We meet with legal professionals every day. If there’s one trend we’ve seen emerging in terms of legal recruiting, it’s the concept of alternative staffing.

We’ve all felt the pressure to manage costs more effectively to stay competitive. Does your department, or even your law firm, really need another full-time, specialized attorney right now?

In comes the alternative staffing concept. Alternative staffing refers to hiring individuals on a part-time or as needed basis, also known as contract work. If there’s a project you need a specialized attorney with multiple years of experience to complete, alternative staffing may be the solution you are searching for.

Of course, this alternative concept can net your organization a ton of monetary savings vs. traditional, full-time hires. But perhaps more importantly, it gives you complete flexibility and control of your workforce.

One of the dangers of hiring extra staff to work on a specific project is the potential for layoffs (and unemployment pay) when the project ends. With alternative staffing, you can hire one or more specialized workers to complete a project with no long-term commitments. When your project is up, the contracted worker will simply move on to the next project, no strings attached.

But alternative staffing isn’t just for project work, either. Many legal teams will use alternative staffing as a try-before-you-buy method of recruiting. Using a contract or temporary attorney will allow you to ensure the workflow and quality of work are consistent before bringing someone onto your own payroll. An added bonus, you’ll also be able to see how the attorney fits in with your culture before making the commitment to hire them on permanently.

Of course, it can be difficult to find qualified contract attorneys to add to your staff on your own. The best contract attorneys likely aren’t looking for individual projects. Instead, they are partnered with legal staffing and recruitment firms looking to take on multiple contracts that add up to full-time employment. If you are interested in exploring an alternative staffing approach to managing your workforce, we’d love to talk more and see how we can help.