How to Grow and Nurture Your Company’s Contingent Talent Network

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Building a talent pipeline is one of the most important functions of human resources. 

Due to the evolving nature of work, that pipeline must include contingent workers who are ready to be hired on an on-demand basis. To stay competitive in the fight for workers in an increasingly gig-based environment, HR leaders must be proactive in staying connected with those who could potentially meet their staffing needs.

High-quality contingent workers can help quickly satisfy a company’s labor requirements, usually at significantly less cost than a permanent hire, writes Jason Wingard, Dean Emeritus and professor of Human Capital Management at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. Therefore, they have become an integral part of the talent pipeline, helping businesses offset skills gaps and labor shortages when finding permanent talent is not the ideal option. 

Contingent workers provide businesses with an expanded pool of experienced candidates who are already equipped with the skills required to execute a project efficiently. Growing that network and nurturing those workers needs to be a priority for human resource departments at companies of all sizes in all industries. 

Predict Gaps to Guide Contingent Talent Pipeline Development

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