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How to Survive the Great Resignation by Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | Sep 27, 2021 | Comments Off

 

Nine out of 10 people are currently in consideration of a job change. 51% of them are doing something about it, researching, posting their resume, talking to their friends and colleagues..

Tim Sanders shares how important it is that leaders move "upstream" in their mitigation efforts towards retaining their talented employees by being strategic, not reactive. Get the market edge by being proactive in your strategy to support your people - your business success depends upon it. 

 

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Starting in 2018, researchers begin to call for War For Talent, part two, pointing to an ever-tightening full-time job market in categories ranging from technology to marketing, creative design, analytics, and all forms of knowledge work.

And, then in the spring of 2020, here comes the COVID pandemic, which ushered in a wave of burnout over the coming months. And today, we have a crisis bubbling up between workers and leaders — it's a conflict about whether you continue to work at home, or you have to go in to the “risk” environment of the office. Millions will leave for that reason alone.

And then, there's been a paradigm shift for so many who now consider the importance of life versus the importance of the job at hand. That's why in May of this year, economists started to call for the Great Resignation — a wave of millions of people leaving their current jobs.

Now, I've reviewed these numbers, so consider this. Nine out of 10 people are currently in consideration of a job change. 51% of them are doing something about it, researching, posting their resume, talking to their friends and colleagues. The most conservative prediction I've seen suggests that 25% of workers will job leap in 2022.

Recent research at Upwork also finds that 10 million people that are leaving the full-time workforce are considering never coming back, choosing instead the flexibility of becoming a freelancer. As one executive recently quipped, "The skills gap is turning into a skills canyon." Now what does this mean to you?

Well, if they're not already, your managers are going to be drowning in digital transformation or business growth debt, where they cannot resource the work as requirements pile up. Customer service backlogs will drag down your reputation, projects will run late or never get launched, programs will get cancelled, and for so many companies, business will grind to a halt.

But, those companies that think "upstream," putting a prevention in place for this discontinuity — they will gain a market edge over those that don't for years to come. Just consider the case of information technology — CIO Dive documents that your managers are losing 3 to 9 hours every week trying to use talent acquisition, or antiquated staffing solutions to fill their skills gaps.

I think that the difference between thinking tactical and thinking strategic comes down to which end of the stream you're looking at. If you think prevention, solving a problem before it happens, you're thinking "upstream" and that’s strategic.

If you're reactive, that's thinking "downstream" — for your company, that's an incredible risk.

 

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Leaders Must Build Talent Clouds Now by Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | Aug 02, 2021 | Comments Off

The freelance economy has grown since the pandemic of the last year. Tim Sanders, VP of Customer Insights at Upwork and New York Times bestselling author, shares  how the hybrid freelance workforce is going to accelerate even more in the future, and why.

Tim speaks to the enterprise trends at Upwork, one of the largest worldwide staffing companies, that organizations of all sizes are feeling much more comfortable at working with freelance talent. He says that according to their December Future Workforce Report, research shows that there is a significant correlation between a manager’s comfort with remote work and their comfort with leveraging freelancers.

 

As a result, many organizations have started to leverage places like Upwork, more than ever, to help grow their business and scale up during a time of uncertainty.

 

Freelance benefits for projects include:

 

  • Get the work done fast
  • Contain costs
  • Most importantly, bring specialization to a project and improve project outcomes:
    • Rather then re-skilling a current employee, bringing in a freelance worker can infuse a project environment with their specific expertise, saving money and time.

Tim says that he and his group anticipate that leaders and businesses will use freelance talent even more moving forward — he predicts that things will not go back to the way they were before. Much like the acceleration of the hybrid workplace, he believes we will see a trend where the hybrid workforce accelerates in its adoption of the human cloud. More importantly, leaders will put their independent talent at the heart of their businesses, as opposed to them just being on the edges in the gig-work model.

 

What are the major challenges from marketplaces, such as Upwork, to cater to the huge demand?

 

Tim says that at Upwork their #1 requirement from freelancers is that they are full-time, expert professionals, often operating their own stable businesses. Leaders and companies are looking for talent clouds, usually around centers of excellence like marketing, technology and customer success and need specialized professionals who will be available for freelance services for the long-term.

 

Upwork has to ensure that their workers offer the following:

 

  • Commitment to their business, professionalism
  • A portfolio or a demonstrated body of work
  • Increasingly moving forward
  • Have certifications
  • Use assessments as needed

 

Companies consistently ask how they can be sure that freelance workers are onboarded very quickly so they are generating positive outcomes in a relatively short amount of time.

 

Tim shares that they are developing some key ways to ensure businesses have faster onboarding, with the following:

 

Having a Project Manager Upworker:

  • Develops company templates for other freelancers
  • Offers company-specific knowledge and values
  • Assists other freelancers to onboard more quickly with companies
Building Integrated Freelance Teams:

  • They specialize in one part of a project process
    • One example is a mobile software development team
  • The team offers a “soup-to-nuts” solution for a client
  • They are a virtual team and can be much more affordable because they have much less overhead

Tim shares that, as the world continues to grow its freelancing community, the time is now for organizations to start building their own virtual talent cloud of leader, specialists and contributors. Specialized freelance workers will be hired quickly over these next few years and leaders will want to be sure they secure the top tier freelancers to augment their projects going forward.

 

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NEW PRESENTATION: Getting Ahead of Burnout by Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | May 18, 2021 | Comments Off

Burnout is a threat to companies in 2021—the pandemic’s new world of work is showing collateral damage including turnover, loss of productivity and a lack of creative energy.

Many of your best people are on the verge of suffering professional burnout. They’ve stepped up the number of working hours, partially due to the new work-from-home environment, but mostly because they need to get more done with less.

Researchers declare that burnout is a threat to companies in 2021—the pandemic’s new world of work is showing collateral damage including turnover, loss of productivity and a lack of creative energy.

The good news is that burnout can be prevented and alleviated in the early stages through designed workstreams and personally managed through the development of boundaries and wellness habits.

In this presentation, Tim provides insights on what it takes to restore work-life integration in 2021. He’ll share the latest research as well as best practices from companies and wellness advisors.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Spot the early warning signs of burnout in individuals and groups. 
  • Design workstreams to ensure load-management of key talents. 
  • Leverage resources such as the work marketplace to offload tactical burdens. 
  • Coach others to reduce stress and recharge energies while they work from home. 

 

 

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Tim Sanders Podcast

By Tim Sanders | Oct 26, 2020 | Comments Off

The Pandemic may have temporarily shut down live speaking engagements, but it hasn't slowed down Keynote Speaker and Author Tim Sanders from sharing his extensive knowledge of leadership effectiveness, human connection, and business performance.

The current  Vice President of Customer Insights at Upwork, Tim brings all of his life experiences and unconventional yet inspired strategies and perspectives to encourage others to reach their full potential.

One way he spreads his message is through his podcast Back to Better, brought to you by Upwork.

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Along with his co-host Gene Gates, an award-winning radio personality and podcast host, Back to Better tells the story of how companies are learning and growing through the crises of 2020. Podcast guests include leaders, authors and experts who share their perspectives on remote work, digital transformation, dealing with change and adopting the growth mindset.

In one episode, Tim converses with NASCAR's SVP of Marketing about significant changes the sports faced through 2020 and has an in-depth conversation with Blockbuster's last CEO about what went down with Netflix.

 

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Tim is also the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller, Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends. His publications have over one million copies in print with bestseller status in India, South Korea, Italy, Brazil, and Denmark.

As a strategic consulting for leading global brands, government agencies, and trade associations, he has helped individuals and organizations tackle marketing innovation, sales performance, talent management, leadership development, and organizational culture. Tim has served on advisory boards for several startups, including Goodreads' social reading website, purchased by Amazon.

Listen to Back to Better for ways you can find inspiration during one of the most challenging years on record!

Book Tim for your virtual or live event today

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The secret to success? Skip fear and head right into curiosity

By Tim Sanders | Jun 10, 2020 | Comments Off

Stuck in an innovation rut? With all the changes happening around us the last few months, who could blame you!

Tim Sanders outlines why we waste valuable time dealing with shock over huge changes in our lives. He also explains how to skip over the fear and uncertainty and head straight into having a curious, open mind. 

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3 Rules of Collaboration from Top Innovation Expert Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | Sep 11, 2019 | Comments Off

Keynote Speaker and Top Innovation Expert Tim Sanders uses a great example on how to best collaborate with everyone on your team. With these 3 rules of collaboration, your audience will learn how to communicate better and get projects done on time and in the best way possible. Learn more below from a recent keynote.

 

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Cooperation Is Not Collaboration

By Tim Sanders | Jul 08, 2019 | Comments Off

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True Innovators Collaborate Outside Their Comfort Zone

By Tim Sanders | May 22, 2019 | Comments Off

"At the reception immediately following our event I saw firsthand the value Tim’s message offers as I witnessed several team members from different departments collaborating on innovative ideas we could use to improve our business offerings to our clients…this was an afternoon that was well worthwhile and I would highly recommend it to others!” 
Mike Santarone, CEO, The Stellar Group

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Do You Know the Three C’s of Innovation? - Tim Sanders

By Tim Sanders | May 01, 2018 | Comments Off

From blog posts to conference themes to magazine features, innovation is being touted as a top skill-set in this disruptive world we work in. It’s not simply a matter of locking yourself in a room and coming up with an idea, either. Innovation is defined as “when a solution successfully makes it way to market.”

For my entire career, I’ve studied innovation from several angles, and I’m here to tell you: It takes three steps to bring to life. Whether you analyze Elon Musk’s Tesla or funded contestants from the last episode of Shark Tank, they faithfully followed the 3 C’s of Innovation to the finish line... Read the full blog post here!

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