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Swapsee-MHM Afterwork: Trends in HR by Joslyn Faust


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On March 6, 2014, Swapsee and Monday Happy Monday co-organized the afterwork: "Trends in Human Resources: The New Model Freelance, and how U.S. companies are maximizing the benefits of this crucial source of talent". Our two guest speakers Joslyn Faust, founder of Tower Lane Consulting, and Michael Wong, Project Manager at Hunsaker & Associates, joined the meeting via streaming from San Francisco. HR managers and specialists of Coca-Cola Madrid, Sanitas, Smith and Nephew, AENOR, Waki TV and Discovery Channel, among others, participated in the event. Special thanks to Col·legi d'Enginyers de Barcelona for letting us host it in their fantastic space Tecnoespai. This Power Point presentation is the one used by Joslyn Faust during the event.

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Swapsee-MHM Afterwork: Trends in HR by Joslyn Faust

  1. 1. Webinar: Trends in Human Resources March 6, 2014
  2. 2. Freelancing Adoption is Growing in the United States Freelancing Growth United States 60% of U.S. companies plan to increase freelance hiring in 2014, with most of the jobs involving techrelated work. Definition: Freelancers are part-time or temporary workers who are not hired on a permanent basis
  3. 3. Freelancers Give Companies More Flexibility Drivers of Freelancing United States 58% of U.S. companies use freelancers because the amount of work they have varies 59% of U.S. companies use freelancers because their resource needs varies (i.e. they need different skills at different times) Companies use freelancers to give them specialized skills that aren’t required on a full-time basis
  4. 4. Top Freelancer Jobs Are Typically Computer or Writing Related Top Freelancer Jobs United States IT and Programming 66% Design & Multimedia 40% Writing and Translation 36% Engineering & Manufacturing 33% Sales and Marketing 30% Finance and Management Administrative Support Legal 27% 22% 11% These are the types of jobs that can be done from anywhere
  5. 5. It’s Sometimes Difficult for U.S. Companies to Find Great Freelancers U.S. Companies consider these things “Challenging” or “Very Challenging” when hiring freelancers… Time consuming interview process 54% Finding qualified freelancers 48% Security concerns (data and privacy) 48%
  6. 6. What Does This Mean for Human Resources?  Human Resources should…  Tell their companies of the benefits of hiring freelancers  Be very clear on what skills they need in a good freelancer  Know where to find the right freelancers  Learn how to manage freelancers that are not permanent employees