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A Kinder, Gentler Age...or...The Beginning of the End?

July 23, 2007 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

For the first time in recorded U.S. employment history, employment in leisure and hospitality exceeds that of manufacturing.  As of June 2007, there were 14,146,000 workers in... More


How to Offer Your Temps Benefits - For Free

November 29, 2007 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

I once had an employer that offered benefits on an entirely cafeteria-style basis. I got X number of dollars of benefits subsidy, and I could spend it any way I liked. I could buy healthcare.... More


The Emperor Needs a Job

December 24, 2007 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

You know you've made it when you've been you-tubed.

Try searching youtube.com for the phrase "temp worker" or "temporary job" or even "staffing" and you... More


You call this a recession?

March 19, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

The traditional textbook definition of a recession is simple: two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. You might think that the 2001 downturn qualified on that basis... More


Dueling data - Census says staffing growth accelerated in 1Q?!

June 13, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

How can it be?

On 6/11, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that staffing industry revenue (as represented by Employment Services NAICS code 5613) rose 7.9% year-over-year in the first quarter. ... More


Still have your job? Go thank a temp

July 3, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

Job losses are big headlines these days.  But a much unappreciated fact is that a disproportionately large portion of those losses are among temporary workers.  In June, of... More


Repeating: good advice

August 27, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Chicago, if you must know) my manager at the time told me that when I left a phone message I should always repeat my phone number twice, and slowly, at the end of the message. That was good advice.... More


1347: the year contingent labor was born?

August 27, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

In 1347, plague swept across Europe, killing somewhere between a third to a half of the population.  In its wake, it left a labor shortage of unprecedented proportion.

Landlords... More


Oh the humanity

September 19, 2008 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

So far this week, Merrill Lynch was sold in a shotgun wedding to Bank of America; Lehman Brothers' U.S. operations wed Barclay's bank after the company was jilted by just about everyone... More


Where there is distress, there is opportunity

September 18, 2009 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

Business is in the business of solving other people's problems.  Case in point: years ago staffing entrepreneurs took note of corporate short-term labor needs and over the last... More