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Short-staffed this summer? Discover the ways temporary staff can support you

By Orlagh Reynolds, Senior Business Director

Aside from the occasional downpour or an unexpectedly cancelled flight, there is only one thing that is sure to put a dampener on any employer’s enjoyment of the warmer weather: being short-staffed thanks to holidays and annual leave requests.

Of course, you and your colleagues have all earned your well-deserved breaks. But while work expectations can be managed throughout most of the year, with so many staff taking time off, teams can be smaller at this time of year, putting everyone under more pressure.

Here are 4 ways a temp can help you this summer:

1. They can get stuck straight into the job at hand

Many, if not most, temps usually have an area in which they specialise. Furthermore, many are used to joining a new organisation, quickly becoming familiar with systems and processes and then completing projects in a short timeframe. By hiring a temp with a niche skillset, they will be able to hit the ground running and get stuck into work with little delay.

2. They will help ensure morale stays high

Being under-staffed can not only impact your organisation’s ability to run smoothly and efficiently, but it can also increase the workloads of those who are working through the holiday period, impacting their work-life balance and morale. A temporary employee can assist with workloads, helping teams meet the demands of the business, and keeping their morale up.

3. They can help maintain – and even improve – your usual high standards

If your staff start producing poorer quality work, they may be rushing because they’re overworked. Not only can a temp help teams get back on track and complete work to their usual high standard, but they usually have plenty of experience working in different ways with different organisations. As a result, many have a very comprehensive view of what constitutes ‘best practice’, and by introducing better ways of working, the productivity boost they can offer may remain long after they have moved on.

4. They can provide skills that are in short supply

Hiring a seasonal temp can also help if you have been struggling to secure highly-skilled professionals with a particular skillset. Get ahead of the competition by bringing on board a temporary professional to fill a skills gap now. If they work out, you may even decide to take them on permanently.

Temperatures aren’t the only thing rising: so is demand for temps

Temporary employees are a great resource at this time of year – or indeed during any seasonal peaks in work or annual leave requests. They’ll help reduce stress, keep moral amongst your other staff members high, use their expertise to complete work to a high standard, and ensure permanent staff can go on leave and enjoy some rest and relaxation in the summer sun.

Of course, hiring managers may also be pressed for time during the summer months, especially if they have their own holiday plans. Hiring a temp is typically a speedy process as you will be hiring solely for specific skills, rather than hoping to achieve a long-term cultural fit, making this an ideal solution for employers who want a quick, flexible solution for increased seasonal pressures.

Furthermore, it goes without saying that one of the main benefits of hiring a temp is their relatively lower cost compared to hiring permanent staff. They do not require the fixed annual salary or some of the costs such as training and benefits that hiring a permanent employee would – which is particularly important if you are hiring purely to support during a busy period.

However, demand for temps during the summer months is high, so you should act fast to secure the best temp talent today.

For more information or to discuss your recruitment needs in this field, please contact your local consultant.

About this author

Orlagh Reynolds is a Senior Business Director leading a team of Hays recruiting specialists across Office Support, Accountancy & Finance, Senior Finance HR and Procurement and Supply Chain. Orlagh has over 16 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, in both Ireland and Australia, and is based in our Dublin office.


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