There has been a lot of talk in the media about workplace flexibility, but it usually refers to workers' need for flexibility in their schedules to balance their work and personal lives. But employers need flexibility, too. They need the ability to adjust their workforces to the ebbs and flows of their business. In fact, according to a special report by Workforce Management, “Flexibility has become one of the most important initiatives and priorities as companies look to future planning and forecasting.”
Recruiters who can provide that flexibility by offering alternative staffing options such as contracting can have an edge over those who only offer direct-hire candidates. Contracting allows companies to add workers when business is booming, there is a special project to complete, or critical deadlines need to be met. When the need passes, the company can end the contracts without all of the bad press that comes with performing large layoffs.
For those reasons and more, contracting has increased during the recession and ensuing slow recovery. Consider the following statistics:
For more information on how to meet clients' need for flexibility check out our webinar, "Companies Want a Flexibile Workforce.