September/October 2020

2209, 2020

Editor’s Letter

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The last nine months have seen a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement, the run-up to the 2020 presidential election and the California wildfires — just to mention a few of the major events. Hitting one’s numbers has not been a priority. In fact, it’s been about staying afloat.

So it gives me great pleasure […]

2209, 2020

Mixed Results

By |September 22nd, 2020|

For years, SIA’s Pulse Report (based on our Pulse Survey) has offered a timely snapshot of staffing industry revenue, bill rate and order trends, recruiting/sales difficulty, and the future outlook for each staffing segment.

The Covid effect. When the Covid-19 pandemic first landed on US soil, its impact on staffing and business in general was uncertain. […]

2209, 2020

By the Numbers

By |September 22nd, 2020|

2209, 2020

Change Across the Board

By |September 22nd, 2020|

Activism for change is blossoming throughout our society today, and we have hope that real progress will finally be made in areas of diversity, equality, equity, inclusion, and gender and racial justice. Discrimination and injustice are not only being confronted on the streets of our cities and in government and courts, but also in the […]

2209, 2020

A Look in the Mirror

By |September 22nd, 2020|

With this time away from the physical office, I’ve thought a lot about the world of work and how it has changed completely overnight. It’s as if we were suddenly thrust into a world that we had only previously seen on television and all we know for certain these days is that the world as […]

2209, 2020

Last in Line

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The pandemic-induced economic downturn has caused many staffing firms to wrestle with sharp sales declines, tough personnel decisions and fixed overhead. More financial challenges are looming, because even if the overall economy recovers, we can expect many staffing customers to go bankrupt in the coming months. Their businesses may be sound, but their own customers […]

2209, 2020

Winning Game Plans

By and |September 22nd, 2020|

Covid-19 turned the world upside down. Things were going well, and suddenly they weren’t.

Coming into 2020, US staffing industry revenue was projected to rise by 3% to reach $156.2 billion in 2020. With the pandemic, the industry faces a decline this year of 17%, according to one scenario studied by SIA. That scenario assumes the […]

2209, 2020

Steady as She Goes

By |September 22nd, 2020|

The ever-growing gig economy is supported by a host of useful apps and platforms such as Uber, TaskRabbit, Upwork, Fiverr and Instacart. But as many in the gig world know, jobs on any platform can lack the stability that full-time employment provides.

Income can be seasonal or fluctuate dramatically with the hours, weeks or months. Many […]

2209, 2020

Going the Extra Mile

By |September 22nd, 2020|

At ALKU, there is nothing we won’t do to better ourselves and our employees, no matter the time or effort it may require. In my five years at the company, many processes have been tweaked, questioned, improved or even just done away with. As managers, we like finding parts of our processes we can make […]