Soft Cost Savings in a VMS/MSP Implementation


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Soft Cost Savings in a VMS/MSP Implementation

  1. 1. WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost SavingsQuantifyingSoft CostSavings ina VMS/MSPImplementation © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
  2. 2. WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost SavingsTalent management is becoming the most criƟcal Hard savings are typically realized through volumedifferenƟaƟng factor for success in today’s rapidly chang- aggregaƟon related discounts, supplier raƟonalizaƟon anding economic, business and demographic environment. Ɵering, early invoice payment discounts, and subsƟtuƟonIn an average American organizaƟon today, between of high cost resources with alternaƟve talent pools. Eachone-quarter to one-third of its workforce consists of of these factors by itself has the potenƟal to give a 10%temporary labor (agency contractors, independent saving on the overall spend.freelancers, interns, consultants, etc.). Handling suchhuge numbers in a tradiƟonal way typically yields a Such high returns on investment (ROIs) through harddiminishing margin of returns. Under these circumstances, savings oŌen preclude the necessity for idenƟfying thean effecƟve ConƟngent Worforce Program is no soŌer benefits. Another reason for limited emphasis onlonger a strategic advantage but an imperaƟve for most esƟmaƟng the potenƟal soŌ savings is the obviousorganizaƟons. challenge associated with its quanƟficaƟon. In this paper we intend to present you with a simple and effecƟveGone are the days that demanded an elaborate framework that helps you calculate the actual savingsbusiness case jusƟficaƟon to invest in a vendor manage- associated with each element of the overall MSP/VMSment system (VMS) or managed services program (MSP). program.It is now an accepted fact that within the first 18-24months, an effecƟve MSP/VMS program can result in asavings of 10 – 25% of the overall spend. Owingto such huge benefits, both hard and soŌ in nature, aconƟngent workforce management program supportedby a VMS is being recognized as a de-facto benchmarkelement for being a “Best-In-Class” organizaƟon.WHAT CONSTITUTES A SOFT SAVING?Depending on how one looks at it, SoŌ Savings come in many forms. Following is a comprehensive list in the context ofVMS/MSP implementaƟons: Efficiency gains generated by effecƟve resource uƟlizaƟon (HR, Procurement, Finance and IT personnel). Time is saved due to defined workflows, re-use of requisiƟons, more efficient and effecƟve on-boarding, and reducƟons in contractor ‘Ɵme to contribuƟon’. Reduced risk through compliance with regulaƟons regarding employee screening and corporate policies. Reduced legal liabiliƟes (worker classificaƟon, co-employment, compensaƟon regulaƟons, etc.). BeƩer quality of service to internal stakeholders. Reduced maverick spend due to approval-driven workflows. Visibility, control and business intelligence readily available to senior management. Cost avoidance triggered by mistakes – invoice discrepancies etc. Ability to scale up to any spend level without increasing infrastructure and resources. Flexibility of workflows and integraƟon with other systems. StandardizaƟon across units, locaƟons or groups of companies. CoordinaƟon through a single point of contact. Process reengineering, benchmarking and best pracƟces. Tighter processes for supplier selecƟon, contracƟng and monitoring. Improvement in the quanƟty and quality of supplier relaƟonships. Workforce performance measurement and training intervenƟons. Ability to procure and manage a more diverse workforce. High degree of automaƟon – from requisiƟoning to payment approval. © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
  3. 3. WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost Savings Volume & Early Co-Employment Contract Compliance Order Creation and Payment Discounts Approval Alumni Management Supplier Rationaliza- Contract Compliance tion and Tiering Candidate Sumittal Classification and Screening Rate Negotiation Compliance Supplier Enrollment Time Management Market Rate Regulatory Supplier Manage- Monitoring Compliance ment Invoice Payment Process Bill Rate SOW Management Supplier Payment Management Administration Expense Reinburse- ment Processing Statutory Limit Auditing Management Reporting Process Tenure Management Quality Process Conversion TimingUNEARTHING THE TANGIBLE ELEMENTS OF SOFT SAVINGSMethod 1Like an oyster hiding a lustrous pearl inside itself, every soŌ benefit hides within itself ‘hard’ benefits, the kind that execuƟveslove to hear about. To find the pearls, however, we need to dig deeper and deeper into heart of the soŌ benefit.Step 1: IdenƟfy the Nearest Related Tangible Benefit (NRBT)Once the soŌ benefit is idenƟfied, ask a simple quesƟon: ‘so what?’ With the answer you get, again ask ‘so what?’ ConƟnuethe process unƟl you arrive at a benefit that can be quanƟfied. This is the Nearest Related Tangible Benefit (NRBT) of a soŌsaving. It is similar to the ‘5 Whys’ technique used in root cause analysis. © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
  4. 4. WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost SavingsUNEARTHING THE TANGIBLE ELEMENTS OF SOFT SAVINGSMethod 1 (Continued)For example, let’s take one of the soŌ savings that a conƟngent workforce management program offers, “reduced hiring cycleƟmes”. What if the cycle Ɵmes are reduced? Answer: we can onboard a conƟngent worker faster. So what? He/she can start producing earlier. So what? We will start geƫng the output and associated revenue faster. Hmmmmmm….revenue: that’s our NRTB.Step 2: QuanƟfy the Cost/Revenue DriversWhat effect does absence of this soŌ saving have? In our example, what will be the cycle Ɵme in ‘days’ without an MSP/VMS program? How long will it take with MSP/VMS implemented? The difference is the savings in days (let’s call this ‘D’).ConƟnuing the example, calculate the revenue per day that a conƟngent worker makes for the company (’RPD’ for revenue perday). Note that in the case of some other soŌ saving, the measure may be different.MulƟplying the savings in days and revenue per day will give you the actual extra revenue earned because of a reducƟon incycle Ɵme for one conƟngent hire (Extra revenue per worker hired (‘ERPW’) = difference in days mulƟplied by revenue per day,or ERPW = D * RPD).MulƟply the extra revenue per worker with the average number of workers hired in year (‘AH’ for averaged hired), and you getthe total revenue earned because of the MSP/VMS program for this parƟcular area of savings (TR = AH * ERPW).Method 2Not all soŌ benefits will lend themselves to such an easy analysis as above. A beƩer way to analyze such benefits is to examinethe chain of actual ‘measures’ that lead to the end benefit, then quanƟfy each step.Example 1: Benefits of ReallocaƟng ResourcesFaster cycle Ɵmes -> ProducƟvity improvement -> Greater number of transacƟons processed per resource -> Fewer resourcesneeded to complete transacƟons -> Lower operaƟng costsIn this example, when employees entered hours worked directly into the VMS system, the VMS compared hours entered towork schedule, calculated pay and benefits, and forwarded to the appropriate approval manager. PotenƟal errors, missingƟmecards, and potenƟal budget overruns were flagged for correcƟon by the hiring manager prior to submission to HumanResources. The Human Resources received error-free, approved Ɵmesheets. When the HR review was complete, the records wereautomaƟcally forwarded to finance and HR reports were automaƟcally generated and forwarded to all specified recipients.Prior to the VMS implementaƟon, four payroll administrators would take three days to process the weekly payroll. Using theVMS system, one payroll administrator completed the weekly payroll run in one day. At an average annual salary of $43,000per payroll administrator, the company realized a savings of $129,000 in reduced salaries and a producƟvity increase of 40%(represenƟng $17,200 annually) from the remaining benefits administrator who then reallocated 2 days of Ɵme per week toother tasks. © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
  5. 5. WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost SavingsUNEARTHING THE TANGIBLE ELEMENTS OF SOFT SAVINGSMethod 2 (Continued)Example 2: Task SimplificaƟonCentralized InformaƟon –> Visibility -> Line staff saves Ɵme previously spent looking for informaƟon.In this example, if there are 10 staff members, each geƫng paid $50k/year, and each reduces the Ɵme spent searching for infor-maƟon by 25%, there is a saving potenƟal of $125k per year through the indexed search feature in a VMS.Other MethodsIn addiƟon to these methods, consider alternaƟve strategies to uncover the true value realized by your MSP/VMS program. Benchmark your program. Before your MSP/VMS program becomes operaƟonal, isolate and measure a cost element overa specified period of Ɵme. Then, compare those results to general industry results as reported by a reputable industry analyst. Conduct a pilot. Automate a single process, measuring the benefit over a specified period of Ɵme. Either run a parallelprocess for that Ɵme period, or use the date gathered prior to the VMS ‘Go Live’ for comparison. For accurate results, be sureyou can control any other factors that might affect the outcome.Benchmarking is parƟcularly effecƟve when aƩempƟng to measure savings achieved through regulatory and policy compliance.Classifying an individual as an independent contractor decreases an employer’s payroll costs by 15 to 30%. However, Federallaws state that employers that knowingly misclassify their employees face penalƟes in the amount of $50 to $1,000 per day permisclassified worker. In addiƟon, the employer will be held liable for unemployment taxes for that worker.A large manufacturer was employing 600 light industrial workers who were classified as independent contractors. AŌer im-plemenƟng a consistent worker classificaƟon process, credenƟaling system and audit capability, the MSP demonstrated to thecompany that 320 of these workers had been misclassified. PotenƟal exposure had the manufacturer been audited by the IRSand the look-back period had been 90 days? Federal Fine: $100/day x 90 days x 320 workers = $2,880,000 Back Taxes: $96/day x 90 days x 20% tax rate x 320 workers = $552,960 Total Exposure: $3,432,960 © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
  6. 6. Conclusion WHITEPAPER Quantifying Soft Cost SavingsSoŌ savings usually fall into one of the following categories: Efficiency gains achieved through process improvements, producƟvity improvements and lower operaƟng costs Increased visibility and control, leading to faster and beƩer decisions Cost avoidance through risk miƟgaƟon Stronger relaƟonships and beƩer quality of service, leading to program expansion and renewalLike a magician conjures up a rabbit from a hat, you can surprise your management by bringing out the harder side of soŌ ben-efits by adopƟng one or more of the suggested methods. © 2012 DCR Workforce, Inc. All Rights Reserved. DCR Workforce and Smart Track are Registered Trademarks. CCO — 082912
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