In such a tight candidate market where employees are hesitant to make a move, whether it be due to the recent pandemic and its ramifications, change in government, or the looming but inevitable interest rate hikes, agile employers are considering options such as a part-time employees or possible job share of two part-timers.
In a time when employees have needed a little more flexibility regarding work conditions such as working from home options, virtual meetings replacing face-to-face meetings etc, some employers are recognising that the overall mindset of the traditional 9 to 5, Monday to Friday requires a shakeup.
It opens up other possible candidates to consider for roles. For example, a candidate may need to provide ongoing care for their child/ren or possibly a sick family member, or they may be furthering their education, or simply prefer a part-time workload – for whatever reason, being open-minded to the possibility of what an industry experienced employee can offer, rather than what they can’t in terms of time, is giving employers additional choice.
EP Healthcare has been very successful in harnessing the experience and wealth of knowledge that we, as candidate managers have to offer; all being ex-industry, from either Pharmaceuticals or Medical Devices. The part-time working conditions EP Healthcare offered us worked for the business and for us, allowing work and home life to coexist perfectly. In the case of our NSW candidate manager, when circumstances changed, she was able to step into a full-time role, which was a win for everyone. We have also had instances of job sharing, which when coordinated correctly with open consultation between all parties, really benefited all. The possibilities are endless and rewarding for all, you just need to be agile and flexible.
For whatever reason, part-time work is essential for some employees, and if you have the foresight and capacity to employ one or even two part-time employees, it’s highly likely that you will benefit from their industry experience, enthusiasm, passion, and gratitude, as these roles are very hard to come by.