Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
Unlike past inaugurations in the United States, which were marked by celebrations and messages of unity, last Friday’s was memorable because of global protests and a speech that focused more on removing liberties and curbing diversity than enhancing them. This weekend, too, millions of women mobilized to demonstrate their concerns about losing equal rights. Regardless of politics and charged rhetoric, the underlying theme is one of uncertainty -- the nation feels aimless, lost and ambivalent about the future. It highlights a people’s struggle to find purpose under vague leadership. We see the same issues in the workforce, as talent wonder about their livelihoods with the rise of robots, AI, non-traditional employment cultures and financial insecurity. Yet, our worlds are what we make them. We can still reign as champions of hope. And as contingent workforce leaders, we can give our talent meaning, inspiration and purpose. This is our calling. This is our mandate. This is where we create success.
Instead of fearing the machines, let's use them to build a digital HR ecosystem that empowers people through technology.
At the close of 2014, we began focusing on the trends that would shape the staffing industry in 2015 and beyond, particularly as firms of all sizes began investing in performance management software to draw from the wellspring of Big Data. HR technology today is no longer a luxury or a simple way to automate processes for operational or cost efficiencies -- it’s essential to our future success. To push ahead and thrive, we must redefine staffing as a digitally fueled people business that’s enhanced and empowered by technology. Those who embrace the idea will forge new opportunities as pioneers across a digital frontier. Those who don’t may find themselves left in the dust. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to embark on this exciting journey.