Being short on staff can spell disaster no matter what business you're in. Before you put an ad up online looking for workers, it’s important to know what type of hire works best for you. Read on for a breakdown of three different types of employees - plus the info you need to make the right hiring decision.

Temp Workers

As the name suggests, temporary workers are those who are employed with your company for a set period of time (usually 3 to 6 months). This type of hiring isn’t reserved for just general laborers. All types of industries – from hospitality to accounting – employ temporary workers. These workers are ideal for projects that require short-term help. Once that worker is no longer needed, you can let them go without the extra paperwork and expense. They also save you from having to provide benefits such as paid vacation and 401K, as they are really employed by the staffing agency. 

You may need a temp if:

  • A permanent employee suddenly quits.
  • An essential worker goes on vacation or is out sick.
  • A client suddenly push up a project deadline.

What will also help you determine if a temp is right for you is the level of training required for the job. Chances are you’re already overwhelmed so you may not have too much time to spend training someone who won’t be working long with you. Also, a temp may leave prematurely if a permanent opportunity presents itself.

Temp–to–Hire Workers

Taking the best of both hiring worlds, these types of workers are brought on as a temporary worker with the opportunity to be hired full-time at the end of their work assignment. Unlike a regular temporary worker, they may be less likely to leave - sticking around for the chance to be brought on as a full-time employee.  It also allows you to see if there’s a long-term need for the position as well as test out an employee without the commitment of a direct hire. You also have a greater chance of getting a worker who is extra motivated to work hard and go above and beyond their job title. Their ultimate goal is to get hired at the end of the assignment.

A temp-to-hire employee may be the right choice if you:

  • Are unsure if there’s a permanent need for a position.
  • Want to see if a candidate is a cultural fit.
  • Need to see a potential hire do the job before making a long-term commitment. 

While your short-term work needs are met, you may run into the same drawbacks as regular temporary workers. At the end of the trial period a candidate may not work out and you’ll have to start over finding and training someone else.

This is how a staffing agency can save you time and money

Direct-Hire Workers

On the other end of the hiring spectrum, direct-hire employees come into your organization as permanent members of your team. Like other types of hires they must be trained, but it may be more extensive since these workers aren’t of a temporary nature. Not only must you feel confident that they can do the work, but that they embody your company’s goals and fit into the culture you've worked hard to create.

You may need a direct-hire worker if:

  • Your business needs to grow to stay competitive
  • There’s a steady stream of work and not enough workers
  • Present employees are constantly overworked

A big drawback of a direct-hire employee is the hiring and firing process. Both are costly in both time and money. There’s also an increase in overhead, since salaries for direct-hires tend to be higher than a temporary worker, and added company benefits may also increase the overall cost for bringing in a direct-hire ( a cost usually covered by a staffing agency).

No matter you’re hiring needs, we can help guide you through the recruiting process and provide you with the workers you need. Get started with Labor Finders today!