Phantom Contractors

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In an era where organizations increasingly engage consultants, independent contractors, and short term employees, there is a new reality where the contingent workforce of a company can become a nameless faceless entity.

Working from home and remote connection only increase the risk that a company loses track of its workforce.

Both companies and 3rd party organizations that provide contingent workforce management must rise to meet the challenge posed by this disparate, decentralized, and increasingly mercenary workforce.

Thorough onboarding, management, tracking, and checks and balances should be integral components of the normal payroll function.

Take the scenario mentioned by the National Post in the article linked below.  A spanish employee found there wasn’t much for him to do at his job so he simply stopped showing up. He collected wages for 6 years until he managed to win an award for long service. Problem is… no one could find him to present the award.

While potentially a more damning condemnation of government as a competent employer, all large organizations should take heed.

http://www.nationalpost.com/m/wp/news/blog.html?b=news.nationalpost.com/news/world/a-spanish-man-didnt-report-to-work-for-six-years-and-no-one-noticed-until-he-won-an-award&pubdate=2016-02-14

Posted by D. Jared Brown – Lead Counsel