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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


Selling...in the age of VMS

September 25, 2009 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

Our annual survey of large staffing buyers has indicated an unbroken chain of increased VMS usage year after year.  In 2008, the percentage of large buyers using VMS passed the... More


I know you're not independent contractor compliant

November 23, 2009 - from Jon Osborne's Blog

The next time you want to give a fright to your human resource department (and who doesn't?), call them up with a handkerchief over the receiver, breathe heavily and say "I know... More