Lately I advertised a role for a part-time HR Business Partner and was inundated with applications from highly qualified, highly credible, highly personable and highly paid HR professionals. The choice of people applying for this role was amazing and completely outstripped the number of quality applicants that I would typically get for a full-time role.
Every enquiry in relation to this role started with….”it is so rare to see a part-time role in HR at Business Partner level and above”. Most people I spoke with were comfortable to take a pay cut for the “privilege of part-time work”. In fact, one lady was happy to take a pay-cut of up to 55% for the luxury of a part-time role. The majority of the people I spoke to wanted to continue working in their chosen profession of HR but they also wanted some flexibility and work/life balance.
You would think that in this day and age, this would not be too much to ask!
And the moral of the story…?
To all you employers out there who are planning on hiring a HR professional for your business but have a limited budget? Why not make the role part-time?Hire someone who is more than capable, comfortable and content in this role – and to make the budget work offer it three days a week – not five!
People working part-time are often more focused and productive and have also been known to answer the occasional email on their days off!
It is a WIN: WIN situation not be overlooked
Would be keen to hear your thoughts on this topical subject….