Did you know that over 60 million Americans are in the gig economy?¹ To add, the demand for short-term employees continues to increase. While permanent employment has been the norm for centuries, not every role requires it. Businesses today need to adopt a strategic approach to workforce planning because of the following:

  • Economic fluctuations
  • Changing consumption patterns
  • Evolving policies

To remain competitive, you must use modern setups and tap into the growing talent pool of Temporary Workers. This will help you protect your business against external challenges, making it more resilient and ready for the future.

 

Why Hire Temporary Staff? The Benefits of Short-Term Workforce

Many businesses experienced varying problems with productivity, resource allocation, and overall strategy. This ushered in the age of temporary staffing and the gig economy. Aside from its obvious benefits, the pandemic also greatly influenced temporary work. This further solidified its use in the workplace.

We all know permanent employees provide stability and continuity. However, temporary workers offer flexibility and adaptability. This is necessary to meet fluctuating demands, short-term projects, and seasonal instability.

Here are some of the benefits of having temporary teams:

 

1. Innovation and Creativity

Temporary workers can bring fresh ideas and skills. This gives organizations more creativity, faster development, and a competitive edge. The combination of skills, experiences, and backgrounds not only shapes company performance. It also dictates agility and resilience in times of uncertainty.

Read more: Is It Really That Different: 10 Best Practices for Hiring Temporary Staff

 

2. Unique Expertise

Temporary staff offer specialized skills. This allows you to tackle new challenges or improve your knowledge base.

For instance, hiring freelance graphic designers for a short-term project can infuse fresh ideas into a marketing campaign. This can also lead to increased engagement and brand visibility. This can fuel innovation and maintain a competitive edge within your organization.

 

3. Workforce Management

Temporary workers allow flexibility if you need to scale up or down. Often, companies experience:

  • Uncertainties
  • Fluctuating demands
  • Seasonal interruptions
  • Economic disruptions

By employing temporary staff, you can easily navigate changes within your industry. This will help you stay on top of your company’s evolving needs and economies ever-changing nature.

 

4. Diversity

By tapping into the growing pool of temporary workers, you get to employ various team members. These workers have unique experiences that will contribute to your company’s diverse culture. It will offer insight into each other’s experiences and understanding of different perspectives.

Also, it allows you to tap into a large talent pipeline. This enables you to find the best candidate for your organization. It ensures success in your operational capabilities and organizational continuity.

 

The Challenges of Combining Permanent and Temporary Workforce

Building a healthy team of regular long-term employees and project-based contractors will create a more dynamic environment. However, there are challenges that you need to address:

 

1. Communication

If you want to build trust among your employees, you must ensure they are collaborating. However, this can be challenging when you have two different kinds of employees. It could disrupt team dynamics and hinder them from fully working.

If left unsolved, your employees may form factions with one another. Since long-term employees have been together for some time, they’ll gravitate to one another. The same goes with temporary staff who are only there temporarily. This could become an unfavorable culture and eventually become tougher to fix.

 

2. Integration

Since your employees are not fully collaborating, it becomes hard to integrate them within the organization. Imagine an employee who only speaks with a select few. This creates isolation and might even become detrimental to your company’s success.

 

3. Effective Leadership

If you want to build a strong team, you have to become an inspirational, dedicated, and intentional leader. When employee concerns are left alone, it might affect their satisfaction. Ultimately, it could even cause significant damage to your employer and brand image.

This becomes more difficult as you need to find the fine line between managing two kinds of employees. However, there are ways that you can address this.

 

How to Build a Healthy Team in the Workplace

Helping your temporary workers integrate seamlessly into the workforce will require a thoughtful and proactive approach. This means prioritizing and emphasizing your actions even during onboarding. Here are some ways you can ensure a successful team that incorporates permanent and temporary staff:

 

1. Encourage cultural immersion right at the beginning.

An employee will typically need three months to integrate within an organization. However, other people could take months or even years. This is why it’s crucial to be intentional with your company culture.

 

Recruitment

During the recruitment process, make sure to share necessary information about the company, like:

  • How you conduct things.
  • How you approach certain scenarios.
  • What your processes are.
  • How your leaders think.

 

Onboarding

When you reach onboarding, don’t just explain the job responsibilities, tools, technologies, and processes within the organization. Take time to introduce your new employees to the team. Let them settle into the new environment and transition into the new role.

 

Continuous Effort

However, it doesn’t end there. Culture-building requires a careful and steady approach. So, make sure to reiterate your core values, practices, norms, and preferences. If you have a specific activity or procedure that everyone knows, explain this to your new employees.

The idea is to involve them in the organization as much as you can. This will ensure they’re fully integrated within the company – and know the ins and outs of the business.

 

2. Partner new employees and existing team members.

It would help if you could pair seasoned permanent workers with your new temporary staff. This will help them adjust to your culture, learn your values, and share your vision. This will ensure that you’re building healthy teams and supporting your new contractors.

Aside from pairing two employees, you can also designate mentors who can serve as points of contact for questions, guidance, and support. These mentors can help navigate the

  • Organization’s dynamics.
  • Introduce them to colleagues.
  • Provide insights into the company’s culture.

 

3. Establish clear goals, expectations, and responsibilities.

As with any employee, you have to set clear goals from the get-go. This becomes more important for temporary employees since they’ll only stay with you for a limited time. Ensure everyone understands their responsibilities and how they can contribute to the organization’s goals. Encourage all team members to take ownership of their tasks and roles.

If you hire temporary staff for their expertise on a specific project, give them autonomy to make decisions within their domain. Guide them, but let them take charge and showcase their field experiences. This will make them feel appreciated and part of the company.

 

4. Foster psychological safety.

According to a survey by Vivek Murthy, a surgeon general in the US, mental well-being is one of the most important factors for workers.² In fact, almost all the respondents agree that it’s important to work for an organization that:

  • Values mental health and provides mental support.
  • Respects boundaries between work and personal life.

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, our personal and professional responsibilities often blur. This is why creating a team culture that prioritizes employee well-being is vital.

 

5. Recognize and reward proactivity.

  • Acknowledge your workers’ contributions regardless of whether they are temporary or permanent.
  • Express appreciation for their efforts.
  • Motivate and encourage employees who initiate, contribute, and take action.
  • Celebrate their successes, milestones, and achievements through public recognition, rewards, or expressions of gratitude.

This fosters a positive work environment and reinforces their sense of value within the team. It also creates a sense of urgency and healthy competition within the team to perform better and grow together. This way, employees work together harmoniously, support one another, and collaborate across teams. It pushes them to achieve common goals while constantly improving their performance.

 

STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION BY EMPLOYING TEMPORARY WORKERS

In the end, your hiring needs will depend on your needs. So, do what works best for your business.

But remember that temporary staffing has its benefits. If you want to boost your business, ACS Professional Staffing offers exceptional temporary and permanent talent.

We’ll look for the best candidates on the market to work for you. Let us help you find the right fit. Contact us today!

 

References

  1. Dua, André, et al. “Freelance, side hustles, and gigs: Many more Americans have become independent workers.” McKinsey, 23, Aug 2022, https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/sustainable-inclusive-growth/future-of-america/freelance-side-hustles-and-gigs-many-more-americans-have-become-independent-workers
  2. “2023 Work in America Survey.” American Psychology Association, 2023, https://www.apa.org/pubs/reports/work-in-america/2023-workplace-health-well-being#:~:text=URL%3A%20https%3A%2F%2Fwww.apa.org%2Fpubs%2Freports%2Fwork,100