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Why You Should Know More About “Ban the Box” Policies and Regulations

Jan 18, 2019 1:17:52 PM

 

 

Today’s post lies at the intersection of two of this blog’s most important missions: providing insight into best practices for sourcing talent in challenging market environments and keeping readers up-to-date with respect to ever-evolving legislative and regulatory changes that impact workforce management practices. With these two critical goals in mind, we bring to your attention, the latest on the so-called, “Ban the Box” movement and what it may mean for your operations in 2019.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Human Resources

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

Sentiment High Among Americans Regarding Labor Market in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

To provide a counterpoint to our recent post titled, “2019 Employment is “All Good” (Until It Isn’t),” we thought it would be fair to provide a positive take on the current economy and its impact on workforce planning. So, we present to you a Harris Poll produced in November on behalf of the American Staffing Association (ASA). The poll reflects the broad public perception of the employment picture following the recent mid-term elections. In short, there is consensus that the results of the election will exert a positive influence over employment trends.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management

2019 Employment is “All Good” (Until It Isn’t)

Dec 12, 2018 1:07:06 PM

 

 

By all metrics, the projections for employment prospects in the coming New Year are excellent. Unemployment is at near-record lows. With hiring demand high and wages rising in response, hiring organizations are busily engaging practices and technologies to help increase access to in-demand talent amidst short supply of qualified candidates. Yet, at the risk of being a holiday “buzz kill,” we’re making a contrarian recommendation: be prepared for an unexpected and dramatic reversal of today’s robust labor landscape.

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

You’re Monitoring Minimum Wage, But What About Minimum Salary?

Nov 30, 2018 1:19:15 PM

 

Thorough workforce management professionals spend time monitoring minimum wage changes in the states and localities in which they have employees working, ensuring that pay rates for hourly wage earners (non-exempt employees) are set correctly in a VMS and for payroll purposes. Much less frequently examined are the minimum salary requirements in place for exempt (salaried) workers. Did you know that several states have weekly minimums in place for salaried employees that need to be reviewed?

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, MSP/VMS, Compliance Services, Cost savings

Four Essential Functions to Seek When Selecting a Workforce Management Solution Provider

Nov 20, 2018 4:22:05 PM

 

There are a myriad of challenges facing organizations with respect to workforce planning in a labor environment growing more complex by the year. This is why so many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are following the lead of large enterprises in engaging third-party solutions to address problems such as talent gaps, worker classification, tax filings, workers’ compensation, insurance, onboarding/off-boarding, and many others. Here are four key functions any quality solution provider must be able to address so that an organization can fully focus on core business instead of dealing with these labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks.

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Topics: Blog, Mid-market, Human Resources, MSP/VMS, EOR Services, Procurement Services, Statement of Work