Temporary solutions are ingrained in our psyche as bad things – inferior quality, patches and quick fixes that only mask the problem. They suggest change and lack of control, which often makes companies fearful of exploring short-term contracts as an employment option.
The inner monologue begins… How would I ever sell this internally? Doesn’t it take contractors so long to get up to speed that all efficiencies are lost? What if my permanent staff, worry about being replaced by the “hired help”?
Before ruling it out based purely on the weaknesses and threats, you should also consider the strengths and opportunities that short-term contractors bring. After all, pop up shops and exhibitions are temporary too and many of them are so good, they have to tour the country. Perception, as ever, is key.
Interim contractors have evolved
When did you last hire a contractor? Gone are the days of spotty youths, only good for photocopying and tea making.
Today’s short-term contractors have often chosen to make a career of delivering top class service this way because it suits their lifestyle. Some take contracts because their expertise has afforded them early retirement or a career break.
All are professionals who can hit the ground running – their reputation depends on it.
Not only can short-term contractors add new energy to a team, but they can often provide solutions, ideas and a fresh perspective, which have them asked for by name when the next staffing gap appears.
It’s a win, win
You get the benefit of having a new skill set being applied to a job, or even a project, that needs attention, without the usually associated stress and costs of full-time selection and recruitment. Definitely worth considering.
If you’d like more information on how Denholm can support your business with interim and contract solutions please give us a call on 0131 554 6191 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.