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Posted November 07, 2013 by

Should you really depend on a temporary workforce?

Bimal Parmar

Bimal Parmar, VP of Marketing at Celayix

You may cure your worrywart business partner’s concerns about the unreliability of temporary workers, by saying those are the only hands you can really depend on; but the question is, can accountability, more importantly loyalty be expected out of them?

Harvard Business Review recently reported that the number of temporary workforce, or ‘temps’ has now reached a staggering 28 million in the US. The trend is as evident in Canada and in the UK. In the US over 58% of organizations are willing to employee ‘temps’ at all levels; firms like Macy’s, Walmart, Nike, General Motors, PepsiCo are doing it already. (more…)

Posted October 18, 2013 by

45,000 Employees to be Hired for Seasonal Jobs

Young woman holding a red and white sign about hiring

Young woman holding a red and white sign about hiring. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, many people are likely to be searching for seasonal jobs.  If you’re one of them, the following post has an opportunity for you.

Toys“R”Us® recently announced plans to hire 45,000 employees to staff its stores and distribution centers nationwide as the company ramps up to meet the needs of gift-givers across all of its shopping channels this holiday season. This seasonal number is on par with hiring plans from last year. With traffic in Toys“R”Us stores and on its e-commerce site peaking in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the company’s expanded holiday workforce plays a key role in delivering exceptional customer service and providing memorable shopping experiences. (more…)

Posted October 10, 2013 by

Employers Proposing Perks to Recruit Professionals

Group of various professionals

Group of various professionals. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In order to recruit the best talent to fill their needs, some employers have decided to offer perks as incentives.  So, what are they bringing to the table to attract professionals?  Learn more in the following post.

Many employers are pulling out all the stops to recruit employees with in-demand skills, a new Accountemps survey finds. Nearly half (46 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said they are improving benefits in order to attract top talent. Almost as many (45 percent) are raising salaries, and another 42 percent are investing in training and development for promising workers. More than one-quarter (26 percent) of CFOs indicated their companies are bringing in temporary staff to bridge the skills gap. (more…)

Posted September 13, 2013 by

Why Employers Should Work with Temporary Professionals

Even though employers may want to fill open positions permanently, there are advantages to working with temporary professionals.

When people hear the words “temporary work,” they often think of clerical jobs or seasonal holiday positions. But as business needs have evolved, so has the “temping” professional. Temporary financial staffing firm Accountemps has identified a new set of realities for temporary workers today. (more…)

Posted April 12, 2013 by

Companies Turn to Temporary Workers to Meet Needs

If you’re looking for a job, don’t rule out working part-time.  Companies are seeing benefits of hiring temporary employees.  Who knows, a part-time position could lead to a better opportunity down the road.  The following post has more information. (more…)

Posted January 31, 2013 by

January Job Cuts 24% Lower Than a Year Ago

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

The nation’s employers announced plans to cut payrolls by 40,430 jobs in January, up 24 percent from 32,556 in December, according to the latest report on planned job cuts released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

While January job cuts were up from the previous month, they were 24 percent lower than the 53,486 layoffs announced by employers the same month a year ago.  This was, in fact, the third lowest January total in Challenger records going back to 1993.  The only years to see fewer January job cuts were 1995 (38,962) and 2011 (38,519). (more…)

Posted February 20, 2012 by

Productivity Gains by Employers Bogus As Huge Contingent Workforce Ignored

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroadsBy Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler

A very well-written article in MIT’s Technology Review, “Tectonic Shifts in Employment’, contends that Information Technology is reducing the need for certain jobs faster than new ones are being created. Noting that, “6.3 million fewer Americans have jobs than was true at the end of 2007. And yet the country’s economic output is higher today than it was before the financial crisis.”

The MIT article admits several elements are in play but claims that technological obsolescence is the predominant factor. A similar case was made in Bloomberg Businessweek, Did That Robot Take My Job? at the beginning of the year. There’s no question that technology destroys jobs (and creates new ones) but is the gap as wide as these articles suggest?

We’re not sure.

We think the use of contingent workers, for example, has increased to astounding levels and the accounting of this headcount is almost non-existent within companies when it comes to calculating productivity from F/T. As a result, firms show productivity spikes when in fact they may be using as much or more labor to accomplish their goals.

We’re also concerned about unmeasured anecdotal evidence surfacing where well-known large companies consciously ratchet their performance technology tools to push individual workers (in the service/exempt classification) to unsustainable levels i.e. burning them out by forcing them to work longer hours to meet quotas etc. (And no, we are not talking about some other country here perhaps someone has been adopting a few developing country techniques here.) These onerous practices are similar to what we used to study in grad school as abuses from the 2nd industrial revolution, 1880-1920, that led to the rise of unions.

It makes us think some of the productivity gains we report might just be sleight of hand.

– Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler work full time consulting, educating and discovering how talent and opportunity connect through emerging technology. They can be reached via email at mmc@careerxroads.com, phone at 732-821-6652, or on-line at http://www.careerxroads.com.