In enterprise software and services, procurement’s use of a Request for Proposal (RFP) is meant to compare competitive product offerings against a set of requirements. The intent was to create an environment where vendors could respond with functionality, price, implementation details and unique offerings. Unfortunately, the RFP process has largely failed for several reasons. Today, the focus is on innovation and speed to market, which can rarely be achieved in a standardized RFP process that can take months to complete.
The way we work had changed long before the Covid-19 crisis. And with the recent pandemic, the way work gets done might be changed forever, permanently.
The role of the external workforce or the contract workforce was instrumental for organizations to thrive in the digital era. The recent shift in workforce trends as a result of the pandemic has further strengthened the case for a flexible and robust external workforce to succeed during the testing times.
Having a diverse workforce results in increased ROI for companies; but this isn’t breaking news. Companies in the top quartile for gender, racial and ethnic diversity are “more likely to have financial returns above their national industry medians,” according to a McKinsey & Company report.
Dawn Tiura: Hey folks, this is Dawn Tiura and welcome back to the podcast series. I'm so glad to welcome to the studio today, Dan Hanyzewski. And Dan, I have known you for a number of years, but your current title has me intrigued. And we'll have to get to that. But you are now Ambassador at Certree. So, before we get to where you are today, can you take our listeners through a little journey of who you are, what made you the way you are today, things like that. Things that might be of interest.
Today’s labor market is tight. At the start of 2019, the U.S. economy had seen the longest run of job growth since 1969 and the current unemployment rate is still holding steady at about four percent. Year-over-year wage growth is also the strongest it’s been in a decade. The robust economy has shaped an ideal market for employees, where the demand to fill open positions is outpacing the supply of talent. You’d think employees would look at this as an opportunity to shop their talent to the highest bidder, right? But are workers actually looking to move on?