Benefits of Using Contract and Temporary Employees

All organizations experience annual phases when extra help is needed in order to complete a large project or meet increased service demands. More often than not, a company’s solution to a growing workload is to push current staff harder and compensate them with overtime hours. Considering the time and money it takes to bring on a new team member, it’s a commonly held belief that conserving these resources is more beneficial overall.

But is that always the case?

It turns out that the cost of utilizing skilled temporary employees to help out during peak times is rarely more than increasing the number of hours for your current staff. Once you’ve factored in statutory taxes, benefits costs and personnel administration expenses, the cost of your full-time employees far exceeds the amount you’d spend bringing in someone short term.

Moreover, the benefits of using temporary employees extend far beyond just the financial savings. Let’s consider what else your organization will gain from temporary staff.

Increased Productivity

A temporary employee is goal oriented and focused on accomplishing a lot in a short time frame. This means far less idle time on the job. Studies show that the average full-time employee spends as much as 25% of their workday engaged in non-productive activities. Temporary employees are far less likely to waste time and, as a result, are much more beneficial to you during your busier periods.

The Right Stuff

Consulting with a staffing agency allows you to select temporary professionals with the exact skill set(s) that you need to accomplish your organization’s specific goals. Temporary staffing and recruitment firms specialize in matching skilled professionals to an organization’s needs. While often a full-time employee is required to possess a broader set of abilities, a temporary employee can be a specialist in one particular field.

A Built-in Trial Period

Some temporary employees prefer the flexibility of shorter-term contracts. Others, however, are interested in eventually securing a full-time position. One of the hidden advantages of bringing on a temporary employee for a large project is the possibility that they could become a full member of your team. If you have a particularly positive experience with a temporary staff member—and the resources are available— there’s no reason why you couldn’t offer them a position. And this saves you time and money in the long run insofar as it cuts out the need for a future job search.

To learn more about the many benefits of hiring temporary employees, contact the temporary staffing experts at Sparks Group. With extensive experience in the temporary staffing industry, our trained consultants are committed to finding customized solutions that meet your business’ needs.

4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the very informative read. You said that temporary employees are far less likely to waste time and can really help a business during a busy time. I've heard that a business looking for help would be wise to use a temp service. A business owner looking for that boost of productivity would definitely want to consider looking into working with a job placement service.
  2. I like that temporary employees are more time oriented and focus on getting things done as fast as they can. However, I also like that staffing agencies can help companies find professional with skill sets that meet the companies needs exactly. The idea of going through an agency to find an employee cuts out the time and resources that would be wasted when sifting through hundreds of candidates that do not have the skill sets that you need.
  3. There are benefits as well as drawbacks of using temporary employees. But from the financial point of view it is beneficial for the company.
  4. It makes sense that having a temporary employee might be a good idea. It's good if you just need more work done in a short time frame. You don't have to worry about hiring someone completely!

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