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2011, 2017

Smart Choices

By |November 20th, 2017|

Believe it or not, it’s been more than seven years since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as the ACA, and after a slow start, it’s been quite a ride for healthcare staffing. In 2015 and 2016, the healthcare staffing market grew by double digits as an influx of newly […]

2011, 2017

Elevating Contract Work

By |November 20th, 2017|

As technical contract work becomes a standard part of business, traditional nine-to-five office jobs are no longer the only option. In fact, demand for technical contract workers on the Hired platform has more than tripled in the last two years alone.

For many companies, having more contract workers means having greater efficiency, as contractors often bring […]

2011, 2017

Building Rapport

By |November 20th, 2017|

A few months ago, I received an email from a potential customer asking for information and advice. I set up a call for clarification and began to build our relationship. I felt I was simply doing my job, but it seems a lot of what I deem basic work ethic is not necessarily practiced by […]

2011, 2017

Their Own Patterns

By |November 20th, 2017|

After working for a large software company for many years, I went freelance. And I’ve since specialized as a software development project leader, working with highly-skilled freelancers from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The contrast between corporate and freelance work is quite dramatic.  It’s human nature to want the benefits of a […]

2011, 2017

Shark Tank — Gig Style

By |November 20th, 2017|

San Francisco-based Bunker was the winner of the Gig Economy Shark Tank Innovation Award, as voted by a panel of industry veterans and investors at Collaboration in the Gig Economy, while San Francisco-based Bonsai was voted “audience favorite.”

The session, modeled after the popular TV show “Shark Tank” on ABC, took place Sept. 14th in Dallas. […]

2609, 2017

Straight Talk: Know Whom You Work With

By |September 26th, 2017|

A combination of misplaced co-employment fears and invisibility cloaks shield contingent workforce professionals from seeing the sometimes darker side of staffing — the commoditization of people. The new world order of indentured servitude. But savvy managers are catching on.

We know that, while the majority of staffing suppliers run their businesses well and live up to […]

2609, 2017

Expert’s Corner: Buy or Build?

By |September 26th, 2017|

As a CIO and frequent speaker on technology in the staffing industry, I am often asked whether staffing firms should build their own software or buy it. There’s much to consider and the answer is not always cut and dry.

The basics of each scenario seem simple enough: When building, you are developing the application from […]

2609, 2017

The Other Side: Human Interaction

By |September 26th, 2017|

I decided to try the gig economy after leaving a corporate job. I wanted to find work/life balance and flexibility, so I began working for different staffing agencies. I moved my way up from worker to supervisor quickly — and started to notice where staffing agencies could do better.

Now I’m back in the corporate world […]

2609, 2017

Robo-Patrol

By |September 26th, 2017|

To peer into the future of staffing, one need look no further than Knightscope, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup that builds and “places” security robots.

Founded in 2013, the firm deploys robots that, armed with myriad sensors, are primarily used to enhance, expand and automate on-site security services. They look like adolescent- sized iPods that patrol […]

2108, 2017

Benefit of Counsel: Guard Your Interests

By |August 21st, 2017|

It has long been common practice for employers to use restrictive covenant agreements to safeguard their confidential information and trade secrets as well as to protect the investments they make in their employees. Restrictive covenant agreements — which are essentially contracts between employers and employees that incorporate types of nondisclosure, noncompete and/or nonsolicitation provisions — […]