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Keep the Human Touch in Onboarding and Boost Retention

Feb 15, 2018 12:14:31 PM

Keeping turnover low and ensuring proper retention levels is critically important to any organizationespecially in a low unemployment environment. The costs associated with sourcing, onboarding and training new workers is a sunken one. If your new hires split early on, all that money is lost, never to be recovered. This is why it is so important to understand what prompts a new hire to leave soon after beginning a new job and how you as a workforce manager can boost retention among new hires.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Workforce Management

On the Wings of Eagles – Philly’s Ascendancy in the NFL Mirrors Workforce Trends

Feb 5, 2018 5:25:37 PM

Major congratulations are in order for the Philadelphia Eagles, the champions of Super Bowl LII. After decades of hard work and some heartbreaking defeats in earlier championships, the Eagles finally take home the Lombardi Trophy, winning their first championship since 1960. This year marks the resurgence of Philly’s pro football franchise and mirrors another area wherein the City of Brotherly Love is reaching the heights—the realm of workforce talent. In honor of the Eagles’ win, here are some interesting facts and figures reflecting the dominance Philadelphia has exhibited in the national race for talent and business excellence.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management

To Manage or Not to Manage, That is the Question: How to Decide Whether to Internally Manage Your MSP Program

Jan 30, 2018 2:50:22 PM

If you feel challenged by the need to select a managed services provider (MSP) along with your vendor management system (VMS), you’re not alone. The whole lengthy exercise of vetting various vendors to assess their capabilities, watching their presentations and demos and checking out the references they provided could all prove worthwhile when you need to have an external MSP. 

Here’s a thought: Have you verified whether you can internally manage your MSP program? 

Of course an internally managed program brings with it a different set of challenges. But in either case, driving adoption should be an important consideration. Though few share the details of the travails of what they faced when making such a decision, we’ve put together a consolidated set of points that should help you narrow down your decision.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Workforce Management

Millennials’ Distaste for Autos Key Factor in Talent Shortage for Industry

Jan 22, 2018 3:17:26 PM

Things we know: There is a growing talent shortage across all US industries affecting (among most others) the automobile manufacturing industry. Millennial workers—the largest demographic within the entire workforce—gravitate towards jobs where innovation and technology are critical success factors. These Millennials are buying automobiles at rates far lower than previous generations of consumers. What you may not know, is how the interplay between these three factors sets up a vicious cycle depressing talent acquisition for the auto industry in this key workforce demographic. Here’s how this dynamic plays out and what you can do about it if you’re in charge of workforce management for an automaker.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management

Another Look at the Benefits of Workforce Diversity

Jan 17, 2018 4:58:51 PM

In 2014, we wrote a series of articles expounding on the benefits of diversity in the workforce. While it may have seemed that we’d made great strides toward achieving a “post-racial” society that lives up to our cultural rhetoric about being a melting pot and a true meritocracy, many would argue there is still much to be done toward the goal of social equity in the workforce and in broader society at large. So, considering this week’s celebration Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we’re examining the benefits of diversity in the workforce as a means to promote its pursuit beyond the tax benefits associated with diversity staffing.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management

Six Best Practices for Shopping Workforce Solutions at Trade Shows

Dec 6, 2017 1:06:12 PM

One of the most beneficial aspects of going to industry trade shows is having the ability to gain first-hand insight into the products and services you’re seeking to procure and the nature of the people representing the vendors. Face-to-face meetings and interactions with representatives can provide a buyer with perspectives far more nuanced than they might absorb from marketing materials and web research. Yet, trade shows can be overwhelming. It’s easy to come away from your attendance at these events without any actionable intelligence. What should you do to prepare for a trade show so you come away from the event with a clear path toward making an important selection regarding workforce management solutions/providers?

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

This Ain’t Your Father’s Rate Card – Let the Experts Help

Dec 1, 2017 12:06:40 PM

“All men are created equal” says the Declaration of Independence. Realizing this lofty ideal is the timeless struggle facing our social order. Sometimes we succeed at achieving something close to equality. Yet, when it comes to determining the value and pay scale for a man or woman in the workforce, such egalitarianism is nowhere to be found. In order to ensure an “apples to apples” comparison between a broadening array of specialized labor types, rate cards have taken on a renewed relevancy. Here’s what it means today.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Counting Our Many Blessings in the US Labor Market

Nov 21, 2017 4:31:51 PM

Now is the time of year in which we as Americans stop to reflect on all the abundance and good fortune we enjoy. While fortunes may grow and recede over time, regardless of where one rests on that continuum, there is always something to be grateful for. This year, there are more things to be thankful for than in ordinary years. The labor force (and by extension, the workforce management industry) is enjoying some pretty favorable conditions which should make this season of thanksgiving all the more special. Here are some of the reasons for a jovial season.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management