Workforce Engagement

6 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Workers

By MBO Partners

Some of the most effective workforces today consist of a mix of full-time and contingent labor. If your organization has already incorporated independent talent into your workforce, you’ve likely discovered the importance of building a strong foundation that supports these types of workers. Independent contractors have specialized expertise in a particular industry. They are small…

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5 Ways to Improve Contingent Workforce Program Adoption

By MBO Partners

Our workforce today includes 38.2 million independent professionals—contractors, freelancers, consultants, and more who work with small, medium, and large organizations. Including these contingent workers as part of your workforce strategy comes with many benefits including specialized expertise, staffing flexibility, and lower costs. But in order for an independent workforce program to be successful, internal staff…

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How to Write an RFP for Consulting: 7 Tips

By MBO Partners

Requests for Proposal (RFP) and contracts are vital communication tools when it comes to finding and engaging top independent professional talent. 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…

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How to Streamline Onboarding Independent Talent

By John Dahlberg

There are many dynamics at play when it comes to managing the lifecycle of independent talent. This lifecycle can best be described by three phases: Acquisition, Enablement, and Management. In my last post, I focused on the acquisition phase of the lifecycle, and today we will dive into the next element: enablement. Back to our financial capital parallel, enablement is the…

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The Value of a Virtual Talent Bench

By MBO Partners

In order to remain agile and competitive in today’s fast-changing world of business, enterprises increasingly need easy access to skill-based workers. For many, this means reshaping the conventional idea of a workforce into one that is composed of both full-time and independent contractor talent. By incorporating independent talent, organizations gain access to in-demand skills where…

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CASE STUDY: A Leading, Publicly-traded Healthcare Improvement Company Re-envisions Workforce Optimization

By MBO Partners

CASE STUDY Vertical: Healthcare | Type: Workforce Management Today’s labor force is increasingly composed of independent talent—people who work independently to build businesses, develop their careers, pursue passions, and supplement their incomes. Independent talent give companies the ability to respond quickly to project demands, exert greater control over employment costs, and realize access to in-demand…

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CASE STUDY: Cost Savings, Risk Mitigation, and Program Growth Through Direct Sourcing

By MBO Partners

CASE STUDY Vertical: Financial Services | Type: Direct Sourcing Today’s talent comes in all shapes and sizes from traditional W-2 workers to contractors, freelancers, consultants, temporary workers and more. Whether your organization is just beginning to engage contingent workers or has been incorporating this segment of the workforce for some time, you’ve likely heard the…

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Five Trends Driving Independent Workforce Growth

By MBO Partners

Our 2020 State of Independence in America research explores the cyclical and structural forces that have contributed to, encouraged, and shaped the American independent workforce. Despite the setback that the COVID-19 pandemic had on all workers in the US economy in 2020, we anticipate a strong future of independent work. Five years down the road,…

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Three Independent Workforce Trends in 2020

By MBO Partners

2020 was a challenging year for the American workforce at large as well as independent professionals. However, while independents were certainly impacted by the pandemic-related economic downturn, they were not affected as drastically as traditional workers. New modes of working rapidly became more acceptable, making independent work a more secure path for many workers than…

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Independent Professional Workforce Defined

By MBO Partners

Independent Workforce Defined The independent workforce is comprised of 51 million people who work as contractors, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and more. This fast-growing population includes all age ranges, genders, skill sets, and income levels, and spans many different segments of our economy from app-based commodity service like on-demand drivers, to graphic designers, government consultants, and personal…

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