Top Reasons to Hire Temporary EmployeesJuly 18, 2014
Recruiting new employees offers you the ability to find great candidates for your firm, but it also takes quite a bit of energy and money to go through the hiring process. An alternative is to hire temporary employees. You can easily do this by going through a temporary placement agency. A temporary staffing company like LC Staffing can handle all the details for you; doing the candidate sourcing and screening for you, minus an optional interview you may choose to conduct. Here are some reasons you should consider hiring temporary employees and the benefits this arrangement provides for your company. Special Projects If you have a special project come up, you might not want to pull current employees off their normal daily duties to work on the project. That could have a negative impact on your business. But if it is a temporary project, you don’t need to bring on employees as full-time, permanent employees. This creates a need for temporary employees to help you with the projects, but you are not under an obligation to hire them permanently unless they show excellent skills. Sickness and Time Off Another benefit to hiring temporary employees is if one of your workers needs time off, is gone for maternity leave or sickness leave, or calls in last minute. A temporary employee can be in the office in as little as a couple hours if you are using a temp agency. All you need to do is call them up, let them know what the job is and what kind of skills the candidate should have, and they will send someone over as soon as possible. It is even easier if you have partnered with that particular temporary agency before. The employee can fill in for 1-2 days when your office manager is ill, or months if someone is out on disability. Interns and Apprentices If you have an industry where you are willing to train apprentices or interns, this is another benefit to having temporary employees. They are not only working for you and helping with your daily business tasks, but they are learning a valuable skill, and you are getting the extra help you need. Oftentimes, temporary agencies hire new college graduates who are eager to start new careers, and your company reaps the rewards through a paid internship or apprentice program. Finding the Perfect Candidate Just because you are hiring someone as a temporary employee, doesn’t mean they can’t be hired permanently at a later date. In fact, this is one of the most important benefits to temps. It lets you try out a candidate for a while to see if they are a good fit. You can see first-hand what their skills are and if they get along good with other employees and are able to complete their job efficiently. You can also have peace of mind that the temp employee has been carefully evaluated and screened before placement in your company. Last Minute Need Oftentimes, a business experiences ebbs and flows, where suddenly you have a much higher workload than you have had in the previous weeks or months. If this happens, you can benefit from hiring a temporary employee to help pick up the slack and do the extra work you have had. This also works well to cover for employee vacations and seasonal peaks in production.