In mid-December the Wall Street Journal published a section on “2011 – Trends That Will Shape Next Year” (print edition only, sorry I can’t offer a link), one of the seven topics was “Workforce: contingent workforce poses new challenges.”

“As the non-employee workforce jumps from an estimated 20 percent of the labor force to 25 percent next year, companies will see greater flexibility to deal with unpredictable demand . . . A hot growth area for service providers will be to implement programs that help managers cope with transient and flex workers, and deliver deeper analysis of work patterns to improve staffing efficiency.”

Here at Shiftboard, we understand that one of the key business requirements for managing this trend is having a lightweight, flexible system for scheduling, communication, and workforce management that is as flexible as the team you are deploying.  A typical human resource management system (HRMS) and/or payroll database for W2 employees (SAP, Oracle Apps, etc) at large corporations or hospitals often require weeks of steps and calendar flow time to enroll employees, provide security badges, provide payroll ID numbers, etc.

Our customers use our system to coordinate their flexible labor, feathering a new worker into the operational training and scheduling processes in minutes and hours, not days and weeks.  And our system can work alongside a legacy HRMS system, or link to it using our very robust Application Programming Interface (API).

— Rob