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DEI & WFA Meets the NFL?

Mar 29, 2021 1:32:40 PM / by Dave Foulke posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Boston Life Sciences, San Francisco Life Sciences, #WFH, #DEI, #DNI, NJ Life Sciences, RTP Life Sciences, Chicago Life Sciences, #D&I, Philadelphia Life Sciences, Seattle Life Sciences

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In our most recent blog post about DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) initiatives in Life Sciences, we explored how the WFA (Work From Anywhere) movement can open up diversity candidate pools but also presents other challenges at the same time.  Specifically, how to identify, attract and recruit those candidates in non-traditional geographies and/or industries. 

As earlier noted, many of our clients, continue to rely on Beaker’s Talent & Marketing Intelligence services and Talent Pipelines to provide these real-time, custom snapshots of their target talent with confirmed current locations. 
But in speaking with many prospective clients who are still trying to find their target diversity candidates on a one-off basis, a new trend is developing in terms of building finalist slates of candidates. 

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The Confluence of DEI & WFA

Feb 12, 2021 11:45:34 AM / by Dave Foulke posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Boston Life Sciences, San Francisco Life Sciences, #WFH, #DEI, #DNI, NJ Life Sciences, RTP Life Sciences, Chicago Life Sciences, #D&I, Philadelphia Life Sciences, Seattle Life Sciences

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Though it's still early in 2021, we are seeing a clear confluence of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) initiatives and WFA (Work From Anywhere) realities forming a perfect storm of sorts - in a positive way.  The impetus of the WFA dynamic coupled with optimism for getting COVID-19 under control has, for many Life Sciences companies with whom we've spoken, propelled DEI hiring strategies to new heights and into new places.  

Specifically, as companies have expanded if not lifted their traditional talent borders to include remote locations for certain levels and functions, the potential pool of diversity candidates has grown exponentially.  It has also ushered in a new era of strategically trying to gain a competitive hiring advantage over their peer groups in the form of targeting diverse talent in non-traditional but aligning industries. 

The challenge for many, however, is that they now need to not only redirect, extend and expand their DEI messaging to reach targeted, diverse candidates in new geographies and new industries but also determine who and where those candidates are.  This need has placed a premium on sophisticated but rapid demographic and fit analyses of diverse candidate markets.  This requires going beyond a simple heat map and into the realm of true custom Talent Intelligence services that translate data into actionable information. 

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WFH: Beaker Blog Series in Review

Dec 30, 2020 10:21:00 AM / by Dave Foulke posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting

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As we all collectively express a sense of relief with an unprecedented, challenging year winding down, Beaker wishes everyone a healthy, heartfelt and hopeful new year in 2021.  

Based on our most recent discussions with HR, TA and business thought and opinion leaders across Life Sciences, we don't anticipate major changes to the WFH landscape for the first half of 2021.  

With that in mind, we thought a review of our five-part WFH blog series would provide further insights into what we might see in 2021.  Below is a compilation of those posts, with links in chronological order: 

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Taxing the WFHers?...a Closer Look...

Nov 30, 2020 10:56:44 AM / by Dana Young posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Boston Life Sciences, San Francisco Life Sciences, #WFH

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In the fifth and final blog in our WFH series, we note the dynamics and considerations of the Work From Home (WFH) movement that continue to seemingly change on the fly and without much warning.  Case in point is a recently released survey by Deutsche Bank that proposed a "privilege tax" of 5% for those who continue to work remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Remote Talent: Scattered to the Wind?

Nov 4, 2020 7:53:20 AM / by Dana Young posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Boston Life Sciences, San Francisco Life Sciences, #WFH

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As Work From Home (WFH) has even more fully taken root with the end to COVID-19 nowhere in sight, we are seeing and hearing about a number of remote workers relocating in sizable numbers.  There are a variety of reasons, from getting outside of highly populated big cities, to being closer to family, to finding more affordable housing, etc.  But the trend is undeniable in Life Sciences given the typical convergence of big city and high costs in traditional markets such as Boston and San Francisco. 

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WFH Honeymoon Over? Not So Fast....

Sep 8, 2020 10:08:43 AM / by Dave Foulke posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting

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 Much has been written and many discussions recently have centered on the topic of Work From Home (WFH) in the COVID-19 era.  Initial reactions from both sides of the Life Sciences spectrum, from employer and to employee, were surprisingly positive, given that it was almost literally an overnight transition of unprecedented magnitude. 

The majority of employees welcomed the flexibility afforded by a WFH policy that eliminated tiresome-to-brutal commutes and provided more time with family and loved ones.  Employers, even the most skeptical and most traditional-minded advocates of a centralized workforce, witnessed productivity gains, enhanced engagement, and greater employee satisfaction.  All without major disruptions for the most part. 

Talent Acquisition teams aggressively started to alter their recruiting strategies to identify and tap into new talent pool geographies that were previously "off limits" due to longstanding centralized hiring requirements.  Through their own networking and using customized, rapid solutions such as Beaker's Talent Intelligence & Analytics
, many Life Science companies went "all in" on remote talent across a variety of functions.  

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Talent Without Borders?

Aug 13, 2020 1:11:40 PM / by Dave Foulke posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home, Talent Intelligence, Diversity, Hiring, Recruiting, Executive Search, Talent, Talent Pipeline, Life Sciences Recruiting

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As we collectively enter the latest phase of our so-called “new normal,” a number of forward-thinking companies in the Life Sciences industry are aggressively redefining their overall and diversity hiring strategies. On the heels of an externally mandated Work From Home (WFH) proof-of-concept, executives are coming to the realization that there are economic and productivity benefits – within in certain functions – for a more remote workforce.

Led by strategic Talent Acquisition and Attraction teams, we’re seeing the WFH approach being expanded and integrated into diversity initiatives. By lifting or at least reconsidering prior geographical restrictions on certain positions, the most progressive Life Science companies are now tapping into “net new” talent markets. The early results are in and these companies are getting greater access to high performing and high potential target talent, more diverse talent pools from which to recruit and a competitive talent advantage.

In many Life Sciences “hubs,” the highly concentrated numbers of hiring companies coupled with a limited, in-demand talent pool results in constant competitive poaching and bidding wars for candidates. With fewer prospective candidates willing to relocate in the COVID-19 era, there are even greater challenges but more benefits than ever now to explore and tap into remote workforces.

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The Future of Work Has Arrived

Jun 30, 2020 11:46:32 AM / by Jeffrey Clark posted in COVID, Coronavirus, Work From Home

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The precautions brought forward by COVID-19 have been a catapult into the future of work.  The past three weeks have been warm up act for a future workplace that was inevitable. Long before the virus, people were touting remote work as the future, not as a public health precaution but for its convenience and cost effectiveness. In 2014, Fast Company predicated that half the population might be working from home by 2020. Granted, a global pandemic is not what they likely had in mind. 

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