Using temporary and interim resources in an increasingly important part of my job. Business demand is volatile. Strategies are evolving. Being able to change quickly is critically important. The model has matured in other industries – staffing for hospital nurses is an example – however its role in financial services is just beginning.
As I consider our productivity forums and need for new innovations, I find myself wishing that I had access to two or three sources of interim resources. At a macro level, the market demand would appear stable. Capacity demand would trend and be relatively predictable. There is a benefit for those looking for work; they would be employed as a service provider. Even if a particular company did not need their service any longer, another would.
In this context, I wonder who would measure performance. If I could specific the quality, capability, and experience of the resource I needed (paying a premium for the confidence that I was getting this), I would not be concerned about reviewing the individual’s work. S/he would be responsible for their development. They would be judged and marketed by experts within their field of expertise.
There is a business model looking to emerge in this reflection. I also know that the model is already at play in my life. What is my role? Am I looking for a role that never ends? I do not think so! I want to be challenged. I want to grow. I want to make a difference. That means things will evolve, changing with opportunities and my abilities. We are individuals that contribute in response to specific windows.
The observation follows that looking for feedback is both short and long term. Immediate insights can be helpful. Honest judgment in the greater story is vital. I believe it will come. One observation gave me hope; “the day is coming when the world is going to stand before a jury made up of followers of Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 6.2)
We live in a world dominated by the temporary. One should always remember the greater story.