December 01, 2014

What’s Trending in the Temp Market – Q4 of 2014

At TrendLine, we’re always focused on what’s trending in anything to do with contingent worker supply and demand. This month, we’re presenting our quarterly view of critical trends in key sectors of human resource management.


As recruiting organizations strive to become more proactive rather than reactive, it becomes more important to engage passive candidates and build relationships with these potential workers. Talent communities provide access to passive candidates and their networks, and give organizations a platform to build relationships with candidates. Over time, talent communities provide an opportunity to engage with a large volume of candidates in a low-cost, efficient way. Online labor exchanges and freelancer management systems provide a solution for managing on-demand talent. 


Workforce diversity has been an important trend in the industry for a while, but recently researchers have been analyzing data to find that having a diverse workforce can help companies be more productive. According to a recently released report from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the definition of workforce diversity no longer consists of avoiding race, ethnicity, and gender discrimination, but now includes paying attention to values and motivations. The EIU report reveals that companies are rethinking the workplace to give workers the flexibility to work in the way that is most productive for them. Johnna Torsone, Chief HR Officer at Pitney Bowes, says that the question facing HR executives is “whether you can create an environment that lets very different people be who they truly are while maximizing their talent in order to support high performance.”


Recently, the news has had many stories of the new workspace arrangements in major technology companies. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance encounters with co-workers, Facebook plans to put workers in a single mile-long room, Yahoo revoked remote work arrangements, and Samsung revealed plans for a new U.S. headquarters with social spaces designed to cause workers from different fields to communicate and collaborate. Companies use key efficiency metrics such as cost per square foot to measure space. And new studies show that spaces can be designed to produce specific performance outcomes, such as productivity in one space and increased innovation in another.