I often write about the work of industry associations, and why any good corporate citizen really should belong to their industry association. There are LOTS of good reasons to be a member and I can’t think of ANY good reasons not to be … except perhaps ignorance.
That ignorance can be just (a) a lack of understanding of the work done by industry associations … OR (b) it could be that other type of ignorance that companies display when they let others pay the cost, instead of contributing themselves.
So why would it be important to a client, a candidate, independent contractor or even temporary employee to choose to work for an association member before a non-member?
- ANY serious company recognizes the need to support their association … I have written lots on this. So do you want to work with a company that is NOT serious?
- The Association fights for the rights of the members and their employees and contractors … a bye-product of that effort is that they are fighting for the non-contributing companies too. How fair does that sound to you? If they are not fair to their association are they going to be fair to you?
- The members are kept abreast of the issues of the day … as an example in the month of May the ACSESS Government Relations report listed eight different initiatives and the NACCB lobbying efforts are focused on a couple of big issues.
- How do you know your company even understands the rules applicable in the staffing industry? Anyone can “hang out a shingle” and sound credible, but the rules around deductions for temp, versus sole-proprietor or for independent contractors can get interesting. Associations provide advice and support to their members.
- Industry associations hold their members to a code of conduct … not all companies do!
- Industry associations will arbitrate and provide expert advice where issues arise. Obviously it is easier if the companies involved are dealing with members.
- Industry associations provide ongoing guidance and education … ensuring that their members are up to date on legislative requirements etc.
There is no excuse for freeloaders in our society … so don’t support them, work with the legitimate agencies, who are working hard to make sure your interests are protected!
How would you know if they are a member of the industry association?
Here in Canada there are a couple of primary industry associations that represent the staffing industry …
1. ACSESS (Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services) is the largest, representing the industry in general.
2. NACCB Canada (National Association of Computer Consulting Businesses) is probably the next largest with a mandate of supporting those staffing companies in the IT space specifically.
There is another local association I am aware of … CabiNet is a local Ottawa based organization focused primarily on companies supplying contract services to the Federal Government.
Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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