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Career or Calling? Contingent Work Guides Talent to Professions of Purpose

Posted by Sunil Bagai on Oct 13, 2016 11:00:08 AM

Millions of young Americans are experiencing a “quarter-life crisis.” They understand that the economy and the nature of work have changed forever. Economists and researchers continue to wag their fingers at the grim specter of recession, yet I believe something more substantial is taking shape. Workers today seek a calling more than a career. They crave purpose, autonomy and exploration. Managing one’s vocation successfully is no different than managing a business. And that’s why the contingent workforce has the power to help modern talent evolve and achieve their aspirations. As we’ll see, even temporary gigs can forge the foundation of permanent accomplishments. In fact, it’s possible that the Great Recession has spawned a Great Progression in hiring, entrepreneurialism and workforce development.

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Tags: Millennials, Career, Contingent Workforce Management, employee development, freelancers, Gig Economy

Millennials: Freedom in the Era of Free Agents

Posted by Len April on Oct 11, 2016 11:00:04 AM

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), in its recent tally, projected the number of active U.S. contingent workers to have reached 44 million. In 2015, said SIA President Barry Asin, companies spent upward of $792 billion on non-traditional professionals. The contingent workforce won’t be “temporary” much longer, or even complementary. In many ways, on-demand work will become the norm, especially as Millennials continue to stream into the market. Yet businesses are failing to respond fast enough, even though they champion the use of contingent talent. Contract work is no longer a luxury or a cost-savings strategy for organizations. It’s the new way of business. And companies really aren’t prepared. Contingent workforce program leaders are more essential than ever before. They can’t be considered afterthoughts or support resources or vendors. They are emerging as the key executive figures in the era of agile employment. The notion of a traditional career is becoming a quaint tale we’ll read to our children. If you don’t want your company ending up as a page in that bedtime story, it’s time to partner with these contingent workforce experts.

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Tags: talent acquisition strategies, Career, Contingent Worker Management, Contingent Workforce Management, freelancers

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