07/13/2020

5 Ways Contract And Flexible Staffing Can Help Drive Your Business Forward

Drake Editorial

 

A new landscape in the post pandemic world will demand a strategic focus on workforce management.

As organisations try to quickly execute key objectives such as business recovery, opening new markets, and developing other lines of business, their talent pool will be critical. In the past, best-in-class companies thrived from building a deep bench of permanent talent. Today’s reality has forced a change. Now, most organisations will have fewer employees and more challenges.

Your key to business recovery

Going forward, the key to your business recovery and success will be to incorporate a broader strategic workforce plan. This means integrating a dynamic mix of full-time, and flexible, project-based contract workers. The objective is to utilise broad skill sets and expertise when you need it to keep productivity and creativity up, while keeping overhead costs down.

Here are five ways project-based contract workers can help in your business recovery:

  1. They save you valuable time

Workers with specialised skills can jump in immediately and hit the ground running. No time-consuming interviewing or onboarding is required. When they are brought on board through a staffing agency, contract workers will already have been screened and interviewed to ensure you immediately have the right skills in place to do the job.

  1. You save money paying only for the work you need done

Not every role requires a permanent employee. Having someone on board to do the work for the time required gives you extra people capacity without increasing headcount.

  1. They provide specialised skills

The permanent employees you have on board may not have the right skill sets for a particular project or an unexpected need. Bringing in someone with a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise for a particular length of time is invaluable and cost effective. It also takes the pressure off permanent staff enabling them to focus on their own deliverables and deadlines.

  1. You benefit from the speed of hire

With the help of a staffing agency, you can quickly bring contract workers on board with the expertise or skill set you need. The steps to hire a permanent employee can be a time-consuming and a drawn-out process. Bringing a contract worker on board for a temporary assignment is a fast and flexible solution and no training time is required.

  1. You have more organisational flexibility

At any time, you can staff up or down with flexible, project-based contract workers depending on your needs, market demands, and the wider economy. This gives you greater flexibility to control costs while facing multiple business challenges.

The agility traits needed to move ahead

Preparedness and resilience are two key agility traits organisations need to aggressively move forward. Being able to adapt and respond quickly are crucial to execute continuous business operations at the highest level. Another pillar of importance in moving forward is to incorporate a culture that values project-based engagement. High performing permanent employees will always be a vital part of a company’s productivity team. Flexible, project-based workers also play an important role by helping to control overhead costs, stepping in when there is a shortage of permanent staff or gaps in specialised skills and expertise, and supporting the overall business plan.


Let our talented contract workers help you with your post pandemic business recovery. Securing the talent you need, when you need it, is a phone call away on 13 14 48.

Explore our contracting talent on:

Drake Contract Staffing

 

2016-03-01

Management challenge #20 - when you need to move a...

Bruce Tulgan

What do new managers need most of all? They need support and guidance in learning and practicing the fundamentals of management, every step of the way...

Read More

2016-03-07

The top 7 ways a leader can destroy trust

Gregg Gregory

Trust is the underlying challenge for all teams at every level of an organization. Perhaps we just want to cover our backside; perhaps we are skeptical of others; or perhaps it is simply in our nature...

Read More

2017-07-10

Five Principles for Virtual Facilitation

Jennifer Britton

Whether it’s a teleconference, a webinar, or a group coaching program delivered by phone, virtual facilitation is becoming a ‘must-have’ skill for many coaches, trainers, managers, and consultants.

Read more