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Outsourcing- Understand issues and trends

This section addresses the issues and trends associated with outsourcing which include other state DOTs, public and private sector transportation agencies, and other public and private organizations that have successful practices of value to transportation organizations.

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Analysis and Benchmarking of State DOT Human Resource Activities (in process)This benchmarking study identifies gaps and best practices of state Department of Transportation human resources (HR) activities. It includes an online survey and in depth interviews on this topic. The study also reports on states' experiences with outsourcing HR functions and the relationship of HR system functionality to meeting strategic human resources and workforce goals.
Building a Scalable Human Capital InfrastructureThe past decade has seen an explosion in the need for knowledge workers, together with a seismic shift in the emergence of a new segment in the human capital continuum, that of the project professional. The shortage of in-house resources and/or tight development timeframes often leads to the need to supplement one's own staff with experienced outside experts who can seamlessly integrate into an existing team to add value immediately. This article talks about the benefits of using project professionals, and how to manage them.
HR Outsourcing in Government Organizations: Emerging Trends, Early LessonsThis report describes the reasons, benefits, and problems with outsourcing human resources functions in government.
Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO): Its Impact on Your Company, Your Career, and the HR ProfessionThis presentation offers details on human resources outsourcing, what it is, how to do it, its implications, benefits, and resources for achieving success.
Leading Role for HR in Alternative StaffingManaging a company's human resources, already a challenging task, has become more difficult with the proliferation of alternative staffing options. One alternative alone, that of temporary staffing, has evolved and grown into a nearly $40 billion industry. Although most companies rely on some alternative staffing arrangements, those arrangements often develop haphazardly or on a departmental basis, rather than as part of a comprehensive staffing strategy managed and administered by human resource (HR) professionals. Only HR professionals have the unique perspective and qualifications to evaluate a company's overall staffing needs, develop a comprehensive staffing strategy, and administer that strategy.
Managing Change in State Departments of Transportation: Innovations in Workforce Strategies (Scan 5 of 8)Workforce and organizational issues are a major focus in many state Departments of Transportation (DOT) today. A National Cooperative Highway Research Program project was undertaken to collate the innovative workforce strategies in place at various state DOTs. The link is an online compilation of the links, research, and interview material collected while creating the report.
State DOT Outsourcing and Private Sector UtilizationThe purpose of this report was to update National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis 246: Outsourcing of State Highway Facilities and Services, a five year old study into outsourcing and public-private partnerships. Additionally, it provides state Departments of Transportation with the most up-to-date information available on outsourcing and the use of the private sector.
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