Flex Your Workforce
Presented by FreeEnterprise.com. Michelle Court discusses the new trend towards flexible workforces and how employing flexible workers can benefit your small business.
Maybe one of your employees has already approached you about adjusting his or her hours and working flexibly, or you’ve considered hiring someone part-time to get a project off the ground. If you are unsure how these types of arrangements can work in your business, two experts provide tips for incorporating flexible employees into your plans.
Benefits for Your Business
Why would you consider hiring employees who want to work flexible hours? It’s all about doing more with less, says Nadine Mockler, co-founder and principal of Flexible Resources, Inc., a corporate flexible staffing firm headquartered in Stamford, CT. “The main benefit is keeping overhead costs under control without minimizing your productivity,” she says. “The biggest advantage is doing more with fewer dollars.” Flexible workers can give you the expertise your company needs without the expense of a full-time employee, and can work best in terms of seasonal employment, such as tax season, holidays, or specific product launches. “A lot of our clients have some sort of seasonality in their businesses,” says Stephanie Harbour, president of Mom Corps NYC, the New York City branch of Mom Corps, a staffing firm that specializes in placing flexible workers. “Flexible workers can ramp that up and ramp it down.”
Flexible workers are also able to do more with less, themselves. “When you have a flexible worker, they’re just more focused because they don’t use any of your time on their personal issues,” says Mockler. “Flexible workers really help companies. Their focus is so tremendous that they’re really saving companies in the long run, and they’re not minimizing on their productivity at all.”
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