When growth or transformation is on the agenda, or a tough challenge arises mid-project, a business needs the right specialist help to leap in.
But for many companies, even large ones, having a full suite of staff at all times to cater for all skills sets and complexities doesn’t make sense. That can be due to cost, fluctuating demand, different growth stages, or because change is so fast that it can be impossible to know what talent will be vital next.
“To deal with this, companies need the flexibility to build the right team, with the right skills, at the right times,” says Toni Jones, Partner, KPMG Enterprise.
This is where tapping into experts on a short-term basis can give a business the kick along it needs.
In today’s rapid-fire world, the challenges a business faces each day can be new and very specific. One week a company could be overhauling its technology, the next it could be applying a complex regulatory requirement into its international tax systems. Accessing the right experts on a short-term basis to help in these situations can take the business off pause and into fast forward.
“It's about having the option to acquire interim resources and the expert advice you need at different stages of your growth strategy. You can tap into the knowledge of experts without spending an enormous amount of money,” Jones says.
There’s the added benefit of accessing the latest, diverse thinking from people who are involved in what’s happening across a sector more broadly.
“For example, for technology issues, enterprises can’t rely on one person to know everything. They may need to bring outside information in, and utilise the intellectual property of experts in different fields.”
Getting the most from short-term resources takes a clear brief, good communication, agreed KPIs, and ensuring the experts have access to the right people in the business to work collaboratively for great results.
"By embracing short-term resourcing, there’s no reason any challenge shouldn't be overcome on the path to growth. It’s a great way of keeping an organisation more competitive."