Beeline’s Data-Driven Culture

by Bob Rubocki on April 24, 2014

Beeline's Data Driven CultureAs a software company that works with databases and data analysis tools on a regular basis, it would be pretty simple for Beeline to say, “We are a data-driven organization.” While this is certainly true, that would be a flimsy claim at being data driven. (We’re data driven because we work with data? Really?) So, what does being “data driven” mean at Beeline? It means that we strive to use a quantifiable basis to make decisions and measure success. OK, but what does that mean? In this post, I’d like to share a few specific examples to illustrate how Beeline truly adopts a data-driven culture.

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Workforce Industry News for the week of April 14, 2014

It’s Friday! We’re bringing you another edition of the Beeline Weekly Roundup. The Beeline team passes along the latest highlights in the temporary workforce industry each week to you.

This week in the workforce industry…

We All Must Make Contingent Workers Feel Welcome (via The Staffing Stream)
Contract and temporary workers currently make up roughly 26 percent of the American workforce, and is the fastest growing segment of workers in the market. The BLS predicts that we will see a 23 percent increase in contingent workers by 2020. It’s important that with this growing number of contingent workers, we are actively engaging with them. Corporate branding, employee selection and ongoing development should apply for both full-time employees and temporary employees to make a more cohesive workforce.

Over One-Third of Temporary Workers in US from India: Report (via NDTV)
Over one-third of the temporary workers in the United States in 2012 were from India, according to an official report from the Department of Homeland Security. This also accounted for the largest number of non-immigrants residing in the U.S. that year. China and South Korea followed with 210,000 residents and 140,000 residents, respectively.

Today’s Job Market Exploits Marginal Workers (via MintPress News)
Is the notable rise in temporary workers a sign of an improving economy or is this the continuation of a trend toward less job security? Although 28,500 new temporary jobs were added to the economy last month, some are uncertain as to whether this is an indicator of full-time jobs to come or the new trend of the workforce. Lower pay and job security are top concerns for those classified in the “temporary work” category.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to bookmark the Beeline blog to stay informed about the industry trends and findings. We hope everyone has a great weekend!

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One Spark Ignites Downtown Jacksonville

by Ashley DeLance on April 17, 2014

Beeline Developers visit One Spark!During April 9-13, downtown Jacksonville once again transformed into the vibrant home of One Spark, the world’s largest crowdfunding festival for creators in art, innovation, music, science, and technology. One Spark is a nonprofit organization, created in 2011 by three friends in Jacksonville, who wanted to connect great ideas with the capital and resources they need to become reality. Local news stations reported that over 260,000 people attended One Spark during the five-day festival, which is about a 60 percent increase from the first festival held in 2013. As a company that values technology, innovation, and creativity, Beeline was proud to sponsor this incredible event and send some of its colleagues to participate in the festivities.

Some One Spark Background

This event gives new meaning to the idea of crowdfunding, which typically takes place online. Entrepreneurs and artists, also known as “Creators,” display their projects along a 20-square-block stretch of downtown Jacksonville, hoping that their ideas become the next big thing. One Spark organizers encourage entrepreneurs to showcase their projects, regardless of their current stage of development. It doesn’t matter if the ideas are backed with a formal business plan or if they are simply sketched out on napkins from the local coffee shop. As a result, something amazing happens: people bring their ideas from all sources of inspiration, including garages, dorm rooms, and even farms. In the end, the attendees ultimately decide who receives funding. The event is free for all to attend, and as attendees peruse downtown, they vote for their favorite Creators on the One Spark app. Many attendees also choose to contribute directly to the projects they find most interesting. In addition, up to $310,000 in crowdfunding and prize money was up for grabs this year. Here’s the best part: capital investors also attend the event (often incognito) in hopes of discovering the next big thing. That gives Creators the opportunity to connect with millions of potential dollars in capital resources, turning their dreams into reality.  [click to continue…]

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Weekly Roundup: This Week in Workforce Intelligence

Who’s ready for another informative weekly roundup from Beeline? We’re happy to pass along the latest highlights in the temporary workforce industry each week.

This week…

Leveling the Field: How Many Job Orders are Driven through VMS? (via The Staffing Stream)
How many jobs are driven through vendor management systems, on average? Bullhorn says that their survey revealed that it depends on the size of the firm. Small firms (1-10 people) average 19 percent through their VMS, while large firms (75 people or more) actually find that only 8 percent of their jobs were driven through a VMS.

Employers are Loving Temp Workers Right Now (via Politix)
According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, more than one-in-ten new jobs created in today’s job market are temp jobs – and that number has been steady since 2009. This past month alone, the economy added 28,500 temporary-help services jobs, which represents roughly 15 percent of the job gain in March. Temporary jobs have risen almost 10 percent in the past year alone, which is by far the greatest increase across all categories that are tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in their monthly reports.

Private Sector Jobs Finally Back to 2008 Peak, but… (via CNN Money)
The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs for the month of March; however, the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent for the third month in a row. Many of these job gains were in the private sector. Most of the jobs added were in temporary employment, while government jobs remained flat. Now that our market is back to pre-crisis levels, many are wondering whether or not this means true recovery. Some are convinced, but others remain skeptical. According to some labor economists, the economy still needs to add five million jobs to get back to healthy, pre-recession levels and account for the growing population.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to bookmark the Beeline blog to stay informed about the industry trends and findings. We hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Cycling from London to Paris and Raising Money for Cancer ResearchThere is something you should know about me — I REALLY like cycling. But that’s not all.

Cycling Day & Night for the British Heart Foundation

Two years ago, I participated in a Night Ride for the British Heart Foundation. For this event, participants cycle from London to Brighton overnight. The ride is 60 miles on road, which is about 96 kilometers. In addition to registering for the race, I thought, “I’m already cycling with the British Heart Foundation, so why not raise some money for this organization that does such wonderful things?” It just felt like common sense to me. Here’s the thing about having a heart condition: usually, nobody ever expects it to happen, but then all of a sudden, there it is. This leaves many people wondering, “Now what do I do?” As it turns out, anybody can do something about it! Between cycling and fundraising efforts, I was able to raise quite a bit of money, and it felt really great knowing that I may have made a difference in someone else’s life.

So, I did the ride again, but the second time, I did the Day Ride. It was lovely, but I still wanted to do more. Yes, more cycling, but I really wanted to do more for a good charity. In addition to heart disease, I also know many people that have experienced cancer one way or another. Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or just someone you know, cancer can really have an impact. On May 2, I will be cycling from London to Paris to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a global initiative, which really resonates with me as a Beeline employee. After all, we are encouraged to think and act globally, and participating in this event will help in one way or another. Cycling is great fun and a good way to get from ‘A’ to ‘B,’ but it’s also evidence that we can all make a difference by participating in something we enjoy doing.

Cycling for Today’s Youth

I will be cycling with Beeline colleague Juan Jose Dominguez and my cousin Michael. To train, Juan and I both cycle to work and we cycle after work as well (and Juan is on a rowing team, so really, I’m no match for him!) For further training, I have organized a cycling trip on April 19 from London to Suffolk, which is approximately 126 kilometers. We will also be logging the miles for Win4Youth, a global sports initiative organized by Adecco Group. Participating in Win4Youth events helps to raise money for youth foundations across the globe. In addition, we are hoping to make a sightseeing video to give people a little “tour” of London, which will be fun for those who are interested in following along with our efforts. It may even encourage people to participate!

Our ride in May will take three (possibly four) days. If you’re interested in donating to help us raise money for the event, please visit our JustGiving fundraising page.

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Workforce Industry News for the week of March 31, 2014

We’re here again – the end of another great week in the workforce industry. Which stories were making headlines this week? Our weekly roundup always has the answer! We’re here each week to inform you of the latest highlights in our industry.

This week…

Workplace Survey Says 87 Percent of Employees Not Actively Engaged in Their Jobs (via Forbes)
According to Gallup’s recent “State of the Global Workplace” report, only 13 percent of employees said they are actively engaged in their work, are truly finding satisfaction in their work, and strive to create value for the company. This means that disengaged employees are outnumbering the engaged by a level of two to one. Companies with engaged employees actually see 240 percent improvement in their business results, so creating an engaging workplace is vital to today’s business.

California Considers Bill to Protect Temp Workers (via ProPublica)
California could become one of the first states in the Untied States to – by law – hold companies responsible for wage and safety violations by subcontractors and temp agencies. This California Temp Worker bill was proposed Friday, April 4th and tackles longstanding complaints from labor leaders about companies that can often pass the buck of responsibility to agencies and small firms hired to recruit this talent. Temp workers face high rates of wage violations and workplace injuries, but it’s rare to see recourse against the brands whose products they pack and ship. This law, if passed, may drastically change that.

Hiring Steady, but has Yet to Turn the Corner (via CBS News Money Watch)
According to today’s economic release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the labor market and job growth seem to be stabilizing. There were 192,000 jobs added in the month of March, and the national unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent, as more people sought work in the market. More than half of the 57,000 jobs that were created in professional and business services were for temporary positions.

That’s all folks! Bookmark the Beeline blog to stay informed about the latest industry trends and findings. Have a great weekend!

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