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Effective Management of Interims Boosts Business

Effective Management of Interims Boosts Business

When organisations need a quick business fix, interims can turn a challenge into an opportunity, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert.

The growing trend and demand for interim employees can prove to be a & lsquo;win win’ situation for both employers and employees. Many organisations are now exploring flexible staffing options and are finding that taking on interim managers is a great way to parachute in top talent for quick results. As the world of work changes, many talented professionals elect to do interim work to complement their career development and lifestyle. The wealth of expertise and problem solving experience that interim managers bring can be invaluable to organisations needing a quick fix.

However, there is more to taking on an interim than simply finding a person with the right skills. In the latest Hays Journal, the recruiter explores how organisations can get the best from their interim placements. Interim managers are highly skilled and experienced problem solving professionals often with postgraduate qualifications. Interims usually have particular specialist skills, such as starting up new departments or implementing short-term projects that require a high level of management expertise. The very nature of their role makes interims highly motivated as every day is delivery day.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays says, “The decision to fill gaps in the workforce with interim expertise must take into account the wider organisational impact and resources. Companies should be clear about what they want an interim for and work out the parameters of the role before the recruitment process starts. This is critical for the management of the interim as well as giving them a clear understanding of what is expected from them. Introducing interims to the existing workforce can be precarious and should be handled with sensitivity, as the introduction of a talented outsider may leave some staff feeling fearful about their own job security. It is vital that senior management make roles and responsibilities clear for everybody involved in the project.“

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