If you’re like many employers, you rely on temporary workers. Maybe you need to bring on extra help to meet tight production deadlines, or perhaps you’re in a seasonal industry that needs workers a few times each year. Regardless, be sure not to overlook your temp staff when you’re ready to hire full time. Here’s why.
You Know Their Work
Hiring new employees can feel a lot like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. How do you write a job description that briefly describes what the employee will do all day? What skills should you ask for, and which ones can you teach on the job? How do you know if a potential employee has a strong work ethic, and how do you distinguish between two equally qualified candidates?
Hiring people who have already worked for you on a temp basis settles these decisions. You know the employees’ work. You are familiar with their skills, work ethic, and ability to perform as part of a team. You don’t have to wonder whether they will show up on time and deliver on a deadline.
They Know Your Business
Every workplace is unique. You have your own teams, your own schedules, your own corporate culture, and your own way of doing things. Onboarding new employees and bringing them up to speed can be expensive and time-consuming. But your temporary workers are already there. They know what you do and how you do it, and they have the specialized skills required to be successful. Why reinvent the wheel, if you can simply tap into a workforce that already understands your business?
There’s Already a Connection
Any new employee, no matter how talented, can be a disruption for your team and your workflow. People are individuals, and it takes time for them to get to know each other and solidify their professional relationships. Your temporary workers are already there. They know their teammates and their leaders. Everyone is already comfortable with each other and knows how to work together.