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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

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, Higher Education, Gig Economy, Technology, Workforce Management

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, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, Gig Economy, Compliance Services

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, Gig Economy, Technology, Workforce Management

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, Independent contractors, Gig Economy, Cost savings

Understanding the Top Challenges Facing Workforce Management

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.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Blog

Preparing for the Next Gig Thing

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?

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Gig Economy