Some businesses panic when their full time workers take their holidays, especially during the summer period. They panic that the gaps left will have serious effects on their business. The solution for this is to hire short term staff but in some cases businesses will not take it because of the negative stigmas attached to hiring temporary workers.
Many fear that training up is a waste of time because by the time they are fully trained and settled into the company their contract is near to end. Another fear is that temporary candidates are less reliable than permanent workers. Most of these though are completely untrue. In fact, hiring short term staff has more benefits than detriments for your business.
Bringing new talent into your business can offer a fresh perspective. An honest opinion from an outsider is a very positive thing. Especially if the temp worker has worked at many different businesses. They could possibly pass on advice they have picked up there and pass it on to you.
Side Note: If you are considering bringing on a temp plan ahead. Figure out what short term tasks you will need help for and hire candidates based on the skills they will need to complete these tasks.
Temporary role placement can also act as an extended interview. Meaning that you can fully get to know your candidate in a work environment. This makes it easier to decide if they are the right person for the role. If you do end up liking them after this period then you can offer them a full time contract. If you don’t, then that’s also fine because they were only there on a short term contract.
There is a misconception that temporary candidates are only suitable for clerical and administrative roles. This is no longer true. With more and more people choosing to venture away from the typical 9-5 life for a more flexible career option, there are now temporary candidates for almost every sector.
You may be afraid that placing temporary staff will obstruct the natural balance of your business but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this will actually boost your teams’ morale.
Additionally, temporary placements can always be arranged to ensure the transition and hand over runs smoothly. This is extremely helpful when it comes filling the gaps in senior management. Which leads me to my next point. Hiring Senior Consultants on a short term basis can be more affordable than a long term contract.
If you have never recruited on a temporary basis it can a little overwhelming. Here at Connections we have an excellent temp team who will guide you through each step offering you all the guidance you will need.