by Audra Bianca
Major advantages of hiring temporary labor typically concern the cost savings that an employer might realize. To gain these advantages, an employer must compare temporary employees with the alternative of part-time and full-time regular employees. If an employer does not need regular labor, then the major advantage is scalability, conveniently being able to add or reduce the worker payroll per business needs.
Temporary employees serve different functions for the employer and offer advantages in terms of operations management. Employers use temporary workers to take the place of absent employees and to provide a temporary person for a vacancy. They also add to their staff through busy seasons such as the holiday shopping season and increase the number of workers to assist in projects of short duration. Temporary jobs also provide workers for positions scheduled to be phased out due to budget cuts or reorganization.
While employers might have to provide benefits such as workers’ compensation and overtime pay to temporary workers, they can save on medical/dental benefits, vacation and sick pay, retirement and other income security benefits reserved for full-time and part-time workers. Some employers offer higher wages to temporary workers that do not receive job benefits, such as traveling nurses, which makes temporary employment attractive to highly-skilled professionals seeking flexibility.
Some employers find it advantageous to recruit highly skilled temporary workers to determine if they’re suitable for a particular job. If an employee is a good match, a hiring manager can advertise the job and hire that person a permanent position or offer the position directly. Also, temporary positions offer a way to attract talent when an organization is waiting on funding, such as a nonprofit waiting for federal grant funds to be received.
Save Training Costs
Temporary workers who work for an employer when in need of extra income help the employer save on overtime costs. When an employee separates from the employer, she costs the employer training costs that were already invested and other costs, such as the cost of advertising the position and completing the recruiting and screening process. If a temporary employee fills the void and offers similar services, the employer has flexibility in setting a timeline for finding a new employee and training her.
Now that you know more about how recruiters can work for you, it might be time to see for yourself why Dental Staffing Services is a leader among specialized staffing agencies. Get expert help with your temporary staffing needs.
- American Staffing Association; “Staffing Industry’s Positive Role in U.S. Economy”; Edward A. Lenz; March 4, 2008
- USAJOBS: Temporary and Term Appointments
- Univ. of Wisconsin Center for Community and Economic Development; How Much Does Your Employee Turnover Cost? William H. Pinkovitz, et al.
Posted by NDA member Kim Symthe of Dental Staffing Services.