View From The Boardroom

2303, 2021

View from the Boardroom: The ettain Approach

By |March 23rd, 2021|

In 1996, three college friends started a company from a spare room of a house in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within three months, they had hired one recruiter, added one phone and placed their first two consultants. Twenty-five years, 21 locations, 5,000 employees, 350-plus clients and four acquisitions later, ettain group is now the 12th-largest IT […]

1602, 2021

Prepare to Thrive

By |February 16th, 2021|

Company leaders spend a lot of time planning for the unexpected — whether that’s a shift in operations or an outside factor that causes us to alter course as a business. Yet, despite all planning, no one anticipated the great disruptor of 2020: Covid-19.

In the early days of 2020, it could have been easy to […]

1711, 2020

A Steady Hand

By |November 17th, 2020|

Strategic Staffing Solutions celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 1, and we marked the occasion the way we usually do. Our leadership team — from yours truly, to our C-suite to our market vice presidents — wrote thank-you notes or called our customers to thank them for another successful year. Without them, we would not […]

911, 2020

View from the Boardroom: Bridging the Chasm

By |November 9th, 2020|

There’s not enough diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Statistic after statistic confirms it – just 3% of students joining information and communication technology (ICT) courses worldwide are women and less than 20% of NHS staff identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) to name a couple.

In a year when conversations around diversity […]

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 […]

1905, 2020

Guiding the Way Forward

By |May 19th, 2020|

As an industry, we find ourselves in unprecedented times. While we have all likely navigated choppy economic waters in the past, many of the challenges presented by today’s global health crisis are new to our industry — at least in the size and scale we are facing. With the immediate global economic conditions uncertain, leaders […]

2303, 2020

Strength Through Adversity

By |March 23rd, 2020|

“Not everything in life is a lesson, Mom!”

“Oh, but it is, Catherine.”

This is a real conversation I had with my daughter several years ago when she was still living at home. Since then, she has gone on to do amazing things in her career and has learned her own lessons along the way.

Looking back on […]

1902, 2020

Demolish the Ivory Tower

By |February 19th, 2020|

There may be no “I” in team, but there needs to be a “U,” because it’s your ability to relate to team members at all levels of an organization — whether that colleague is based in a field branch, working in an on-site role or supporting the back-office operations — that is key in your […]

1811, 2019

Achieving Parity

By |November 18th, 2019|

Throughout my 25 years in the staffing industry, I’ve seen tremendous progress on gender equality in the workplace. However, some industries still have a way to go — a problem especially pronounced in the technical sectors we serve.

Many are suffering from talent shortages, and widening their recruitment to include a highly diverse population of applicants […]

2409, 2019

Laws of Attraction

By |September 24th, 2019|

I’ve worked in the staffing space for 32 years now. In that time, I’ve seen and experienced countless changes — from the days of paper-based staffing processes (who remembers roller carts and trips to the storage unit?), strictly phone-based recruiting, the crazy job-title inflation epidemic of the late ’90s to the rise of software platforms, […]