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The Financial Costs of Increasing Worker Pay

Oct 18, 2018 1:30:33 PM

 

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

ASA's 50-State Data Aides in Selecting Locations for Contingent Operations

Oct 12, 2018 3:20:25 PM

 

Deciding where to set up operations for a contingent workforce can be a daunting challenge. In today’s highly competitive environment, it may not always make sense to situate your contingent workforce in the same locale as its full-time counterpart. The ease with which many types of work can be done by remote or electronically makes it easier than ever to locate your contract workforce wherever it is determined to be most effective in terms of cost and accessibility of talent. Here are some broad considerations regarding where to elect to deploy any new offices or facilities intended to be staffed with contingent labor.

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Cost avoidance, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Remaining Relevant, Sourcing Millennial Talent for Healthcare Roles

Sep 25, 2018 1:49:40 PM

The good news is the once acute shortage of nurses plaguing the healthcare field has been mitigated thanks to the record numbers of Millennial generation men and women electing to embrace nursing as a career. The bad news (for workforce planners tasked with recruiting talent into healthcare organizations at least) is that the game has changed significantly regarding how to effectively tap source and retain these critical assets. What’s changed and how can you harness the new paradigm if you’re in charge of attracting fresh talent to healthcare organizations?

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

“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, Strategic sourcing., Workforce Management, Best Practices

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, Workforce Management, Best Practices

Truth in Advertising: Tips for Properly Vetting New Staffing Suppliers

Jul 13, 2018 12:24:20 PM

When program managers are in the process of vetting new staffing suppliers to serve a contingent workforce program, there are several critical components they must pay careful attention to. Today, every supplier seems to offer a “we can do anything” support model, but it’s critical to dig a little deeper and ask the right questions to gain the foundation for a successful partnership. Here are some tips based on decades of experience in vetting staffing companies for our client MSP programs.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, MSP/VMS, Supplier Management

When is Vendor Neutral Really Neutral?

May 22, 2018 10:48:59 AM

The term “vendor neutral” is bandied about frequently in the design phase of a managed services program (MSP). The idea being that instead of a prime vendor model wherein one “prime” staffing vendor is engaged to fill all requisitions at pre-negotiated rates, requisitions are instead issued to an array of participating suppliers who issue competitive bids for each position. In theory, a vendor-neutral MSP model is quite successful at keeping bill rates competitive. Yet, in some cases, the neutrality of the MSP may not be as egalitarian as one may think. Here’s some inside information that can help a hiring organization ensure they’re being afforded true neutrality.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Supplier Management, Best Practices

Without Procurement/HR Collaboration, Higher Ed Misses Cost Savings and Faster Fulfillment

May 17, 2018 4:13:43 PM

My team and I derived many valuable insights from attending a recent event focusing on procurement trends in higher education. We learned a great deal about the dynamics surrounding contingent workforce management challenges facing the higher education industry. This blog focuses on the struggles with procurement of contingent labor and some potential solutions we developed after careful consideration of the dynamics in play.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Human Resources, Procurement, Higher Education