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Preparing for the Next Gig Thing

Sep 20, 2017 10:23:25 AM

Staffing Industry Analysts report that recent buyer surveys predict a huge workforce shift across the next 10 years. The shift is one which many organizations are at least aware of, even if they haven’t already begun taking steps to capitalize on it. We’re talking about the “gig economy” and the effect it continues to have on both labor and workforce management functions with all types of organizations. Is your workforce management program prepared to address the challenges and opportunities presented by this shift already well in progress?

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Gig Economy

Overtime Exemption Rules Update Halted by Federal Judge

Sep 13, 2017 1:23:00 PM

Many American workers live the lyric from Billy Joel’s hit song, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” wherein the piano man sings, “You can pay Uncle Sam with the overtime. Is that all you get for your money?” In truth, many workers depend on overtime wages guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to close the gaps in their family budgets or to generate a little extra scratch when unexpected expenses present themselves. So, whenever there’s a change in the laws governing overtime pay, workers and employers alike sit up and take notice. Here’s a bit of information on current overtime pay regulations and the recent activity surrounding proposed alteration to these rules.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

The Roots of Labor Day

Sep 6, 2017 2:05:00 PM

“Happy Labor Day” is what we all say at the end of the summer each year. We have barbecues, beach days and Labor Day sales. But there is more to Labor Day than bratwurst, beers, beach and buying stuff. Labor Day has a history very relevant to our industry and the force that fuels it, the American worker. Here’s a bit of history about Labor Day, a holiday that in many ways observes the transformation of the American workforce from a sometimes hostile and dangerous place to an engine of economic growth the likes of which the world had never before seen. Follow past the jump for the story.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Cool Thoughts on Retaining Contingent Workers

Aug 31, 2017 2:19:11 PM

The demand for contractors of all stripes continues to be very high in the US. As a result, contingent workers are fairly easily recruited away from their current jobs, lured by better compensation offers from other courters. However, as any satisfied employee will tell you, there is more baked into job satisfaction than simple monetary compensation. What are some of the other things an organization can do to retain contingent workers and minimize attrition?

The answer is to remain cool. That is, think of cold things like “ICE” and “AC.”

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Should Candidates Pay for Pre-employment Screenings?

Aug 9, 2017 10:25:05 AM

A by-product of the rise of the contingent workforce is swelling ranks of workers with impermanent employment situations. This means hiring organizations are engaging much more frequently in the execution of pre-employment screenings during the onboarding process. The cost of these screens, occurring with greater regularity in today’s contingent-reliant world, has prompted some employers to require candidates to foot the cost of their own background checks and other screens. Is this a best practice? Or does it have negative implications for attracting talent? Here’s some perspective.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Let Your MSP Take the Pain Out of Using Summer Interns

Jul 11, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Summer is upon us now and you’re probably considering tapping the youthful vigor and enthusiasm of college-aged interns to help take some long-postponed projects to completion. You like the idea of engaging interns because they’re a very cost-effective classification of worker. Student interns like coming to work in a company like yours because they can earn legitimate experience for their fledgling résumés and also because most colleges and universities have some requirements mandating the completion of internships.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Workforce Management, interns, seasonal staffing

Gaining Perspective on Open Door Policies

Jun 21, 2017 2:39:20 PM

In today’s corporate culture, the idea that a workforce management organization should have an “open door policy” is widely recognized and theoretically rewarded. But, what does adopting such a seemingly affirmative policy mean to the everyday manager, employee and organization? Is it right for your organization? Read on for the pros and cons of the “open door policy.”

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management