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The Contract Workforce

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June 5, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

Measuring the performance of your contingent workforce program is crucial to its success. Traditional hiring metrics such as fill rates and other front-end measurements are helpful, but they provide very little insight into the program outcomes or the relationship between vendors and the program managers or HR executives in charge. To assess the actual effectiveness of…

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May 5, 2020 Read time: 4 minutes

The COVID-19 pandemic is sending shockwaves through the economy. As of late March, a Bain/Dynata weekly survey reported that nearly 60% of Americans had experienced cuts in pay or hours, layoffs, or closed their businesses because of the virus. The fallout of these losses creates an unprecedented situation for HR crisis management. Many businesses have transitioned their…

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April 21, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

In years past, companies looked at contract work as a way to fill temporary voids. They used it for seasonal work, during leaves of absence, or as administrative support. For generations, contract workers have helped companies remain profitable and competitive, and their ranks are only set to increase in the coming years. Research from TrueBlue and Emsi suggests that hiring contract…

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April 1, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

Too often, job descriptions promote false values to garner interest from jobseeking superstars. Unsurprisingly, those A-players don’t stick around long, and that can lead to costly turnover that deflates morale and profits. Brands that aren’t authentic to their company vision, culture, and values in job listings create misalignment for new hires, who are expecting one…

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March 19, 2020 Read time: 4 minutes

With businesses struggling to find, hire, and keep skilled full-time employees in this economy of low unemployment, many have turned to contingent, or temporary, workers. Contingent workers can fill in on special projects or deliver on short-term needs. Because of this, gig workers have never been more practical. Recent surveys show that over a third of American workers…

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March 2, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

With many businesses struggling to fill jobs and the skills gap widening every day, company leaders can no longer rely on local talent alone in their recruiting and hiring efforts. Instead, they need to reach beyond the traditional methods of hiring to discover new ways to find and engage workers — and often, that means embracing nontraditional…

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A group of a millennial workforce collaborating in a room of couches sharing a table
February 18, 2020 Read time: 3 minutes

The world is changing, and businesses need to change with it if they expect to thrive. These changes are wide-ranging, but perhaps the two most relevant ones are technology and the workforce — and they’re inextricably linked. Workers, especially Millennials in the workforce, expect a lot from their employers. Their lengthy lists of employer expectations include the ability…

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February 18, 2020 Read time: 4 minutes

The gig economy in 2020 is sexier than ever. Contingent workers have shaken up the business world, and it’s a win-win for both temporary workers and companies. However, leaders often undervalue freelancers and independent contractors — assuming that contingent workers are just bargain-basement workers. Yes, 1099 workers are flexible and cost-effective, but they’re not necessarily a quick…

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February 6, 2020 Read time: 4 minutes

As companies have a higher comfort level engaging alternative workers, it’s important to identify an experienced employer of record (EOR) to make your contingent workforce program a success. These success factors will vary depending on your organization’s objectives, but pricing, experience, and consultative solutions are typically high on the list. However, don’t overlook evaluating the EOR’s…

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January 13, 2020 Read time: 1 minutes

It's no secret that businesses need to know who their employees are before they hire them. But the rules surrounding background checks are constantly changing, so how can businesses make sure they're screening job candidates effectively and fairly? Read the full article on HR Technologist to learn about five best practices for vetting candidates. Article…

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