Author Archives: Audrey Roth

Global Labor Market Report – Q2 2020

The second quarter of 2020 saw business sharply decline amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with global employment numbers also hitting their lowest levels since the financial crisis of 2008.

Interestingly, as HRO Today‘s latest research findings illustrate, each region of the globe fared differently in response to the virus – and it is reflected in their employment rates.

So, how did your region’s employment numbers fare during the second quarter, and how will it effect the remainder of the year? Download the Global Labor Market Report for Q2 2020 below to find out this and more.

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Finding Clarity in Crisis

An effective, tech-driven data and analytics strategy can help organizations stay ahead in a moment of uncertainty.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced a period of fear and uncertainty that touched all aspects of daily life, forcing companies to shutter their doors, furlough employees, and implement hiring freezes to stay afloat. Although the world has come a far way from the shelter-in-place orders of March and April, businesses are still recovering, with HR leaders working diligently to adapt to the new normal and do more with less. Many are relying on people data and analytics for insights that can better guide them as they navigate each phase of the crisis.

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HR at the Helm

In a newly remote world, HR technology is enabling hiring teams to be more strategic.

By Marta Chmielowicz

In a moment of nationwide uncertainty, HR leaders are stepping up to provide safety and stability in their organizations. From communicating health and safety guidelines in the midst of a government-mandated shutdown to managing a newly-hybrid workforce, they have had to be more agile than ever, responding to unprecedented market conditions with new business models and talent strategies.

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The Changing Talent Landscape

COVID-19 is driving TA leaders to rethink recruitment strategies.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Just last year, talent shortages and unprecedented competition in the labor market were hot topics in the recruitment space. At the time, there were more than 7 million open requisitions across the U.S. and the national unemployment rate hovered at a low 3.5 percent. But the coronavirus pandemic flipped the job market upside down, driving widespread furloughs, hiring pauses, business closures, economic uncertainty, and an unemployment rate of 11 percent.

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Benefits Strategies that Don’t Just Survive but Thrive in Evolving Conditions

By Mike Glantz, Executive Vice President at bswift

The employee experience is being permanently reshaped by the pandemic. Employee benefits and enrollment engagement was already a challenge prior to the pandemic, with Aflac reporting that 93 percent of employees just enroll in the same benefits each year and more than half spend less than 30 minutes researching their options. Now, with limitations like remote work and shifting priorities, this challenge will likely become more confounding. With open enrollment approaching, you want to ensure your benefits strategy will stand the test of time. By making thoughtful adjustments and partnering with trusted vendors, you can ensure your strategy will not only thrive in the current environment, but also be flexible enough to adapt to evolving conditions in the future.

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2020 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings: RPO

View the results of this year’s RPO Baker’s Dozen ranking.

By The Editors

HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings are based solely on feedback from buyers of the rated services; the ratings are not based on the opinion of the HRO Today staff. We collect feedback annually through an online survey which we distribute to buyers directly through our own mailing lists and indirectly through service providers. Once collected, response data for all providers with a statistically significant sample size are loaded into the HRO Today database for analysis.

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Agile, Adaptable, and Innovative

As workplace demands continue to evolve due to COVID-19, HR leaders share best practices for growing employee skills.

By Marta Chmielowicz

There is no arguing that 2020 has been a challenging year for business. From switching to remote work seemingly overnight to making ends meet in an economic downturn, organizations have had to be agile, adaptable, and innovative to stay afloat. And employees are feeling the impact: Workers across industries are being asked to adjust to rapidly changing conditions in an uncertain climate, often facing furloughs, shifting job requirements, and entirely new modes of work.

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A Healthy Dose of Innovation

Ways healthcare organizations are pivoting their recruitment and hiring approaches to overcome the global pandemic’s challenges.

By Debbie Bolla

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics already projecting the healthcare market to grow by 8.4 million jobs by 2028, COVID-19 has caused an even more pressing need for the right talent at the right time. Shannon Levesque, vice president of talent acquisition and workforce planning for Boston Children’s Hospital, is no stranger to this pressure. She says that during the pandemic, keeping employees engaged with opportunities for full employment has been a main priority.

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