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Full Integration – 4/7

Human capital management industry leader Allegis Group announced this week that it is formally combining the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), managed services provider (MSP), and integrated talent operations of its subsidiary Allegis Group Services with the MSP and RPO operations of Australian-based Talent2 under the name Allegis Global Solutions. This continues the integration of the two businesses that has been underway since late 2012 when Allegis Group entered into a joint venture to take Talent2 private.

The combined businesses (www.allegisglobalsolutions.com) create one of the largest human capital solutions management firms in the world.

In Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the recruitment managed services division of Talent2 will continue to operate as part of Talent2 while the transition to the new organization, Allegis Global Solutions, takes place.

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SIRVA Acquires SMARTBOX – 3/18

SIRVA Worldwide, Inc., provider of relocation and moving solutions, has expanded its repertoire with the recent acquisition of SMARTBOX, a Virginia-based portable moving and storage services company.
 
SIRVA offers over 50 mobility solutions in 170 countries, providing more than 230,000 relocations per year. The acquisition of SMARTBOX easily integrates with existing offerings and expands the value proposition for customers and clients. The investment adds to SIRVA’s “do-it-yourself” mobility solutions within its extensive list of services.
 
SMARTBOX will continue to operate under the SMARTBOX brand and will maintain its 19 franchise locations throughout the United States and call center operations in Richmond, Virginia. Founder, CEO and franchise-owner Bryan Bostic will also continue to operate as a franchisee and will provide consulting services to SIRVA.
 
 

New Cloud HR Leadership for SAP – 3/11

SAP welcomes industry vet Mike Ettling as head of global cloud HR. Ettling will oversee the cloud for HR line of business, which includes leading cloud solutions from SuccessFactors, an SAP company, and the SAP ERP human capital management solution, and help to manage the more than 17,000 customers worldwide that use them.
 
Ettling was most previously the CEO of NGA Human Resources, multimillion global HR and payroll services provider. Ettling managed relationships with leading HR technology companies and successfully guided many of the world’s largest companies in finding HR solutions that fit their business needs

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Piloting Success

Cindy Fiedelman worked to ensure the cultural differences between American Airlines and US Airways didn’t plague the merger. Mission accomplished.
 
By Russ Banham
 
As anyone who has participated in a corporate merger or acquisition will attest, all the work leading up to the transaction pales in comparison to the post-merger integration tasks. At the new American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in December, a key consideration is blending two very different cultures from a combined workforce standpoint, says Cindy A

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What’s On Your Mind?

Get your questions answered at this year’s HRO Today Forum.
 
By Debbie Bolla
 
Leading by experience: It’s a central theme of the upcoming HRO Today Forum. The conference is set to bring together thought leaders in the industry to share their experiences. It offers the opportunity to glean advice on how to grow and drive the HR business forward. As Cindy Fiedelman reveals in the cover story, Piloting Success, HR is the central business unit to drive strategy around talent management and growth.

  • Want to find out how to lead initiatives in employee engagement, internal branding, and talent management for 62,000 employees? Michelle DiTondo, senior vice president of human resources for MGM Resorts International will be sharing her secrets on stage. Your organization may not be to the scale of this hospitality leader, but DiTondo’s advice will surely be transferable.
  • Perhaps building culture and aligning human capital management with strategy are part of your goals for 2014. Then pick the brains of leaders Michael Pilnick, executive vice president and head of human resources for First Advantage; Joe Cabral, senior vice president and CHRO for North Shore-LIJ Health System; John Murabito, executive vice president of human resources and services Cigna Corporation; and Carole Slover, senior vice president of human resources for UniTek Global Services. Pilnick has a narrow focus on leveraging HR to aggressively grow revenue in existing, emerging, and unsaturated markets for the screening provider. Cabral works to drive the firm’s business objectives, vision, and values forward in all aspects of talent management and HR. Murabito helps drive growth through effective human resources and people strategies, planning, staffing, talent management and succession processes. Slover casts a wide net, owning responsibility for the telecommunications firm’s talent management, employee relations, performance management, training and development, among others.

Talent management, benefits, healthcare staffing, technology, workforce planning, big data, and social media: These are all major hot topics central to HR. Here’s how each will be explored at the Forum—and the key takeaways that will be delivered.
 
HOT TOPIC: TECHNOLOGY—VIDEO INTERVIEWING
Video interviewing is creating some major buzz in talent acquisition. Christopher Young, CEO for Async Interview, says it’s a quickly trending technology that has a plethora of benefits—like time and cost savings—as well as its share of challenges.
What will be some key takeaways?

  • Feedback from three different talent acquisition teams; and
  • How video interviewing ties into the broader recruitment strategy.


HOT TOPIC: TALENT MANAGEMENT—PASSIVE CANDIDATES
What are strategies and solutions to reach passive talent needed to fill difficult positions? Bruce Morton, head of innovation for Allegis Group Services, says building a framework for a talent community can help hit hiring targets.
What will be some key takeaways?

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ACA Ready?

Lean on your MSP provider to navigate the pending risk and cost increases associated with managing your contingent labor.
 
By Audrey Roth
  
The contingent workforce equation typically includes staffing firms, managed services programs (MSP), and technology, like vendor management systems. Adding to an already complex dynamic is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is causing worker classifications to change

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Healthcare Staff Shortages?

Here’s what hospital and healthcare system managers think is happening.
 
By Susan Salka
 
Healthcare workforce researchers and analysts have been arguing for the past couple of years over whether a dire physician shortage will materialize as predicted. Similarly, some are expecting a severe nursing shortage, but others insist the shortage may not turn out to be as bad as originally expected

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Editor’s Note: Peer Factor

Peer Factor
By Debbie Bolla
Executive Editor
 
Who taught you to ride a bike? Shoot hoops? Bake the world’s best chocolate chip cookies? Notice my questions are around who—not what. I personally don’t think there is a better way to learn than from our peers. Sure, we can develop a new skill or conquer a task by reading materials and instructions, but how much is that experience elevated if someone shows us how?
 
In our cover feature Piloting Success, Cindy Fiedelman shares her incredible story leading HR through the major merger of American Airlines and US Airways

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CEO’s Letter: Relo Market Trends Remain Positive

CEO’s Letter
 
Elliot H. Clark
 
Many have prophesied a time when we would collaborate over giant screens with disembodied images, yammering at each other in a kind of Aldous Huxley-esque brave new world nightmare. Pushing back against this threat: Companies have learned that people still work best in teams, especially when individuals are located in proximity to each other

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Rising Tide of Responsibility

CDHPs may be the new face of affordable healthcare.
 
Ken Haderer
 
The evidence is building. Employers are embracing consumer-focused solutions to manage healthcare costs and encourage employee engagement. Mercer’s 2013 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans reports an increase in high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs)

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