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Eastridge Workforce Solutions

January 5, 2016

This week we sat down with Seth Stein, president of workforce recruitment at Eastridge Workforce Solutions, to discuss how Eastridge is helping companies refine their talent recruitment processes. With Eastridge's Talent Acquisition Assessment, companies can see how their recruitment and technology practices stack up against their peers, providing insight on how to improve and refine current hiring processes.

For more on talent, attend EDC’s study release event to see how San Diego stacks up against its peer metropolitan cities in talent attraction and retention on Jan. 14. Register here.

1) Please tell us what Eastridge Workforce Solutions does.

Backed by over 40 years of experience, Eastridge Workforce Solutions makes attracting and managing a skilled workforce easier. We develop strategic workforce management programs, innovative technology platforms, and comprehensive staffing solutions customized for your organization. As the success of an organization relies on its talent, businesses partner with Eastridge to solve their workforce needs and stay ahead of the competition.

2) Identify current obstacles companies face in hiring.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics November 2015 report showed the unemployment rate declined to 4.8 percent, the lowest level in seven years. Across the country, niche positions are becoming increasingly difficult to fill as candidates receive numerous compelling offers.

In the recently published Consumer Price Index Report, consumer confidence in the economy is the highest rate in eight years. Candidates are feeling more confident than ever that they can find a position that offers competitive compensation and career growth. With multiple offers, candidates are demanding higher pay—even for entry-level positions.

As San Diego has shifted to a more candidate-driven market, employers have to quickly revise their hiring strategy. In order to secure top candidates, organizations must have a well-defined recruitment process to ensure consistent and repeatable performance through the hiring life cycle. This measures effectiveness and sets a baseline for ongoing expectations.

Organizations that do not have efficient hiring processes, like quick turnaround time from interviews to offers, are subject to losing top candidates to their competitors. To help HR professionals assess hiring challenges in today’s labor market, Eastridge Workforce Solutions developed a Talent Acquisition Assessment to gather data from companies nationwide and learn more about their recruitment performance.

3) How does the Talent Acquisition Assessment enable companies to refine their current hiring processes?

The Talent Acquisition Assessment allows companies to gauge their current recruitment and technology practices against their peers, helping reveal problem areas that exist in current hiring, communication and technology methods.

Organizations that are aware of any gaps that exist in current recruitment processes are better able to secure top candidates and stay ahead of the competition in today’s labor market. Companies that have leading edge recruitment technology and proven talent acquisition practices can source, interview, and hire top candidates quicker. Sticking to outdated methods creates gaps in talent acquisition performance.

January 20, 2015


EDC’s January Economic Snapshot, released last week, showed positive growth trends for San Diego's economy. The region's unemployment rate is down 1.6 percentage points from October 2013, adding 36,600 jobs from the previous year.

It’s employers like Eastridge Workforce Solutions (formerly known as The Eastridge Group) that help support this job growth locally. In the next five years, they expect to nearly double in size- an indicator that San Diego's economy, and the companies that support it, are growing.

We spoke with Seth Stein, president of workforce recruitment, to learn more about Eastridge’s growth plans and how they support San Diego’s innovation ecosystem.

1) Tell us about Eastridge Workforce Solutions.

As we often say, our team doesn’t have many hobbies. That’s because we spend all of our time creating and delivering uncommon workforce solutions.

The competition for talent is intensifying, and the management of a cross-functional workforce is increasingly complex. By delivering leading edge, technology-enabled workforce solutions, we help our clients recruit, retain, and manage exceptional talent.

We make some of the most difficult parts of workforce recruitment and management easy. For example, our Vendor Management Solution (VMS) provides real-time analytics on requisitions and staffing supplier performance, while streamlining time entry, time approval, and onboarding. 

We’re also fanatical with our approach to customer service. For example, we recently unified our 20 different brands into one: Eastridge Workforce Solutions. This unified brand allows our customers to easily utilize our entire portfolio of products and services, designed to optimize their workforce.

2) What are some advantages doing business in San Diego?

Why Eastridge Chose San Diego

While we serve our clients and candidates globally, San Diego is home. 

We are fortunate to have a thriving talent pool, unique economic differentiators, and an unmatched quality of life. Talent: San Diego has the highest percentage of bachelor’s degree holders with a STEM degree, among major regional peers, enabling companies to compete and grow. Economics: San Diego is home to industry-leading life sciences, cybersecurity, defense and aerospace companies, creating a diverse and strong economy. Quality of Life: Education, diversity, tourism, and climate truly make San Diego America’s Finest City.

3) San Diego is full of dynamic companies, firms and service providers influencing global trends and innovation. Pick another San Diego company that is at the top of its game.

Dexcom, Inc., is what San Diego is all about – an innovative life sciences leader and high-tech manufacturer. Dexcom is a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of continuous glucose monitoring systems for use by people with diabetes. Having received FDA approval in 2006, they provide a system to conveniently manage diabetes to the 371 million people in the world impacted by the disease.

4) What do you anticipate for your company in five years?

The next five years will be the most innovative in our company’s history. In fact, we expect to more than double in size.

Our real-time analytics are giving companies the data they need to win the fierce competition for talent and to manage their internal resources more effectively. By automating traditionally labor-intensive functions, we are delivering resources at an unprecedented scale.

For example, last year alone, our Workforce Recruitment team helped a Fortune 50 company launch a new national team of 150 employees in 60 days.  Our Workforce Technology platform helped a global alternative energy company automate timekeeping and security while decreasing costs at utility grade solar sites across North America.  Our Workforce Management solutions helped one of the largest employers in San Diego increase both visibility and compliance in their workforce.

5) What do you anticipate for San Diego?

In the next five years, our region’s startup and innovation culture will continue to help companies thrive.  I am also confident we will continue to see an influx of young professionals moving to San Diego because it’s a great place to live, work and raise a family. It truly is a great time to be in San Diego.