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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, Workforce Management, Technology, Gig Economy, Higher Education

When Insurance is a Barrier to Business

May 10, 2018 12:08:12 PM

For many independent contractors, the following frustrating scenario is all too familiar: you’ve checked off all of the requirements of a contract for a fantastic gig and waiting for the final approval, only to be told you’ll need different levels of liability insurance to solidify the deal. For hiring managers, a similar scenario often unfolds: your on-site contingent workers are carefully selected ready to work, but must be turned away at the door because the staffing firm’s business insurance expired the day before. These are just two examples of the ways in which insurance requirements can become a barrier to accessing talent and advancing your business. In this blog, we take a closer look at how Bunker, a nextSource channel partner, is taking an innovative approach to help companies overcome insurance as a barrier by combining insurance and technology.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Supplier Management, Technology, Independent contractors

Digest of the SIA’s Staffing Trends in 2018 Report - Part II

Mar 21, 2018 11:19:13 AM

In Part II of this two-part series, we’ll review the remaining four key staffing trends identified by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). Their detailed report lists the following eight factors as key trends impacting the industry now and for the duration of this year: The Global Economy, Technology/Automation, Skills Shortages, Legislation, Gig Economy, Public Perception, Procurement Sophistication and the Rise of Asia. We pick up in Part II with review of the critical takeaway from each of the remaining four trends boiled down to their essence.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Workforce Management, Technology

Digest of the SIA’s Staffing Trends in 2018 Report - Part I

Mar 15, 2018 1:02:33 PM

You’re very busy handling the myriad responsibilities and initiatives involved in managing the workforce planning and execution for your organization. It’s no surprise that you have precious little time to spend on non-essential tasks like digging into industry reports and data to keep abreast of the latest trends, opportunities and threats facing the workforce management profession. That’s why the nextSource blog exists—to help digest this information and provide it to you in quick, easily understood synopses. If you didn’t have the time to peruse the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) February report, Staffing Trends in 2018, here’s the distilled info on each of the eight trends identified in this detailed report.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Workforce Management, Technology

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, Workforce Management, Technology, Gig Economy

Technology Forces That Transformed Retail Can Drive It to New Heights

Aug 22, 2017 9:18:30 PM

Omni-channel retail, borne of the advent of eCommerce, is the new paradigm for retail in the 21st Century. Its meteoric rise to dominance as a strategy is visible in the rapid decline and disappearance of retail powerhouse brands – many of which had existed for decades or more. Such dramatic and rapid change in the underlying business model of modern retail has had a predictably radical effect on the nature of workforce management in this industry. Here’s some insight into how forward-thinking retailers have recalibrated their workforce management strategies to adapt and survive.

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Topics: Blog, Technology, Retail