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
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