Workforce Management

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3 Reasons to Use a Written Contract for Consultants

By MBO Partners

Why Use a Written Contract When Engaging Independent Talent If your business decides to engage the services of an independent contractor, it can be tempting to review the work you need done, come to an understanding, and get started as quickly as possible. However, oral agreements can be dangerous and lead to legal headaches for…

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How to Make Work Life Balance a Corporate Objective

By MBO Partners

As more people than ever before work remotely, work-life balance is an important corporate objective to consider. Working from home can be challenging. It can be hard to stop working at normal hours, there are distractions everywhere, and it can get lonely. Whether you are managing independent contractors who work remotely, or a group of…

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3 Trends Affecting the Next Generation FMS

By John Jantsch

The modern enterprise understands the glaring need – and associated pressures of – engaging the best independent contractor for your project. The systems by which the independent workforce is managed often referred to as a Freelancer Management System (FMS), has drastically evolved in recent years. Here are the key components that have led to this…

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How the Human Capital Market is Similar to the Financial Market

By John Dahlberg

Understanding the dynamics of the marketplace is helpful for any business seeking to develop strategies to maximize the value of independent contractors. To help describe the “human capital” market, a parallel can be drawn to financial markets and the basic elements of managing investments. Whether you’re building your personal portfolio or executing a strategic business…

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10 Do’s and Don’ts to Follow when Working with Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

If you’re looking to engage a top independent contractor for your next project, there are a few tips and best practices to keep in mind. Follow these simple steps to ensure project success! DO THIS NOT THIS Develop job descriptions tailored to the independent contractor audience Market the project scope in addition to the desired…

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4 Ways to Increase Your Return on Investment Using Contractors

By John Dahlberg

More companies are incorporating independent contractors into their talent strategy and they do so because there is a significant return on investment for doing so. Here’s why. There are a variety of dynamics and nuances at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent, but there three components that all investments share:…

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6 Best Practices for Creating a Virtual Talent Bench

By MBO Partners

A virtual talent bench—a group of independent talent who have already performed all onboarding steps prior to a role being offered—can help organizations remain flexible and competitive. Establishing a group of reliable talent allows for simplified, rapid deployment, minimizes the risk of worker misclassification, and helps attracts top talent with the prospect of getting to…

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5 Ways Hiring Managers Can Help Talent Get to Work Faster

By MBO Partners

If you’re hiring an independent contractor, chances are you need them to get to work quickly. But in our modern work environment where independent talent—and you—likely work from home, this can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, the reality is everyone is in the same boat. More people than ever before are WFH, and there…

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3 Ways to Find and Keep Top Independent Professional Talent

By MBO Partners

Independent talent are a growing part of the workforce for many leading organizations today. Independent contractors offer companies the ability to bring a valuable set of skills to a project for a specific period of time. This approach helps to minimize employment costs and increase flexibility. But as the demand for independent workers grows—especially those…

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4 Ways to Work Effectively with Remote Consultants

By MBO Partners

More workers than ever before, particularly independent contractors, are choosing to work remotely. In fact, our research finds that 4.8 million independents currently describe themselves as digital nomads: workers who have chosen to embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that enables them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world. And 17 million more aspire…

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