The nature of business is changing – and not necessarily in a bad way. In today’s economy, hiring temporary workers is the answer many organizations need for their hiring dilemmas, and it’s quite an effective model for those companies looking to get the most out of their dollar. From Uber to the office park to the construction site, more and more businesses are looking to hire temporary or contract workers to fill their empty roles.
A Growing Trend
Hiring temporary workers isn’t a new trend in the business world, but it’s one that’s certainly gaining popularity in new markets. According to Emsi data, the US economy is expected to see 199,639 new temporary working positions added between 2017 and 2020, and already the temporary workforce is at 3 million employees.
Apps like Uber have helped turn temporary working situations more mainstream, but the practice has always been popular in fields dominated by contract work like construction or the trades. Today there are simply more tools available to help workers match up with new contracts for their desired skills.
Why Employees Love It
Employees who work in temporary positions are given the chance to evaluate a business to see if there is a fit without needing to feel obligated to the company. Working in a temporary position is a chance to get a foot in the door and meet some people – and maybe have that turn into a different, more promising opportunity.
Additionally, it’s a great option for folks looking for seasonal or part-time work during a time of crises or just to earn some extra cash. Or, for the constant job hopper, it’s an efficient way to learn a bunch of new skills in different roles without having to explain why you chose to leave a full-time job every few months or years to try something new in an interview.
Why Business’ Love It
In short, when a company hires a temporary employee, they’re hiring someone with no strings attached to evaluate their skills and fit in the organization. If the employee doesn’t work out, once their contract is up, the company doesn’t owe them anything and can let them walk away without the need for firing. On the other hand, if a company finds a temporary employee they find exemplary, they now have a rapport with a candidate they like to work into either a full-time job or more contract work in the future.
Temporary hiring options are also great to keep staffing fluid during times of leave when employees may be sick or unable to work. Hiring a temporary worker to step in while someone is out on maternity leave or disability can keep an organization up-and-running while that valued employee is given their necessary leave.
Additionally, the cost of hiring temporary workers is generally cheaper than hiring full-time employees with a full benefits package. This may be one of the most influential reasons organizations choose to go with temporary workers, because it benefits both parties – the employees get paid, and the business makes more money to continue down the road.
Hiring a Temporary Workforce
Before you start looking for temporary employees, it’s important to find the right tools to attract and hire your talent. For organizations looking for contract workers in Philadelphia, Laborocity helps find the all-star talent to fill the positions you need. Whether you’re a business looking for a worker or an employee looking for their next gig, Laborocity has the connections you need.
Thoughts? Hit me up. Woody@Laborocity.com
Woody Klemmer is the Co-Founder of Laborocity, a company that provides businesses with screened college students and recent grads to help with temporary work, on-demand.