The Best of the nextSource Blog from 2021

For years, the nextSource blog has been delivering powerful, actionable information about all things workforce management-related to help you develop and manage a more successful contingent workforce program. This year was no different. While we offered plenty of articles dealing with important topics like upskilling, diversity, ROI, program design best practices and workforce trends by…

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Risk Considerations for Would-Be MSP Customers

Contingent workforce management is tricky. Even more daunting is the process of deciding what type of service or software solution is best suited to help you achieve your contingent workforce management goals. This post will focus on the risks facing those who would be best served by engaging a managed service program (MSP) provider to…

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Staff Augmentation or Managed Services? Which to Choose?

There are many paths leading to successful workforce management program designs. Figuring out how to best structure a workforce management plan for your operation can be a little overwhelming given all the strategies, services, and technologies out there. One of the fundamental decisions is whether to handle the process internally, managing staff augmentation suppliers on…

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What is the Role of Automation in Managed Services?

What would happen if an organization decided to use BOTH a VMS and an MSP? It’s not a crazy question. In fact, quite a lot of good can come from marrying these two seemingly different approaches to the same goal of improving workforce management. Let’s think through what’s to be gained by embracing the “why…

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MSPs Can Avoid Unintended Employment Consequences of New Legislation

In our last blog, we discussed the forces driving what is referred to as “The Great Resignation”.  In this blog, we will focus on recent market developments that have impacted the availability of qualified workers.  Our intent is not to take a stand on the legality or morality of any legislative, political, or social initiative;…

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How a Managed Service Provider can Help you Survive The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation continues as millions of Americans opt to leave their current job behind in search of something else – something better. While there have been periods of so-called “turnover shock” before, the Great Resignation is unprecedented in its size and scope. As a result, workforce management pros struggle to keep up with the…

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MSP VS Managed IT Services

MSP VS Managed IT Services

So, here’s one of those things that has long been a source of confusion when it comes to workforce management. We’re talking today about the term Managed Service Provider, or “MSP”. Depending on who you ask, an MSP is either a way to outsource contingent workforce management or it is a way to outsource IT…

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How to Use Modern Managed Services Like the Fortune 500

Innovation typically begins at the highest levels of industry, where deep-pocketed companies (with the budgets to support experimental projects) support early adoption of emerging tech and process. This was true of the rise of the Managed Services Program or MSP for workforce management in the 1990s. Once proven by the largest players, the MSP concept…

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What It Means to Work with a Reliable Workforce Management Provider

When it comes to choosing a workforce management provider, there are enough platitudes to go around.  Providers will talk to you about their extensive industry experience, their superior customer service, their work ethic and more.  Of course, all these things are important and a buyer must do their due diligence in verifying these claims by…

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