PayReel Execs Gain Insights, Lose Cash

Sometimes it’s a good idea to get away from the office to recharge your batteries, to sharpen the axe, to network with colleagues, and to lose a few bucks in a casino.  PayReel’s CEO, Heidi McLean, and I managed to do just that last month in Las Vegas while attending an Executive Forum sponsored by Staffing Industry Analysts.  SIA has become for us an invaluable source of information and insights on the global contingent workforce marketplace.

The conference, held at the Red Rock Resort, was extremely well-attended by hundreds of staffing professionals from all four corners of the globe.  The SIA team flawlessly executed their 4-day agenda by providing a well rounded mix of industry, strategic, and tactical topics.  I could have also used a primer on Blackjack betting strategy.  Alas, the best lessons in life are often expensive.

Here’s a brief recap of our top three takeaways from the conference:

1.       Things Really Are Looking Up!

Our economy’s jobless recovery has finally begun to create jobs.  That’s the good news.  The other news is that job creation following “the great recession” is occurring at the slowest rate since the 1974/75 downturn.  Industries showing the best job growth are health care and manufacturing.  Construction jobs remain hard to come by.

2.       The World of Work is Changing

Technology is reinventing work.  It is changing where work happens, worker employment models, and the structure and dynamics of teams.

Moreover, since older workers are delaying retirement and fewer young workers are entering the labor force, companies now face the challenge of managing and motivating multi-generational workforces.  Most have found that HR policies aimed at baby boomers don’t necessarily translate to Gen X and Gen Y employees.

3.       Social Media Marketing is No Longer an Option

YouTube is now the world’s second most popular search engine.  If you didn’t know YouTube was even considered a search engine, you’re in good company … but don’t stay there.

Business to Consumer marketing is no stranger to social media.  But now B2B marketers are increasingly leveraging the power of social media.  If your business is absent from LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter you’ve put yourself at a disadvantage relative to your competition.

I’m really looking forward to the 2013 SIA Executive Forum.  I made several new friends during this year’s event.  And I promise to send you all the money I owe asap.  The threatening emails really aren’t necessary.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Fate of “ObamaCare”

Once you get past all the legal jargon, it’s a really simple question:  Does the Constitution of the United States give Congress the power to compel every citizen to either purchase health insurance or pay a penalty?

Our Supreme Court justices listened to arguments for three days in late March and are expected to hand down a decision in June.  The smart money is on a 5 to 4 decision … either way.  If the Affordable Care Act is struck down, the federalists will shout “Freedom!” in their best Mel Gibson/William Wallace accents.  If “ObamaCare” survives intact, the liberals will proclaim “Four More Years!” in their best Ted Kennedy.

At this point in the proceedings, it looks as if Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote.  His comments and questions during the three days of hearings have supporters of the law on an emotional roller coaster.  And just in case he begins to lean too far in opposition, the Obama administration has already fired a shot across his bow.  Last week, the President (a constitutional law scholar in case you’ve forgotten) raised another simple question for us simple-minded citizens to ponder … Does the Supreme Court even have the authority to overturn legislation passed by Congress?

Are you even remotely interested in how our republic functions (or dysfunctions)? If so, the drama doesn’t get any better than this.  Imagine the fallout if the Supreme Court declares the law unconstitutional.  Our healthcare system will still be in need of reform.  It’ll still be an election year.  And the voting public will quickly begin asking “So now what?”

Let the finger pointing begin!