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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 — […]

2108, 2017

Research Report: Benchmark & Conquer

By |August 21st, 2017|

The Art of War, a fifth century Chinese military treatise attributed to military strategist Sun Tzu, has been quoted often in contemporary business. “If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” This quote resonates with the importance of benchmarking particularly well. Fast forward to 2017.

Today, […]

2108, 2017

Your Company’s Big Idea

By |August 21st, 2017|

No matter your role, there is an underlying force and energizing theme that drives your company forward and creates excellence in what you do. I call it “the big idea.” What is your company’s? Does everyone know what it is? Can you tell by looking at your website what the big idea is?

For many, the […]

2108, 2017

Practice Makes Permanent

By |August 21st, 2017|

With today’s labor market and buyers being as sophisticated as they’ve ever been, sales has become the easy part — if you’re selling to gain an order. We’ve all been there: hire a new sales rep, send them to be trained, give them the toolbox, and send them on their way. Put them in the […]

2108, 2017

The Other Side: Living as Contingent

By |August 21st, 2017|

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one,” so the old saying goes. Contrary to what one might think when reading this phrase, though, I’ve found being a contingent worker has forced me to become not just a jack of all trades, but a master […]

2108, 2017

The Buzz: Tokens for Labor

By |August 21st, 2017|

When bitcoin was created in 2009, it brought with it equal parts excitement and apprehension. Bitcoin is what is known as a “cryptocurrency,” an online form of currency based on blockchain technology that is borderless, secure, decentralized, and can be transferred/exchanged instantaneously. By many accounts, bitcoin has been a success. However, their incredible price fluctuations […]