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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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