Even if you can't afford to hire a permanent employee, temporary workers might offer a solution (even if it's a temporary one) when you desperately need the help. If you’re considering hiring a temporary employee, you’re not alone. One in eight companies rely on temporary help, according to the Associated Press. The number of temps is the highest since 1990 when the government began keeping records on this trend. Experts don’t expect this trend to reverse.
That’s because temporary workers help fill in the gaps, especially for growing companies with an unpredictable work flow. The temporary workforce goes by many names: temps, contract workers, consultants, freelancers, seasonal workers and interns. But whatever they’re called, they give companies flexibility when permanent employees go out on leave, business fluctuates and during times of increased short-term or seasonal needs.
Temporary and contract workers are proven productivity tools, but there are times when hiring permanent – or regular – employees is the better choice. Employment law dealing with temporary workers is tricky, so make sure you consult an attorney experienced in labor issues when contemplating any workforce decision.