New Manpower Blog Focuses on Contemporary World of Work (and Sometimes On Cute Dogs)

iPod buff and life-long learner draws on experience and passions to discuss evolving workplace at

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Manpower’s newest blog, Contemporary Working, by 26-year Manpower veteran and Vice President of World of Work Solutions, Melanie Holmes, guides employers and employees through today’s workplace with a blend of curiosity, a deep understanding of the issues and an openness to fresh thinking.


We know there are concerns about the big issues like the 43 percent of the population that could pack up their bags for retirement in the next decade,” Holmes said. “But, people are also looking for quick answers to personal questions, such as how to dress for a second interview or politely decline a business dinner invitation.”

The blog, found at, serves as an open forum to facilitate an exchange of ideas on tips, tools and topics as diverse as the workplace itself. Frequent topics include the aging workforce, the looming talent crunch, working women, work-life balance, workplace diversity of all kinds, professional etiquette and more.

Melanie’s posts are inspired by a multitude of sources, some of which incorporate current events, Manpower research, what she is watching on TV or listening to on her iPod, and even her two dogs: Wilson, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Hannah, a yellow Lab.

Holmes, who began her career as a temporary employee at Manpower in 1982 and earned a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management at age 55, draws on her extensive background to create a learning environment for all workers.

“I have been fortunate to learn many things from great people over the years,” Holmes said. “I’m looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas with visitors to the blog.”

Contemporary Working is Manpower’s second venture into the blogosphere. In August 2007, Chief Legal Officer and resident comedian at Manpower North America, Mark Toth, launched the Employment Law Blawg: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Employment Law (But Didn’t Want To Pay A Lawyer To Ask), available at

About Manpower Inc.

Manpower Inc. is a world leader in the employment services industry; creating and delivering services that enable its clients to win in the changing world of work. The $18 billion company offers employers a range of services for the entire employment and business cycle including permanent, temporary and contract recruitment; employee assessment and selection; training; outplacement; outsourcing and consulting.

Manpower’s worldwide network of 4,400 offices in 78 countries and territories enables the company to meet the needs of its 400,000 clients per year, including small and medium size enterprises in all industry sectors, as well as the world’s largest multinational corporations. The focus of Manpower’s work is on raising productivity through improved quality, efficiency and cost-reduction across their total workforce, enabling clients to concentrate on their core business activities. Manpower Inc. operates under five brands: Manpower, Manpower Professional, Elan, Jefferson Wells and Right Management. More information on Manpower Inc. is available at