Grateful in 2011

November 22nd, 2011

Over the past few years, the staffing industry has certainly changed. Though we’ve faced our share of challenges due to the economy, we’ve also fared better than many other industries.

Consider the facts.

According to the American Staffing Association, U.S. staffing agencies created more new jobs in the economy than any other industry. Additionally, 91% of the total non-farm jobs (that’s nearly half a million workers) created were done so through the temporary staffing industry, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So while there’s still plenty of uncertainty out there (just read our post about the Houston private sector weakening), we’re grateful for the fact that our industry is doing well.

We’re also grateful for our clients.

We know how stressful running a business can be, especially these days. And the fact that you turn to us to play a critical role in your company speaks volumes to us. As you know, your people are your most important asset, and Murray Resources takes finding the top-notch ones for your Houston jobs very seriously.

In addition to our clients, we are also thankful to our candidates.

We know that a job search can be an overwhelming process and we’re so happy that you’ve chosen us to help with it. Whether you’re looking for temp jobs in Houston or full-time work, we’re always committed to helping you find just the right opening in which you can feel valued and productive.

So regardless of what unfolds in 2012 and in the future, right now we just wanted to say “thanks.”

Thanks for putting your trust in Murray Resources to help you find the people you need or the jobs you want. It’s something that we love doing and we’re thrilled that we’re able to do it for you.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Inspiring Talent During Tough Economic Times

June 15th, 2010

One day the pundits say the economy is getting better, the next day it’s getting worse. So whom do you believe? No one really knows. But for the employees who work at your Houston company, this constant uncertainty breeds fear. What’s worse is that if your firm has experienced layoffs in the recent past, then you are more likely to lose top performers in the near future.

Why is that?

Because when a company suffers layoffs, many times, top performers become demoralized and overworked – and eventually leave in search of greener pastures. Don’t let this happen!

So how can you retain and inspire your hard working team? Here are some steps to follow:

Be open.
When times get tough, people tend to draw their own conclusions if they don’t have any other information to go on. Even if you have some bad news to share, it’s better to be forthcoming than to withhold the information.

Involve employees in creating solutions.
It’s time to rally the troops and enlist them in developing solutions. Have a meeting about the biggest challenges your company faces over the next year and invite employees to develop some solutions.

Know that actions speak louder than words.
Your employees are going to begin to doubt your credibility if you keep telling them that things are looking up, but then operate as if the sky is falling.

Meet with employees one-on-one.
Review the current situation with each employee individually and lay out the challenges and opportunities you see for them ahead. Also be sure to clearly outline your expectations of them. If you see layoffs in the future, let your employees know specifically what they can do to help offset them.

Provide market pay.
While it may not seem like a good time to be handing out raises, you may run into big problems if you’re under-compensating your employees. Honestly evaluate your pay and benefits to make sure you’re offering a competitive package – particularly to your top performers.

Celebrate successes.
Make sure that you celebrate important milestones with your employees. Doing so will create an environment of positive reinforcement.

During times of crisis, true leaders emerge. It may seem easier to sit back and let events take their course. But, in the process, your team may fall apart. Now is the time to step up, inspire, and re-energize your team!

If you have any questions about managing employees during tough times, please contact Murray Resources. As a leading employment agency serving Houston, TX, Murray Resources can help you develop a retention plan for inspiring and retaining your top talent. Contact Murray Resources today to learn more.

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Christine Ivey of Murray Resources Earns Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS) Certification

May 11th, 2010

Houston’s top employment agency certifies staff to help fill more jobs.

Houston, T.X. – Murray Resources, Inc. congratulates Christine Ivey for earning the Certified Temporary-Staffing Specialist (CTS) designation by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS).

Christine Ivey joins the ranks among an elite group of CPC’s and CTS’s across the Nation. Both designations are nationally recognized throughout the personnel services and staffing industry. Earning the CPC demonstrates extensive knowledge in employment laws, changing regulations, proper ethical standards and best business practices. While achieving the CTS demonstrates an in-depth understanding of discrimination law, family leave act, ADA, drug testing, joint employee, contract issues, and standards of business practices established by NAPS.

“Christine’s accomplishment is important to our firm and boosts our competitive position in this ever changing marketplace,” says Marsha Murray, President of Murray Resources, Inc. “There is a continual battle to differentiate yourself,” says Murray, “and our highly-motivated and trained placement consultants allow us to have one of the highest client retention rates in the industry.”

Murray Resources is dedicated to lasting relationships with its clients built on a foundation of trust. Certifications such as the CPC and CTS are well regarded by the corporate world and provide confidence in their placement specialists. Murray Resources takes great pride in employing staffing specialists like Christine Ivey with extensive industry knowledge and nationally distinguished certifications.

Murray Resources, Inc. of Houston, Texas, ( is a full-service Houston-based staffing firm, whose mission is simply to be the best personnel and staffing agency serving the greater Houston market. Founded in 1988 as Memorial City Personnel, it is a well respected, nationally certified 100% woman-owned business having served more than 1,200 clients and maintains well over 3,000 candidates in its roster pool.

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