Workforce Management

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How to Access, Engage, and Manage Your Independent Workforce

By MBO Partners

When incorporating independent talent into your workforce, there are many steps involved. Enterprise managers must find the right talent to fit their needs. Those independent contractors must be engaged in a legally compliant manner. It’s important to manage working with independent professionals in a way that helps your business achieve its goals. By understanding this…

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How to Eat An Elephant: Open Innovation Bite-by-Bite

By Keaton Swett

Open innovation can help companies solve problems that would otherwise remain left behind by any department. Whether implemented at a large or small company, crowdsourcing can help thrust productivity forward. It is important to use problem-solvers who are naturally curious, confident lifelong learners. After selecting problem solvers, a company can learn from the solutions provided….

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Advantages and Considerations for Hiring Teams of Independent Talent

By MBO Partners

In conducting the research that informs our annual State of Independence report, we noticed a trend in the late 2010s that prompted us to include a new set of questions in our surveys. The focus of these questions is on how and why independent professionals form teams with other independents or microbusinesses. We began reporting…

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From Employer of Choice to Client of Choice

By MBO Partners

Independent labor has become mainstream in the American workforce. According to MBO’s 12th Annual State of Independence Report, 2022 was another year of big growth for this market segment as the total population increased to 64.4 million, one-third of which are Full-Time Independents. As more and more companies move toward a blended or optimized workforce—a…

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How to Budget for Independent Workforce Management

By MBO Partners

Best practices and industry standards for engaging and paying independent contractors.

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MSP vs VMS: Which is better for managing contingent labor?

By MBO Partners

Today’s business leaders are experiencing pressure to improve service, move faster, and find new skills in their workforce. With a need to shift strategies to better meet business goals, enterprises are increasing their dependence on contract, freelance, and gig workers—adopting a flexible workforce that is comprised of both full-time and independent talent. Today, there are…

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5 Ways to Work Better with Top Talent

By MBO Partners

Companies today are settling into new ways of managing their workforce. Many are relying more heavily on contingent workers, a pool of talent that has the flexibility and skillsets needed to fill key functions quickly and efficiently. Independent professionals are a growing group of talent, and their skills are in high demand. In order to…

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7 Best Practices for a Scalable Contingent Labor Workforce Program

By MBO Partners

A blended workforce, combining full-time and independent talent, offers strategic opportunities for business growth. Staffing flexibility, the ability to compete for in-demand skills, and improved speed to market are some of the results that can be achieved with a well-integrated contingent labor program. It’s not unusual for a company to start small when integrating independent…

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5 Risks of Hiring Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Realize the competitive advantage of making independent talent part of your workforce strategy by creating a program to that brings top talent to your doorstep, compliantly.

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How Big and Small Companies Can Innovate During A Recession  

By Keaton Swett

Open innovation answers all the leftover problems that companies can’t solve during even the best of times. Economic downturns flash a light on the need for these solutions. Companies are most familiar with attracting employees and contingent workers. However, problem solvers can fit into those gaps left by a traditional workforce. Large corporations are more…

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