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Selecting the Right Tax Withholding Options

Apr 15, 2019 12:36:07 PM

Is your withholding allowance set to withhold the appropriate taxes, ensuring your paycheck is accurate? This is a hot topic, especially this time of year for the thousands of associates who work for our clients via our employer of record solution. Read more in this nextSource blog to ensure your 2019 withholding is correct. 

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Topics: Blog, EOR Services, Best Practices, Workforce Management

AI Tech for Workforce Advances – But There’s No Substitute for the Human Touch

Apr 4, 2019 10:41:16 AM

Modern technology drives how we work and live. AI, industrial process automation, high speed internet, big data, cloud computing, blockchain, and scads of other emerging technologies are applied to challenges—business and otherwise—to theoretically improve on the results yielded by imperfect, human efforts. Much has been made of how artificial intelligence (AI) can help an organization govern staffing levels and identify the skill types needed (or not needed) to effectively compete. Before relinquishing direct control of your talent acquisition strategy to the robots, consider whether there aren’t serious limitations to what technology can do to assist in talent acquisition.

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

Energy: An Industry in Transition Relying Heavily on Cutting Edge Workforce Management

Mar 28, 2019 12:24:11 PM

Transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy is a critical, global imperative and one that asks a lot of everyone involved. From producers to consumers and at every step between, there will be significant changes required to the long-standing ways in which we produce, transmit and consume energy. Nowhere will the change be felt more acutely than in the energy industry itself. In particular, the nature of how clean energy is produced will exert outsized influence over how the energy industry approaches its labor practices. Follow this logic.

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

The Top Four Considerations for Successful VMS Implementations

Mar 22, 2019 11:49:02 AM

In 2016, recognizing the rapid technological advancements in the industry, nextSource made the strategic decision to retire our proprietary VMS and move to a VMS agnostic delivery model. This decision allowed us to harness the power of the many great VMS tools available on the market today for the enrichment of our client programs. It also gave us the opportunity to be involved in the selection, configuration, and deployment of many of the industry’s leading VMS solutions. Since 2016, we have successfully completed dozens of VMS transitions for our clients. As a result of all this activity, we’ve become very knowledgeable about what makes for successful implementations and the healthy ROI that follows. This post shares the top four considerations for implementing a VMS to ensure success of such an initiative.

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

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, Risk Management, Human Resources, Best Practices

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, Best Practices, Supplier Management

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, Cost savings, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management

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, Cost avoidance, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management