An Easy Guide to Employing Temporary Workers

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By Megan Lacombe

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An-Easy-Guide-to-Employing-Temporary-Workers.jpgThere comes a time when most business owners start to consider employing temporary workers. The benefits of hiring temps are varied and significant. Temps can fill in for sick or vacationing employees, can ensure that you’re not understaffed during peaks in business, and can work on special projects that your current employees cannot—or do not want to—handle themselves. Temp workers can maintain productivity, can unburden your current staff, can improve customer service, and can reduce your payroll costs.

If you’re interested in employing temporary workers now or in the future, here’s what you need to know.

Partner with a Temporary Staffing Agency

Though employing temporary workers has myriad advantages, there are downsides to hiring them in house. The hiring process can be too long, which means you won’t have your temps on site when you need them. The costs of recruitment and hiring can negate the savings on payroll costs. And hiring terrible temp staff can harm your productivity and your bottom line.

When employing temporary workers, it’s best to hire through a temporary staffing agency. The agency’s recruiters will have the expertise and experience to hire only the best temporary workers. The agency will have a large candidate pool of pre-screened and pre-approved candidates for you to choose from, so you can have your temps on site in just a matter of a few days, or sometimes, a few hours. And the agency will shoulder all of the additional costs and time commitments associated with recruiting, hiring, onboarding, paying, and managing the temps. It’s the easiest and most effective way to employ temporary employees.

Choose the Right Temp Staffing Agency           

However, to get the greatest benefits from engaging a temporary staffing agency, you must ensure that you choose the right agency that will be able to fully meet your temp staffing needs.

Oftentimes, it’s best to work with a niche staffing firm that has expertise and experience in your industry. This can ensure that you get the best talent in your field because your recruiters will already have deep connections with top talent. They’ll also better understand the challenges, opportunities, and talent needs in your industry.

Create an Ongoing Relationship

To get the most out of your new partnership with a temp staffing firm, it’s important to put in the time and effort needed to create an open, honest, and ongoing relationship with the agency. This will help your recruiters better understand your corporate culture, your needs, and your objectives in order to recruit the best talent.

Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Though employing temporary workers often comes from a last-minute need for more staff, oftentimes, the need for temps can be anticipated in advance. This is particularly true for seasonal businesses, where the ebbs and flow of demand are well known.

Though your temp staffing firm will do its best to meet immediate and urgent hiring needs, waiting until the last minute can reduce the quality of temps that you’ll receive. With ample notice, your recruiters can have the time required to find more appropriate candidates that are the right fit for the role and your company.

Create a Welcoming Environment

When employing temporary workers, it’s important to make them feel welcome and at ease. It’s common for there to be friction between the temps and your permanent staff, which can undermine the benefits of having them on board.

Create a welcoming atmosphere and ensure that your permanent workers make an effort to get to know your temporary workers, help them when needed, and work with them like they’re a part of your team. This will ensure that your temps have a positive experience at your workplace, which can improve morale and productivity.

Liberty Staffing can help you hire temporary workers. Contact us today.

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Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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