All organizations experience annual phases when extra help is needed in order to complete a large project or meet increased service demands. More often than not, a company’s solution to a growing workload is to push current staff harder and compensate them with overtime hours. Considering the time and money it takes to bring on a new team member, it’s a commonly held belief that conserving these resources is more beneficial overall.
But is that always the case?
It turns out that the cost of utilizing skilled temporary employees to help out during peak times is rarely more than increasing the number of hours for your current staff. Once you’ve factored in statutory taxes, benefits costs and personnel administration expenses, the cost of your full-time employees far exceeds the amount you’d spend bringing in someone short term.
Moreover, the benefits of using temporary employees extend far beyond just the financial savings. Let’s consider what else your organization will gain from temporary staff.
A temporary employee is goal oriented and focused on accomplishing a lot in a short time frame. This means far less idle time on the job. Studies show that the average full-time employee spends as much as 25% of their workday engaged in non-productive activities. Temporary employees are far less likely to waste time and, as a result, are much more beneficial to you during your busier periods.
The Right Stuff
Consulting with a staffing agency allows you to select temporary professionals with the exact skill set(s) that you need to accomplish your organization’s specific goals. Temporary staffing and recruitment firms specialize in matching skilled professionals to an organization’s needs. While often a full-time employee is required to possess a broader set of abilities, a temporary employee can be a specialist in one particular field.
A Built-in Trial Period
Some temporary employees prefer the flexibility of shorter-term contracts. Others, however, are interested in eventually securing a full-time position. One of the hidden advantages of bringing on a temporary employee for a large project is the possibility that they could become a full member of your team. If you have a particularly positive experience with a temporary staff member—and the resources are available— there’s no reason why you couldn’t offer them a position. And this saves you time and money in the long run insofar as it cuts out the need for a future job search.
To learn more about the many benefits of hiring temporary employees, contact the temporary staffing experts at Sparks Group. With extensive experience in the temporary staffing industry, our trained consultants are committed to finding customized solutions that meet your business’ needs.