In business, having the right number of personnel at the right time can be key to your success. But finding the magic number of employees can be easier said than done, especially if you’re operating in an industry where demand can fluctuate drastically.
Some businesses undergo rapid expansion or experience to accommodate changing production requirements. Those in the agricultural industry, from the smallest boutique farms to large-scale facilities (such as Nhill Bulk Handling in Victoria’s Wimmera region) experience seasonal changes relating to harvest periods; while those in the retail sector are at their busiest just before Christmas.
Meeting these changes in demand can be problematic; too many new workers means you risk being overstaffed when business settles down again and too few means you may not keep up with demand.
Temporary or seasonal employees can help fill this gap and ensure business runs smoothly during peak times. Employed by a staffing agency, temporary staff come with different backgrounds and training and are hired out to businesses on an as-needed basis.
Many workplaces rely on these personnel to manage staffing levels and provide support during busy times. Here are four ways your business could benefit from hiring temporary or seasonal staff.
Convenience and Flexibility
Perhaps the single biggest advantage of seasonal or temporary workers is their flexibility and ability to start work right away. This gives employers the power to easily adjust the size of their workforce depending on changes in workload, adding or deducting support as needed.
When things get busy, the last thing you want to do is waste valuable time advertising and recruiting new staff. Staffing and temp agencies have large pools of candidates who are ready to start work immediately and have already gone through a vetting process. This means a new worker could be on site in a matter of days or even hours, ready to lend support before existing staff get behind schedule or become overwhelmed.
Hiring temporary staff also means no layoffs or surplus workers when business settles down again; the contract is simply ended with the agency.
When you hire seasonal staff, the burden of the expense of finding and recruiting is undertaken by the staffing agency. Advertising, interviewing and screening of potential candidates is costly, in terms of both time and money, not to mention the extra paperwork and admin required to get a new employee appointed. Utilising an agency to provide you with temporary staff means you get the workers you require without the obligations and cost of being their employer.
Significantly varying workloads can leave you paying the wages of staff you don’t necessarily need when things get quiet. Employing temporary workers as required means there are no wasted hours – you can hire someone for exactly the time and tasks you need done.
You can also help cut back on expensive overtime by hiring extra support staff during particularly demanding periods, essentially getting the same amount of work done while avoiding time and half wages plus the negative effect of overtime on employees.
Improved Employee Morale
Overworked and stressed employees are unhappy employees. When business increases but there are not enough workers to meet the demand, permanent staff are required to make up the difference, and this can take its toll.
Low employee morale can lead to low productivity and high staff turnover, which ultimately cost employers money. Bringing in temporary staff to support your core workers helps take the pressure off and keeps everyone happy.
Less Risky Hiring
Advertising and recruiting new personnel costs time and money, so it can be very frustrating when a new employee isn’t working out as you’d hoped. When hiring a temp through an agency, you can simply terminate the contract or request a new employee if they are not meeting your needs.
Conversely, if there is a seasonal member of staff who performs exceptionally or is an ideal fit for your workplace, you can always approach them and find out if they are interested in a full-time position.
Temporary and seasonal workers can be a great way to manage staffing levels, especially during peak periods. Many workplaces benefit from having access to trained staff who are ready to start immediately, without the long-term commitment of a permanent appointment.
While only with you for a brief amount of time, temporary staff can still be valuable employees that bring a lot to your business.