Workforce Management

4 Ways Using Independent Contractors Can Give Your Company a Competitive Advantage

July 13, 2018

It’s no secret that organizations across the country have been struggling to find, engage, and retain skilled talent. In fact, 73% of CEOs say the availability of skills is a serious concern—so where are the resources to fill this need? We believe the answer lies in the continued rise self-employed professionals, a population that brings highly specialized…

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Should You Hire a Consultant? 10 Myths About Hiring Independent Contractors

May 22, 2018

The prospect of engaging independent contractor talent can bring up a lot of questions, especially if this is new territory for your business. There are many common misconceptions about the independent workforce—a rapidly-growing, nearly 41-million strong talent pool. One important distinction to note is that independents don’t just make up the on-demand economy—Uber and Lyft drivers, Task Rabbit-ers,…

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5 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring through a Freelance Marketplace

May 2, 2018

Why Hire Through a Freelance Marketplace? If your organization is not already using a marketplace to source independent professionals, you may be missing out on great talent. Freelance marketplaces—online platforms that connect independent contractors with projects—are quickly growing in popularity. As many as one in five independent contractors said that they had used a marketplace…

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Staffing Agency vs. Consulting Marketplace: What is the Difference?

April 12, 2018

There are an expanding number of ways to reach independent professional talent. Knowing the key differences between staffing agencies and online marketplaces can help you determine how best to reach independent talent for your unique project needs.

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Preparing for the Future of Work: Recapping the 2017 SIA CWS Summit & GigE Events

September 21, 2017

Last week, MBO Partners® traveled to Dallas to participate in two Staffing Industry Analysts events focused on contingent workforce professionals: the Contingent Workforce Solutions (CWS) Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy. Below is a recap of key themes from one of the sessions, “Future-Proofing: How Savvy Organizations Can Prep for the Independent Workforce of Tomorrow”, moderated…

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How to Write a Great RFP for Consulting Services

August 3, 2017

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools widely used to find and engage independent professionals. Often, these documents are created as standardized templates that have already been approved by key stakeholders such as legal, compliance, procurement, or human resources. As a result, they may serve your internal requirements but fail miserably with your intended…

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Recapping Key Themes from the 2017 SIG Global Executive Summit

April 11, 2017

At the recent Global Sourcing Industry Group (SIG) Summit, MBO Partners CEO Gene Zaino sat down to discuss the rise of self-sourcing and what it means for the traditional services supply chain. The theme of the summit was innovation in the workplace and workforce and how with both, the future is now. In an intimate…

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6 Ways to Build a Virtual Talent Bench

March 23, 2017

As recruitment and engagement methods shift to align with the needs of the ever-growing independent contractor workforce, competition for top talent is increasing. Independent contractors provide unique access to specialized, industry-specific skills, and are a valuable alternative to investing in a full-time resource. Building a virtual talent bench is quickly becoming key to being a best-in-class…

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What are the Different Levels of Contingent Workforce Engagement?

September 19, 2016

The independent contractor-client relationship has made some dramatic shifts in the past several years. In the war for talent, enterprises once pursued becoming an employer of choice in order to attract and retain top talent. The same companies that once fought a war for FTEs are now fighting to attract and retain the best of…

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How to Increase Human Capital ROI by Using Independent Contractors

July 14, 2016

There are a variety of dynamics and nuances with different marketplaces, but the three components that investments share are: Acquisition, Enablement, and Management. Our first post on human capital detailed the acquisition process, while our most recent post a few weeks ago dove into enablement. Today, we conclude our series with the final dimension: management. Define the Value of Independent…

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