When program managers are in the process of vetting new staffing suppliers to serve a contingent workforce program, there are several critical components they must pay careful attention to. Today, every supplier seems to offer a “we can do anything” support model, but it’s critical to dig a little deeper and ask the right questions to gain the foundation for a successful partnership. Here are some tips based on decades of experience in vetting staffing companies for our client MSP programs.
Jul 13, 2018 12:24:20 PM
Jun 1, 2018 10:45:56 AM
The late Hunter S. Thompson once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” And we really can’t remember a “graduation season” weirder than this year’s. The reports coming out about market conditions, unemployment, hiring, and pay are as offbeat as Thompson himself, but nextSource is ready to help you turn pro in these weird times with insight into how to attract top graduates. Here are some contrary facts and how you can use this information to your advantage this graduation season.
May 23, 2018 3:09:29 PM
A full 65% of executives responding to a survey by SAP Fieldglass say that the external workforce is essential to their organizations’ ability to operate at full capacity. Nearly half of respondents reported they’d be unable to conduct business as usual without it! If nothing else, these results underscore the extent to which the contingent workforce has become standard operating procedure for all modern businesses.
May 22, 2018 10:48:59 AM
The term “vendor neutral” is bandied about frequently in the design phase of a managed services program (MSP). The idea being that instead of a prime vendor model wherein one “prime” staffing vendor is engaged to fill all requisitions at pre-negotiated rates, requisitions are instead issued to an array of participating suppliers who issue competitive bids for each position. In theory, a vendor-neutral MSP model is quite successful at keeping bill rates competitive. Yet, in some cases, the neutrality of the MSP may not be as egalitarian as one may think. Here’s some inside information that can help a hiring organization ensure they’re being afforded true neutrality.
May 1, 2018 12:31:33 PM
Every good relationship, whether it be a marriage, a friendship, a business partnership or even a garage band, has at its core, several key factors that ensure success. The keys to lasting, mutually beneficial relationships of any variety include trust first and foremost; followed closely by dedication to transparent interactions and the commitment to overcoming inevitable problems quickly when they arise. The same ingredients are critical to a healthy, strong relationship between a hiring organization and the MSP they’ve partnered with to deliver talent. Here’s some tips on how to develop these three key, relationship building blocks.
Apr 23, 2018 12:21:19 PM
Summer’s coming. Whether or not your local weather forecast still calls for cold, rain and snow, tank tops, flip flops and lazy days at the pool will be here before you know it. So too will be annual efforts to source and manage intern resources for the summer season. What follows in this post is a kind of “best of” culled from previous years’ posts on the do’s and don’ts of engaging summer interns as part of your workforce mix.
Apr 18, 2018 4:07:51 PM
One of the “hot topics” at a recent conference attended by nextSource focused on the rise of some clever scams perpetrated against higher education organizations within their procurement departments. One such organization admitted to being victimized by these proliferating scams to the tune of millions of dollars! Read on to learn about this pernicious con being committed by scammers and how to avoid falling victim to it in any industry.
Apr 11, 2018 10:36:05 AM
The use of contingent labor—whether temp staffing, SOW/project workers or straight independent contractors—is largely driven by the need to reduce operating costs in ever increasingly competitive markets. The challenge is in achieving the proper workforce composition and balance between full time and contingent resources. Too many of the former and labor costs can drag on profitability. Too many of the latter and overall operational efficacy can suffer. Let’s examine how organizations can achieve the proper balance.