02 Nov The Benefits of Using Temporary Staffing
All too often we hear from business owners and hiring managers that they have trouble finding candidates- and then when they do, those candidates often fall short of the experience or qualities needed to perform the position. Employers are starting to utilize temporary staffing to fill temporary positions and for recruiting for those jobs. Temporary jobs can help to possibly lead candidates to find permanent employment opportunities in their chosen field and further help the companies they already assist.
Many of these employers use these temporary employees for a number of reasons, but the biggest draws being that these employees are generally very flexible and the employer doesn’t have to handle things like payroll for the employee, as it gets handled by the staffing agency.
What is a Temporary Job?
A temporary job is an employment situation where the employee is expected to remain in a position only for a certain period of limited time instead of a long-term placement in a permanent position. Temporary employees may have the opportunity to be considered for permanent employment status. Temporary employees may also be referred to as seasonal employees or temps in some industries.
According to the American Staffing Association, American companies use around three million temporary or contract employees during the average week, with about 73% of them being full-time workers. As our country’s economy faces the post-COVID era, utilizing temp and contract employees can be more beneficial to companies more than ever. In this market; influenced by 2020’s pandemic that created an unprecedented shift in employment, we are seeing a tighter than ever labor market that trends in favor towards candidates. Using temporary staffing agencies to hire temp employees has its benefits and in this blog, we’ll take a look at how using temporary staffing can help improve your business.
Temporary Employees Can Help Fill The Void
When it comes to your employees, things can happen at the drop of a hat. If an employee unexpectedly quits, gets sick, or another emergency happens where they have to go on leave for an extended period of time, it can leave you and your other employees hung out to dry. Instead of panicking to fill that void, a temporary employee can come in and fill the position with the same levels of efficiency and productivity, keeping your business on track. Due to their access to an extensive network of qualified candidates, an agency can deliver you talent as quickly as 24 to 48 hours.
When you work with an agency, it’s the recruiter’s job to find and vet candidates that match your open role and your work culture. If there are additional aspects that are important to your culture, such as diversity recruitment or showcasing your benefits, our recruiters have the network and expertise to find talent to match. Working with an agency can provide an employer with the chance to evaluate the candidate over a longer period of time without committing to a permanent offer. Additionally, hiring temporary staff can also alleviate some of the urgency that may be associated with filling an opening in your permanent staff – having a short-term employee in place during your recruitment process ensures you take your time finding the right hire.
Additionally, partnering with a staffing agency can help prevent you from having to be overstaffed. Having to hire and pay those additional employees for full-time work when you don’t need full-time can result in the use of resources that you could otherwise use elsewhere. The great thing about temporary work is that if the time comes that you have reorganization or need to make cuts, the temporary employees can be sent back to the staffing agency, rather than having to make difficult personnel decisions and pay severance.
Save on Overhead Costs
One of the most compelling reasons to partner with an outsourced recruiting firm is the significant cost savings that can be realized when you align with the right partner. How? When you eliminate unnecessary and time consuming processes and simultaneously free up your internal resources to pursue more impactful business functions, it also frees your team up to save time and money- arguably two of the most important aspects of business.
Among the savings, your payroll costs will be lowered and there’s no need to provide full-time employment benefits such as insurance, workers comp, vacation days, and more. Temp employees also won’t require additional overtime pay, so you’d be saving on costs of employment there as well!
Training, interview, and onboarding costs will also be reduced as the agency does the interviewing and matching for you based on the candidate’s skills. Because you need experienced talent quickly, the agency will take care of any additional training that is needed in order to meet your specific requirements.
Savings on Time
As we previously stated, professional staffing agencies recruit the most qualified candidates for your open positions or desired needs for temporary work. These recruiters take the time to thoroughly interview the talent and match them based on their client’s requirements. A temporary staffing service helps you save additional time and allows you to bring on qualified and experienced temporary staff.
Other times, we often see managers or company owners who are in charge of recruiting, interviewing, and hiring on their own. If they are spending valuable time to working on the hiring and recruitment process, that means that they are not spending that time to work on other tasks that make money and grow the business. When working with a staffing agency to secure temporary talent, you’ll learn that generally the agency will provide benefits for the employee (as they are technically an employee of the agency, not your business) such as 401k, health, PTO and more. This makes temporary work as enticing as other type of work. Additionally, when your workforce is more controlled through utilizing temporary staffing, you have the opportunity to only work with employees for the length of time you need them
Help your human resources department by utilizing a temporary employment agency and saving time on training, as well as the overall hiring process. The hiring process can take anywhere from a month to months to complete in order to find the right candidate. By using a temp agency, you get an employee who is ready to complete the work you need right away.
Staffing Agencies Handle All Onboarding and Payroll
Another benefit of using an agency, along with added time and savings, is that a professional staffing agency will handle all onboarding that is required for the positions that you need filled. That’s just more time that can be reallocated elsewhere for your human resources department, as onboarding and employee orientation can be a very time consuming task. With those tedious tasks out of the way, your in-house team won’t have to worry about it.
This is also applicable for payroll. All payroll taxes are handled by the staffing agency. You, as the employer, don’t have to stress about unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, or other taxes involved with payroll services for your organization.
Temporary Workers Are Flexible
When looking for the best candidate for any given position, it can be difficult to tell if the candidate is the best fit for the job and the environment. If the person isn’t the right fit for the position, it can make things difficult when trying to move on. Using a temporary staffing agency can offer you a wide variety of candidates for the type of job that you need to fill. Their recruiting, industry expertise, and talent pool network helps to find the best match for you based on your distinct requirements.
If you get an employee that is a great match for the position and the environment, there could be an opportunity to offer a full-time position. However, if the worker isn’t the right fit, both sides can part very easily because the employee is on a contract.
Scion Staffing is proud to offer award-winning temporary staffing services. When you partner with us, you can rest assured that regardless of your needs or staffing numbers we are able to seamlessly support your team. To learn more about our recruiting and staffing services, please contact us today. Additionally, to learn more about Scion Staffing, we invite you to visit our about us page!