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The Fall of Traditional Retail and the Role of Workforce Management Solutions

Mar 5, 2019 2:35:56 PM

 

Once a stalwart of the American labor force, retail as an industry has been experiencing an ongoing collapse. Similar to the precipitous demise of American manufacturing in the 1990s as entire career segments were washed away by a tide of offshoring to low-cost countries, retailers today are on the run. However, unlike the loss of manufacturing jobs which left a vacuum in employment, there is a silver lining for the American worker when it comes to retail. Here’s the story.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Retail, Gig Economy

The Changing Face of Contingent Workforce Management in Retail

Feb 27, 2019 10:42:02 AM

Retail as an industry is navigating through a time of significant operational change and upheaval. The very nature of how consumers interact with retailers has been radically changed by advancements like ecommerce and the “Amazon-ization” of expectations regarding shipping and delivery. As a result, there has been a widespread shift in business requirements and priorities with respect to staffing practices for retailers. Here are some of the emerging dynamics impacting retail workforce design and management.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Workforce Management, Retail, Gig Economy

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

Online Education Driving Higher Ed Contingent Workforce

Oct 25, 2018 3:33:37 PM

Often, the flexibility and freedom enabled by a well-designed contingent workforce compels innovation and change within an industry. Yet sometimes, as in the case of the higher education industry, pioneering changes drive the need for more smartly designed workforce management plans. Let’s examine the very interesting dynamics unfolding within higher education and how they’re driving growth and improvement in workforce planning practices.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Technology, Gig Economy, Higher Education

Pullman, Uber, and the History of Labor Day

Aug 29, 2018 2:32:41 PM

From the files marked, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” we observe Labor Day this year with remembrance of the Pullman Railcar Strike of 1894 whose events led to the formalization of Labor Day as a federal holiday. We’ll then examine the cyclical nature of things and how prevailing labor practices of that time resemble those of today’s Gig Economy.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

The Dynamics Behind a Successful Multi-Generational Workforce

Aug 17, 2018 1:00:12 PM

 

We’ve all seen them. Articles on social media sites, blogs, newspapers and magazines talking about lazy, entitled Millennial's. Or the ones about greedy Boomers warping the natural progression of the labor force, staying too long in the career market despite having the wherewithal to retire. There’s also no shortage of articles blasting Gen Xers, and other generational groups. However, if you’re looking to build and manage a successful, modern contingent workforce, you’re better off instead focusing on understanding the differences and motivators attributable to various generational attitudes. Here are a few things to consider about each generation that can help in your pursuit of more effective workforce management practices.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

Blockchain for the Staffing Industry Explained

Mar 5, 2018 12:43:37 PM

Blockchain. Seems like everyone’s talking endlessly about it in the media. Organizations of all kinds are jumping on the hype bandwagon, peppering their marketing with the term and hoping it makes them appear savvy and innovative. But what is blockchain actually? Bitcoin? Cryptocurrency? And more importantly is there any relevance to the staffing industry? If so, how could blockchain technology be harnessed to drive value for workforce management?

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Technology, Gig Economy

New Tax Law Has Pros and Cons for Independent Contractors

Jan 11, 2018 11:04:52 AM

Like many pieces of complex legislation, the newly passed tax law is proving to generate as much confusion as clarity. This is especially true when it comes to the effects the new legislation will have on the gig economy. Along with the rest of the country, we’re taking time to sift through the language of the new law to understand the implications for workforce planning and management. One facet of the law garnering some attention is the increase in deductions allowed via so-called “pass-through” business entities. Here’s some insight into how and why this one facet of the law is predicted to have significant impact on independent contractors and the broader gig economy.

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Topics: Blog, Cost savings, Gig Economy, Independent contractors