HR Managers: Are you considering all your resource options?
Few departments within companies play a more important role than that of Human Resources. While it’s true that the folks over at HR seldom enjoy time in the spotlight, the absence of competent human resource management, supported by a strong team, can be the difference between any organisation’s growth and stagnation. This is especially true in a climate where companies are competing on almost every front to outperform peers, which makes having only the best human resources available a key weapon in any business’ arsenal.
But having the best resources available, in a traditional sense at least, often comes with serious overheads and long-term implications for businesses, often outweighing the value an employee brings to the table.
And HR Managers will increasingly be looked to for ways to incorporate new employment models that speak to companies’ demands to perform at higher levels while keeping overheads low as an example exploring interim professionals.
Temporary staffing of high-quality professionals is helping businesses leverage the cream-of-the-crop, while simultaneously helping them keep operational overheads to a minimum.
Help when you need it
One of the key benefits to temporary staffing is that it places expert knowledge at your disposal as and when you need it. Today, projects are typically tackled in incremental stages, known as sprints, with each stage relying on the skills of certain individuals or teams within a company. So, if for example, a project sprint reveals an expertise shortage of some kind, companies can quickly tap into their temporary staff pool to source the skills they need to complete individual sprints that make up the entire project. This type of arrangement gives companies the ability to complete objectives while keeping operations lean and preventing staff or skills shortages to cause bottlenecks.
Expertise at a much lower cost-to-company
While it’s true that interim staff typically come with higher income expectancies, it’s important to keep in mind that contingency workers don’t serve the same function as traditional consultants. Interim professionals come in to solve a particular problem or address a certain requirement that couldn’t otherwise be met internally. This makes their position far more results-driven and measurable than that of a consultant, which translates into more bang for your buck as value is demonstrated in short turnarounds. On the other hand, consultants usually provide roadmaps for companies to follow that may, or may not, yield desired or projected outcomes.
Build a reliable network
HR Managers might argue that finding the right fit for every ad hoc requirement could prove difficult, if not disastrous. But the reality is that, over time, you’re building a network of interim resources you can leverage as and when you need it. Also, not every hire you make – whether it’s a permanent employee or an interim one – will live up to his/her promise. But with an interim employee, you’re in a much better position to address less-than-ideal hires by simply not considering them for future projects. On the other hand, addressing performance issues with permanent members of your workforce can often lead to drawn-out processes that don’t guarantee favourable outcomes for either party.
Adaptability in a changing market
Digital transformation is moving us away from the pen and paper way of doing things. Companies are constantly looking to re-imagine incumbent processes through the lens of new technology, while a new generation of professionals has radically different expectations from their careers. These changing times mean that HR Managers will need to adapt their approach to building staff complements that speak to the needs of both the organisation and the individual. Interim employment, as a by-product of digital transformation, provides much of the answers to new questions businesses, and HR Managers face in constructing the ideal workforce.
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