If you’re like countless small and mid-sized business owners who struggled through the recent recession and feel lucky to be climbing back, you may have undergone some trauma in the interest of survival that you’d rather not repeat. At this point, caution may be your new motto and reckless hiring may be something you’d rather avoid at all costs. If this describes your current staffing strategy, it may be time to consider the benefits of a contingent workforce.
Contingent staffing means relying on temporary, part time, and contract arrangements for the time being in order to manage the intensity of your hiring commitments. Here are a few of the benefits this approach may bring to your bottom line:
1. Partnering with a temporary staffing agency can help you get to know your new employees and watch them in action before you invest in a long term contract. If your new team members work out and thrive in your office, great. If not, you haven’t lost anything and neither have they. After all, you weren’t paying them or handling any of their tax issues, since the agency takes care of that. And since they work for the agency, not you, they’ll simply be transferred to another project.
2. Contract workers, outside vendors, and consultants often come with specific skill sets that can’t be found among your more generally trained employees. These contract workers arrive, apply their focused skills to your temporary demand, then leave again. You pay only for their specific expertise. And even though they’re a bit more expensive per hour than your in-house employees, they typically handle their own taxes and insurance.
3. Contingent workforce planning means easy workforce streamlining. It means you never have extra hands idling around your office, you can shape your staff to meet seasonal demands, and you can pay all of your team members fairly and trust that when you don’t need them on the premises, they can turn their attention elsewhere without losing stride. Contingent workforce planning is efficient, simple, fair, and cost effective. Best of all, you can start creating and staffing contingent positions at any time, for any skill level. Just reach out and contact the Des Moines staffing experts at the Palmer Group for more information.SHARE