Today, companies need to remain agile to ensure they can navigate shifting market conditions. Additionally, workforce agility makes managing shifts in demand – including seasonal upticks – far easier to do.
One of the simplest ways to unlock business agility is leveraging temporary staffing. Here’s an overview of how hiring temps can benefit companies.
Adapt to Shifts in Demand
Many companies experience workload fluctuations relating to shifts in demand. Seasonality is common in many industries, causing demand to tick up during specific parts of the year and decline in others. However, demand shifts can also occur for different reasons. For example, some may coincide with the release of new products or services.
Temporary staffing is often an ideal strategy for adjusting to demand shifts. Companies can bring in temporary employees when workloads rise and release them from their assignments when demand declines, allowing them to continuously right-size their workforce efficiently.
Whether unexpected or planned, employee absences can wreak havoc on productivity. Extended absences are particularly troublesome, as they leave the remaining team members overburdened for a lengthy period, a situation that can increase stress and may lead to burnout. However, even short absences can be difficult, especially during busy periods of the year.
By bringing in temporary employees, you can ensure coverage for unexpected and planned absences, regardless of their length. Companies can bring in a temp worker for just a single day or keep them on board for weeks or months. As a result, these arrangements are perfect for ensuring agility, allowing organizations to maintain the right staffing levels at all times.
Traditional hiring practices involve a variety of expenses, and the total spent can get quite high. Along with direct costs like fees to advertise positions, recruitment takes a significant amount of time and energy, preventing hiring managers and other involved personnel from focusing on profit-driving activities. There’s also ongoing payroll management, as well as costs relating to unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance.
By hiring temps for short-term needs instead, many of these expenses are eliminated. Recruitment agencies will handle the candidate sourcing and screening, and the select temporary employee will remain on the staffing firm’s payroll during their assignment. As a result, companies typically experience substantial savings.
When companies have long-term needs, they may assume that hiring an employee directly is their only option. However, by using temp-to-hire programs, organizations can maintain greater agility while ensuring a proper fit. Selected candidates initially begin as temporary employees, giving companies opportunities to conduct working interviews. Then, when the organization is certain the worker is the best match for the job, they can extend a permanent offer and transition them to their payroll.
Ultimately, hiring temporary employees provides companies various benefits, including those above. If you’d like to learn more about how temp workers can help you unlock business agility, Premier Staffing Inc. wants to hear from you. Contact us to learn more about our services today.