3 October 2023

SIA’s Collaboration in the Gig Economy 2023: Key Insights

Wayne Burgess
Wayne Burgess

The 2023 CWS Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy conferences, organized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), were rich with insights and discussions that could potentially shape the future of the contingent workforce landscape.

In the bustling city of Dallas, the event served as an important forum for leaders, vendors, and innovators in the contingent workforce industry. Below are my top six observations from the sessions during the Summit.

1. Artificial Intelligence: A Considerate Integration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) remains a major talking point, but its implementation warrants prudence when it comes to contingent workforce management. It is crucial to integrate AI solutions that augment rather than replace human connections. As an industry rooted in human capital, it's imperative that technology serves as a facilitator for human interactions, not as a substitute. 

2. Technological Proliferation: Start with Business Requirements

The number of technology solutions presented was both inspiring and overwhelming. While new tools offer great potential, companies must remain focused on their core business requirements. The emphasis should be on solving specific challenges rather than being enamored by the latest innovations. A needs-first approach can yield more targeted and effective solutions.

Of course, for organizations struggling to save money, gain visibility and improve talent quality within their contingent workforce program, investing in a modern vendor management system (VMS) is always a good place to start.

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3. The Challenge of Tackling Light Industrial and Manufacturing Operations

Buyers, MSPs and VMS providers all seem confused and uncertain about how to tackle the Light Industrial and Manufacturing categories. There is a genuine reluctance to address these underserviced job categories. Light Industrial and Manufacturing are hard work and the rates are much lower than IT or engineering roles – the traditional MSP addressed categories. Low rates mean lower fees for agencies, MSPs and VMSs which may explain part of the reluctance. This won’t be solved overnight but as we have proved with our customers, a slow steady ROI-based approach will win the day. 

4. Industry Professionals: A Wealth of Experience and Passion

One of the most encouraging aspects of the event was the palpable dedication among professionals in the field. The industry is replete with individuals who are both highly experienced and passionate about creating positive change in workforce management. This combination of skill and enthusiasm bodes well for the future of the  contingent workforce sector.

5. Appetite for Innovation: Beyond Conventional Solutions

The desire for innovative thinking and new solutions was evident throughout the conference. Attendees and presenters alike were not merely content with established practices but were eager to explore fresh approaches to perennial challenges. From data analytics to decentralized technologies like blockchain, there was a clear willingness to innovate.

6. The Primacy of Personal Interaction

Despite the array of technological tools available for communication and relationship management, face-to-face interactions remain paramount. The consensus was that in-person meetings continue to provide a depth of understanding and relationship-building that is yet unmatched by digital means. 

Bonus Insight: Historical Perspective from the Sixth Floor of the Old Book Depository

As a side note, a visit to the sixth floor of the old book depository at Dealey Plaza offered an intriguing, albeit somber, perspective. It serves as a reminder that context and viewpoint can dramatically impact interpretation and understanding.

In summary, the CWS Summit and Collaboration in the Gig Economy conferences have made it abundantly clear that while our industry is rapidly evolving, certain fundamentals remain unchanged. As we move forward, balancing technological advancements with human-centric approaches will be pivotal. These events have provided much to ponder as we strive to shape the future of contingent workforce management.

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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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