When we launched PRO Unlimited back in 1991, the workplace was in the early stages of a dramatic transformation. Large companies were downsizing their workforces for lower costs and greater flexibility, giving rise to a rapid proliferation of temporary staffing providers. Suddenly, growing percentages of the workforce became contingent workers—temps, independent contractors, and freelancers.
Especially for large companies, the contingent workforce quickly became an important operational lynchpin, though it also grew into a substantial cost. And with this growth came greater risks around tax and benefit liabilities.
Part of the problem was that contingent labor programs operated in myriad silos, and there was no consolidated view across all of them. They thus lacked visibility in terms of who was using contingent workers and how much they were paying for each resource, whether workers could be classified as contingent labor (versus full-time employees), how long the workers had served in a contingent work capacity, among many other factors.
PRO sought to tear down these silos and provide enterprise-wide transparency by building connections and managing the processes between all of the different contingent workforce stakeholders. This was all done with a focus on striking a practical balance between the legal complexities enterprises face and their need to attract top-notch contingent talent.
While the marketplace has changed over the years—from new business requirements and technologies to additional regulations—PRO’s vision and mission have remained the same. We believe that with the right contingent workforce management processes and systems, organizations can realize tangible business outcomes.
Leading with innovation and placing customers at the forefront are crucial cornerstones that the company laid when it was first founded. And they remain today. Indeed PRO’s offerings have evolved over the years because we have listened to our customers while keeping a close eye on the marketplace.
In doing so, PRO touts a proven track record of innovation (“industry firsts”) that include:
PRO’s journey is not complete. The company continues to look into the future, through the lens of customers and where the marketplace is headed, to determine what the next big innovation will be.
As a pioneer and leader in contingent workforce management, PRO possesses an immense amount of industry expertise and experience. So when it came time to re-launch our website, we elected to launch a blog with it, believing that prospects and customers are genuinely interested in hearing our perspective.
Our blog posts will be organic—germinating from our experiences and our core marketing initiatives—as well as responses to news reports and recently published information. Here, our objective is to add our voice to the conversation in the blogosphere and social sphere regarding contingent workforce management and providing a perspective on ways to navigate the complex issues involved in building and managing today’s workforce.
For the blog name, we elected to go with something simple, a nomenclature that captures what we’re trying to accomplishment—PRO Insights—and have been doing for the past two decades plus.
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We hope you find out blog posts informative and thought provoking.
Andy is the CEO and Co-Founder of PRO Unlimited.
Disclaimer: The content in this blog post is for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as specific legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. The blog post reflects the opinion of PRO Unlimited and is not to be construed as legal solutions and positions. Contact an attorney for specific advice and guidance for specific issues or questions.