Staffing Management

The Less-Painful Way to Rebuild After Layoffs

How companies handle staff cuts can forecast their ability to rebuild later.

Earlier this summer, Microsoft announced plans to lay off workers as part of a restructuring to focus on cloud services. A month later Nike made a second round of layoffs, which included hundreds of IT staff, with warnings of more cuts to come. Big layoffs remain a painful part corporate culture despite being eight years past the Great Recession. It’s…

Advanced Group: Optimas Gold Winner for Corporate Citizenship

Advanced Group's Community Works initiative rewards employees for volunteering and finding humanitarian ways to combat inequality.

Advanced Group knows its employees want to make a difference in the world and be productive toward their community. The Chicago-based consulting group, which focuses on mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and management, makes sure to reward its employees for their community volunteering through its four-year initiative, Community Works. It is ingrained in the company’s culture to find humanitarian ways to…

Sector Report: Robots Take a Big Step in Staffing

The gig economy continues to dominate trends in staffing, triggering new partnerships, driving technology innovations and forcing recruiters to wonder what role they will play in the future.

The gig economy continues to dominate trends in the staffing industry, triggering new partnerships, driving technology innovations, and forcing recruiters to wonder what role they will play in the future. “The rise of platforms like Shiftgig, Upwork and Taskrabbit is causing many staffing professionals to ask tough questions,” said Vinda Souza, vice president of marketing for Bullhorn, a staffing industry…

The More Things Change … the NLRB and Weingarten Rights for Non-union Employees

A new advice memo is a solid reminder of how our federal administrative agencies can, and often do, sway in the political breezes.

Today, a joke. “How is the National Labor Relations Board like the weather?” “I don’t know, Jon, how?” “If you don’t like either, just wait and they’ll change.” Not my best material, I know. But, it does illustrate an important point, driven home by an Advice Memo  just released by the NLRB Office of General Counsel on the issue of Weingarten rights for…

A Refresher on Pre-employment Medical Exams

A recent settlement is a reminder that the ADA has strict rules regulating when an employer can and cannot ask individuals for medical information before starting employment. 

Do you require medical exams of applicants before they start working for you? If so, do you know the rules that the ADA requires you follow? Last month, the EEOC settled a lawsuit it brought against a Florida staffing firm for alleged unlawful pre-employment medical exams under the ADA, which serves as a good reminder for employers of these rules….

How Much Wasted Work Time Is Too Much?

Try as they might to regulate this activity, employers fail.

According to a recent survey conducted by OfficeTeam, on average, employees spend eight hours per workweek on nonwork activities. What does this non-work time look like? Personal emails: 30 percent Social networks: 28 percent Sports sites: 8 percent Mobile games: 6 percent Online shopping: 5 percent Entertainment sites: 3 percent Moreover, try as they might to regulate this activity, employers fail. The…

When You Discover That You Employ a Nazi

As a private employer, I have the right to hold my employees accountable for their viewpoints and terminate when I determine that those viewpoints may bleed into my workplace and create a hostile environment.

In the wake of Friday and Saturday’s horrific, evil events in Charlottesville, the the twitter account YesYoureRacist posted many riot photos and identified many of the rioters. And, as a result, some have lost their jobs. Yes, You’re Racist @YesYoureRacist Replying to @YesYoureRacist UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job  #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight#Charlottesville Question: Does one participating in a Nazi rally enjoy…

Background Check Company InfoMart Acquires Global Information Source

InfoMart screened 1.75 million individuals in the last year and over 8,000 clients use its employment-related screening services, according to Workforce research.

Background-screening company InfoMart acquired Global Information Source, a worldwide background-screening firm based in Atlanta. Details of the July 12 deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is in line with continued growth in the market and clientele for Marietta, Georgia-based InfoMart, according to an InfoMart press release on the deal. In 2016, the company launched a biometric identity verification application, ASAP…

Internal Communications Balancing Old Methods with Millennial Generation 

Technology is moving, millennial needs are moving, and internal communications tries to keep pace. 

Office communications used to happen largely via one channel — email. But nowadays, email has many helping hands to spread information. Whether it’s an internal messaging app such as Slack or a private message board like Seedly, new ways of communicating to diverse employee populations — and finding which platforms work — are growing, especially due to the tech-savvy millennial…

2017 Game Changer: Kellie Glaser

Kellie Glaser's director Renee Breyer says, “Kellie is exemplary of a true game changer."

Kellie Glaser, program manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California Kellie Glaser has made a significant impact on engaging Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees as program manager. Glaser, 26, dedicated the past two years to improving the work-life balance of more than 6,000 employees. Her innovative programs include on-site cooking and language classes, wellness initiatives such as a…