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Diverse group of people joining hands for teamwork
October 28, 2020 Read time: 8 minutes

As more studies show a positive correlation between workplace diversity and benefits like increased financial performance, higher employee engagement, and more innovation, the business case for corporate diversity and inclusion initiatives continues to get stronger. Not only in the balance sheet but also in the ability to attract talent, customers, and investors while enhancing engagement with these…

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international map and people with devices and means to work from anywhere
September 29, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Technology has made the world a slightly smaller place — particularly in the employment landscape. Thanks to an abundance of digital and virtual collaboration tools, companies can source and work with an array of credible and talented international workers. A global workforce helps companies expand their footprints and build inroads with talented workers beyond their traditional…

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chart showing company growth
September 9, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

Many companies saw a significant dip in business thanks to Covid-19. Essential businesses, meanwhile, are dealing with a different challenge: sudden and unexpected growth - along with leaders having to scramble to keep employee engagement and company morale high while complying with health and safety standards. During these times of disruption, it's critical to have…

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Team Strategizing in group meeting
August 31, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

For successful businesses, innovation can be a double-edged sword. While it can be exciting for consumers, established businesses often see it as counteractive to a stable bottom line. But companies can’t afford to think like that anymore — if they ever could. Resisting innovation and ignoring disruption are great ways to end up like Blockbuster,…

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Team wearing protective masks in a conference room setting
August 24, 2020 Read time: 7 minutes

As with many aspects of COVID-19, the virus’s effect on the global workforce is still unknown. At the outset of shutdowns and stay-at-home orders, some industries were able to keep operating with minor process changes — others saw more bleak short-term projections. Between mid-February and mid-March, 870,000 U.S. workers lost their jobs. In April, the retail…

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Woman working remotely from her home couch with her dog
August 6, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

COVID-19 has forced many companies to dive into remote work without any strategy in place. As companies look to an increasingly remote future, they must make changes to prepare their teams. The effects of remote work aren't just operational; they also affect company culture. Not only are teams struggling with an uncertain financial future, but…

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Dad working remotely while with his kid
August 3, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Local economies around the globe have been trying to figure out ways to continue business operations while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. While the solutions that businesses have concocted suggest the workforce we once knew is gone, creativity and resourcefulness are not in short supply. With COVID-19 disrupting our sense of normalcy every day,…

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Empty office space with no employees
July 31, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Thanks to COVID-19, the future of work has suddenly and unceremoniously become the present. Organizations that once prided themselves on their office space have gone entirely remote, and the contingent worker is now an integral part of the way work gets done. According to a recent Gartner survey, 32% of organizations have hired contingent workers to replace…

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Diverse group of professionals together
July 30, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Increasingly in the last decade businesses have prioritized diversity in the workplace as a business strategy that maximizes productivity, creativity and loyalty of employees while meeting the needs of their clients or customers. If a company is only as good as their employees, then it stands to reason that a great deal of energy should…

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Blurred room full of people working
July 6, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

In a contingent workforce program, front-end metrics like fill rate and bill rate provide a surface-level view of the partnership built by the program manager and vendor, but they don’t necessarily illustrate the long-term effectiveness of the union. Back-end metrics shed light on the big picture, giving insight into how effective your program truly is.…

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