Busy seasons fluctuate across industries and times of the year. To assist in making these fluctuations more manageable, many companies take on temporary employees. Some temporary employees are hired directly while others are hired via a staffing agency.
As a growing trend, the demand for temporary employees is heavier in open positions like short-term managers, engineers, teachers, nurses, and other special trades.
While there may be a stigma associated with hiring a temporary employee, the pros tend to outweigh the cons.
- Consider Cost
Many employers who bring on temporary or seasonal hires can offer hourly rates with reduced benefits and company perks. Basic benefits packages provide just enough coverage for seasonal hires. However, it is important to weigh your options from a budget standpoint between temporary and permanent hires based on projected project length.
- Unexpected Morale Boost
During unusually busy periods, current employees may be asked to work late, weekends, or come in early. While manageable at first, lengthy days or limited weekends can weigh on an employee’s mood or burn out more quickly. Providing additional help during these busy periods by adding temporary employees will help to ensure that your existing team continues to thrive and maintains a positive attitude.
- Extended Evaluation Period
During your temporary employee’s time with your company, you will be able to thoroughly test their abilities in the role and get a firm understanding of how well they meld into the company culture before signing the employee on full-time. If the employee proves that they are an asset to the company, they may be offered the opportunity to continue their career. If they are not a good fit, however, employers can use the time to keep the work moving while continuing to search for the perfect candidate.
But it is important to fully examine the risks vs. reward when it comes to making any major employment or recruiting process changes.
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