NO LONGER A 'TEMPORARY' FIX

More Than Two-Thirds of Executives Say They Now Budget for Interim Employees

MENLO PARK, CA -- The use of temporary workers -- once viewed primarily as a stop-gap measure -- today is included in the long-term planning efforts of a majority of companies.  Seventy-one percent of executives polled in a new survey say this flexible staffing practice now has a place in their overall human resources budgets.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes interviews with 150 senior executives at the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked, “Are you incorporating the use of temporary employees into your overall staffing budget?”  Their responses: 

Yes   71%
No   28%
Don’t know       1%
    100%

“The need for companies to be more agile and responsive to changing circumstances has prompted them to more frequently rely on temporary employees,” said Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam.  “Augmenting work teams with interim professionals allows departments to quickly and cost-effectively adjust staffing levels according to demand.  This approach also can boost productivity and retention rates because it eases the burden on full-time staff.”

Companies’ use of temporary workers is not new, of course.  What is new for an increasing number of firms is the level of experience and expertise that managers can bring into their organizations on an as-needed basis.  “More businesses are recognizing that they can hire highly skilled project professionals in specialized areas like finance, information technology and administrative support,” Domeyer said.  “In addition, more companies are using temporary assignments as a way to evaluate prospective full-time employees.”

OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals, has more than 300 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at www.officeteam.com.


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