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 Scileppi.
Accountemps highlights five ways for managers to help temporary
professionals get off to a good start:
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.
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.
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.
Stay in touch. Continue to check in with the temporary staff member to answer
questions, provide feedback and ensure the project is on track.
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
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Contact: Nadia Santoli