April 2011

In This Issue

The Hidden Risks in Sourcing Temporary Talent

The old saying goes “To win, you have to risk losing,” but how much can you risk when it comes to recruiting temporary talent? Contingent talent recruitment and management is risky business, which begs an important question: How do you minimize recruitment and hiring risks when performance, intellectual property, customer loyalty and profits are on the line? Read more.

Latest News & Events

Webinar: The Impact of Social Media on Workplace Learning

Join CARA’s Jane Ehrenstrom as she hosts a webinar on social media and how it’s impacting workplace learning today. This webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will discuss the results of CARA’s recent social media and informal learning survey while examining how businesses can put social media to good informal learning use. REGISTER TODAY!

Team Spotlight

Meet Erica Walker!

Our dynamic new team member Erica Walker describes her role as CARA’s Super Supporter of Recruiters and Benefits Administration Juggler. Get to know Erica and why our recruiting team wouldn’t want to go a minute, much less a day without her. Meet Erica.

Case Study

A Training Solution for Risk Management

An inconsistent risk management approach is a risk in and of itself. This is why a global pharmaceutical client turned to CARA’s learning consultants. Determined to streamline its risk management practices, the company brought in CARA to build and execute a comprehensive, sustainable risk management training strategy and program. Learn more.

The Blog File

Over-Teaching, Overwhelming & Other Training Mistakes You Might Be Making

As someone with a decades-long career in learning, I am a very big fan of “Ah-ha” moments. This March, I attended a seminar on informal learning with learning expert Bob Mosher, formerly the Director of Learning and Learning Evangelist at Microsoft, and the “Ah-ha” moments came fast and frequently. Read more.

CARA Kudos

“We go to CARA because of the outstanding quality, character and demeanor of their consultants. Whenever we have looked at multiple suppliers, the CARA team always delivers training experts with the highest qualifications.”

Antonia Fico, Director, Associate Performance Solutions at U.S. Cellular


Welcome to the Spring 2011
Issue of Eolas!

There’s nothing like a turbulent economy to spur innovation and fuel change. Consider Amazon. Thanks to strategic expansions in its product offerings in digital music and the Kindle, most notably, and drastic cuts to delivery time, Amazon saw impressive profits during the recession. They’ve built upon that success in the recovery and continue to expand. On a more personal level, who among us doesn’t have friends who have had to reinvent their careers—become entrepreneurs, return to school, or try a consulting gig—in order to find work in a challenging job market? Transformation is an appropriate theme for this Spring edition of Eolas.

As you will learn, we at CARA are also taking advantage of today’s atmosphere of change. To better serve our growing client base, we have expanded our geographical reach and opened a new office in Brookfield, WI. We are focused on helping both our clients and our consultants succeed during this dynamic period. We recently conducted an internal survey of our consultants to assess motivation and potential development needs so we can continue to meet the needs of our clients.

Given the emphasis on change in the market across organizations and the globe, we are conducting a change management poll of our clients in this issue. We invite you to participate. The survey results and best practices from across our network of clients and partners will be shared in the next issue of Eolas.

In the month ahead, CARA is participating in the Southeast Wisconsin Learning Leaders Conference on May 10 at the Harley Davidson Museum. We will also sponsor an event for the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of ASTD (SEWI-ASTD) by participating in the May 17 conference workshop, “10 Steps to Successful Project Management,” in Fond du Lac, WI. Further embracing change, CARA is expanding our event participation into vertical arenas as a first-time sponsor of the Chicago Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA-Chicago). HBA-Chicago is hosting “The Labyrinth of Leadership” on May 19 at the Westin in Wheeling, IL.

In addition to the updates provided, there are several articles and resources for you to review in this issue of Eolas. I want to encourage you to save a little extra time for our feature article, “The Hidden Risks in Sourcing Temporary Talent.” It explores the challenges facing every business that employs contingent workers. CARA has our clients’ backs on this topic every day. That’s one thing you can be sure will never change at CARA, no matter what the economy throws our way.


Jane Ehrenstrom
Senior Vice President of The CARA Group, Inc.

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