A blended workforce consists of employees with a variety of employment contract types. For example some teams may work full-time onsite, some may work part-time and some may be agency workers or on temporary contracts. Freelancers are also part of a blended workforce.
A combination of agency workers and direct-hire personnel can pose strategic benefits for a company. Software has accelerated the move towards a blended workforce, as HR can use recruitment or staffing firms to find employees easily for upcoming projects.
With the move to remote-work, ‘blended workforce’ also refers to companies in which some employees work online and some remotely.
One of the key problems with a blended workforce is reduced communication. A blended workforce may also not provide adequate job security for employees.
A blended workforce allows for scalability- employers can employ on terms applicable to a company’s needs. Blended workforces address skills’ gaps, as companies hire individuals with specialist knowledge.