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5 Best Practices for Fielding an All-Star Contingent Workforce

Jan 18, 2017 4:18:58 PM

Workforce managers are, by nature, a driven lot with a perpetual hunger for kicking butts and taking names in pursuit of success. In a highly competitive and quickly evolving field like human capital management, staying at the pinnacle of one’s game requires an intent focus on best practices and the continuous improvement needed to kick some serious tail. Here are five contemporary best practices from your friends, the contingent workforce experts at nextSource, to help you design, deploy and maintain a truly all-star contingent workforce. 

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

How Does a Vendor Management System Work (And Why)?

Jan 9, 2017 8:51:20 AM

A classic case of the chicken or the egg conundrum: growth in adoption of Vendor Management Systems (VMS) technology continues apace with the growth of worker classification types and the volume of organizations engaging these new workers. So, which came first? The expansion of worker types beyond full time employees and temps? Or the use of VMS tech tools enabling the successful management of the complex compliance and risk-mitigation challenges posed by the use of these worker types? The truth is, it doesn’t really matter if the tech spawned the diversification of the modern workforce or vice versa. In either case, it is critically important to understand what the VMS does and how it works. This post will provide the primer for anyone in workforce management who intuits the need for such a solution to help them grow and nurture their organization’s workforce.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

HR Trends for an Effective 2017

Dec 28, 2016 3:10:29 PM

As we look to 2017 with a focus on the promise of ever-greater opportunity, it is important for Human Resource leaders to spend some time reflecting on what has been working well in their practice areas. It is also critical to reflect on how to evolve and improve in areas where the changes taking place provide opportunities for improvement. As we all know, failure to evolve with changing times can prevent growth and opportunity. In order to remain competitive in any industry – and specifically with regard to employees – Human Resource experts must re-examine the traditional ways of doing things and look to the start-up culture for innovative insight and ideas. Here is an inventory of some of those new ideas worth considering:

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

Give These 5 Contingent Workforce Management Gifts to Your Organization This Holiday Season

Dec 20, 2016 11:58:33 AM

The holidays are right around the corner. In the spirit of giving for which the season is known, we here at the nextSource blog have made a list (and checked it twice) of some of the important gifts contingent workforce management professionals can give to their employers this year. Here are five great gifts you, as a workforce management pro, can bestow on your company and help ensure not only a Happy Holiday, but also a prosperous New Year too!

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

Mobile Workforce Management Trends

Dec 9, 2016 3:41:33 PM

A happy workforce is an engaged and valued workforce. Nothing conveys the feeling of being valued better than having an employer demonstrate sensitivity and respect for the worker’s time. Mobile tech enables organizations to place a higher importance on employee satisfaction and retention than on enforcing an 8-hour, on-premise workday. As we referenced last week in our post on flexible schedules, practices like mobile workforce management and telecommuting/work from home programs say to workers, "we trust you to be engaged and efficient in completing your tasks in a time frame that works for you." Below, we review two workforce trends that are critical to supporting mobile workforce managament and unlocking the benefits it provides.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

3 Expert Tips for a Successful Contingent Labor Program Implementation

Dec 8, 2016 1:08:23 PM

There are plenty of individual strategies, best practices, processes and ideas offered by practitioners of workforce management which helps organizations build a better contingent labor program. However, they all generally tend to focus on pieces of the overall whole. This article will look at three broad themes that, if embraced and practiced, can help any organization succeed in the design, deployment and management of a successful contingent labor program.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

What are the Primary Goals of Workforce Management Solutions?

Dec 2, 2016 10:36:35 AM

There are many paths to success in the design, deployment and administration of workforce management solutions. Whether an organization opts to manage these processes internally, outsource them in their entirety, or pursue some blend of internal and external solutions, the overarching goals are largely the same. Here are what all workforce management solutions worth their salt should be working towards.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

The (Work) Times are a-Changin’ – Rising Adoption of Flexible Schedules

Nov 29, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Bob Dylan famously sung, "Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call, don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall, for he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled – for the times they are a-changin’." Swap out "senators and congressmen" for "employers and workforce managers" and these lines of prose are very relevant to the issue of flexible scheduling for the modern workforce. Dismissed by some as "unworkable" or "counter-productive," flexible scheduling is, in actuality, a growing practice being adopted by forward thinking organizations. Here’s why the thinking about flexible scheduling has evolved and why those organizations resisting the emerging practice stand to lose unless they entertain embracing the newer strategy.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS