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“Double Shot” of Low Unemployment and Rising Wages Tests Workforce Plans

Sep 19, 2018 2:14:11 PM

Unemployment remains low and the rate is about as stable as it can be for this often-volatile metric. A byproduct of broad employment, wages tend to rise as competition for finite labor capacity drives pay rates higher. This double shot of good news for workers spells challenge for employers and their workforce management plans. Here’s the latest data followed by some recommendations for hiring organizations seeking to mitigate these challenges.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Strategic sourcing.

How the Hiring Process Can Grow or Shrink the Bottom Line

Sep 13, 2018 12:01:05 PM

Most businesses pour significant time, money, and resources into ensuring their images are polished properly in the eyes of their customers and target consumers. They spend millions on advertising, focus groups, marketing and analysis to try and glean how their operations are perceived in the market and how perception among the target market positively or negatively effects their bottom line. Any public-facing activity on the part of a business that drives customers away is quickly remediated. But, did you ever wonder how many companies regard their hiring processes as a marketing opportunity or as having the potential to damage their brand?

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Workforce Management

Four Ways to Become an “A+” Customer to Your Suppliers

Sep 6, 2018 3:52:07 PM

With unemployment rates at the lowest mark this century, everyone is eager for strategies from HR to attract and acquire talent. Yet for contingent workforce programs, this means strategies involving the staffing suppliers that comprise the talent supply chain. Success will depend on ensuring your suppliers can attract the talent your organization needs. In pursuit of that success, here are four ways to become an “A” customer to your suppliers and ensure your contingent talent supply chain is effective in delivering top talent.

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Topics: Blog, Supplier Management

Pullman, Uber, and the History of Labor Day

Aug 29, 2018 2:32:41 PM

From the files marked, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” we observe Labor Day this year with remembrance of the Pullman Railcar Strike of 1894 whose events led to the formalization of Labor Day as a federal holiday. We’ll then examine the cyclical nature of things and how prevailing labor practices of that time resemble those of today’s Gig Economy.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

Why do Companies Partner with Employer of Record Firms?

Aug 22, 2018 2:28:51 PM

Have you ever wondered why companies partner with EOR firms to payroll pre-identified candidates? It’s all about the cost savings, efficiency and expertise an EOR firm can provide to organizations to help them save time and money.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, EOR Services, Cost savings, Workforce Management

The Dynamics Behind a Successful Multi-Generational Workforce

Aug 17, 2018 1:00:12 PM

 

We’ve all seen them. Articles on social media sites, blogs, newspapers and magazines talking about lazy, entitled Millennial's. Or the ones about greedy Boomers warping the natural progression of the labor force, staying too long in the career market despite having the wherewithal to retire. There’s also no shortage of articles blasting Gen Xers, and other generational groups. However, if you’re looking to build and manage a successful, modern contingent workforce, you’re better off instead focusing on understanding the differences and motivators attributable to various generational attitudes. Here are a few things to consider about each generation that can help in your pursuit of more effective workforce management practices.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

Latest in Uber Litigation Saga Underscores the Value of Workforce Management Solutions

Aug 8, 2018 11:14:16 AM

 

One of these days, there will be a definitive higher court ruling on whether Uber must treat its drivers as employees or independent contractors. At that time, the precedent will be firmly established regarding whether Uber drivers should be considered “employees” or “contractors.” The latest chapter in the ongoing saga of Uber and drivers seeking redress for what they claim are abuses of worker classification regulations played out in a New York State courtroom recently. Here’s what the latest ruling means and some possible ramifications of the ruling.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Compliance Services, EOR Services, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

M&A Activity and Market Gyrations Force Focus on Staffing Supplier Readiness

Aug 3, 2018 2:57:05 PM

How well can your existing supplier base scale with your business, particularly should your company be involved in a merger or acquisition? While your organization may not currently be an M&A target, the chances it may soon become one are increasing at precisely the same time as the staffing supply industry is experiencing a fragmentation into so many highly specialized but smaller provider organizations. If M&A action is initiated within your organization, or even simply in response to market fluctuations made more likely by the expanding trade war, we ask, “how well equipped is your supplier base to flex and ramp up to meet the challenge?”

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Workforce Management, Supplier Management