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  • Writer's pictureDrew Eubanks

Why A Temp To Hire Strategy Works In Today's Job Market

As Bob Dylan once said, “the times they are a changin” and as the workplace transforms many employers are struggling to find the workforce to meet their needs. The marketplace today requires a fast-paced hiring process, and many companies are falling behind. In the midst of posting jobs, screening resumes and conducting multiple interviews, it is easy to overlook great candidates when time is of the essence. Implementing a temp-to-hire strategy may be just what your company needs to kick it into gear and stay ahead of the competition!

Temp to Hire: What is That

You need staff and you need it now! As an employer in today’s ever-changing workforce, you don’t always have the luxury of waiting for the perfect candidate to come walking through your door. Under a temp-to-hire strategy, you can use temporary staff until the right full-time hire comes your way. With this strategy, you may swiftly fill the position with highly qualified candidates. This can relieve some of the strain on you and your team while you assess if the applicant is a good long-term match or whether you should look for others to fill the role.

There is no shortage of talent in today’s job market, but that talent can be hard to find. A temp to hire solution can provide a welcome relief and tons of benefits when the pool of talent coming from your door is just too shallow and here is why:

Immediately Hire a Suitable Individual

The burden on today’s recruitment teams is immense. Sourcing the right candidates can take time, between multiple job boards and social media posts that need to be written and the hours of interviews and salary negotiations that must take place when that is finished. An already overwhelmed hiring team can quickly become burned out!

You can acquire top talent off the market quickly when you utilize a temp-to-hire strategy. This technique not only guarantees that the applicant is of higher quality but also ensures that the recruit can get up and running quickly. This is particularly true when working with a reputable staffing service. They'll have a pool of vetted applicants ready to start almost immediately because they're always on the hunt for qualified personnel.

Test drive before you hire

There is nothing worse than getting through the hiring process with a candidate who you thought would be the perfect fit for your company only to find out you couldn’t be more wrong. With a temp-hire, you are not just seeing buzz words on a resume, you get the full picture of the skills and work ethic an employee brings to the table.

You get to see how well the employee works with your team and if their values are truly a fit for your company culture. If the test drive fails, there is little to worry about. The next temp-hire is ready to take their place, without the hours of work from your recruitment team. While they are getting their job done you can search for the perfect candidate who lives and breathes your company culture and understands the ins and outs of the role you are hiring for.

Decrease turnover costs

Being too quick to jump the gun with a new hire could leave you with the wrong candidate, one you have to fire just as quickly as you made the hire. When you take the time to find the best fit for your company your turnover rates plummet and employee satisfaction soars. No longer are employees burdened by a coworker who does not share the workload and no longer are you shelling out money to rehire every few weeks.

It is important to remember that a company with a positive atmosphere and high employee satisfaction is more likely to attract the right candidate to join you for the long haul. Temp to hire goes both ways. Temp employees will be watching you just as much as you are watching them. If the temp is a great fit and they see your company as a great place to work, they will be more likely to stay with you for a longer period of time.

Say goodbye to burnt-out employees

An unfilled position does not just mean money lost for you; it also means more work for your staff. Recruiters have to fill that position and other employees have to carry the workload that the position being unfilled has left behind. Just because the employee is not there does not mean the work does not need to get done. Having other employees pick up the slack for a short while may be fine but in the long run, your employees will lose steam and the company will begin to suffer.

A temp-to-hire strategy gives employees someone else to help carry the extra workload while you continue your search for that perfect hire. With this strategy job, satisfaction is increased and the potential for burnout is decreased immensely.

Call today to learn more about how we can help your business in these tough times.

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