The Small Business Advocate Show, Podcast

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently a guest on The Small Business Advocate Show with Jim Blasingame. Check out the links below to listen to each topic.

How artificial intelligence is being used in the hiring process
“Rob Wilson joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the AI tools and practices that are now available to make the hiring process more effective and successful.”

How small businesses will use AI in the future to hire
“Rob Wilson joins Jim Blasingame to report on the artificial intelligence innovations that are going to increasingly empower small businesses to be more effective finding and hiring new employees.”

For more on these topics, contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

(Article) “How employers can prepare for active shooters by addressing workplace violence overall”

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently quoted in an article for HR Dive:

Police CarAside from understanding the zero-tolerance expectation, employees also need to know what to do when violence occurs in the workplace. “What are your emergency guidelines? You’ve got an employee handbook. You probably have fire drills, tornado drills — what happens in that type of emergency?” Employco USA President and Employment Expert Rob Wilson said. And what happens when someone fires a gun in the workplace, he asked: “What are your security protocols? Where do people go? Who contacts emergency services?”

Employers need to think through all of these scenarios and define protocols. Employees should be able to access any emergency response guidelines in their employee handbook, but Wilson encouraged leaders to go further. “As a management team, you should dig deeper and have a bigger process,” he said. When violence erupts in the workplace, no one will look in the handbook before making a move, he pointed out. “It’s good to have that, but you really have to have it prepared so as a management team you start with that process.”

Follow the link to read more:

HR Dive

For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

(Article) “By 2030, 20 Million Workers Will Lose their Jobs to Robots”

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently quoted in an article for the Veterans News Report’s online journal VNR:

Robot Worker“As machines become cheaper to build and artificial intelligence technology becomes more comprehensive and affordable, many industries are going to become robot-centric,” says Rob Wilson, expert in the field. “Just look at the automotive industry: Starting in the 1980s, companies were spending billions of dollars to create robots to perform basic tasks in their automobile factories. Now, 43 percent of the world’s robots are used by the automotive industry. We should expect to see a similar trend in manufacturing as well, although the good news is that robots create jobs in some fields even as they take them away in others.”

Wilson cautions that battles over minimum wage could increase the application of artificial intelligence in some industries, especially as it relates to entry-level, unskilled work.

“Findings show that fast-food workers could be at serious risk of losing their jobs to robots in the next several years. One study found that each new robot added per 1,000 workers causes wages to drop in the surrounding area by around 0.25 and 0.5 percent,” says Wilson. “We can clearly see that in specific industries, the impact of automation can not only impact job numbers, but also a worker’s wages.”

Follow the link to read more:

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For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

(Article) “How AI Is Transforming HR With More Sophisticated, Less Biased Recruiting”

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently quoted in an article for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital publication CO:

How AI Is Transforming HR With More Sophisticated, Less Biased Recruiting“Artificial intelligence is driven by algorithms — sets of rules based in part on historical data that computers use to guide decisions. For example, if history shows that employees possessing specific traits have proven successful in a given job role, AI algorithms rank highly applicants with those same attributes.

While AI automates mundane tasks, it’s the greater power of AI that gives HR pause. Employers know they are prohibited from asking applicants about marital status and religion, but if AI teases out that information indirectly, without consent, companies run the risk of violating discrimination laws.

“There are still a lot of bugs. One bug is discrimination. There are examples where women and older applicants have been weeded out,” said Rob Wilson, president, Employco USA, an HR outsourcer.”

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CO by U.S. Chamber of Commerce

For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

Crain’s List of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies

Employco USA took the 137th spot on the Crain’s List of “Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies” with $392.6 million in revenue for 2018, up 18.3% from 2017.

Crain's List 2018

Employco was also recognized on the “Local Employers” (#2) and “Largest Employers” (#8) charts with 7,778 local employees and 13,310 total full-time employees, respectively.

Crain's List 2018

For more on this topic, please contact Rob Wilson at rwilson@thewilsoncompanies.com.

Employco in the News

Rob Wilson, President of Employco USA, was recently featured in a number of articles as well as a radio interview, follow the links below to read more:

WLS Radio Chicago
Rob was interviewed by John Howell, of WLS Radio 890 in Chicago, last Thursday regarding the financial impact of the polar vortex.

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KELO AM/FM
Rob was also quoted in an article for KELO AM/FM on the same topic: The big cold snap will cost the United States billions of dollars

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Jim Fannin Show: Scaling the Wall of Scrutiny

Rob was recently a guest on Jim Fannin’s weekly podcast, The Jim Fannin Show:

“This episode of the Jim Fannin Show spotlights the mindset required to reach the formidable apex of peak performance in the most competitive situations, conditions and circumstances.  Reaching your ultimate dream or vision is NOT easy.  However, I look forward to providing a Sherpa’s take on the ins and outs of success mountain climbing.

This week you’ll learn:

  • How special guest and HR expert Rob Wilson of Employco USA prepares companies and their employees for a great 2019 (for a free HR consultation email Rob at robwilson@employco.com).”

Read more and follow the link to listen below:

Jim Fannin Show