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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

The Changing Role of Drug Testing for Marijuana in the Workplace

Feb 24, 2020 3:30:08 PM

The fractured legal environment surrounding the continuing movement towards marijuana legalization drives great ambiguity for employers when it comes to longstanding policies governing illegal drug use among the workforce. It is no longer completely clear how/when testing for marijuana can be legally performed (pre-screening or on-the-job) and how to appropriately address positive results. Let’s examine today’s complicated legal environment and explore ways employers can protect themselves.

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

New Year Brings Raft of Regulatory Changes Impacting Contingent Workforce Management

Jan 10, 2020 1:02:39 PM

The New Year and new decade bring new changes to Labor Laws at both the Federal and individual states’ levels. For the busy contingent workforce manager, the changes can be very easy to miss, but the price for failing to stay abreast of laws and regulations makes it critical that they’re observed and understood. Today’s post will highlight a number of the more high-profile changes and underscore the benefits of partnering with a knowledgeable provider of effective supplier management and contingent workforce management solutions.

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

Independent Contractor Misclassification Is a High-Risk Game

Dec 17, 2019 2:24:56 PM

The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a hot topic. The U.S. Department of Labor describes independent contractor misclassification as “one of the most serious problems facing workers, employers and the entire economy.”

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

Staffing Industry and Hiring Organizations Brace for New Industry Reporting to be Required by SEC

Nov 7, 2019 10:32:37 AM

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed new regulations for publicly traded companies that would require reporting on the size and composition of the workforce. This is likely a reflection of the significant evolution of the American workforce over recent decades. Clearly, the SEC and investors believe there is actionable investment information to be gained from knowing more about a company’s labor force, its composition and utilization. So, what might new reporting rules involve and how might they affect the staffing industry and workforce management planning at all kinds of companies?

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

Is it Time to Consider a Procurement Services Provider for Contingent Labor?

Oct 31, 2019 12:05:44 PM

Your procurement department is probably well-equipped to source the goods your organization needs. From raw materials needed to produce products to office supplies, they’ve got it well in hand. However, services procurement – that is buying services such as contingent labor of all varieties like temp labor, project workers, and independent contractors – is a completely different kind of purchasing. For these more complex procurement needs, many organizations turn to a procurement services provider or ‘PSP’. What is a procurement services provider and is it time to consider engaging one to support your contingent workforce management sourcing needs?

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