Alternative Staffing Strategies

Alternative Staffing Strategies

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Nye, David Facts on File Publications, 1989
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Alternative staffing strategies are defined as employer-employee relationships that depart from traditional, full-time, long-term, in-house employment arrangements. While alternative methods are not new, they are becoming increasingly popular because of the advantages they hold for both employees and employers. Alternative staffing methods allow employers the flexibility to respond to fluctuations in the business climate while protecting the job security and morale of their regular, full-time work force. Today, about 90 percent of U.S. businesses use temporary workers (temps). Assistance is usually provided for office/clerical work, although any type of assistance, including medical and legal, can be obtained. Case studies on companies including Manpower, Bank of America, and jobs Unlimited provide illustrations of how temps are selected and used: training, choosing between THS firms and an on-call pool, the use of retirees, and so on. The potential advantages, such as costs savings, greater flexibility, and increased productivity, are also explored. Finally, Nye discusses the factors that play a key role in determining the most effective way to use temps, as well as situations in which they are not appropriate. Nye examines concerns that employers potentially may have, including legal and regulatory issues, quality control, and work-place attitudes. He shows how most of these concerns carp be controlled through careful thought, planning, and communication.