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The recession has changed a number of things about our society. More people are shunning home-buying and instead choosing to rent. Amounts in savings accounts are up, indicating that we're becoming a nation of savvy savers rather than eager spenders. This increasingly cautious approach to money has also permeated to the workplace, and has changed the way we're hiring people to join our teams.

The Rise Of The Temporary Employee

The popularity of hiring through recruitment agencies rather than direct is a result of the tight economic times. After all, during the height of the recession, many companies had to get rid of large numbers of permanent staff. Even though things are improving once more, they're left feeling understandably cautious, and reluctant to commit to full-time employees again.

How Temporary Staff Can Help Your Business Get Going

There are many advantages to hiring employees on a temporary basis via a staffing agency.

1. Less direct responsibility.

One of the biggest advantages to sourcing talent from local staffing agencies is that the pressure isn't directly on you if things don't go according to plan. If your staff member is under performing, or you don't have enough funds to keep them employed, the headache of moving them on to another company is not yours to suffer.

2. Benefit to the employee.

Believe it or not, there are plenty of people who actively seek temporary positions, as it works well with their current lifestyle. Some may be between jobs and simply seeking a salary to bridge the gap. Others may only want part-time temporary employment to work around their families. As a result, they're motivated to do the job, because they like the transience and lack of permanence that the position offers. It works for them as much as it does for you.

3. Flexibility.

Flexibility is a major plus when hiring temporary staff, especially if your business is subject to seasonal fluctuations. It enables you to simply hire people when you need them most, then cut back on staff when things get quieter again.

4. Evaluation.

Hiring temporary workers also gives you a great opportunity to 'test' workers. You get to see them in action, often for an extended period of time, without committing to any full-time employment. In many ways, it's almost like a long interview process, enabling you to survey an employee at close quarters, and ascertain whether or not they're a suitable candidate for a more permanent position.

5. Diversify.

Hiring a number of temporary staff gives you the ideal opportunity to diversify your services; as you can bring in talent from all areas. Rather than committing to paying several full-time salaries, you only need to worry about paying on a part-time temporary basis, which gives you a lot more flexibility with your budget. Of course, as things progress, you'll want to hire talented individuals on a more permanent basis. However, there's no doubt that temporary staff can provide fantastic flexibility when you're getting started.

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About the author

Karen Rehn has 13 years experience in the staffing industry. Her zest for business and desire to leave Wisconsin winters behind led her to purchase Helping Hands Staffing Services, which is now known as HH Staffing. She says, "One of the greatest rewards of working in the staffing industry is the ability to make a real difference in the lives of others, I truly believe that our industry has an obligation to actively contribute to enhancing our communities and improving the lives of our employees." Disclosure: This post is sponsored by a CAREEREALISM-approved expert.
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