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Thriving in a New World of Work: A New Era of Contingent Workforce Management

We are living in a new world of work. From the executive boardroom down to the shop floor, the way work is done has been transformed. Businesses in 2017 expect projects to be addressed in near-real-time, taking a cue from the world of the consumer. This “consumerized” means of thinking is one of the core reasons why enterprises are rethinking how work is addressed; with 40% of the world’s total workforce comprised of non-employee talent (such as freelancers, independent contractors, gig workers, professional services, etc.), there are several attributes that are not only forcing today’s enterprises to reexamine how to survive in the new world of work, but to also thrive in it.  

DCR is sponsoring a webinar in December where I will be revealing key findings from the latest Ardent Partners report.  



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Ardent Partners’ new State of Contingent Workforce Management research study, now in its fifth year, reveals some interesting findings about this new world of work. Consider that: 

  • In years past, the top traditional contingent workforce management (CWM) challenges included driving cost savings, enhancing visibility and improving compliance. This year, businesses are focused on something else: becoming a truly agile enterprise. Agility is more than the buzzword of the year…it’s a desirable state for enterprises as they continue to thrive in a new, on-demand world of work. 
  • Cost and budget inquiries are no longer the most prominent worries when a new project is launched; for many, the question that fuels the new world of work is “How is work going to get done?” The new era of work that promotes this question ahead of more traditional aspects (like the aforementioned costs or budgets) reinforces the idea that talent, access to that talent and the innovations behind work optimization are transforming how work is actually performed. 
  • The Future of Work is real, and businesses must prepare for the innovations ahead. New technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, machine learning and blockchain, will alter how work is addressed and completed, and it is never too soon for organizations to begin implementing these functionalities into their existing CWM and talent management programs. Future of Work innovations will improve the talent experience, greatly enhance visibility and help augment key processes across the greater enterprise. 

Sub-titled The Convergence of Talent, Technology, and the Future of Work, the new research study also unveils a brand new “Future of Work Framework,” which organizations can utilize to better prepare for the revolution of talent and technology ahead. This is truly a new and exciting area for contingent workforce management, and you will receive the report after you sign up for the webinar!  

Join me on the webinar on Tuesday, December 5 at 1 pm ET.

Editor’s Note: For the fifth consecutive year, in conjunction with the release of Ardent’s “State of Contingent Workforce Management” report, DCR is sponsoring the premier webinar in which Chris will be reviewing the key research findings as well as unveiling Ardent Partners’ new “Future of Work Framework” – a blueprint for organizations as they traverse the new world of work. We hope you join us! 

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Christopher J. Dwyer is a Research Director at Ardent Partners, a Boston-based supply management research and advisory firm. He is considered a thought leader in the contingent workforce management industry with recognition from HRO Today as an “Analyst and Advisor Superstar” in 2013, 2014, and 2015, as well as from Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine (named as a “Pro to Know” in 2013). He is a premier thought leader in this industry, authoring hundreds of research studies and evangelizing the evolution of the non-employee workforce, its technology platforms, and the concept of the “future of work.” He welcomes your comments at, on LinkedIn or Twitter (@CJD_Ardent). Visit to read more of his research.