Why don’t people just fess up when caught?
What are the often overlooked risks facing organizations that rely on non-employees? If an organization’s goal is to minimize short-term cost savings, then it’s hard for me to argue against using consultants. Cost aside, contractors and temps have no employment contracts and we’re generally not covered by US labor laws.
One of the first things that I learned as a newbie consultant in 2000 is that (insert name of problem) is always my fault. I can document my concerns, write status reports until my fingers bleed, and copy the world on an email. However, after I leave a client site, I won’t be there to defend myself against the invariable quips that “he never told us that.”