5 Different Reasons to Hire Temporary Staff

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By Lorna Faires

Topics: Hiring Temporary Workers


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5_Different_Reasons_to_Hire_Temporary_Staff.jpgAn increasing number of companies are now hiring temporary workers, though many do so for different reasons.

Here are some of the different reasons to hire temporary staff. If any of these situations resonate with you, you might want to look into partnering with a staffing agency.

1. You’re in a Seasonal Business

Seasonal businesses need very little staff sometimes, but a lot of workers on deck other times. Retail companies, for example, need a lot more staff during the holidays. Ski resorts need a full workforce in the winter, but very few employees during the rest of the year. The same goes for agricultural companies in the summer.

When you only need workers at certain times of the year, it doesn’t make sense to hire permanent employees who you’ll have to pay all year long. Seasonal business owners are heavy users of temporary workers in order to manage their fluctuating staffing needs.

2. You Keep Making Hiring Mistakes

Hiring new employees is difficult. How can you really tell how effective and productive a candidate will be by reviewing a resume and speaking to them for 20 minutes? Many companies hire temporary workers as a way to avoid making hiring mistakes. They trust their staffing agencies to send them the most qualified workers. And they take advantage of the temporary-to-permanent hiring model. They hire these workers on a temporary basis, but if they perform well, they hire them full time. They don’t have to play costly guessing games with candidates anymore.

If you make costly hiring mistakes and often onboard the wrong candidate, leading to high turnover and reduced productivity, then this is one of the best reasons to hire temporary staff.

3. You’re Looking to Reduce Your Costs

Of the many reasons to hire temporary staff, many business owners are swayed by cost reductions. By using temp workers instead of hiring more permanent employees, they can reduce their fixed payroll expenses. They don’t have to provide costly benefits like vacation time, health insurance, or WSIB. They also reduce their training costs because temps are fully qualified and trained to hit the ground running from the first day. And these business owners also benefit from lowered overtime costs. Why pay your employees time and a half if you can pay a temp worker instead?

4. Your Employees Are Overworked

Overworked employees are unhappy, unproductive employees. This unhappiness will seep through their work. They might be impatient and unpleasant with customers. They might rush through their work to move on to the next task, leading to higher risks of accidents and errors. They might get tired of the excessive workloads and required overtime, leading to higher turnover costs for you.

If you want to make sure your employees are happy and productive, then you need to focus on improving morale. You can do so by hiring temporary staff. Give them the helping hands they need so they don’t become stressed and overburdened because you’re short staffed.

5. Your Staffing Needs Fluctuate

Even if you’re not in a seasonal industry, you could still have fluctuating and evolving staffing needs to deal with. If you’re often facing staff shortages because employees are going on vacation, are calling in sick, or are going on leave, if you’re expanding your business and have increased your workload beyond the capabilities of your current workforce, or if you often get influxes of business and can’t keep up, these are all good reasons to hire temporary staff. When you hire temp workers, you have the scheduling flexibility you need, at all times.

Contact Liberty Staffing to hire temporary staff today.

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Lorna Faires

I have over 15 years of experience in the staffing industry, in a management role. I possess a strong background in recruitment, screening, and connecting candidates with the right employment opportunities. I love all animals, but especially my 3 dogs. Hiking and canoeing are my passions, and getting out into nature and being unplugged is my favourite way to spend my vacations.

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