Contingent & Temporary

Your Agency Temps Can Now Form A Bargaining Unit With Your Own Employees

Over the last seven+ years, the National Labor Relations Board has consistently expanded collective bargaining rights in a variety of employment settings. Continuing that trend, the NLRB has now reversed over a decade of precedent and ruled that temporary employees supplied by one company (“supplier employer”) to another company (“user employer”) to perform…

Technology and the Gig Economy: Will It Cultivate Trust, or Destroy It?

First of two parts If you have never read George Orwell’s book 1984, you need to – or if you have read it, go back and read it again (I did recently). Considering it was published in 1949, it is unbelievable how much his concept of “Big Brother” and the use of technology…

Are You Pushing the Limits on Your Labor and Your Workforce?

One of the first things I learned in Industrial Psychology was the breakdown and distribution of labor. I learned what it meant to have a full-time equivalent (FTE), part-time, temporary and per diem/on-call staff. Each of these components serves a different and essential purpose to your workforce planning.  In fact, you cannot actually…

Why Engagement is Important for Contingent Workers, Too

For many years, temporary workers came and went without anyone really learning their names or even acknowledging their existence in offices around the world. Today, however, global talent shortages are forcing enterprises of all sizes to re-think their relationships with contingent and outsources workers. Demand is beginning to outstrip supply for a number…

Tech Insights: On-Demand Talent Comes to the Aid of Recruiting

One of the most important new categories of HR technology is the talent platform. These are the apps that connect clients to on-demand labor. In almost any field you can imagine, there are skilled people eager to work on short-term projects. Of course, you need to find those people and that’s why this…

Why Remote Workers Really Makes Sense For Your Business

Over the past 10 years, the way workforces look have changed drastically. Has yours changed? Do you require all of your employees report to the office and work 8 to 5? If so, you could be missing out on the great potential of remote workers. Remote employees aren’t the right fit for all…

5 Reasons Why a Temporary Hire Might Not Be Right For You

In our previous article, 5 Really Good Reasons to Consider Temporary Employees, we shared five reasons temporary employees might be a good fit for some workplaces. But is a hiring a temporary employee the best fit for your company? This time, we’ll look at reasons why a temporary worker might not be the…

5 Really Good Reasons to Consider Temporary Employees

When a position opens in your company, it’s easy to fall into the same routines to fill it. For some, it’s putting an ad on a job site or posting about the opening on social media. Others will call a recruiting agency for help filling the role. One option you might not have…

For Quality Hires, On-site Staffing Firms are Best

It is rare to find a large medical device manufacturing facility today that doesn’t take advantage of temporary labor. As the number of orders for products goes up and down, the demand for workers changes on a daily basis. Temporary workers play a crucial role — creating and inspecting a product and ensuring…

Demand For Temp Workers Is Forecast to Grow In Q1

After slowing for four consecutive quarters, demand for temporary workers is predicted to increase in this first quarter of the year. The Palmer Forecast released this week says temp staffing should increase by 4.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis over the first quarter of 2015. If the forecast is correct, it will be…

Despite Strong December, Temp Has Slow Year

A strong jump in temp staffing last month helped boost overall December hiring to the second strongest month in a year as employers grew payrolls by 292,000 workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that with December’s strong numbers — far above the 215,000 average of analysts’ estimates — and the…

Why You Should Never Do Business With A MSP

You’ve got a great relationship with a long-established client where you’re the exclusive staffing provider. You understand them and they understand you. Like that eerie, normal calm at the beginning of a horror movie, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you and your client are sharing a picnic lunch and discussing…

Don’t Let Staffing Become A Necessary Evil

According to an October 2015 report by Staffing Industry Analysts, buyers gave their primary staffing suppliers a Net Promoter Score of -4%. A measure of customer loyalty, these scores can range from -100% to 100%. (Editor’s note: In the 2014 SIA survey, contingent buyers gave their staffing suppliers a -19%.) As a point…

If You Want a Great Workforce, Don’t Use These 5 Traditional Hiring Practices

Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple, famously said, The secret to my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Hiring the best people in the world is an exceptionally high standard that many companies aspire to reach. But, how can you expect to hire…