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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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…

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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…

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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? First the background. Yahoo Finance correspondent Julia LaRoche spoke…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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During times of economic uncertainty or widespread market disruption, it is not uncommon for organizations to impose some form of hiring freeze for full time employees or full-time equivalents. Freezing hiring for all non-essential positions can give an organization the opportunity to consolidate current employee rosters and restructure departments to minimize labor costs while protecting…

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Misclassification of SOW labor is a special kettle of fish. While there is a wealth of information to underscore the risks and consequences of independent contractor (IC) misclassification, there seems to be far less out there on the risks of misclassification of SOW vendors/resources. Let us examine the specific classification pitfalls inherent in leveraging SOW…

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Managing contingent labor is very different than managing HR for full time workers for a number of critical reasons. Perhaps your organization is leaning on contingent resources to address cyclical or seasonal peaks and valleys. Or maybe you have periodic need for talent in specialized areas or you have frequent short-term staffing needs that would…

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