Flexibility is Key to Finding Top Retail Talent

The evolution of the Gig Economy has demanded a drastic shift in the way companies hire and retain their employees. Retailers are finding themselves right in the middle of this shift by needing to adopt on-demand technology in order to staff their stores. Retail workers are at the heart of the business. Without them, sales would simply stop. And what do retail workers want more than anything else? Flexible schedules.

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College Graduates Need a New Skill: Adapting to the Gig Economy

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that the world of work that today’s college graduates are facing is vastly different from the one of their parents’ generation. Long gone are the days when you joined one company, stayed for the next 30 years, and retired with a gold watch. In fact, among jobs held by workers with ages from 25 to 34, the median tenure is just 2.8 years.

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Skilled Freelancers Now Earn More than 70% of Workers

Surprised? According to a new study released just this month by Upwork and Freelancers Union titled Freelancing in America 2019, freelancers performing a skilled services earn a median rate of $28 an hour, which is more than 70% of workers in the overall U.S. economy. The desire for flexibility is driving this huge growth with 57 million Americans now a part of the freelancer economy. That’s an additional 4 million people who chose to transition to freelance since 2014.

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How to Utilize On-Demand Staffing for the Holidays

Hiring for the holiday season is already well underway, and if you’re a brand supporting your retailer partners with staff, then you know how difficult it can be to hire and schedule such an enormous fleet of seasonal workers. When staffing, especially during the critical hiring season, it can be tough to create a balanced schedule to make sure you have enough talent in the right place at the right time.

Here’s where creating an on-demand workforce comes in to save your team valuable time and resources. An on-demand staffing model will allow you to tap into the skills of your entire workforce, both your existing employees and the flexible employees, while streamlining operations, cutting costs, increasing sales, and give you actionable data and insight in real-time to make better business decisions. 

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Summary: SIA Gig Economy Conference 2019

By Glenn Laumeister, CEO AllWork

I just returned from the Staffing Industry Analyst annual Gig Economy conference in San Diego and here is a brief summary of what I learned.   First, San Diego is an amazing city with probably the best weather in the world and I would say my #1 choice for a conference — so much better than Vegas!

Now, about the world of staffing — there were three main themes that were discussed in roundtable and panel discussions by leaders representing staffing/temp agency, online/gig platforms, and enterprise buyers.

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Why the Future Of Work Needs To Be Flexible

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By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

What’s driving the movement for workforce flexibility? Millennials. According to a new study by Bentley University, 77% of Millennials say that flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive for people their age. The Millennial generation is made up of people born between 1981 and 1996 meaning that there are roughly 73 Million Millennials in the US workforce today. 

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30 Million American Now Rely on the Gig Economy

30 Million Americans Now Rely on the Gig Economy for Their Income

There are some incredible new numbers this week from a report just published by insurance giant MetLife Inc. In it, they found that about 30 million Americans rely on “gig work” as their primary income source, and 67% of full-time employees indicated that they’re looking to move to more flexible work in the future rather than their current fixed traditional jobs. In addition, the report also found that another 15 million supplement their traditional, full-time work with freelancing.

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The Key to Success at Retail: Your Sales Team

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Brick-And-Mortar stores aren’t going away. No matter how much you may read about the impending doom of the retail environment, the truth is that 90% of purchases are still made in a store. That’s huge! While overall, online sales as a portion of retail sales have grown year over year, it still only accounts for a small percentage of total sales. The shift to online only shopping is happening much, much slower than previously atticipated.

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Managing Supply And Demand For The Flexible Workforce

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By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

To leverage any flexible workforce effectively, you first need to ensure that that the right employee, with the appropriate skill sets, are doing the right jobs. this will provide an optimal balance between labor supply and labor demand, which will yield optimal ROI. If your workforce management process is not functioning effectively, flexible workforce optimization will be difficult, inefficient, and costly. 

An on-demand workforce management program will allow you to harness your entire workforce, your existing employees and the flexible employees, while streamlining operations, reducing wasted time, cutting costs, increasing sales, and give you actionable data and insight in real-time to make better business decisions. 

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