I like (because I agree with it!) the way the Urban Dictionary defines family

“A group of people, usually of the same blood (but do not have to be), who genuinely love, trust, care about, and look out for each other. Not to be mistaken with relatives sharing the same household who hate each other. REAL family is a bond that cannot be broken by any means.”

It fits in well with my definition of family as I strongly believe family is more than just those related to you by blood. That is what we, at Beeline, mean when we use the term as well. Our family consists of our clients, partners, prospects, colleagues, and analysts (like Staffing Industry Analysts) that we engage with every day. These different people are the branches of our family tree.

Last week’s CWS Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy events in Dallas were great in many ways. It’s always good to see the passion everyone there has for the importance of managing the contingent workforce, to hear great new ideas, and to learn of client and partner successes. This year’s conferences were no different and the Beeline team and I were glad to sit down and talk to you about hot topics like self-sourcing and talent pools, resource tracking, and services procurement (just to name a few). However, my lasting impression of this year’s CWS and GigE events is one of the importance of family as I defined it above.

  • The members of the Beeline team who we evacuated, along with their partners and kids, to Dallas so that they could participate in the event
  • The 20 or so people who met up with us at 5:45 am on the 16th anniversary of the horrific events of September 11th for a silent memorial run
  • The robust and fun panel discussion (because discussions with family often fit that description!) we had on the importance of resource tracking with clients from Farmers Insurance and State Street Bank
  • Bringing together more than 350 people – from all the branches of our family – to a night of fun, competition, and fellowship at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys (who, I would be remiss to point out, were thoroughly thrashed by my Denver Broncos on Sunday!)
  • Conversations in the Beeline booth over bourbon-spiked ice cream about the successes and challenges our newest clients have post-implementation
Those are just a few of the memories I’ll be putting in my Beeline family scrapbook. If you’re already a member of the Beeline family, thank you for your part in it. If you’d like to learn more, please reach out.
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