Linda Galipeau continues to position Randstad as one of the dominant HR services organizations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Informed by her global perspective and the increasingly powerful role of technology in the staffing industry, Galipeau leads with a focus on continual improvement and organizational agility. Exemplifying this focus is Galipeau’s recent oversight of the acquisition of RiseSmart, a technology-led virtual outplacement organization that offers a progressive, personalized alternative to traditional career transition services. The addition of RiseSmart to Randstad’s portfolio allows the company to provide clients with a more comprehensive suite of services that address the full workforce continuum through a single integrated approach. Additionally, in her role as executive board member of Randstad Holding nv, Galipeau chairs the Randstad Innovation Fund, a strategic corporate venture fund that invests in early to expansion-stage technology companies with the goal of accelerating HR technology advancements that impact how employers engage the workforce. A respected speaker on women’s leadership issues, Galipeau believes her role as a leader is to help others rise in their careers, and she is particularly committed to advancing women into executive-level positions. She also supports Randstad’s Hire Hope program, which assists underserved and at-risk women with career-readiness training, apprenticeship programs and employment services. Galipeau recently was named to SIA’s Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing list.
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.9 billion global provider of HR services. As one of the largest staffing organizations in the United States, Randstad provides temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent placement services each week to over 100,000 people through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.
Employing over 5,300 recruiting experts, the company is a top provider of outsourcing, staffing, consulting and projects and workforce solutions within the areas of Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Healthcare, Human Resources, IT, Legal, Manufacturing & Logistics, Office & Administration, Pharma and Sales & Marketing. Learn more at www.randstadusa.com and access Randstad’s panoramic U.S. thought leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of work.
Building the STEM workforce
As a global leader of human resources and staffing services, our organization provides human capital solutions to employers of all sizes across myriad industries in both metropolitan business hubs and local communities. Within every sector we serve, whether it be finance and accounting, manufacturing, IT, healthcare or others, the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging technologies critically impact our clients’ operational strategies and workforce readiness, and, by extension, the broader economic landscape.
At a minimum, every company needs professionals who can maintain and address ongoing STEM-related issues impacting everyday business. In the larger picture, STEM professions infuse the innovation, solutions and growth necessary for enterprises to create new products, deliver optimum services and remain competitive in their fields.
Within our own industry, disruptive technologies present new protocols for what essentially is a very human-touch profession: bringing people together to create successful employer/employee relationships. We see daily how U.S. businesses demand a strong STEM-talent pipeline, and Randstad is committed to infusing resources and investment dollars to cultivate both technology solutions and STEM talent that will help shape the world of work.
Addressing the STEM talent gap
As a provider of human resources solutions, we are acutely aware of the STEM talent gap and work closely with clients to implement compelling strategies to attract the limited pool of STEM candidates and engage and retain these valuable employees over the long term. To inform both our clients’ and our own talent strategies, we look at existing workforce trends, such as the high dropout rate of women in IT and how unconscious bias in recruiting and hiring diminishes the appeal of STEM careers for particular employee populations.
Additionally, we see how more traditional companies must create exceptional STEM talent strategies when going head-to-head with exciting, young start-ups or other organizations touting innovative cultures and dynamic work environments. Our teams therefore help employers assess their recruiting practices, employee engagement and employer brand so as to level the playing field when it comes to attracting candidates with the necessary technical skills.
Promoting STEM in schools
Of the many opportunities available to impact STEM education, Randstad currently focuses on a partnership with the nonprofit organization Nepris. The Nepris platform virtually connects working professionals to K-12 classrooms. These industry experts bring real-world relevance to curriculum topics and can provide the inspiration for students to pursue STEM subjects. The Nepris partnership is an excellent fit, as our vast network of STEM talent provides Nepris with access to the subject matter experts they need.
We have also conducted research targeting youth aged 11–17 to uncover what external influences impact their interest in studying STEM subjects or pursuing a STEM career. We plan to share this information with educational institutions and employers to help inform their STEM activities.
STEM and diversity
This is an interesting question because research shows tremendous opportunity in cultivating a diverse STEM workforce. What we observe, however, is that many companies have yet to fully embrace the potential of underrepresented populations on their workforce.
For example, the current discussion around gender-biased language in recruiting literature and job descriptions illuminates how even simple word choices can influence the applicant pool. Biased language, however, is only one reflection of a company or department’s true culture, and that true culture ultimately determines if diversity suffers or thrives. Companies effectively benefiting from a diverse workforce understand and adjust how they present themselves to all employees and reflect a commitment from senior leadership to embody a nonbiased environment.
Women Powering STEM
One of the fascinating aspects of being in a line of business tied directly to the evolving workplace is our ability to chronicle the STEM-related talent issues common to so many organizations. Recognizing and discussing these commonalities is a fundamental starting point for improved coordination between STEM stakeholders.
It was with this coordination in mind that Randstad last year piloted a Women Powering STEM network group. This forum meets periodically by conference call and allows executive women STEM leaders across the country to discuss subjects in confidence and glean best practices that support both their organizations’ STEM initiatives and their own careers. Participants represent disciplines across the STEM spectrum, and they have enthusiastically responded to this neutral communication platform and the ability to gain peer insight on common STEM issues.
Investing in the STEM ecosystem
We’ve realized strategic STEM investments through our global corporate venture fund, the Randstad Innovation Fund. We invest in human resources technologies to ensure innovative solutions, make processes more efficient and bring fresh answers to HR challenges.
We intend to build a portfolio of complementary minority investments with a focus on social sourcing, online platforms, virtual solutions, gamification and big data analytics. By capitalizing growth companies within the human resources technology space, we aim to create relationships in which Randstad’s expertise complements entrepreneurial spirit and technological excellence.
Additionally, we recently held our first digital showcase event that brings together employers and HR technology innovators to discuss and demonstrate disruptive technology solutions. We believe that by providing technology entrepreneurs access to our established business-to-business network, we reinforce the impact of our investment dollars by providing critical business development support.
Ultimately, our goal in participating in the STEM ecosystem is to help both employers and employees navigate and succeed in today’s dynamic and changing workplace.