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Our Predictions on the Trends to Look for at CWS

Staffing, recruiting strategies and contingent labor management are all changing rapidly. At this year’s Staffing Industry Analysts’ Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit and CW Solutions Forum you’re likely to see how some of those changes might impact your company.

Beyond the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the recent Browning-Ferris National Labor Relations Board ruling, there are many other day-to-day considerations to make when running a contingent labor program. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Today, there are so many different types of “non-employees” in the workforce. These are workers who are not your employees, but are working for you and with you. If you don’t have a handle on who they are and where they are – and how to manage them – you could be introducing risk, costs or in-efficiencies into your organization.

If you are reading this, then you probably have some understanding of some of these problems. But, there’s always more to learn. At CWS, the analysts, providers and buyers come together to discuss what’s happening now in contingent labor.

Our Predictions on the Trends to Look for at CWS 2015


  • Statement of Work (SOW) is ready for managing – This is related to folding your SOW workers into a contingent labor program or Vendor Management System (VMS). Since this work is more project-based, and different than traditional temporary work (or at least it should be), there are different ways to manage it. While it would seem natural to manage it though an MSP or VMS, many companies still do not. At CWS, you can find out why this may or may not work for your company.


  • Having to Re-Build Your Business Case – After the great recession, there was a slowdown in the need for managing non-employee workers. Fast forward to today and there are more of them than ever in the workforce. And, they are not just fill-ins or “temporary” as the name sometimes suggests. This leaves the owners of non-employee processes in HR and Procurement with the responsibility for re-building, re-tooling or just plain re-stating the need for a contingent labor program. Find out how companies are moving their programs forward in our new economy.


  • MSP and RPO: Many companies still not convinced – There are many overlapping reasons why you might have one company help you with both your contingent labor and your direct hiring. But often, there are challenges with one or both sides of the equation. There are, however, companies that are taking advantage of this. At CWS you can find out how they are doing this and if one or both of these might be your answer to getting talent into your organization.


Those are just three examples of some of the trends to look for. There are many others – such as the subtle shift toward more permanent hiring. How will that impact you in the next year?

Get your tickets for CWS this year and join us for these and other exciting topics. And, as an added bonus, you can take in some of the sights and sounds Dallas has to offer (including perhaps a real live armadillo race). See you there!

This blog was written by Matt Rivera. Matt serves as Vice President, Marketing and Communications and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Yoh’s marketing and brand communications. Matt holds a degree in Journalism/Public Relations and has been working in the staffing industry for more than 25 years. Prior to this role, Matt held many different roles from branch recruiting and proposal writing to technology management and online marketing.


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