The use of temporary workers—once viewed primarily as a stop-gap measure—is including in the long-term planning efforts of a majority of companies, according to a survey.

Seventy-six percent of executives polled say this flexible staffing practice now has a place in their overall human resources budget.

“The need for companies to be more agile and responsive to changing circumstances has prompted them to more frequently rely on temporary employees,” says Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. “This approach also can boost productivity and retention rates because it eases the burden on full-time staff.”

More businesses are recognizing that they can hire highly skilled project professionals in specialized areas and they are using temporary assignments as a way to evaluate prospective full-time employees, she adds.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes interviews with 100 senior Canadian executives.

To comment on this story, email

Copyright © 2020 Transcontinental Media G.P. Originally published on

Join us on Twitter