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Stop Burying Your Head In The Sand And Embrace The Freelance Talent Pool

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Stop Burying Your Head In The Sand And Embrace The Freelance Talent Pool
 

 

If you’re running a business, then it’s pretty much impossible for you to ignore the conversations that have been growing louder and more frequent in recent months and years surrounding freelancing and the gig economy. There’s an increasing pool of flexible talent available to you, and you already know the benefits.

But the conversation is one that seems to swing between two different extremes, and there may well be one camp that you’ve firmly attached yourself to. Of course, there are the tales of businesses who are openly and very unethically using the changing tide to their advantage, while exploiting workers and ruthlessly tapping into loopholes in the law. We are, at the end of the day, HR consultants. So we take a pretty strong stance against any such practices. We might be passionate about helping businesses to grow, but never at the expense of ethical working practices.

There’s another extreme though, that’s perhaps lesser discussed – and that’s refusing to really appreciate that freelancing is the future. There’s a small but not insignificant proportion of employers who secretly think that it’s all just a fad or a passing trend. They’re too attached to their longstanding recruiting practices to start looking towards something different. They’ve got no desire to consider a more agile talent strategy, and they’re not prepared to rethink how their workflow is handled.

We don’t judge. It’s human nature to be attached to ways of working that have served you well for many years, and we all have instances in which we resist moving with the times. But today, we’d like to encourage you to honestly ask yourself whether you may be facing a little too much resistance when it comes to bringing your talent strategy firmly into this year and the next.

Does this mean that you should fire your entire workforce and outsource the jobs to online contractors? Absolutely not. Are traditional jobs set to become obsolete? No. Are there instances in which the only viable option is to employ a permanent member of staff, who works from your office, and is there Monday to Friday, 9 to 5? Yes. Sometimes, it’s the only and the best choice.

But businesses owners who carefully consider how to use freelance talent are undoubtedly the ones that are going to thrive in the new world of world. They’re the ones who will be able to deliver the best work, the best service, and create the best profits. They’re the ones who recognize that there’s a way to harness the line between the two extremes, and make it work for them.

If you’re keen to consider how your recruitment strategy could be adapted to make you future-proof, then let’s talk about your challenges and your options. We can help you to pinpoint where your opportunities are, and what your next steps should be. Get in touch today for an initial no-obligation consultation. If we cannot answer all of your HR needs, we will be happy to direct to an HR professional who can

 

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Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn From The Royal Wedding

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Three Important Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn From The Royal Wedding   …read more


 

Should HR Be Encouraging More Women To Save?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Should HR Be Encouraging More Women To Save?   …read more


 

Most Employers Are Failing To Support Employee Mental Health

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Most Employers Are Failing To Support Employee Mental Health   …read more


 

Improve Your Email Communication Skills

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

How Leaders Can Improve Their Email Communication Skills   …read more


 

Important HR Tasks For The New Financial Year

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Important HR Tasks For The New Financial Year   …read more


 

Is Your Workplace Ready For Summer?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Is Your Workplace Ready For The Summer?

 

The days are getting longer and the temperature is finally on the rise. Talk around the office has turned to bikini diets and discount airlines. The parks are packed full with joggers and cyclists. There’s no denying that summer is very firmly on the horizon. But is your business ready?

As always, a little preparation can go a long way. Here, we’re going to talk you through the considerations that you need to make to ensure that your business is fighting fit to contend with its upcoming challenges.

Are you keeping spirits high?

 

The summer can be a bit of an unsettling time for employees. There are often many factors at play that can present unique issues. Team members are taking time off, sunny gardens seem much more appealing than the office and sporting events are scheduled for right in the middle of the working day. The list goes on and on.

So it’s easy to see why motivation and engagement can sometimes be sorely lacking during the warmer months. Instead of trying to firefight problems once they arise, be proactive and consider what you can do to raise spirits. Organize an outdoor picnic during the lunch hour, treat your staff to an ice cream, or organize to have the biggest sporting events streamed into the workplace. Small gestures can often go a long way.

How will you handle a heat wave?

 

Okay, so this might be wishful thinking. But every now and again, the weather throws a pleasant surprise our way. Do you know what you should do when it comes to managing the working environment when the temperatures soar? There’s no guideline, which is partly because some industries require extreme hot or cold conditions just to get the job done.

When there’s no legislation to refer to, use a bit of simple common sense. Is the office getting hot and stuffy? Is it uncomfortable for your staff? If so, think about making some adjustments. Fans can make a good quick fix, and you should always ensure that fresh cold water is available for drinking.

Have you mapped out staffing requirements?

 

More often than not, the summer months pose challenges in terms of making sure that you effectively manage the annual leave rota so work still gets done. The starting point here must involve working out what you need. How will you ensure the phones are answered, and questions are dealt with in a timely manner? How many team members need to be present at any given time? Go back to basics.

Don’t forget to think about how you can use this period to create opportunities. Members of staff who are eager to progress may be keen to step up and contribute to ongoing projects while their colleagues are away, or take on a more diverse range of responsibilities to assist with their professional development.

Perhaps you’ve got your plan of action mapped out and you’re confident that you’re ready for the summer. Or maybe you’re feeling unorganized and worried about the issues you know you’ll have to handle in the very near future. Need some help? That’s exactly why we’re here. Give us a call today for an initial chat about your circumstances.

 

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How To Raise Your Leadership Game

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Six Ways To Raise Your Leadership Game This Week   …read more


 

​Essential Questions That You Need To Ask HR Software Vendors

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Essential Questions That You Need To Ask HR Software Vendors   …read more


 

HR TASKS TO TICK OFF YOUR LIST

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, April 03, 2018

HR Tasks To Tick Off Your List This Month   …read more


 

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