Contingent knowledge workers

Kevin Desouza, Yukika Awazu

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The managerial aspects of hiring contingent knowledge workers, to the existing team to manage their workload, are discussed. Contingent workers are commonly referred to as temporary staff, consultants, advisers or independent contractors and work on specific projects normally for a fixed duration. Instead of keeping additional staff on their payroll for the entire year, companies hire as and when during peak times, as it is far more economical and expedient to hire someone on a temporary basis. Contingent workers can help the organization move from a fixed cost model to a variable cost model. The organizations only pays for the work being done and avoids additional administrative and fringe costs. One of the critical issue is how to manage the weak affiliations that contingent workers have with organizations. management should clearly state their intentions on hiring contingent workers, how such people will benefit the current employees and how organizational goals will be furthered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-19
Number of pages2
JournalIET Engineering Management
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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