Full-Time or Temp? How to Know What Kind of Staffing You Need

shutterstock_295369790Missed deadlines, lots of overtime, and frazzled employees are all pretty good signs you may have a staffing problem. Or maybe you’ve just heard the good news that projections indicate next year’s sales volumes will double over this year’s. Either way, you sense the team you have in place right now isn’t enough. But here’s the rub—do you need full-time or temporary hires?

Knowing when or how to hire new workers isn’t a cut-and-dry process. There’s more to it than a brief office-work overload or predicted future need. Here’s a few ideas on what you could consider before creating a new role in your organization.

Full or Part-Time Staffing?

There’s a big difference between hiring full-time, part-time, or independent contractors. Taking on a full-time employee right out of the gate may not always your best bet, considering the impact it has on your company’s bottom line. There are distinct pros and cons to consider:

  • Pros: A full-time position might give you a larger and more diverse talent pool from which to choose. While it’s certainly not true of all prospective candidates, most talented job seekers are looking to establish a career that includes a good salary and competitive benefits. In return, a well-chosen employee repays you with hard work, creativity, and a commitment to helping you grow your bottom line. Many temp workers possess these same traits, but unless temporary work is their chosen profession, there’s less incentive for them to invest in your brand.
  • Cons: There’s no getting around it, full-time employees are more expensive. Employee benefits, health contributions, paid holidays, etc., all add up. If the work you need to be done is small and short-term, hiring a temporary worker may make better financial sense. Full-time employees show up each week, regardless of the workload but may begrudge working more than 40 hours in a week.  Temp workers, on the other hand, are an ideal choice for supporting your business during busy seasonal periods or for large one-off jobs.

How to Decide

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is your team typically overworked at specific times of the year?
  2. Does your company have only one or two large projects per year that fall outside of business-as-usual?
  3. Is your permanent staff consistently overloaded?
  4. Do you find yourself hiring temporary workers to get day-to-day business operations completed?
  5. Do you find yourself spending time on tasks that don’t require your expertise?

If you answer yes to #1, #2, or #3 it’s probably best to go the temporary staffing route; a yes for #3 and #4 indicate it may be time to add a permanent, full-time member to your team.

Working with an experienced and qualified staffing firm can help you decide whether a full-time or temporary worker is what your business needs. It will also help you find qualified temporary workers who can transition to full-time employees if the need arises. Whatever you decide, always look for an agency that can help you tap into the best world of talent out there.