Why Businesses are hiring Ad-hoc staff over permanent.

Monday, 6th August 2018 Why Businesses are hiring Ad-hoc staff over permanent.

Stoobi offers a community where both business owners and workers can connect when they need each other for ad-hoc, temporary, or one-off jobs. For those looking for short-term work, the benefits are clear: the chance to get work when they need it while still maintaining some career flexibility.

However, what about the benefits of hiring ad-hoc staff for employers? Why would you welcome team members for a short time only to say goodbye to them? The truth is that there are quite a few benefits, so let's run through them and the broader impacts that ad-hoc staff can make in your business.

Cut the costs associated with long-term employment

When taking into account all the HR, tax and training costs associated with maintaining an extensive schedule of full-time employees, it can often be a lot more cost-effective to go with ad-hoc staff instead. It's not uncommon that a member of the team on a yearly salary of £24,000 costs the employer something closer to £50,000 for the entire year.

Using temporary employees allows you to cut down dramatically on those costs. Paying them for every hour they work, for instance, can be much more expensive than figuring out their salary. Thanks to sites like Stoobi, you don't have to pay for the extensive recruitment process that often comes along with permanent staff hiring, as well.

Get more comprehensive access to a market of experienced staff.

A significant portion of the market of workers looking for ad-hoc work already has some experience in the work that they are looking for. They know that they want temporary employment to help them cover the bills while keeping their career a little more flexible. As a result, they are a lot more likely to go for positions where they already have experience.

If you're running a bar and you need a few more hands on deck, for instance, you are likely to want to employ people with experience in a similar setting. You might not necessarily have the time to train permanent staff the ins-and-outs, so tapping into a market of experienced staff can be incredibly helpful. With Stoobi, you can look specifically for those who have worked in the type of setting or establishment you run to ensure you only get those you need.

Of course, you run your business in your way, so ad-hoc staff work best if you already have a short orientation of sorts prepared. Give them the briefing they need to hit the ground running and know that you can rely on their experience.

Shorter hiring process

The traditional recruitment process for permanent workers eats up many resources. As already mentioned, it can be quite costly, but it can also be quite lengthy. You're likely to spend a lot more time vetting, interviewing, and deciding between employees when making a permanent hire. Permanent staff are an investment you need to rely on time and time again, so they require a little more due diligence.

With ad-hoc staff, the process of hiring them can be a lot quicker and a lot more efficient, especially with platforms like Stoobi to help simplify the process even more. As a result, you have a lot more time on your hands. You can put aside the busy work of a recruitment process and instead focus that time on the things that help make you money, like marketing or spending more time on the floor with your staff.

The immediate relief when you need it

Because of that shorter hiring process, it takes you a lot quicker to get from the point A of realising that you need additional team members to point B of having them there and ready to work.

It's not uncommon for people in the bar, restaurant, or hospitality industry to suddenly find themselves with a surge in customer demand. If your establishment gets a lot busier because, for instance, there has been a swell of tourists in the area, you might find yourself needing extra staff quickly.

With the immediate access to experienced workers that Stoobi provides and the shorter recruitment process, you can quickly source ad-hoc workers when you need them most. It allows you to react more effectively to a sudden surge of business in the area rather than having to force your existing long-term staff to work a lot more to make up for it.

Pay only when you need to

One of the risks of hiring permanent staff is that you might be employing a lot more labour than you need, this is often one of the most significant risks associating with scaling a business. Not only might you not have the monetary resources to take on full-time staff, but you also might not even have the work to keep them busy.

Rather than paying a yearly salary for someone only to find that you don't have the workload to get the most out of them, you can pay for them only when you need them. Ad-hoc staff are responsive to your needs, meaning that you can cut back on the amount of unnecessary bloat to your payroll.

Boost the morale of the team

One of the risks of hiring people for positions that you later find out you don't need as much as you once did is the blow the morale of your permanent team. It's not uncommon for a business to hire someone when they needed them, only to have to let them go when those demands no longer exist.

Having to fire someone who was supposedly in a permanent position will have obvious knock-on effects on the rest of the team. They might start fearing for their job and may even start looking for new places to work so they can "beat you to the punch", so to speak.

When using ad-hoc staff, it's clear to everyone in advance that they are there to fill a temporary position. It's going to be much less dramatic when it's time to say goodbye.

What's more, using ad-hoc staff allows you to alleviate the strain on your employees. During those moments where you need extra staff, it will enable you to rely less on asking your permanent team to give more in terms of overtime. Excessive overtime has been shown to contribute significantly to stress, and no employer should want to stress their team members out.

More flexibility in the business

We all still live in an economy that's slightly unstable, and it's worse in specific industries, especially if your business is only a couple of years old and hasn't entirely got into the "swing" of things.

As a result, many business owners are rightfully hesitant when it comes to taking on new long-term costs. As mentioned, you don't want to hire staff only to find that you don't have a need for them in the long-term. In a similar vein, you don't want to hire staff only to find out you don't have the resources to keep them for much longer.

Hiring ad-hoc staff allows you to expand the business temporarily but without the uncertainty. So as long as workers are paid for the duration of their stay in your business, you don't have to worry about paying for them when the economy proves its instability and takes a dip in the near future.

When times are good, you can hire, and when waters get a little choppier, you don't have all those permanent team members on deck, forcing you to consider letting some of them go. You can run the business and your accounts with greater flexibility.

The chance to see potential long-term employees in their element

Many business owners start to rely on ad-hoc staff a lot more often when they look at the benefits demonstrated for the first time. When you work with many different ad-hoc team members, it's only natural that you might encounter someone that you want to offer a permanent place in the team.

Of course, there's no guarantee that this new team member will be looking for permanent employment. Many the workers on the ad-hoc market find their way there specifically because they like the freedom and flexibility of temporary work, or they may merely be looking to make some money using their skills where they're needed,while still focusing on their career objective, such as a student.

There may be some who would be glad to take a permanent position, however. Using Stoobi to find ad-hoc staff could allow you to perform a test run with that potential team member. You can see how they cope with the work, how they fit with the team culture, and what skills they bring to the table. If you find that you like what you see, there's nothing to stop you from making the offer of permanent employment at the end of their working term.

Perfect for seasonal businesses

There are some businesses where the demands change reliably with the seasons. Any businesses in the bar and restaurant or hospitality industry will know this, especially if they're in a location that's popular with the tourists. When a location is in-season, you going to see a shift from your regulars and locals to a much bigger volume of customers.

Ad-hoc staff allow you to anticipate, meet, and react to the changing demands of a seasonal business. You can keep as many permanent team members as you need when the company is in its slower months of the year, then hire as many ad-hoc staff as you need once that seasonal high approaches.

Bring new skills and perspectives to the workplace

Depending on the industry and the need, ad-hoc staff members tend to be hired to help on the front lines, and occasionally in middle-management. However, while they may not usually be used for positions of responsibility, they can still teach you a little something about your own business from time to time, if you're willing to listen.

Different people handle different work processes in different ways, for instance. If you allow them the flexibility to control their workload autonomously, you might find that you like the methods of how they perform a specific task better than how you handled it before. You can borrow those methods, implement, and systematise them so that they become a regular part of how you manage the business in the future.

What's more, ad-hoc staff could allow you to import skills that you don't regularly rely on. Going back to the example of the bar, you might not find that you have much need for cocktails when it's just the regulars. When the tourists start rolling in at the high-point of the season, having an experienced ad-hoc mixologist can help you make the menu a lot more attractive and lucrative. It allows you to gain access to skills that might not be essential to the business but are temporarily very useful.

Try something new in the business

As a result of hiring experienced ad-hoc team members with new skills, it can allow you to try out something new in the business, temporarily. Opening up new revenue streams and products or services is one of the keys to scaling any operation. The ad-hoc staff could allow you to try out those new products and services without too much risk.

If the new venture doesn't work out, it's not too big a deal, as you haven't implemented any permanent staff. If it does, perhaps that ad-hoc team member could become or be replaced by a more permanent hire in the future.

Hopefully, the points above make it clear that there are most definitely benefits to hiring ad-hoc staff for temporary or one-jobs. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to what the business needs. If you quickly need to get your hands on some work, Stoobi provides you access to a market of people specifically looking to help scratch that itch. Get started today and find the skilled, flexible workers you need when you need them.