Why Creative Teams Should Have a Flexible Labor Model

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Posted: June 5, 2019 By:  Rose Wurster Categories:  Industry Trends


With the summer months upon us, employees are firming up their vacation schedules! Sure, it’s the perfect season for folks to get some much-needed time off – and come back refreshed, energized and ready to finish the year strong. But in many cases, projects come to a halt and deadlines are missed while vital employees are out.

The summer vacation schedule is just one of many reasons why flexible staffing is crucial for creative teams. Other examples include: talent shortages due to parental leaves; short-term sabbaticals; teams’ inability to bridge gaps in the skills needed for client work; and an overworked staff that’s having trouble meeting tight deadlines. The flexible labor model helps organizations address these pressing challenges. In addition, the model includes a significant cost-saving benefit. 

Let’s take a closer look at aspects that make flexible labor an essential staffing component of successful creative teams:

Covering Vacations, Short-term Leaves and Sabbaticals 
Employees need vacation time to recharge their energy. Life happens, sometimes with injuries. Sabbaticals are becoming more prevalent in U.S. companies. The company always honors its qualifying FMLA obligations. And the list goes on . . . We get it. Occasional absences are business as usual. The fact remains, whether employees must take an unexpected leave or they’re off enjoying a well-earned trip, work can’t stop when team members are out. Putting flexible labor in place will allow projects and assignments to continue on schedule.  Workers come in and pick up the workload where permanent employees leave off, keeping projects on track to meet deadlines.  

Bridging Skill Gaps
Picture this: The team has been tasked with updating the website. There’s just one problem: the team doesn’t have a UI/UX Designer on staff. Adding flexible labor for a few months will provide an economically viable solution to this dilemma – equipping the team with the proper skills and ensuring the successful, timely launch of the new website. As the demand for digital and video skyrocket, creative teams frequently lack a variety of other, valuable skillsets at fulltime capacity. Examples include Videographer, Motion Graphics Designer and Presentation Designer. Filling the gaps with flexible labor not only provides essential talent when needed, but also frees up the rest of the team to continue utilizing their skillsets to the best of their abilities.

Meeting Tight Deadlines
As more and more companies bring creative work in house, teams with limited resources often face a staggering number of projects. And the volume continues to climb. Having the ability to attain additional workers during times of excessive demand is essential for ensuring that the deadline for every project is met. 

Realizing Cost Savings
Arguably the best benefit of a flexible labor model is the amount of money it can save the team and organization. With the flexible labor model, qualified and highly experienced talent can fill immediate needs, without a lengthy recruitment-hiring-onboarding process. In high-stakes situations, additional workers who are readily available can become a true competitive advantage. The same goes for seasonal work surges. The organization can efficiently “staff up” during peak demand periods and lower the staff numbers (along with associated labor costs) when the workload lightens up.  

To learn more about flexible labor and how The BOSS Group can help ensure your team has the necessary skillset at the right time, click here.

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