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Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention

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With the labor shortage proving one of the industry’s biggest challenges, there’s much discussion around the extent to which contract workers are a viable option to help organizations address the problem. There are some major differences of opinion on this topic among service leaders – those who are for the contract worker model are emphatically so, and those who don’t see it as a fit for their operations are firm in their stance. In my…

Companies leading the charge in capitalizing on the strategic potential of service are all looking for ways to break away from break/fix and advance their service offerings, customer experiences, and revenue streams. Innovation abounds from industry to industry, with a common focus on bringing customers the utmost simplicity, peace of mind, and outcomes – whatever that looks like for each organization’s market. Companies are realizing the immense opportunity that exists in not only introducing more…

The future of work is a topic that comes up in almost every conversation I have in one way or another. Service leaders are grappling with a lack of available talent, working to determine how the field service role is changing, and balancing the management and retention of both older and young workers who have significantly different needs and desires. There are many layers to this conversation, all of which we will continue to dig…

Jordan Argiriou, Director, Service Solutions APEC at QIAGEN talks with Sarah about how to normalize a focus on mental health in the workplace, how to grapple with varying comfort levels, and how to navigate cultural differences around the topic.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Very excited for today’s episode. I even, for those of you watching the video, wore a shirt specific to our…

Dot Mynahan, Executive Director, Field Operations for Otis Americas talks with Sarah about her 30-year history in field service, how Otis is working to mentor and advance women leaders, and how she’s chosen to challenge.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. I’m excited today to be speaking with Dot Mynahan of Otis on International Women’s Day week. I’ve interviewed Dot in the past, but not…

As I thought about what to write about for International Women’s Day this year, I realized how incredibly fortunate I am to be surrounded by intelligent, brave, strong women. On the world stage there were numerous women I was in awe of this year, including Stacey Abrams and the sacrifice she made for democracy as well as witnessing Kamala Harris sworn in as the United States’ first female Vice President. At home, I am lucky…

Madhu Karnani Oza, Director, Customer and Technical Services Asia Pacific at Abbott, talks with Sarah about some of the key considerations around where to place the service function within your organizational structure to achieve the greatest success if you’re looking to evolve, advance, and progress your service focus and revenues.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be talking about how to…

 Sarah welcomes Bobby Lincoln, Supervisor of Customer Care Onboarding at Sysmex America, to discuss how to make onboarding personal – particularly in our now virtual world, how to train without creating overwhelm, and how to retain field service talent by offering career progression paths.     Sarah Nicastro: Welcome to the Future of Field Service Podcast. I’m your host, Sarah Nicastro. Today we’re going to be talking about tips for successful onboarding, training and retention.…

If you look at the Fortune 500 list as a barometer of business success, you’ll see some truly behemoth mainstays, many of which have endured on the list for at least the last five years. And sure, evaluating these businesses on the sliding curve of assets and liabilities, this can provide some insight into the health of a company, and excellence is great, but what about endurance? What can we say about a business that…

Finding, attracting, obtaining, and retaining talent is one of the most complex challenges that field service organizations face today. There are a variety of factors at play – changes in the demands of the role, an increasingly small pool of talent to compete for, differing desires from the new generation of worker, and now COVID complexities. Not to mention, the service landscape is evolving rather significantly as organizations adopt digital tools and embrace the move…