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[...]
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump wrapped up Monday night. During the sometimes fraught 90-minute discussion, the candidates attempted to address the gamut of issues facing the country: immigration, cyber security, foreign policy, the economy and employment. Although many of these topics have become polarizing, the focus on jobs seems to be unifying. Gallup’s Election Benchmark Survey shows that 88 percent of Democrats and 80 percent of Republicans agree that employment is one of the most fundamental factors that must be addressed. Regardless of party affiliations, beliefs or political persuasion, one of the two candidates will become president. Their policies will influence and shape matters that affect our industry. So let’s take an objective look at each campaign’s stance on the job market.
In a workforce short on skills, we often look to higher education as the currency of potential and performance for this advanced economy. Among the many political topics that affect employment, education took the spotlight during the Democratic National Convention. For example, Hillary Clinton proposed a dramatic free-tuition program. However, the issue is much more complex. Despite our obsession with alma maters and sheepskin, the ongoing glut of unfilled jobs across the nation would imply that grads aren’t making the grade. Today’s talent need to learn practical and applicable skills. It’s something Germany has understood for a long time, and we can absorb much by studying their alternative education system. If MSPs and their staffing partners want to deliver exceptional talent, they may need to help their clients rethink the weight placed on educational requirements and develop alternative sources of learning. Fortunately, there are plenty of options.
Struggling to find the best talent on the market? Well, the market has become a very big place, and the most skilled talent aren’t necessarily the people in your neighborhood. If you want to recruit the cream of the crop, it might be time to bring your business to them -- in a manner of speaking. Today’s top professionals prefer freedom, flexibility and mobility. To engage and retain them, we need to champion a mobile work culture.