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Temp Staffing

Temp staffing is the hiring of temporary staff who retain their positions only for a limited period. Unlike direct-hire employees, temp staff are not a part of a company’s payroll and do not have access to benefits. Temp staffing is needed when employers are understaffed and require workers to fill in the gap. Whenever current staff is unable to fill in shifts needed, temp staffing is the next viable option. Temp staffing helps managers fulfill business needs without the time and cost of recruiting and hiring staff for payroll. Temp staff is under their manager’s supervision while remaining employees of a staffing agency.

Why is temp staffing important?

Temp staffing is needed to fill openings caused by emergencies, seasonal demands, or employee leave. Without temp staffing, business managers would be unable to carry out operations at the level expected from customers. For example, if a cleaner is unavailable to attend a shift that no other team members can fill, customers will experience a less sanitary environment. Alternatively, other team members on duty must take on extra work, which decreases employee satisfaction. Temp staffing helps managers fill in needed positions with temporary staff and avoids overworking other team members.

How does temp staffing benefit team members?

Temp staffing benefits managers, employees on the payroll, and the temp staff themselves. Managers benefit by saving time and money on recruitment, allowing a third party to vet qualified temp staff. Employees on payroll can benefit from temp staff to support the team when they are on leave, supporting a better work-life balance. This ensures co-workers do not have to cover the extra labor of an individual who is absent. Temp staff is offered flexible work that helps them gain experience and make professional connections.

What are the disadvantages of temp staffing?

Temp staff needs to be properly onboarded in order to adjust to a business’ specific workflow. If a manager gets a different temp staff every shift, they will need to repeat this onboarding process every time, which is time consuming. That is why Hyre’s temp staffing marketplace allows for managers to request for the same workers to pick up future shifts. Another disadvantage to temp staffing is the risk of acquiring a team member who is unreliable or performs poorly. To mitigate this risk, Hyre uses reliability scores based on attendance, cancellations, and communication. The final disadvantage to temp staffing is an increased chance of workplace injury. This is a result of seasonal demands that may limit a manager’s time spent training employees. Regardless of temp staffing or traditional hiring, a thorough onboarding and training process is necessary to enable workplace success.

What are the options available to managers for temp staffing?

Temp staff can be obtained through traditional temp staffing agencies, which charge employers around 40% of the contractor’s rate. Hyre’s temp staffing marketplace is an innovative platform that connects qualified temp staff and agency vendors with local businesses that need temp workers. Hyre charges no more than 20% of a contractor’s rate. Unlike traditional agencies, no contractors are needed on the payroll in order to use Hyre’s temp staff. Temp staffing agencies typically work 9 am-5 pm, while Hyre is available 24/7 with customer support for any emergencies organizers may face. 

Are there challenges to managing a team of temp staff and employees on the payroll?

Temp staff require the same dedicated onboarding and training process as permanent staff. However, managers are likely to spend less time onboarding temp staff than permanent staff. If temp staff work for an extended period of time and do not have access to benefits that permanent employees do, this can also cause resentment. It can also be challenging to coordinate last-minute schedule changes with a hybrid team. Fortunately, scheduling employees and temp staff can be done seamlessly through Hyre’s scheduling platform. Hyre allows contractors to pick up shifts according to their availability. Employees on payroll can also set their availability. This helps managers create a schedule that makes everyone happy.

Can temp staff be hired to be a part of a permanent team?

Different temp staffing agencies will have varying contract buyout fees. Hyre’s temp staffing policy is that temp staff cannot be hired to be a part of a permanent team. However, Hyre also connects temp staffing vendors with local businesses, which may be open to buyouts.

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