Interim Management: What You Need to Know

Taking on an interim manager can be an advantageous move for SME's - their services often proving to be more than worth the cost.

Interim mnaagers can represent a lifeline of new perspectives, fresh enthusiasm and unexplored action plans. Although it is true that an interim manager is a temporary member of staff that must be paid at a higher rate than the average employee, their services provide help to a business that can prove to be more than worth the cost.

An interim manager from a firm such as will be a professional with well-developed skills in management who has extensive experience in a managerial role.

Interim managers are utilised by businesses to cover periods of absence, or to make changes within a company that cannot be carried out by existing employees, whether this is due to lack of experience or other issues.

When a company brings in an interim manager, they gain a ready-made expert who can begin to lead changes and take control of staff immediately. As the individual will not have personal or professional links to the client company, they will possess an objective view of the issues that company faces and how they can be dealt with, without the obscuring effects of office politics and knowing colleagues personally.

Interim members of staff are focused solely on completing their assignment in such a way as to achieve the highest quality results. A shorter employment period, therefore, is no bad thing: the individuals are driven by the challenge.

While permanent members of staff need to be paid sick pay and holiday leave, interim staff do not. Nor do they require their clients to make pension contributions on their behalf, or provide them with any bonuses usually payable to staff.

When the assignment is completed, the interim manager will leave the business; they do not need to be repositioned in the company or kept on when they are no longer needed.

See also: What makes a good interim manager? – Skilled interim managers can be used for anything from leading a turnaround to covering for sickness.

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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