BookA commonsense guide to America's workplace


news & events > press releases > Recovery Staffing: The Future of the American Workplace?

Recovery Staffing: The Future of the American Workplace?

Attention: open in a new window. PDFPrintE-mail




Part-time professionals and contract workers who came on board during hiring freezes are being extended, creating a new status quo

between unemployment and full employment

STAMFORD, CT, July 30, 2009 -- Countless companies, large and small, hired part-timers and contracted with professionals for what was expected to be short-term employment, designed to fill gaps and cope with heavy workloads as layoffs hit hard over the past year.

             But in a surprising turn, many of these ‘temporary’ workers are being extended well past their original contracts, turning them into a de facto permanent workforce.

             In the past businesses would swing from full employment to layoffs as the economy would drift in and out of recessions.

             But this new trend of retaining part-timers and contract professionals is turning into what we call ‘recovery staffing’ creating what appears to be a new trend in the American workforce – permanent part-timers as a significant part of a company’s workforce.

             “This new middle ground can create a healthier bottom line by retaining many workers on a part-time schedule, instead of ramping up to full employment,” says Laurie Young, a co-founder and principal of Flexible Resources, Inc.

             The net result is that this recession may turn out to be a good thing for those who want flexible work arrangements. Professionals, particularly moms, who want to work a less-than-fulltime schedule, may find a place in companies that once would only consider full-time.

             “Flexible work arrangements are not and never have been about working moms,” says Ms. Young. “They are a bottom line benefit that allows companies to attract and retain top talent within budget.  Businesses need to realize that there’s something besides full employment and letting people go.  A flexible workforce is highly productive, motivated, and loyal, offering a higher skill level at lower cost.

             “What we are seeing now is that many flexible workers brought on board as a quick fix are turning into long-term employees because companies can see first-hand how productive and cost-effective they are.”

             Visit or our blog “Flex Notes” to find out more about the bottom-line benefits of flexible work arrangements.

 CONTACT: Redbird Communications, 203-968-0786;