We include developments from the Staffing Industry Daily News and The Staffing Stream to help you focus on emerging movements that could shape your business for the better.

HR Be Nimble

Human resources using more agile talent strategies.

To combat skills and worker shortages, 91% of HR managers have begun adopting more agile talent strategies, according to the 2018 Future Workforce HR Report released by Upwork. The majority, 70%, are already utilizing flexible or contingent talent, including freelancers, temps and agency workers.

In addition, 79% of HR managers surveyed reported their company’s utilization of freelancers has changed over the past three years. Nearly half of companies, 48%, are currently using freelancers — up 43% from 2017 — and four-times more hiring managers expect their usage of freelancers to increase in 2018 than those who expect
it to decrease.

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Workers prefer working in age-diverse teams.

According to Randstad’s second-quarter Workmonitor survey, 86% of the global respondents said they prefer working in a multigenerational team. However, some struggle with communication — the study reported 31% find it difficult to communicate with coworkers who are from a different age group or generation.

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Apprenticeship programs kickstart careers; half of millennials likely to consider one

More than half of millennials, 54%, would consider apprenticeship opportunities in the next two years — significantly more than any other age group, according to the American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey. Ninety percent of people familiar with such programs say they have a positive effect on their career.