Being that I work in the recruiting and staffing industry I feel that I am usually a little ahead of the curve with respect to jobless claims and numbers. For instance a few years ago before the dot com meltdown the company I worked for had declining placement numbers in both consulting and full time employees 3 months in advance of the first news that the economy had trouble and the major layoffs started.
Tomorrow numbers are due out on new jobs created in the economy and I can tell you from the last 3 months in NY the figures could be big. Seems like everyone we speak to needs to hire more and more employees to keep up. We have also been working with alot of well funded start ups that are hiring at quite a nice pace too ( WEB 2.0 I assume).
With all this hiring activity comes the inevitable WAR FOR TALENT, where salaries start to rise faster and people begin to switch jobs at an accelerated pace to move on to the next hot technology or product coming to the market.
My question for all of us is how do we get creative NOW and start to think ahead about not only growing our companies but attracting and retaining the best talent we will surely need to succeed. That seems to be issue number one for any company that actually gets out of the starting gate and wants or needs to grow (other than health care costs but I can save that one for next week).
Love to hear some thoughts from both big and small.
Matthew Walden info@TemporarEase.com www.TemporarEase.com