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Empty chairs and we are hiring sign
August 31, 2021 Read time: 4 minutes

The hiring landscape is presenting a strange paradox. By April 2021, a record 10 million jobs had opened up across the U.S. And yet, employers are struggling to find workers and the unemployment rate is continuing to grow. So why is there a labor shortage along with record-high job openings? The pandemic has collided with…

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Young business woman reading an offer letter
August 30, 2021 Read time: 6 minutes

How many job offer letters have you sent in your HR career? Fifty? One hundred? Five hundred? Believe it or not, you probably would have sent just one or two offer letters per year a few decades ago. Back then, offer letters were largely written for executive-level or professional roles. But today, with positions becoming…

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August 1, 2021 Read time: 4 minutes

Over the past 18 months, there has been a fundamental shift in the understanding of how work can get done. Companies that previously thought remote strategies would never work for their business or that workers would not be as productive were proven wrong as they shifted their workforces remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now…

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People collaborating in office setting
July 14, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses either to close their doors permanently or wait out the storm, the economy is roaring back to life. Unfortunately, many companies are having trouble filling critical positions as the number of job openings rises and more people quit their current roles. I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of “now hiring” signs…

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Workplace Design Thrive
July 13, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

Companies have specific priorities to help them create traction and build better businesses. They make sure their finances are going well, remain competitive, and engage employees for optimal productivity. However, during 2020, unprecedented shifts happened. The pandemic and quarantine greatly impacted how organizations operated. Chiefly, among those impacts, were shifts in workplace wellness programs. Companies…

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Global Workforce
July 9, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

As a result of the pandemic, many businesses are realizing that they can hire teams that work from anywhere and still get the job done. This is a game-changer, as it greatly expands the talent pool when companies need to fill core positions with candidates who have specialized skill sets. Understanding the costs associated with…

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Global Workforce Graphic on a tablet
June 29, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

COVID-19 was a catalyst for workplace transformation and the changing nature of how we work. It impacted employers and HR professionals across the world, creating new challenges and opportunities around innovative global workforce solutions. Almost overnight, the talent pool for skilled positions expanded across the globe as physical work sites closed and nearly everyone started working…

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June 7, 2021 Read time: 2 minutes

The speed and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to act quickly and decisively. In a matter of days or weeks, cross-functional teams from HR to IT and facilities made a massive shift to remote work possible. They put plans and policies in place, built communication and collaboration networks, and ensured that workflows remained…

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Young intern girl working from home
May 20, 2021 Read time: 3 minutes

In 2020, COVID-19 adversely affected the number of internships available to students and new entrants to the workforce. Although some organizations — especially larger ones — were able to pivot their internship programs online, others were not as fortunate. In fact, 22% of internship offers were revoked last spring due to the pandemic. That’s why…

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Young business man happy to pack up his office
May 7, 2021 Read time: 1 minutes

While we’re all hopeful that the pandemic will soon be behind us, it’s increasingly clear that remote work is here to stay. Research from Willis Towers Watson suggests that employers expect almost 40% of their employees to work remotely by the end of this year, and Robert Half found that more than one-third of professionals would sooner find another…

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