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Jan 28, 2016

When a position opens in your company, it’s easy to fall into the same routines to fill it.

For some, it’s putting an ad on a job site or posting about the opening on social media. Others will call a recruiting agency for help filling the role. One option you might not have tried yet is hiring a temporary worker to fill the void.

There are also plenty of temporary agencies out there, and chances are, one of them has the temporary talent you need.

But, why should a business owner consider hiring a temporary worker instead of a permanent employee?

Why you should consider temp employees

Here are a few reasons to consider:

  1. It’s much faster. Pick up the phone today, and you could have someone in your office tomorrow morning to take over the open role. It could take weeks or months to find someone permanent — and cost you time and money while also adding stress to others in your organization.
  2. There is less risk. Employees come with all sorts of risks — from injuries to harassment or other potential issues. Making a bad hire can be devastating for a company. If a temporary worker isn’t panning out for some reason, one simple call can end the relationship with very minimal risk involved.
  3. It’s less expensive. The hourly rate paid for a temporary worker might be more than pay for a permanent employee, but the costs associated with recruiting, hiring, and training add up fast. If that employee doesn’t work out for some reason, you are paying it all over again!
  4. Try before you buy. A temporary worker does not need to stay a temporary worker. We have seen many situations where a temporary worker was ultimately hired on as an employee. Both the employee and employer will become more comfortable, and there will be far less time spent training and getting acclimated.
  5. It’s, well, temporary. This seems a bit obvious, of course. Having an underperforming employee is tough. Getting rid of the employee is even worse. With lawsuits on the rise, employers are being much more cautious about terminating employees, sometimes leaving underperforming employees on staff to avoid getting in trouble. Imagine being able to sever such a relationship quickly and easily. With temporary employees, you can!

A good option to consider

Temporary workers will not always be the right fit for your open positions. However, they can be a good option in many cases, and they should be considered when possible.

If you use them, you’ll potentially save some valuable time and money, and you might just find your next great permanent employee in the process.

This was originally published on the Genesis HR Solutions blog.