Scheduling ‘Bottom of the Ladder’ Workers

Thank you to WFI board member David Creelman for the following guest blog post regarding Jody Heymann’s Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder (Harvard Business Press). The book marshals the evidence for investing in ‘bottom of the ladder’ talent. (The fact she landed with that awkward ‘bottom of the ladder’ phrase to describe this … Continue reading Scheduling ‘Bottom of the Ladder’ Workers

Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder

I just received my own copy of Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder - Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce. I haven't read the book yet, but our board member David Creelman has.  His reflections follow below: Imagine two retail giants: Crown company and Foote company. Crown has a stellar top management team, … Continue reading Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder

Nursing Workforce Planning: a System Not a Process

Following is a guest blog from our board member Tim Porter-O'Grady. I particularly like his discussion regarding the importance of evaluating the supply chain of nurses in one's local geography, and deploying strategies to develop and augment the supply by investing in available employees. Effective workforce planning requires both micro- and macroeconomic approaches as Tim … Continue reading Nursing Workforce Planning: a System Not a Process

April Retail Labor Index

According the the US Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report released on Friday, U.S. employers created jobs at the fastest pace in three years in March.  Nearly, one-third came from temporary hiring for the 2010 Census.   Nonfarm payrolls rose by 162,000, the largest gain since March 2007.  Our April Retail Labor Index likewise increased, with … Continue reading April Retail Labor Index