Do you have a temporary worker on staff who just shines on the job? If you’re thinking about bringing them on in a more permanent capacity but haven’t yet pulled the trigger, here’s a few reasons you might want to tie them down before they find another company who will bring them on full time. Remember that temporary work is just that, temporary. Most temps are actively looking to be brought on board in a long-term capacity, and as such it is highly likely that they are either expecting your contract with them to turn into something more official, or they are actively pursuing other employers. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering how soon to hire your temps.
Consider Their Workload
The need for temporary workers is common across multiple industries. Sometimes, work picks up very suddenly and the need for talented workers appears before employers have the time to budget and recruit regular employees. Project work or short-term opportunities are great to hire temps for, but if that workload looks to extend further into the future, it’s a good time to consider bringing your temporary staff onboard in a more full-time capacity. They are a great option for new hires because they are already familiar with your company, policies, and the work itself. Rather than wasting precious resources on recruiting and hiring outside staff, consider bringing on your temps full time.
Consider Their Goals
When you hold on to your temporary staff without hiring them once they have proved their competency, you run the very real risk of losing them to another employer. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it’s common for other employers to actively seek out temporary workers who have not yet been hired full time. Second, a temporary worker may also wonder if they have a future at the company if a regular job offer does not occur in a timely manner. Morale and productivity can suffer because of this, and as a result, they are that much more likely to be poached by other companies.
Bringing Temps Onboard Full Time
A good rule of thumb is to hire a temporary worker within 3-6 months of their original start date. This is because you can expect them to be receiving calls from recruiters and actively pursuing other jobs while they are working for you. Taking a temp on directly is definitely an option. In fact, the temp-to-hire scenario saves you money in the long term because employers are often overpaying for temporary workers, as opposed to paying full time. Bringing your temporary staff on board sooner rather than later will actually save you money in the long term. Not hiring them runs the risk of losing them to another company, or may even result in a reduction in the quality of their work.