9 in 10 CFOs say using temp workers beneficial: Survey

Effective in maintaining productivity, evaluating prospective employees

Companies are using temporary professionals for a range of roles, from ensuring productivity remains on track to assessing potential full-time staff, according to new Accountemps survey finds.

Nine in 10 (90 per cent) CFOs find it very or somewhat beneficial to use temporary workers when maintaining productivity. Eighty-nine per cent said hiring contingent staff is an effective way to evaluate prospective first-time employees firsthand, found the poll of 116 CFOs across Canada.

"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’s 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 specialized expertise at a much quicker pace."

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 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.

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