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Understanding Nonstandard Work Arrangements


by SIOP Administrative Office

New White Paper Published in SHRM-SIOP Collaborative Series

A new white paper geared toward HR professionals is now available on the SIOP website. The paper, part of an effort by SIOP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), can be found here.

Understanding Nonstandard Work Arrangements: Using Research to Inform Practice: This paper provides a literature review on nonstandard work arrangements with a goal of answering four key questions: (1) what are nonstandard work arrangements and how prevalent are they; (2) why do organizations have these arrangements; (3) what challenges do organizations that adopt these work arrangements face; and (4) how can organizations deal with these challenges?

Nonstandard workers tend to be defined as those who are associated with organizations for a limited duration of time (e.g., temporary workers), work at a distance from the organization (e.g., remote workers) or are administratively distant from the organization (e.g., third-party contract workers). Organizations use these kinds of workers to minimize costs, increase flexibility or take advantage of technology. However, there are unanticipated costs associated with these work arrangements. These costs stem from the challenge of managing the social exchange between workers and the organization, coordination of work and social integration in the workplace, and employee identification with the organization. The authors suggest some actions that organizations need to take when employing nonstandard workers.

This white paper is part of an initiative titled “The Science of HR,” created under a collaborative partnership between SIOP and SHRM to develop resources for HR practitioners that will further the use and understanding of evidence-based HR practices. These resources, written by leading researchers and practitioners in the field of I-O psychology and HR, make the science of evidence-based HR practices accessible to SIOP and SHRM members. They are specifically intended to infuse the science of I-O psychology and other HR disciplines into management practices for daily use in the workplace.

SIOP is continuously working to develop materials about topics that will be published and distributed by SHRM to its membership. For a full list of collaborative articles, visit the SHRM-SIOP page here.

For more information regarding the SHRM-SIOP Science of HR Series, please contact: Ashley Miller (Ashley.Miller@shrm.org) or David Dubin (David@psycharts.com).