Using Temporary Help to its Full Potential


Depending on which statistics you look at, anywhere from 15 million to 42 million workers in America are non-permanent employees.  Known under the titles of temps, contractors, freelancers, contingent workers, etc., businesses today are utilizing temporary staff to get work done.  Whether you need a CEO or an electrical engineer, there’s a temp for that.

As many organizations have already figured out, a “temp” doesn’t just mean someone to sit at your front desk while your receptionist is on vacation.  Here are a few reasons there are serious advantages to hiring temporary employees.

Try Before You Commit
One of the major benefits of using a staffing service is the temp-to-hire program that many of them offer.  Temp-to-hire allows you to try out a new employee before making the final hiring decision.  If you have a contractor working on a project team with full-time staff, you have time to observe them and evaluate whether or not they fit in with the culture of your organization.  Some staffing firms offer guarantees of up to six months on temporary employees.  This eliminates the costly result of a bad hire.

Great for Seasonal Work
Contract employees are a great way to supply extra help during busy seasons.  They allow your traditional staff to focus on their core projects while contractors backflow the simpler tasks.  Using a staffing agency to hire on seasonal workers eliminates the headache of screening resumes and interviewing unqualified candidates.

Specialized Expertise
In the architecture and engineering industries, the workforce needed can vary greatly by project.  Especially for the more technical positions such as programmers, systems analysts, and drafters, it makes more sense to only hire employees on when you need them.  These are highly-skilled individuals who receive very high wages, so paying a full-time salary when not necessary is extremely costly to the company.

Fresh Perspective
New talent means new ideas.  Most temporary employees have worked at many different organizations and have learned each company’s processes.  They have the ability to contribute fresh ideas to your business because they are further removed and see things differently than you might. A temp worker’s previous experience could be the big idea that will land you success in your next project.

 There are other obvious advantages to hiring temporary workers such as cost efficiency and temporary vacancies.  However, the biggest benefits come from considering a temporary workforce as a proactive part of you staffing plan instead of a reactive measure.

If you are considering the options of temporary workers, ensure your success with RealStreet Staffing.  Our exclusive industry focus, first-hand construction experience, and professional recruiting expertise can be used to design staffing solutions that will get you access to the talent you need.  Contact us today to fill your engineering, architecture, and construction positions.

We have had an eight-year relationship with RealStreet on a number of federal construction management contracts. They have been extremely responsive to our needs, helping us fill a variety of construction services positions, often with short notice. They have been a reliable and responsive partner, and we can always count on them to quickly deliver Read More…

Tony Leketa, PE, Executive Vice President

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