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Co-Employment: The Good, the Bad and the Reality

Jan 25, 2019 1:43:52 PM

 

There is a widely held misconception among workforce managers that co-employment is a risk to be avoided. In fact, many consider co-employment with the same ill regard as worker misclassification. In truth, whereas improper worker classification is something to be avoided under any circumstance (under strict, costly penalty), there are instances when co-employment is a net positive. Let’s clarify the definition of what constitutes co-employment and review how and when it is something to be embraced as opposed to avoided.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Risk Management

Why Supplier Diversity Strategy is Critical to Workforce Planning

Jan 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

 

As the nation prepares to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it seems fitting to examine one of the most powerful legacies his life helped to realize. King’s message of equality continues to help promote the unparalleled power of embracing diversity across all facets of society, including the business community. The strategic power of diversity in the workforce cannot be understated. Let’s examine the undeniable benefits of pursuing supplier diversity in the design of workforce plans.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Supplier Management, Best Practices

Advantages and Disadvantages of Engaging Contingent Labor

Jan 10, 2019 1:31:38 PM

 

Editors Note: The World Economic Forum recently published the Future of Jobs Survey.  From the companies who responded, 61% are likely to engage new, temporary staff with skills relevant to new technologies; 64% are likely to outsource some business functions to external contractors. With this in mind, nextSource is re-posting one our most popular blog articles (originally published in October 2015) to help you determine if engaging contingent labor is right for your organization. Enjoy! 

So you’re the person responsible for HR at a small to moderate size business (an SMB in the parlance of the times) and you’re growing. But you’re not sure if the growth will be sustained or if it will be halting and unsteady. Or perhaps you have seasonal peak periods to accommodate. So you’re considering initiating a contingent workforce strategy for your organization. You’ve read the articles in Entrepreneur, Inc., Fortune and others extolling the growth of contingent labor as a part of the overall workforce. But is this strategy right for you? Here’s a simple primer to help you weigh some of the potential benefits and downsides of contingent labor.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Best Practices, Human Resources, Cost savings

How to Discourage “Ghosting” or "The Irish Goodbye" Among Candidates, Workers

Jan 3, 2019 11:55:00 AM

Ahh yes, the notorious “Irish Goodbye,” the practice of quietly leaving a party or gathering undetected, purposely avoiding the fanfare and expected formalities so as not to disturb one's host from their duties. A similar, but less courteous activity today is known as “ghosting,” and it doesn’t just happen among friends who wish to slip out of your cocktail party unnoticed. It also happens in the workplace. There’s not a single workforce management professional who hasn’t encountered ghosting among candidates and hires over the last few years. Here’s why it happens and what can be done to discourage this irritating and costly behavior.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Best Practices, Cost avoidance, Human Resources

Year in Review - nextSource Blog 2018 Highlights

Dec 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As has been our tradition here at the nextSource blog, we’re once again looking back over the last four quarters of content we’ve produced on a wide range of topics relevant to workforce planning and management. It is always interesting to make this review as it provides a tidy summation of the state of our industry and helps keep us focused on the subjects most relevant to workforce management professionals seeking to remain at the bleeding edge of developments and trends affecting their respective organizations. So, without further ado, here’s the recap of the road we’ve all traveled in 2018.

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Topics: Blog, VMS, MSP/VMS, Procurement, Strategic sourcing., Gig Economy, Workforce Management, Human Resources, Cost avoidance, Cost savings, Best Practices, Procurement Services

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