The Benefits & Perils of the North American Contingency Workforce

July 30, 2014
Hosted by Marcia Zidle

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Businesses have dramatically increased their use of contingent workers over the past decade due to the struggle with rising labor costs and the need for a workforce that can quickly adapt to market conditions. It is estimated that approximately 30% of the North American workforce is either contingent, contractual or a temporary in some regard and that this labor trend will increase to 50% by 2016. Organizations are also quickly adopting contingent workforce strategies due to regulatory pressures and to simply bring their organization to the next stage of maturity. With such a large percentage of the workforce traversing into this realm it is critical for organizations to understand the inherent risks, benefits, challenges, and potential solutions to assist them with effectively growing and managing their contingent talent base.

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Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle

Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, works with entrepreneurial ventures and small to medium size companies to build and leverage their leadership foundation to move from Start-Up to Scale-Up to Successful Enterprise. In other words, she helps them take the growing pains out of growth.

Coming from a unique entrepreneurial and corporate background, she’s both street smart and strategic as she guides CEO’s and their management teams to focus on the right priorities - the right talent - the right alignment - the right performance to get the right results that will satisfy their investors, customers and other stakeholders.

With 25 years of management, business consulting and international experience, she brings an expertise in executive and team leadership; employee engagement and performance; personal and organization change; emotional and social intelligence. Her clients range from privately owned businesses to mid-market professional firms to divisions of global companies in the following industries: healthcare, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, transportation, high-tech, hospitality as well as governments and nonprofit agencies.

Marcia's "claim to fame" is as a global citizen, living as an expatriate with her family in Scandinavia and Australia. In fact, one of her children is an "Aussie.” She’s traveled in over 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Far East and South Pacific.

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