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AI Tech for Workforce Advances – But There’s No Substitute for the Human Touch

Apr 4, 2019 10:41:16 AM

Modern technology drives how we work and live. AI, industrial process automation, high speed internet, big data, cloud computing, blockchain, and scads of other emerging technologies are applied to challenges—business and otherwise—to theoretically improve on the results yielded by imperfect, human efforts. Much has been made of how artificial intelligence (AI) can help an organization govern staffing levels and identify the skill types needed (or not needed) to effectively compete. Before relinquishing direct control of your talent acquisition strategy to the robots, consider whether there aren’t serious limitations to what technology can do to assist in talent acquisition.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management

Energy: An Industry in Transition Relying Heavily on Cutting Edge Workforce Management

Mar 28, 2019 12:24:11 PM

Transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy is a critical, global imperative and one that asks a lot of everyone involved. From producers to consumers and at every step between, there will be significant changes required to the long-standing ways in which we produce, transmit and consume energy. Nowhere will the change be felt more acutely than in the energy industry itself. In particular, the nature of how clean energy is produced will exert outsized influence over how the energy industry approaches its labor practices. Follow this logic.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management

The Top Four Considerations for Successful VMS Implementations

Mar 22, 2019 11:49:02 AM

In 2016, recognizing the rapid technological advancements in the industry, nextSource made the strategic decision to retire our proprietary VMS and move to a VMS agnostic delivery model. This decision allowed us to harness the power of the many great VMS tools available on the market today for the enrichment of our client programs. It also gave us the opportunity to be involved in the selection, configuration, and deployment of many of the industry’s leading VMS solutions. Since 2016, we have successfully completed dozens of VMS transitions for our clients. As a result of all this activity, we’ve become very knowledgeable about what makes for successful implementations and the healthy ROI that follows. This post shares the top four considerations for implementing a VMS to ensure success of such an initiative.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Best Practices, Workforce Management

Shifting Cultural Values Influencing Arbitration Rules in US Companies

Mar 12, 2019 12:48:39 PM

 

 

With increasing frequency over the last decade, large employers have been inserting clauses into their employment contracts requiring new hires to waive their right to file suit against the employer for any reason. Instead, these agreements required as a condition of employment, that any claims arising within the workplace be instead adjudicated through arbitration instead of the courts. Arguably, this trend protects employers at the expense of labor rights. But this may be changing due to recent shifts in societal perspectives. Here’s the latest on this important labor rights issue.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Workforce Management, Mid-market, Independent contractors

Higher Education: Learning to Love Workforce Management Solutions – PT 2

Feb 20, 2019 2:09:45 PM

 

In Part 1 of this two-part blog, we discussed the challenges facing higher education organizations and how solutions like employer of record (EOR) services can contain costs and increase operational efficiency when integrated into a comprehensive, workforce management program.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Procurement Services, seasonal staffing, Independent contractors, Strategic sourcing.

Takeaways from Recent VMSA Conference Highlight Attaining MSP Excellence

Feb 6, 2019 4:03:13 PM

 

The pros at nextSource take seriously the commitment to staying ahead of trends, innovations and advancements in the field of workforce management. For this reason, we routinely send key personnel to attend the top industry conferences and continuing education events relevant to all areas of contingent workforce and overall human capital management. Most recently, nextSource sent a delegation to the VMSA Live event in Miami. Here’s a synopsis of the key takeaways from this always-informative event.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS

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

You’re Monitoring Minimum Wage, But What About Minimum Salary?

Nov 30, 2018 1:19:15 PM

 

Thorough workforce management professionals spend time monitoring minimum wage changes in the states and localities in which they have employees working, ensuring that pay rates for hourly wage earners (non-exempt employees) are set correctly in a VMS and for payroll purposes. Much less frequently examined are the minimum salary requirements in place for exempt (salaried) workers. Did you know that several states have weekly minimums in place for salaried employees that need to be reviewed?

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Compliance Services, Cost savings, Human Resources