Temporary staff has long been used as a way to fill work gaps in offices. They are often used for everything from filing paperwork to other minor tasks that need to be done around the office. However, there are countless different ways that temporary staff can be used in an office environment.
If you have never used temporary staff at your company, or have only used them on occasion, chances are you are missing out on many opportunities that could benefit your business. Temporary staff can serve a number of useful functions that you might not have thought of, which is why we’ve included a list of some creative ways to utilize them in your business.
Revamp your website
Unless you happen to be a tech firm yourself, you probably don’t have anyone on your staff who is a professional website designer. For some companies it makes sense to have a full digital agency that builds and maintains a company website. However, for businesses that don’t want or need to pay an ongoing monthly retainer for a digital agency, a temporary staffing agency can provide a qualified programmer or web designer. They will come to your office and produce the web design work necessary over the course of a few weeks, at a cost significantly less than an ongoing monthly retainer at a digital agency.
Professional seasonal work
Every holiday season retailers hire a significant number of temporary staff to help handle the additional customers shopping for gifts. However, retail is not the only industry that can benefit from seasonal workers. Professional and B2B companies can benefit from temporary staff during certain parts of the year as well.
For example, tax time can be a lot of work for your front office staff, particularly if you don’t have a dedicated accounting department. Hiring temporary services from an accountant can significantly reduce the work burden that your staff would otherwise face. Even if you don’t want to hire a CGA, hiring temporary staff who can sort through receipts in order to properly deduct all relevant expenses can be a huge help for your employees, freeing them up to do other important work instead of getting bogged down during tax time.
Depending on the type of business that you are running, you might also benefit from other types of professional seasonal workers, such as paralegals (or anyone else you might only need for a few weeks or months).
Get through a large number of cold calls
Perhaps your company recently found a large number of leads but you aren’t sure which leads are worth pursuing. Hiring temporary staff that can filter the leads can be a great investment for your sales department. There are a number of different ways you can use temporary staff in this capacity. For example, you could have the temporary staff examine the leads and remove any lead that does not fit your specific criteria, such as geographic range, business size, or industry. You can also have temporary staff call leads to determine preliminary information about them, as well as to see if they would be receptive to your company’s product or service.
Give your office a deep cleaning
Even if your employees keep the office fairly clean, they probably don’t give it a deep cleaning the way a professional custodian would. Hiring temporary staff that will clean your office can boost company morale, and can even help remove allergens from the air, keeping your employees both happy and healthy.
These are just a few examples of the creative ways you can use temporary staffing agencies to help make your business run better. Try to think of your own creative ways to use temporary staff to improve your company’s operations!
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