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The Challenge of the 'Blended' Workforce

August 2013

One of the biggest challenges facing large firms these days is how to manage a ‘blended’ workforce. Few companies are able to operate with employees alone. The use of independent contractors ‘blended’ with employees is a new ‘normal’. Managers understand how to manage employees. But ‘managing’ independent contractors is almost treated as a strange, unknown, black-art form. It’s a hidden workforce, ignored and un-researched.

Australian-based Entity Solutions has stolen something of a march in the area, having recently held a fascinating forum on the challenges posed by blended workforces as well as producing a white paper on the issues (see links below).

From ICA's perspective, good management of independent contractors in a blended workforce starts with fair contracts. That's why we campaign so hard on fair contracts.

One of the keys to understanding independent contractors is that they are motivated by a desire to control their own work and achieve the work–life balance they want. This consistently shows up in research, including research organized by ICA. 

Links

Entity Solutions

Forum on blended workforces

White Paper

Fair Contracts

ICA's campaign for fair contracts

Research

Regus study dispels myth

ICA profiling research