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Hiring Temporary & Part-Time Employees: Pros & Cons

Pros

Flexibility

Part-time and Temporary employees allow you to staff exactly according to your company’s needs and weather the rest of the storm that is 2020. It enables your business to adjust more easily and quickly to workload fluctuations and lets you evaluate a worker without commitment.

Cost effective

Temporary and part-time employees offer significant cost savings over full-time employees in wages, taxes, and benefits. Plus, when you use Professional Placement, we become the temp worker’s employer (not you!). We are responsible for recruiting, screening, testing and hiring workers. Our services also include payroll expenses and paperwork, payroll and withholding taxes, and unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance—a big relief for you.

Expanded pool of candidates

When you consider part-time employees, you’re opening the door to a talent pool you may have overlooked otherwise; like those re-entering the workforce or retiring workers who are not quite ready to stop working. Today, temporary workers increasingly include highly skilled individuals with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience. These individuals can tackle critical one-time projects that are limited in time and scope.

Cons

Inconsistencies

Productivity or quality could suffer because part-time employees may not be able to see a project through to completion, or the employee was not trained well enough for the position or task. In some cases, the company’s policies or mission aren’t communicated well enough. Training and communicating with the employee take time and effort.

Employees may be less invested in your company.

There’s always the chance that part-time workers or temp workers won’t be as committed or loyal to the company. Perhaps this is because they don’t receive benefits, or because they don’t feel as valued as their full-time coworkers.

Fortunately, if you’re gravitating toward adding part-time employees or temp workers to your workforce, you can easily manage the downside risk.

The world of work continues to evolve, especially in the wake of COVID-19, with both companies and workers seeking flexibility. Hiring a mix of temp, part-time, and full-time employees may be a smart solution, and one that most companies can achieve with a little extra effort. The result is a more efficient workplace, a more flexible job market, and greater opportunities for both employers and employees.