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“Temps” are often ingrained in our psyche as bad things – inferior quality, patches and quick fixes. They suggest a lack of control, which can make companies nervous about exploring them as an employment option.
Before ruling it out based purely on the weaknesses and threats, you should also consider the strengths and opportunities that short-term contractors bring.
“Recruiting a specialist that’s worked in a variety of environments and sectors can bring valuable insight and new ideas to the table. Interim hires can be a quick and cost-effective solution for your business.
They can also help identify issues and implement solutions to existing challenges, which could be obstructing greater results.”
Douglas Cross, Director at Denholm Associates
Contractors have evolved
When did you last hire a contractor? Gone are the days of temps, only good for photocopying and tea making.
Today’s contractors have chosen to make a career of delivering transformative solutions, because it suits their way of life.
We speak to companies daily, who are seeing skilled and valuable talent leave behind their team for the flexibility of contract employment. Some may make the leap because their expertise has afforded them early retirement or even a career break.
These are the talented professionals who can get the job done – because their reputation and future success depends on it.
Not only can contractors add new energy to a team, but they can often deliver results, ideas and a fresh perspective, which have them asked for by name when the next gap appears.
Remember, when you’re hiring for the short-term, you have the opportunity to tap into augmented resource for business demand or to address an immediate skills gap. You don’t need to focus on the long-term, you can solve the problem now.
It’s a win, win
You get the benefit of having a new skillset applied to a job, or even a project, that needs attention, without the usually associated stress and costs of full-time selection and recruitment. It’s a solution to your problem that’s definitely worth considering! So just ask yourself…
- Do you need a specialist skillset or expert?
- Is there enough work and budget to recruit a full-time employee, or would you benefit from reduced labour cost and more flexibility?
- Do you have the time to train and develop a permanent employee or are you searching for an experienced professional who can hit the ground running?