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Independent Contractors

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October 2, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

The war for talent has recently reached a fever pitch, starting with the Great Resignation back in 2021 and then really heating up with the Great Reshuffle, when roughly half of the workers who quit their jobs made an entire change in occupation. Now, the talent war is moving into its next phase with what can…

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September 28, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

An increasing number of businesses have been relying on contingent workers to fill their open positions. For businesses struggling to find qualified candidates, it’s a matter of necessity. For others, it’s often a strategic move, seen as an opportunity to access specialized skills and services on an as-needed basis — and often at a fraction of the…

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August 23, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

The rise of remote work has triggered a shift from conventional recruitment strategies toward new, cutting-edge hiring methods. In addition to other strategies, companies now attract top talent by offering remote or hybrid options, contracting with freelancers, and onboarding contingent workers. Additionally, to align themselves with an increasingly globalized business landscape, companies are expanding into new markets…

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August 2, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Navigating the various rules surrounding the engagement of independent contractors can be a daunting task for companies in general. If you then add to that the complexity of operating in multiple jurisdictions, that will be enough to leave even the more seasoned professionals feeling quite overwhelmed by the numerous restrictions and requirements they must observe.…

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July 18, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Fears of an economic downturn have a way of prompting companies to hit pause on a handful of strategic initiatives — talent acquisition included. Combine such uncertainty with rising interest rates, high inflation, and an unexpected banking crisis, and it can surely bring about a complete reevaluation of staffing needs. That’s at least what the…

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June 21, 2023 Read time: 4 minutes

Contingent workers are playing an increasingly influential role in today’s business world. Their skills are extensive, and they provide organizations flexibility in multiple ways, offering expertise, stability, and even help launching initiatives. In 2023 and beyond, employers must understand who these workers are and how they can help their businesses both survive and thrive.  …

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June 7, 2023 Read time: 1 minutes

Businesses everywhere are still grappling with tremendous change, as pandemic aftershocks continue to roll through the global economy. Although most Covid-era restrictions are behind us, organizations large and small are still dealing with significant people-related issues. Workforce capacity planning is just one piece of this complex, multi-faceted puzzle. But if you’re an employer, rightsizing your workforce…

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May 9, 2023 Read time: 1 minutes

Building a team is not as simple as it once was. A business used to set out to hire a cohort of steadfast, full-time employees. Today, what constitutes a team can vary widely from business to business. Teams can change day by day, with temporary, contract, and freelance workers taking up shorter-term roles and collaborating…

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May 4, 2023 Read time: 1 minutes

Now that digital nomads are predicted to make up a third of the world’s workforce by 2035, it’s time for staffing and HR professionals to understand this trend. Almost 17 million workers in the US would use this label to describe themselves, according to reporting from Forbes. What exactly does the lifestyle offer them, and where is the digital…

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April 5, 2023 Read time: 3 minutes

With a possible recession in the air and the rising cost of living wreaking havoc for just about everybody, companies have a lot on their plates today. It’s no wonder that decision makers are looking for any opportunity to save costs and draw out inefficiencies from their processes.   How Should Businesses Cut Costs When…

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