The recovering economy looks a lot different then it did when the recession hit in the late 2000s, meaning that employers and contract workers alike are looking for ways to cultivate the necessary new skills.
Here's why employers are expecting more from workers.
Economic recovery has been slow but consistent, as indicated by the most recent jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total nonfarm payrolls for the month of August grew by 169,000 while unemployment fell to 7.3 percent - its lowest rate since 2008. At the same, time, contract laborers have been added to the economy throughout its recovery with the addition of 13,100 jobs during the last month alone.
Temporary labor solutions are an enticing labor solution for companies as it offers them flexibility when it comes to being able to address growing business demands. By being able to take on labor when operations expand, companies can stay lean and agile by only expanding expenses when it is needed.
However, there are some difficulties that come from this kind of labor. According to the latest Randstad Workmonitor report, hiring companies expect more from their workers than they did five years ago. The survey polled employers from around the globe, and found that on the whole, 73 to 76 percent of employees feel that their employers are more demanding than they were towards the start of the recession.
But this then begs the question of who should be responsible for making sure workers have the proper skills. The respondents reported that both should be held responsible with 87 percent believing it should be the employer and 81 percent the employee.
The problem is that some employers do not have the time to train their contingent workforce as they need to keep up with business demands. Some companies have been able to address this issue through performance-based flexible labor solution that train contact workers on-site to make sure that the new workers have the right skills to complete the job to the right standard.