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The Future of Work is Socially Distant in the Age of COVID-19 (and Beyond?)

Mar 27, 2020 1:29:06 PM

For most of human history, work has been an inherently shared activity with most types of jobs being performed in settings where groups of co-workers interact. However, there is a rather significant subset of job roles that lend themselves well to being performed by remote and the rising percentage of remote workers in recent years attests to this fact. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers who may not have been permitted to work via remote before, are left no other choice but to telecommute full time. It is a logical conclusion that after the crisis has abated, the future of work may favor a longer-term movement in all industries to permit, or even promote remote working as an option. How might this effect workforce management practices?

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management, temporary staffing, Gig Economy, Independent contractors, VMS

What is a VMS?

Mar 27, 2020 1:18:02 PM

A VMS or Vendor Management System is a web-based software application designed to support the procurement and management of staffing services – including temp staff, outside contract or contingent labor – for mid-sized to large businesses and other organizations. VMS solutions enable the effective management of contingent workforce hiring processes from one, easy-to-use platform. A VMS streamlines and automates every step involved in the sourcing, acquisition, management and payment of contingent labor. VMS is used either by internal workforce management/HR users or by an MSP team on behalf of their client.

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Topics: Blog, Procurement Services, Workforce Management, temporary staffing, Technology, Mid-market, Independent contractors, VMS

VMS? MSP? Which Solution is Best for Me? Part Three of a Three Part Series | Which Solution Should Be Deployed First?

Jun 13, 2019 12:21:22 PM

This is something of a “chicken or the egg” scenario – deciding whether an organization should embark first on a project to implement a vendor management system (VMS) tech platform or engage a managed services program (MSP) partner. In this third and final installment of the series, after having explored the benefits and challenges of both solutions, we’ll provide some insight on the proper order of operations. MSP first or VMS?

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

VMS? MSP? Which Solution is Best for Me? Part Two of a Three Part Series | Should I Deploy an MSP?

Jun 6, 2019 1:53:37 PM

In part I, we examined how to determine whether your company/organization is a good candidate for a VMS solution. This installment will take a similar look at whether your company is a good match for a managed services program for contingent workforce management. Here are a number of crucial questions to ask about your existing operations before deciding to deploy an MSP solution.

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

VMS? MSP? Which Solution is Best for Me? Part One of a Three Part Series | Is VMS Best?

May 30, 2019 2:04:53 PM

Back in March, we published a post on the Top Four Considerations for Successful VMS Implementations. In the wake of that article, we were peppered with questions from prospective customers regarding how they can be certain that a VMS-only solution (a solution that does not incorporate an MSP) is the right prescription for their organization to manage their contingent workforce. After all, it makes sense to be sure the VMS is the right action before you consider what’s required to ensure a successful implementation. So here is some valuable perspective on how to determine if your company/organization is a good candidate for VMS-only solutions.

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