Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Are you working ON the business or IN the business?

5 ways small business can benefit from hiring a casual worker

There comes a time in every business owner’s life when you are just swamped.  It’s End of Month, End of Year, a new project has come in (yay), a staff member has resigned (boo).  Your team are tired, you’re working weekends. Yet for some reason, you’re hesitant to take on a casual worker.   From lack of time to train them, through to concerns over the cost, whatever your reason for NOT hiring, here are 5 reasons you absolutely should: 

1. An over worked team will let the small details slip

Even the most ‘can do’ of staff members soon get tired of doing the jobs of two people. Morale aside, something will have to give and whether it’s that extra special bit of customer service or attention to detail, can you afford to take the risk?

Take the case of a busy Auckland IT company, who began advertising for a new Accounts Receivable/Receptionist straight after a resignation.  In the meantime, rather than taking on a Temp straight away, they thought they’d just share the duties around the rest of the team. Three months later with no suitable replacement in sight, the Finance Manager was working weekends to prepare Board Reports and debtor days had jumped from 30 to 40 due to lack of resource for follow up calls.   “Doing it ourselves was false economy” says Dianne the Finance Manager. “Hiring a Temp from Day 1 would have saved us not only time and stress, but money as well”.   

2. Today’s technology makes it fast and easy to connect directly with prospective temps   

Are you familiar with Tinder? That’s right, the online dating app that has revolutionised how singles meet online. The same concept of ‘connected communities’ now exists in the employment space and has all but eliminated the need for a middle man. If your team is ‘just getting by’ rather than hiring a temp because the time and effort to brief an intermediary seems all too hard, then you’ll be pleased to know things have changed.  Technology enables managers to own the process and make their own decisions.  You can now get matched to workers with your dream background and skill set, near you, available to start work tomorrow.  No need to brief. No meetings, no explanations. Just power to you.

3. You can get the productivity from an extra set of hands without exorbitant agency fees

With no need for a middle man, there’s no need for agency fees and that means even small business on a tight budget can afford to pay more for a better qualified and experienced casual worker. A Recruiter from a leading NZ Temp Agency summed it up perfectly when she revealed “it’s hard enough finding the right person for a role; then they have to be prepared to work for the pay on offer after I’ve taken my cut.”  Enough said.

4. You can ‘try before you buy’ to reduce the risk of a bad hire

Offering someone a permanent job is a big risk and one generally met with anxious optimism from both sides. Particularly for small businesses. Will they be a good fit for the team? Will they thrive in the role?  What if it turns out I don’t really need someone long term?  Many temporary office workers are open to full time opportunities and starting in a temporary role is a great way for everyone to see how things go before making a long term decision. 

Fun fact: 26% of Temp Market temps went permanent in 2017 off the back of a Temp Market assignment.

5.  Your temporary worker doesn’t have to create extra payroll and administration cost

Let’s be honest, there’s a bit of paperwork required to put new staff on.  From payroll to insurance, the thought of the administration alone can outweigh the perceived benefit of getting that extra set of hands.  Temp agencies can remove the hassle and can take care of this, which is a benefit you don’t get if you try to source yourself.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to get ON to your business, consider a temp today.

Temp Market is a NZ owned platform, matching temporary workers with employers seamlessly for a transparent low price. From warehouse to customer service, admin to IT, register today and search online for suitable temps that will free you up to grow your business.

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