In the past, employers often had to choose between bringing on temporary help or hiring an employee on a full-time basis.

That approach, though common, had some big drawbacks. In some cases, talented temporary workers would leave for better job opportunities before they could be retained; in others, employees would be hired too quickly, only to eventually be replaced at great expense after things didn’t work out.

Maybe that’s why more and more companies are choosing to fill job openings through a temp-to-hire agreement. It offers more flexibility to employers of all sizes, bringing a number of benefits to your business or department. Here are three of the most important…

 

#1 You Get Immediate Help With Your Opening

Often, when clients approach us to fill a staff or executive management position, it’s because they have an immediate need. By following a temp-to-hire approach, they can bring someone in to start right away without having to commit to them for months and years into the future.

This is a bigger benefit than a lot of employers realize at first glance. When you have important business work that is going unfinished, deadlines can be missed, invoices can go unattended, and paperwork and customer service issues can pile up. Obviously, you don’t want to hire the wrong person just to keep paperwork moving, but you might not be able to afford to let the duties of the position go unfulfilled, either.

 

#2 Employees and Employers Can Find the Right Fit

As experienced recruiters, we have seen firsthand that you can’t really know whether you have the right fit between an opening and a candidate until they are hired and work begins. In a temp-to-hire system, both employers and employees get to “test drive” one another to make sure it’s a great fit.

Experienced managers all know how important it is to find the perfect fit for a job, particularly if it’s one involving healthcare or legal, for example. That’s because the perfect candidate will need some crucial skills and qualifications while also being a good fit for the culture of the company and department. Plus, you probably want someone who can meet tough deadlines and will stay with your firm over the long run.

 

#3 Temp-to-Hire Lowers Recruiting Costs

Ultimately, the two biggest expenses of the business recruiting process are “hidden” ones that rarely show up on balance sheets – being understaffed and having to turn over jobs repeatedly. By making sure key responsibilities are covered continuously and helping to avoid hiring mistakes, a temp-to-hire philosophy can help you save lots of money.

These costs can be difficult to calculate precisely because many of the items where you would have lost money (for instance, productivity issues within your department) don’t show up on balance sheets. And yet, those expenses can be even more significant than the ones that are wasted when you have to constantly recruit, interview, train, and onboard new employees.

Looking for the perfect person for your legal, healthcare, government, higher education, mortgage/banking, call center or IT tech support position? Contact the staffing experts at Staff Logic today to let us help!