Contract staffing, redefined

03.05.2013


More and more businesses are turning to contract staffing as companies look to fill employment gaps. Fast Company reports that employers are seeing the advantages of contract employment through time-to-fill, cost savings and flexibility.

According to the publication, startups are among the most recent to use staffing companies lately. One HR manager, who worked on a small team at a growing startup in Silicon Valley, knows the benefits of using temporary workers well. When one team member had to travel and the other took FMLA leave, she was left with performing three people's tasks by herself. By employing the services of a contract staffing firm, she was able to find quality work fast to ensure business continued. 

This is just one of the many stories around the country in which businesses are finding huge success in using the help of temporary workers. The media outlet stated that companies can face fast changes in their employee headcount for a number of reasons, but all can be helped by bringing on contract labor instead of hiring more permanent employees.

For one, the entire process happens quickly. One consulting firm uses temporary workers to fill spaces as they open up in his company. 

"With a regular employee, it might take a hiring manager days or weeks to get a job description approved internally in order to publicize it," a representative said. "... When I hire a contractor for almost any skill, I can find someone in a day. And depending on their availability, the person could be starting in two or three days."

Fast Company reported that many businesses say the process is great for the flexibility it gives them. Many business owners prefer this setup, as it can cut down on labor costs. 

Another business-savvy startup owner successfully uses contract workers for cost savings. According to CNN, a clothing company uses the services from several contract workers, including artists, photographers, accountants and customer service representatives. 

This, he says, has cut his labor costs down from a projected $300,000 per year to a much more manageable $30,000. 

"That's how we've kept our company lean and mean," the owner said, and in a still-uncertain economy, many business owners likely share his sentiment. 

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