fun-in-the-office2Are you hesitant to hire Temporary or Interim employees when filling in for employees who are absent, have resigned, or to handle special projects?

It’s understandable. But if you work with the right professional staffing partner, you’ll find contract employees who are not only highly qualified, but also have excellent work ethics and are ready to hit the ground running.

When it comes to temporary staffing, you should plan and execute your plans strategically to accommodate fluctuating workloads, absences, and demand. Done right, temporary staffing can convert your normal labor fixed costs into a variable expense.

The Benefits of Temporary Employees

Often, temporary workers are specialists in their fields who actively choose project work assignments for their flexibility and autonomy. They understand that their reputations follow them wherever they go. With this in mind, they consistently produce high-quality work in order to build their personal brands, resumes and portfolios.

The additional benefits of working with temporary employees include:

  • You save money. Temporary employee salaries are paid by your staffing firm, not your company. You pay only for actual hours worked. There are no overtime expenses. You have no liability for taxes, holiday pay, benefits or any kind of insurance or legal costs.
  • You can “test drive” them. Perhaps you’re considering adding a full-time employee, but you’re not totally convinced there’s enough work to warrant this move. Hiring a temp is a great step to help you decide. If it works out, you can offer your temporary employee the first shot to come on board. Otherwise, you can cut them loose with no strings attached.
  • Extend an olive branch.  Hiring a contingent worker can give a much needed helping hand to your existing workforce that has been charged with picking up the slack.

How to Optimize Your Temporary Employees

  • Know exactly what you want. Provide your staffing firm with clear, detailed job descriptions and comprehensive outlines of your needs.
  • Provide an orientation. Make sure your interim workers feel welcome and have ample opportunity to become acclimated. Be sure they know who they report to and how their work will be evaluated.
  • Alert regular staff ahead of time.  Explain the reasons for bringing the temporary workers on board. Ask each employee who will interact with temps to introduce themselves as if these were their direct hire colleagues.
  • Communicate regularly throughout their assignment. Check in.  Offer and solicit regular feedback on their work, team, and leadership.

Whether your current staffing needs are temporary, temp-to-perm or direct hire, the specialized recruiters at Talent Bridge can customize a plan to meet and exceed your goals. Read our related posts or contact us today to find out more.