What is Blended Workforce?

A blended workforce refers to a situation where an organization employs workers with differing employment arrangements to meet its needs. The varying work arrangements may include:

  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • Temporary
  • Seasonal
  • Contract
  • Permanent

The Advantages of a Blended Workforce

A blended workforce offers several advantages to both employers and employees. Employers benefit from:

  • Remaining adaptable and responsive to work requirements.
  • Having access to a qualified and capable workforce.
  • Reducing expenses by not having to provide benefits to every employee.
  • For employees, especially those working part-time, the advantages consist of:

Similarly, employees, especially those who do not work full-time, get to enjoy benefits such as:

  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate personal obligations.
  • Greater autonomy in selecting an employer and type of work.
  • Exposure to a variety of working environments and professional relationships.

The Disadvantages of a Blended Workforce

The primary disadvantage of a blended workforce for employers and employees is disengagement. Non-traditional employees may feel left out since they typically do not have the benefit of being part of the regular day-to-day team and may receive less support.

Although a blended workforce could save an employer more money in hiring and benefits expenses upfront, this staffing strategy could cost organizations the long run if dissatisfied employees become less productive or switch jobs.

How Employers Can Better Engage a Blended Workforce

Employers must ensure that all employees, whether remote, in the office, full, or part-time, independent, or contingent, feel engaged. Making sure employee communication is a top priority will ensure your workforce feels connected and happy.