Talent Retention

10 Plays to Win the Sourcing Talent Game

Posted: 12/04/2019 - 06:11
Championship baseball teams like the Washington Nationals win by developing a talent pipeline of young players like left fielder Juan Soto and acquiring savvy veterans like three-time Cy Yong award pitcher Max Scherzer. Akin to the General Manager of any great baseball team, we as sourcing leaders spend a sizable portion of our time laboring to nurture and acquire talent to foster a competitive edge for our companies.   
 

5 Ways for Retail Distribution Centers to Optimize Operations

Posted: 10/31/2019 - 01:51
Retail distribution is growing up. What was once a battle between retail online and retail with real estate is now a battle between businesses on the same online playing field. The forces of disruption and innovation keep charging the field with opportunity, but unpredictability is just as strong, with consumer behavior – and the competition that takes advantage of it - changing the game almost daily.  
 

Imagining Resilience

Posted: 06/26/2019 - 03:19
Having resilience is an important business skill—it allows us to bounce back quickly from situations that are tough, or even traumatic. We develop coping mechanisms and resilience over time by learning from experiences that may feel threatening until we face and overcome them. Just as the novice kayaker is intimidated by white water, over time he learns how to tackle rapids that once scared him. 
 

Building Your Total Talent Pipeline

Posted: 06/25/2019 - 01:36
Workers are one of the most important resources for any organization looking to grow in an increasingly competitive market. In today’s tight labor market with a near-record unemployment rate of only 3.6%, the lowest since December 1969, the fight for attracting top talent is more crowded and competitive than ever before. Time to hire is increasing, cost per hire is growing, and the skills gap (especially in tech) still exists.   

Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Face of Low Unemployment

Posted: 05/30/2019 - 03:30
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employers outperformed forecasts in April by introducing over 260,000 new jobs. This growth, coupled with near-record unemployment is a double-edged sword for American organizations. Though it’s a positive sign for the economy as a whole, low unemployment and a wealth of job openings leave business leaders in a tough position. The fight for attracting top talent is increasingly crowded and competitive. What’s more, candidates have come to expect more in the way of compensation and additional value adds. 
 

Job Burnout

Posted: 05/07/2019 - 01:14
Have you been feeling exhausted, depleted and stressed to the core? Ever feel like you don’t have boundaries between your work life or personal life? Do you feel like you’re sinking, unable to meet constant demands, and are starting to have zero motivation? If you’ve said yes to any of those questions to any degree, you may be experiencing job burnout. Let’s take a closer look as to what exactly job burnout is, identify causes, and examine ways to quell the symptoms before they take you down. 
 

Make Business Better with Ethical Sourcing

Posted: 03/26/2019 - 06:34
About nine years ago I packed up my apartment in Boulder, Colorado and made the move to pursue my dream of international living in Mexico. I moved without a specific job in mind, but quickly realized that waitressing wasn’t really in line with my career aspirations. Through networking I found a plethora of companies outsourcing positions to Mexico. And so, I began my journey of being an outsourced entity. Over the course of my time in the industry, I have become passionate about ethical sourcing. Mexico is a great outsource destination for bilingual, inexpensive, nearshore talent.

What is a Managed COE?  

Posted: 03/17/2018 - 04:12

When considering Robotic Process Automation (RPA), a lot of adopters have made the strategic call that they want to create their own RPA capability internally. They want a Center of Excellence (CoE). It can be a comprehensive CoE or it could be components that are stitched together with other third parties, for instance. They want analysts that can identify and scout for good processes for automation and change. Or, they have the need for configuration, testing, ongoing monitoring of the automation, as well as maintenance and support.

Procurement with a Purpose

Posted: 02/10/2018 - 02:23

A few years ago, companies used purpose to differentiate. It was an edge over their competition, something that was applauded by consumers. Today, it’s the expectation. Businesses want to not only do well for their companies, they also want to make a difference in the world, and between modern slavery and extreme poverty, the supply chain is the ticket. We’re living in an age where supply chains are becoming more and more complex and what you can’t see can hurt you. 

Talkin’ About My Generation

Posted: 01/19/2018 - 02:02

Much is being made about the need to attract and retain millennial talent in today’s economy. Companies that are focused on long-term sustainability are intently focused on those entering the workforce now, as they need to fill the void that will undoubtedly be left by the mass exodus that will take place in the coming years with the Baby Boomers retiring. But are companies becoming a little too obsessed with the Generation Y (millennial) workers and neglecting those who are set to lead their organizations in the nearer term?

All Things Talent

Posted: 01/12/2018 - 02:06

Welcome to this new column. Every couple of months I’ll be getting on the proverbial soapbox and sharing my observations and opinions on all things ‘talent’ and how ‘work’ works. Please feel free to agree, disagree and add to the subjects via the comments sections below. 

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