The use of contingent workers is growing, steadily and irrevocably. I often wonder what a new entrant to the contingent workforce solutions market would think when first introduced to the jargon around the industry, its regulatory environment and the VMS/MSP services which make it possible to manage one’s contingent programs well and efficiently.
How exactly does a client gain the insights into the services offered and correlate their effectiveness against their specific needs? Sure, the vendors themselves are highly supportive and full of information about their services and the benefits they provide.. But, how is a novice equipped to know or differentiate the grain from the chaff?
Focus solely on Program Deliverables and look at the ease with which the program/service helps you to achieve your goals. Take stock of the innovative features offered by each offering and see if they make you go “Wow! I must have this! I cannot imagine how I could have managed this long without something like this!?”
Some must-have features of the program/service would be:
Ultimately, the adoption of any technology or the outsourcing of any process are a result of the need to achieve superior efficiency and improved results. But do think about why you will be need each feature and whether the need is immediate or something you expect to have in future. Take a comprehensive approach, which incorporates long term aspirations also because digging a well to quench an unbearable thirst makes it a highly incompetent way of managing affairs.
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