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Get Going Whether Times are Tough or Not: Manage Headcount Regardless of the Economy

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Expert Perspective from Grahall’s OmniMedia Editorial Board

The Great Recession, Economic Recession, Economic Crisis, or whatever you want to call it has (as Robert Samuelson said in an article for the Washington Post: The Great Recession’s Stranglehold)  “…changed American psychology, politically, economically and socially.”  Not only have individual psyches been impacted, but also the “functioning psyche” of companies changed as a result of the dramatic and persistent downturn.     These changes will certainly be long term and very possibly permanent. 

Many companies have weathered the challenges of the economic downturn by focusing on the bottom line: carefully evaluating expenditures to ensure the greatest ROI, outsourcing and off shoring non-essential services, reducing headcount and utilizing contingent and temporary workers.  These adjustments have helped many companies stabilize and even increase profits in these difficult times.    The question remains why did it take the most significant financial crisis of the past 70 years to get companies to take these logical steps? 
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Consider all the Contingencies When Looking for the Perfect Match

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In his April 19, 2010 article for the New York Times (Recession Adds to Appeal of Short-Term Jobs) Michael Luo says:  “The notion that the nature of work is changing — becoming more temporary and project-based, with workers increasingly functioning as free agents and no longer being governed by traditional long-term employer-employee relationships — first gained momentum in the 1990s. But it has acquired new currency in this recession, especially among white-collar job seekers, as they cast about for work of any kind and companies remain cautious about permanent hiring.”

So with companies cautious about hiring permanent employees and workers struggling to find paying jobs, what can these two groups do to find the perfect match?
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The Disposable Worker

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On a recent Tuesday morning, single mom Tammy DePew Smith woke up in her tidy Florida townhouse in time to shuttle her oldest daughter, a high school freshman, to the 6:11 a.m. bus. At 6:40 she was at the desk in her bedroom, starting her first shift of the day with LiveOps, a Santa Clara (Calif.) provider of call-center workers for everyone from Eastman Kodak (EK) and Pizza Hut (YUM) to infomercial behemoth Tristar Products. She’s paid by the minute—25 cents—but only for the time she’s actually on the phone with customers.

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Amid the recession, Robert Half is trying to profit from the growing pool of experienced workers

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Published in Businss Week, May 21 2009 by Aili McConnon

The recession is proving tough for staffing giant Robert Half International. Sales plunged by a third in the first quarter and earnings dropped 88% as companies were reluctant to hire temp workers. But the $4.6 billion Menlo Park (Calif.) firm is seeing a way to boost its bottom line once hiring picks up: tapping into a pool of skilled baby boomers looking for work.

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Filling the Short Term HR Gap (aka – It’s about Leadership, Stupid!)

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In the article “Employees Spending More Time Worrying About Job Security” published by SHRM on March 13, 2009 ,  Theresa Minton-Eversole of SHRM addresses the fact that “With the constant barrage of media attention focused on the economy and the escalating unemployment rates, its no wonder employees – at all levels – are concerned about their careers and their future employment prospects.”

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At a time when employees desperately need guidance and reassurance from their leadership team, it seems they’ve all gone missing (or at least hidden behind closed doors).  To the employee, this signals more bad news is on the horizon and so the informal communications network starts humming about the “what ifs” and productivity takes a nose dive.  To the executive, the closed-door meetings are a necessity to concentrate on solving the crisis quickly.
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Employees Spending More Time Worrying About Job Security

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Published by SHRM on March 13, 2009 by Theresa Minton-Eversole  

Two new national surveys show that worries about job security are  consuming more of employees’ time, and employees’ supervisors and human resource (HR) departments might be fueling these fears unwittingly. 

SHRM members can use this link to access the article.  Not a member?  This link will also direct you to information about how to join SHRM.

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