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  • Saluting Service: How Working with a Staffing Agency Can Benefit Veterans

    May is dedicated to honoring our service members' dedication, contributions, and sacrifices, both past and present. In 1999, the U.S. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to encourage our nation to publicly show gratitude for the service members who have served and continue to serve our country. It is a time to recognize and express our appreciation for their bravery and commitment to our nation's security. It is also an opportunity for us to highlight a few of our veterans and share their perspectives on working with BGSF and how working with a staffing agency can help in the transition from the military to a civilian career. Read below to hear from our own Jorge DeMelo, Sr. Managing Director of Client Services, and Darrell Young, Senior Delivery Specialist, to learn how working with BGSF has benefited their careers, and how we can help you transition to a civilian career! Career Assistance As a Veteran of the United States Air Force who transitioned from a military to a civilian career, I have experienced firsthand how Veterans can benefit from the services of a staffing agency. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian life annually. Although all Veterans go through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), working with a staffing agency like BGSF is beneficial for the following reasons: A staffing agency will help you access a wider range of job opportunities, especially if they are a national or global organization. Recruiters have inside information, including “nice-to-have" skill sets that may not be available in job descriptions to the general public. Preferred agencies often have a direct communication line with hiring managers, allowing recruiters to leverage their relationships and understand the client's specific needs. Recruiters work as “trusted advisors” and can offer valuable career advice to help you transition from the military to a civilian career. An agency will help you expand your professional network, increasing your chances of finding relevant opportunities! Career Benefits As a retired United States Army Commissioned Officer, working at BGSF has greatly benefited my career as a Technical Delivery Specialist. Every day, I have the opportunity to interact with talented individuals across the country as they search for career opportunities. BGSF has provided an encouraging, nurturing environment for me to hone my skills in Talent Acquisition, providing me an opportunity to recruit for a variety of positions to support our global and local customers.  BGSF offers training, personal development, a best-in-class applicant tracking system, and mentoring to help improve my skills. I feel fortunate to be a part of an organization that celebrates diversity, provides unlimited growth opportunities, and supports veterans. BGSF emphasizes teamwork (collaboration), integrity, honesty, and hard work.  Our core values of Growth, Integrity, Innovation, Fun, Teamwork, and Service parallels the Army’s seven core values of Selfless Service, Personal Courage, Duty, Honor, Integrity, Loyalty, and Respect. I am honored to have served in the military and I am very pleased to serve as a recruiter for BGSF. "Every day I strive to uphold our core values and look forward to helping other veterans discover new and exciting careers with our clients." BGSF can help you transition to a civilian career! Whether you are looking for a permanent or contract role or need assistance with your talent search, we are here to help. Search our jobs or contact us today!

  • Beating the Heat: How Property Managers Can Thrive This Summer

    Summer's here and the time is right for Property Managers to brace themselves for an inevitable surge in activity. From residents moving in and out to an inundation of guest activity, the summer rush can overwhelm even the most prepared property management teams. However, with strategic planning and the right staffing support, Property Managers can navigate this busy period with ease. Property Management Essentials This Summer Anticipate Increased Demands The first step in preparing for the summer season is anticipating the increased demands. Summer typically brings higher turnover rates, more maintenance requests, and an influx of guests. Analyze past data to identify trends and predict the peak times for your properties. This data-driven approach allows you to plan effectively and allocate resources where they are needed most. Plan Maintenance and Repairs in Advance Preventive maintenance is crucial to avoid last-minute emergencies. Schedule inspections and necessary repairs before the summer season begins. This proactive approach not only ensures that your properties are in top condition but also frees up your team to handle unexpected issues that may arise during the busy months. During the summer, the demand for HVAC services skyrockets as temperatures rise and tenants and guests rely heavily on air conditioning for comfort. Property Managers must ensure that HVAC systems are functioning optimally to prevent breakdowns and maintain a comfortable living environment. This heightened need for cooling solutions often leads to an increased number of service calls and maintenance requests. To effectively manage this surge, having a robust support staff, including HVAC technicians, becomes essential. These professionals can quickly address issues, perform routine inspections, and carry out necessary repairs, ensuring that HVAC systems run smoothly throughout the season. By proactively staffing up with skilled personnel, Property Managers can minimize downtime, enhance tenant satisfaction, and avoid the chaos of emergency repairs. Utilize Technology to Streamline Operations and Enhance Communication Technology can greatly enhance your ability to manage increased summer demands. Implement property management software that allows you to track maintenance requests, manage bookings, and communicate with tenants and guests seamlessly. Mobile apps can enable your team to access information and update tasks on the go, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. Clear and proactive communication with tenants and guests is vital during the busy summer months. Inform them about any scheduled maintenance, changes in policies, or potential disruptions. Providing excellent customer service can prevent misunderstandings and enhance the overall experience for everyone involved. Leverage Temporary Staffing Solutions with BGSF Temporary staffing can be a game-changer during the summer rush. Hiring temporary staff through BGSF allows Property Managers to scale their workforce according to demand. Our property management experts can assist with various tasks such as maintenance, cleaning, administration, and customer service. This flexibility ensures that your team is not overwhelmed and that all tasks are handled efficiently. Working with reputable partners like BGSF can also simplify the process of hiring. We have a pool of pre-screened candidates who are ready to step in and perform the required tasks. This saves you time and effort in the recruitment process and ensures that you get qualified personnel who can hit the ground running. Our Smart Hire/Payroll Services are particularly advantageous for Property Managers looking to "test drive" potential hires. This service places selected employees on our payroll, removing the complexities and liabilities associated with direct employment. With no minimum hours or buyout fees, Property Managers gain the freedom to assess fit before making a long-term commitment. It is also critical to continuously monitor the performance of your team and the effectiveness of your strategies. Collect feedback from residents, guests, and staff to identify areas for improvement. Be ready to adjust your approach based on this feedback and any changes in demand, which BGSF can support and help scale. This adaptability is key to staying ahead of the summer rush. Partnering with BGSF is not just about filling positions; it's about building communities and ensuring the satisfaction of every resident this summer. Contact BGSF Property Management to request talent this season and beyond! Don't Stress This Summer The summer season doesn't have to be a stressful time for Property Managers. By anticipating demands, planning ahead, and leveraging technology, you can ensure smooth operations and timely service delivery. Temporary staffing, in particular, offers the flexibility and support needed to handle the increased workload, allowing you to stay ahead of maintenance and service requests. With the right strategies in place, you can turn the summer rush into an opportunity for growth and success.

  • Transforming Public Services: Enhancing the Customer Experience with Cloud Technology

    In today’s digital age, customer expectations are higher than ever, not just in the private sector but also in public services. Governments and public sector organizations are under increasing pressure to provide fast, efficient, and user-friendly services. One of the most effective ways to meet these demands and enhance the customer experience is by leveraging cloud applications. The Digital Divide and Workforce Expectations In a recent interview, Dr. Raj Iyer, the head of the Global Public Sector business for ServiceNow, shared his extensive experience and insights on advancing technology in the public sector, where the digital divide remains a significant challenge and consumer technology experiences are far outpacing those provided by government services. Dr. Iyer emphasizes the need to close this gap, especially as the workforce entering the job market is predominantly composed of digital natives. These individuals, who have grown up with smartphones, expect real-time data, transparency, and instantaneous service from public sector organizations. This shift in expectations presents an opportunity to transform their service delivery models. Transforming Public Services with Cloud Technology Cost Efficiency Transitioning to cloud applications can result in significant cost savings for the public sector. Cloud services eliminate the need for expensive on-premise infrastructure and maintenance. These savings can be redirected towards improving service delivery and other critical areas. Additionally, the scalability of cloud services allows public sector organizations to adjust their resources based on demand, ensuring optimal use of funds. Accessibility and Convenience Cloud applications allow public services to be accessible anytime and anywhere. Citizens no longer need to visit government offices for routine services such as applying for permits, paying taxes, or accessing public records. With cloud-based portals, these services can be accessed online, 24/7. This convenience not only saves time for citizens but also reduces the workload and congestion in physical offices. Enhanced Data Management and Security Legacy IT systems pose significant security risks. Despite numerous fixes, these systems remain vulnerable to sophisticated cyber threats. Cloud platforms, with their inherent security advantages, provide a more secure alternative. Public sector organizations handle vast amounts of sensitive data. Cloud applications offer advanced data management capabilities, including real-time updates, easy retrieval, and better organization of information. Moreover, leading cloud providers offer robust security measures, including encryption, regular security audits, and compliance with stringent regulatory standards, ensuring that citizens’ data is protected against breaches and unauthorized access. In the event of a disaster, whether natural or cyber-related, having services and data stored in the cloud ensures continuity. Cloud providers typically offer robust disaster recovery plans that guarantee data integrity and availability even during crises. This reliability is crucial for maintaining trust and ensuring uninterrupted access to essential services for citizens. Personalized and Innovative Public Services Modern cloud applications use advanced analytics and AI to analyze data and gain insights into citizen needs and behaviors. This capability allows public sector organizations to offer personalized services and proactive support. For example, tailored notifications about upcoming deadlines, personalized health recommendations, or custom alerts about community events can greatly enhance the user experience. Cloud applications can also facilitate real-time communication between public sector organizations and citizens. Chatbots, mobile apps, and online portals can provide instant responses to inquiries, reducing wait times and improving satisfaction. Additionally, cloud platforms can gather feedback through surveys and direct interactions, helping public services to continuously improve based on citizen input. Addressing Digital Transformation Challenges As governments and public organizations increasingly adopt digital technologies, there is a growing need for employees with certain skill sets to come on board and effectively leverage these tools. Fortunately, BGSF can provide specialized experts and tailored strategies to support the public sector in these digital transformations. Leveraging our deep understanding of both technology and public sector challenges, BGSF consultants can guide government agencies through every stage of digital transformation, from initial planning to full implementation. BGSF offers comprehensive solutions, including the integration of cloud services and data security enhancements, ensuring that public sector organizations can modernize efficiently and securely. BGSF’s workforce solutions also address the critical need for upskilling and reskilling public employees, ensuring that staff are well-prepared to utilize new digital tools effectively. By partnering with BGSF, public sector entities can navigate the complexities of digital transformation with confidence, ultimately achieving greater efficiency, improved service delivery, and enhanced engagement with citizens. To better serve our public sector clients, BGSF became an approved vendor for HGACBuy, a cooperative purchasing program that allows organizations to purchase goods and services through pre-negotiated contracts in lieu of establishing a Master Service Agreement (MSA). That means HGACBuy members have access to one of the largest networks of highly skilled talent, without the hassle of dealing with a lengthy procurement process. Click here to learn more! The Future of the Public Sector The adoption of cloud applications in the public sector is a necessary evolution to meet the growing expectations of citizens. By enhancing accessibility, security, and efficiency, cloud technology can significantly improve the customer experience. As governments and public sector organizations continue to embrace these technologies, we can expect a future where public services are more responsive, streamlined, and attuned to the needs of the people they serve.

  • The Game-Changing Influence of Big Data in Commercial Real Estate

    With the advent of big data technologies, the commercial real estate (CRE) industry has witnessed a profound transformation. A revolution is taking place in traditional property management practices and paving the way for unprecedented insights and opportunities. From market analysis to tenant preferences, here's a deep dive into the myriad benefits of big data in CRE. The Benefits of Big Data in Commercial Real Estate Enhanced Market Analysis: Big data empowers commercial real estate professionals with comprehensive market insights. By analyzing vast datasets encompassing factors like demographic trends, economic indicators, and property transactions, stakeholders gain a nuanced understanding of market dynamics. This enables informed decision-making regarding property acquisitions, developments, and leasing strategies, ultimately mitigating risks and maximizing returns. Optimizing Property Operations: Data from smart meters and IoT devices can monitor energy usage in real time, identifying inefficiencies and optimizing energy consumption, which can lead to significant cost savings. Predictive maintenance using data from these sensors can also foresee equipment failures before they happen, reducing downtime and repair costs. By leveraging predictive analytics, Property Managers can anticipate maintenance needs and proactively address tenant concerns, thereby enhancing overall asset value and tenant satisfaction. Sustainable Development Practices: In an era of increasing environmental awareness, sustainable development practices are becoming increasingly important in commercial real estate. Big data enables stakeholders to assess the environmental performance of properties through data-driven metrics such as energy consumption, carbon emissions, and green building certifications. By identifying opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and sustainable design interventions, developers can enhance asset value while contributing to broader sustainability goals. Personalized Tenant Experiences: In today's competitive leasing landscape, delivering personalized tenant experiences is paramount for tenant retention and satisfaction. Big data enables landlords and Property Managers to gain valuable insights into tenant preferences and behaviors. By analyzing data on foot traffic patterns, amenities usage, and occupancy trends, stakeholders can tailor offerings to meet evolving tenant needs, fostering stronger tenant relationships and driving leasing success. Financial Management: Property Managers can engage in revenue forecasting by using historical data and market trends to make predictions and assist in better financial planning and budgeting. They can also enhance their expense tracking through data analytics to identify areas where costs can be cut without compromising on quality or service. Space Utilization: Using big data to analyze how different spaces within a property are utilized can help optimize the use of space. For example, if certain areas are underused, they can be repurposed or marketed differently. Tracking occupancy rates in real-time also helps in understanding demand and adjusting leasing strategies accordingly. Market Forecasting and Investment Strategy: Big data serves as a powerful tool for market forecasting and investment strategy formulation. By analyzing historical trends, macroeconomic indicators, and geopolitical developments, investors can anticipate market shifts and identify emerging opportunities. Real-time data feeds and predictive analytics platforms enable stakeholders to adapt their investment strategies dynamically, capitalizing on market fluctuations and optimizing portfolio performance. Embracing the Future of Big Data The proliferation of big data technologies is reshaping the commercial real estate industry, unlocking unprecedented opportunities for stakeholders across the value chain. From market analysis and optimized operations to tenant engagement and sustainable development, the benefits of big data are extensive. By embracing data-driven approaches, commercial real estate professionals can navigate an increasingly complex landscape with confidence, driving innovation, and achieving sustainable growth in the digital age. As you and your team adapt to the future of commercial real estate, consider the invaluable support BGSF can provide to your team. From saving time and resources in hiring to accessing a diverse talent pool, the benefits are numerous. Face the future confidently, knowing that you have a dedicated partner committed to helping you build a team to drive success. Contact us to request top talent today!

  • Mitigating Financial Crisis Effects: Strategic Responses for Higher Education Institutions

    Higher education institutions across the United States are confronting an unprecedented challenge known as the "enrollment cliff." This phenomenon, driven by demographic shifts and changing attitudes towards a traditional college education, forecasts a significant decline in college-bound high school graduates, particularly beyond 2025. This blog explores the implications of the enrollment cliff and proposes strategic responses to mitigate its impact on institutions and maintain a sustainable operational model. The enrollment cliff represents a looming decrease in the number of potential college students, primarily due to lower birth rates around the 2008 financial crisis. Additionally, increasing skepticism about the value of a college degree, coupled with rising tuition costs, has persuaded many potential students to pursue alternative education and career paths. This trend poses serious financial and operational challenges for higher education institutions, particularly those already struggling with budget constraints and competitive pressures. Safeguarding Against Future Financial Crises: Strategies for Mitigation and Adaptation Higher education institutions experienced profound challenges due to the 2008 financial crisis, including severe funding cuts, increased tuition, shifting enrollment trends, and a heightened focus on employability. The landscape of higher education was permanently altered, necessitating a strategic reevaluation of how institutions manage financial health and student services. Below are some strategies that institutions can implement to safeguard against future financial crises and ensure sustainable growth and stability. Enhancing Financial Resilience Budget Management: Institutions should adopt more conservative budgeting practices that include setting aside reserve funds during economically stable times. Effective risk management strategies and contingency planning can provide a buffer against sudden financial downturns. Debt Management: Refinancing existing debts during periods of low interest rates and avoiding over-leveraging can protect institutions from financial strain during crises. Diversifying Revenue Streams Expand Online Programs: By increasing the breadth and depth of online program offerings, institutions can tap into a broader student base, including international students and working professionals, reducing dependence on traditional campus-based enrollments. Alternative Funding Sources: Developing partnerships with private sector entities, pursuing grants, and engaging alumni for fundraising initiatives can reduce reliance on tuition and state funding. Optimizing Operational Efficiency Technological Integration: Leveraging technology to improve administrative efficiency and reduce operational costs is crucial. Automated systems for student services, resource management, and data analytics can lead to significant cost savings. Facility Management: Rationalizing space usage and maintaining flexible real estate strategies can minimize unnecessary expenditures on campus facilities. Focusing on Affordability and Value Tuition Strategies: Implementing tuition freezes or caps, offering more financial aid, and creating pay-it-forward programs can make education more accessible and financially sustainable for students. Career-Centric Education: Strengthening curriculum alignment with market demands, expanding internships, and career services, and incorporating professional certifications and skills-based training can enhance student employability and justify educational investments. Ensuring Protection for the Future The lessons learned from the 2008 financial crisis are clear: higher education institutions must proactively adopt strategies that ensure financial health, operational efficiency, and student value to withstand future economic downturns. By implementing the recommended strategic measures, institutions can not only mitigate the effects of potential financial crises but also enhance their service delivery, making higher education more effective and accessible to a broader population. Higher education leaders are encouraged to reevaluate their strategic plans and incorporate these resilience-building measures. Stakeholders, including policymakers, institutional leaders, and financial officers, must collaborate to implement these changes, ensuring that higher education remains a robust pillar of society and a beacon of hope and opportunity, regardless of economic conditions. Let BGSF experts assist you and your institution on this journey to prevent a repeat of 2008. Contact to schedule a free, open conversation today.

  • Navigating Fair Housing: Understanding HUD's Latest Guidance on Rental Applicant Screening

    In recent years, the landscape of resident screening has evolved dramatically, with technological advancements introducing both opportunities and challenges. To navigate this terrain effectively while upholding principles of fairness and nondiscrimination, it's important for Property Managers to acquaint themselves with the recent guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. The History of the Fair Housing Act The Fair Housing Act, enacted in 1968 as part of the Civil Rights Act, stands as a landmark piece of legislation in the ongoing struggle for equality in housing. Born out of the civil rights movement and the tireless advocacy of activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Act aimed to combat pervasive housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, and disability. Its passage represented a significant milestone in the quest for civil rights, prohibiting discriminatory practices such as redlining, racial steering, and housing segregation. Over the decades, the Fair Housing Act has undergone amendments and expansions to strengthen its protections and adapt to changing societal norms and challenges. Today, it remains a cornerstone of fair housing law, embodying the enduring commitment to fostering inclusive communities and ensuring equal access to housing for all Americans. Breaking Down HUD's Latest Guidance on Rental Applicant Screening HUD's recent guidance document clarifies the protections afforded by the Fair Housing Act to rental housing applicants, underscoring the importance of screening practices that are free from bias and discrimination. While multifamily Property Managers understandably prioritize selecting residents who will fulfill lease obligations, it's important to recognize that certain screening practices may inadvertently exclude individuals in discriminatory ways. Below are some key highlights for Property Managers to review. This guidance encompasses screening practices across a spectrum of human involvement and automation, spanning from traditional methods to cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning and AI. The Relationship Between Housing Providers and Screening Companies The Role of Housing Providers: Housing providers must exercise sound judgment in avoiding discriminatory housing decisions, even when utilizing tenant screening services. Customized screening policies, clear criteria, and independent review of screening reports are crucial. Applicants should be given fair opportunities to dispute negative information. The Role of Tenant Screening Companies: Tenant screening companies play a pivotal role in implementing fair housing policies. They should prioritize accuracy, transparency, and non-discriminatory practices. Regular civil rights monitoring and customizability of screening criteria are essential. Guiding Principles for Non-Discriminatory Screenings Choose Relevant Screening Criteria: Screening criteria should be tailored to assess an applicant's ability to fulfill tenancy obligations. Relevant records should be prioritized, and past incidents unrelated to tenancy should not be grounds for denial. Use Only Accurate Records: Ensuring accuracy in records is paramount to avoid discriminatory outcomes. Screening companies should employ rigorous methods to verify data accuracy, especially in datasets prone to errors or biases. Follow the Applicable Screening Policy: Housing providers and screening companies must adhere strictly to the screening policy defined by the provider. Screening criteria outside the policy scope should not be considered. Be Transparent with Applicants: Transparency throughout the screening process is crucial. Applicants should be informed of screening policies, provided opportunities to appeal denials, and given detailed reasons for any adverse decisions. Allow Applicants to Challenge Negative Information: Applicants should have avenues to dispute potentially disqualifying information. The process should be accessible, providing clear instructions for submitting appeals and addressing inaccuracies. Design and Test Complex Models for Fair Housing Compliance (e.g. AI and Machine Learning): Advanced screening models, such as those that use AI and machine learning, must be designed to prioritize fairness and transparency. Training data should be representative, and models should be regularly validated to ensure equitable outcomes across demographic groups. The Future of Resident Screening As resident screening continues to evolve, Property Managers face the dual challenge of harnessing technological advancements while upholding principles of fairness and nondiscrimination. The guidance provided by HUD serves as a crucial tool in this endeavor. By familiarizing themselves with the guidance outlined, Property Managers can confidently navigate the complexities of rental applicant screening, ensuring that their practices align with the core principles of the Fair Housing Act and contribute to creating inclusive communities where all individuals have equal access to housing opportunities. Did you know that BGSF can support back-office functions for your multifamily property? From Leasing Agents to Administrative Professionals, we can help facilitate processes for both new and existing residents. As your national partner in multifamily staffing, you can contact us to request talent whenever you need it!

  • Summer PTO Survival: How Staffing Firms Can Support Property Managers

    As summer approaches, Property Managers brace themselves for a familiar challenge: covering employee vacations while maintaining seamless operations. The increased demand for property management services during this season can put additional strain on already stretched resources. However, partnering with a staffing firm like BGSF can be a strategic move to alleviate these pressures and ensure business continuity. Staffing Solutions for Summer PTO Flexible Staffing Solutions: We offer access to a diverse pool of qualified professionals who can seamlessly step in to fill temporary vacancies. Whether it's Leasing Consultants, Maintenance Technicians, or Administrative Staff, BGSF can match Property Managers with skilled individuals who meet their specific needs. This flexibility enables Property Managers to maintain productivity and deliver exceptional service levels, even when key team members are on vacation. Rapid Response Time: One of the biggest challenges of summer PTO coverage is the need for swift action. Property Managers often need to fill vacancies on short notice to prevent disruptions in service delivery. BGSF excels in rapid response times, thanks to our extensive talent network and streamlined recruitment processes. Whether it's a last-minute request or a planned absence, Property Managers can rely on us to promptly provide qualified professionals to cover shifts and maintain operational efficiency. Specialized Expertise: Every property management team has its unique requirements and challenges. We understand this and strive to match Property Managers with professionals who possess the necessary skills and expertise. Whether it's managing a high-rise apartment building or overseeing a commercial property, BGSF can connect Property Managers with candidates who have the right experience and qualifications. This ensures that temporary staff can seamlessly integrate into existing teams and perform their duties effectively from day one. Cost-Effective Solutions: Hiring temporary staff through BGSF can offer cost-effective solutions for Property Managers, especially during peak vacation seasons. Instead of bearing the full burden of recruiting, training, and onboarding temporary employees, Property Managers can leverage our resources, like SmartHire. This can result in significant savings in both time and money, allowing Property Managers to allocate resources more efficiently and focus on core business activities. Scalability and Adaptability: Summer PTO coverage needs can vary from one week to the next, making scalability a critical factor. BGSF offers scalability and adaptability, allowing Property Managers to adjust staffing levels based on fluctuating demand. Whether it's a sudden increase in property turnover or unexpected maintenance issues, we can provide additional support as needed. This agility ensures that Property Managers can maintain operational continuity and respond effectively to changing circumstances without overburdening their permanent staff. Staffing Your Summer with BGSF Summer PTO coverage presents a recurring challenge for Property Managers, but it doesn't have to be a source of stress and disruption. By partnering with BGSF, Property Managers can access a wide range of benefits, including flexible staffing solutions, rapid response times, specialized expertise, cost-effective solutions, and scalability. With our support, Property Managers can navigate the summer season with confidence, knowing that their operations are in capable hands, even when key team members are taking well-deserved vacations. Contact us to learn more!

  • Revolutionizing Talent Development: Oracle Empowers Business Leaders to Maximize Upskilling

    Staying ahead in business means continuously evolving, not just in terms of products and services, but also in the capabilities of your workforce. Recognizing this need for agility and growth, Oracle has announced a groundbreaking solution within its Cloud HCM suite: Oracle Grow for Business Leaders. This AI-powered upskilling platform is designed to help leadership teams navigate the complex terrain of talent development while aligning skill enhancement with overarching business priorities. Oracle's New Solution Empowers Leaders to Maximize Upskilling Oracle Grow for Business Leaders is not just another tool in the HR arsenal; it's a comprehensive solution that enables business leaders to nurture talent, foster organizational agility, and drive tangible business outcomes. Oracle Grow for Business Leaders: How It Works Leadership-Driven Role Guides: Business leaders can now create prescriptive guides that outline the skills and resources required for strategic roles within their organizations. Leveraging AI recommendations, these guides offer clear pathways for employees to align themselves with business objectives, ensuring that critical needs are met with the right talent. Centralized Leader Dashboard: Real-time visibility into development progress, specific skills, and qualifications empowers leaders to proactively track skills progression by department, business unit, or individual. With AI-powered insights, leaders can identify emerging skill gaps and monitor the organization's overall progress in meeting business objectives. Enhanced Workforce Transparency: Oracle Grow integrates role guides directly into each employee's personalized feed, providing transparency into leadership expectations and offering AI-driven recommendations for skill enhancement and career development. Innovative Internal Mobility: By incorporating role guides into the Opportunity Marketplace, Oracle Cloud HCM facilitates faster talent discovery and internal mobility. AI-powered recommendations help employees explore new career paths while giving leaders visibility into talent and skills within the organization. Skills Aggregation Platform: Oracle Dynamic Skills Platform accelerates the adoption of skills-based talent practices by providing a unified skills infrastructure. Embedded within Oracle Grow, it offers a comprehensive library of skills, consolidates existing skills data, and delivers AI-driven recommendations to enhance talent intelligence and practices. Revolutionizing Talent Development Oracle Grow bridges the gap between learning, skills growth, and career mobility, offering a hyper-personalized development experience. By empowering employees to maximize their potential and helping leaders align upskilling initiatives with business objectives, Oracle facilitates both individual and organizational growth. Moreover, Oracle Cloud HCM serves as a centralized hub for all human resource processes, providing HR teams with a single source of truth to inform their people strategy. With built-in AI capabilities, the platform analyzes workforce data, generates insights, and offers recommendations to optimize workforce investments and improve business operations. Moving Forward with Oracle Oracle's new solution within Cloud HCM marks a significant step forward in talent development. By empowering business leaders to navigate the complexities of upskilling and aligning talent with strategic goals, Oracle Grow for Business Leaders paves the way for a more agile, resilient, and successful organization in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. Are you considering implementing Oracle or upgrading your system? As a proud Oracle Partner with more than 150 years of cumulative experience in the field, our team of experts is ready to support you through a “Made to Measure” model, which provides each client with a unique, custom solution built for them and their specific needs. Contact us today to learn more.

  • Embracing the Cloud: Why Modern Applications Are Essential in Today's Digital Landscape

    In today's hyper-connected world, where data reigns supreme and agility is paramount, traditional software applications are rapidly becoming obsolete. The shift towards modern cloud applications is no longer just a trend; it's a necessity for businesses striving to stay competitive and relevant in the digital age. Gone are the days when software lived solely on local servers, requiring extensive maintenance and costly infrastructure investments. Modern cloud applications offer a plethora of benefits that empower businesses to streamline operations, enhance scalability, and drive innovation like never before. Benefits of the Cloud: Utilizing Modern Applications Agility and Scalability One of the primary advantages of modern cloud applications is their inherent agility and scalability. Unlike traditional software, which often requires extensive time and resources to scale up or down, cloud-based solutions can effortlessly adapt to changing demands. Whether you're experiencing rapid growth or unexpected fluctuations in user traffic, cloud applications provide the flexibility to scale resources dynamically, ensuring optimal performance and cost efficiency. Cost-Efficiency Cost considerations are always at the forefront of business decisions, and modern cloud applications offer significant savings compared to their traditional counterparts. By eliminating the need for on-premises infrastructure and maintenance, cloud-based solutions drastically reduce upfront capital expenditures and ongoing operational costs. Additionally, the pay-as-you-go model of cloud computing allows businesses to only pay for the resources they consume, providing unparalleled cost-efficiency and scalability. Accessibility and Collaboration In today's distributed work environment, accessibility and collaboration are more important than ever. Modern cloud applications enable seamless access to data and resources from anywhere in the world, empowering teams to collaborate in real time regardless of geographical boundaries. Whether employees are working remotely, in the office, or on the go, cloud-based solutions ensure that everyone stays connected and productive. Enhanced Security and Reliability Security concerns have always been a top priority for businesses, and modern cloud applications offer robust security measures to safeguard sensitive data and protect against cyber threats. Cloud service providers invest heavily in state-of-the-art security protocols, encryption technologies, and compliance certifications to ensure the highest levels of data protection. Additionally, the distributed nature of cloud infrastructure enhances reliability, minimizing the risk of downtime and data loss compared to traditional on-premises systems. Innovation and a Competitive Advantage (AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data) Innovation is the lifeblood of any successful business, and modern cloud applications provide the foundation for continuous innovation and competitive advantage. By leveraging cloud-based technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data analytics, businesses can unlock valuable insights, automate processes, and deliver personalized experiences to customers. Moreover, the scalability and agility of cloud platforms enable rapid experimentation and iteration, empowering organizations to stay ahead of the curve and drive sustainable growth. Grow With the Cloud and BGSF The need for modern cloud applications has never been greater in today's digital landscape. From agility and scalability to cost-efficiency and innovation, cloud-based solutions offer many benefits that empower businesses to thrive in an increasingly competitive and dynamic environment. By embracing the cloud, organizations can unlock new opportunities, streamline operations, and deliver exceptional value to customers, paving the way for success in the digital age. As a leader in Cloud ERP solutions, including implementing new systems, upgrading software, executing migrations, and supporting/maintaining systems, BGSF is the trusted partner you've been searching for! We not only specialize in Oracle, Workday, and SAP, but we are also an Oracle Partner and a Workday Service Partner. Contact us to help you execute your Cloud ERP strategy today.

  • Saluting Service: Recruiter Strategies for Connecting with Veterans During National Military Appreciation Month - May 2024

    May is a month dedicated to honoring our service members' dedication, contributions, and sacrifices, both past and present. In 1999, the U.S. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month to encourage our nation to publicly show gratitude for the service members who have served and continue to serve our country. It is a time to recognize and express our appreciation for their bravery and commitment to our nation's security. It is also an opportunity to consider how we can support them when transitioning to a civilian career. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian life annually, making up 8% of the U.S. civilian population. Veterans are an amazing resource of talent with a wide range of high-demand skills, including leadership, self-determination, problem-solving, and a global perspective. Read our tips below from our own Cindy Raleigh, Sr. Delivery Specialist in our Professional Division, to learn how you can give back to our veterans and make a positive impact on the lives of those who have served our nation. Respectful Phrases and Actions Understanding a veteran’s personal history, their feelings about their service, and any experiences with trauma is essential in choosing how to express gratitude. Listed below are a few ideas to consider: · Expressing Verbal Gratitude: A sincere “Thank you for serving our country.” can be powerful. · Acknowledging Their Courage: Saying “We are grateful for your sacrifice and bravery to protect our freedom.” shows deep appreciation. · Physical Gestures: Often, a firm handshake and direct eye contact are powerful ways to convey respect and thanks. · Non-Verbal Cues: A respectful nod and eye contact can silently communicate your gratitude. Career Assistance As recruiters, to further show our appreciation, we can offer our professional skills and services, including the following: · Translating Military Skills: Assist veterans in articulating their military experience in terms that resonate with civilian employers. ·  Resume and Cover Letter Assistance: Provide support in crafting effective resumes and cover letters that showcase the veteran’s skills and experiences. · Job Matching: Identify job opportunities that align with the veteran’s skills and career goals. · Interview Preparation: Offer guidance and coaching for interviews, helping veterans to understand what employers seek. · Networking: Leverage our extensive networks to connect veterans with potential employers or industry contacts. · Advocacy: Champion a veteran to a hiring manager, particularly if the veteran has faced challenges in securing a position independently. This month, and every month, commit additional time to provide advice and services to past and present service members on resume content and format, enhancing LinkedIn profiles, job search strategies, interview coaching, and more. Let's not forget that our veterans are an incredible resource of diverse talent, and remember to thank those who have served our nation so bravely! BGSF can help in your transition to a civilian career! Whether you are looking for a permanent or contract role or need assistance with your talent search, we are here to help. Search our jobs or contact us today!

  • Business Transformations Using Microsoft AI Technologies: Our Top Three Key Takeaways from Convergence AI

    BGSF was very excited to serve as a platinum sponsor at last week's Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) Convergence AI. As the premier talent and technology provider in the Dallas area, our team had a fantastic experience at this innovative and incredibly valuable event. The DRC, ranked #1 among regional chambers nationwide, expertly orchestrated Convergence AI, bringing together top companies and diverse talent to explore the latest AI trends and innovations. BGSF's Table Talk: Business Transformations Using Microsoft AI Technologies BGSF's Table Talk, featuring Hitesh Talati, Senior Vice President of Growth, Strategy and Innovation, garnered immense client interest and generated buzz. Hitesh not only showcased our capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) but also highlighted our leadership and proactive approach to AI for business transformation. At BGSF, we've moved beyond mere discussion of AI; our teams are actively engaged in proving, implementing, and operating AI solutions with multiple successful deployments, both internally and for our clients. During our discussion on business transformation using AI technologies from industry giants like Microsoft and Amazon, we sparked lively debates, shared current business cases, explored various options, and provided recommendations. This led to numerous requests from attendees for further discussion and advice on possible next steps. Top Three Takeaways Throughout the multiple AI panel discussions, breakout sessions, and booth/table chats during the day, our team came away with three overarching themes when it comes to the future of AI and business. Theme #1: AI is here, it’s now, it is everywhere, and it is a game changer. AI adoption across companies of varying sizes is transitioning from a curiosity-driven phase of conducting proof of concepts (POCs) to a more targeted approach centered on value-driven POCs, focused pilots, and scaling up to mid to large-scale deployments. The evolution of AI, or GenAI, is occurring at a rapid pace, emphasizing the importance of directing and shaping it to unlock new levels of productivity, with technology adapting to suit our needs rather than the other way around. Virtual assistants and chatbots, designed with a human-centric approach and built to be scalable and secure, will serve as invaluable co-pilots and auto-pilots for the next generation of the workforce. However, achieving this will necessitate the upskilling and reskilling of future candidates. It is also very clear that enterprises of all sizes are increasingly investing in and advancing along the AI continuum. Theme #2: The proliferation of foundational LLM’s and GenAI tools is causing confusion and FOMO. With the proliferation of numerous foundational LLM models in the market and the constant stream of rapidly evolving innovation news and information, many businesses, particularly small and mid-sized companies, are overwhelmed and grappling with feelings of confusion. During our discussion: We explored strategies to alleviate this by breaking down the complexities into smaller, focused, value-driven business cases and implementing POCs with 1-2 weeks for review. We emphasized identifying low-hanging fruit that offers immediate value creation in areas such as knowledge management, business intelligence reporting, client-facing applications, and compliance/legal matters. Microsoft Copilot and Azure AI services were examined in depth, accompanied by real-world examples of intelligent applications utilizing machine learning, NLP, OCR, big data, and search capabilities, both out-of-the-box and custom-built. The essence of value lies in generating new intelligence by amalgamating public and enterprise data and knowledge. While the choice of a foundational model is crucial, it's important to acknowledge that no single model may cater to all needs optimally. The specificity of models and the ability to provide choices, along with curating all models to extract the best recommendations and information, represent the next frontier in this space. Theme #3: Responsibility, trust, and security are paramount. Ethical and responsible AI should be built into everything we do, not an afterthought. Leadership must give consistent messaging on awareness and acceptable/ethical use, explore and communicate the challenges around security, and set guardrails in place for their business. With the persistent and over-provisioning of co-pilot and chatbots as it relates to data access, identity, and access management, principles and modern IAM solutions become highly necessary. Our existing SSDLC process needs to be updated to build this into every step, from inception to deployment and operations. BGSF and the Future of AI The BGSF team was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and discuss the future of AI with some of the top business leaders in the Dallas area. From our discussions, we deduced some of the hottest topics surrounding its implementation and impact, including AI's transformative potential, challenges posed by its proliferation, and the importance of responsible implementation. Moving forward, embracing innovation while remaining ethically grounded is crucial to unlocking AI's full potential. As a leading talent and technology provider across the nation, BGSF is dedicated to leading this journey, shaping a better future for AI and business. Contact us to learn more about our AI capabilities, ask us questions, and learn how we can support you in your AI journey!

  • How often do you engage in humor with your colleagues at work? (Results of our LinkedIn poll)

    April celebrates National Humor Month, and May brings a renewed focus on well-being with Mental Health Awareness Month. We all know that laughter releases endorphins, the "feel good" chemicals that help improve our mood. According to WebMD, having a strong sense of humor has numerous short-term and long-term mental health benefits. This inspired us to conduct a poll and ask our followers how often they engage in humor with their colleagues during the workday. The Poll Question We asked our 238K+ followers, "How often do you engage in humor with your colleagues at work?" The options were: Multiple times a day Daily A few times a week Rarely Poll Results With a total of 600 votes, the results are as follows: Multiple times a day received the most votes with 53%. Daily came in second with 21% of the votes. A few times a week came in third with 14% of the votes. Rarely was last with 12% of the votes. Analyzing the Results The poll results show that the majority of our followers take advantage of the benefits of humor while working, improving their moods and making their colleagues' days a little brighter! Here are some key takeaways. Multiple Times a Day The clear winner with 53% of the votes, emphasizes the significance of engaging in humor during the workday. According to the Harvard Business Review, laughing together accelerates feelings of trust, increasing camaraderie. This benefits employees and employers as levity increases employee engagement, collaboration, creativity, and innovation! Therefore, bringing humor into the workplace can help solve problems, create a happier company culture, and improve retention! Daily It boosted our moods to see that 21% of our followers engaged in humor daily! Research by Gallup shows that one of the greatest drivers of employee performance is having a close friend — presumably one you laugh with — at work, making team members more engaged, creative, and happier! Humor among colleagues builds a deeper sense of affiliation, driving work performance as team members are united in purpose and action, positively impacting clients and increasing the bottom line. A Few Times a Week Only 14% of you engaged in humor a few times weekly. We learned from a few of our followers that they fear using humor at work, in the case they may not be taken seriously, or worse, offend a coworker. However, you can still add levity to your work life by enjoying and appreciating other people’s humor. Rarely A mere 12% of you rarely use humor at work, indicating that inserting humor into your work life can be difficult. According to research by behavioral scientist Jennifer Aaker and corporate strategist Naomi Bagdonas from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business humor is the “secret weapon” for building bonds (and power, creativity, and resilience) and we should try to incorporate it more at work. Implications for Employees and Employers In the ever-evolving landscape of hiring, understanding how humor can positively impact employee collaboration and retention, can be the difference in your team members' emotional and mental wellbeing! It begins with leadership, creating a culture where connections and friendships develop naturally and thrive. Consider how you can drive a culture of fun, thereby boosting well-being, team performance, and the organization’s bottom line. Remember that much of the power of humor is chemical.  When we laugh, our brains produce less cortisol and release more endorphins and oxytocin, all HR-approved! BGSF can help you reach your goals this year, and that's no laughing matter! Whether you are looking for a permanent or contract role or need assistance with your talent search, we are here to help. Search our jobs or contact us today!

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