Tips For Considering a Contingent Workforce

By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

It is a fact that the contingent workforce is changing the game when it comes to the way employee performance is measured. Today’s workforce is a hybrid of seasoned employees working alongside hourly employees that make up most of the jobs that fall into the contingent workforce realm.

As the hybrid workforce model grows, so does the need to manage it. What I have found most interesting is that only 16% of leaders believe they have an effective performance management process to supervise the contingent workforce. This is not a trend, but a mere fact that companies – especially those that have consumer-facing roles – will be increasing their contingent workforce in the coming years. The most effective way to do this is to transform an existing labor pool or create a specific team of contingent workers that remain working for YOU. In order to get the necessary results from this workforce, maintaining control is a critical component to achieve success. Here are several tips to consider when creating your contingent workforce.

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Why are you still using a staffing agency?

By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

Nobody knows what your talent needs are better than you. So, if you’re still using a staffing agency, you probably aren’t using the best possible talent for your business. It has become an industry norm for companies to utilize staffing agencies and for staffing agencies to charge you a hefty premium for their services.

If you’re relying on an agency to deliver you top talent, you could spend time writing a job description, sit in on several conference calls and describe the best possible candidate for the positions you are filling, and still not end up with a good candidate for your business goals. The hiring process takes time and money – lots and lots of money. It does not matter how detailed and specific you are with the agency, they will NEVER truly understand the culture and needs of your company as well as you do.

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Is it time to change your retail staffing model?

retail staffing model

What is the size of the gig-economy? In the past year, it was almost $800 billion in annual spend with roughly 45 million people picking up gig jobs. That is a whopping 30% of the workforce taking part according to Staffing Industry Analysts. If you have not adopted the on-demand workforce model yet, you will need to. The staffing industry has not changed in that past 30 years making it even more difficult to keep up with the modern-day challenges and changes.

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The Rise of The Contingent Workforce

Contingent Workforce

By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

There’s a dramatic global shift taking place in the in the makeup of a company’s internal workforce. The shift reflects not just the dynamics of the new economy, but also the increasingly popular employment trend of hiring a pool of contingent workers.

This shift does not come without its challenges. Some of the biggest shifts are taking place in consumer-facing roles such as retail and all the brands supporting their retail partners.

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Why Your Company Needs a Flexible Workforce

Flexible Workforce

By Rob Balfour, VP Enterprise Sales, AllWork 

Study after study is drawing a clearer picture of the future of work; specifically, the contingent workforce. Businesses and employees are seeking options for flexibility. Employees and companies have the desire to earn money apart from the traditional style of doing business. Now, more and more organizations are realizing the potential of employing those who are flexible to have plenty of staffing when the business needs it and save money when it doesn’t.

A contingent workforce, also known as a flexible workforce or an on-demand workforce, is a staff that is optimized for when it is needed. Depending on the nature of the business, this flexibility can mean many things. Some of the biggest shifts are taking place today and will continue to grow is in the retail and services sector.

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Retailers: Salespeople are Your Greatest Asset

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At AllWork, we believed that top talent on the sales floor is the key to a successful brand. They are the face of your brand at retail and the ones who will provide customer service and get your product into customers’ hands. It’s crucial to support this talent with proper training and resources. However, with today’s retail transformation, some stores are ignoring this simple fact that salespeople drive sales. By understaffing and undertraining workers, retailers are losing their biggest advantage over e-commerce – their one-on-one customer interactions.

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Writing Job Posts to Attract Top Retail Talent

Writing Job Post

Filling a position and attracting top talent is hard in any industry, but when it comes to retail, it can be especially tough. With 4.6 million Americans working in retail sales, unemployment at historic lows, and a record number of job openings in the retail industry, securing talent is becoming increasingly tough. Cut through the clutter by writing a retail job listing that sells applicants on your company, team, location and all the things that make working for you great. Don’t forget to introduce your company, focus on the details, and convey clear steps of the hiring process.

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The Future of Retail: Trends for 2019

The Future of Retail Trends

The retail industry is one that has changed dramatically over the past few years. Amidst all of the retail apocalypse chatter, an entire industry has slowly been reinventing itself in order to survive. Not only has it survived, but smart retailers are thriving by creating in-store shopping experiences and completely revamping the way their customers interact with their brand. In 2019, stores will be defined by their inclusion of experiential retail and a shift to an on-demand employment model.

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What’s The Best Way To Manage Staff During The Holiday Rush?

Managing Workers During the Holidays

When the holiday rush approaches, retailers need to get ready. But while is the time of year when you make the most sales, you need to look after your staff if you want them to perform effectively.

Your staff will need some strong management to get them through the busiest time of the year. Your goal should be to ensure everyone is not only happy and productive as individuals but also performing well as a team too.

Staff management is always important, but it becomes even more important at busy times of the year. Here are some top staff management tips to help you as the holiday season approaches.

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Retailers are Hiring 650,000 Temporary Workers for the Holidays

Hiring Temporary Workers for Holidays

The holidays are, of course, the busiest time of the year for retailers but this year is one for the record books. In a report released this week, The National Retail Federation expects retailers to hire between 585,000 and 650,000 temporary workers this holiday season. With sales in November and December to hit between $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion as shoppers continue to spend in a stronger economy, there is an ever-growing demand for top talent in the retail industry. Randstad US alone is looking to fill more than 25,000 seasonal positions nationwide. While Macy’s announced they will hire 80,000 temporary workers for the holiday season, along with employees to handle online orders.

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