5 Undeniable Reasons why Temp Staff are the Best Investment.
Considering hiring a contractor or temporary staff?
With the right approach, temporary staff can serve as a huge asset to your organisation. Most managers we know, have at one point or the other, wondered what the benefits are.
If you’ve ever thought along these lines, now is the perfect time to review why temp staff are lifesavers.1. Scale Quickly– Temp staff allow you to quickly add capacity to your team based on actual requirements. Hire according to your need, without the commitment that comes with permanent staff. They provide extra support for new projects or meeting tight deadlines.
2. Reduce Costs – Full-time employees have a range of salary benefits that impact the Balance Sheet. Temporary staff have set rates meaning you can easily calculate their cost to the business and budget accordingly. This transparency takes the guesswork out of forecasting and reduces overall payroll costs.
3. Safeguard Skill Gaps – Sick days, unforeseen events, staff turnover and project delays affect every organisation; this causes pressure across your team and may affect service delivery. Temp staff are your quick fix; at short notice, your recruiter will onboard a new team member giving you instant access to more time. Your team will thank you for it.
4. Focus on Efficiency – Temps don’t collect everyday tasks that detract from the project needs. Their entire focus is on getting the job done. Remember that choosing the right candidate with the skills you need is paramount, using a well-networked recruiter will ensure you don’t waste time sourcing.
5. Workforce Planning – Temporary placements often translate into permanent hires. It is an easy way to test run a position to ensure it brings value to the business long term. It also gives you the opportunity to evaluate the cultural fit and performance of your temporary staff member and therefore saving valuable recruitment and onboarding time.
There are further things to consider when thinking about temporary staffing. Often temps can bring new skills to an organisation and open your eyes to the possibilities, they have usually been employed in many other firms and know what works and what doesn’t. They have the comparison skills that are not possible for those that have worked for the company for a long time. It’s a fresh set of eyes on the tasks at hand.
It can also boost the morale of existing staff who can be buoyed by the fact that you have noticed the workload or overworked staff and taken steps to address it by recruiting a temporary staff member. Sometimes it’s like a breath of fresh air to a department. Remember happy employees are productive employees.
One of the very important benefits for employers is that it helps you assess the worker and skill set and allows them to prove their capabilities before committing to permanent employment. Observing the employees style, efficiency and time management skills while they are a temp gives you great insight into how they would fit in with your team for the long term and if they can perform in the tasks like they said they could in the interview.
Hiring regular temps can also lead to a long term relationship with an agency. Finding an agency that knows and understands your business is essential and viewing the quality of staff that the agency places allows you to build that long term relationship which leads to a better understanding of your business needs.
Often temps have a high level of training and have worked with many systems in many varied circumstances which can sometimes make training a lot easier.
By operating in the ‘Gig Economy’ and getting staff when you need them not only saves money but gives you access to a larger labour pool that you can draw from when you need to and when it suits the business.
One of the other advantages is not considered often and that is that the temporary employee also gets the opportunity to see if they can fit in with your workforce and business environment, so they can make a more informed judgement about how they feel regarding full-time employment.