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5 reasons a Freelancer Management System (FMS) will make your life easier

Wednesday, Sep. 3rd 2014

Are you a Human Resources, Procurement, or Talent Acquisition Manager? This blog’s for you!  Why will a Freelancer Management System rock your world?  Here are 5 reasons:

Freelancer Management System Benefits

1)  Manage your freelancer and independent contractor information and performance ratings in one cloud-based platform.  No more “Hey, I need that tech we used last time. I think his name was Joe?  How do we find his information?” Organize your talent network you have built over the years in ONE place.  Freelancers can be accessed in minutes.  No more searching databases or even paperwork to find and engage that talent.

2)  Happier freelancers make for happier Human Resource employees. By engaging, managing and paying your extended workforce in one place, you are able to connect with workers faster (even via their Smartphones!) and pay them in a more timely manner—who doesn’t like that?

3)  You can integrate an FMS into your current MSP and VMS programs.  Simply incorporate the FMS so that you can easily expand your extended workforce beyond agency temp workers to manage workers that typically work on your short assignments—ranging from hours to days at a time.

4)  No matter your industry, an FMS can benefit your company.  Enterprises employing a high number of freelancers in the information technology, media, oil and gas, health care, and education industries have already been able to simply the hiring process, retain the most qualified talent and lower labor costs considerably.

5)  Gain a competitive edge.  The freelance market, according to an Intuit study, will comprise of 40% of the US workforce by 2020.  As your need for freelancers expands, having one solution to effectively:

  • Locate
  • Engage
  • Manage
  • Retain
  • Pay

this extended workforce will significantly cut down on time, effort AND (it’s worth repeating) lower labor costs.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of FMS.  For more information, click here and download The Freelancer Management System: What Is Required For Contingent Workforce Management.

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Top 3 lessons for business success from former Red Sox player Jimmy Fabiano

Tuesday, Aug. 26th 2014

From Professional Baseball to Business, My Lessons Learned

jimmy_fabiano_blockTrue, baseball is America’s favorite pastime but it also can teach us how to succeed in the workplace.  Take it from one who knows firsthand. James Fabiano (a.k.a Jimmy), OnForce’s Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales, gained valuable experience during his former career as a Boston Red Sox player. Recently, I asked Jim to share his expertise on leadership and sales. He reflected on what he would have done differently to make it to the big leagues and how he has used his experience to make it in the big leagues in business. Here he shares his advice:

1) Build your own personal brand. In baseball, a manager wants to know, “What kind of player are you? Do you excel at defense, offense and what can you bring to the team to help us win?” Similarly, in business, people want to know who you are and what you can do to help the company succeed. Focus on building your brand. Be known as “that” person for a specific position or role in the company. For example: “He/She is excellent at closing new deals or outstanding at providing superior customer service and can help us hit our numbers. Figure out who you “are” and promote it!

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2) Advocate for yourself. Interestingly, when I played high school and college baseball, many people advocated on my behalf. Once I got to the Red Sox, I had to learn to advocate for myself. When I got to professional baseball, the whole game changed, and it suddenly became clear that if I didn’t promote myself and what I brought to the team then I would be sitting on the bench. At that level everyone is good so you need to let people know that you are ‘that person’ who can do ‘that job’ and deliver for the team. If you don’t, the next player or business colleague will. Don’t miss your opportunity to let your manager or company know who you are and what you are ready to deliver.

3) Practice. I was told that one day a guy got off a bus in Boston and asked someone “What’s the best way to get to Fenway Park?” The other person said, “Practice, man!” I was so impressed when I got to the Red Sox to watch big league players like Carl Yastremski. Carl had already played 20+ years in the big leagues and was still the first guy in the batting cages every morning during spring training. In baseball and in business, you need to work hard at your job but also find ways to constantly improve. The most successful athletes and business colleagues I have ever worked with never stop practicing and trying to get better at what they do. Don’t take your success for granted. Continue to find new ways to raise your game!

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OnForce to showcase Freelancer Management System at Staffing Industry Analyst’s CWS Summit Las Vegas 2014, Oct 8-9

Friday, Aug. 22nd 2014

Members of the OnForce team will attend Staffing Industry Analyst’s (SIA) CWS Summit Las Vegas 2014, Oct 8-9, at the Mirage Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

SiA’s Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit helps human resources, procurement, IT and category managers develop actionable strategies to improve their use of contingent work.

We will be featuring OnForce’s Freelancer Management System, our private, cloud-based Freelancer SaaS solution for managing an enterprise’s independent workforce. Our Freelancer Management System is the 1st software platform to integrate into the current MSP and VMS landscape and provide a way for enterprise Contingent Workforce programs to expand their reach (beyond agency temp workers).

The following members of the OnForce team will be on hand:

  • Peter Cannone, CEO
  • James Fabiano, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales
  • Julie Semler, Senior Director, Enterprise Accounts

James Fabiano will moderate a special roundtable on “Online Staffing and the Contingent Workforce -Technology.” Would you like to join us?  REGISTER HERE.

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OnForce at CompTIA ChannelCon 2014

Wednesday, Aug. 13th 2014

Don Anderson, OnForce VP of Operations at ChannelCon 2014Members of the OnForce team attended CompTIA’s ChannelCon, which took place Aug. 4-6, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.

ChannelCon is a big annual training and partnering experience for the IT channel. Attendees learn about IT industry news and the latest training offered by CompTIA.

The following members of the OnForce team met with OnForce Pros as well as OnForce Buyers:

  • Don Anderson, VP, Operations
  • Nancy Alm, Regional Vice President of Sales
  • George Harris, VP Business Development
  • Justin Gonzalez, Network Account Coordinator

“ChannelCon offered us a great opportunity to meet and greet new and old friends/peers.  I was especially pleased with the traffic at our booth. It gave us a chance to share OnForce news with current and prospective customers. Additionally, It was great to meet many of the Independent contractors who work on our platform and hear their feedback,” explains Nancy Alm.

As a yearly ChannelCon exhibitor, we are able to give our customers and IT professionals free admission to the show floor.  Join us next year Aug 3-5 in Chicago for ChannelCon 2015

Are you currently an OnForce IT Professional or Buyer?  If not, SIGN UP HERE.

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Five signs you should invest in a T2T workforce

Wednesday, Jul. 16th 2014

Let’s face it, workforce management techniques of the 20th century are just not going to cut it for the 21st century.  That’s where T2T workforce management comes in.

But what is a T2T workforce you ask?

T2T (or “Task-to-Talent”) work arrangements are for shorter-term assignments (“tasks”) rather than lengthier traditional contingent work arrangements.  With T2T, you enlist freelancers or independent contractors with a specific skill set to complete highly specific tasks on-demand as needed.

If you answer yes to even one of the following signs below, it is essential for you to consider utilizing a T2T (Task to Talent) contingent workforce.

  1. You constantly struggle with matching the skills of your fixed workforce with the work that needs to be done.
  2. You are embracing “statements of work” as a means to extend your workforce.
  3. Your use of contingent workers is on the rise and isn’t expected to slow down soon.
  4. Your workforce is aging and you are expecting resource gaps as employees retire.
  5. You are caught between finance’s constant request to cut hiring costs for temporary freelancers/contingent workers and management’s desire to hire more short-term workers.

You can relate.  Now what?

Perhaps your company isn’t ready to embrace the T2T workforce because they prefer to do it the “way we’ve always done it.”

However, once you understand how much money and time is saved by using a T2T workforce, the executives would be remiss not to jump on the bandwagon. Let’s look at some example situations and solutions—to satisfy you, your finance department and management!

Do you have gaps in your business’s workload?

You are the creative director at a marketing firm and are responsible for the company’s website designers.  However, the amount of work varies throughout the year.  Your full-time employees are on a “roller coaster” working long hours with periods of down time (low utilization) sprinkled in between. Using a T2T contingent workforce can create a more stable and satisfying working environment for your employees while increasing overall workforce efficiency using variable resources on-demand.

Do you have a quick task that needs to be accomplished?

You handle the service projects for your company.  You have multitudes of POS systems that need to be installed by qualified technicians.  You currently don’t have the bandwidth to complete the installations internally.  Also, once the installations (tasks) are completed, you won’t need these technicians anymore.  With T2T, you get those POS systems installed on-demand when needed.

Are you spending money to train your workers in skills that they will only use once?

Let’s consider the example above.  Your staff technicians are great but many don’t have POS training.  And remember, these POS installation tasks may only be needed once depending on the projects you win.  Utilizing a contingent workforce that specializes in POS installation eliminates the time to train your employees.

Are many of your seasoned employees retiring soon?

You are the manager at a manufacturing plant. You have full-time employees that are soon retiring. At one time, their skills were needed on a full-time basis.  Today, their workload has waned and it fluctuates. While you will sometimes need workers with those skills, you won’t need full-time employees to replace the retiring employees.  A T2T workforce will allow you to “get the job done” on-demand thus increasing workforce utilization at a much more efficient cost

Let’s say you agree that Task-to-Talent sounds applicable to your business.

Obviously you still need to find qualified freelancers or independent contractors, submit work orders, manage the work and pay those workers.  This could be quite costly, cumbersome and time-consuming using the outdated “way we’ve always done it.”

But where can you find workers quickly, that are qualified, certified and insured for the task at hand and not need to worry about mitigating risk?

Reach beyond traditional staffing resources and choose an online workforce platform.

You will then be able to choose, manage and pay your freelancers and independent workers almost effortlessly.  An all-in-one freelancer SaaS or “WaaS” (workforce-as-a-service) cuts down on recruiting time, paperwork, invoicing, and insuring 1099 compliance.  Search through the platform for workers with those exact skills and their quality ratings. You are then assured of hiring qualified workers. The freelancers and contingent workers are rated by other buyers which allow you to choose only those with excellent ratings. You can post work orders and pay workers through the service.  They can even accept your work orders in real time on their mobile phones!

OnForce.com (okay, shameless plug here) is one option that can save you (a lot of) money, time and aggravation. In fact, OnForce guarantees your satisfaction on every work order. Peace of mind—we’ve got that covered.

You don’t have to jump off the diving board into the pool all at once.  Just put your feet in first and select an area where you know your organization is deficient in skills and capabilities.  Get some experience in using an online workforce platform. I believe you will find that it’s not just a way-out future solution to consider but is applicable to your organization’s business success right now.

For more information about the T2T workforce, download Task to Talent (T2T):

How Technology is Driving a New Contingent Work Arrangement Paradigm.

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