Workforce Management

How to Successfully Collaborate with Independent Contractors in the Modern Marketplace

By MBO Partners

Businesses are increasingly turning to independent contractors to meet their needs and remain agile in today’s evolving marketplace. By the end of 2027, the average company expects their use of contingent labor to grow to 38%. And studies from Deloitte and MIT’s Workforce Ecosystem found that 82% of large organizations are taking steps to integrate…

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Powering AI Adoption that Moves the Needle: Think Rebuild, Not Retrofit 

By Audra Nichols

Generative AI and other AI technologies based on large language models have seen an explosion in adoption since end users first encountered them. The powerful abilities of these models have prompted a call for AI to be integrated into most areas of business operations. For some leaders and pundits, this could be the solution to…

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4 Ways Independent Workers Ensure Market Agility

By MBO Partners

Agility refers to an organization’s ability to swiftly respond to market changes, customer demands, and emerging opportunities. To be agile, businesses need to be flexible, innovative, and able to adapt their operations to new circumstances. In today’s dynamic business landscape, agility is essential to survive and thrive. Why are Independent Contractors Important to Business Agility?…

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5 Ways Direct Sourcing Helps Overcome Challenges Using Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

Spurred by the Great Realization, the independent talent population is steadily increasing. Even as this talent segment becomes a permanent part of the workforce and a component of competitive advantage, leaders are faced with challenges. With more and more reliance on independent professionals for needed skills, the strategic question is no longer “Should we hire…

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Benefits and Challenges of Building an International Contingent Workforce

By Jessica Soler

Expanding your contingent workforce internationally has become increasingly important for companies to maintain agility and competitiveness. However, as businesses expand their operations across borders, the complexities of managing this workforce internationally increase dramatically. The challenges can be daunting, from navigating diverse legal frameworks to cultural nuances. Nicole Cieslicki, a seasoned professional and the Senior Director…

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5 Strategic Ways to Create a Scalable Independent Workforce Program

By MBO Partners

Though contingent labor has always been part of the workforce, at least to some extent, the Great Realization has spurred the engagement of contractors in larger numbers and in roles that were previously considered employee-only. Inclusion of contingent talent in a blended workforce is becoming the norm as corporations tap independent professionals to access critical…

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How to Emphasize Soft Skills in Today’s Dynamic Market

By MBO Partners

Not long ago, enterprise talent acquisition focused exclusively on technical expertise—what we call “hard skills” today. Candidate selection was based on level of knowledge in their subject areas, and independent professionals stressed technical experience in their marketing activities. Soft skills—the behaviors and competencies that foster teamwork and collaborative results—were downplayed or ignored. Things have changed….

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Three Ways Gen AI Can Help Manage Independent Talent

By MBO Partners

Managing independent contractors can be a tricky zone to navigate. You have to find a balance between giving them the support and feedback you need while maintaining a client-contractor relationship for compliance purposes. Unless it is specified in a contract, independent contractors have the right to choose when, where, and how they work. Over-supervising or…

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How Workforce Optimization Helps Companies Gain a Competitive Edge

By MBO Partners

Today’s organizations are implementing workforce optimization strategies with the goals of achieving efficiency and cut costs. Forward-thinking companies are leveraging new technologies and adapting to flexible modes of working, such as virtual meetings and remote work. This new paradigm has highlighted the vast chasm between the traditional business model and the emerging modern one. One…

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5 Tips for Hiring Independent Contractors

By MBO Partners

Engaging an independent contractor is a very different process from hiring a full-time employee. In general, full-time employees are the best option for ongoing business needs that are a core competency of your company. Independent contractors, on the other hand, offer flexible options for project-based work, or when you need to bring on specialized expertise…

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