5 Benefits of Being a Flexible, Project-Based Worker
In these unprecedented times, you may have found that your employment situation and financial foundation have suddenly shifted. Although this can be unsettling, the good news is that opportunities can arise from unexpected challenges.
The first step in opening yourself up to new possibilities is looking at your life and career through a new lens. Changing your mindset and valuing yourself from a different perspective are strategic actions towards a new vision and future.
Open new doors and get back to work
A positive solution to connecting your personal and work values and getting back on your feet could be by working in a more flexible, project-based way.Transitioning from being employed by one company to working with a number of organisations helps put you in the driver’s seat when scenarios quickly change.
Why organisations want contract workers
Before we look at the benefits of flexible working, let’s first look at project-based workers from a company’s perspective. In a post-pandemic environment, organisations will be challenged with business recovery with less permanent staff, and the urgent need to stabilise and grow their business.
Contract workers are a perfect solution. They offer specific expertise and insights and can quickly jump in to fill skills gaps and get important work done for a determined period of time. This enables companies to manage costs by adjusting staff sizes up and down based on business requirements.
How contract work can benefit you
Here are five benefits of being a project-based contract worker:
- You enjoy a better work/life balance
Work plays a significant part in all our lives, but it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stresses such as competing deadlines and demands, multiple meetings, and office politics. Choosing the work projects you want to do, when, and for whom, enables you to balance your working hours with your family responsibilities and social/leisure activities.
- You become personally empowered
Identifying what success and reward looks like for you specifically puts ‘you’ in charge. You are your own boss with control over your life and work. You no longer have to be overwhelmed by the demands of your job and feeling a sense of powerlessness.You make the positive choices that are best for you personally and professionally.
- You continually learn from a wide variety of work experiences
To be relevant, you need to continually keep up with the rapid pace of change. Executing important project work for different organisations is a never-ending and free, learning opportunity. You benefit from exploring new approaches to problem solving, finding creative solutions, while meeting new people. If you do choose to look for a permanent career opportunity again at some point, the diversity of your background and experience provides you with a solid competitive edge.
- You build a network of connections
Working on projects for multiple organisations enables you to continue building a strong and expansive professional network.Creating a network of diverse individuals provides learning opportunities, the ability to exchange ideas, as well as inspiring creativity. Fresh thinking and new approaches to problem-solving are personally rewarding and motivational.
- You showcase your ability to adapt
Your diverse experiences also highlight your ability to adapt – a valuable quality, especially in these unprecedented times. It showcases characteristics such as resourcefulness, determination, and resiliency that are sought by employers. Adaptability is your new competitive advantage.
A lifestyle choice
Many people working for themselves never want to go back to working for someone else. It is their lifestyle choice for freedom and flexibility. And in today’s environment, employment does not look the same way it used to. Working independently can mean job security by providing skills that clients would be happy to pay for. It all starts with you, and your first project could be a phone call away.
To find out how you can work in a flexible, project-based way, contact Drake today at 13 14 48 or visit au.drakeintl.com.
Discover how Drake International’s portfolio of Talent Management Solutions solves your people, productivity, and performance issues Visit us at au.drakeintl.com