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Exploring New Frontiers: An Overview

By MBO Partners

A new report based on a research study by MBO Partners and Emergent Research hit the internet today. “Exploring New Frontiers: How Independent Workers View and Use Generative AI in 2024” looks at how independents interact with Gen AI in their businesses. Our research, which included 1,132 independent workers and 3,832 traditional workers, indicates that…

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Future-Proof Your Workforce with Direct Sourcing

By MBO Partners

Direct sourcing—the process by which a company leverages independent contractors—has seen rapid advancement in recent years. As the market shifts to increased use of independent talent, direct sourcing will become even more important to enterprises that want to optimize their workforces The Evolution of Direct Sourcing Basic direct sourcing can take the form of finding…

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How to Maximize Efficiency When Activating a Direct Sourcing Strategy

By MBO Partners

The use of direct sourcing to leverage independent workers from an internally developed pool of talent has rapidly grown in the past few years. As of early 2023, nearly 80% of large organizations either have a direct sourcing program in place or expect to explore the approach within the next two years. Finding the ideal…

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Creating an Effective Contingent Labor Program: Introduction 

By Jessica Soler

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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How to Achieve Corporate Agility by Leveraging Independent Talent

By MBO Partners

Enterprises today are increasingly using workforces composed of full-time, independent, and offshore talent. By shifting to project-based workflows that align with this mix of talent, companies can be more flexible in creative in how work gets done. Many have transitioned to remote work, or partially remote work as a new way of operating. To remain…

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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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5 Things to Know About the Modern Independent Worker

By MBO Partners

MBO Partners’ 2023 State of Independence report found that there have never been more people working independently—more than 72 million Americans reported working as part-time, occasional, or full-time independents. There is a growing demand for independent talent, who are well-positioned to provide companies with flexible, on-demand expertise. And as more people see independent work as…

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Here Comes Gen Z: How to Prepare for the Gen Z Workforce

By MBO Partners

Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Z is the first digital-native generation. Computers, the internet, and smartphones are integral to their day-to-day lives, not the optional features of other generations. Their worldview, colored by a world in turmoil, has fostered a perspective on life and work that significantly differs from their elders. One in every…

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What to Know Before Hiring through a Talent Marketplace

By MBO Partners

If your organization is not already using a marketplace to find independent professionals, you may be missing out on great talent. Talent marketplaces—online platforms that connect independent contractors with projects—are continuing to grow in popularity. In 2023, 40% of independent contractors said they used a talent marketplace to find work and 47% said they planned…

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4 Ways to Build a Network of Qualified Independent Talent

By MBO Partners

A talent network is a vetted and qualified on-demand pool of independent professional talent that managers use to fill project roles quickly. An established talent network that has either worked with your company before or been through a vetting process can be hugely valuable. This group of independents will already be familiar with how to…

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