Ahh yes, the notorious “Irish Goodbye,” the practice of quietly leaving a party or gathering undetected, purposely avoiding the fanfare and expected formalities so as not to disturb one's host from their duties. A similar, but less courteous activity today is known as “ghosting,” and it doesn’t just happen among friends who wish to slip out of your cocktail party unnoticed. It also happens in the workplace. There’s not a single workforce management professional who hasn’t encountered ghosting among candidates and hires over the last few years. Here’s why it happens and what can be done to discourage this irritating and costly behavior.
Jan 3, 2019 11:55:00 AM
Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM
As has been our tradition here at the nextSource blog, we’re once again looking back over the last four quarters of content we’ve produced on a wide range of topics relevant to workforce planning and management. It is always interesting to make this review as it provides a tidy summation of the state of our industry and helps keep us focused on the subjects most relevant to workforce management professionals seeking to remain at the bleeding edge of developments and trends affecting their respective organizations. So, without further ado, here’s the recap of the road we’ve all traveled in 2018.
Dec 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM
To provide a counterpoint to our recent post titled, “2019 Employment is “All Good” (Until It Isn’t),” we thought it would be fair to provide a positive take on the current economy and its impact on workforce planning. So, we present to you a Harris Poll produced in November on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). The poll reflects the broad public perception of the employment picture following the recent mid-term elections. In short, there is consensus that the results of the election will exert a positive influence over employment trends.
Dec 12, 2018 1:07:06 PM
By all metrics, the projections for employment prospects in the coming New Year are excellent. Unemployment is at near-record lows. With hiring demand high and wages rising in response, hiring organizations are busily engaging practices and technologies to help increase access to in-demand talent amidst short supply of qualified candidates. Yet, at the risk of being a holiday “buzz kill,” we’re making a contrarian recommendation: be prepared for an unexpected and dramatic reversal of today’s robust labor landscape.
Nov 30, 2018 1:19:15 PM
Thorough workforce management professionals spend time monitoring minimum wage changes in the states and localities in which they have employees working, ensuring that pay rates for hourly wage earners (non-exempt employees) are set correctly in a VMS and for payroll purposes. Much less frequently examined are the minimum salary requirements in place for exempt (salaried) workers. Did you know that several states have weekly minimums in place for salaried employees that need to be reviewed?
Nov 20, 2018 4:22:05 PM
There are a myriad of challenges facing organizations with respect to workforce planning in a labor environment growing more complex by the year. This is why so many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are following the lead of large enterprises in engaging third-party solutions to address problems such as talent gaps, worker classification, tax filings, workers’ compensation, insurance, onboarding/off-boarding, and many others. Here are four key functions any quality solution provider must be able to address so that an organization can fully focus on core business instead of dealing with these labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks.
Nov 8, 2018 1:16:53 PM
As we approach Veteran’s Day, many veterans will hear, “thank you for your service.” Kind words many patriotic Americans like to offer to veterans who’ve put their lives and time on the line to serve in our armed forces. While our service men and women returning from active duty surely appreciate the sentiment, it’s safe to say they’d prefer to hear “you’re hired” instead upon their return. As we pause to reflect on Veteran’s Day this year, let’s look at the dynamics required to help our returning veterans achieve a smooth reentry into the civilian workforce.
Jul 19, 2018 11:45:00 AM
Famous management consultant/guru, Peter Drucker is credited with saying “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” What he meant was that in any given business organization, even if the business strategy is a sound one, the enterprise will still fail to achieve its goals if the organizational culture is weak or otherwise unhealthy. In fact, of the three pillars of success in corporate structure—strategy, capability, and culture—culture is the most important and critical to achieve. That is why we urge customers to not overlook the culture of an MSP (managed services provider) with which they’re considering engagement.