By Debbie Bolla, Executive Editor
Confidence. Competition. Potential. Doing what you love.
These are a few words and phrases that made a lasting impact after my deep-dive discussion with four HR industry leaders at the HRO Today Forum this May. The quartet that joined me on stage (pictured above):
• John Wilson, Founder and CEO of WilsonHCG
• Sue Marks, CEO of Cielo
• Paul Harty, President of Seven Step RPO
• Gene Zaino, President & CEO of MBO Partners
Employee confidence levels are seemingly up, said the foursome—and forward-thinking organizations need to get in the game and take advantage of that confidence
Re-Calculating the HR Equation
By Elliot H. Clark, CEO
We just held the 2014 HRO Today Forum in both North America and in Singapore. We are thrilled and gratified at the level of engagement of our audience and thankful for the opportunity to advance the practice of HR. We are also appreciative of the ongoing support of our sponsors, who are the most sophisticated HR services and technology companies in the world
The 2014 HRO Today Awards winners are innovating their way to strategic partnerships.
By Russ Banham
Over the past generation, the people heading up HR in many organizations have become key strategic partners to their respective CEOs, entrusted to lead diverse workforce initiatives to improve talent acquisition and retention, spur business growth, enhance sustainability practices and cultivate a workforce culture that differentiates the organization
The gathering of our annual Forum equaled great business outcomes.
By The Editors
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New Head of Sales and SVP join the workforce solutions provider.
Pontoon invests in its EMEA footprint and reach with several key appointments. The workforce solutions provider announced Tom Mason as Head of Sales for EMEA. He will have responsibility for Managed Service Provider (“MSP”) and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (“RPO”) sales throughout EMEA. In his role, Mason will direct European business efforts and administer the business development strategy for Pontoon, assuring that the workforce solutions provider maintains its leadership position through a focus on innovative technology, customer service and total talent management solutions for large and emerging companies within the region.HIs considerable industry experience includes more than 15 years in key leadership roles having previously served as Managing Director RPO EMEA for both Allegis Talent2 and Hudson Highland Group.
To further fortify its market leadership position, Adrian Cross will also join Pontoon. Cross will serve as the Senior Vice President of EMEA Operations and will be instrumental in leading operational development and delivery of MSP and RPO programs in EMEA. He has the distinction of successfully serving hyphen, an Adecco Group company, for over 13 years, and was the 4th employee hired by hyphen. Cross has performed a wide array of roles within hyphen, managing the operations and implementation functions prior to his appointment into the Chief Operating Officer role in 2011.
Joberate spins off social media recruitment technology into new company Candarine.
Looking to focus exclusively on its mission to help society better understand job-seeking behaviors of the global workforce, Joberate has separated from its social media recruitment technology. The product development paths of the two technology platforms are not naturally aligned, and the aggregate capital requirements to fund both technology platforms simultaneously are onerous. Therefore, Joberate leadership completed a management buyout of existing Joberate shareholders in order to spin off the legacy social media recruitment technology business into a new company called Candarine.
Candarine was created for recruiters by recruiters. The company has built a social media recruitment technology and services platform with a clear mission, to help companies across the world to attract the best talent. Candarine’s technology and services offerings became an award-winning combination of integrated marketing and sales tools designed purely for recruitment. In fact, Candarine has already helped clients in more than 50 countries leverage social media as a sustainable complement to their recruitment strategy.
CEO’s Letter: Announcement from SharedXpertise
I would like to take moment to announce the departure of Faye Holland, our Managing Director for the EMEA and APAC regions and the Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Services and Technology Association (formerly HROA). Faye has been with SharedXpertise for more than five years and made a great contribution to our organization and to the larger HR community through her dedication and commitment
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Avoid worker misclassification with these six steps.
By Nathan Gibson
Recent reports have offered conflicting opinions as to whether the number of independent contractors is growing or declining. The Freelancers Union says nearly one in three working Americans is an independent worker and MBO Partners says that “the independent workforce … is expected to grow to 24 million strong by 2018
It is possible for SMBs to leverage managed service programs. Here’s how.
By George Lanzano
Efficient utilization and management of a contingent workforce remains an area of focus for human resources leadership across all organizations. Due to ongoing issues with worker misclassification, the emerging impact of the Affordable Care Act, globalization, and cost savings pressures, this segment of the workforce is also being evaluated by procurement, legal, finance, and C-level stakeholders
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