Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, you must recognize that the provisions and entitlements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will change over the next few years. Since January, the new U.S. administration and its supporters in Congress have pledged to “repeal and replace” the landmark healthcare legislation. This has left insurers, subscribers and businesses confused about the future outcome. For contingent workforce leaders, the already complicated issue could become even muddier. Some may see the elimination of the mandates as a boon to the bottom line. Others may worry about the welfare of talent covered under ACA. There’s one very important topic that’s often ignored in the debate. Although we may not readily associate health insurance with diversity, the reality is that repealing the law could severely impact the LGBTQ professionals in our workforce.
Over the past few weeks, we began curating a series of weekly videos called “Mindful Mondays,” which demonstrate the power that mindfulness programs play in helping busy professionals better manage their stress while optimizing their focus. Although the tips are entertaining, they’re presented by leading therapists and experts in the field who recognize that business demands and competitive pressures have grown more complex. The “overwhelmed employee” represents the hallmark of today’s working standard, rather than an isolated phenomenon or individual struggle. That’s why some of the largest and most productive organizations, companies such as Pfizer and Google, are championing mindfulness initiatives as part of their overall wellness solutions. Let’s explore the realm of mindfulness and how contingent workforce leaders can launch their own efforts to revitalize and reenergize their programs.