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Hiring Temporary Employees: Read This First

When your small business needs extra hands on deck during busy times, are you relying more and more on temporary employees to fill the bill? You’re not alone. NBCnews recently reported that the trend toward temporary employment is becoming a permanent feature [1] of the U.S. economic landscape.

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The number of temporary employees has increased by more than 40 percent since 2009, to about 2.53 million Americans, according to figures cited in the article, which focuses on bigger companies hiring temps, then letting them go when needed so they can operate “lean and mean.”

That system may work for major corporations (if not for the temporary employees), but how do temporary workers work out for small businesses? If you’re considering hiring temps, here are some factors to consider:

I may sound like I’m badmouthing the temporary employee concept. Far from it—I have relied on temps many times. And I understand small business owners’ reluctance to hire full-time workers they might have to let go.

Temps can be a great way for a small business to staff up or down on an as-needed basis. But if you expect temps to be a panacea for your staffing and budget woes, you might need to look more closely at all your options.

Do you use temps in your business? How is it working out for you?

Temp Employees [2] Photo via Shutterstock