Why a Flexible Workforce Is So Important

January 07, 2019

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Posted by: Kirsten Quarman



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Whether you need more employees to manage a short-term project or you are looking for a group of employees to fill a rush order, implementing a flexible workforce allows your business to thrive alongside evolving employee needs.

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A flexible workforce gives you and your team the elasticity to work in new ways.

It Lowers Costs

It’s costly to hire and train staff you don’t permanently need. Alternatively, a flexible workforce provides access to talent already equipped with the skills necessary to complete projects, so minimal training is required. Your overhead costs are reduced as a result, and money saved here can be invested in new projects and initiatives.

A full employee roster is an expensive overhead cost—one that isn’t always necessary. When you mix contract workers and temporary employees with full-time staff, you’re only paying for the time and people you need, when you need them.

It’s a Better Use of Your Time

A blended workforce allows you to fill positions on an as-needed basis. If your administrative assistant is taking a leave of absence, bring on a temporary assistant to fill in instead of shifting work duties to other staff members or hiring a permanent employee to take over for a temporary amount of time. Temporary workers are highly skilled, and they can jump right in with minimal direction and training.

It takes time to train new hires. They undergo orientation and onboarding, and they have to become familiar with the company’s processes. With temporary workers, you can eliminate the majority of the training time required.

It Allows for Scalability

More employers are hiring contract and temporary workers. Depending on your industry, there may be certain times of the year when demand is high and you don’t have enough help, as well as other times when work is slower.

The flexibility contract and temporary workers offer can enable you to scale your workforce up or down quickly as demand requires.

It Promotes Talent Diversity

A flexible workplace offers businesses the opportunity to cast a wider net and find more diversity in the talent they bring on.

Part-time, contract, and freelance schedules give workers the flexibility to pick up new skills in a way that fits their lifestyles, making these types of employment opportunities popular in the market. From the employer’s point of view, not only are projects completed on time—but they gain access to a previously untapped employee market. They can hire creative candidates with specialized skills that may be difficult to find when hiring for permanent roles.

Working with contract or freelance workers, in addition to permanent employees, gives your business the opportunity to tackle new projects, cut costs, and stay lean in a competitive world.


Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten has 25 years of global recruitment experience, working for global and national staffing companies. As Vice President, Western Canada for Talentcor, Kirsten oversees our Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg branches. Some of her specialties include administrative, light industrial, skilled trades, sales & marketing, customer service, supply chain, accounting, human resources, insurance, and legal. Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys mastering new skills and achieving goals she sets for herself each year, like learning new sports and exercising.

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