From Temp to Full-Time

Today’s job market is challenging. Current estimates show 2.91 million in day-to-day temporary staffing positions with another 11.5 million in temporary contracting positions. All these temporary positions, naturally limit the number of full-time positions.

This trend has grown steadily over the last decade. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the reliance on temporary staffing is expected to increase through 2020. This anticipated growth is due to the rising costs associated with on-boarding employees. Some estimates are as high as $6,000.00 minimum for each hire due to various benefits plans’ enrollment fees.

Temporary hires and project contracting is a wise business decision on several fronts for the business. First it allows parent companies to avoid these costs in time, energy and the direct dollars. These are quantifiable considerations and have direct effects on the “bottom line.”

The secondary effect, and growing intrinsic value, is that the period of temporary status provides insight into who the employee is as a team member, their performance abilities and skills, as well as the receptivity to growth and professional development. The level of detail and insight during the temporary period can never be fully realized in any series of interviews. Management gets to know the employee’s actual productivity and personality in detail. That provides managers peace of mind in that they are then considering a known and valued employee, albeit a temp or part-timer. There is no substitute for the day-to-day hands on performance and rubbing elbows together in the workplace commissary or break room. These insights work both ways ….

Current job seekers cannot let their bias about a “temp job” limit their opportunities. In fact, a temporary position has its advantages.

Temporary assignments allow the prospective employee opportunities to start cash flow, test the job fit and actually know the business culture. Once in the door, your productivity and dependability becomes a known quantity to the operations and company decision makers and can, in fact, increase your perceived value as an employee and team member. Companies always prefer to promote from within rather than the exhaustive process of bringing in anyone from the outside. Additionally, it allows the prospect to not only better understand the position and role, but to see the bigger picture of the company’s culture, how teams operate internally and with each other, and make a decision as to the long-term suitability for you as a team member.

Whether you are in a career transition, or a short-term employment transition, temporary staffing companies are an opportunity to jump start your actual working and avoid the laborious external search process. The reality is that most companies, upon seeing an employee’s productivity and finding the right candidate fit, write job descriptions and create job positions based on having that person (who’s already doing the work) fill it.

Due to the current demand and growing needs by staffing agencies, job seekers will start much quicker and already have that peek behind the proverbial curtain as to what will be expected and how it all fits together.