A pair of recent articles about the unplanned migration of the workforce to work-from-home arrangements paint a provocative picture of what the future is likely to hold for workforce planning and labor markets in general. What are trends suggesting with regard to work-from-home arrangements and how will these trends modulate over time as circumstances evolve?
Jul 2, 2020 1:00:52 PM
Pandemic Spurs Interest in Background Screening Automation and Other Workforce Management Technology
May 14, 2020 2:51:38 PM
Background screening as part of the onboarding process is often time consuming and monotonous task. In the age of COVID-19, there is the added layer of concern surrounding the spiking demand for talent facing certain industries and the need to have contingent workforce management professionals in the office to process the swelling number of background checks required to meet the demand. Thanks to process automation, organizations dealing with increased hiring challenges can leverage technology to get the job done in a completely remote fashion.
May 8, 2020 2:38:14 PM
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May 1, 2020 6:16:33 PM
There are countless as-yet unknown ways the COVID-19 pandemic will radically change the ways we all work and live. One looming question on the minds of a nervous workforce is whether wages and competitive pay will be impacted by the disruption of economic activity. Here is a run down of contemporary thought on the matter and some good advice on how to proceed if your organization determines changes to compensation are necessary.
May 1, 2020 6:03:15 PM
Staffing industry organizations like compliance services, workforce management firms, employers of record services and employers themselves are acutely aware of the importance of staying current on important trends surrounding labor laws and regulations. That is why, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, astute employers are taking note of the emerging trend of states enacting sexual harassment training laws/statutes. Here’s the latest on the implementation of these new regulations and what they often seem to involve.
Apr 24, 2020 3:24:34 PM
Undoubtedly, the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic will transform the nature of workforce management for decades to come and in ways we can only begin to anticipate. One such shift seems likely in the near term though, as the ongoing debate surrounding gig workers at companies like Uber and FedEx appears ripe to be settled by a clarification in public priorities in the age of COVID-19.
Apr 17, 2020 3:57:15 PM
One of the most challenging aspects of contingent workforce management has always been ensuring compliance with all manner of regulatory requirements governing contractors deployed across a diverse network of geographies. Whether across multiple states domestically or an array of nations globally, it is imperative that contingent workforce management maintain clear awareness of laws and regulations in each area where they may have contingent workers engaged. Adding to this day-to-day challenge is a patchwork of emergency rules, edicts and mandates put hastily into place to address the impact of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. To help harried contingent workforce management professionals stay abreast of these evolving changes, we’re publishing the following list of resources.
Apr 17, 2020 3:46:33 PM
Essential jobs like healthcare work, food production/distribution and other supply chain management positions mostly require onsite workforces. Yet, many other job functions can still be addressed by workers performing their tasks via remote. As remote working becomes a necessity, staffing industry professionals will rely to a far greater extent on staffing technology to ensure continuity in their operations. This post will examine the array of staffing technology offerings available to HR and contingent workforce managers and how these tools will be especially relevant as remote work becomes the new normal for the foreseeable future.
Apr 17, 2020 3:36:37 PM
Workforce management activity is always a leading economic indicator with layoffs in the contingent space presaging a downturn and hiring spikes indicating an upswing in economic activity. Right now, human capital markets are not yet seeing those “green shoots” by way of an uptick in contingent workforce hiring. But as soon as it does occur (and it will occur), what can organizations do to be prepared to engage with contingent talent at the same time as nearly every other type and size business?
Apr 9, 2020 2:06:44 PM
The pandemic is wreaking havoc on organizations. Some are seeing operations grind to a halt while others are experiencing unprecedented and overwhelming demand. In either case the need for time and money saving processes for onboarding of contingent labor is essential. For some there’s a pressing need to ramp up quickly now. For others, the need will explode once the economy reopens releasing pent up demand for all kinds of products/services. So we thought we’d take this unique moment to share five best practices for onboarding contingent workforce resources.
Apr 3, 2020 5:16:26 PM
Like most other industries and internal departments, the staffing industry and workforce management professionals grappling with unprecedented disruption in their operations. While some segments of the economy are shedding jobs at an alarming rate, others are experiencing unplanned, peaking demand just as broad swaths of the workforce are staying locked down. How will the staffing industry respond to these never-before-seen dynamics and what can essential industries do to overcome the challenges of ramping up amidst the crisis?
Apr 2, 2020 2:53:24 PM
The “new normal” for workforce management in the midst of a pandemic includes a heavy utilization of remote workers wherever this is possible. In order to retain productivity levels, many organizations may be considering engagement of remote worker types for the very first time. For finite but important non-core projects SOW project workers are a good solution. For those already familiar with (but perhaps not heavily leveraging) remote project management or SOW services, there is also an increased need for project services management guidance and expertise. Good news is, nextSource is well-equipped to help any organization optimize SOW and project services management strategies.
Mar 27, 2020 1:29:06 PM
For most of human history, work has been an inherently shared activity with most types of jobs being performed in settings where groups of co-workers interact. However, there is a rather significant subset of job roles that lend themselves well to being performed by remote and the rising percentage of remote workers in recent years attests to this fact. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers who may not have been permitted to work via remote before, are left no other choice but to telecommute full time. It is a logical conclusion that after the crisis has abated, the future of work may favor a longer-term movement in all industries to permit, or even promote remote working as an option. How might this effect workforce management practices?
Mar 12, 2020 1:35:37 PM
Part Four of a four-part series on the future of work and the developments impacting contingent workforce management focuses on “the ubiquity of technology”. This series continues to identify select perspectives contained in the comprehensive “2020 Report – 20 Trends that Will Shape the Next Decade” and other corroborating sources.
Mar 6, 2020 11:00:00 AM
Part Three of a four-part series on the future of work and the developments impacting contingent workforce management focuses on economic trends. This series continues to identify select perspectives contained in the comprehensive “2020 Report – 20 Trends that Will Shape the Next Decade” and other corroborating sources.
Mar 5, 2020 2:40:40 PM
Part Two of a four-part series on the future of work and the developments impacting contingent workforce management focuses on social trends. This series continues to identify select perspectives contained in the comprehensive “2020 Report – 20 Trends that Will Shape the Next Decade” and other corroborating sources.
Mar 5, 2020 1:26:31 PM
Part One of a four-part series on the future of work and the trends impacting contingent workforce management focuses on demographics. This series will select perspectives contained in the comprehensive “2020 Report – 20 Trends that Will Shape the Next Decade” and other corroborating sources.
Jan 6, 2020 12:43:43 PM
“In 2019, an intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is forcing HR and business leaders to learn to lead the social enterprise—and reinvent their organizations around a human focus.” So begins the introduction to Deloitte’s “2019 Global Human Capital Trends Report”. Forbes magazine says, “businesses today are entering a whole new paradigm for management: one which considers a business less as a “company” and more as an “institution,” integrated into the social fabric of society.” How can workforce management support the idea of “the Social Enterprise” to achieve increased success in today’s changing workforce environment?
Dec 31, 2019 11:14:05 AM
As the decade draws to a close, workforce management professionals are bracing for what promises to be another “roaring twenties” as the global workforce continues to undergo rapid change and evolution. nextSource experts have been reviewing dozens of sources of data and opinion on what the New Year and the new decade have in store. There seems to be one, prevalent theme wending its way through contemporary thought regarding the seismic changes in labor markets: Employee Experience. Here is the evidence supporting the idea that 2020 is going to be the year of employee experience.
Dec 6, 2019 10:12:44 AM
The nextSource Blog is your one-stop shop for incisive industry perspectives, best practices, innovative ideas and overall thought leadership on all things relevant to workforce management. Today’s post will look back over the last few months of posts to provide a brief synopsis of all the hard-hitting and valuable content this blog has been producing consistently for years.
Nov 20, 2019 11:16:31 AM
nextSource recently had the opportunity to address the HR Alliance in Washington DC. The topic that was on the minds of many in the audience was the Gig Economy. The audience was seeking to understand this mushrooming new labor channel.
Nov 7, 2019 10:32:37 AM
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new regulations for publicly traded companies that would require reporting on the size and composition of the workforce. This is likely a reflection of the significant evolution of the American workforce over recent decades. Clearly, the SEC and investors believe there is actionable investment information to be gained from knowing more about a company’s labor force, its composition and utilization. So, what might new reporting rules involve and how might they affect the staffing industry and workforce management planning at all kinds of companies?
Sep 27, 2019 12:31:38 PM
The nextSource Blog has been covering the ongoing saga of gig economy pioneers like Uber for at least the last five years in posts like this from 2015 and this from earlier this summer. Companies like Uber, Lyft and scores of other gig economy organizations continue testing the boundaries of labor laws, tax regulations, and the very nature of the employer/employee relationship. They represent significant evolution in the nature of workforce management and keeping abreast of the changes wrought by these disruptive models is imperative to all organizations leveraging human cloud, gig economy and other emerging worker types. These two recent developments in the ongoing Uber story suggest the pendulum is swinging back toward favoring the “Uber model” for worker classification.
Sep 20, 2019 3:27:25 PM
If a staffing company, payroller, EOR or other workforce management service provider serving your programs were to wind up in trouble with the law or suddenly become insolvent, it could spell big trouble for your operations. The most recent example of this catastrophic occurrence has affected numerous unfortunate organizations and reveals a risk to organizations relying on these provider/partners. Read on for details about this most recent example, along with a rundown of associated risks and what you can do to protect your contingent workforce management program from becoming a victim.
Sep 12, 2019 12:10:46 PM
With so many members of the American workforce migrating from the ranks of traditional W2 wage-earning positions toward the flexibility and autonomy of gig economy jobs, business leaders are responding to increasing calls from their HR management for approval to leverage gig economy labor in certain critical roles. The savvy business leader understands that contemporary organizations have much to lose by failing to harness the benefits of gig workers while their competition does. Here’s some of the steps needed to make an HR-driven gig economy practice come to life in your organization.
Jul 11, 2019 2:47:25 PM
The “gig economy” is a topic we have been covering extensively here at the nextSource blog. The mushrooming growth of this new labor type represents a brave new world, both for individuals in the labor force as well as those professionals tasked with contingent workforce management. As with any new emerging business practice, it takes some time for legal and regulatory strictures to catch and come up to speed with the velocity of the changes wrought by disruptive innovations. In the interim, there is often increased risk for all who embrace the mantle of early adoption.
Jun 28, 2019 4:55:37 PM
The regulatory fight over the laws governing the “gig economy” has gone Hollywood. But not in the good way and not in a way that Hollywood entertainment industry may regard as the typical happy movie ending. A longstanding business practice heavily utilized in the entertainment industry is at risk of being rendered illegal by pending legislation in California designed to govern worker classification practices called into question by high profile gig economy companies like Uber and others wholly unrelated to movies, TV and music performances. Here’s the story and possible implications for Tinseltown.
Jun 18, 2019 11:57:50 AM
The Wage and Hour division of the US Department of Labor (WHD) recently issued a letter that seemingly reverses the DOL’s position on the nature of gig economy workers and their classification as independent contractors. Here’s the latest on this issue which is of great import as the number of virtual marketplace companies (VMCs) continues to grow fueling the gig economy and attracting more workers to independent contractor status.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Sep 28, 2017 2:07:27 PM
It's safe to say that the world of workforce management is experiencing challenges at an unprecedented rate in the history of the industry. The nature of labor and the rise of globalization have changed the way businesses of all size and composition interact with an increasingly diversified and sophisticated workforce. With labor at the root of success or failure in any industry, it falls to those professionals charged with managing the workforce to adapt and overcome. But how do these leaders know which way to turn without a clear-eyed understanding of the challenges and obstacles in this increasingly complex field? Here are some of the top challenges facing workforce managers culled from current articles on the subject published by some of the leading sources.
Sep 20, 2017 10:23:25 AM
Staffing Industry Analysts report that recent buyer surveys predict a huge workforce shift across the next 10 years. The shift is one which many organizations are at least aware of, even if they haven’t already begun taking steps to capitalize on it. We’re talking about the “gig economy” and the effect it continues to have on both labor and workforce management functions with all types of organizations. Is your workforce management program prepared to address the challenges and opportunities presented by this shift already well in progress?