Prior to the last, say, 3 years or so when searching for and assigning ratings to services or products online, there was a universal understanding of the scale, weight, and reliability of a 3-star vs. 5-star rating. Now, I feel, this is no longer true. And I blame Uber. Well, not Uber exclusively. Rather, I blame how we’ve placed reward on the expected (and many times, unreasonable and unrealistic) results, rather than using those results to inform, implement, and measure an improved outcome. Read more
The numbers don’t lie – unemployment is at a near all-time low and there seem to be new articles coming out every week about labor shortages and skill gaps across the globe – from IT to manufacturing to healthcare and beyond. And each of these institutions need to start coming up with new ways to tackle this ever-growing chasm in the demand for talent. Read more
With CES having just wrapped up in Las Vegas, one of the areas that was of key interest to me (besides self-driving luggage) was the innovative ideas surrounding the healthcare industry.
While it’s true that healthcare has typically lagged behind other industries when it comes to tech adoption and evolution, there are some amazing new offerings that have begun to emerge that may significantly shift how, when, where, and by whom healthcare services are delivered. Read more
Staffing firms are incredibly well positioned to succeed at the Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) model. By their very nature, staffing firms are revenue generating whereas internal recruiting organizations are cost centers. Call me a capitalist, but I believe that the dynamics of having to turn a profit in an incredibly competitive market with low barriers to entry, means that profitable RPO providers have successfully established differentiated business models and business practices that work. Read more
How to effectively rise ‘Up’, identify and control unnecessary distractions in order to get things done
Last week, Erecruit’s Sales and Best Practices teams had the privilege of attending Staffing Industry Analyst’s Collaboration in the Gig Economy conference in Dallas, TX. There were some fantastic keynote and panel discussions about how buyers, staffing suppliers, and technology platforms can work together to shape and support the future of the way people will and want to work. Sara Moss, Tim Quirk, Doug Edwards, and Amy Yackowski sat down for a round table retrospective on what they learned.
In my non-work time (yes, Virginia, there can be work-life balance), I came across an article that was in no way related to the staffing industry, but triggered an idea I felt was worth sharing. It’s the notion of what is referred to as “penny poking” – where individuals send small amounts of money to friends, family, co-workers, etc. as a simple act of gratitude or kindness.
When there are multiple competitors vying for a single, top winning spot, at the end of the contest we tend to focus our attention on the ultimate winner, forgetting about those who may have come in a (sometimes very close) second place. During most Olympic events, the top three finishers – not just the decisive winner – are awarded. Why? Because it’s recognized that just because you didn’t finish first, doesn’t mean you aren’t still one of the top elite performers in your event. In fact, several countries determine an athlete’s future Olympic qualification based on past performance history. Read more
The more confidence we have in the data that we use to guide our business decisions, the faster we can make good, well-informed decisions. Managers may have a deep appreciation for performance data, but few are in a position where they have complete confidence in the numbers. For those plagued with data quality issues, the desire for data-driven management can sound like an unobtainable state of nirvana. Read more