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Harrier Group Appoints New Acting Group CEO

May 20, 2020 – The Board of Harrier Group today announce the appointment of Zain Wadee as acting Group Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Wadee joined Harrier Talent Solutions in August 2019 as Executive General Manager, leading strategy and operations for a broad portfolio of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions and talent consulting engagements across Australia.

Prior to joining Harrier, Mr. Wadee spent more than 20 years’ working in the global talent solutions market, including 10 years with the Adecco Group, where he led the Hyphen RPO brand to achieve growth of over GBP700m before successfully rebranding and relaunching in the EMEA market as Pontoon Solutions.

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LevelUP HCS to Support NY State’s Effort to Build an Army of Contact Tracing Teams

May 6, 2020 – LevelUP HCS, a New York-based talent solution and HR advisory company, will support the recruitment of contact tracers, community support specialists, and team supervisors that will make up New York State’s contact tracing pilot program. The nation-leading program was announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mike Bloomberg on April 22. These contact tracing teams will be a critical part of the effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. LevelUP has launched a comprehensive effort to identify and vet qualified candidates who will be trained and deployed in accordance with the NY state program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with  the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies.

New York’s contact tracing program is expected to have 6,400 to 17,000 tracers statewide, depending on projected number of cases, and will operate through the next flu season. Contact tracing teams will work remotely with state-of-the-art software to develop New York state’s secure database of information on the spread of the infection.

As part of this effort, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health — the top-rated public health school in the country – in consultation with DOH, is developing a world-class online curriculum for the State’s contact tracers that includes a training program and an online exam that must be passed to complete the program. Vital Strategies’ initiative Resolve to Save Lives will provide technical and operational advising to New York State Health Department staff.

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Julie Marks Joins Alexander Mann Solutions as Senior Vice President and Head of Growth

CLEVELAND – May 6, 2020 – Global talent acquisition and management specialistAlexander Mann Solutions (AMS) has announced the appointment of Julie Marks as senior vice president and Head of Growth in the Americas. Marks is a business leader with extensive Fortune 500 experience, with a strong track record of driving high performance in all facets of business.

For over 20 years, Marks held several executive leadership roles for the global business, ADP, including leading the sales, service, and talent organizations. There, her people-focused leadership approach drove double-digit growth metrics in ROI, gross profit, implementation, and client satisfaction while also ranking her number one in the company for the Gallup Associate Satisfaction Survey. Earlier in her career, she served as Chief Talent Officer of Harrison College in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she created a Human Resource and Talent Development division that was named to Indiana’s Best Places to work.

Among her credentials are B.S. degree in Organizational Communication and Development from Ball State University and certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, DISC Assessment, Synchronous Facilitation, Crucial Conversations, Speed Reading People, Leadership Coaching, The Gallup Survey, and Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.

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QuantumWork, The Technology Business of Allegis Global Solutions, Offers Solutions to Help Displaced Workers Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic and Financial Crisis

Companies furloughing workers or downsizing can utilize the QuantumWork technology as part of off-boarding solution

Charlotte, N.C. (May 5, 2020) — QuantumWork, found online at Quantum.Work, is employing its Platform as a Service (“PaaS“) technology to help displaced workers during the current Covid-19 crisis and global economic shutdown. With global unemployment claims reaching staggering numbers, including millions per week in the United States alone, the total talent solution offered by QuantumWork allows recruitment, procurement and HR leaders to match and stack rank talent fast. Within a single platform, candidates are run against all of their open positions, including traditional employment, contingent and on-demand work.

The technology has specific benefits for both employees and employers during this time of economic shutdown and rapidly increasing global unemployment. For companies facing downsizing, adding displaced workers to the QuantumWork technology will make them more visible to potential employers, and more easily searchable for rehire in the near future based upon their unique skills and qualifications. And for employees furloughed or displaced, the technology will improve their ability to be rehired by increasing their visibility specific to matching positions.

“Despite the unprecedented effects of Covid-19 and the surrounding global economic shutdown, organizations are still hiring, and companies continue to search for talented workers,” said Randy Gulian, General manager for QuantumWork. “Our QuantumWork technology can help expedite the process and place workers in positions fast — whether it is full-time employment, part-time, contract or on-demand.”

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Editor’s Note: HR’s Strength

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact daily lives, organizations and HR teams have to act with agility in order to ensure the safety and wellness of the workforce. In this issue, experts share how to best approach some strategies that COVID-19 has brought to the forefront: virtual hiring, remote work, mental health and wellness, and even mindfulness practices for stressed employees. See our coverage, Managing During Uncertainty.

In the midst of the crisis, I had the opportunity to speak with CHRO Kathie Patterson about how Ally Financial, headquartered in hard-hit Detroit, Mich., moved to 99 percent remote work almost overnight. Along with this major change came concern over employee wellness and employees’ ability to handle the isolation that is often associated with working from home.

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HRO Today Association Update: A Time for Recognition and Positivity

By Renée Preston

Appreciation is a fundamental human need, and recognition is essential to keeping employees engaged and productive. As COVID-19 continues to impact nearly every business globally, employers need to not only ensure employees are safe and have the tools they need to do their jobs, but that they stay committed and know their worth during these challenging times.

Business leaders are stepping up to the challenge. Every day, HR professionals design services and lead projects that not only advance their business, but that can be life-changing for employees. Many have demonstrated calm yet purposeful leadership during these unprecedented times, making sure employees feel safe and creating an environment in which they can thrive.

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Livestream: Navigating Legalized Marijuana

Livestream Date & Time: 5/20/2020 12:00PM EST

One of the most confusing social and HR issues of our time, the medical and recreational use of marijuana, has companies struggling to adopt policies that abide by federal, state, and municipal laws that are often contradictory.

Brandon Phillips, CEO of Global HR Research, one of the leading providers of pre-employment screening and workplace services, breaks down what we know, what we don’t know and what is coming next in an invaluable presentation that you do not want to miss on how to manage workforce issues and hiring policy in an attempt to help you answer the “cannabis question”.

What you’ll Learn:
1) An overview of primary issues: Drug Free Policies/Compliance Mandated Vs State Vs Federal Legislation
2) Industry Analyses: Healthcare and Transportation
3) Post-COVID-19
4) Legal, Regulatory, and Legislative Developments – current and pending

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Alexander Mann Solutions Unveils New Technology

Intelligent Automation Enables Organizations to Adapt Amidst a Changing World of Work

Cleveland – April 21, 2020 – Alexander Mann Solutions, the global leader in recruitment process outsourcing and talent acquisition consulting services, has announced the release of their first self-developed technology platform. Hourly by Alexander Mann Solutions enables organizations to hire hourly workers faster and with greater precision through a completely conversational experience from explore-to-offer, in a single built-for-mobile solution.

“Today, we recognize organizations are operating with a high level of uncertainty about the future of business and their people,” said David Leigh, CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions. “We designed Hourly with an eye towards radically improving the candidate experience for hourly job seekers, and now we’re seeing just how essential this part of the paid workforce is to the economy. Innovation has always been core to our business, and we take immense pride in launching Hourly as an enabling technology for organizations beginning on a path to transform processes and rebuild their workforce rapidly as we emerge into a new way of work in the coming months.”

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CEO’s Letter – Unlocking the Lockdown: The Key is in HR’s Hands

HRO Today

By Elliot H. Clark

I hope that all of you reading this are safe and healthy, as are your loved ones. In the past two months, initial fears of the potential impact of COVID-19 have made way for the stunning realization of how a health crisis can wreak havoc on our culture, our workforces, and our economy. We went from concerns about how severe COVID-19 would be to a precipitous plunge into a new global reality. 

To adapt to the crisis, HR first had to enable the workforce to work remotely while maintaining culture and connectedness, and then ultimately—for many companies—assist in significant layoffs, furloughs, or staff reductions. Through it all, HR has been a key part of the process.  

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Editor’s Note: Putting People First

By Simon Kent

Like it or not, there are times when HR has to be responsive rather than proactive. The rapid transmission of the coronavirus is without doubt one instance where practically every other agenda item has been put on hold in order to manage a fast-changing situation.

Yet even in this context, businesses are being told to “prepare”—a word which in itself implies an element of proactive work rather than simply firefighting. If nothing else, current world health issues are demonstrating that organisations need to have a connected approach in what they do, be consistent in their actions and the messages they send to their employees, and above all, ensure their people are protected, safe, and able to deliver.

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