If you’re thinking about hiring a recruitment process outsource (RPO) firm on a short-term or project basis, there are important things to consider before taking that route. Most companies look at RPO when they are struggling to achieve target recruiting results or when their internal team is over capacity. Project RPO offers wonderful benefits and direct solutions to these challenges, but it’s not something to jump into blindly.
What is Project RPO?... read more
We’ve got a serious problem. A talent shortage that has companies scrambling to figure out ways to meet the growing demands of business with fewer skilled workers. So far, no one seems to have a solution. What I’ve seen are companies looking at small steps, little changes that might make them more attractive to scarce talent. But I say we toss that, and think really big for a change. I mean really BIG, as in completely transform the way we do things. The following ideas are certainly controversial. Yet, if we don’t find a radical solution to this immense problem, we’re going to see companies failing because they can’t find the skilled human beings they need.
Before I jump into ideas, let me just say that this isn’t about traditional education and it isn’t enough to assume that technology will be the answer. In fact, I would argue that it is precisely the skills that technology cannot and will not be able to do – the very human skills – that are and will be most needed. So, we’ve got to rethink everything from all angles. The conversation needs to widen and deepen, we need to be as innovative in creating a solution for the talent shortage, as we are in innovating new technology. And the time to start is now.
Here are five radical solutions to ponder:... read more
It’s a notoriously rocky relationship: recruiters and hiring managers share the common goal of filling roles with exceptional talent, but often fall prey to lack of trust, poor communication and different expectations; not the recipe for success, nor what anyone needs in their already stressful workday. According to ICIMS Hire Expectations Institute research, 80% of recruiters think they have a ‘high’ to ‘very high’ understanding of the jobs for which they recruit, while 61% of hiring managers say that recruiters have, at best, a ‘low’ to ‘moderate understanding’ of the jobs for which they recruit. So, how can you do better? What does it take to get recruiters and hiring managers to play on the same team, with the same rules and expectations? Here are five tips for developing a strong, functional relationship:... read more
There were 800,000 online stores in the United States vying for $256 billion in sales in 2015, with an expected uptick to $370 billion in 2017.1This surge reflects a continuing consumer shift that is challenging brick-and-mortar retailers to deeply transform how they stay profitable. The pressure is on and at the core of this change lies the talent strategy that will either lead retailers into the future or run them into the ground.... read more
For years we have been hearing about the importance and value of improving employee engagement. And rightly so, as the benefits are amazing when employees are truly engaged.
But like many popular phrases (e.g. ‘innovative’) the phrase becomes overused and soon loses its impact. In a sense, we become immune to it. So, what does it mean if employees and managers are unresponsive to the term ‘engagement’? How do we overcome this so that we can actually well, engage, employees?... read more