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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

The Fall of Traditional Retail and the Role of Workforce Management Solutions

Mar 5, 2019 2:35:56 PM

 

Once a stalwart of the American labor force, retail as an industry has been experiencing an ongoing collapse. Similar to the precipitous demise of American manufacturing in the 1990s as entire career segments were washed away by a tide of offshoring to low-cost countries, retailers today are on the run. However, unlike the loss of manufacturing jobs which left a vacuum in employment, there is a silver lining for the American worker when it comes to retail. Here’s the story.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Retail, Gig Economy

The Changing Face of Contingent Workforce Management in Retail

Feb 27, 2019 10:42:02 AM

Retail as an industry is navigating through a time of significant operational change and upheaval. The very nature of how consumers interact with retailers has been radically changed by advancements like ecommerce and the “Amazon-ization” of expectations regarding shipping and delivery. As a result, there has been a widespread shift in business requirements and priorities with respect to staffing practices for retailers. Here are some of the emerging dynamics impacting retail workforce design and management.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Workforce Management, Retail, Gig Economy

Higher Education: Learning to Love Workforce Management Solutions – PT 1

Feb 13, 2019 11:04:00 AM

 

A broad and growing array of services and tech solutions for managing contingent is being embraced and adopted by industries of every kind. Historically, in the higher education vertical, the need for such solutions hasn’t been pressing until recently. Growing interest is due to developments which make non-employee workforce elements more necessary and attractive to colleges and universities. This two-part blog will explore the emerging challenges behind the increased interest in workforce management solutions among higher education institutions, how to sort through the array of solution options, and the type of results driven by their successful implementation.

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Topics: Blog, Procurement Services, EOR Services, Workforce Management, seasonal staffing, Independent contractors, Strategic sourcing.

Why You Should Know More About “Ban the Box” Policies and Regulations

Jan 18, 2019 1:17:52 PM

 

 

Today’s post lies at the intersection of two of this blog’s most important missions: providing insight into best practices for sourcing talent in challenging market environments and keeping readers up-to-date with respect to ever-evolving legislative and regulatory changes that impact workforce management practices. With these two critical goals in mind, we bring to your attention, the latest on the so-called, “Ban the Box” movement and what it may mean for your operations in 2019.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Workforce Management

Advantages and Disadvantages of Engaging Contingent Labor

Jan 10, 2019 1:31:38 PM

 

Editors Note: The World Economic Forum recently published the Future of Jobs Survey.  From the companies who responded, 61% are likely to engage new, temporary staff with skills relevant to new technologies; 64% are likely to outsource some business functions to external contractors. With this in mind, nextSource is re-posting one our most popular blog articles (originally published in October 2015) to help you determine if engaging contingent labor is right for your organization. Enjoy! 

So you’re the person responsible for HR at a small to moderate size business (an SMB in the parlance of the times) and you’re growing. But you’re not sure if the growth will be sustained or if it will be halting and unsteady. Or perhaps you have seasonal peak periods to accommodate. So you’re considering initiating a contingent workforce strategy for your organization. You’ve read the articles in Entrepreneur, Inc., Fortune and others extolling the growth of contingent labor as a part of the overall workforce. But is this strategy right for you? Here’s a simple primer to help you weigh some of the potential benefits and downsides of contingent labor.

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

How to Discourage “Ghosting” or "The Irish Goodbye" Among Candidates, Workers

Jan 3, 2019 11:55:00 AM

Ahh yes, the notorious “Irish Goodbye,” the practice of quietly leaving a party or gathering undetected, purposely avoiding the fanfare and expected formalities so as not to disturb one's host from their duties. A similar, but less courteous activity today is known as “ghosting,” and it doesn’t just happen among friends who wish to slip out of your cocktail party unnoticed. It also happens in the workplace. There’s not a single workforce management professional who hasn’t encountered ghosting among candidates and hires over the last few years. Here’s why it happens and what can be done to discourage this irritating and costly behavior.

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