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Seeing One Piece of the Contingent Staffing Puzzle

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In many American companies, the need for improved workforce staffing efficiency and cost-effectiveness is increasing rapidly. Healthcare providers satisfy this demand with flexible employment opportunities and contingent worker arrangements. Although contingent staffing can alleviate the lack of help, it does not address the workflow optimization issues managers face every day.

Classified as independent contractors or part-time, seasonal, or temporary employees, contingent workers optimize flexible schedules for desired work hours. The US Department of Labor reported that the benefits of contingent workers can maximize workforce flexibility in seasonal and cyclical demands for just-in-time employment.[1]

With contingent workers escalating in popularity for many companies across many medical practices, it’s not always the quantity that you should consider when seeking to improve contingent labor quality. Upwards of 42% of executives projected to increase the use of contingent workers over their three-to-five-year plans.[2]

As the demand for contingent workers increases, the ability to schedule, coordinate, and manage contingent staffing becomes increasingly arduous for managers. Although coordinating these efforts alone or in-house can be overwhelmingly difficult for managers, and a waste of time and resources for your organization, investing in workflow optimization tools and systems can increase your management and productivity.

Such tools in healthcare include vendor management systems (VMS). VMS technology can help you meet contingent labor demands and accommodate the ever-changing workforce diversity and versatility. No matter the scope of your workforce, allied health professionals and contingent workers are best managed by a VMS.

Supplementary to the right tools, workflow optimization mandates time tracking management and efficient delegation, both of which can be optimized through the right VMS. Once implemented, your teams and managers can focus on additional workflow optimization tactics such as identifying other areas for improvement, communicating clear goals, and introducing affordable work experience enhancements.

While contingent labor has its benefits for both companies and workers, it is imperative to your

business practices that patients receive ample treatment and that quality of work is implemented. It’s important to employ quality contingent labor and to seek to improve contingent labor quality. This task proves difficult without a contingent workforce management system or program.

In order to improve efficiency and to solve another piece to the contingent staffing puzzle, start today by equipping your staff with the right tools and systems, which will lead to increased workflow optimization and continued success. Before you spend another minute using excel sheets and attempting to manage your healthcare facility, consider how important real-time data and instant access to reports can impact your contingent labor quality.

Rather than training managers and staff to endeavor multiple communications systems for workflow efficiency, ShiftWise helps healthcare companies handle contingent workers with a VMS. A VMS can manage a firm’s hours, pay rates, and credentials of contingent healthcare workers. Instead of investing in multiple resources, VMS is a simple, all-in-one resource that ensures the right contingent workers are hired. From automated ordering to invoicing, reporting and credentialing, VMS saves you time and money.

[1] https://www.dol.gov/_sec/media/reports/dunlop/section5.htm

[2] https://www.hcmworks.com/blog/the-rise- of-the- contingent-workforce

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