In the relentless race for innovation and success, the unsung heroes often are right under a company’s nose—working parents, a demographic brimming with untapped potential, and an arsenal of skills honed in the crucible of multitasking, adaptability, and leadership. From a refined sense of time management to unparalleled problem-solving abilities, working parents are a force to be reckoned with, capable of elevating a company’s culture, creativity, and bottom line.
According to research by Zapier, two in five Americans (40 percent) currently have a side hustle. There’s good evidence to suggest the population of side hustlers will continue to grow over the next few years as well. In years past, financial goals like creating passive income or saving up for a specific purchase motivate almost half of the side hustlers in the U.S.
Baby Boomers are 76 percent white, whereas the millennial generation is only 56 percent white. Diversity continues to increase with Gen Z as well, with the percentage of Hispanic, Black, Asian, American Indian, and mixed-race higher than ever before. As more Baby Boomers continue retiring and the Millennial and Gen Z workforce population increases, what can we expect?
People analytics – a form of data and analysis that has revolutionized the workforce and staffing industries over the past two decades. As the digitization of the workplace and our understanding of data increases, the viability of people analytics becomes more apparent. We’re at a crucial point in the development of people analytics where employers have the chance to update and optimize their data processes with cutting-edge, innovative technology.
The numbers don’t lie. Robotic process automation (RPA) is transforming recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and the entire staffing industry. According to Staffing Industry Analysts research, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of RPA to support remote work. 2020 represented the first year where RPO organizations adopted RPA at scale.1 So, what does this wide-scale adoption mean for staffing? These technologies have massive implications for recruitment processes. From automated candidate matching to programmatic advertising, RPA will continue to reshape staffing and organizations. Those that fail to adapt, run the risk of falling behind the competitive curve.
Unemployment rates have continued to go down and while this is generally a good sign, it creates more challenges than opportunities for employers. The hiring climate has changed so much that over two-thirds (68%) of the employers we surveyed for the 2019 SCALE said they changed their hiring process to be more competitive.
AppleOne Employment Services released its annual hiring and salary guide, the SCALE, today. This year, 31% of employers told AppleOne that unfilled positions cost them more than $500 per day. On top of that, employers find that top candidates are off the market within 10 days. This puts tremendous pressure on employers to speed up their hiring processes, and now more than ever, speed wins the hiring game.
Candidate scarcity is becoming an increasingly common challenge due to record unemployment lows. In addition to making changes in how they hire, many smart Hiring Managers are realizing the value of transferable skills – and that veterans, an often-overlooked group when it comes to stellar employees, have them in spades. In addition to possessing great technical skills, veterans also have many sought-after competencies that we look for in job candidates. Thanks to their prior military training and career, they have polished their skills in leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving to a fine shine – not to mention their training on how to work under pressure was a bit more rigorous than many of their civilian counterparts. And that’s just a few of their many marketable strengths. Here are a few more:
It may still feel like summer in some places, but fall has officially begun – and seasonal hiring has started to heat up. Projections of a livelier shopping season and a tightening labor market could make for a challenging seasonal hiring experience for unprepared employers.
You’ve done all the right things: wrote a comprehensive job description, reviewed countless resumes, met and interviewed several hopefuls. Now your hard work has paid off and you are down to two (or three) top candidate picks. When faced with several viable candidates, how do you decide? Here are some desirable employee traits you can use to determine who would not just be a good hire, but a great addition to your team: