Whether you have a start-up that you just created or you are a huge corporation, one of the most crucial decisions you have to make is whether to designate positions as permanent jobs or temporary. On the one hand, temporary staff are cheaper and easier to maintain. On the other hand, having permanent workers builds a stronger relationship between the individual(s) and the employer. Here are some factors that tip the balance in the favor of hiring temporary workers.
Situations where it makes more sense to open temporary jobs:
- The job is seasonal. For example, a school setting requires more workers at certain times of the year. There is no need for these workers after the busy periods pass.
- The work needed is temporary. If you require some specialized skills only for a particular project, hiring a temporary worker rather than a permanent worker will prevent the waste of potential employees.
- There is a crisis going on. If for some reason, your permanent employees are temporarily unable to come to work, it is time to bring out your temporary staff. They will replace your permanent workers only for the duration of the crisis.
Advantages of having temporary jobs instead of permanent jobs:
- It saves money and time. Temporary workers are on average, paid less and given fewer benefits than their permanent counterparts. Furthermore, money isn’t wasted when they don’t come in for work during off-peak hours.
- Try before you buy. Testing the candidate before hiring him or her for permanent work. If the temporary worker performs exceptionally, you can promote him to a permanent position.
- Quick to get on-board. Instead of going through hundreds to thousands of resumes and interviewing potential candidates, you can just go to a temporary agency and grab whomever you need.
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