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Interim management roles attracting more HR professionals

8 May 2009

An increasing number of experienced human resources professionals are choosing to seek interim management positions.

According to Personnel Today, they include well-qualified people who have previously held HR director roles at major companies.

The trend means businesses looking for someone to carry out a specific project should be able to find a suitably experienced interim HR professional, whether they are searching for a recruitment specialist, rewards expert or a generalist.

Hiring such staff on a short-term basis can help companies with a headcount freeze or in financial difficulty, for example by allowing them to bring in a specialist to deal with redundancies.

Nicola Blatch, the former HR director of Ford Retail and now an interim, told the magazine that professionals who choose to work on short-term projects often have a different approach to getting the job done.

"I recognised I was results-driven, solution-focused and that I worked at a very fast pace, so I'm probably not really suited to a maintenance role in a steady operation," she explained.

A wide variety of organisations are now choosing to use interim HR directors and managers, including FTSE 100 companies and public sector bodies.

Categories: Human Resources


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