4 Advantages of Hiring Quality Temp Workers

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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4-Advantages-of-Hiring-Quality-Temp-Workers.jpgHiring new employees is one of the biggest challenges that business owners face. It can be hard to maintain the right number of qualified employees while adjusting to changing business demands, and the costs can be prohibitive. If you’re wondering how to solve your company’s staffing problems, quality temp workers may be the solution you’re looking for.

There are many advantages to hiring temp workers instead of employees. When you work with a staffing agency, your business can benefit from these four advantages of hiring quality temp workers.

1. Less Need for Overtime

When you’re short-staffed, your full-time employees need to work longer hours to handle the demands of your business. If your employees are asked to pick up extra shifts to keep business running smoothly, they will need to be paid overtime. Since Ontario employers are required to pay at least time and a half for overtime hours, this can greatly increase your costs.

By hiring quality temp workers, you can limit your full-time employees to their standard work schedules. The temp workers will pick up the extra shifts, eliminating the need to pay overtime to your full-time employees.

2. Fill Positions Quickly

It can take a long time to hire new employees on your own. You need to post a job ad, sift through the resumes, and bring candidates in for interviews. According to Fast Company, employers spend an average of 23 days on the interview process, which is too long for businesses with short-notice staffing needs.

When one of your employees quits, gets fired, or needs to go on emergency leave, you can’t afford to leave their position vacant while you look for a replacement on your own. Staffing agencies already have a pool of qualified candidates, and they can quickly send you a talented worker that meets your needs.

3. Easily Adjust to Demand

In many businesses, demand changes on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. When your business is staffed with your own employees, this can be difficult to manage. If you don’t have enough staff, you may need to pay overtime during busy periods, which increases your costs. If you have too many staff, you may not have enough hours for them during slow periods, and they may become unhappy or even quit.

Hiring temp workers lets you easily adjust to the changing nature of your business. You can maintain enough employees to handle the slow periods, and when business picks up, simply bring in temporary workers to handle the rush. When another slow period arrives, you can easily send your temps back to the agency.

4. Easily Replace Bad Hires

No matter how carefully you manage your hiring process, you may occasionally hire a dud. Problems with new hires can include not being able to meet their performance goals, not getting along with other employees, or not having a good attitude. If you run into these problems with an employee and need to fire them, you’ll have wasted the time and money you spent hiring them.

This process is much simpler when you work with a staffing agency. If your first temp isn’t a good fit for your company, it’s easy to send them back and get a replacement. This makes it easy to find the right workers for your business.

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Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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