For some business owners, summer time equals money time. This is the period of the year where many businesses will see spikes in revenue and perhaps earn the majority of their annual profits. Construction companies, landscaping businesses, swimming pools, theme parks and many other places will need to hire employees to meet increased customer demands, but going with permanent hires is the wrong course of action. Temporary staffing is the perfect way for business owners to prepare for a busy summer.

Infographic stating that U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.07 million workers per week during the first quarter of 2017.

Get Away from Inflexible Workforces

In our current day and age, there’s simply no reason for business owners or hiring managers to feel beholden to a traditional workforce. During the first quarter of 2017, U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.07 million temporary and contract workers per week.[1] There are more temporary employees than at any point in history, and more and more business owners are moving away from an all-permanent workforce because of the lack of flexibility.

If your busy season is only three months long, there’s no reason to hire a permanent employee to work for you throughout the year. And while many employers may fear that hiring on a temporary basis may scare away the best candidates, this is not necessarily true. Not only is temporary employment a viable option for both employers and employees, but it is also something that many workers are looking for because of the flexibility it allows and how it can supplement other income.

While there is a slight negative stigma associated with the staffing industry, much of it is based on popularized myths rooted in the early days of the industry. In the 21st century, however, many of the things people used to believe about the staffing industry are simply untrue. Here are some common, completely false myths about the temporary staffing industry:

  1. Temps aren’t as important to a company as regular workers
  2. A temporary job isn’t a real job
  3. Temporary employees don’t earn benefits
  4. Temporary workers aren’t committed to their jobs in the same way as permanent ones
  5. Temps can only be hired for low-level jobs
  6. Temporary workers lack skills and experience
Illustration about the false myths about temporary staffing.

Temporary Staffing is Great for Employers and Employees

There is almost no downside to a temporary employment agreement for either an employee or an employer. Both will enjoy several perks of the temporary employment arrangement.

Temporary Employment for Employers:

  • Decreases recruiting/hiring costs
  • Gives access to new skills and experiences
  • Allows for quick expansion or reduction of workforce
  • Takes pressure off permanent staff
  • Offers extra help during times of absence in permanent staff

Temporary Employment for Employees:

  • Allows individuals to boost income for a short period
  • Can serve as a bridge between permanent jobs
  • Potentially exposes workers to new skills
  • May offer a path to permanent employment
  • Could offer entry into new career field

You know your busy summer months are coming, so now you must take steps to get ready. What do you do?

  1. Don’t Procrastinate: The last thing you want to do is wait until the day before the summer begins to reach out to a staffing agency. You need to know how much they charge, how quickly they can get you employees, what kind of industries they specialize in and you need to check references. If you don’t already have a relationship with a staffing company, make sure you’re proactive in getting ready for summer.
  2. Have Your Job Descriptions Ready: Know exactly who you need and what skills you need them to have so that your staffing agency can deliver. You want your temporary staff to hit the ground running, so knowing exactly what you need and why you need it will help everyone involved.
  3. Plan for a Seamless Transition: Whether you need temporary workers to fill in for permanent employees who are on leave or vacation, or you just need more manpower for a busier season, make it easy for your new temps to succeed. You can do this by pairing them with permanent staff, having departing permanent workers finish up major projects before leaving or by having detailed job instructions ready on day one.

If you don’t already have a relationship with a staffing company, make sure you’re proactive in getting ready for summer.

If you make the decision to beef up or supplement your permanent staff with one or more temporary employees, we invite you to explore how TPG Staffing can help you succeed. We pride ourselves on being leaders within the staffing industry with regards to ethics and effectiveness. The temporary staff members we place receive competitive pay and benefits and we strictly adhere to all local, state and federal rules. In addition, all of our temporary placements are always paid in a timely and accurate manner and are even offered benefits often reserved for only permanent employees. Our mission is to help business owners find the employees they require and to help workers find the opportunities they need to support themselves and their families.

We’ve worked with dozens of different types of businesses in meeting their temporary staffing demands and are excited to help you next. You can learn more or get the process started by calling us today at 732-246-7100.