Temp vs. Temp-to-Hire: Pros and Cons

Temp vs. Temp-to-Hire: Pros and Cons

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Many industries experience seasonal fluctuations and peaks and valleys in terms of demand. For construction professionals, the ability to adjust to these changes is nothing short of mission-critical. Having people on your team to ensure you meet client deadlines and expectations is necessary - and highly challenging. A temporary staffing company can be the solution for which you are looking. But is temp-to-hire also a viable solution?

Temp-to-Hire Definition

A temp-to-hire employee is much like a seasonal employee. The benefit here is that you can expand and contract your workforce as needed. Once the term of the temporary contract is up, it can be renewed for a longer period or the individual can join the company as a regular employee. Many people consider temp-to-hire situations as extended job interviews; it gives the employer a chance to evaluate the work of an individual - and it gives the individual a chance to see if they’d like to continue on once their temporary period is over.

Temp-to-Hire Pros and Cons

There are a number of benefits associated with temp-to-hire, including:

  • Evaluation. Temp-to-hire situations give employers a chance to observe someone’s on the job performance. They can determine if that person will be a good fit for their company in the longer-term.
  • Reduced Risk. Letting a regular employee go can be an HR nightmare. On the other hand, if a temp doesn’t work out, your legal risk is greatly reduced.
  • Cost Savings. Temps are not eligible for employee benefits, such as insurance and vacation. You can save money here while determining if a worker will be a good addition to your team.
  • Easy Transitions. As a temp, people get to know your team. Sliding into a regular role will be streamlined and easier for both them - and you.
  • Talent Retention. Temp-to-hire agreements can help you recognize and retain talented folks who can contribute to your company.

It is equally important to weigh the potential downsides, such as:

  • Training. Even if a person is brought on as a temporary employee, they will require training to get up to speed with your processes, procedures, and expectations. This means time and money.
  • Motivation. Temp employees may be less motivated to give it their all if they just see you as a stepping stone to other opportunities. This is, of course, not true of all temps, particularly if they are properly vetted by a temporary staffing company. 
  • Uncertainty. If a temp is not sure they’ll be hired long-term, it can affect their willingness to enter into agreements.

It is possible to increase the weight of the pros and decrease the risk of the cons. The first step: choosing an experienced construction temporary staffing company to help you meet the demands of your business. Contact Labor for Hire today.

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