If there ever was any doubt about what are the biggest threats to independent recruiters and to the profession as a whole, Jonathon Thom straightened that out this morning.
Although he didn’t quite put it this way, he might as well have quoted Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
In his hour-long keynote here opening the second day of the 2013 Fordyce Forum, Thom listed the “Top 5 Threats Facing Staffing and Recruiting.” These are, he said:
- Inability to Innovate.
- Losing Your competitive advantage.
- Globalization and Consolidation.
- Poor leadership and communication.
- Regulatory nightmares.
Of the five, four are squarely in the lap of owners and agency leaders. Declared, Thom, vice president, professional staffing,Express Employment Professionals, “The post recession economy requires a different set of skills than we needed in the past… We need to be very fluid… We have to innovate and do a better job of communicating what we do not only with the clients we sell to, and the candidates, but with our own people.
“A very big piece of our future depends on changing and adapting.”