Hiring temporary staff is something that most businesses will have to do at some point or another. Whether it’s to plug a temporary hole in your staffing levels or to temporarily expand your available manpower over busy holiday periods, temporary staff are the perfect means of ensuring that your business has enough staff to function to the best of its ability.
However, just like when you are hiring for regular long-term positions, taking the wrong approach to your hiring can end up having a number of negative consequences for your business. In this guide, we take a look at some of the most common and costly mistakes that business owners make in the hiring of temporary staff.
Leaving it Too Late
Most businesses will be hiring temp workers around Christmas time. No matter what field you work in, Christmas is all but guaranteed to be the busiest time of year. It seems far too obvious to even point out, but Christmas appears the same time every year. This makes it all the more astonishing that so many businesses fail to prepare for the increased footfall every year.
You should begin preparing to interview and assess candidates as early as possible. Temp workers are generally looking to begin working as soon as possible. You should aim to have organised the appropriate staffing levels a month or so in advance of the anticipated rush, whether it’s Christmas or some other event.
Pairing them with the Wrong Role
Many business owners are under the impression that they should only be using temp staff to feed a limited range of roles within the company. This kind of thinking often proves to be a real hindrance. Temp staff can be used to fill just about any role in your business. Remember, not all temp staff are young and inexperienced. There are many people who have interesting and varied backgrounds who, for one reason or another, have elected to pursue temping opportunities.
To get an idea of just how varied the roles that the modern temp worker can take on are, take a look at the Staff Heroes website. Every business in every field will have different staffing requirements. When you are interviewing temp workers, you need to ask them, and yourself, whether the role you are considering them for is the most suitable for their talents.
Relaxing Hiring Standards
Just because a worker is only going to be with you on a temporary basis, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t hold them to the same high standards as the rest of your workers. Not only will lowering your standards mean that you end up with a lower quality employee, but it will also scupper your chances of finding a potential long-term hire.
Many temp workers impress their employers and are then able to transition into more permanent roles within a business. But if you are hiring temp workers who don’t adhere to the same standards that you expect of full-time employees, you are far less likely to find a potential long-term hire.
Neglecting Orientation and Training
Every new worker to your business, no matter how long they plan on staying, should go through the same training and orientation processes. This will ensure that all of your workers are on the same page and that they are all equally capable of performing their jobs to the highest standards possible. Workers who aren’t put through this process will, through no fault of their own, be a strain on the rest of your workforce, who will have to take time out of their own duties to bring temp staff up to speed.
Temporary staff are an excellent way of making up for shortfalls in your staffing. However, if you don’t apply your usual high standards to the hiring process, temp staff can end up being a hindrance, not a benefit.