Building the right team for your business takes, time, trust, strategy and intuition. Making the best staffing choices – whether it means contract, contract-to-hire or direct hire – can be challenging. Your best plan may well be a combination of all three. But, which option is best for which role?
Assess Your Needs
Work with a niche staffing agency to assess your hiring needs, treating each open position as the unique entity that it is. Look at where your business is today, where you’d like to see it a year from now, and even further into the future, based on your long-term plan. What will the employees who help you reach your goals look like? Will the same ones even be here at those times? Should they be?
- The non-traditional work force – employees who work on a contract or contract-to-hire basis – is on the rise in virtually all industries and at every organizational level. Contract employees enable you to flex your workforce as needed to meet changing customer demands. You can bring a contractor on board for a day, a week, a month or several months, and staff up and down to maintain maximum cost efficiency and productivity.
- In a contract-to-hire arrangement, you have the opportunity to “try before you buy.” You can assess an employee as they actually work at your company and if the fit is right, elect to make them a permanent team member.
- Factors impacting your decision will include the length and time frame of work to be done, cost, and the level of specialization required. And, there are different restrictions around the number of hours contact versus full-time employees can work, and the scope of jobs they can do.
More on Contractors
Contract employees are generally paid a flat fee for their work. Any up-front costs you incur will be balanced by lower expenses in terms of taxes, Social Security, Medicare, worker’s compensation insurance or unemployment. All tax filing is the responsibility of the independent contractor or their agency. You are responsible only for paying fees as invoiced, and then supplying a Form-1099 each January detailing those payments.
More on Direct Hires
If your company is exploring a new technology or expanding into a new market, investing in a full-time, direct-hire employee allows you to have a permanent staff member who knows every nuance and detail.
- An FTE is more likely to develop loyalty to your organization and feel a personal connection to meeting both short and long-term business goals.
As you make the best choices in filling your open positions in engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, logistics, IT and supply chain management, consider TRC Professional Solutions as your staffing partner. We’ll put our nearly 40 years of experience to work to ensure that all your expectations are met. Contact us today to learn more.