Managing the Variable Work Force

Michael Vizard

Much to the probable dismay of the president, the fact of the matter is that companies are trying to avoid hiring full-time employees whenever possible. The challenge they have with doing that, however, is managing the comings and goings of the temporary contractors that make up an increasingly higher percentage of the work force.

Not only are there reams of regulations that have to be navigated, but just trying to keep track of who is working on what project and when makes figuring out who should get paid a logistical nightmare.

While staffing the company with temporary workers may seem attractive from a financial perspective, all the headaches of managing that work force have made many companies shy away from the variable work force concept.

But given the fact that both nature and business abhor a vacuum, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that new applications specifically designed to manage a contingent work force have emerged. Case in point is a labor resource management application from Work Market that is currently in private beta.


Work Market CEO Jeff Leventhal says the company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) application is intended to not only help companies manage temporary workers, but also act as a resource for finding them. That approach effectively combines the well-established concept of creating a digital marketplace for temporary contractors with an application service from which the people who hire those workers can manage them.

Regardless of how one may feel about this labor trend, the fact of the matter is that it's the job of the IT department to find the best tools out there to manage the business. Many companies today are using application software to manage their work force that is designed around the idea that most of the employees are dedicated to the company on a full-time basis.


As relying only on full-time employees is no longer an economic reality, it only makes sense that companies are starting to look for a more effective approach to managing the coalition of willing contractors that already have become the critical lynchpins of their operations.

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Jul 18, 2013 12:31 AM Edsel Mendoza Edsel Mendoza  says:
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