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Group of Diverse Business People Gathered Talking
November 24, 2020 Read time: 2 minutes

Diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace bring many positives. These initiatives can boost the bottom line and allow companies to collaborate with knowledge workers who bring a variety of experiences, perspectives, and expertise to the table. Although they might not be traditional staff members, contingent workers can also deliver those diverse and varied perspectives…

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Law gavel put down to rule
November 17, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

In August, Vox Media paid out $4 million to settle three different lawsuits from employees who claimed they were misclassified according to the law. In the wake of regulations like California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), guidelines were in place to differentiate between full-time employees and independent contractors. Vox failed to classify these workers properly, and that misstep ended…

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Diverse group of business people talking and working together
November 9, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

When sourcing talent, access to a wide array of potential candidates is critical. Making diversity a central tenet of talent sourcing allows businesses to engage with individuals whose varied experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives can help bring previously unforeseen levels of expertise and knowledge to a company. That diverse influx of talent can also provide a…

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Group of people with big ideas working together
October 28, 2020 Read time: 9 minutes

For startups, speed is the great equalizer. It’s what allows tiny teams working out of a garage (or perhaps a co-working space) to compete with century-old conglomerates with infinitely more resources. Without the distractions of maintaining complex business operations — or the need to work within entrenched internal processes — startups can focus solely on…

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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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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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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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