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Addressing Immediate Hiring Needs Through Quiet Hiring




Hiring usually falls into three categories: backfilling roles, creating new ones, or addressing immediate needs. Quiet hiring is about that third category, even if it doesn’t technically involve any new hiring. 

The idea of this strategy is to prioritize the most crucial functions at a given time. With Gartner predicting “quiet hiring” as the top workforce trend for 2023, it’s important to know exactly what it is and how to use it appropriately within the organization. 

Quiet hiring is essentially when an organization gains new skills without having to hire a full-time employee. Sometimes, it means hiring short-term contractors or providing current employees with more responsibilities. This can mean moving employees around between departments, training them and hiring up, or simply taking on a heavier workload. 

Jason LaMonica, COO of staffing company Spec on the Job, weighs in on what quiet hiring would look like for blue-collar industries. “It’s about changing the narrative,” he says. “Instead of upskilling or promoting internal managers with no experience in the field, hire a contractor outside of your organization and train them before making a full-time committment. They know the industry and they know the field. With a little bit of training, they’ll get the job done right.”

According to LaMonica, hiring contractors provides a number of benefits for companies seeking to address immediate hiring needs while saving onboarding costs. These include streamlining hiring by saving time and resources on recruiting, onboarding faster and from a wider talent pool, and allowing the staffing company to handle compliance needs.

“Hiring contractors allows companies to fill talent gaps faster,” LaMonica says, “especially if they are staffing to address peaks or valleys in their business. Moreover, it provides companies with time to ensure that the new contractors are a good fit for their team as well as easier avenues to terminate their contract if they aren’t.”

The reality is, since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a labor shortage that continues to increase each year. Some argue that this is due to employers refusing to pay the appropriate wage to their employees. Others counter that, since there are more job openings than people, jobseekers are taking advantage to get a higher paying role. Regardless of why there’s a labor shortage, there still exists a need to quickly adapt to the rapidly evolving workforce. 

By hiring from outside the organization and providing the necessary training or schooling, companies will be able to increase retention, engagement, and productivity. “When companies work with trade schools or community colleges to provide additional training to its contractors, it provides those outsourced employees with something to look forward to,” LaMonica insists. “By offering clear paths for development that could eventually provide them with full-time employment, there’s a lower chance that they’ll seek another job that doesn’t offer advancement opportunities.”

“Whether or not we go into recession, everyone’s a little nervous,” concedes LaMonica. “Every employer still has financial goals to meet, and they can’t meet those goals if immediate hiring needs aren’t met.”

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the average cost per hire is $4,700 and it takes about 36-42 days to fill the position. In a potential recession, this is too much of an expense for any company, quiet hiring and upskilling current employees help reduce that cost. 

According to LinkedIn’s survey, “companies that excel at internal mobility retain employees for an average of 5.4 years, nearly twice as long as companies that struggle with it.” For companies looking to improve retention rates from the contractors they oursource, this is a significant number to consider when thinking about their hiring needs. 

“I’m passionate about building companies, growing teams, and having my work change the world,” LaMonica states. “As part of a staffing company dedicated to blue-collar industries, it’s important to know when recruitment costs outweigh hiring within the company.” Understanding this difference will help companies become recession-proof by increasing employee retention and lowering overhead costs. 

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The Perfect Investment: RAD Diversified and Income-Producing Farms




Amidst the global lockdown of 2020, Dutch Mendenhall, founder of RADD America, began looking for an alternative to standard residential real-estate investments. So, he turned his analysis to farms and was blown away by the immense potential he saw. After going public in late 2019, RADD America purchased US farmland and made slices of the real estate available at minimum investments of $10,000.

Income-producing farms vs. other real estate asset classes

According to Mendenhall, an apartment complex in today’s US real estate market commands approximately a 4% or 5% cap rate. Farms offer somewhere around a 15% to 20% cap rate.

“When I first began looking at investing in farms, I compared each acre to an apartment or housing unit,” Mendenhall recalls. “The variety that income-producing farms provide is what I really love about them as an opportunity. With one season producing wheat and corn the next, you can double tap — you can raise livestock on top of agriculture. Putting money into the farm only pays off in time. Everything from improving soil to increasing irrigation makes a major impact on potential income, and so much of America’s farmland has fallen into disrepair during the last 20 years.”

When Mendenhall began investing during the early days of the pandemic, sustainable acres of producing farmland sold anywhere from $3,500 to $5,000. Today, he finds that income-producing acres of farmland easily sell for $9,500 to $10,000.

“I’ve seen farmland values almost double during the last couple of years,” Mendenhall says. “Currently, we’re in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho, but we are analyzing land all over America. What reports don’t show is the difference between a properly maintained acre of farmland and an acre that is in disarray. There’s only so much workable farmland on the market today. We’ve hit the tipping point, and now, there’s a scarcity of land for people to buy. If you have the opportunity to purchase amazing agricultural land, you have to pull the trigger quickly.”

Income-producing farms as an asset class

Mendenhall is no stranger to investors. Since 2006, he’s connected them to deals in short sales, wholesaling, residential properties, and storage units, though he admits that every asset class has caused the same excitement as farmland. “At this point, we can’t find enough bargains for our investors,” he says. “They take real pride in their investments and keep asking us for more.”

RADD America takes a true grassroots approach when connecting its investors to farmland. “The farming world is different from any other in real estate,” explains Mendenhall. “We start by having our acquisitions and agricultural teams meet with farmers. When we get ready to brand cattle or plant, all the local farmers come and help. In the same spirit, our teams go out and help the local farmers when it’s their turn to brand and plant. To do it right, you have to build a relationship and a connection that’s quite different than other types of investing.”

RADD America is composed of expert investors and expert farmers. The company offers its investments through fractionalized ownership. In other words, the company purchases one farm and then allows a joint pool of investors to own it together. 

“If you don’t have a team that knows how to farm and maximize income, you’re not going to get the best possible return for investors,” warns Mendenhall. “Thankfully, our team isn’t so big for this type of investing that we forget who we are, and we have the economy to scale at a great pace.”

The impact of global competition on income-producing farm investments

RADD America closely monitors global trends. In Mendenhall’s experience, investors win when they move before the market. However, when they move after the market, they lose.

“When Russian first invaded and sparked its war with Ukraine, for example, we kept a close eye on its global impact,” he says. “As one of the largest producers of wheat in the world, we knew that Ukraine — now in the midst of a war — wasn’t going to be able to produce wheat at the same scale, so someone else needs to step in and fill the gap. We’re constantly monitoring what’s happening in the world to stay on top of evolving trends.”

In terms of global competition, Mendenhall is frustrated by foreign entities staking ownership of American farmland and agriculture. In this area, China has positioned itself as the number one threat to the sovereignty of the United States.

“When foreign powers have ownership of agricultural land in the US, it puts us all at risk as Americans,” remarks Mendenhall. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen soil quality erode, closures of meatpacking plants, and numerous fires. The likelihood of nuclear war in this age is very small. The quiet war of buying American agriculture and unsettling the American dollar is the threat we face today.”

Clearly, RADD America has a lot to pay attention to at home and abroad. “We’re monitoring weather patterns and making one-year, three-year, and five-year predictions,” Mendenhall explains. “We’re also paying close attention to interest rates to see where this shifting economy is headed. The up-and-down cycles are faster than they’ve ever been. Monitoring the industry is critical. With expert investors and agricultural specialists from RADD America on your team, farmland can be one of your most promising and rewarding investment opportunities.”

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