Do you have a project that is causing your hourly employees to work overtime, increasing your cost to bill, and resulting in overworked/overtired employees? This is a common dilemma in today’s workforce. Companies are experiencing significant increases in workload due to a growing demand in services without the capital or work to justify adding additional headcount. Some companies battle this increased workload by reallocating duties in a way that more evenly distributes the company’s demands amongst an already present workforce. Others resort to outsourcing as a quick fix for excess labor. However, fast growing companies have adopted the use of temporary workers as a way to address temporary shifts in workload to maximize their growth potential. In 2015, the number of temporary workers in the labor force reached an all-time high of 2.9 million; this accounts for approximately 3% of all private sector employment.
When addressing the issue of increasing demands, companies consider certain factors, such as:
- Do sales increase in one particular season and not others?
- Does it appear that sales will continue to grow annually?
- Is there enough work to justify adding another employee?
Beyond simply helping a company with excess labor, temporary workers offer their employers other opportunities that make the hiring process more efficient and profitable. For one, use of a temp worker allows a company to test out new employees in a way that helps to determine whether the professional relationship with a new employee is good for both current employees and the company as a whole. Moreover a temporary position offers potential full-time employees a chance to “audition” for their position across an extended period of time, as opposed to having to market themselves in a single interview. This benefits both sides of the employment spectrum, as it takes the pressure to make an ornate first impression off of new employees, and also gives employers a chance to see how a potential employee actually works, not just how they present themselves. In the long run, trying out a worker before making them a permanent employee tends to save a company not just money, but also the investment of the HR work that comes with hiring an employee whose services might not be sustainable.
Temp workers can also serve as a backup to permanent employees in the event that they cannot work. Common reasons for worker absence which include such things as maternity leave, medical emergencies, and vacation often prompt companies to hire temporary workers that can manage the duties of absent workers.
While the word temporary can often imply a lack of importance, many industries are beginning to find that temporary employees alleviate many of the natural pressures that come with economic growth, and while they are often a product of urgency, temps often prove to themselves as a useful aid to companies in transition.
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