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What is Total Talent Management?

Apr 9, 2020 3:14:38 PM

Total Talent Management is a new methodology for talent acquisition and administration requiring consideration of all manner of talent/worker classification when hiring full-time employees, contingent workers and other assorted contractors. The talent shortages driven by globalization prompted the need to source and manage talent in different ways. Fueled by the growing relevance of the contingent workforce in contemporary business operations, this model calls for a seamless blending between permanent hires and contingent labor when developing HR and procurement policies and practices.

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Topics: Blog, Procurement Services, Workforce Management, temporary staffing, Independent contractors

Top 5 Best Practices for Onboarding Contingent Workforce Resources

Apr 9, 2020 2:06:44 PM

The pandemic is wreaking havoc on organizations. Some are seeing operations grind to a halt while others are experiencing unprecedented and overwhelming demand. In either case the need for time and money saving processes for onboarding of contingent labor is essential. For some there’s a pressing need to ramp up quickly now. For others, the need will explode once the economy reopens releasing pent up demand for all kinds of products/services. So we thought we’d take this unique moment to share five best practices for onboarding contingent workforce resources.

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

Open Letter to Congress – What About Temporary Workers?

Apr 6, 2020 2:24:09 PM

Dear United States Congress,

We at nextSource would like to join the American labor force in offering congratulations and thanks for the recent passage of several stimulus packages aimed at providing support to the countless number of displaced workers whose livelihoods have been interrupted by the closure of the economy. We know this is difficult legislation to craft under such short and exigent timelines. Nevertheless, we feel it is important to highlight the gap in how contract laborers, independent contractors and other freelancers are normally addressed with respect to unemployment insurance and other benefits.

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

Optimizing Staffing Industry Access is Critical for Essential Organizations During Pandemic

Apr 3, 2020 5:16:26 PM

Like most other industries and internal departments, the staffing industry and workforce management professionals grappling with unprecedented disruption in their operations. While some segments of the economy are shedding jobs at an alarming rate, others are experiencing unplanned, peaking demand just as broad swaths of the workforce are staying locked down. How will the staffing industry respond to these never-before-seen dynamics and what can essential industries do to overcome the challenges of ramping up amidst the crisis?

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

SOW and Project Services Management Never More Important During Pandemic

Apr 2, 2020 2:53:24 PM

The “new normal” for workforce management in the midst of a pandemic includes a heavy utilization of remote workers wherever this is possible. In order to retain productivity levels, many organizations may be considering engagement of remote worker types for the very first time. For finite but important non-core projects SOW project workers are a good solution. For those already familiar with (but perhaps not heavily leveraging) remote project management or SOW services, there is also an increased need for project services management guidance and expertise. Good news is, nextSource is well-equipped to help any organization optimize SOW and project services management strategies.

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Topics: Blog, Statement of Work, Workforce Management, temporary staffing, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

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

Staffing Industry Braces for Surge in Demand for Contract Workers as Online Higher Education Enrollment Poised to Explode

Mar 26, 2020 4:28:43 PM

For the last several years, nextSource has reported periodically on the increased use of contract workers in the Higher Education industry. We’ve also written at length about the rise of online education and how the staffing industry was forced to grapple with yet another industry competing for contract workers with the technical skill sets required to build out and maintain online learning systems. With the current COVID-19 crisis forcing nearly all activities into the cyber space, will Higher Education organizations see a spike in new online learning enrollments? Let’s examine the trends for some evidence to support this possibility.

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Topics: Blog, Statement of Work, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Higher Education