Non-Traditional Work Structures to Address Today’s Staffing Dilemma

The pandemic impacted many things for many people, but one of the biggest areas impacted was the workforce. According to December 2021 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 10.9 million job openings and only 6.3 million job seekers. As our society slowly recovers and gets back to “normal”, the challenges of filling these openings have lagged in its recovery.

The job seeker has much of the leverage in this situation and can be very selective in what jobs they decide to take. Obviously, compensation is a consideration for job seekers when choosing their next role, but businesses cannot just simply pay everyone more money. One alternative that we are seeing more of is non-traditional work structures. Many businesses shifted to a remote work environment and quickly learned that their employees could do their jobs just as effectively from home. Many employees also realized this as well and learned that they prefer working remotely.

A good example of a successful non-traditional work structure is a critical access hospital in the south-central area of the U.S. The hospital partnered with Aureus Group for an Interim Chief Financial Officer. The Interim CFO had been there for three months in an interim capacity and the CEO was so pleased with his work that he wanted to hire him on full-time. The interim lived in another state and a move would not work for his family, so we began to discuss alternative solutions. The hospital and the interim agreed that he could do his job remotely and could video in for staff and board meetings.

They have been in this arrangement for two months now, so I spoke with the CEO last week to see how the experience has been. Both the CEO and CFO commented on how well things have worked out. The CEO believes the reason why it has been so successful is that the interim was onsite for a couple of months and was able to learn about the hospital and build relationships. The relationship building was critical for the Interim because he knows he can rely on his counterparts for certain things he is unable to do while remote. This arrangement has also been much more cost effective than having in interim in place for a long period of time.

The workforce dilemma that we currently face will likely not improve quickly. As job seekers continue to hold most of the cards, employers need to rethink their traditional work structure and consider implementing these non-traditional work structures to address their staffing needs.

Josh Winder

Josh is an Account Manager at Aureus Group. He started with the company in 2021, helping clients find talent for executive positions and interim leadership.

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