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February 27, 2024 Read time: 4 minutes

For decades, staffing agencies have served as strategic partners for businesses of all shapes and sizes, offering myriad advantages beyond sourcing qualified talent — chief among them being liability. When working with a staffing agency, an organization doesn’t actually hire the worker. The agency does, and that employment status decreases potential liabilities for those organizations…

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February 2, 2024 Read time: 1 minutes

The world of work is changing more rapidly than ever. This is as much because of new technology as it is the rapid evolution of employee expectations. For companies to stay ahead of this upward curve, it’s critical to understand the prevailing workforce trends of 2024. Here are some key trends I see gaining traction…

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January 31, 2024 Read time: 5 minutes

Expanding globally, a process often fraught with navigating unfamiliar markets and ensuring adherence to diverse local regulations, is a complex and challenging endeavor for many companies. Many businesses also struggle to maintain profitability during this period of transition and growth. One effective strategy to overcome these challenges is to partner with an employer of record. An…

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January 30, 2024 Read time: 4 minutes

In 2024, discerning the nuances between contract workers and your permanent, direct workforce will transcend mere compliance — it will be a pivotal element in strategic budgeting and planning. For leaders navigating the evolving employment landscape, it’s essential to stay abreast of the transformational trends that are reshaping the way we approach workforce management. This…

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January 2, 2024 Read time: 6 minutes

In our constantly shifting digital world, trends no longer move as slowly as they did the past few decades. They zip by, often too quickly for businesses to predict or prepare for them. But if employers can get a handle on some of these workplace trends, especially as they relate to the future of the contingent…

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December 19, 2023 Read time: 2 minutes

Generation Z has always been a force to reckon with, but now they’re coming of age and joining the workforce. And as thousands of Baby Boomers reach retirement age each day, there has been a seismic shift in the composition of the workforce — as well as in the expectations of what employers provide in terms of not…

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December 1, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Today, companies are increasingly turning to direct sourcing as an approach to recruiting talent. However, to implement direct sourcing strategies successfully, organizations need to understand how to build strong relationships, use new technologies, and overcome some of the most common challenges associated with talent acquisition optimization via direct sourcing. Several best practices can help organizations use direct sourcing strategies to access far greater…

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November 8, 2023 Read time: 2 minutes

A growing number of companies — 80%, in fact — are turning to contingent workers for even the hardest-to-fill roles, and the trend won’t likely go away any time soon, with 65% of businesses planning to increase their use of contingent workers in the next few years. Much of this trend is a direct result of labor…

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November 3, 2023 Read time: 3 minutes

Picture this: Your in-house team lacks a specialized skill set that an upcoming project requires. You’re considering bringing an independent contractor into the mix to fill the void. It sounds like an obvious solution, right? Hold on! The path to engaging an independent contractor is fraught with complexities that you might not have considered. If…

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November 1, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Over the last few years, the number of companies making the decision to hire internationally has grown exponentially. For many, the reason comes down to money. Companies can often save on payroll while still hiring qualified talent at a fair wage when sourcing overseas. Others go this route as a means of expanding their talent pools. Without…

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