Meet Andrew Deutsch
(It’s no secret that a company’s greatest asset is its team, and here at BelFlex we are lucky to call some really great folks our employees. For this blog series, we sat down with a handful of our staff to hear what it’s like to work at BelFlex from their corners of the office.)
We were thrilled when Andrew Deutsch decided to join BelFlex earlier this month as our Chief Operating Officer. Andrew has more than 25 years of light industrial staffing experience, and will help us set and drive our company strategy and, through that, our culture.
After more than a decade at your previous employer, why did you feel it was time for a career change?
I was really excited to take on a new challenge within the staffing industry, and BelFlex presented a unique opportunity to utilize my experience in a strategic role – setting the company direction, driving the culture and growing the company through new initiatives. BelFlex’s employees, management team and business philosophy aligned with my strengths and leadership style, making it the right company for me across the board.
Speaking of your leadership style, how do you describe yourself as a manager?
Motivating employees through encouragement and positivity creates a domino effect of hard work and success. When employees feel good about what they do and feel supported by their employer, they work harder and do their best to contribute to a positive job environment. I also consider myself to have a growth mindset, and encourage employees to continually set new goals for themselves and their career. After all, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.
You’ve spent your entire career in the staffing industry. What do you love about it?
I honestly love everything about the staffing industry, and the proof of that is my longevity within the space. It’s a socially responsible and rewarding industry that’s sheer purpose is to help people make career connections. Fostering these connections is what I enjoy the most – forming relationships with employees, clients and external employees – and seeing those connections turn into career opportunities.
What do you see as the biggest staffing challenge for manufacturers today?
Nationwide, finding qualified talent is difficult in today’s business environment. With the unemployment rate reaching record lows, there’s a shortage of talent at the entry level. This has really changed the game for staffing providers. Where the skillset was once understanding someone’s abilities and matching them to work, today staffing specialists need to function as recruiters – actively searching for the right people and convincing them why your role is a better opportunity.
If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
I don’t want another job! I really couldn’t see myself working in any other industry. I truly love what I do, and hope to continue to grow my career with BelFlex to become an integral part of the company. That said, I do sometimes miss being in the trenches as a branch manager, but I really love tackling the responsibilities with each new stage of my career.
Have any words to live by you’d like to share?
At the end of the day, we work to live, not live to work. Enjoy your job, be passionate and do it well, but remember life isn’t about work. Take time to appreciate life outside of the office.