Lynn Dixon | , ,| By
Forty percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers, compared to 36 percent last year, according to AOL Jobs. In addition, the flexible job market is also one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, which means job seekers can expect more opportunities in the near future.
There are some real advantages of temporary workers:
Help grow a business
The great thing about part-time workers is they can grow a business in step with the market. In time, this will hopefully transition part-time workers into full-time positions when it makes sense. Part-time workers can also give businesses access to great talent who might not be able to commit to a full-time position. In addition, employers can use temporary help for short-term projects when demand is higher, such as for the summer or holidays.
Connections, connections, connections
Sometimes, it’s all about who you know. Well, the more project-based employees you work with, the more connections you will create. So, if you work with multiple temporary employees, and they end their job on a good note, you’ll likely create a positive connection. In turn, if a future opportunity arises, you’ll know who to think of for the job. In the end, temporary workers pave the way for easy (and fast) connection building in a way that can’t be rivaled.
Let’s say you were a catering manager and you needed some temporary employees for an event. These employees may have to work odd hours and not have a fixed schedule. Chances are, temporary workers will be your best bet since those who want full-time positions may be on or desire a different schedule. In addition, the time it takes to interview, train, and hire, but with a temporary workforce this process may be much shorter since the position isn’t permanent.
This is the big one. A lot of businesses don’t have the money to hire full-time workers, many of whom require salaries, benefits, and perks. If a business has the resources to hire full-time workers, that’s great. However, if they needed an alternative, temporary workers are a good option. This is particularly true if your organization needed project-based employees, such as an event staff, caterers, or designers.
Though we may not think of temporary employees as our first choice in the recruitment process, they may be the best tool in your candidate hunting arsenal. So, think outside the box and give temporary employees a try! You’ll likely find it will provide more benefits than you expected.
Do you hire temporary employees?
What do you think? What are some other advantages of temporary workers?