Respect has been hard won for the staffing industry. It’s come a long way from the often derogatory epithet: “temp”. But it took many years and a recession that brought an entire world to its knees before corporate America shifted to valuing this workforce as a strategic tool as opposed considering it a necessary evil. Staffing firms can pat themselves on the back.
Last weekend, a friend gave me a beautiful candle as a gift. No surprise there, given it’s the holiday season. But more than the candle — beautiful as it was — here’s what caught my eye: The package said in small print (but not so small you could not read it):
Contains 1 candle from Thailand
Glass candle holder and decorative wreath from China
Assembled In Thailand
You are a co-employer. There. I said it. Co-employment is unavoidable in most contingent labor situations. In fact, that’s not a bad thing. Nevertheless, the very term causes many a staffing executive and procurement professional to pale. Believe it or not, however, there are benefits to being a co-employer. Here’s something I have learned from Eric. H. Rumbaugh, attorney with Michael, Best &... More