Talent On Demand - Survey Shows Temporary Staff Filling Multiple Needs;
Accountemps Offers Five Tips for Working With Interim Professionals
TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Companies are using temporary professionals for
a range of roles, from ensuring productivity remains on track to assessing
potential full-time staff, a new Accountemps survey finds. Nine in 10 (90 per
cent) chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed find it very or somewhat
beneficial to use temporary workers when maintaining productivity. Eighty-nine
per cent of survey respondents said hiring contingent staff is an effective
way to evaluate prospective first-time employees firsthand.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest
specialised staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping
professionals, and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes
responses from more than 116 CFOs who use temporary workers, from a stratified
random sample of Canadian companies with 20 or more employees.
"Given the uptick in demand for temporary professionals in the current market,
more employers are feeling the need to rely more heavily on the flexible
workforce," said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International
Staffing Operations. "Supplementing core teams with project professionals is
not only a cost-effective staffing strategy, but allows firms to be more
nimble and access specialised expertise at a much quicker pace."
"Job seekers who wish to get their foot in the door with a particular company
may also find this arrangement ideal, as it allows the individual to gauge
their potential fit for the position, and assess a company's culture before
determining whether to pursue a full-time role at the organisation," added
Accountemps highlights five ways for managers to help temporary professionals
get off to a good start:
1. Get everyone on the same page. Before the new employee starts, let
your team know why he or she is being brought on, the type of work
to be performed and how the contributions will help alleviate
workloads in the department.
2. Set a game plan. Temporary professionals can contribute more
quickly if they know what is expected of them from day one. Give
clear direction, such as project details and deadlines, at the
start of any assignment.
3. Select a single point of contact. It's best to have you or someone
on your staff who thoroughly understands the scope of work oversee
the interim professional's progress. Just as you would with a
full-time employee, establish open lines of communication to
ensure a smooth project transition.
4. Stay in touch. Continue to check in with the temporary staff
member to answer questions, provide feedback and ensure the
project is on track.
5. Give updates. If you are working through a staffing firm, let your
contact there know how the interim employee is performing. This
will provide valuable feedback for his or her future assignments.
Also, let the staffing firm know upfront if you are contemplating
a temporary-to-hire arrangement. Temporary assignments can be a
good way to evaluate prospective new hires firsthand.
Accountemps has offices worldwide and offers online job search services at
www.accountemps.com. Follow Accountemps for workplace news at
twitter.com/accountemps, and gain insights into the latest accounting and
finance hiring and salary trends at www.accountemps.com/salarycentre.
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