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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 4:22am

WORKING: The Future Workforce

Updated: 4 years ago.
Brandon Smith says it’s not surprising companies are planning to continue using temporary and contract workers because it offers more flexibility for organizations wary of adding to their employment ranks. It offers more flexibility for workers, too, but it also requires more responsibility. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)

One of the shifts we’ve seen in the Great Recession has been the growth of temporary and contract positions rather than full-time jobs. A recent study from staffing firm Randstad finds two-thirds of companies are using such contingent workers. Many plan to keep doing so.

Brandon Smith helps us understand why this temporary, get-through-the-recession tactic is becoming the new normal. And of course he weighs the good and bad for us and for our companies.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.

Randstad-produced video with more survey results: