COVID-19 and the Danger of Talent Acquisition Supply Chain Abuse

Given the obvious, COVID-19 is a seminal event. No one has a playbook for doing business in this kind of pandemic, but some basic principles remain intact. These basic principles, especially as they relate to talent acquisition in both good and challenging seasons, remind us that concepts like partnership, collaboration, even-handedness, and teamwork are timeless. [...]

April 24th, 2020|

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|

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|

What Did You Call Me?

  Words matter because words have explicit and implicit meanings, both of which can convey a positive or negative message. Anything that diminishes the importance of words, and the way they are used, strips language of any real value and reduces words to ambiguous strings of letters. For example, being careful with what we call [...]

January 15th, 2018|

Self-Inflicted Suffering in the Staffing Industry

My last article (Are People a Commodity?) addressed the dreadful commoditization of contingent workers (people) and staffing companies (people services). Now, I want to address the fact that the staffing industry, of which I’m a proud member, is culpable in this reality. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, I’ve watched as [...]

November 10th, 2017|