Is contract staffing the end all be all solution for an insurance company's staffing needs? Certainly not, but you might be surprised in the midst of a search how many times a direct hire changes to contract. Contingency staffing can shift and shape based on the simultaneous needs of a company and job seeker. Here are perfect scenarios where contract is the best route.
Have a Project You Need Completed?
- An experienced hire of a COO, Director of Operations, Service Team Leader or Department Manager can help you create organizational charts, workflows, and position descriptions without committing to a permanent hire you’re not certain you’re ready to make.
- Switching technology services, databases, or other resources? Hiring someone with this expertise can be the solution to avoid distraction and lost productivity in your existing team.
- Clean up from a past hire that has left. This can be books of business, financials, procedures, or any other areas of challenge you face.
- Made an acquisition? A contract hire can be perfect for assimilating divisions post-merger.
FMLA or Other Short-Term Needs
Maternity leave or dependent care vacancies leaving you shorthanded? Have an employee who needs to step away to care for a family member? Contract employment sets the ‘short term’ expectation but always leaves you the option to propose a permanent role if you like what you see.
Bide Your Time
Inches away from landing the next big account? Know it will require a hire? Do not delay and lose an awesome hire. Contract is a great backstop to get them started now without a long-term commitment.
‘Try Before You Buy’
- Interviewed a great candidate but their job history has you second guessing? Contract = Trial Period. Think of it like a designed probationary period before you commit to a permanent hire.
- Candidate still needs to get licensed? Convert them from temp to perm after passing the exam.
Attract the “Silver Workforce”
Be the organization that defines WORK/LIFE BALANCE. Contract offers flexibility to people who identify as semi-retired, silver workforce and snowbirds.