Posted by Robert Half on 18 August 2015
Change is the only constant we can rely on today. As a result businesses of all sizes and all industries are increasingly looking beyond their conventional model of hiring and including interim professionals as part of their recruitment strategy.
Your permanent staff will always be the backbone of your workforce. But, the traditional workplace is evolving where temporary and interim professionals will play a greater role alongside permanent employees.
So why are companies becoming so keen to tap into the flexible labour market and what advantages can hiring interim professionals offers?
Creating a dynamic mix of permanent employees and highly skilled interim professionals allows businesses the ability to increase or decrease staffing numbers based on current demands, giving you more control over labour costs – and morale. You can rapidly staff up or down in response to customer demand while at the same time lightening the load for employees who are stretched too thinly.
As businesses vie for a competitive advantage, they need to be able to respond quickly and strategically. Interim professionals offer flexibility for businesses as they bring in the right skills at the right time and for as long as needed.
3. Quick to get started
A key benefit of interim professionals is the hiring process and their ability to hit the ground running. Instead of taking weeks and months, companies can bring in interim professionals quickly, getting them up to speed within days. As a result, businesses can see an impact almost immediately from their work.
4. Allows more project-based work
The fact that interims give bosses the ability to access skills that aren't available in-house opens up the door to more project-based work. Specific skills can be brought in to deliver specific projects that otherwise may have been put on hold.
5. A fresh perspective
Interim professionals keep up-to-date on current best practice standards and are able to apply their learnings from previous projects they have been working on. The views and decisions of permanent members of staff can be influenced by internal factors while interim professionals can provide a fresh perspective and new ideas.
The benefit of hiring interim professionals
In short, the flexible labour market allows businesses to react quickly and effectively to both internal and external circumstances and makes it feasible to bring in the right people at the right time.
With efficiency still high on the agenda at many firms, it's vital for hiring managers to look at ways of making the best use of their resources. Incorporating interim hiring into your recruitment strategy can offer key benefits to businesses.
Contact one of our recruiters today to discuss how hiring interim professionals can benefit your business.