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[...]
Yesterday, many Americans celebrated Memorial Day. The holiday began as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War. Formerly known as Decoration Day, the event was first observed in 1865 by freed slaves from South Carolina to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the early 20th century, Memorial Day had lost much of its initial meaning, becoming a long weekend devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500. It seems an odd way of paying tribute to servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fulfillment of their duties. While we remember the fallen, I think we should also reflect on the powerful contributions living veterans have to offer -- especially as members of the civilian workforce.