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Contingent Workforce

A contingent workforce, or contracted employees, are workers that do not have an ongoing contract with their company. Types of contingent workers include:

  • Contractors
  • Seasonal Workers
  • Freelancers
  • Consultants
  • Interns

One of the driving forces behind hiring contingent workers is flexibility. Contingent workers are a great way to supplement your normal workforce when working on large projects or workloads that will not consistently be around. Adding contingent workers can help organizations meet tight deadlines and can serve as a “trial” period before making them a full time hire.

One aspect of the contingent workforce that is often overlooked is the importance of the onboarding process. Since contingent workers are only going to be onboard for a short time, most employers focus on speed in the onboarding process instead of elements that will increase engagement and loyalty. By implementing onboarding software, onboarding new employees becomes an important step in increasing employee engagement and satisfaction. It also helps new employees become a productive member of your team faster!

Learn More About iCIMS' Employee Onboarding Software