Managing The Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

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Posted by Leslie Tell

November 24, 2015

thanksgiving-dinner-potluck-940793-edited.jpgThe Holidays can be a joyous time of year filled with family, friends and food. But in the midst of the feasts comes the stress of preparation and execution. From hosting, to attending, to coordinating and all the while maintaining your full-time job, the Holidays can easily become a burden to manage. 

Our intentions are always there. We tell ourselves this year I'll learn from the mistakes made in year's past. You tell yourself you'll start preparing earlier, you won't attend as many friend and work-related events, and you'll definitely chop down your Thanksgiving dinner guest list.


Learn From Last Year 

But alas, each year you fall into the same trap. You over commit, find yourself under performing and definitely getting overly stressed. It happens. Why -- because it's human nature to fall into a cycle. And, no matter how much we can anticipate the rush, something always seems to come up that pushes our start date a little further back with each passing week. 

Being in the workforce solutions industry, I can't help but relate everything in life back to work. Which makes me think: why is it that even under extreme circumstances, like the Holidays, we are less likely to ask for help? You can do it all without losing control. How you ask -- outsource. 

Interestingly enough, the Thanksgiving meal conundrum is strikingly similar to the cycles that many HR and recruiting departments endure year-over-year. Even with best workforce plans in place, the struggle to keep up with hiring volume and recruiting tasks, especially during seasonal or business peaks, is a very real one. As the workload piles up, deadlines are missed, and as result output suffers. 

Thinking about the Holiday meal, if I were to outsource some of the tasks I'm least comfortable with, let's say making desserts or a certain side dishes, I can focus all of my efforts on preparing the best main course. But, because I like to maintain control, it feels unnatural for me to ask my guests to contribute to the meal. Plus, I've always done it this way. 


Time to Ask for Help 

However, season after season I notice the same cycle: there are too many people to feed, not enough time to get everything done, and by the end of day, I'm burned out and ready for everyone to head home. If I'm honest with myself and those around me, I can delegate and outsource parts of the meal without sacrificing quality and minimizing my risk of burning the turkey!

In essence, this is exactly how Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) services works. On a larger scale, RPO Providers help companies develop, implement and optimize recruitment processes and strategies. A RPO Program can offset certain aspects of your hiring process, such as sourcing, recruiting or onboarding. Conversly, it can be a total workforce solution to achieve significant strategic advantages; such as cost savings or long term sustainable results. But, most importantly, it can help you and your staff focus on your core jobs.

When considering RPO as a strategy, consider that it's not the all-or-nothing, enterprise-wide outsourcing program it is commonly known for. There are few companies that offer RPO out-of-the-box as most programs are customized to meet your specific needs.

So next year, I challenge you to take my outsourced RPO approach to Thanksgiving dinner. It can give you the breathing room you need to sit back and truly enjoy the Holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!

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This post was written by Leslie Tell. Leslie has over 25 years of experience providing workforce solutions to a variety of customer while creating efficiencies and cost saving around their workforce strategies. Currently, she is the Vice President of Enterprise Solutions at Yoh, a Day and Zimmerman Company, where she provides strategic national workforce solutions. Leslie currently resides in Florida with her husband and 3 children.

Topics: HR Strategies, RPO

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