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Avoid Getting Bitten in the Tail (Spend)

Oct 11, 2019 1:41:32 PM

Tail spend is defined as the roughly 20% of a procurement department's spend allocated to non-core transactions. Typically, this is spend on items not significant enough to be run through a procurement process, typically due to a high volume of small suppliers and limited in-house resources available to manage them. For most organizations engaging niche suppliers to accommodate specialized contingent staffing needs, this type of niche spend often falls into the “tail spend” category. While spend in this bucket may be small overall, the risks associated with workforce procurement may represent outsized risks and as such, it warrants increased attention to avoid potentially costly problems. Here’s what you need to know.

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Topics: Blog, Procurement Services, Cost savings, Best Practices, Procurement

Recent Developments Seem to Favor Current Human Cloud IC Classification Model

Sep 27, 2019 12:31:38 PM

The nextSource Blog has been covering the ongoing saga of gig economy pioneers like Uber for at least the last five years in posts like this from 2015 and this from earlier this summer. Companies like Uber, Lyft and scores of other gig economy organizations continue testing the boundaries of labor laws, tax regulations, and the very nature of the employer/employee relationship. They represent significant evolution in the nature of workforce management and keeping abreast of the changes wrought by these disruptive models is imperative to all organizations leveraging human cloud, gig economy and other emerging worker types. These two recent developments in the ongoing Uber story suggest the pendulum is swinging back toward favoring the “Uber model” for worker classification.

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

When Provider/Partners Fail – How to Avoid Being Caught in the Aftermath

Sep 20, 2019 3:27:25 PM

If a staffing company, payroller, EOR or other workforce management service provider serving your programs were to wind up in trouble with the law or suddenly become insolvent, it could spell big trouble for your operations. The most recent example of this catastrophic occurrence has affected numerous unfortunate organizations and reveals a risk to organizations relying on these provider/partners. Read on for details about this most recent example, along with a rundown of associated risks and what you can do to protect your contingent workforce management program from becoming a victim.

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, EOR Services, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Gig Economy

Business Leaders Must Partner with HR on Gig Economy Strategy

Sep 12, 2019 12:10:46 PM

With so many members of the American workforce migrating from the ranks of traditional W2 wage-earning positions toward the flexibility and autonomy of gig economy jobs, business leaders are responding to increasing calls from their HR management for approval to leverage gig economy labor in certain critical roles. The savvy business leader understands that contemporary organizations have much to lose by failing to harness the benefits of gig workers while their competition does. Here’s some of the steps needed to make an HR-driven gig economy practice come to life in your organization.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Workforce Management, Gig Economy, Procurement

Help on the Way for Harried Talent Acquisition Professionals

Sep 9, 2019 3:17:51 PM

The rapid growth in adoption of contingent labor among all kinds of organizations has become a burden on the talent acquisition community. Talent acquisition professionals are busy enough grappling with sourcing in a historically low unemployment environment where finding not just bodies to fill seats, but talent that can be developed for longer-term and temp-to-hire positions is already a heavy lift. Executing the steps needed to succeed – such as defining employer brand, building positive culture, workforce planning, sourcing and measuring performance analytics – can seem beyond the ability of TA pros to achieve.  Luckily, there are resources out there to help.

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

Critical Takeaways from Staffing Industry’s 2019 Temporary Worker Survey

Aug 29, 2019 11:19:59 AM

Sometimes in life, we get the exact opposite of what we want. For the preponderance of workers responding to the SIA’s 2019 Temporary Worker Survey, a full-time job to replace temp work is what workers are wanting for. Yet, in today’s low-unemployment environment, there are still many who haven’t been able to join the ranks of the full-time employed. With the economy flashing recessionary warnings, it seems poised to get more difficult, not less difficult for those contingents yearning for full time roles. For employers and their staffing agencies however, some preventative planning can help make life as a contingent more rewarding than before which will be welcome when the economy cools and full-time jobs grow more scarce. Here’s some advice in that regard.

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

Which KPIs Should You Track for Your Contingent Workforce Program?

Aug 8, 2019 1:01:47 PM

You can’t manage what you can’t measure says the old business axiom. This is why performance minded managers employ key performance indicators or KPIs to help quantify critical aspects of performance in all areas of their business. For contingent workforce programs, there are common KPIs most frequently correlated with workforce management success. Knowing which ones are the most effective is a question frequently encountered by nextSource experts. So, let’s talk a bit about KPIs and how to select the ones best suited to driving success across your contingent workforce operations.

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Topics: Blog, Human Resources, Best Practices, Technology

Brave New World, Broad New Lexicon

Jul 11, 2019 2:47:25 PM

The “gig economy” is a topic we have been covering extensively here at the nextSource blog. The mushrooming growth of this new labor type represents a brave new world, both for individuals in the labor force as well as those professionals tasked with contingent workforce management. As with any new emerging business practice, it takes some time for legal and regulatory strictures to catch and come up to speed with the velocity of the changes wrought by disruptive innovations. In the interim, there is often increased risk for all who embrace the mantle of early adoption.

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Topics: Blog, Best Practices, Technology, Gig Economy, Independent contractors