August 2013

108, 2013

You Ask/We Answer

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Is VMS and MSP usage still maintaining strong growth?
Question: One of our best clients has recently adopted an MSP with a VMS. Should we expect more of our clients to do the same?

Answer: Buyers’ use of VMS and MSP grew steadily for several years, but their use of vendor management systems and managed service providers […]

108, 2013

Beyond the Daily: Allow Elastic Schedules

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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.

Allow Elastic Schedules
Workers say they are more productive when offered flexible summer hours.

Ninety-one percent of U.S. employees who are offered summer flextime say it improves morale and 80 percent say […]

108, 2013

Straight Talk From the Customer

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Suppliers on Display
Showcasing a rotating subset of a program’s preferred vendors benefits both partie
Contingent workforce program managers are often tasked with managing a supplier base that feels as if the word partnership is synonymous with autocracy. We also have to work with our company’s mission, ensuring strategic alignment of all things staff augmentation per corporate edict, […]

108, 2013

Benefit of Counsel: Workplace Investigations

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Workplace Investigation
How to conduct a thorough and fair harassment inquiry
Adopting a strong policy against discrimination and illegal harassment (including sexual harassment) in the workplace, and if a complaint is received, conducting a full, prompt and impartial investigation, are critical to your company, its risk management and the well-being of all of your employees (temporary and […]

108, 2013

It’s Not a Piece of Cake

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Four must-have requirements for aspiring MSPs
If the thought of $70 billion to $80 billion flowing through managed service providers on an annual basis has you itching to jump into the driver’s seat, you’d better re-examine your strengths and your strategy before you step on the gas.

Contrary to popular belief, an MSP isn’t a panacea to […]

108, 2013

Don’t Blame the VMS

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Change the way you use the tool
People love to hate the vendor management system (VMS). But VMS, in and of itself, is not really the issue; it’s how it’s being used. Like a doctor recklessly prescribing medications without fully diagnosing the patient, a significant number of buyers and VMS providers have been similarly negligent. Making […]

108, 2013

Healthcare Reform Part II: Which Route to Take?

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The factors that affect a firm’s decision to offer insurance or pay fines
On July 2, the Treasury Department announced that the employer mandate portion of the ACA has been delayed until 2015. While this gives staffing firms an extra year to work out whether they will offer their temps insurance or pay fines, they still […]

108, 2013

A Tool for All Seasons

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Five Ways Suppliers Can use VMS to Their Advantage
Vendor management systems are often considered a necessary evil for staffing firms, demanded by their clients. But working through a VMS offers many benefits in terms of compliance, cost savings, time savings and enhanced reporting. As businesses continue to expand their contingent workforces and suppliers move toward […]

108, 2013

Power Seller

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Ready to Drill
Staffing firms that can cater
The U.S. oil and gas industry is booming due to the global stabilization of commodity prices and new technologies that have made unconventional resource plays economically viable. Although the industry is expected to add 600,000 jobs by 2020 based on a recent study by Citigroup, oil and gas companies […]

108, 2013

Expert’s Corner

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Teach Them Well
Why staffing firms need to educate their clients on engaging contractors
Although our national outlook is steadily improving, we can’t avoid the challenges inherent with growth. One such challenge is the severe lack of available skilled talent in our workforce. Competing and winning the talent acquisition game tops the strategic plan of every growing […]