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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, Best Practices, Supplier Management

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, Human Resources, Best Practices, Procurement, Higher Education

When Insurance is a Barrier to Business

May 10, 2018 12:08:12 PM

For many independent contractors, the following frustrating scenario is all too familiar: you’ve checked off all of the requirements of a contract for a fantastic gig and waiting for the final approval, only to be told you’ll need different levels of liability insurance to solidify the deal. For hiring managers, a similar scenario often unfolds: your on-site contingent workers are carefully selected ready to work, but must be turned away at the door because the staffing firm’s business insurance expired the day before. These are just two examples of the ways in which insurance requirements can become a barrier to accessing talent and advancing your business. In this blog, we take a closer look at how Bunker, a nextSource channel partner, is taking an innovative approach to help companies overcome insurance as a barrier by combining insurance and technology.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Supplier Management, Technology, Independent contractors

Revisiting Best Practices for Engaging Summer Interns

Apr 23, 2018 12:21:19 PM

Summer’s coming. Whether or not your local weather forecast still calls for cold, rain and snow, tank tops, flip flops and lazy days at the pool will be here before you know it. So too will be annual efforts to source and manage intern resources for the summer season. What follows in this post is a kind of “best of” culled from previous years’ posts on the do’s and don’ts of engaging summer interns as part of your workforce mix.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Procurement Services, Risk Management, Best Practices

Avoiding the Eight Errors of Change Management

Mar 29, 2018 11:23:10 AM

Instituting a new program for workforce management—whether it be an MSP, a new VMS software solution or any other significant change to the way contingent labor is source, managed and administered—requires significant change. Changes to established practices are always going to cause friction and encounter resistance. And it isn’t just changing broken, inefficient processes. Sometimes, entirely new strategies call for change to practices that have been used to positive effect, but that need to be modified if the new solution is to yield the desired effect. Strong change management is critical to the success of any new policy or business process. Here is some wisdom on this subject culled from a leading authority on change management to help organizations avoid failure as they seek to improve workforce management.

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

Another Look at the Benefits of Workforce Diversity

Jan 17, 2018 4:58:51 PM

In 2014, we wrote a series of articles expounding on the benefits of diversity in the workforce. While it may have seemed that we’d made great strides toward achieving a “post-racial” society that lives up to our cultural rhetoric about being a melting pot and a true meritocracy, many would argue there is still much to be done toward the goal of social equity in the workforce and in broader society at large. So, considering this week’s celebration Dr. Martin Luther King Day, we’re examining the benefits of diversity in the workforce as a means to promote its pursuit beyond the tax benefits associated with diversity staffing.

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

Gaining Perspective on Open Door Policies

Jun 21, 2017 2:39:20 PM

In today’s corporate culture, the idea that a workforce management organization should have an “open door policy” is widely recognized and theoretically rewarded. But, what does adopting such a seemingly affirmative policy mean to the everyday manager, employee and organization? Is it right for your organization? Read on for the pros and cons of the “open door policy.”

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