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Transforming your Contingent Labor Program: A Sourcing Perspective

October 16, 2018
We’re in Rancho Mirage, CA this week for the SIG Global Executive Summit – a multi-day event focused on sourcing best practices with some of the best in the industry, including our session presented in partnership with Intuit on, “Transforming your Contingent Labor Program.” For more information on this session, refer to the detail below. We look forward to meeting you in person! Transforming your Contingent Labor Program: A Sourcing Perspective – Day 2, October 17, 2018, 12:55pm In this presentation, the Sourcing Category Leader for Intuit’s Global Contingent Labor and FTE Recruitment Programs, Nick Schultze, will briefly explain Intuit’s recent journey, taking a tenured, localized program to market, in an effort to gain visibility and cost savings opportunities on all non-employee spend. More importantly, Nick will devote most of the session to answering all of the attendees’ questions regarding Intuit’s journey, successes, challenges, learnings and current state. Speakers Include: Nick Schultze, Sourcing Category Leader for Intuit’s Global Contingent Labor and FTE Recruitment Programs Neerav Shah, Director of Client Solutions, PRO Unlimited If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   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.  

Wand VMS Named a 2018 Digital Entrepreneur Awards Finalist

October 11, 2018
We’re thrilled to share the news that PRO Unlimited’s Wand VMS has been shortlisted as a finalist in the “Best Use of VR and/or AR” category at the 2018 Digital Entrepreneur Awards (DEAs). The awards, now in their 14th year, cover categories encompassing every component of today’s online business ecosystem – from enigmatic leadership to forward-thinking development and cutting-edge creative. (Read PRO’s AI white paper.) The DEA Awards recognized Wand VMS for its innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI), including leveraging augmented reality (AR) and the Internet of Things to bring an organization’s physical locations and workspaces to life. For example, a contingent worker visiting a corporate campus for the first time could use Wand to learn more through an augmented experience that showcases personalized building information, interactive videos, 3D visuals and more. Wand also utilizes AI to enable workers to access a wealth of information about their assignments, future contingent worker opportunities, and even training through a fully AR-enabled mobile app experience. PRO’s cutting-edge approach to AI helped it earn finalist status for this year’s DEA Awards, beating off competition from hundreds of businesses that entered across 20 award categories. The DEAs are the only national awards dedicated to championing digital entrepreneurialism and innovation across the United Kingdom. “I have seen the smallest of changes make the biggest of differences, and I am delighted to see the creativity of our digital entrepreneurs fixing real-world problems that are worth solving,” said Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and a judge for the 2018 DEA Awards. For a full list of finalists and for additional details, visit the DEA Awards website. For more on how artificial intelligence is impacting contingent workforce management, please check out these PRO resources: 1) Podcast: “How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Contingent Workforce Management” 2) Infographic: “Artificial Intelligence and Contingent Workforce Management” 3) White Paper: “Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on Contingent Workforce Management” If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. 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.

Progressive Program including Self-Sourcing Delivers Millions in Savings over Two Years

October 10, 2018
We are ready for the SIG Global Executive Summit next week, are you? Join us in Rancho Mirage, CA for a multi-day event focused on honing your sourcing expertise, including our session focused on achieving millions in savings through self-sourcing talent. For more information on our session, refer to the detail below. We look forward to meeting you in person! Not able to attend the conference, but interested in learning more? We would be happy to connect with you. How a Progressive Program including Self-Sourcing Delivered Millions in Savings over Two Years – Day 1, October 16, 12:55pm This session will review how CDK Global transitioned to a vendor-neutral and integrated Managed Services Program (MSP)/Vendor Management Software (VMS) model to increase headcount by 30% and achieve millions in savings. We’ll discuss how organizations using a private talent network to self-source workers realize lower mark-up and consistently higher quality than agency recruited workers. This session will cover the following key objectives: How to build, implement and curate a private talent network How to realize significantly lower mark-ups with self-sourcing than staffing agency-supplied workers (capture savings as high as 20% or more) How to reduce time to fill and realize higher worker and hiring manager satisfaction How to leverage a strong client brand in local areas Speakers include: Mike Morsch, Vice President, Procurement, CDK Global, LLC Donna Farro, Manager, Talent Acquisition, CDK Global, LLC Neerav Shah, Director, Client Solutions, PRO Unlimited If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   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.  

Ready, Steady, IR35: Don’t Miss this Webinar!

October 8, 2018
The UK Staffing market is facing one of its biggest challenges of recent times if the Government is successful in implementing changes to IR35 in the private sector, similar to those implemented in 2017 within the public sector. PRO’s SMEs will soon host a webinar to recap the HMRC Consultation document ahead of the Autumn Budget. Led by members of our Global Services leadership team, Chris Hughes and Nana Yeboah will examine the potential impact of the reform and outline practical steps and recommendations to address resulting obstacles. Specifically, the webinar will cover these talking points: Lessons learned from the public sector implementation Summary of the Consultation document and proposed timeline Recommendations and insights on practical steps you can take now to prepare for potential changes Following the discussion, our team will open the floor to participants for Q & A. If you’re ready to learn what the UK staffing industry should do to ready itself for IR35 from contingent workforce experts with 25 years of experience, join us on October 18th from 9:00-9:45 a.m. PDT. Learn more and register here! We can’t wait to share our insights with you! If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   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.  

Wand VMS Wins Gold at the 2018 Golden Bridge Awards

October 3, 2018
We’re excited to announced that PRO Unlimited has won two 2018 Golden Bridge Awards for its Wand Vendor Management System (VMS), including a Gold Award in the “Best New Products and Services” category for our groundbreaking Total Talent Solutions business intelligence technology. (Read the official PRO press release.) The coveted annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business, best deployments, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. An extension of the Wand Discovery business intelligence platform, Total Talent Solutions provides clients with total visibility into both contingent AND full-time resources across the entire organization. For users, Total Talent Solutions can drive benefits such as (but not limited to): Enhanced Workforce Planning Proactive workforce planning can help anticipate swings in workforce supply and demand and provide guidance on the most cost-effective ways to staff up or down as hiring demands change. Total Talent Solutions helps users leverage “owned” resources to strategically redeploy their best contingent workers. Deeper Understanding of Talent Where are our biggest talent deficits, and how we might fill them? Total Talent Solutions allows clients to compare worker quality data throughout the organization and better identify where talent deficits exist. Improved Employee Retention With the war for talent fiercer than ever, organizations cannot afford to see good people depart. Total Talent Solutions can help provide a window into worker satisfaction from both a contingent and full-time worker perspective, enabling organizations to make tweaks that boost employee retention. Increased Cost Savings Which worker types are delivering the best value, and what resources are we unnecessarily paying premium rates for? Total Talent Solutions helps answer these questions by displaying worker costs across all employee categories in an intuitive, comparable format. To learn more about how a leading-edge business intelligence solution can help your organization, check out these resources: 1) White Paper: “7 Contingent Workforce Questions That Wand VMS Can Help You Answer” 2) Data Sheet: “Strategic Workforce Planning” 3) Podcast: “4 Key Workforce Questions Wand’s Business Intelligence Can Help You Solve” If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. 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.

2018 CWS Summit: PRO Leads AI & Contingent Workforce Roundtable

September 25, 2018
With the SIA CWS Summit only one week away, the team at PRO is gearing up and will be on the trade show floor, holding demos and moderating thought leadership sessions. For those looking for the latest and greatest in Vendor Management Systems (VMS), you will not want to miss a demo of Wand, one of the industry’s most awarded and recognized VMS. Stop by our booth (#323) or schedule your demo in advance! Also, we have been asked by CWS to participate in two sessions… Looking to learn more about the latest trends and applications of Artificial Intelligence in Contingent Workforce Management? Then, this roundtable session is for you. On day 1, Tuesday, October 2nd at 9:15 am in Trinity Room 4-8, visit table 50 to participate in this discussion! Also, on day 2, PRO has been asked to coach a team in CWS’ Hack-a-Thon taking place on Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:00 am in Trinity Room 4-8. Delegates will work in teams to create innovative strategies for three/four distinct challenges. PRO’s role will be to help guide its team through those challenges and of course, win! Hope to see you at the show! If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   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.  

Wand VMS Receives Multiple Honors at Best in Biz Awards 2018 International

September 20, 2018
We’re thrilled to announced that PRO Unlimited’s Wand Vendor Management System (VMS) has been named a winner in both the “Enterprise Product of the Year – Software” and “Most Innovative Product of the Year – Enterprise” categories at Best in Biz Awards 2018 International. The Best in Biz Awards International is the only independent global business awards program judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications from around the world. This year, close to 300 public and private companies from all sectors of the global economy and more than 35 countries competed for awards. The innovative Wand features and capabilities cited by this year’s Best in Biz Awards International judges offer a wealth of benefits to clients, including but not limited to: The ability to perform tasks from anywhere: Wand Mobile enables on-the-go users to manage the full contingent lifecycle from their mobile devices. Significant cost savings: By sourcing their own talent, organizations can drive cost savings while still maximizing talent. Wand’s Talent Network allows clients to easily create their own private, self-sourced candidate pool. Increased business agility and productivity: Built by PRO’s Silicon Valley-based development team, Wand went through exhaustive end-user research and use case study, and the result is a product that’s actionable and intuitive. (Read more.) Smarter resource planning: Wand Discovery, Wand VMS’s business intelligence and data visualization tool, captures contingent workforce data, processes it and produces actionable analytics to help businesses make better workforce planning decisions Winners in the 6th annual Best in Biz Awards International program were determined based on scoring from an independent panel of judges hailing from a wide spectrum of top-tier publications and media outlets from 12 countries. For more on the awards, check out PRO’s official release. For more on how PRO’s award-winning technology can help your organization achieve its workforce management goals, check out these resources: 1) Case Study: “Self-Sourcing Strategy Achieves $1.6 Million in Cost Savings” 2) White Paper: “5 Ways Mobile Improves the Contingent Workforce Management Experience” 3) Podcast: “4 Key Workforce Questions Wand’s Business Intelligence Can Help Answer” If you’re interested in learning more about how PRO is helping organizations implement winning contingent workforce programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. 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.

ProcureCon Indirect West: Contingent Workforce Management Best Practices

September 17, 2018
ProcureCon Indirect West is a week away – will you be there? Please join PRO as we lead a working group session focused on navigating contingent workforce management. We’ll draft an action plan of five result-oriented ideas that you can implement at your organization immediately. For more information on our session, refer to the detail below. We look forward to meeting you in person! Working Group 2: Contingent Labor and Workforce Management – Day 1, September 24, 11:40 AM This panel of experts will discuss overcoming the complexities of contingent workforce management, and specifically make recommendations on global expansion and SOW program adoption. Key topics include: Potential challenges impacting global expansion Supporting a model in regions/countries with large populations vs. small populations Roadblocks impacting SOW program inclusion Key benefits of adopting SOW suppliers into the program Speakers include: Neerav Shah, VP, Client Services, PRO Unlimited Scott Sugarman, Associate Director of Talent Acquisition – R &D with Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. Nick Schultze, Sourcing Category Leader, Contingent Labor and Recruiting For more information about the session, please click here. Also, don’t forget to stop by PRO’s booth (209) to see a demo of our VMS, Wand, and to speak with our expert team!  If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com.   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.  

Visibility’s Role in Your Workforce Planning Strategy

September 12, 2018
Full workforce visibility presents many material cost benefits to companies, especially when quality talent carries a big price tag in today’s tight job market. In a new Buyers Meeting Point article, PRO’s Dustin Burgess, SVP of Strategy, Analytics, & Metrics dives into the many reasons why gaining insight into an organization’s total talent population should be a top priority for executives. The article touches on what companies should expect after taking advantage of new technology and guidance from industry experts to enhance their workforce planning strategy. Possibilities afforded by this better visibility include some of the following: Reduced spend on employee benefits by hiring contingent workers for short-term projects Improved resource reallocation to bridge gaps with existing talent Avoidance of wage premiums through increased awareness of overtime usage As Dustin explains, the impact of broader workforce visibility materializes quickly through a variety of hard cost savings. Certainly, when leadership quantifies these benefits, upfront investments in data visualization tools and management consulting are quickly justified. Even greater than the dollars saved, however, is the priceless confidence executives gain by knowing they are making informed choices that will bring them closer to their business goals.   If you or a member of your team would benefit from a further discussion on how PRO is helping companies implement winning contingent workforce management programs globally, please contact a PRO representative at 800.291.1099 or email at info@prounlimited.com. 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.  

Global Financial Group Increases Program Growth by 40% Over One Quarter

September 6, 2018
Today’s fast-paced contingent labor market is constantly changing – new rules and regulations are enacted constantly, forcing most companies to regularly walk the line between total compliance and risky practices due to lack of time and funding to fully support their program. A member of one of the world’s leading financial groups knew the pressure of walking the compliance line, facing significant contingent labor challenges and risk from not meeting new tax and co-employment laws. With scattered non-employee data, minimal resources to manage non-employees, and a lack of governance and overall understanding of industry regulations, it became clear that they needed to find the perfect partner to optimize their contingent workforce management. They selected PRO Unlimited’s purely vendor-neutral Managed Services Program (MSP) and Vendor Management System (VMS) to manage its staffing, payrollee and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) program. PRO was chosen to: Relieve overburdened internal resources Enable supplier pool optimization Centralize and track contingent worker and non-employee data Streamlining on and off boarding Provide market rate guidance on labor spend By partnering with PRO, this company saw 40% program growth over one quarter, including expanding their contingent workforce program to their sister company. Not only did they see significant growth, they were able to reignite supplier engagement, improve time-to-fill by 27%, and implement a comprehensive compliance program and centralized system for all non-employee data. To learn more about this company’s success with PRO, click here to download the case study.
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