No matter where you get your news, it’s obvious that we’re in the throes of a leadership crisis -- or three or five. President Trump’s head-scratching “surrender summit” in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin sent shockwaves across the globe. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May faced her biggest political setback as David Davis, the key Brexit negotiator, abruptly resigned because he could no longer, in good faith, go along with the exit strategy. And of course, Uber[...]
A recent economic research report published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco offers an important reminder that diversity extends far beyond race, religion, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. The multigenerational workforce today is vast and unprecedented. And what some diversity discussions have missed is that age discrimination is on the rise again. Let’s examine the often-overlooked challenges facing mature talent -- and how contingent workforce leaders can enhance client success by tapping into this goldmine of experience and skill.
Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), in its recent tally, projected the number of active U.S. contingent workers to have reached 44 million. In 2015, said SIA President Barry Asin, companies spent upward of $792 billion on non-traditional professionals. The contingent workforce won’t be “temporary” much longer, or even complementary. In many ways, on-demand work will become the norm, especially as Millennials continue to stream into the market. Yet businesses are failing to respond fast enough, even though they champion the use of contingent talent. Contract work is no longer a luxury or a cost-savings strategy for organizations. It’s the new way of business. And companies really aren’t prepared. Contingent workforce program leaders are more essential than ever before. They can’t be considered afterthoughts or support resources or vendors. They are emerging as the key executive figures in the era of agile employment. The notion of a traditional career is becoming a quaint tale we’ll read to our children. If you don’t want your company ending up as a page in that bedtime story, it’s time to partner with these contingent workforce experts.
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.