Bench-strength is a very popular term in sports where some players are kept in reserve to meet any unexpected challenge in the match. These bench-players are not at all any less skilled than the players playing the match. Corporates too these days keep a reserve of workforce, skilled in different fields, which gives them a fair bit of confidence to meet sudden challenges. These bench-employees jump on to assignments as and when the opportunity arises. They are not always assigned with tasks, but their organizations engage them as soon as the amount of work goes beyond a point or a specific proficiency is required to accomplish a task.
This workforce, waiting in the wings, expands the knowledge-base of their respective companies substantially. These companies make contract of works of different varieties as they know they have this deeper strength of skill-sets to fulfill their clients’ demands. Enormity of tasks also doesn’t matter for them as they always have this suitable supply of workforce from their reserve.
This workforce, held in reserve, also provides necessary support with their experience and incisive acumen to their colleagues who are involved in contemporary projects. Training of new recruits is a major part in organizational curriculum today and these people on bench help their respective organizations a big way by imparting training to the new employees. Organizations don’t have to involve working employees for the training. Additionally, these bench-employees come handy when it comes to replacing people who are not performing up to the mark.
Though having a bench-strength is a fantastic concept to have the depth of skills and buffer-stock of employees in your organization, yet since these people are hired on a freelance-basis, an extended period on bench makes them deflated and depressed. Bench-workforce-compensations are not enticing as well. It is imperative that corporates do not let these skilled and employable people to stay inactive. In fact, there must be a reciprocally advantageous arrangement.