- quick response; reduced time-to-hire
- decreased recruiting cost
- decreased paperwork
- allows HR to focus on broader issues
- provides access to a talent pool with specific hard-to-source skills and technologies
- enables the ability to retain that talent with specific skills and facility with particular technologies on an as-needed basis
- builds in flexibility to end the worker’s contract when no longer needed
- ability to see a particular contractor’s skills in action to determine whether they might be a good fit for a full-time position within your workforce, etc.
But are all the advantages on the employer side? Of course not! The contract staffer wins too.
Yes, there are contract workers who desire, more than anything, to find a full-time permanent job. Although a contract position is not their end-goal, working on a temporary, contractual basis can provide them with these advantages:
- replacement income during their job search
- flexibility to conduct a job search while having an income
- ability to acquire some new skills while filling a contract position
- ability to assess new potential job environments, try on different work cultures
- ability to network within new work environments
- ability to prove one’s skills and usefulness to the employer
And, there are contract workers who place a high value on flexibility. For these workers, having a full-time, permanent job might not fit well with their life goals which may include extensive travel or other family priorities. For workers who put a premium on flexibility, working on a contractual basis provides these advantages:
- flexibility to take care of family needs or pursue opportunities like travel, professional development training, etc.
- variety of assignments
- an antidote to stagnation
- desirability of change
- personal control over their schedule and assignments
- ability to take longer vacations
- fewer office meetings
- being paid for actual hours worked
- new challenges, new problems to solve
- broadening skillset
- ability to tolerate less-than-desirable projects, working environments and colleagues with the knowledge that the assignment will end
Contract staffing provides opportunities for you to have your cake and eat it too. Leverage contract talent and meet your business objectives.
Other related blogs that may be of interest are: “Is the On-Boarding of Contractors Worth It?” and “Do You Have the Goal Line in Sight?”
About Talencio: We help the Health Technology community make progress by putting the right people in the right place to solve problems and identify opportunities to move healthcare forward. To learn more about career opportunities in health technology, or to hear how other companies have partnered with Talencio to tap into our skilled professional talent pool, contact us at 612.703.4236 or email. Talencio has been the preferred provider of vetted, accomplished professionals to the Health Technology Community for over 10 years.
Have Your Cake and Eat It too.