Labor Day is upon us again and this year, the national holiday takes on a renewed sense of purpose. Labor Day was originated in 1894 to recognize the American Worker at a time when working conditions were severe and dangerous. Meant to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of…

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It was back in January 2019 that this blog wrote this post reporting on how candidates were failing to appear for scheduled interviews, new hires were blowing off their first day of work, or leaving their job without notice. Better opportunities abounded for candidates in that environment and workers were feeling emboldened. Fast forward to…

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Is it time to start rehiring some of the workforce resources your organization may have furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19? Many hiring managers are grappling with the decision as great uncertainty remains regarding the tentative resumption of regular business activity. Here is a great way to approach the decision within your own operation…

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Just shy of a year ago, we wrote about the unexpected collapse of a well-known staffing supplier in New York state and the troubling ramifications this had on the contingent workforce management programs served by this supplier. At that point, the closing of a staffing supplier was considered an anomaly to be prepared for. However,…

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“May you live in interesting times” is an ascribed Chinese proverb. For all of us currently living through what could only be characterized as “interesting times” it seems as though this bit of ancient wisdom may be more of a curse than a proverb. Through this lens, we view the Trump administrations latest addition to…

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The timing couldn’t be worse. With significant disruption to normal workforce management operations due to the pandemic, President Donald Trump has added another burden to workforce planning, issuing an executive order suspending the entry of H-1B visa holders into the US. Leveraged by IT companies, manufacturers and others, H-1B visas have been a critical talent…

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With so many facets of the workforce performing their roles via remote working arrangements, there is some concern over the effects of isolation, stress and emotional duress on the wellbeing of workers. What can be done by hiring organizations to help ensure the wellness of their workforces and protect the productivity that stems from a…

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It’s been said the most valuable asset within any organization is its people. A strong, well-managed workforce is essential to the productivity and ultimately, the profitability of any enterprise. In today’s COVID-19 ravaged operating environment, the workforce is experiencing more stress and discomfort than at any other time in several generations. Those fortunate enough to…

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Despite everyone’s ardent wish that the pandemic will soon be over, the fact is, we’re still in the early innings of a brutal, long game. The new world that awaits us on the other side will look radically different than the one we remember before 2020. While there are bound to be many changes we…

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In Part One of this ongoing series, we examined the important distinctions between contractors and independent contractors in the contingent workforce management industry. That post helped clarify labor types. Today’s post examines a pair of services/service providers used in contingent workforce management that are often mistaken for one another but are not the same, despite…

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