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“Thanks” is Nice but, “You’re Hired” Is Better

Nov 8, 2018 1:16:53 PM

As we approach Veteran’s Day, many veterans will hear, “thank you for your service.” Kind words many patriotic Americans like to offer to veterans who’ve put their lives and time on the line to serve in our armed forces. While our service men and women returning from active duty surely appreciate the sentiment, it’s safe to say they’d prefer to hear “you’re hired” instead upon their return. As we pause to reflect on Veteran’s Day this year, let’s look at the dynamics required to help our returning veterans achieve a smooth reentry into the civilian workforce.

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Workforce Management, Human Resources

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, Higher Education, Gig Economy, Technology, Workforce Management

The Financial Costs of Increasing Worker Pay

Oct 18, 2018 1:30:33 PM

 

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Cost avoidance, Best Practices, Workforce Management

ASA's 50-State Data Aides in Selecting Locations for Contingent Operations

Oct 12, 2018 3:20:25 PM

 

Deciding where to set up operations for a contingent workforce can be a daunting challenge. In today’s highly competitive environment, it may not always make sense to situate your contingent workforce in the same locale as its full-time counterpart. The ease with which many types of work can be done by remote or electronically makes it easier than ever to locate your contract workforce wherever it is determined to be most effective in terms of cost and accessibility of talent. Here are some broad considerations regarding where to elect to deploy any new offices or facilities intended to be staffed with contingent labor.

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Cost avoidance, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Remaining Relevant, Sourcing Millennial Talent for Healthcare Roles

Sep 25, 2018 1:49:40 PM

The good news is the once acute shortage of nurses plaguing the healthcare field has been mitigated thanks to the record numbers of Millennial generation men and women electing to embrace nursing as a career. The bad news (for workforce planners tasked with recruiting talent into healthcare organizations at least) is that the game has changed significantly regarding how to effectively tap source and retain these critical assets. What’s changed and how can you harness the new paradigm if you’re in charge of attracting fresh talent to healthcare organizations?

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Workforce Management, Best Practices, Healthcare

“Double Shot” of Low Unemployment and Rising Wages Tests Workforce Plans

Sep 19, 2018 2:14:11 PM

Unemployment remains low and the rate is about as stable as it can be for this often-volatile metric. A byproduct of broad employment, wages tend to rise as competition for finite labor capacity drives pay rates higher. This double shot of good news for workers spells challenge for employers and their workforce management plans. Here’s the latest data followed by some recommendations for hiring organizations seeking to mitigate these challenges.

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Topics: Blog, Strategic sourcing., Workforce Management, Best Practices

How the Hiring Process Can Grow or Shrink the Bottom Line

Sep 13, 2018 12:01:05 PM

Most businesses pour significant time, money, and resources into ensuring their images are polished properly in the eyes of their customers and target consumers. They spend millions on advertising, focus groups, marketing and analysis to try and glean how their operations are perceived in the market and how perception among the target market positively or negatively effects their bottom line. Any public-facing activity on the part of a business that drives customers away is quickly remediated. But, did you ever wonder how many companies regard their hiring processes as a marketing opportunity or as having the potential to damage their brand?

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Best Practices

Pullman, Uber, and the History of Labor Day

Aug 29, 2018 2:32:41 PM

From the files marked, “The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same,” we observe Labor Day this year with remembrance of the Pullman Railcar Strike of 1894 whose events led to the formalization of Labor Day as a federal holiday. We’ll then examine the cyclical nature of things and how prevailing labor practices of that time resemble those of today’s Gig Economy.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, Gig Economy, Compliance Services