Top 6 Benefits of Hiring a Temp Worker for Your Business

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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Top 6 Benefits of Hiring a Temp Worker for Your Business.jpgWhat benefits will your business realize from hiring a temp worker? Here are some of the top advantages.

1. Help When You Need It

Perhaps the best reason any business has for hiring a temp worker is getting help when it’s needed.

Your business probably has cycles of boom and bust. You may get busy in the fall and slow off during the summer. Many businesses have similar patterns. By contrast, a tourism business may be very busy in the summer, then slow during the winter.

If you know you’re going to be busy at one particular time of year, hiring temp workers makes sense. You get the help you need when you need it—not before and not after.

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2. Specialists for Special Projects

Do you have an unusual project, one with a finite timeline? If so, you may find you don’t have the expertise you need on staff. Whether the project is something you don’t normally handle or you’re too busy with other projects, you could use the help of a temp worker with a specialized set of skills.

Hiring a temp worker in this scenario ensures you have the expertise on staff to meet project requirements, without necessarily creating a new permanent role. You get the help you need for the duration of the project.

3. It’s Cost Effective

Hiring is an expensive process. Adding more full-time workers to your payroll may not be in the budget for your company, even if you need the help.

Hiring a temp worker resolves the issue. If you know the role will be temporary in nature, lasting six months or less, then a temporary worker is a more cost-effective option for you.

When the role wraps up, the worker can move on to other roles and other companies. During the term of employment, you may be able to save on costs associated with permanent employees, such as benefits.

4. Cover Employee Absences

Is one of your employees going on parental leave? Maybe someone is taking short-term or long-term disability or illness leave. An employee may even opt to take an unpaid leave of absence, something they’re legally able to do in some provinces.

If the employee is coming back, you probably don’t want to hire someone into a full-time, permanent position. You only need coverage for a short time—and hiring a temp worker provides you with a way to get it. You get the coverage you need for the duration you need it.

5. Try Before You Buy

Hiring a temp worker gives you a chance to evaluate someone’s work ethic and skills before welcoming them into a permanent position. In most cases, this strategy is more forward-thinking.

Hiring someone into a temporary position you need filled gives you a chance to build relationships with potential candidates for future roles. When a permanent position opens up, you may be inclined to consider an application from someone who already proved themselves to you. You might even work with your staffing agency to make sure a particular candidate hears the word!

6. Develop a Relationship with a Staffing Agency

Hiring a temp worker through an agency can help you construct a positive working relationship with an agency partner. By doing so, you make it easier to fulfill your business’s staffing needs in the future.


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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