19 July 2021

4 Ways to Mitigate Contingent Workforce Risks

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

In our previous blog, Identifying the Biggest Risks in Your Contingent Workforce Program, we discussed some of the hidden risks associated with the contingent workforce - from rogue spend, inefficient operational processes, worker misclassification and a lack of visibility and control over staffing agencies. 

With the overall appeal of hiring contingent workers focused around cost reduction and improved workforce quality, letting these hidden risks run freely through your contingent workforce can completely negate those benefits. 

That’s why, to truly help your business maximize its use of the contingent workforce, we’ve created a quick list of four tips that will help you mitigate those hidden risks and improve the profitability of your organization. 

A quick recap: What are the hidden risks of a contingent workforce?

The first step to strategizing a successful contingent workforce management program is to identify the areas of risk for your business. Here are the top ways in which organizations lose money due to poor contingent workforce processes:

How to mitigate the risks associated with a contingent workforce

To help your business mitigate these risks and optimize your contingent workforce for best results, we’ve listed four areas of contingent workforce management that your organization needs to focus on.

1 - Centralize the management of your contingent workforce: Many organizations (especially those with smaller contingent workforce budgets) are still using manual spreadsheets to manage their contingent workforce. Multiple spreadsheets end up getting saved across your business by different hiring managers, data gets stored on emails instead and your business is left with no visibility and control over its contingent workforce. Instead, it’s absolutely crucial you centralize the management of your contingent workforce in one location.

2 - Automate your processes: When you manage your contingent workforce processes using manual, time-consuming methods you leave room for human error and data miscalculations. You can resolve these issues by automating processes such as sourcing, onboarding, time entry and approval, analyzing vendor performance, and payments for accurate insights into your contingent workforce program.

3 - Consolidate vendors in one location: A contingent workforce program involves a number of staffing agencies, and leaves your company with thousands of data points. To use this data strategically and analyze your staffing vendors, it’s crucial that you consolidate all staffing agency data into one centralized location. This will ensure all hiring managers are following standardized rates/agreements and that your business has complete visibility into all staffing agency spend.

4 - Properly document your contingent workforce data: Incorrectly identifying the relationship between your organization and nontraditional workers can lead to worker misclassification and hefty penalties. That’s why it's important that you properly document all of the information around your contingent workers, ensuring they can’t be classified as full-time employees. Not only does this mitigate the risks associated with misclassification, but proper documentation also improves your visibility into your contingent workforce program.

How a vendor management system will help

Did you know that you can do all these things, and more, with the use of a vendor management system (VMS)?

A VMS is a software platform that allows your organization to facilitate all of the processes involved in managing your contingent workforce program, including managing your staffing agencies and your non-employee workers. 

A vendor management system will centralize, automate and consolidate your entire contingent workforce process into one easy-to-use solution. That means you’ll be able to manage your staffing agency relationships, analyze vendor performance, pay contingent workers and much more all from one seamless platform. 

The result? You'll gain complete visibility and control over your contingent workforce, saving your business money and ensuring that you are able to make better strategic vendor partnerships that improve your workforce quality. 

Want to learn more about the benefits of vendor management software? Contact Conexis VMS today. With years’ of experience in the staffing and procurement industries, our team of experts look forward to answering any questions that you may have. 

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Wayne Burgess

Wayne Burgess

Wayne Burgess is the President of Conexis, a technology company focused on helping organizations get control of their Contingent workforce.

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