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How to Move Forward from Backfilling Jobs

Posted by Bret Bass on Jun 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tells a story of stasis and small improvements. The good news is that businesses hired 5.3 million professionals. The not-so-amazing news is that all industries, in aggregate, witnessed labor turnover rates to the tune of 5.1 million workers. The 0.2 percent difference would indicate that just as many people left their positions as came aboard. Other sources, such as Compensation Force, depict employee attrition rates close to 17 percent, based on a survey of 28,000 companies. That’s the highest level of churn since 2008, the dawn of the recession. What happens when turnover spikes? Organizations scramble to backfill positions, oftentimes creating opportunities for staffing providers. However, backfilling is usually a short-term fix for what can be a longer-term issue. Instead of backfilling, let’s see how progressive filling can innovate a fresh approach to a stale situation.

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Tags: Recruiting, talent acquisition strategies, employee retention

Star Wars Business Lesson: Conquering Empires of Silent Workforce Culture

Posted by Sunil Bagai on Dec 8, 2016 11:00:00 AM
With the winter holidays fast approaching, people are looking forward to an abundance of festivities. There await feasts, gift exchanges, themed parties, family gatherings and big movie premiers. Perhaps no other upcoming film this season has sparked more excitement than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Apart from its popularity as a sweeping space opera, the Star Wars saga also incorporates political parable -- a tale of rampant despotism and its eventual downfall. Of course, on some level, it’s also part business allegory, featuring a tyrannical organization ruled by fear and hobbled by the culture of silence it has created. Let’s briefly examine that theme and how we can prevail against the dark side of similar business practices.
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Tags: Workforce Management, business leadership, employee retention, employment culture

Retain Your Best Workers: Think Multigenerational, Not Just Millennial

Posted by Sunil Bagai on Dec 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM
In the staffing industry, so much debate has centered on Millennials and their “unique attributes.” And yet, when you pore over the volumes of research, opinions, prognostications and presumptions, you begin to realize that many of the same qualities were used to describe Generation X, or even Boomers, when they were heading into their 20s. The most interesting dynamic of today’s workforce is that it encompasses an unprecedented mix of professionals across generations -- from young women and men just starting their careers to vibrant 65-year-olds. Still, stereotypes about millennial talent persist. Some are valid, while others hold no water. As we approach 2017, the employment industry is shifting from frenzied to strategic hiring. Retention, performance, data-driven hiring decisions represent areas of focus. Let’s take a look at the situational realities and how we can hire and develop exceptional workers, regardless of age.
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Tags: Millennials, program management, workforce development, employee retention

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