Interim work placements are becoming more and more common in the modern work landscape. The volatility of the economy has meant that many industries are more reluctant to trust initial signs of upturn. But some businesses are seeking other ways, whilst still exercising a degree of caution, to continue with projects and developments. The results provide a workable solution for both employer and employee with many workers suited to an initially more temporary solution.
Why use interim staff?
Many companies will have projects that have been on the shelf for a while or perhaps have looked to diversify or develop other arms of their business. The desire to complete or instigate these initiatives remains but the problem is ensuring that the appropriate abilities and skill sets exist within the workforce. If not, it can be an expensive and counter production move to recruit, specifically for a project or designated period of time.
Increasingly many businesses and HR departments are looking at interims to bring great skills and expertise into companies without the financial commitments involved in taking someone on permanently. As well as bringing experience and knowledge into a business, interim managers and workers offer a level of flexibility required in an economic landscape that is uncertain at best.
Companies recognise that they require a certain calibre of person to lead special projects but might struggle to take on senior executives on a permanent basis. Employing someone on an interim or project based basis can circumvent overheads and benefits packages connected to taking on full time employees.
There are other benefits too that are proving attractive to hirers. Interims represent a low-risk appointment and offer a level of immediacy in terms of hitting the ground running and getting straight on with the job. They are generally hands-on and will focus on a project or assignment from beginning to end whilst simultaneously helping to develop less experience members of staff.
In some instances interims end up recruiting their own replacement, identifying the right individual to manage the project on a day to day basis once the development work is over.
A flexible lifestyle choice
For those likely to be hired on an interim or project based basis this kind of approach to work is a conscious lifestyle choice. It offers the opportunity to pick and choose assignments offsetting them against quality time spent pursuing other interests. It’s also a lucrative return to work option with permanent, well paid fulltime positions becoming more limited over time.
The skill set required by interims can be extremely specific as well as high level. They need to be able to quickly assess the situation they are entering and capable of identifying where issues may arise. They need to possess excellent communication skills, boundless energy and the passion to get people on board and go along with them. Going into a new environment at a high level is also sure to generate some suspicion too, so a thick skin, backed by personal confidence and resilience is a must. They will also need to show determination and be good listeners with strong leadership skills.
The shift towards the use of interims means that companies do not have to postpone or put off expansion plans or new projects due to the cost of taking on full time employees. Many businesses are already taking advantage of the benefits hiring in this way offers, it’s an approach that seems to be here to stay and will becoming increasing common in a wide range of industries.