We’re hearing more people talk about engagement for contractors and temporary staff, or contingency labor. While this sounds great in theory, how plausible is it? And does it carry the same weight as engaging our direct hires?
— Enough Worries, project manager, architectural manufacturing, Memphis
We are an apparel maker that uses contingent workers for a variety of high-level tasks, such as designers and engineering. Is it important for us to engage them like our paid staff, and if so, why and how do we do it?
—Laboring to Make the Connection, generalist, manufacturer, Memphis, Tennessee
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