New research examines the benefits and challenges of this new approach to the workforce.
By Larry Basinait
Today’s workforce continues to evolve and look much different than it did not too long ago. With the onset of remote work, the gig economy, and the demands of the millennial generation, it’s rare to find a company comprised of only a traditional, permanent workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the domestic contingent workforce is a staggering 6 million workers. Organizations are using contingent workers for a number of reasons, but the most essential are to fill needed skill sets, increase flexibility, and save costs. So how do organizations manage these workers?
With Michael Wachholz, president of the Americas and global head of contingent workforce solutions, Alexander Mann Solutions
The recruitment world has entered new era. With the advent of AI, machine learning, and advanced data analytics tools, HR professionals are now expected to deliver a hiring process that is modern, automated, and efficient. But even in this technology-focused climate, SHRM reports that creating a positive candidate experience is the top priority for organizations that wish to excel in their search for top talent.
As a result, total workforce solutions platforms have emerged to simplify the hiring and management of both contingent and full-time employees. These technologies aim to deliver a consistent experience to all workers while saving recruiters time and resources. Here, Michael Wachholz, president of the Americas and global head of contingent workforce solutions at Alexander Mann Solutions, shares some insights about how to leverage a total talent approach with a personalized touch for best hiring results.
With Greg Barber, Managing Director for EMEA RPO, Allegis Global Solutions
Today’s workforce is not one-size-fits-all. From permanent members of the team to temporary assignments and contract-based projects, employees are engaging with their employers in new and increasingly flexible ways. This trend presents organisations with an opportunity to be leaner and more agile—but also a significant challenge in managing the many sources of talent. In response, companies are choosing to adopt a Total Talent (TT) approach to talent acquisition that blends MSP and RPO capabilities into a single platform.
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As organizations transition to a total talent approach, these five strategies can help improve the process.
By The Editors
Change is on the horizon for many organizations when it comes to managing their talent ecosystems. There are many factors driving this: low unemployment, a rise in contingent labor, and evolving worker preferences, among others. In fact, recent research from Ardent Partners found that 73 percent of organizations are utilizing new methods to address the workforce. One such approach is total talent management.
By Elliot H. Clark
Because of our HRO Today Baker’s Dozen customer satisfaction survey franchise, many companies will seek us out for advice on further interpretation of the data or for help leveraging it in a procurement process. One of my most vivid memories of working with a practitioner on vendor selection was from one of world’s largest banks on a large RPO deal. One of the vendors bidding on the RPO contract was already delivering MSP services to the organization and felt certain they would win. The two met at the HRO Today Forum in Las Vegas about seven years ago. The client had several meetings at the Forum with prospective RPO firms and first eliminated the provider holding the MSP deal because they “didn’t want to put too many eggs in one basket.” Today that mentality seems silly. Now, the trend in HR and procurement is to look for companies that can provide a more comprehensive solution set—not less.
Indeed, the emergence of total workforce solutions—the combining of RPO and MSP services to subsume permanent and contingent hiring—is only one example of this phenomenon. At the Forum mentioned above, the head of HR operations for a big box retailer in the electronics industry was touting that her group managed 73 vendors including multiple RPO, MSP, background screening, relocation, and learning outsourcing providers. I remember wondering how they could celebrate what, frankly, sounded like an inefficient mess. But that same phrase about putting eggs in baskets was used. Imagine how inefficient a dairy farm would be if they shipped only one egg per outbound truck?
Moving away from a decentralized model to a total talent approach will give healthcare organizations an edge in a tight market.
By Tierney McAfee
One of the biggest trends in talent acquisition may be the perfect solution to the hiring challenges facing the healthcare industry.
A Total Talent approach allows organizations achieve the best quality of hire.
By Tierney McAfee
With skilled talent increasingly choosing alternative work arrangements over permanent, full-time positions, some organizations are responding in kind by shifting away from traditional recruitment models and toward more unified strategies.
View the top-rated providers of total workforce solutions based on our RPO and MSP customer satisfaction surveys.
By The Editors
HRO Today’s Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings are based solely on feedback from buyers of the rated services; the ratings are not based on the opinion of the HRO Today staff. We collect feedback annually through an online survey, which we distribute to buyers directly through our own mailing lists and indirectly through service providers.
By Elliot H. Clark
This year, we introduce our first-ever HRO Today Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Ratings for total workforce solutions (TWS). The companies listed are the absolute best providers in the TWS market. We believe this is a representative list of the HR service providers that can manage the large, complex, integrated programs necessary to service global companies. HRO Today defines TWS as the combination of RPO and MSP services into a seamless platform. Prior to the release of this Baker’s Dozen, we discovered through research that hundreds of companies claim to be “leading providers of global total workforce solutions.” However, after reviewing our data sets on clients that leverage both RPO and MSP products from a single provider in multiple regions, there seems to be only a handful of firms that can provide the integrated service offering.
There are some very good HR service partner companies in the enterprise and mid-market sectors offering a total workforce solution and the number of organizations looking for the combined solution is also growing rapidly. And there lies the problem: Market demand leads less capable companies to claim capabilities that they don’t actually have. This month’s cover story focuses on global technology leader DXC Technology and its innovative view of the workforce. One aspect of the company’s talent approach is what CHRO Jo Mason calls the “unincorporated workforce,” which supports candidates who don’t want to be traditionally employed. DXC partners with Allegis Global Solutions for this, as well as the sourcing and hiring of full-time employees. Given the scale and complexity, it’s hard to imagine that many HR service partners could accomplish the program objectives. And, in fact, there aren’t many—and we list most of them on the Baker’s Dozen this month. So, the overwhelming message of this column if you remember nothing else is “Caveat Emptor.”
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