With many businesses in a quandary these days between hiring more help and cutting back on expenses, the issue of hiring temporary workers oftentimes comes to the forefront.
Should we disperse more of the work among our full-time employees? Should we reach out to a temp agency to bring in people for a period of time? Is it better that we place our own ad looking for temp workers? These are just some of the decisions that come into play for the business man or woman trying to best organize their staff.
Over time, the expense of hiring temp workers is often cheaper than the cost of bringing on permanent employees with benefits. Â In the short term, it typically proves to be cost-efficient to hire a temp. Â Meantime, for jobs that figure to last six months or longer, it may pay to bring on a full-time employee.
If you find yourself debating this issue, there are a number of things to keep in mind before you pull the trigger on such a decision.
1. How long will I need the help? – First and foremost, determine how long you will need temporary help. Is it just for a few days to catch up on business? Is one of your full-time staff taking a vacation or longer leave of absence? Could the temp help possibly be part of our team for several months? Knowing the timeline goes a long way in deciding who to hire;
2. What type of temp worker do I want? – Temp workers come in all varieties, so which one will be best for your office? Is your office very conservative, meaning it is mostly all work and no play? If so, you may be looking for a little older employee who has been around for a while and can get right down to business. Then again, if your office is very laid back and even fun to work in, maybe someone a little younger who brings a lot of energy and spirit to the job. There are older workers who are fun to be around, just as there are younger workers who can roll up their sleeves and work hard for you. Knowing your office culture will help you in determining just the right fit. The last thing you want is hiring someone that will throw off the office chemistry, creating more problems than solutions;
3. Will the temp worker need a great degree of training? – One of the other important aspects to the decision is the necessary experience level of the temp worker. Are you planning on bringing them into a challenging situation where skills are of the utmost importance? If so, do you have the time to train them? If you are more in need of general office work, this issue should not really be a problem. While a temp agency should supply you with qualified workers, you do not always get what you ask for;
4. What is our pay scale for temp workers – Since just about no one works for free these days, do you know what you will pay any temps who work for you? While you are likely looking to save money in today’s economy, short-changing a temp worker could also lead to so-so results. Make sure you and the temp agency (if you are working with one) are clear on expected salary for the individual that will be filling in at your business;
5. Â Finding the right temp agency – Lastly, locating the right temp agency to work with is critical. In order to improve your chances of finding the right one, take the time to findÂ one that meets your particular needs. Review their websites to find out how long theyâve been in business, their âmission statementâ and the kinds of temp employees and services they offer. The last thing you need is getting sent a few “lemons” before finding the right fit for your business.
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