The package isn’t good enough”, “it’s too far away”, “I don’t feel I would fit the company culture” – These are all common reasons for candidates not to take a role. You can imagine my surprise when I told a candidate about a contract role that had become available and was met with the response “I’m not working there. The parking is terrible”.
It was a shame. He was perfect for the role and the company were really missing out by not being able to attract him. The reason that the parking was so bad in this instance was that contractors were not allowed to park in the company car park. While this ensured that full time employees always had somewhere to park, it also served to ostracise contractors, many of whom had spent a long time working for the company (many had been there longer than most ‘permanent’ staff).
There are lots of pros and cons to being a contractor. Contractors don’t expect the same packages and perks as full time employees, their work offers other advantages. While this is true, organisations still need to work to make sure that contractors feel like a part of the business if they want to be able to hire good contractors in the future.
Contractors are becoming an increasingly important part of the telecoms market. Contractors allow organisations to complete project based work and scale up and down a lot easier than permanent staff. Contractors are not a necessary evil that needs to be endured, they are a necessary and very useful part of the talent landscape, especially in telecoms.
Attracting and retaining the right talent can make a real difference to an organisation’s future success. Organisations need to remember that contractors play a huge role in their continued success. While they may require different packages and perks, companies need to be sure that contractors are well treated, including making sure that their payments and contract renewals are handled quickly and efficiently. This not only helps improve a company’s employer brand reputation but also improves their ability to attract new contractors. News travels fast about companies that treat their contractors poorly.