As Staffing Industry Analysts reported, last year “companies processed $82.4 billion U.S. dollars (USD) in spend associated with the human cloud on a global basis.” Today’s business environment is defined by the fluidity of globalization. In a short span of time, technology has eroded many of the barriers -- physical and social -- that have separated people throughout the ages. We’ve entered a new era of work where our tools, processes and people function in “the cloud.” Rigid structures and[...]
We regularly advocate for the power and importance of gender parity in the workforce. Stunning as it seems today, given the immense contributions of women professionals, gender equality remains an elusive goal around the world. Our ongoing challenges with creating a truly inclusive talent population really came to light two years ago when major tech companies published their lackluster diversity numbers. Even more troubling, women in their 30s are switching employers more frequently. The reason, according to a study by ICEDR (the International Consortium for Executive Development Research), may surprise a lot of business leaders. By understanding the causes and taking action, we can do even more to recruit and retain top women professionals.
As you may have noticed, we’ve been placing a stronger emphasis on diversity recently. Naturally, diversity is a core topic in the workforce solutions industry. Its power is proven, undeniable and apparent. However, the global and national conversations on inclusion have taken unexpected turns. In politics, society and the labor force, we’re facing less embracing attitudes that could potentially lead to policies that roll back protections for women, minorities, LGBT people, the disabled and more. On the weekend before Martin Luther King Day in the United States, some political figures launched into ill-timed and ill-conceived attacks on historic champions of civil rights. So, yes, fighting for the progress we’ve made toward inclusion is going to be critical in the coming years. However, it’s also easy to forget that diversity extends far beyond race, religion, ethnicity, gender and 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. As we celebrate Dr. King’s vision of inclusion and egalitarianism, 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.