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In case you missed it: Aug. 19

Below are some observations, studies, and other good reads from the past two weeks on some of our favorite Seamless Workforce topics.

Recruiting strategies and RPO

  • Human Resource Executive Online reported the results of a recent Everest Group study, which found that RPO deal signings doubled between 2009 and 2010. The same study found that multi-country RPO deals -- that is, when one organization outsources recruitment for two or more countries to a single RPO provider -- increased only modestly, failing to keep up with the pace of growth of the overall RPO market. Experts quoted in the article attribute the discrepancy to economic factors and varied recruiting needs experienced from country to country.

  • Kevin Wheelere on explored this week "The Changing Nature of Work, Employment, and Recruiting." Changes include: employees' request and expectation for flexible work schedules, the persistence of the multiple jobholder, the rise of the virtual workplace, increased use of temporary employees, and the melting pot of various generations and mindsets in the workforce.

Employee engagement and retention

  • Fortune picks up the discussion about alternative talent retention strategies for organizations, particularly smaller companies, that don't have the resources available to give out raises or bonuses. Experts quoted in the article advise businesses to have frank discussions with top performers, and train them on how to make themselves more valuable in the job market. Specifically, Heidi K. Garnder, a professor of organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, recommends giving employees "logistical autonomy" -- flexibility in scheduling, for example, so employees can attend their children's soccer games -- and "intellectual autonomy," which is time set aside for employees to think about how they can improve their jobs and their company.


  • The Huffington Post conveys the findings of a Wells Fargo Securities Economics Group report, which shows that only 63.9 percent of the U.S. population is considered a member of the labor force. With discouraged job seekers continuing to drop out of the market, the country is experiencing the lowest labor force participation rate in 30 years. Also at a new record is the average duration of unemployment, which stands now at 40 weeks.

  • A separate Huffington Post article explores the unemployment discrimination being committed by select organizations including "unemployed workers need not apply" conditions to their job postings. The worker advocacy group, the National Employment Law Project, recently called out 73 businesses for including such language in their job postings. Some companies denied awareness of the language used, or of the existence of an anti-unemployed policy at their organizations. Meanwhile, others -- some staffing firms included -- defended the policy, citing the desire to hire people "who are motivated to go to work for the right reasons."

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