SIA Musings

2003, 2023

SIA Musings: A Fond Farewell

By |March 20th, 2023|

It seems fitting that my nearly 17-year tenure at Staffing Industry Analysts ends with the Best Staffing Firms to Work For magazine issue. SIA has been just that for me: a best place to work. It has been an incredible journey, and I have loved every moment of it.

While much has changed over the last […]

1710, 2022

After the Interview

By |October 17th, 2022|

Psychometric assessments are a well-established method of gauging how well job seekers will suit a job vacancy and fit into your team, and they are often used post hiring to understand how well teams work together.

Allegedly based on psychological research, psychometric assessment vendors claim to provide an objective, data-driven and scientific way of measuring soft […]

1605, 2022

SIA Musings: Making Room

By |May 16th, 2022|

Do you belong at your workplace? More importantly, do your employees feel they do? Despite a growing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, the concept of belonging still eludes many.

But here’s why it should matter to the employer: Belonging is directly linked to your retention rate. A near-record 4.4 million workers quit their jobs in […]

1402, 2022

SIA Musings: It’s Day 1

By |February 14th, 2022|

Among many things, Jeff Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, is known for his “Day 1” philosophy. The idea is that businesses always have new growth opportunities, no matter how much success there has been in the past. As Bezos bluntly put it, “Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, […]

1510, 2021

SIA Musings: A Ghost in My House

By |October 15th, 2021|

The reputation of any staffing firm can be severely undermined when they fail to respond to those candidates who were unsuccessful in their application and surplus to requirements. And it is a practice that is still, sadly, far too common. For some, therefore, it might seem that the growing trend in candidate ghosting is simply […]

2007, 2021

SIA Musings: The Industry Returns

By |July 20th, 2021|

Welcome to the summer of 2021. We have turned the pandemic corner. Over half of the US population is vaccinated and on the move. For the first time since March 2020, the US Transportation Security Administration recently recorded more than 2 million screens in a single day. And data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics […]

1705, 2021

SIA Musings: Making Strides

By |May 17th, 2021|

Last summer in this column, I wrote about the changes that we had seen due to the pandemic, calls for social justice and more, and how it was an opportunity for the industry to build back better. As has been the case throughout this tumultuous year, every day we know so much more now than […]

1602, 2021

A New Focus

By |February 16th, 2021|

As someone who heads sales — my job frequently puts me on an airplane whether to visit clients or attend SIA-hosted events with hundreds of people in attendance — I had to learn to adapt to my new world. And, like so many similar to me, we had to do a reset and learn how […]

911, 2020

SIA Musings: Economic Hysteresis

By |November 9th, 2020|

Derived from the Ancient Greek word ὑστέρησις meaning “deficiency” or “lagging behind,” hysteresis is the dependence of the state of a system on its history and can be applied in slightly different ways to the fields of physics, chemistry, engineering, biology and economics.

Used extensively in the area of labour economics, it is a great word […]

911, 2020

Conference Overview: Turning Up the Upturn

By |November 9th, 2020|

No staffing executive heading for a relaxing holiday break at the end of 2019 could have foreseen the tumultuous events that would unfold in 2020. The year has placed extraordinary demands on every staffing business and completely reshaped the economic and social landscape.

As I write this article, six months after the World Health Organisation declared […]