As we move forward through the next year, you’re going to be faced with increased demands–and in many case no extra full-time staff. The economy is picking up, consumer confidence is on the rise, and sales numbers—in companies large and small—are looking healthy.
With such positive signs, hiring managers are faced with an exciting challenge: to hire full-time staffers or to consider temporary employees. While hiring full-time employees has its own advantages, for some situations hiring temporary help makes financial and strategic sense. The American Staffing Association reports staffing companies employ nearly 2.8 million people in the U.S., and that number is increasing. Here’s how to use temporary staffing to help fill in your employment gaps.
Temporary staff enables your business to adjust more easily and quickly to workload fluctuations…
Temporary help agencies can quickly provide your business with qualified staff. Some common reasons companies hire temps:
- Employee absences: illness, vacation, maternity or disability leave, sudden departure
- Unexpected or temporary demands: special projects, seasonal or peak periods, employee shortages.
Maintains staffing flexibility.
With the popularity and staying power of flexible work arrangements, employers need to stay current with the needs of today’s work force. Temporary work is just one of the ways that businesses can offer flexibility and at the same time better meet their own needs. Temporary employees are an excellent option for employers who typically experience a seasonal spike in demand for their products or services; accounting and financial companies are a prime example.
Helps evaluate workers without commitment.
Based on your evaluation or preference; you can employ a temp worker for a designated time period or, if desire, offer a full-time position to a worker if the fit is right. Some businesses employ temporary workers as an excellent and cost-efficient way to recruit and test the abilities of new workers before signing them on full-time. Other companies will repeatedly use the services of a temp worker who has proven to be a company asset. Hiring a temp can also be a good way to continue getting work done while you search for the perfect candidate for a particular job. If unsatisfied with a temp’s work performance, all you need do is contact the temp agency and they will take care of the rest. There are few things more frustrating than hiring a candidate you think will be a rock star, only to realize two months later that they don’t quite ‘fit in’ with the rest of your team. Bringing on an employee in a temp or temp-to-hire scenario can be a great way to alleviate future cultural fit issues.
Temporary employees may provide specialized skill sets.
Temporary help agency workers are now employed in virtually every industry. Traditionally, companies sought temporary workers for lower-skilled positions. Today temporary workers increasingly include highly skilled individuals with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. This shift and growth in temporary workforce has dramatically changed the field and opportunities in the accounting and finance industry. With an industry that is highly competitive and often in flux, it’s a great opportunity for employees to get their foot in the door and employers a chance to see if an employee is good fit for their company. Temporary employees can tackle critical one-time projects that are limited in time and scope.
Temporary hires can lead to a long-term positive relationship with the staffing agency.
When you find a temp agency that provides timely and quality service and referrals, and is experienced and accommodating; you may want to work with them exclusively. A good relationship with your temp staffing provider will go a long way toward meeting your company needs.
The accounting and finance profession is growing exponentially in multiple directions. PrideStaff Financial values its relationships with its clients and will help you find the right temporary employees for your company every time you need them. Contact us to learn more!