Flexible Work Arrangements Build Loyalty

May 28, 2008

When a job opening is created, broaden your usual approach. In addition to seeking a full-time replacement, consider offering exciting employees, ex-employees and job applicants a nontraditional arrangement that meets immediate company and candidate needs. Here are a few ideas:

    • Part-time hours (even one day a week)
    • Job sharing
    • On a per project basis
    • Telecommuting from home with regular online or in-person meetings

Whether for sporadic needs or ongoing requirements, many employers cultivate hiring opportunities with:

    • Ex-employees or others working for noncompeting businesses
    • Consultants who are available as needed
    • Stay-at-home moms
    • Downsized individuals at all levels
    • Adult students
    • Retired professionals

These candidates tend to know others with similar work preferences and skills, and can be terrific referral sources. Listening to the needs of talented individuals who seek alternative work arrangements by matching them to the work that needs to be accomplished.

This week's tip contributed by Carlyn Burns, president of Prolyn Executive Search, striving to deliver the best in high-value, quality and efficient recruitment services exclusively in the window and door industry, nationwide.