More Than Three-Quarters of Executives Say They Now Budget for Interim Employees



    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - 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-six per cent 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
100 senior Canadian executives.
    Executives were asked, "Are you incorporating the use of temporary
employees into your overall staffing budget?" Their responses:

    
    Yes............................................ 76%
    No ............................................ 24%
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                                                   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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