3 creative ways to take full advantage of your contingent workforce.

Using consultants as seasonal workers or parental leave replacements is one thing. Having them lead an entirely new project or design an original system is another. Too often, companies are restricted by an unnecessarily narrow understanding of what a consultant is – when in reality, they can be whatever you need them to be. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16.6 million US workers are classified as independent contractors, on-call workers, temporary workers, and contingent workers. Among those 16.6 million people is your next star consultant. Remember, these are highly accomplished professionals, looking to quickly and efficiently leave their mark on your company. Don’t simply use them as a placeholder. Tap into their technical skills, draw from their expertise, and really get your money’s worth. Check out these 3 unusual ways that top companies are using consultants ...
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Why You’re Not Attracting More Female Candidates

Depending on your industry, it can range from extremely easy – doctors, social workers, veterinarians – to extremely hard – software engineers, statisticians, data scientists – to identify and retain female professionals. While women comprise nearly 50% of the US workforce, they make up just 24% of STEM workers. But women aren’t an impenetrable black box of motivations and desires, their needs unknowable and their job search patterns random. Their drives are, in fact, quite easily discernable – if only you make the effort to listen. Stop losing out to your competition or lagging behind your industry. With the talent shortage growing every day, the need to attract, hire, and support fema...
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Retire by 40? It’s surprisingly doable.

1811 hours – that’s the amount of time the average full-time employed American is expected to work this year. Assuming you work from the ages of 25 to 65, you’re facing 72, 440 hours of work before you retire. There are two ways to approach this reality – you can either accept it as fact and strive to find fulfilling employment, or you can reject the premise entirely. Maybe you want to be home with your kids or travel the world as a family. Or perhaps you’re looking for the freedom to start your own business. Maybe, for you, financial independence doesn’t mean no longer working; it means no longer having to work. More and more, people are turning to non-traditional career trajectories to satisfy their adventurous spirits. As the tides of corporate America shift, what was once considered impossible is now becoming attaina...
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Which perks work (and which hurt)

In the age of elaborate – and frankly extravagant – perks, it can be tempting to simply throw money at benefits. Funds permitting, you may be lured into following Google’s lead by offering on-site massages and chef-crafted lunches. But is that really the best use of your money? According to recent surveys, 60% of candidates consider benefits as a crucial element in their job decision process. This begs the question, exactly which perks pay off in the long run? Although most employees are motivated by unlimited vacation and a well-stocked fridge, are those truly the benefits that will keep your workers happy? How about loyal? Productive and fulfilled? Not all perks are made equal. Find out which benefits work best for hiring and reten...
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Hiring Strategy in the New Year: 5 Trends to Watch in 2018

Are you ready? The countdown is on! It’s only a matter of days until 2017 is behind us. It’s been a whirlwind year – unemployment is at a ten-year low, a new tax plan promising major corporate cuts looms large on the horizon, and most recently women everywhere, from Hollywood to Washington D.C., have been empowered to speak out against workplace harassment. What’s ahead in 2018? We’ve got some ideas:

1. Paychecks get bigger as job market tightens.

Despite record breaking unemployment rates, wages have yet to increase in any significant way; the median salary growth over the last 12 months is 2.5%. This is virtually unsustainable - as it becomes increasingly difficult to attract the best talent, companies should prepare for salary surges across the board.

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Working Remotely: Dream or….?

If you’re turning to remote or flexible work to escape an unfulfilling job, maybe reconsider your options. Remote work is not necessarily easier, and it certainly won’t fix any underlying issues with your employer. What it will do is allow you to better integrate your personal and professional goals - to use your time as efficiently as possible, to lower stress and anxiety, and to potentially play with your dog in between virtual meetings. Navigate remote work well, and the options are endless. Whether you plan to work remotely full-time, or are just seeking to take a day or two a week, working from home can offer a level of freedom - and trust - you are otherwise not afforded.

The Good

1. Nix the commute:

Skipping the morning commute is definitely attractive; especially if ...
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