Keeping Up with Changing Workforce Opportunities with Mika Cross

By Kelly Barner | May 1, 2024

While most people hungered for a return to ‘normal’ after the pandemic shut downs, many of the workforce trends that companies experimented with offer lasting lessons and value. From flexible work schedules to innovative sources of talent, the opportunities for hiring managers and prospective employees are as diverse as the roles that need to be filled.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Mika Cross. Mika is a U.S. Army Veteran and a workforce futurist. She was focused on distributed team workforce requirements two decades before the world went home to work in 2020 – in the aftermath of 9/11 – and continues to follow the associated trends today.


In this interview, Mika shares her expertise at the intersection of workforce requirements, distributed talent, and company culture:

  • Some of the ‘diverse’ categories of people that employers might want to know more about and include in their workforce
  • The lurking danger of ‘good intentions.’
  • How taking an expanded view of talent sources and work arrangements can help employers, individuals, and communities
  • Considerations around company culture that managers should be aware of as the shape and style of their workforce changes


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