I was having a one to one with a member of my business network this week and we were talking about how hard it is to find good candidates. We were also talking about how costly it is to find really skilled people to work in our businesses. The candidates that I source for my clients need to be skilled experienced people with proven ability in their professional careers. They need to be people that can immediately add value to my clients businesses.
Why not use part time professionals instead
My friend started to talk about a movement, a group of people, I am not sure what it is, what they would call themselves, but she said there is an organisation calling themselves 10-2. Why? Because they want to work from 10-2 while their children are at school so that they can maintain their skills and their edge in their chosen field. At first I thought…yes, well if I had a pound for every time I have heard a woman say she wants a school hours job I would be very rich. Don’t get me wrong, I have wished the same thing myself and addresses some of the reasons that I started my own business so that I could be there when my daughter went to school and there when she got home. I had to do that because there were so few options for me to do what I had spent my whole career becoming expert at, but on a part time/flexible basis. Running my own business meant not least, that I could be situated “locally” most of the time and didn’t need to be doing the evil 1.5 hour commute, paying for child care from 7.30 till 6.30 and everything that goes with that.
But this was different… we started to talk about a group of accomplished professional women ( can be men too!) with a lot to offer prospective employers locally. I realised that if businesses could be slightly and only slightly flexible, they may be able to engage a highly motivated and skilled workforce. They would be able to tap in to a bank of skills that they may be scratching their heads to attract and recruit locally otherwise. It might be that these local employers may not have the funds to employ on a full time basis but would really benefit from having these experienced people in their teams. It might be that they could take on two of these part timers ….
How would it work?
If you consider the working hours would be/could be 10 am to 2.00 Monday to Friday. That makes 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. 4 hours is a realistic time to get stuff done. 20 hours a week is enough to make a difference in your team, and to make a meaningful contribution to your business.
There are a lot of businesses in our area who are providing “top end” services with global clients with whom these 10-2s/9.30-2.30s… would be proud to progress their careers on a part time basis. You could always take them on for 2 or 3 full days if that works better for your business. Part time doesn’t mean half a commitment, or reduced enthusiasm, or half a skill. It means a professional person in your team who works less hours – and who costs you less. Another advantage for a smaller business, of taking on a professional for part of your working day is it creates the impression of greater success as it seems there are more of you. There are more of you but for less pay.
So the next stage is to harness this group of amazing people. Whether you speak to 10- 2 direct or just consider recruiting on a part time basis and working with a sympathetic recruiter to do this, it is certainly worth considering.
Our Government are telling us all to anticipate huge growth in small to medium size businesses over the next 12 months so this could be a good starting point to solve your staffing solution. Better People support the recruitment of “part time professionals” so do speak to us for a free no obligation consultation in your place of business.
Better People Ltd – Recruitment Specialists – 01491 836632. www.betterpeopleltd.co.uk –uk.linkedin.com/in/jaynebcjohnson BETTER PEOPLE STAY PUT