What is a Flexible Workforce?

By Julia Ryder
September 10, 2016

It wasn’t too long ago that people would work at the same company for their entire career. Job security, a solid benefit plan and moving your way up the company’s corporate ladder was the American dream. But things aren’t quite so simple anymore. On average, people stay at their jobs now for 4 years (2 for millennials). Not to mention the advent of on-demand services like Uber, Airbnb and others paving the way for workers to work when and where they want.

People now put a premium on flexibility of stability, and the concept of a flexible workforce is catching on everywhere. And that’s where companies like Wonolo, GigWalk and Jobble (that’s us) provide businesses and job seekers alike to take advantage of this flexible workspace.  

What makes this flexible workspace more attractive than traditional staffing is the entire hiring process. With minimal effort and time, companies can hire a vetted staff with just a few taps of their phone. It’s really is that simple.

Companies can post a job, get paired with a pool of rated applicants, and pay out all through a secured platform without the nightmare of high convenience fees. Staffing Industry Analysts reported that the median savings apprehended by using flexible labor was 13 percent. Versus the traditional route, where companies have to locate agencies in their area online.  Then, interview a number of agencies to get a feel for the jobs, high-rates, and benefits they offer.  

Among other things,  traditional staffing agencies typically take-on jobs that have a longer lead time (greater than 1 day) and tell businesses to expect at least 5 days before retrieving a list of candidates for the position. Sounds extremely daunting right?

So, when your company demands more workers, consider the benefits of flexible staffing:

  • Access to expertise that is not currently available in-house. Looking for a graphic designer? How about a brand ambassador? Broaden your talent pool and fulfill any immediate needs with qualified on-demand workers.
  • Additional help with limited notice. Whether you need 30 employees today or 100 people tomorrow, if you have a job that requires higher production for a day, week, or month, flexible staffing is your solution.
  • You can build a team of star employees. Flexible employees don’t have to be temporary. Find and manage a core group of flexible workers that work well with your business for recurring positions.

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