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Why a company would need to employ temporary workers

Posted on January 14th, 2015 Read time: 2 minutes

Temporary workers are valuable commodities in today's business world. According to The Santa Clarita Valley Signal, a number of businesses are planning to increase the use of supplemental staff in 2015 and beyond.

However, many companies may not see the value in employing individuals on a short-term or temp basis. Here are a number of reasons why an organization would want use temporary workers and the benefits that come from hiring this particular kind of candidate:

  • Project specific needs: There will be times when a business will need to hire someone who possesses a unique set of skills that will be outside its typical area of expertise. In circumstances like this, it may be useful to hire contract workers who can come in, complete a project and move on to another assignment. This is mutually beneficial to both parties, particularly if a company can avoid making a permanent investment in someone or if a job seeker feels he or she wouldn't mesh well in a certain kind of environment.
  • Try it before you buy it: Hiring a full-time worker requires a significant financial investment. According to U.S. News, offering an individual an assignment on a temporary basis allows a company to assess whether he or she possess the requisite ability and knowledge base to be offered a permanent opportunity.
  • Workforce fluctuations: At some point in time, every company will go through a staff reduction period. Whether this is a proactive move on the part of an organization or a drop in worker numbers that will inevitably effect every organization, hiring temporary workers can stabilize a business until full-time employee levels can be replenished.

There are many other reasons why a company may feel the need to hire temporary workers. However, as the economy continues to show signs of recovery after the Great Recession, a large number of organizations looking to regain a measure of profitability and stability may benefit from working with a supplemental staffing agency.

Ultimately, this decision can help a company weather any storms while also making it possible to identify fresh talent. The use of temporary workers isn't expected to decline in the future and the value of these individuals will only increase. Companies looking to utilize this staffing option should benefit greatly from being able to rely on a workforce that is both diverse and talented.

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