March 23, 2017

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What You Need to Know: British PM Pushes for Improved Regulation of Hourly Workers

Earlier this week it was announced that the British Prime Minister Teresa May is pushing for gig economy workers to receive new kinds of protection from being exploited by their employers. The Guardian article highlighted the challenges faced by today’s hourly workers.

As we’ve discussed on this blog, the gig economy is actually just a sliver of all those workers impacted by the seismic shifts in the labour force. What we’ve called the hourly revolution is impacting far more than just those companies most people associate with the gig economy–think AirBnB, Über, Fiverr, etc. Today’s dynamic workforce encompasses doctors, nurses, engineers, cleaners, and more. 2015 data shows that there were over 80m hourly workers in the US alone, and that the hourly workers represented the fastest growing part of the labour force.

As governments look to address these changes through increased and improved regulation, employers need to revisit their technology, people, and processes responsible for managing these workers. To learn more about how Sirenum helps, please visit our Compliance page.

March 17, 2017

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Why Your Staff Needs a Mobile App…and You Do Too

In today’s economy, there is a huge (and growihourly worker mobile appng!) number of hourly workers that need to be better managed and also need to be more engaged. This is what we call the hourly revolution. In the US and UK alone, there are more than 100m hourly workers. And they are the fastest growing segment of the labour market in the western world. They are the dynamic workforce. Our large agency clients know this situation well. They see the opportunity of helping clients manage these hourly workers. They also see the potential threat of the gig economy and know they have to streamline their operations. They need new means of communication and engagement tools. They have to adapt to better engage candidates and workers. This means that these employers now require advanced staff management solutions.

It’s all quite obvious, if you think about how we operate in the information era. We open an app and we get an Über ride in minutes. We talk to our family and friends via any of the messaging apps there are in the market. We hire a place in seconds to stay abroad over the weekend. We can even buy groceries, clothing or gadgets and get them delivered, sometimes in the same day. We have become a quick, impatient society. We want things now, we want to be in charge of what’s going on. That’s why innovative companies are starting to leverage the latest generation of workforce management platforms with mobile apps to better engage with their staff.

It makes sense for workers. They can work how, when and wherever they want. They can request days off or even swap shifts with others. They can have their upcoming schedule and pay slip at their fingertips, getting reminders of when to leave home and maps to the work site. This type of technology increases worker satisfactions, without burdening in-house management. 

And these modern staff management mobile apps are unified with fully automated staff management platforms like Sirenum. This allows management to have full control of key staff management processes, including health and safety compliance and monitoring systems that ensure that staff arrive on time–and management can quickly find replacements if not–to improve client satisfaction. This is the latest generation of workforce management software. It is already helping leading employers save up to 4% of their cost of labour, due to time savings, increased productivity, and decreased employee turnover.