Author: M3 Placement

Attracting and Retaining Engaged, Productive Talent: A New Model for a New Normal


Attracting and Retaining Engaged, Productive Talent: A New Model for a New Normal

It’s increasingly evident that traditional approaches to talent acquisition and retention are no longer relevant or effective. Yet, the new playbook is still being written. It’s never easy to fly the plane while you’re building it, but in times like these it’s a necessity.

What does it all mean for CEOs, COOs, CHROs, and other business leaders?

It means there is a pressing need to adopt a new model for talent acquisition, retention, and engagement—one that is purpose-built for the current environment. This white paper outlines the key drivers of change in the talent space and lays out a proven model for approaching talent in a way that ensures long-term, sustainable success for organizations and the individuals they employ.

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A New Model for a New Normal

The work environment and everything it encompasses has forever changed, altered by forces like the pandemic, a volatile economic landscape, civil unrest, and a heightened emphasis on values like diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s clear the concept of a new normal doesn’t begin to describe the seismic shifts shaping organizations today. But what is much less clear is how to navigate the changes, overcome the challenges, and continue to attract and retain talent that will bolster an engaged and productive workforce.

Authors Mary Malone McCarthy, Anne Rush, and Donna Hughes, share insights in this white paper on how organizations can adapt and put in place sustainable, real solutions for attracting and retaining talent. 


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M3 Welcomes Jackie Walters as Director of Operations

M3 is pleased to welcome Jackie Walters to the role of Director of Operations. Jackie will lead the effort in supporting the company’s rapid growth, while caring for clients, the team, and the M3 brand.     

“I’m honored and proud to join M3” said Walters.  “Mary Malone and the M3 team have done an amazing job growing the business and staying true to their mission of finding the best talent for the organizations they work with.  I’m excited to start this next chapter of my career and look forward to working with the team to continue making a positive impact on people and organizations in our community.”  

“A highly respected collaborator and community leader, Jackie has proven expertise in establishing strong relationships and managing growth” said Mary Malone McCarthy, Founder and CEO of M3 Placement and Partnership.  “As M3 continues to expand we understood the importance of building our leadership team to assure we continue delivering a high touch and exceptional client experience.  Jackie’s experience combined with a determination to excel in our industry was a perfect fit and we are thrilled to welcome her to the M3 team.”

Jackie most recently served as the Director of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce where she was a driver of growth through increased memberships and exposure, and managed all operations, logistics, and networking for the organization.  An innovator of new programs and initiatives, she is uniquely experienced in understanding the fundamental needs of business owners while wearing multiple hats as a high-level administrator.  She is a graduate of Clarkson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, and held various engineering roles before serving as Chamber Director.  She and her family live in Clinton, NY. 

How the Right Outsourced Recruiting Solution Can Yield a High ROI


How the Right Outsourced Recruiting Solution Can Yield a High ROI

If you’re wondering how an outsourced recruitment process model works and how to determine the return on investment (ROI), this guide can help. 

This Guide includes:

  • practical information on what the outsourced recruitment model involves
  • why more companies are adopting it
  • the advantages it can provide
  • how to evaluate the ROI of this approach

Finding and retaining the talent you need to achieve your business goals has never been more challenging.

It’s tougher than ever to recruit and keep the kind of employees who can drive your business forward, enabling you to grow and thrive. That’s why many organizations turn to outsourced recruitment, which is often called RPO (recruitment process outsourcing). 

The key is finding an RPO partner that will become immersed in your business versus taking a transactional approach to “filling jobs.”

About M3 Placement & Partnership

Over the past 10 years we have researched emerging patterns and trends in talent acquisition, employee engagement, and internal human resources processes to deliver an end-to-end approach that ensures long term success. From culture and coaching to placement and performance, our services improve every aspect of the experience.

“The M3 team has spent so much time with us- finding out what’s important to us and our culture- in order to find us new talent. They use their expertise to guide and advise us to make great business and talent decisions, which allows us to take our organization to the next level. The team has a down to earth, authentic communication style and they have blended so well with our TA group that we truly think of them as an extension of our team. They are genuinely good people who put their customers and clients first and make sure you really are taken care of. It’s a pleasure to work with such a people driven organization.”

Amanda Monthie | Plug Power


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Mental Wellness ebook


At M3 Placement and Partnership, we believe in helping our clients from the inside out.

How do we do that? Start with people.

We are incredibly passionate about people, and the work that can be done in the workplace to be able to support individuals and their families. We help clients to change and grow their organization to meet their employees where they are in life. The result? Employees have confidence that their employer cares, and employers see more engaged, focused employees who are mutually invested in growing their business.

Starting the Conversation:

Start Simple:
In a time where people are so emotionally charged by many personal stressors like the health and safety of their families, their financial futures, the state of our world…the list goes on. A personal “check in” asking, ‘how are you doing?’ and ‘is there a way I can help?’,  goes a long way and will make a meaningful difference in the lives of your employees.

4 easy steps to start the conversation:

Step 1: Talk about it. Have a workplace culture where people feel safe to discuss mental wellness. Create an environment free of stigma where employees can talk openly about mental health, and do it regularly by finding what works for your business.

Step 2: Take the temperature by engaging an expert to facilitate and open up the conversation on mental health. Need help finding someone? Consult with your local Chamber of Commerce for a listing of mental health professionals in your area.

Step 3: Engage leaders to be authentic and lead with compassion. Now more than ever, emotional intelligence is being called upon. If you’re not even in that arena, start with Verb who offers plug and play collections on topics like emotional intelligence, mindfulness, conscious management and more.

Step 4: Give access to help by offering some simple, accessible solutions like online therapy through Lyra or meditation through Headspace. Don’t stress about implementing a major program or campaign, just let your employees know what your plan is to support them!

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Mary Malone McCarthy || President and CEO, M3 Placement and Partnership

We have a responsibility as servant leaders and as organizations to give people the tools and to open that conversation to let people know that there’s a place to go that they can feel safe. 

Ready for the next steps?

Let us help you develop a holistic mental wellness approach. Download our FREE Mental Wellness eBook! Start Here: Mental Health in the Workplace eBook


People are the foundation of guiding where your business goes.

What is the current, most significant issue facing people and organizations globally? Mental Wellness.

Now more than ever, business leaders are taking a truly holistic approach, much different than you would see in the past. They are taking the lead to foster an environment of taking care of their employees by offering support for overall wellness, including mental health.


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Moments with M3: The Leadership Podcast with Mary Malone McCarthy



Moments with M3: The Leadership Podcast with Mary Malone McCarthy

Mary Malone believes that leaders have the opportunity and responsibility to impact and inspire others to greatness. With a conscious capitalism foundation, she talks with leaders on how to lead purpose driven lives, build organizations that inspire greatness and excel at impacting others. The podcast aims to motivate existing and aspiring leaders to grow with purpose and impact.


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Paul T Moskowitz || Senior Consultant

Paul Moskowitz served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Sysco Corporation from 2011 to 2021. Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products and supplies to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. In this role, Paul had executive leadership responsibility for Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility, Internal and External Communications, Corporate Philanthropy and Government Relations.

Paul began his career with Towers Perrin in compensation consulting. After serving in various compensation, benefits, and staffing roles for two premier casual dining companies, Brinker International and Darden Restaurants, he joined PepsiCo Food Systems as director for global human resources.

After the spin-off of Tricon Global Restaurants (now Yum! Brands) from PepsiCo, Paul led international human resources for the Caribbean and Latin America franchise support business unit.  He was promoted to vice president, field human resources and training at Pizza Hut USA (a division of Yum! Brands), and then became chief people officer at Pizza Hut USA.   Paul also served as chief human resources officer for Dean Foods Company, the largest dairy processing company in the US.

Paul earned a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rice University. 

Employee Expectations are Changing. Is your Organization Prepared?

COVID-19 has redefined the workplace. Many companies are doubling down on their efforts to adapt and support the changing needs and expectations as the workplace environment continues to evolve.  From hybrid and remote work expectations, to work-life balance, employees and leaders alike have all been fast at work learning what strategies are successful in embracing the changes in today’s working world for success in business.

Nearly 25% of American Workers are planning on looking for a new job once the pandemic is over.  53% say they would switch to an entirely new industry if they could retrain.  What is behind the shift? Top reasons include compensation, work-life balance and limited growth opportunities.  It’s crucial for leaders to remain at the forefront of the changes to continue to attract, retain, and support their top talent.

What can companies do to stay on top of all of these changes?

Listen.  Fully understand the needs, challenges, and desires of team members in order to evaluate the culture.  One on one interviews and peer focus groups are particularly helpful in drawing out themes that cannot be identified by a leader within a company.  Individuals tend to be more open to trusted third party advisors.  Once themes have been identified, they turn into opportunities!

Support.  Training, Development and Coaching are all critical in enhancing personal and professional satisfaction.  That translates into retention.  Turnover is costly, so if support is given on an ongoing basis, your organization is positioned for growth and success.

Strengthen.  Use information, insights and findings to continue to evolve and grow.  Establish processes to take advantage of the opportunities uncovered in the listening stage.  When processes are strong, confidence is high as everyone understands what to expect.

Do you have an expert to guide you through these changes?  Partner with M3 for a program that strengthens your business to thrive in a post-pandemic world. M3 takes a customized approach to address the work environment, policies and dynamics of your organization.  The Workplace Experience Program will equip your leaders with skills that are in demand as employee expectations continue to evolve. Reach out at for program details.

M3 Welcomes New Team Member, Riley Anger

We are pleased to welcome our newest team member, Riley Anger, to the role of Talent Acquisition Associate. Riley comes with a great deal of experience and knowledge from her previous role as Talent Acquisition Specialist with Eklego Workforce Solutions.  In her position at M3, Riley will focus on building and maintaining relationships with clients and coordinating talent placements.  Riley was drawn to M3 after hearing about M3’s mission to change lives.  “It is obvious that M3 partners with great, like minded, community serving organizations, and provides them with excellent care and customer service” said Riley, “and I am looking forward to now being a part of that effort.”  Adding Riley to the team will support M3’s rapid growth and accommodate a number of new business efforts.

Outside of M3, Riley is a talented photographer (check out Riley Justine Photography on Instagram), an experienced barista, and loves to travel.  She also loves to spend time with her rescue pup, Winslow.

Riley we are so glad you are here, the future is bright indeed and we and are excited to see you grow with M3!

Reimagining the Future of the Workplace

Just over one year ago today our personal and professional lives changed forever. Over 500,000 lives have been lost, some businesses prospered while others have been in complete despair.  One commonality among businesses showing resilience through these times is the determination and perseverance to adapt in the circumstances.

M3 Placement and Partnership is pleased to announce a virtual panel event on May 6th, 2021 – Reimagining the Future of the Workplace.  Be a part of the conversation with thought leaders and HR professionals as we focus on solutions for the “new normal” working environment.

Join us on May 6th from 1-3pm EST.  Register here:

Virtual Open Career Fair

Join us Wednesday April 14th, 2021 from 1-3pm EST for a Virtual Open Career Fair. M3 Placement & Partnership invites you to explore an
Associate Financial Advisor career opportunity with our client, Strategic Financial Services. Come find out more about a great opportunity by signing up below. Open interviews will be held using Zoom. Please complete the form below to participate in interviews. A member of our hiring team will connect with you on details for attending.

To join Zoom Meeting Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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