The VMS Drug


Like a powerful and addictive drug, the anticipated high offered by VMS (Vendor Management System) business often lures willing participants, only to leave them strung out and hungover when they reap the minimal rewards for their efforts. Not all VMS is bad VMS and you must have a process that allows you to evaluate the efficacy of these opportunities. One such process, which I call PPAA, covers four key areas:

1. Profit – What is the anticipated profit? What is the sustainability of this piece of business at that level of profit?

2. Process – What is the process before and after the onboarding of a hire through the VMS. What is the level of labor intensity? When comparing that amount of labor intensity to the profit, does working this account make fiscal sense?

3. Access – How will you access hiring managers for feedback and input? Will that access give you the information you need to do outstanding work?

4. Accountability – Who is accountable and for what? Is the buyer committing to a level of accountability, especially in providing information and feedback, that will enable you to provide quality service?

Rather than just popping a pill and hoping for the best, responsible drug use can promote health and longevity. The same is true of choosing VMS opportunities. Instead of just diving in and hoping for the best, taking the time to responsibly review PPAA will help you spot the good ones and run from the bad.

Scott WintripThe VMS Drug


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  • Regan Kohler - May 9, 2011 reply

    Intriguing. I’d like to learn more about this…

    Scott Wintrip, PCC - May 15, 2011 reply


    Glad you found my post, The VMS Drug, interesting. Please let me know what you wanted to know in addition to this.


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