Getting the Right People: Non-standard Employment Relationships

Although there are many benefits to having full-time employees in a business, the salaries, benefits, rewards and training hours paid to have them on staff often cause budget issues for many business owners. In some cases, owners must downsize because they have too many full-time employees. With more workers also choosing to live flexible and remote lifestyles, it’s no surprise that full-time employment scenarios have become less popular than part-time and non-standard alternatives.
Navigating the Changing Employment Relationship Landscape
According to the Community Foundations of Canada, the employment relationship landscape is shifting away from full-time to:

  • Self-Employment & Independent Contracting
  • Temporary Project Employment
  • Paid Internships and Work-Study

Additionally, many businesses and workers are creating new relationships based on elements from all of these combined employment relationship areas. These relationships are not as stable or clearly defined as the rest. As a result, it is important that business leaders understand all of the current and potential relationship before they invest in new employees in non-standard or mixed employment relationship agreements.
The Community Foundations of Canada define these relationships as they relate to Canada’s nonprofit sector in “Getting the Right People: Non-standard Employment Relationships.” Yet, the basic content is relevant to other business sectors as well. On the Web page, you can find suggestions about the impact that non-standard and undefined relationships have on businesses; strategies for HR personnel; and templates to use as guidelines during the hiring process.
Business leaders should never hire workers in non-standard and mixed employment relationships until they at least have a basic understanding of the costs, work expectations, turnover rates, legal obligations, employee engagement strategies and other areas related to these types of relationships.
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