Firms often have staff on extended periods of leave. A temporary or part-time employee can ensure:
- The ability to meet flexible working requests from valued employees, thereby retaining potential future leaders within the business
- Focused coverage, rather than trying to spread the workload across current employees
- Smooth transition when the permanent employee is preparing for and returning from leave
Often a full time role can be covered in the interim on a part-time basis, saving the firm money. This is of particular benefit to firms that continue to have contractual obligations while the permanent employee is on leave, e.g. maternity or sick leave.
Bringing highly experienced interim resources on board for maternity cover not only helps retain existing key female staff, but it allows firms access to a pool of talent for future use.