HR People + Strategy Announces New Research Initiative to Explore ‘The New Workforce’ and the Role of Contingent Employees

Survey, to be released in early 2019, will collect data on wide range of topics, including business drivers, sourcing, management practices, business benefits and challenges

December 3, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — HR People + Strategy (HRPS), SHRM’s network for executives and thought leaders in human resources, announced today a new research initiative, “The New Workforce,” designed to explore the role of contingent workers in business today. The research, conducted by Josh Bersin, a research advisor to HRPS, will be based on a survey of HR executives across all industries, as well as in depth, one-on-one interviews.  

The resulting report, expected in early 2019, will be available to all survey participants and HRPS members.  Topics covered include:

• Business drivers for hiring of contingent workers,
• The benefits and challenges of a contingent workforce,
• Processes for hiring, onboarding, training, and ongoing management, 
• How contingent workers are screened and evaluated, 
• Practices for integrating contingent workers with full-time workers, and
• Leadership training to fully optimize the skills and talents of contingent workers.

“Research shows that around 80% of companies treat non-salaried, contingent workers as vendors who are managed through procurement processes,” said Bersin. “Given that more and more companies are relying on non-salaried workers – whether they are part-timers, freelancers, or consultants – to counter the tight labor market, we’ve got to update our HR practices to reflect the realities of today’s very diverse workforces. Furthermore, HR leaders need to create positive work experiences for these people that are just as engaging as those for full-time employees.”

“The New Workforce” research survey, open to anyone with responsibility for hiring, training, or managing contingent workers, can be found online.  The survey, which closes Dec. 14, takes only about 10 minutes to complete.  All answers submitted will be anonymous.   

For details and questions, email 

MEDIA: For more information, please contact Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 and, or Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and,

About HR People + Strategy
HR People + Strategy is the premier network of executives and thought leaders in the field of human resources. As SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy provides members access to forward-thinking exchanges, research and publications and executive-level networking opportunities. For more information, visit

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