Workforce Management

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8 Ways to Offer Wellness Benefits to Independent Professionals

By MBO Partners

Being a Client of Choice is critical for any enterprise competing for independent professionals with in-demand skills. Our research shows an annual increase in the percentage of independents saying they are able to choose the clients with whom they work. This choice goes beyond money into areas like ease of engagement, the quality of working…

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Creating an Effective Contingent Labor Program: Introduction 

By MBO Partners

Unsurprisingly, companies are increasingly recognizing the need for agility and flexibility within their workforce. Recent layoffs among traditional W2 employees have prompted a reevaluation of conventional employment models. As organizations navigate economic uncertainties and rapid technological advancements, the spotlight increasingly turns towards the strategic integration of independent contractors & a contingent workforce. This shift not…

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Managing the Pressure Cooker of Microstress for Enterprises and Independents

By MBO Partners

In today’s fast-paced workplace, people often find themselves grappling with a subtle form of pressure: microstress. Unlike the obvious stress that can arise from major life events, microstress comprises small daily stressors that add up over time. Because of the “smallness” of microstressors, they may be hard to identify. Their cumulative effects, though, can be…

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5 Tips for Building Stronger Contractor Relationships in 2024

By MBO Partners

Building strong relationships with independent talent will be important for businesses in the coming year as more enterprises seek to use independents as part of their staffing strategy. Top independent talent—who have the skills companies seek—have the luxury of picking the clients they work with. Those who purposely find ways to prioritize contractor satisfaction and…

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9 Ways to Include AI in Your Workforce

By MBO Partners

Workforce optimization—establishing a strategic mix of employees and contractors—will likely be redefined in the next few years. With AI coming on the scene in a big way, speculations swirl in the business community about how it will change the way work is done. Will it cause jobs to be lost as it takes on roles…

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In-Demand Skill Sets for Today’s Workforce

By MBO Partners

As the business world enters a new digital reality dominated by AI, the skills needed in the workforce are changing. As a result, skills that were once nice to have or useful in special circumstances are in ever-higher demand. Soft Skills Become Power Skills In the past, enterprises considered roles in the context of “technical…

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How to Prepare Your Team for Rolling Transformation

By MBO Partners

2024 is shaping up to be a year of rolling transformations for businesses. AI is catalyzing widespread technology changes. Generative AI is changing how many people approach their tasks. Workforce models are changing as in-demand skills are in short supply through traditional channels. World events demand that enterprises be able to change and adapt quickly….

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6 Tips for Productive Remote 1-on-1 Meetings with Team Members

By MBO Partners

One-on-one meetings are a staple of team management. A dedicated, private conversation between manager and team member, this kind of meeting can be highly productive. In today’s workplace, it’s likely that some, if not all, of your 1-on-1s will be remote. While the fundamentals are the same, this type of meeting lacks the shared physical…

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5 Essential Team Management Skills for 2024 and Beyond

By MBO Partners

Effective team management is a vital element of success in the future of work. As temporary teams take the place of the soon-to-be-outdated long-term team model, managers must be able to rally members around specific goals and provide the support and guidance needed to reach the desired outcome—and then rinse and repeat with new members…

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4 Long-Term Trends Driving the Growth of the Independent Workforce

By MBO Partners

Over the past year, both supply and demand for independent workers increased. MBO Partners’ latest State of Independence Study found that 72.1 million Americans reported working independently in 2023. A tight labor market and demand for workers with specialized skills led more organizations to rely on independent talent to fill skill gaps. Together, this increased…

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