiredness than experienced by same-age peers, sleeping-pills use, excessive daytime sleepiness, probable sleep apnea, and seasonal variations in sleep duration.

Nearly 1,900 working-age women and an equivalent number of men participated. 


Findings showed that the optimal sleep duration with the lowest risk of absence from work was 7.6 hours for women and 7.8 hours for men. 

Those who missed work had sleep problems. Too much sleep, though, isn't good, either.


Fewer than five hours and more than 10 were reasons for missed work days.

The study pointed out that the cost of sickness absence could drop markedly if sleep disturbances could be fully addressed.

And it concluded that there is a need to prevent these disturbances and to promote optimal sleep length in order to curtail sick-time absences.

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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Beware of Sweepstakes Scams

Staten Island commercial bank cites NYPD crime-prevention tip


 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Requests to send payment before obtaining contest winnings should be a red flag for anybody who gets approached with this kind of come-on, the city Police Department warns.


Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based business bank, points out NYPD's advisory for being alert to contest flimflams.

Being a winner for sweepstakes or giveaways is fun, exciting and enjoyable, NYPD acknowledges, but it urges keeping in mind some valuable tips and warning signs to help know the difference between a legitimate sweepstakes offer and a scam.

 

Tip 1: Beware of Fake Check Scams

If you receive a check claiming to be from a legitimate sweepstakes and are asked to cash it and wire or send a portion back, STOP. You are the victim of a scam contact. The check is not real.

Tip 2: Be Suspicious of Callers Claiming You've Won But Ask You to Send Money

If you receive a telephone call from someone claiming you have won a sweepstakes prize but are asked to send money to claim it, STOP.

  

Tip 3: Be Wary of E-mails Claiming You've Won - and Asking You to Send Money

If you receive an e-mail notifying you that you have won a major sweepstakes prize, but are asked to provide personal financial information, or send money to claim the prize, STOP. 

Tip 4: Never Give Your Credit Card Number to Collect a Prize

If you are asked to provide your credit card number or provide your financial bank account information in order to claim a sweepstakes prize, STOP.

Tip 5: Do Not Send Money to Claim a Sweepstakes Prize

If you are asked to send money to pre-pay taxes, pay a legal fee, pay a border fee, or pay any kind of fee to claim a sweepstakes prize, STOP

  

Bottom line: Legitimate sweepstakes winners won't be asked to send any form of payment to receive winnings.

 

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online http://www.victorystatebank.com.

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