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Recruitment, Retention, Engagement and a Foundational Emotional Need

I often question groups I am training about what they consider their greatest emotional need. Common answers tend to include respect, a sense of belonging and community, security (which is related to trust), love, acceptance, validation, peace of mind and success. Okay, I don’t think “success” is an emotional need, but it is the byproduct [...]

June 18th, 2019|

Better is Bigger

One long-standing aspect of the American culture is the belief that "bigger is better." A humorous yet proverbial anecdote might be helpful to illustrate this point. A young Texas belle, eager to have the finer things in life, happened upon - what she hoped - was a wealthy rancher. Although plainspoken with simple accoutrements, he [...]

May 7th, 2019|

Staffing, Status Quo, and Sustainable Solutions

Contingent staffing is a critical part of many companies’ overall business plans. This is especially true since the Great Recession, as organizations have built workforce buffers of a certain percentage of contingent workers to protect them from any potential downturn. Allocating a ratio of, let’s say, 20-30% of extended workers - and I don’t recommend [...]

November 30th, 2018|

No VMS Training? Great!

  Although decades removed from what is considered to be the Millennial age range, I’m not a Luddite. In fact, I’m a fairly avid consumer of all sorts of technology. If I’m not to be confused with Bill Gates, please remember my college technology class was called Data Processing and my first known operating system [...]

May 30th, 2018|

Prepare to Die: My Favorite Staffing Contract Terms and Conditions

In my workforce solutions role, I read a lot of contracts. I’m not an attorney, and I don’t play one on TV, but I find many staffing contracts to be quite interesting (read strange, laughable, curious, creative, out of touch with reality, etc.). After all of these years, I have compiled a list of some [...]

March 21st, 2018|