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[...]
I’m a huge fan of Oregon Ducks football. I’ll just put that out there for anyone who doesn’t know me yet. So I was doubly interested to hear Hall of Fame safety Chad Cota join the “Recruiting with Andrew Nemec” radio show to discuss, well, recruiting. As Cota described, coach Willie Taggart faces hiring challenges that aren’t much different than those we confront every day. “There are two generations that any coaching staff really has to ingratiate themselves to when they get started,” Nemec explained. Naturally, members of the millennial generation occupy a big amount of that focus. However, by engaging alumni, every aspect of the talent acquisition, onboarding, and acculturation process becomes more optimized. Cota said the way in which Taggart maintains and utilizes his network of former players has made all the difference. Let’s see how we can capitalize on that same approach.
The Republican National Convention just came to a close, and the predominant theme of the event (though it was often derailed by other issues) was “Making America Work Again” -- work in the sense of jobs, not necessarily governance. The economy’s recovery from the crippling recession of eight years ago has been anemic. Presidential candidates in both parties are putting the challenges of employment at the forefront of their presentations. The future of gig talent is a pronounced topic of discussion. Yet there remain countless questions that must be addressed. Despite anecdotal cases, labor regulators and economists can’t agree on how to define the gig economy. They cite the absence of systematic evidence to show the true number of participants and how they perceive their jobs. The most pressing matter for legislators centers around independent contractor compliance. Let’s look at each candidate’s position on this new workforce arrangement and the influential role MSPs could play.