Information for the HR World

Overcoming supply chain problems

Published 10/18/2021

Rest assured that Available Staffing Network has no supply chain issues. ASN is ready to supply your workforce requirements when you need them – no bottlenecks, no delays.   Although this seemed to be a bit abstruse at the time, at least part of it can be applied to today’s supply chain difficulties. For many of us, the intricacies of the global supply chain were of no concern. For the most part, we needed what we needed, we ordered it, and it arrived when we expected. Everything was fine, until it wasn’t. How could we not know how vulnerable we were?   A study,...

10 Million Jobs and 8.4 Million Unemployed

Published 09/20/2021

Plenty of Job Openings But Not Enough Qualified Workers   There are currently 8.4 million unemployed and 10 million job openings. In ordinary times, this would put employers in the catbird seat. However, these are not ordinary times.   It may no longer be enough to simply hire and onboard employees with the normal and nominal introductions to company polices and familiarization with procedures and standard practices. This only works when a company has the advantage of an ample cache of qualified applicants to choose from.   The latest Labor Department data shows that nationwide, most industries have more job openings than people with the required previous...

Vaccination and Testing Mandates in RI

Published 09/13/2021

"If I'd known that the roaring 20s were going to be two weeks in June, I would have done more". - Anonymous   This was going to be the summer where it all turned around. Cookouts, movies, vacations, the works. As it stands now, that was not much more than wishful thinking. Instead of most of the nation being vaccinated and achieving herd immunity, we are again locked in yet another pandemic wave, principally one of our own making. Maybe, just maybe, we could have made it work with the current U.S. (full) vaccination rate of 54.2%, but the even more infectious...

The Dog Days of Summer - Has Nothing to do with Dogs

Published 08/16/2021

It’s the dog days of summer, that period of time between mid-July and late August. Surprisingly, the term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. According to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge, The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days we experience this time of year. They were historically the period following the rise of the star system Sirius (known colloquially as the "Dog Star"), which ancient astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms,  lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.   Why is this important right now.? First, this is the time...

Time is money - $$ can be lost in a minute

Published 08/09/2021

Old Ben was more right than he knew. The phrase is usually credited to him because he used it in an essay (Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748). The actual phrase was recorded in 1719 in the magazine The Free-Thinker.   No matter who originated it, your employees only have so much time every day, so it behoves you to make sure they know how to use it wisely. They may have every good intention, but if their communication skills are not up to par, they may be providing you less than ideal return on investment.   Whenever your employees engage in a conversation, whether...