The Power of Technology in the Workforce

How can technology help the workforce move forward?

 There are many things that are up in the air right now but one thing that has remained steady has been technology and the power it has had in helping us move forward. Technology is one thing that influences how we do business, as it progresses it also creates a more dynamic, interconnected world and industries either choose to adopt them or not.

 We do know that one thing is for certain and that is many employees, both contingent and traditional, are demanding more tools that allow for more flexibility in their workplace. These tools allow you to place the right people in the right roles, no matter where they work or what they do. Video conferencing, cloud-based collaboration tools, and AI assistants all tie it together while personalizing the individual experience. 

Of course, each organization is different, therefore so are their needs, but there are tools that deal with the difficulties of aligning entire workforces.  One of those tools is a total workforce solution (TWS) software. This helps to streamline processes for hiring and managing both 1099 and W-2 workers, blend full-time, part-time, and various contingent labor classifications into a single, unified workforce.  This helps to provide a better understanding of what the business needs to hire on.  Although there are many advantages of using TWS software, it is still best to manage full-time employees and independent contractors separately. 

The increase in the contingent workforce’s tech-savviness and the number of consumers expecting more from supply chain fulfillment has been one of the biggest changes in the logistics and delivery industries.  Consumers are expecting fast shipping and more control than they have in the past.  Because of these pressures, a ride-share model for trucking is giving clients more control over the delivery time. These changes may allow for a more flexible and responsive transportation industry. 

Compliance in the digital age may be tricky. With everything that we do, there is flexibility and risk, but the more adaptive and agile something is, the more susceptible it is to imbalance.  Having a flexible workforce provides many benefits, but also increased risks.  We may see more laws like AB5, which makes it harder to classify a worker as an independent contractor. 

As time goes on and technology keeps adapting to our wants and needs, we will start to notice more independent contracts, gigs, and freelance workers. Staying ahead of the curve and keeping up with trends will be the biggest challenge for leaders in the coming decade. Reference Link