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Strengthen Your Business by Redefining During Recession
by Joan Lloyd

Through every recession, business has had to redefine itself in order to come out on the other side. We want the turbulence to be over—but we aren’t going back to business as usual. Here are some ideas that fall into four basic themes:


Agile•1: Keeping Doors to Opportunity Open for Employers and Their Associates

When employees leave, companies can now do more than wish them well. A strong corporate alumni program can foster relationships that allow these resources to be quickly leveraged for future projects, referrals, sales leads and even brand promotion. This is key at a time when opportunity exists—provided companies have the right resources immediately available to capitalize on emerging trends.


Q. One of my employees just gave notice. Officially, we're in a hiring freeze, but this is a very important position, and I'm not sure how we can function without having somebody in place to do that work. What can I do?

A. There are a few options. First, even in the toughest of times, companies continue to hire and replace departing staff. You have a general hiring freeze in place, but, it's always possible to get an exemption. You could go to your supervisor and make your case for why this position is critical and must be re-filled. If you can't make that case, contingency labor can be a very effective tool for companies who need get work done, but can't currently add full-time staff. Talk you your AppleOne representative, and we can send somebody out to keep your work running smoothly. Once the hiring freeze is lifted, we can transfer the associate to your payroll, which creates a very easy transition for you and the employee. This is an excellent time to replace and enhance staff as there are some very strong candidates in the market right now, so this problem could turn out to be an opportunity.

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