Pride Global | March 07, 2022
In recognition of his continued leadership and innovative approach to human capital solutions, Pride Global Founder and CEO Leo Russell has been honored with inclusion on the 2022 Staffing 100 North America list published by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). Previously named to the 2021 list, Russell's bold approach to navigating a dynamic employment market and establishing his company's new Decidedly Diverse initiative secured his spot for the second year running.
In its announcement of the list's publication, SIA highlighted the unique challenges faced by staffing industry leaders in 2021. "Working relentlessly to move their companies and the workforce solutions ecosystem forward," said SIA editor and publisher Subadhra Siriam, "these intrepid professionals have done what it takes to ensure the workforce solutions ecosystem continues to thrive."
"Helping people find work in America—and now, around the globe—is truly as good as it gets, I'm honored to be included among so many incredible professionals in our industry, and I'm looking forward to doing my part to ensure we're helping the world work in every possible way."
-CEO Leo Russell
Russell launched Pride Global in 1983 as Pride Technologies, initially focusing on providing IT services to the financial industry. In the decades since, Russell oversaw the company's transformation to an international enterprise with more than 4,500 associates across 10 brands. In addition to his work with Pride Global, he has founded Pride in Education, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers a full range of vocational training and educational opportunities for diverse communities, as well as the Diversified Staffing Alliance trade association, which provides firms with diverse ownership access to business opportunities with leading corporate clients.
About Pride Global
Pride Global is a minority-owned integrated human capital solutions firm that helps companies solve complex human resource challenges from its headquarters in Manhattan. The Pride Global network of companies operates throughout the U.S., U.K., India, and Brazil, offering a comprehensive range of human resources solutions, including managed services, vendor management, payroll programs, business process optimization and staffing for both direct hire and contingent labor, among others.
UKG | June 09, 2022
As organizations continue to grapple with the perpetual labor shortage, UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people, today welcomed new technology partners focused on hiring, retaining, and developing people into the UKG Marketplace.
“With more than 250 overall partners, UKG actively collaborates with solution providers that play a critical role in our customers’ IT infrastructure to simplify the employee technology experience, By leveraging our open-platform architecture, we’re able to help UKG customers become even more responsive to the constantly changing needs of both their people and their businesses, especially during the labor shortage.”
-Mike May, vice president of technology partnerships at UKG.
There are more than 11 million job openings across the U.S. — nearly twice as many as available job candidates. The UKG Marketplace has added pre-built integrations with Appcast, which provides programmatic job advertising software; CareerBuilder, a leading source for job opportunities and advice; and Phenom, which delivers artificial intelligence (AI)-powered talent experiences to help global enterprises hire, develop, and manage their people. Additionally, Paradox’s conversational recruiting assistant can help candidates apply for jobs via chat or text messaging.
As organizations work to shorten interview timelines to ensure they don’t miss out on qualified candidates, enhanced data sharing between UKG and Cangrade, Harver, and Humantelligence allows organizations to benefit from their preferred solution, each of which provides a unique suite of tools and technology to ensure job fit, leverage data-driven assessments, or optimize hybrid or remote team effectiveness.
The introduction of Trusaic’s PayParity to the UKG Marketplace provides organizations with an enhanced pay equity auditing solution with real-time equity analytics and an option for professional consultations, complementing existing pay equity tools within UKG solutions. As part of its commitment to pay equity, UKG recently announced a historic multi-year partnership with the National Women’s Soccer League in support of the UKG Close the Gap campaign.
With HCR Software’s CompXL, compensation professionals have access to best-in-class compensation and incentive modeling. Additionally, organizations can now offer employees expanded integrated financial wellness offerings with Vault, which provides student loan repayment optimization strategies and counseling and makes it easier for employers to make repayment contributions.
According to a recent UKG report, a perceived lack of career development opportunities is one of the top reasons that both employees and managers are quitting their jobs during the labor shortage. Now, in addition to the performance development and learning tools available in UKG Pro, UKG Ready, and UKG Dimensions, organizations can create more seamless performance workflows with Betterworks, HRSoft’s PERFORMview, and PerformYard to better provide continuous feedback, align goals with organizational objectives and performance, and foster more productive conversations about long-term career aspirations.
At UKG, our purpose is people. As strong believers in the power of culture and belonging as the secret to success, we champion great workplaces and build lifelong partnerships with our customers to show what’s possible when businesses invest in their people. Born from a historic merger that created one of the world’s leading HCM cloud companies, our Life-work Technology approach to HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions for all people helps more than 70,000 organizations around the globe and across every industry anticipate and adapt to their employees’ needs beyond just work.
Vensure | June 23, 2022
Milwaukee-based PEO and HR Outsourcing Firm EmPower HR today announced it is now a division of Vensure Employer Services, a Phoenix-based business that provides PEO solutions and human resource outsourcing to small and mid-market businesses across the country. Through its subsidiaries, including VensureHR, the company processes more than $20.1 billion in payroll and supports more than 576k+ worksite employees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In conjunction with the partnership, EmPower HR anticipates expansion of its platform to provide a greater array of human capital services to its clients, which include small-to-mid market businesses primarily in the Midwest and beyond. EmPower HR, LLC will operate as a division of Vensure. President Scott Carter will remain in his role, along with the entirety of the existing leadership team.
Founded in 2004, with services including payroll, medical and voluntary benefits, workers' compensation, risk management and HR administration, Vensure companies support a broad spectrum of industries, allowing small business owners to cost-effectively manage HR functions and turn their attention to growth and profitability initiatives.
"Vensure shares the same values that we do. We conducted an extensive search for an opportunity like this. They've exceeded our hopes for a firm we can partner with and continue the tradition we have for excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment our clients and partners want to be a part of, Joining forces with Vensure will give us significant resources to embark upon our next phase of growth at EmPower HR, We will continue to serve as loyal partners to our clients navigating market volatility, and this investment from Vensure will enhance our ability to serve an even wider array of small-to-mid market businesses looking to access human capital services."
-said Scott Carter, President of EmPower HR.
EmPower HR's Carter says the partnership will help the company pursue a range of growth opportunities while staying focused on the vital work of supporting small-to-mid market businesses who are dealing with an ever-changing workforce.
"Joining forces with Vensure will give us significant resources to embark upon our next phase of growth at EmPower HR," said Carter. "We will continue to serve as loyal partners to our clients navigating market volatility, and this investment from Vensure will enhance our ability to serve an even wider array of small-to-mid market businesses looking to access human capital services."
About EmPower HR – Founded in 1995, Milwaukee-based EmPower HR provides comprehensive outsourced HR solutions for small to mid-market businesses throughout the United States. Their services are customizable and include HR Consulting, HR Administration and Payroll, Risk Management and Compliance, Employee Benefits Administration, and Foundational Recruiting. Driven to deliver what matters through authentic connections and relentless accountability, EmPower HR serves clients ranging in size from 5 to 500 employees in all industries.
About Vensure - Vensure Employer Services was founded in 2004 and provides PEO solutions and human resource outsourcing to small and mid-market businesses across the country. Through its subsidiaries, including VensureHR, the company processes more than $20.1 billion in payroll and supports more than 576K+ worksite employees. Their services include payroll, medical and voluntary benefits, workers' compensation, risk management and HR administration.
Metafora | April 06, 2022
Metafora and Lean Solutions Group are partnering to provide IT consulting and tech development services to companies in the transportation, logistics, and supply chain sectors, the two firms announced today. Metafora, formerly CarrierDirect, is a management consulting and tech development firm. Lean Solutions Group will work with Metafora to provide recruitment, staffing, and team spin-up services delivered from the company's nearshore satellite locations in Latin America.
"Like Metafora, our firm is rooted in serving the transportation, logistics and supply chain space, This mutual agreement allows us to work together on behalf of our clients and prospects, leveraging each other's strengths and experience. While there remains a grave talent shortage problem in the United States, Latin America is bulging with strong, successful IT talent with a strong work ethic. Our Lean Staffing division excels at recruiting, building, and retaining tech teams which, operating as extensions of our clients' IT teams in the same time zone, can help businesses more rapidly develop and deploy tech solutions."
-Robert Cadena, CEO and co-founder of Lean Solutions Group.
"In an increasingly difficult hiring environment, we've seen first hand the tremendous benefits of using nearshore labor like Lean Solutions Group across transportation and logistics businesses. Our partnership with Lean is about helping the top transportation & logistics businesses maximize the value they get from nearshoring, allowing leaders to scale their businesses with incredible cost efficiency. Metafora's 10+ years of consulting on organization and process efficiency and optimization for the top 3PLs, carriers, and forwarders makes this the perfect partnership. We've developed a rapid operating model assessment to quickly identify what parts of an organization are best suited to move nearshore to optimize process and cost efficiency."
-Peter Rentschler, CEO of Metafora
The staffing crunch challenge in transportation & logistics is not going away anytime soon. This strategic partnership is designed to directly address the labor shortage in our industry by improving processes and getting reliable nearshore talent.
Metafora, previously "CarrierDirect", is a business consulting and software development firm that exclusively serves the transportation, logistics, and supply chain space. Metafora partners with carriers, shippers, and freight tech vendors to help them optimize their business and develop tech strategy to fuel their growth. Metafora+ is their partnership network.
About Lean Solutions Group
Lean Solutions Group, established in 2012, and based in Coral Springs, Florida, is a nearshore services provider that has partnered with more than 400 U.S.-based companies to establish their satellite offices in Colombia, South America. Lean Solutions Group's expanded service offerings, provided by a highly scalable and flexible workforce of more than 6,000 employees, include staffing, technology, marketing, sales, and business process outsourcing services, all in one place. By leveraging the right talent, culture, and price that Lean Solutions provide, businesses can lower operational costs and drive business growth.