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The Blended Workforce and the Staffing Challenges it Brings

Sunil Bagai has created a new model for recruitment, which is being tapped successfully by large tech companies

Premiers on May 26 2015
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Between 2009 and 2012, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of temporary employees rose by 29%. A survey of the 200 largest companies found that temporary workers represented, on average, 22% of their workforce, and that percentage is growing. According to a study conducted by Intuit by 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, That's more than 60 million people.

Welcome to a Big Picture Channel podcast on TotalPicture. I'm Peter Clayton. Joining me today to discuss this trend and its implications is Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sunil Bagai, who, In 2012, founded Zenith Talent, introducing a new Crowdstaffing model with profit sharing for recruiters.

Stay tuned. Our interview with Sunil Bagai will air Tuesday May 26

Doing Business in Asia

Singapore based entrepreneur Callum Laing provides an in-depth look at business opportunities in Asia Pacific

Premiers on May 28 2015
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Callum Laing is a 13 year veteran of doing business in Asia. He has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen companies in a range of industries across two continents.

He is the owner of Fitness-Buffet, a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 11 countries and he is also the CEO of Entrevo Asia, "a company that runs 40 week Growth Accelerator programs allowing executives and business owners to become a 'Key Person of Influence' in their industry; a company whose vision is a world full of entrepreneurial people solving meaningful problems."

He regularly writes and speaks on topics related to business.

Questions Peter Clayton asks Callum Laing:

Callum, thanks for joining us for a Big Picture Channel podcast on TotalPicture, give us your backstory. How did you end up in Singapore?

Tell us about Entrevo

You also own a business called Fitness-Buffet. What service or product do you provide?

Obviously, doing business in Asia is very different from other parts of the world, and when you speak about Asia or Asia Pacific, you're covering a lot of territory. So first, give us an overview of current trends and opportunities in the region.

What regions or countries welcome foreign investment? Where is it easiest to get started?

Continuing on that same path, where can you find a highly skilled and educated workforce?

From a business context, are there cultural similarities between say China and Singapore, or Hong Kong and Japan?

If I'm an entrepreneur interested in doing business in Asia, what would you advise?

What if I'm interested in working in Asia? How easy is it to obtain a work permit? What countries are most welcoming to skilled foreign workers?

I've often been told by recruiters that you need to use a much different approach to recruiting when hiring in Asia. Can you give us an overview of how recruiting is done? And again I asume there are different approaches one needs to take in Japan vs say, Viet Nam.

You recently published an infographic called Asia Snapshot. Here's one stat that might surprise people: The number of Chinese women in senior management positions has recently doubled, with 51% of those jobs held by females, making China a standout in Asia. Tell us more...

Talk to us about VC funding in Asia.

You highlight Singapore as "one of the best places to do business. What makes it so?

Talk to us about mobile. According to your infographic, Asian countries have the highest rate of internet users who go online exclusively using a smartphone.

What's the best piece of advice you ever received?

Stay tuned... Our exclusive vodcast with Callum Laing will air May 28th!

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