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Contingent Workforce Strategies 30, March 3, 2010
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Editors Note

We have seen how the contributions made by contingents have filtered through companies big and small as we gear up for the recovery. This new and growing appreciation for contingent workers is going global. As many companies expand their CW programs into Europe, they want information to help navigate these markets. Based on our readers' requests, beginning with this issue, we will be including an article from Europe in every CWS 30 issue. We are here to help you do your job better. Please reach out with any suggestions or ideas for improvement that you may have.

Feature Story

More Than a Tool
A company uses a VMS to customize its program
By Subadhra R. Sriram

In the early '90s, the vendor management software industry started out as one-off custom software development projects for large companies that lacked qualified IT workers thanks to the Y2K bug hiring frenzy. The industry has a come long way since then and has demonstrated its value proposition -- over and over again in numerous case studies -- beyond the basics of automating and making more efficient the contingent worker recruitment process. Today, the VMS industry enables companies to achieve the sort of things they once could only dream about.

And an excellent case in point is Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., a private company based in Columbus, Ohio. The company is part of the Nationwide Group of Cos., which offers diversified insurance and financial services. Its mission is to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and talented workforce -- both traditional and contingent. Nationwide relies on its VMS for a range of capabilities, from automating its $200 million contingent workforce program to personnel planning to rate intelligence...

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In the Spotlight

"It's Very Dynamic"
An IHS manager on running a CW program

Photo of Jennifer ConleyFor the June issue, CWS 30 chatted with Jennifer Conley, contingent labor program manager at IHS, a leading global source of critical information and insight dedicated to providing the most complete and trusted information and expertise....

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Benchmarks

How sophisticated is your contingent workforce program?

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Behind the News

Treat Temps Right or Employees Could Gripe
A collaborative workplace is the new buzzword, and there is evidence to prove that many employees want it. As HR experts analyze workplace developments, one thing is clear: firms are turning more and more to part-time and temporary workers to bridge the productivity gap....

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Because You Asked

We are thinking of expanding our CW program into parts of Europe. I understand that the cost of using temporary workers will increase in Europe next year because of the new Agency Workers Directive. How much of an impact is this going to have?

--Questioning in Queens, New York

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Keys to CW Success

Staffing Industry Analysts' Products and Services

Drive: High Performance Motivation in a Free Agent World
At the Contingent Workforce Strategies (CWS) Summit this October 19-20 in Denver, Daniel Pink, best-selling author of Free Agent Nation applies his unique perspective to the critical issues facing organizations as they transform their business to a workforce model with a growing proportion of contingent and other non traditional workers. In this provocative keynote he uses four decades of behavioral research to reveal why the traditional approach to high performance backfires on most organizations and reveals new methods for attracting, engaging and motivating a blended workforce that is increasingly contingent.

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CONTINGENT WORKFORCE STRATEGIES 30 is published bimonthly by Staffing Industry Analysts and is delivered to buyers of staffing services. For change of email address write to subservices@staffingindustry.com or call 1-800-950-9496.

To contact the editor, please e-mail Subadhra Sriram or call 650.390.6194.

To advertise, contact Diana Gabriel or call 650.390.6193.

Copyright 2010 Crain Communications Inc

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