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2603, 2018

Perspective: Common Threads

By |March 26th, 2018|

My colleague and co-author Mike Cleland and I have spent a lot of time in the last couple of years thinking about what is different about staffing firms that are able to grow significantly faster than the market. As founder of Charted Path, Cleland has consulted with dozens of staffing firms, typically at a moment […]

1402, 2018

Benefit of Counsel: In Hail and Storm

By and |February 14th, 2018|

In times of unexpected facility closures due to events such as inclement weather, what is the responsibility of the staffing provider with regard to the workers’ pay? Whether a worker must be paid if a client company is closed depends on the employee’s exempt or nonexempt status.

Exempt. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to […]

2011, 2017

Your Core Team

By |November 20th, 2017|

Like you, every day, I see an announcement for “The Next Big Thing” — a new technology, investment opportunity or innovation promising to maximize profits by increasing productivity and reducing labor costs.

The nature of “The Next Big Thing” varies widely, such as: utilizing offshore resources to reduce labor costs; increasing sourcing effectiveness; maximizing big data […]

2609, 2017

View From the Boardroom: Guiding Principles

By |September 26th, 2017|

What a pivotal time to be in staffing. Our labor market is nearing full employment. “Artificial intelligence” has become a mainstream term. And the jobs of tomorrow are taking shape before our eyes.

In such a transformative environment, staffing leaders must connect more dots than ever before — and faster. However, as we whirl into the […]

2108, 2017

Survival of the Fittest

By |August 21st, 2017|

In a 2001 interview, I said, “You can’t move forward if you’re looking back.” I was recently reminded that survival in this ever-changing industry shouldn’t be taken for granted. With increasing customer demands and technology evolving daily, we are blessed to be one of the few companies that has survived and prospered. As I think […]

2707, 2017

View From The Boardroom: Fail Fast

By |July 27th, 2017|

At a recent conference, it was mentioned that the millennial generation will comprise 50% of the workforce by 2020. As I contemplated this fact, I wondered, “What have I learned that I could impart on this next generation of leaders?”

And when I was asked to contribute to the “40 Under 40 in Staffing” issue of this magazine, I asked myself, “What would I say to […]

2305, 2017

In the Know

By |May 23rd, 2017|

Employers face compliance challenges now more than ever, and in the staffing industry, the challenges are enhanced due to the nature of the industry. As new regulations that relate to onboarding of candidates continue to emerge, staffing companies must be prepared to address them appropriately. It is important to understand that there is no one-size-fits-all […]

105, 2017

Band Together

By |May 1st, 2017|

Small staffing companies are a challenge for insurance underwriters. When a company is small to midsize, the insurance risks they experience are far less predictable than those of larger companies. This is when the concept of buying power comes into play. Joining forces with several staffing companies to partner in purchasing health insurance is a […]

2703, 2017

The PB&J Implementation

By |March 27th, 2017|

Having recently survived an MSP implementation as a buyer of staffing services, I understand wanting an on-time, clean and precise deliverable that is seamless and successful.

However, I understand that depending on what hat you wear, the definitions and motivations behind those goals will differ. Nevertheless, we all want the same thing.

Given my experience, I have […]

1302, 2017

The Great Beyond

By |February 13th, 2017|

Like many other industries, the staffing industry is subject to global pressures. Clients expect more and more from their suppliers but want to pay less. At the same time, a number of low-cost disrupters have emerged in the human cloud to challenge the traditional staffing model. Therefore, many staffing firms have looked at the potential […]