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A Lifeline Now Available to Unemployed Contractors During COVID-19

Jul 7, 2020 3:39:03 PM

It has been noted, especially by those who are independent contractors, gig economy workers and freelancers, that the government assistance money provided by the Federal government to offset the economic/labor disruption caused by COVID-19, was not readily accessible to those who didn’t hold a W2 job. With the increased numbers of those workers who fall into those three categories, a wide swath of the American labor force was denied this lifeline. It would seem however, that this injustice is about to be rectified. Here’s the latest.

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

What's the Difference Between Contractor and Independent Contractor

Jul 3, 2020 12:52:39 PM

One of the ways nextSource delivers value to its customers and to the broader workforce management industry is by helping educate customers and other practitioners alike in the sometimes complicated and rapidly changing business. There are numerous terms, practices, strategies and processes that fall under the aegis of contingent workforce management. Often the terminologies used to refer to these things are similar or even interchangeable. That’s why we’ll be doing a series of posts designed specifically to clarify terms, underscore important distinctions and contribute to the overall standardization of our collective industry efforts.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Embrace of Work-from-Home Arrangements Poised to Remake Workforce Management Practices

Jul 2, 2020 1:00:52 PM

A pair of recent articles about the unplanned migration of the workforce to work-from-home arrangements paint a provocative picture of what the future is likely to hold for workforce planning and labor markets in general. What are trends suggesting with regard to work-from-home arrangements and how will these trends modulate over time as circumstances evolve?

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Independent contractors

Best Questions to Ask When Assessing the “Cultural Fit” of a Candidate

Jun 26, 2020 4:33:54 PM

When interviewing candidates, job experience and work history are often the area’s most heavily scrutinized. Yet, the extent to which a candidate will effectively fit in with the culture of the hiring organization is almost equally as important. After all, a worker may be experienced and capable, but if they’re dramatically out of step with the overall ethos of the workplace and the organization itself, the probability of successful, productive engagement drops precipitously. With this reality in mind, we offer the following guidance on how to interview for appropriate cultural fit.

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

Examine the Efficacy of MSP Vendors in Light of COVID Stressors

Jun 24, 2020 11:15:22 AM

Staffing industry experts, like many other industry experts, are looking for the silver lining in the clouds of the pandemic. While there is nothing positive about the death and economic destruction wrought by the novel Coronavirus, there are some benefits that can be teased out of the destruction. For example, the stresses put upon existing business processes and practices are revealing the relative strength and weakness of many operations.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Healthcare, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Thoughts on the Global Economic Outlook and Impacts on Workforce Management

Jun 19, 2020 2:48:24 PM

As individual nations and broader regions feel the effects of the Novel Coronavirus on their respective economies, each is experiencing its own set of consequences, unemployment rates, peaks and valleys of workforce supply and demand, and other impacts. This post will examine how economies outside the US are faring and how the radical changes wrought by the pandemic compare to ours here at home.

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

COVID-19 Changes May Drive White Collar Workers into Contingent Roles

Jun 12, 2020 3:13:51 PM

File this among the long and growing list of unexpected workforce consequences of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic: a predicted wave of layoffs for white collar, $100,000/year employees. Where is this prediction coming from? Is it plausible? What does it suggest about the future of workforce management?

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

What is the Contingent Workforce Management Program Maturity Assessment?

Jun 11, 2020 11:01:37 AM

It can be difficult to gain a truly objective overview of the strengths and weaknesses of your contingent workforce management operation. Especially when you’re busy addressing the day to day functions needed to keep the program operable. Complicating matters is the fact that, for even the most seasoned professional, one simply does not know what one does not know. That is why nextSource has developed the new, Contingent Workforce Management Maturity Assessment Program. This powerful new service offering delivers a complete, consultative assessment and in-depth analysis of your organization’s existing Contingent Workforce Program. Here’s how it works!

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

“Working Knowledge” Digest – Part Two for June

Jun 5, 2020 12:36:06 PM

Did you know about the new “Working Knowledge” section on the nextSource website? This critically informative new section is home to articles replete with valuable information for practitioners of contingent workforce management. While the nextSource Blog generally deals with broader trends, strategies and schools of thought on hot topics impacting the industry, the Working Knowledge section provides more drilled-down information on specific tactics, legal/regulatory updates and other tactical information. This is part two of this month’s post which provides highlights of the articles in the new section on a monthly basis.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, working knowledge

“Working Knowledge” Digest – Part One for June

Jun 5, 2020 11:45:27 AM

Did you know about the new “Working Knowledge” section on the nextSource website? This critically informative new section is home to articles replete with valuable information for practitioners of contingent workforce management. While the nextSource Blog generally deals with broader trends, strategies and schools of thought on hot topics impacting the industry, the Working Knowledge section provides more drilled-down information on specific tactics, legal/regulatory updates and other tactical information. This two-part post will provide highlights of the articles in the new section on a monthly basis.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Independent contractors, working knowledge