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Work Environment Considerations Differ for Contingent Workers

Oct 4, 2019 10:51:00 AM

Did you know that contingent workers sometimes suffer quietly in a toxic work environment (TWE) while their full-time counterparts are not feeling (or even aware of) the pain? Turnover caused by toxic company culture has cost an estimated at $223 billion according to a report released recently by the Society for Human Resource Management.  Volumes have been written about the risks and ramifications of allowing a toxic work environment to exist. What’s less well explored are the contours of the toxic work environment within the contingent workforce. 

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

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

CA Law Aimed at Gig Economy Could be A Tragedy for Entertainment Industry

Jun 28, 2019 4:55:37 PM

The regulatory fight over the laws governing the “gig economy” has gone Hollywood. But not in the good way and not in a way that Hollywood entertainment industry may regard as the typical happy movie ending. A longstanding business practice heavily utilized in the entertainment industry is at risk of being rendered illegal by pending legislation in California designed to govern worker classification practices called into question by high profile gig economy companies like Uber and others wholly unrelated to movies, TV and music performances. Here’s the story and possible implications for Tinseltown.

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

Dept of Labor to More Broadly Recognize Gig Economy Worker Classifications

Jun 18, 2019 11:57:50 AM

The Wage and Hour division of the US Department of Labor (WHD) recently issued a letter that seemingly reverses the DOL’s position on the nature of gig economy workers and their classification as independent contractors. Here’s the latest on this issue which is of great import as the number of virtual marketplace companies (VMCs) continues to grow fueling the gig economy and attracting more workers to independent contractor status.

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

VMS? MSP? Which Solution is Best for Me? Part Three of a Three Part Series | Which Solution Should Be Deployed First?

Jun 13, 2019 12:21:22 PM

This is something of a “chicken or the egg” scenario – deciding whether an organization should embark first on a project to implement a vendor management system (VMS) tech platform or engage a managed services program (MSP) partner. In this third and final installment of the series, after having explored the benefits and challenges of both solutions, we’ll provide some insight on the proper order of operations. MSP first or VMS?

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Topics: Blog, MSP/VMS, Human Resources, Workforce Management, Technology, VMS