In business, recruiting new employees, navigating the complex hiring process or dealing with vacant positions doesn’t mean the flow of work has stopped. Open job slots may affect productivity and stretch other staff members. If this sounds familiar, then the use of temporary employees may just be the resource you need to keep your company moving forward through times of transition.

Consider the following six benefits of bringing on temporary employees:

Temporary employees often have expert qualifications: It is the job of employment agencies to marry the needs of a company with the qualifications of a diverse staffing pool. Many agencies have mastered the skill of giving clients exactly what they need in a temporary employee, saving time and money on extra training and ensuring the job is done by qualified personnel.

Temporary staffing gives your company time to find a permanent fit: Discovering the right person for a job opening can be a lengthy process, requiring time and planning and the ability to vet candidates’ experience and references. Vacancies can be detrimental to company productivity. They can prove overly taxing to other staff members, leave important business goals unfulfilled or cause a general state of flux throughout the organization. Temporary staffing avoids this by filling holes while companies find the best fit.

Companies save on overhead with temporary employees: Agencies, and not their client businesses, usually offer benefits to temporary staffers. This means that using temporary employees can save a company significant costs on everything from health, life and disability insurance to paid vacation and sick leave. And even if a company opts to provide some benefits to temporary staff, these are not required to be on par with those offered to full-time staffers.

Temporary staff can help with short-term projects: Perhaps a company doesn’t want to add new positions but simply has a project that requires additional staffing resources. This isn’t a permanent situation, so it doesn’t warrant additional staff. Temporary employees can swing in on big projects, provide the assistance needed to get the job done and swoop back out, leaving your company to carry on with business as usual.

Temporary team members impart new skills to existing staff: Just because someone is temporary doesn’t mean he is inexperienced. Everyone brings a different set of skills to the table. Temporary team members can breathe life into a staff fresh out of ideas or inspiration. This could mean technological experience that has eluded existing staff or knowledge on a particular subject. Even if someone is a temporary team member, she may be able to teach your staff an entirely new set of skills prior to her departure, which benefits your company in the long-term.

Temporary employees can easily transition into full-time staff members: Perhaps the temporary professional you’ve hired is the perfect fit. They’ve spent a few weeks or months working with the team and everything is progressing as it should. They don’t even have a single black mark on their DBS certificate (know more about it on The Check People). The fact that this person has already acclimated to the company environment makes it that much easier to transition them into full-time employment. It provides immediate relief from an unrealistic workload and gives the company a chance to “audition” a potential staff member for the full-time position. If it doesn’t work out, no promises were made and there is no complex process to sever the working relationship.

Temporary employees allow businesses the flexibility to pursue unique projects without making long-term resource commitments. They offer as much manpower and expertise as a business needs at exactly the moment they need it — and not a moment longer or shorter. Maybe that’s why temporary staffing at businesses across America has more than doubled over the last fifteen years.

Businesses who would like to try temporary employees should seek out an agency with a reputation for supplying well-fitting candidates and offering superior service. Staffing agencies are like an extension of your own HR department, and the best ones will work with your business as closely as if it were their own. With so much growth and competition in today’s temporary employment market, companies shouldn’t settle for anything less.

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