The Impact of Mobility on Contingent Labor Programs

467552263In recent years, the pervasiveness of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets in the enterprise has changed the workplace. Users are now leveraging cloud services mobility to perform business tasks that were once relegated to the desktop.

The forces driving mobile adoption are the same ones businesses actively promote: improved efficiency and increased productivity. However, one of the most critical benefits of a mobile solution is the fact that smaller screens force simplicity in design, and as a result, the need for training or education on the key functions of an application is greatly reduced.

VMS technologies are at the forefront of developing mobility tools. Mobile solutions help make it easier to secure participation from each user group and find talent faster. Here’s how different users are benefiting from increased mobility in VMS technology:

Contractors: More organizations are offering flexible work arrangements and allowing resources to perform tasks outside of their physical work locations. For contractors such as these, the ability to submit time and expense sheets on-the-go means they’re paid faster.

Suppliers: Savvy suppliers smartly build a talent pool of resources that are readily available. As they travel more frequently, the ability to quickly respond to open requisitions becomes easier with the help of a mobile solution that can be accessed anywhere, any time.

Hiring managers: The same functions that managers perform on the desktop – creating requisitions, reviewing and selecting candidates, and extending worker assignments – can now be done from the convenience of a mobile device. Approvers can take action on work items from their email client or via an app, greatly reducing cycle time and improving the efficiency of business processes.

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Business stakeholders: Stakeholders will put more emphasis on mobility as a mechanism for decision support. Data can be pushed to line managers and recruiters in real time. The simplified nature of the mobile experience will force businesses to prioritize what processes and data impacts the organization the most. The reduced need for training on these applications will also help drive adoption.

IT: When evaluating technology platforms, IT managers look for technologies that provide the widest compatibility across many devices. Trends such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs are introducing more varied operating systems into the mix, and the VMS technology that is compatible across multiple platforms and requires few IT resources to implement will prevail.

In designing a mobile solution for contingent workforce programs, VMS technologies must develop a simple and user friendly interface that requires minimal training, offers the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of the procurement process, and works across multiple platforms seamlessly. A VMS technology that can offer a unified experience for all users while also ensuring the security of organizational data within the mobile solution can better help flexible workforce program managers achieve their goals.

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Arjun Dutt
Arjun Dutt is senior business intelligence solutions consultant with Fieldglass. He can be reached at adutt (at) fieldglass (dot) com.

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