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The SINGULAR Most Important Activity for Driving Effective Supplier Partnerships

May 22, 2019 4:07:48 PM

With available talent scarce and staffing suppliers working harder than ever to source good workers in a low unemployment environment, the perennial question for workforce managers remains pertinent. How does one develop the best supplier partnerships to drive the greatest value and return? And how can an MSP help ensure your program is a priority for their staffing partners when those partners are being pulled in so many directions?

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, 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

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, Human Resources, Workforce 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

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

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