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Part-time workforce requires full HR effort

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Almost 19% of working adults are employed part time, considerably more than before the recession. In late 2007, for example, part-timers accounted for 10.6% of the workforce.

The large part-time workforce is a lingering consequence of a years-long economic downturn. Employers simply aren’t hiring full-time workers like they once did.

If your organization employs lots of part-timers—or is considering shifting work formerly done by full-time employees to part-timers—consider these factors:

1. Don’t try to squeeze a full-time job into part-time hours. Even if a departing full-timer seemed to have a lot of free time on his or her hands, chances are, a 25-hour-per-week replacement employee won’t be able to take over all of the responsibilities of a position originally created for a 40-hour staffer. Try­­ing to do so sets up the newcomer to fail, and colleagues will resent having to pick up the slack for work that isn’t getting...(register to read more)

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