‘Rent an Exec’ Services Grow
A growing number of unaffiliated executives
in California are finding they can make a living working in a high-level
capacity on a temporary basis for a wide range of businesses.
Flexperience, a firm that specializes in placing executives on
a temporary basis in marketing, human resources, finance, legal and other
disciplines, has found a large talent pool in its home market of California.
a co-founder of Flexperience, told abc7news.com, “We
saw a bunch of highly-skilled talent who said, ‘I love to work, I just
don’t want to work 80 hours anymore.'”
a certified public accountant is one of the new generation of
temporary executives. She told abc7news,
“Just the fact that I’m able to do CFO consulting for two startups in
three-days a week, I think kind of says it all.”
For the companies
doing the hiring, a temp exec can be valuable while a permanent worker
is off on maternal or some other form of leave. Hiring high priced talent
is also less expensive than having someone on payroll full-time.
“The people that you get are not only
highly qualified, but they are very motivated, they’re very engaged, and
it’s a win-win for both sides,” said Elaine Miller, a client of Flexperience.
Discussion Questions: Considering the economy
and other factors, does hiring temporary executive talent make sense
for companies in retailing and related businesses? What areas do you
think executives can be best put to work on a temporary basis?